Getting Started Software Manual for all EZText Enhanced operator

Getting Started Software Manual for all EZText Enhanced operator
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WARNING!
Programmable control devices such as EZText Enhanced Panels are not fail-safe devices and as
such must not be used for stand-alone protection in any application. Unless proper safeguards are
used, unwanted start-ups could result in equipment damage or personal injury. The operator must
be made aware of this hazard and appropriate precautions must be taken.
In addition, consideration must be given to the use of an emergency stop function that is independent
of the programmable controller.
The diagrams and examples in this user manual are included for illustrative purposes only. The
manufacturer cannot assume responsibility or liability for actual use based on the diagrams and
examples.
CAUTION
Do not press the EZText Enhanced Panel pushbuttons with any sharp objects. This practice may
damage the unit beyond repair.
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Introduction/Installation
In this chapter....
— Introduction
— What you need to get started
— Need Help?
— EZText Enhanced Panel Setup
— Installing EZText Enhanced Programming Software
— Installation Sceens
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Introduction to the EZText Enhanced Panel
This manual provides information about getting started with EZText
Enhanced Programming Software. Hardware installation and panel
programming are covered in depth in the EZ-Text Panel User Manuals
(EZ-TEXT-M-E for the EZ-220, EZ-220V, EZ-220L, EZ-420, EZ-220P,
EZ-220PV, EZ-TEXT-SP-M-E for the EZ-SP model).
The EZText Enhanced Panels provide a human-machine interface to your
PLC automation system. The panels provide features such as 5 userdefined pushbuttons with LED indicators, annunciator lamps, numeric
keypad, arrow adjust buttons, LCD message display, numeric LED set
point display, and a built-in menu system. The panels communicate with
a PLC using either RS-232C or RS-422A/485A serial communication.
The panels allow you to configure up to 256 20-character text strings (16character for the EZ-SP Set Point Panel) configured as PLC Messages
and Local Messages. Local Messages are internal panel messages that
the operator can scroll in a menu tree hierarchy. PLC Messages are
displayed when prompted from the PLC program. A PLC Message LED
illuminates whenever a PLC Message is being displayed. Either message
type can have up to three embedded data variables, one of which can be
edited by using the arrow adjust buttons or numeric keypad.
Some of the panels have sealed membrane function pushbuttons
that allow you to trigger PLC actions with the push of a button. These
pushbuttons are used for input signals to the PLC.
The LCD display window supports one (EZ-SP), two, or four message
lines that can display 16 to 20 characters each. The messages are
programmed using the EZText Enhanced Programming Software. The
message control type may be either static—text displays that have NO
embedded data, dynamic —text messages that include embedded
data (READ access only), or interactive —text messages that allow
the operator to enter data, or change values that are stored in the PLC
registers (READ/WRITE access).
The EZText Enhanced Panel is available in a variety of
models to suit your application.
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What you need to get started
Hardware
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EZText Enhanced Panel (Models EZ-220, EZ-220V, EZ-220P,
EZ-220PV, EZ-220L, EZ-420, or EZ-SP)
24 Volt DC Power Supply (FA-24PS recommended)
RS-232C Programming Cable (P/N EZTEXT-PGMCBL)
RS-232C or RS-422A PLC Cable
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
PC requirements:
— IBM or compatible PC (486 or better) with a mouse
and separate serial port
— VGA display with at least 800 x 600 resolution (1024 x 768
recommended)
— Standard Windows 95/98 (Second Edition)/NT4.0/2000®
requirements
— CD ROM Drive
EZText Enhanced Panel User Manual for your type panel —
EZ-TEXT-M-E or the EZTEXT-SP-M-E
Software
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EZText Enhanced Programming Software
Onscreen HELP
Need HELP?
One of the most important features of the EZText Enhanced Programming
Software is the availability of context sensitive onscreen help. To access
the Help windows, simply press the F1 function key while on the topic
where you need help. For example, if you need help while working with
panel configuration, hit the F1 function key when that dialog box is open
and a pop-up HELP window will be displayed.
