User Manual for Alpha Director with Smart Alec Option

User Manual for Alpha Director with Smart Alec Option

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U s e r M a n u a l for ALPHA

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© 1997 Adaptive Micro Systems

Form No. 9705-1008

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NOTE: Due to continuing product innovation, specifications in this document are subject to change without notice.

Copyright © 1997 Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

Trademarked names appear throughout this document. Rather than list the names and entities that own the trademarks or insert a trademark symbol with each mention of the trademarked name, the publisher states that it is using the names for editorial purposes and to the benefit of the trademark owner with no intention of improperly using the trademark.

BETA-BRITE and BIG DOT are trademarks of Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc. registered in the

United States Patent and Trademark Office.

ALPHA, AlphaNET, AlphaNET plus, AlphaNET plus II, ALPHAVISION, Automode, EZ KEY II,

EZ95, PrintPak, TimeNet, AlphaLert, SMART ALEC, and Director are trademarks of Adaptive

Micro Systems, Inc.

Contents

Installation and setup....................................................................................... 1

Description ...........................................................................................................1

Technical specifications.......................................................................................2

EMI compliance....................................................................................................2

Assembly..............................................................................................................3

How to mount the sign on a wall ..................................................................4

How to mount the sign on a stand (without the optional brochure rack) .....5

How to mount the sign on a stand (with the optional brochure rack) ..........9

Using the Remote Control ..................................................................................13

Connecting the sign to a computer ....................................................................15

Updating the sign’s firmware (or EPROM)..........................................................17

Basic sign operation ....................................................................................... 19

Turning a sign on and off ...................................................................................19

Setting a sign’s serial address ...........................................................................20

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Warranty

Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser that the sign, keyboard and power supply will be free of defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one year from the date of purchase.

Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc. will without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective product or component parts upon delivery to the factory service department accompanied by proof of the date of purchase in the form of a sales receipt.

This warranty does not apply in the event of any misuse or abuse of the product, or as a result of any unauthorized repairs or alterations.

This warranty does not apply if the serial number is altered, defaced or removed from the sign. Incandescent lamps used in incandescent products are not covered by this warranty.

The purchase price of this product does not include, from Adaptive

Micro Systems, Inc., any on-site support, service or maintenance.

Local ordinances prohibiting the use of flashing signs may exist in some locations. Compliance with local ordinances is the sole responsibility of the customer.

To obtain warranty coverage, this product must be registered. Please complete the enclosed warranty registration card and mail it to Adaptive

Micro Systems, Inc.

How to obtain warranty service

1.

Contact the dealer/distributor from whom the sign was purchased.

If you do not know where the product was purchased, contact

Adaptive Micro Systems Customer Service at 414-357-2020.

2.

If the dealer/distributor cannot service the product, obtain a Return

Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number through that company.

An RMA number is required to