PLC HELP
If you need help with the PLC to EZText Enhanced Panel Interface,
consult the EZText Enhanced Programming Software Help. Each PLC
Driver has a Help Topic that lists the error messages and provides an
explanation for each. Also provided are PLC to EZText Enhanced Panel
wiring diagrams.
Technical Support
Although most questions can be answered with EZText Enhanced HELP
or the manuals, if you are still having difficulty with a particular aspect
of installation or system design, technical support is available at 1-877774-EASY, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to Midnight CST, or FAX us at
1-877-EASY. Visit our website at www.EZAutomation.net.
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EZText Enhanced Panel Setup
SETUP Mode
In order to download the program to the EZText
Enhanced Panel using the EZText Enhanced
SETUP MODE
Programming Software, you must be in the
DRV. REV.:
Setup Mode. Setup Mode is also where you
will adjust the display contrast of the EZText
Enhanced Panel. If connected to multiple panels using the EZMultiplexer,
you must set the Mode Switch on the front panel of the EZ Multiplexer into
Program Mode. The EZText Enhanced Panel will start up in the RUN Mode. To
access the SETUP Mode, follow these steps:
1.
Press the UP Arrow Pushbutton and hold while simultaneously pressing
the DOWN Arrow Pushbutton to enter the SETUP Mode.
2.
At any time you may press the Escape (esc) button to go back to RUN
Mode. You will be taken back to the start of the Local Message menu
(cursor will be placed at the root level when you return from setup).
Adjust Display Contrast
You may only adjust the Display Contrast when in Setup Mode. To adjust the
display contrast use the UP and DOWN arrows to increase or decrease the
contrast.
Internal Software and Hardware Revisions
While in SETUP Mode the Panel Hardware Revision, Driver Revision, Boot
Revision, and Exec (Firmware) Revision numbers will display on the panel.
Preparing for Configuration
If you prepare and plan ahead of time, your use of the EZText Enhanced
Programming software will be successful. Below are a few important steps to
take to prepare to program your application.
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Prepare your personal computer and ensure proper installation
of the EZText Enhanced Programming Software
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Know your operator interface requirements. Determine the
type of EZText Enhanced Panel and the number of EZText
Enhanced Panels required by your application
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Know your PLC type and available resources, such as,
programming tools, CPU capabilities, user memory, etc.
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Verify type of communications port, as well as protocol used.
Determine the CPU link(s) available for connecting an EZText
Enhanced Panel(RS-232/RS-422, baud rate, parity, stop bits.
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Determine how the pushbuttons, LEDs, PLC Messages, and Local
Messages will be assigned in your panels with respect to your
machine or process.
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To prepare your application, use the application worksheets
provided in appendix A of the EZ-Text Panel User Manuals. The
example worksheets will help
you understand how the EZText
Enhanced Panel program is configured. Blank worksheets can be
used in planning, implementing, and using your EZText Enhanced
Panels.
Installing EZText Enhanced Programming Software
EZText Enhanced Panels are configured with software running on an IBM or
compatible personal computer. This software is available through EZAutomation
(P/N EZ-TEXTEDIT-E). The software is used to download your configuration
before connecting the panel and communicating with a PLC. Help Topics are
provided to help you configure your panel. You design and configure your
EZText Enhanced Panel program off-line and save it to disk. The program may
then be transferred to the EZText Enhanced Panel. To install EZText Enhanced
Programming Software, perform the following steps:
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Place the CD into your CD ROM Drive. The install
program should launch automatically. If it does not,
perform the following steps:
— From Windows click on the Start Button, and
then click on Run from the menu. The Run
dialog box will pop up.
— At the prompt type D:\ (or your CD Drive)
\setup.exe or click on the Browse Button and
find the Setup.exe file for EZText Enhanced
Programming Software.
— Click on the OK button to begin the
installation. The EZText Enhanced Programming
Software Installation Screen will appear.
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Follow the onscreen prompts to load the software.
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Installation Screens
EZText Enhanced
Programming
Software Icon
This icon will appear
on your desktop after
installation.
This is the final installation screen. Here
you select the destination folder where
your software program will be installed.
The default destination location is C:\
Program Files\EZText Enhanced. If you
wish to select another destination, click
on the Browse button.
To complete the installation, click
on Next> button. That’s all there is
to it! The EZText Enhanced Icon
shown above will appear on your
desktop. Simply click on it to open the
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What’s Inside
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In this chapter....
— Create a Multi-Panel System
— Right Click Menu for Multi-Panel System
— Changes to Panel System PLC Address Dialog Box
— Changes to Message Edit Dialog Box
— Changes to Memory Mapping/PLC Data Registers
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Create a Multi-Panel Project using EZText Enhanced
Programming Software
With the programming software installed, connect the EZ Multiplexer to
your PC using the P/N EZTEXT-PGMCBL cable. Set the MODE Switch
on the front panel of the Multiplexer to PROGRAM (ON). Connect from
1 to 5 EZText Enhanced Panels to the COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4,
and/or COM5 ports on the front panel of the EZ Multiplexer using cable
P/N EZ-MULTI-CBL. Apply 24 VDC to the EZText Enhanced Panels
and EZ Multiplexer power connectors. Click on the EZText Enhanced
Programming Software icon to start the program.
1.
From the Welcome screen, click on the New System button.
2.
The Create Project window will appear. Type in the name of
your project in the File name field. Click on Save. (If you don’t
want your project saved to the default “Project” folder, navigate
to the directory and/or folder where you want it to reside.)
Click here to open
this window
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3. In Step 1, select Multi-Panel System. When Multi-Panel
System is selected, Step 1a on the right hand side of the screen
will become available. You will also notice that two buttons at
the bottom of the screen will change to “Write to Multiplexer”
and “Read from Multiplexer.” You may program up to 5 panels
connected to a Multiplexer. Click on the Port 1, Port 2, Port 3,
Port 4, or Port 5 button.
a.
Under Step 1a, Select a Panel, you will choose the first
panel that you want to configure. There are three ways that
you can choose the panel type for each port. Click on Port
1 and then click on the Select Panel Type button under Step
1, or double click on Port 1, or click on Port 1 and then right
click your mouse to open the popup menu and choose Select
Panel. You may configure the panel connected to Port 1,
2, 3, 4, or 5 in any order. They do not have to be configured
sequentially.
b.
The Select Panel dialog box will open. Under Panel Type,
click on the panel type that is connected to that port. A
picture of the panel will appear under Panel Preview,
and key features of the panel are displayed under Panel
Attributes.
Right Click Menu —
choose Select
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c.
Click on the OK button to select and close the dialog box.
The Panel type you have selected will appear above Port 1,
2, etc.
4. You may also import a panel configuration from
another project. Click on the Port/Panel that
you want to copy the project to. Right click your
mouse button to bring up the Right Click Menu.
Select Import Configuration.
5. The Open project dialog will open. You may select either a Single
Panel or a Multi-Panel project. Click on the project you want to
import to highlight it, and then click on the Open button.
6. If you have selected a
Multi-Panel project to
import, the dialog box
to your right will open
allowing you to select
the particular Port/
Panel configuration
that you want to import
into your current
project. Click OK. In
a Multi-Panel EZText Enhanced project, you may only import
one Port/Panel configuration from an existing project into one
Port/Panel in the current project with each Import Configuration
command.
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7. In Step 2, Select PLC, you will choose
the type PLC you are using. You will
only be able to select one PLC type
per project (whether it is a Single Panel
System or a Multi-Panel System). If
you need more information on PLC
configuration, consult your EZText
Enhanced User Manual, EZText
Enhanced Programming Software
Help Topics, or your PLC Manual.
a.
Click on the DOWN arrow next to the Select PLC field to
view the drop down menu of available PLCs. Click on the
PLC Type to select.
b.
Click on the Press for communication configuration for
Selected PLC button.
c.
The PLC Communications Attributes window will appear
for the PLC you have selected. Set the appropriate attributes
and Click on the OK button.
During configuration, ensure that your address and communications
parameters match the PLC port settings. There will be a selection
for PLC timeout. When the panel sends a message to the
PLC and does not receive a response or does not understand
the response, it will wait the timeout period before sending the
message again.
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8. For Step 3, click on the Configure Panel System PLC Addresses
button. The Panel System PLC Address Setup window will
appear.
Step 3 is the same whether you have a Single Panel System or
a Multi-Panel System. For each Port/Panel you have connected,
follow the instructions in the EZText Enhanced User Manual that
came with your unit or consult the EZText Enhanced Programming
Software Help Topics.
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Right Click Menu — Items Unique to Multi-Panel System Configuration
A “right click” menu is availble for Multi-Panel Systems. To access the right
click menu, put your cursor arrow in the Port 1, Port 2, Port 3, Port 4, or
Port 5 box on the Main Configuration Screen and click your right mouse
button. The Right Click Menu will appear (as shown to the left).
If you have not yet selected a panel
type to associate with the port, some
menu items will not be available —they
will be appear in gray.
The Port currently selected for configuration will appear in
yellow. Those ports not yet configured or without an EZText
Enhanced Panel associated with it will appear in gray. Ports
with an EZText Enhanced Panel associated with it that is
not selected for configuration will appear in green.
The six menu items available on the Multi-Panel System’s Right Click
Menu are described below.
Select Panel
The Select Panel menu item
allows you to select an EZText
Enhanced Panel Type to
assign to the port you have
clicked on. You may click
on a port to reassign the
panel type at any time. If
the Panel/Port has already
been configured, and you
choose another type panel,
you may lose information
when switching if the panel
types are not compatible. You
may also open this screen by double clicking in the Port/Panel box under
Step 1a, Select Panel, or click on the Select Panel button under Step 1.
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Delete Panel
Click in the Panel/Port box that you
want to select on the Main Configuration
Screen. Right click to bring up the
menu and then click on the Delete
Panel menu item. The message to the
right will appear. Click on Yes to Delete the Panel configuration for that
Port or No to abort the operation.
Import Configuration
If you have an existing Single
Panel or Multi-Panel project
that has the panel configuration
that you want for your current
project, click on Import
Configuration. The window
to the right will appear. Click on
the EZText Enhanced Project
where the configuration that
you want to import resides.
If you have selected a Multi-Panel project,
the window shown to the right will appear
allowing you to select the particular Panel/Port
configuration to import. Click OK to import. The
following warning will appear. Click on Yes to
continue, No to abort the import.
Export Configuration
Yo u m a y a l s o e x p o r t a
Single Panel or Multi-Panel
Configuration. Click on Export
Configuration. The Save As
screen will appear. Type in
the name of the project where
you want to save the selected
panel configuration. Click on
the Save button to export.
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Information
Click on the panel you wish to receive information on and then click on
Information to access the Panel Status window for the Panel/Port you
have selected. A picture of the panel type, key features of the current
panel, and Panel and PLC information is provided (panel model, Firmware
Revision, Memory Size, PLC Driver, and PLC Driver Revision number
are displayed).
Upgrade Firmware
Consult your EZText Enhanced User Manual that came with your unit
before you upgrade your panel firmware!
Click on the panel you wish to upgrade, right click your mouse for the
menu, and then click on Upgrade Firmware. The following window will
appear. Select the correct firmware and click on the OK button.
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Configure Panel PLC System Address Dialog Box
The EZ-220P model’s
Password feature
allows double words.
You may choose a
32-bit BCD or Binary
Data Type.
Enable Beeper is
a check box. PLC
Message Delay is
selectable, as is Display cursur when
a PLC message is
displayed.
1. Passwords are increased to
32-bit BCD or Binary. The
range for 32-bit Binary is
extended to 4294967295 (a
10-digit value can be used).
The range for 32-bit BCD is
extended to 99999999 (an 8-digit value can be used).
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2.
The Enable Beeper is programmed with a check box which
allows you to deselect this feature. Enable Beeper is selected
by default. If you do not want to hear the beeper each time a
button is pressed on the panel, click on the box in front of Enable
Beeper to remove the check mark.
3.
The PLC Message Delay is selectable. When a PLC Message is
displayed on the panel, panel buttons won’t function for 3 seconds.
This allows time for the operator to view the PLC Message before
inadvertently pressing a button to perform another operation.
The PLC Message Delay is enabled by default. To disable the
3 second delay, click on the check box in front of PLC Message
Delay to remove the check mark.
4.
A check box appears that will let you select whether or not the
cursor will display in the EZText Enhanced message window when
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a PLC Message has been triggered. The cursor will display by
default. To disable this option, click in the box in front of Display
cursor when a PLC Message is displayed to remove the check
mark.
Message Edit Dialog Box
1.
Check boxes appear in the Message Edit, Data 1, Data 2, and
Data 3 configuration that allow you to choose whether or not
you want Leading Zeroes to appear before a data value in the
message window.
2.
There is support for double words in each data set. You can
choose a 32-bit integer address BCD and binary. The range
for 32-bit Binary is extended to 4294967295 (a 10-digit value can
be used). The range for 32-bit BCD is extended to 99999999 (an
8-digit value can be used).
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Changes to Memory Mapping/PLC Data Registers
The EZText Enhanced Panels communicate with the PLC through
user-defined PLC data registers. PLC registers are assigned during
configuration using the EZText Enhanced Programming Software. For
discrete operations, such as pushbuttons and LEDs, the register bits
are accessed by the PLC control program.
The LED control register uses B17 to allow you to take the panel out
of PLC Message Mode. If the PLC sets this bit (from 0 to a 1) when
the panel has a PLC Message on the display, the panel will go back into
Local Message Mode.
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Main Menu Items – Reference
In this chapter....
— Welcome Screen
— Main Configuration Screen
— Main Menu Items
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Welcome Screen
Title Bar
Main Menu Bar
Standard Tool Bar
Status Bar
Title Bar
The Title Bar tells you the name of the EZText Enhanced project file that
you currently have open.
Main Menu Bar
This is the Main Menu Bar. EZText Enhanced Programming Software
menus are represented by the names listed across the top of the Main
Configuration Screen and directly under the Title Bar. The selections
shown above are available after you click on New System or Existing
System (open a project).
Standard Tool Bar
The Standard Tool Bar consists of icons for frequently used commands.
These commands are also found in, and accessible from, the Main Menu
Bar. From left to right the icons represent:
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Open new project
Open existing project
Save the active project
Cut the selection and put it on the clipboard
Copy the selection and put it on the clipboard
Paste clipboard contents
Print the active project
Print Preview
About EZText Enhanced Programming Software
Status Bar
The Status Bar is located at the bottom of the Main Configuration Screen
and shows the status of the current screen. It provides information about
a tool bar item that the pointer passes over.
Main Configuration Screen
When you click on the New System button from the Welcome Screen,
a Create Project window opens. Enter the name of the project and
where to save it, then click on the Save button. You will open to the
Main Configuration Screen. From this screen you will select a Single
or Multi-Panel System, your EZText Enhanced Panel and PLC Type, and
configure your system. Shown below is the Main Configuration Screen
for a Single Panel System.
Main Configuration Screen for a Single Panel System.
Notice that Step 1a
is grayed out, and on
the bottom right, the
two center buttons
say Write to Panel
and Read from Panel,
these will change
when a Multi-Panel
System is selected.
See next page.
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Main Configuration Screen for a Multi-Panel System.
Notice that Step 1a is now available, allowing you to select a panel
model for each of the five ports. The five ports are available on an EZ
Multiplexer communication master unit (P/N EZ-MULTIDROP). For more
information on the EZ Multiplexer unit that allows you to connect up to 5
EZText Enhanced Panels to a single PLC, visit EZAutomation’s website
(www.EZAutomation.net), consult the EZText Enhanced Programming
Software Version Help topics, or your EZ Multilplexer’s manual, P/N EZMULTIDROP-M.
On the bottom right, the two center buttons now say Write to Multiplexerl
and Read from Multiplexer. Multi-Panel Projects are stored in the
EZMultiplexer master communication unit that sends and receives data
from a PLC and connected EZText Enhanced Panels.
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Main Menu Items
In this section we’ll take you through the menu items. Any differences
between the menu items (in terms of functionality or availability) for a
Single Panel System and a Multi-Panel System are so noted.
File Menu*
New
1. Click on New to open a new project. The following screen will
appear.
* The File Menu is
the same for both a
Single Panel System
and a Multi-Panel
2. Enter a name for your project in the File Name field. Navigate
to the directory/folder where you want the project to reside (if
different than the default Project directory created for you when
you install EZText Enhanced Programming Software.)
3. Click on Save to save this project name and exit this window.
4. The Main Configuration Screen will open allowing you to begin
configuring your system.
Open
1. Click on Open to open an existing project for editing. The following
screen will appear.
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2. Navigate to the directory/folder where the project resides (if
different than the default Project directory created for you when
you install EZText Enhanced Programming Software.) Select the
project you wish to edit from those listed.
3. Click on Open and exit this window.
4. The Main Configuration Screen will open allowing you to begin
configuring your system.
Close
Click on Close to close the current project.
Save or Save As
Click on Save to save the current project configuration. Click on Save
As to save project under a different name.
Print, Print Preview, Print Setup
If a Single Panel System, the current project will print. If a Multi-Panel
System, click on a port/panel to see the configuration for that panel and
then click on print.
Click on Print to send the current EZText Enhanced project to the
printer.
Click on Print Preview to see how the current project will look when
printed. The following window will appear.
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On the first page, the following will be listed (all or in part, depending
upon the Panel Type):
File Name: (*.ezx file)
System Type: (Single or Multiple Panel System)
Panel Type:
(shows the Panel type you have selected)
Button (Bit Write) PLC Word: (the PLC address is shown)
LED (Bit Read) PLC Word: (the PLC address is shown)
Line 1 PLC:
(the PLC address is shown)
Line 2 PLC:
(“)
Line 3 PLC:
(“)
Line 4 PLC:
(“)
PLC TYPE:
(shows the PLC type you have selected)
PLC Password Register: (PLC address is shown, EZ-220P &
EZ-220PV only)
Annunciator Word: (PLC word register is shown, EZ-220P &
EZ-200PV only)
BUTTON/LED Information
F1:
(whether button action is Momentary, Alternate or
Panel Set & PLC Release)
F2:
(“)
F3:
(“)
F4:
(“)
F5:
(“)
LED 1:
(whether it is illuminated By Button, By Button &
Flash, or By PLC)
LED 2:
(“)
LED 3:
(“)
LED 4:
(“)
LED 5:
(“)
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The second page lists the PLC Messages and configuration information
about each, such as:
Data 1 Reg
(PLC register where value is located)
Date Type
(BCD or Binary)
R/W
(Read/Write or Read Only access)
L/R Password (whether it is stored as Local—L, or in a PLC
Register—R) (EZ-220P & EZ220PV Panel only)
Dec Pt Reg (PLC register that controls data value decimal point
for Data 1 item)
Data 2 Reg
(PLC register where value is located)
Data Type
(BCD or Binary)
Data 3 Reg (PLC register where value is located)
Data Type
(BCD or Binary)
Print Preview
Local Messages
After listing of PLC Messages, the Local Messages are listed, with the
following information:
Data 1 Reg
(PLC register where value is located)
Date Type
(BCD or Binary)
R/W
(Read/Write or Read Only access)
Dec Pt Reg
(PLC register that controls data value decimal
point
for Data 1 item)
Data 2 Reg
(PLC register where value is located)
Data Type
(BCD or Binary)
Data 3 Reg
(PLC register where value is located)
Data Type
(BCD or Binary)
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Recent Files
A list of recently opened project files (up to 4) are provided here. You
may click on one of these files to open the project.
Exit
Click here to Exit EZText Enhanced Programming Software.
Panel Menu
Write Project
1. Click on Write Project when you are ready to write the program to
the EZText Enhanced Panel. If you are configuring a Multi-Panel
Project, you will be writing the project to the EZ Multiplexer. The
following window will appear.
Ensure that the EZText Enhanced Panel(s) is in SETUP Mode
BEFORE attempting to Write Project. If it is a Multi-Panel
Project, ensure that the EZ Multiplexer is in PROGRAM Mode
(Mode Switch is located on front panel of Multiplexer) and
the EZText Enhanced Panels are in SETUP Mode.
2. Make sure the correct Port is selected and then click on the Start
button.The progress bar at the bottom of the window will let you
know where you are in the write to panel process. A check mark
will appear next to the items that are completed.
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3. When the write to panel process
is complete, the message to the
right will appear letting you know
that the current EZText Enhanced
program was successfully written
to the panel. Click on OK.
Read Project
1. If you want to edit an existing program already loaded into the
panel or Multiplexer, create a new project, then click on Read
Project to transfer it to the EZText Enhanced Programming
Software. The following screen will appear.
Ensure that the EZText Enhanced Panel(s) is in SETUP Mode
BEFORE attempting to Read or Verify Project. If it is a MultiPanel Project, ensure that the EZ Multiplexer is in PROGRAM
Mode (Mode Switch is located on front panel of Multiplexer)
and the EZText Enhanced Panels are in SETUP Mode.
2. Make sure the correct Port is selected and then click on the Start
button. The progress bar at the bottom of the window will let you
know where you are in the Read Project process. A check mark
will appear next to the items that are completed.
3. When the Read Project process is complete, the message to the
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right will appear letting you know
that the current program was
successfully read from the panel
or multiplexer and transferred to
your project. Click on OK.
Verify
Click on Verify to compare the program open in EZText Enhanced
Programming Software to the program loaded in the EZText Enhanced
Panel. The Reading from Panel window will appear, showing the
progress of the verification. When complete, a
message will appear telling you if they are the
same or if they are different.
Clear Memory
Put the EZText Enhanced Panel(s) in Setup Mode
(and the EZ Multiplexer, if applicable, into the
Program Mode) and click on Clear Memory to erase the user project from
the EZText Enhanced Panel (and EZ Multiplexer) memory. If you have
a system project loaded into the panel that you want to keep, be sure to
save it before you clear the memory. To save it, click on Read Project,
and save the project to disk.
Information
Click on Panel Information to
open the Panel Status window.
It will show a picture of the panel
(Panel Preview) that is currently
connected to your computer; Panel
Attributes, Text Panel Model,
Firmware Revision (also referred
to as internal software or Exec), PLC Driver, PLC Driver Revision, and
Memory Size. If connected to an EZ Multiplexer, it will provide you with
information on the multiplexer.Click on
OK to exit.
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Upgrade Firmware
(this is available if project is Single Panel System)
There may be occasional upgrades to the EZText Enhanced Panel
internal software, also referred to as the Exec or Firmware. Check www.
EZAutomation.net periodically for information about software and firmware
upgrades.
To Upgrade Firmware:
1. Place the panel in Setup Mode by pressing the UP/DOWN arrows
on the EZText Enhanced Panel simultaneously.
2. Under the Panel Menu, click on Upgrade Firmware. The
following screen will appear.
Click on Panel >
Upgrade Firmware
This window will
open
3. Click on the Browse button. The window, shown below, will open
to the default folder, Firmware (located in the EZText Enhanced
Program directory). If the firmware file has been downloaded from
the EZAutomationirect website to another location, navigate to
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the new firmware file (.hex file). There are five types of firmware
files (.hex) for the different types of EZText Enhanced Panels:
EZ220xy — for the EZ-220 & EZ-220V panels; EZ220Lxy — for
the EZ-220L panel; EZ420xy — for the EZ-420 panel; EZ220Pxy
— for EZ-220P & EZ-220PV panels; and the EZSPPxy —for the
EZ-SP Set Point Panel. The “x” represents the major revision of
the firmware (e.g., A). “y” represents the minor revision (e.g., 1).
Make sure that you select the correct firmware.hex file for
your type panel, and send the upgrade to the panel.
4. Select the appropriate COM port under Port Selected (if
necessary) and click on the Start button to begin downloading
the firmware to the EZText Enhanced Panel. A status bar will let
you know when the upgrade is complete. Click on Close when
complete.
When you initialize the Upgrade Firmware process, the EZText Enhanced
Panel Message display will read SELF TESTING. When the download
begins, the display will read LOADING EXEC. When the download is
complete, the panel will enter the Run Mode.
If the message INCOMPATIBLE EXEC is displayed on the panel while
the Upgrade is in process, it means that the wrong firmware file has been
sent to the panel. You will also receive an error message from the EZText
Enhanced Programming Software, as shown below. If this happens, do
the following:
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1. Click on the OK button on the Error Message.
2. Click on the Cancel button on the Downloading Firmware
window.
3. Click on Upgrade Firmware to start the process over, being
careful to select the correct firmware.hex file.
Upgrade Firmware, when
you press the Start button,
the panel will display SELF
TESTING while the upgrade
is initializing.
When the download begins,
the panel will display LOADING
EXEC.
If you get the message,
INCOMPATIBLE EXEC, you
have sent the wrong firmware
file. Exit all windows and
start the Upgrade Firmware
process again, being careful
to select the correct file.
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Upgrade MUX Firmware
(this is available if project is a Multi-Panel
System)
There may be occasional upgrades to the EZ Multiplexer internal software,
also referred to as the Exec or Firmware. Check www.EZAutomation.net
periodically for information about software and firmware upgrades.
Download the file in the same way you would the panel firmware.
Remember to set the EZ Multiplexer Mode Switch on the front panel to
PROGRAM Mode.
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View Menu
Toolbar
Click on Tool Bar (Standard Tool Bar) to open or close the tool bar that
appears in the main configuration window.
Status Bar
The Status Bar is located at the bottom of the Main Configuration Screen
and shows the status of the current screen. It provides information about
a tool bar item on the main configuration screen that the pointer passes
over.
Port Menu
COM1
COM2
COM3
COM4
The Port Menu allows you to view the current port, or change to another
COM port on your computer. Select the port that is connected to the EZText
Enhanced Panel. Choose from COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4.
Window Menu
New Window
Click here to open a new window.
Cascade
Click here to view open files in the window. Screens will cascade down
window, overlapping each other, but with their title bars in view. This is
helpful when you are making changes to two or more systems at the same
time. Click on the title bar of one of the screens to bring it to the front.
The title bar is grayed out in screens that are not currently active.
Tile
Click here to view open screen files in the window. Screens will be
arranged within the window. The title bar is grayed out in screens that
are not currently active.
Arrange Icons
Click on this to rearrange minimized project windows (icons) within the
main window.
Active Windows
This is a list of the screens that are currently open. Click on a screen in
this list to bring it into view. A check mark will appear in front of the active
screen in this list.
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Help Menu
Help Topics
Click on Help Topics to view the help topics for EZText Enhanced
Programming Software. The help window is in Windows 2000 format.
Use the Contents tab to view help topics by category. Click on the Index
tab to view an alphabetical list of all help topics. Click on the Search tab
and then enter a word or words to search the help topics for.
About EZText Enhanced
Click on About EZText Enhanced for copyright, manufacturer, and
version number of the EZText Enhanced Programming Software.
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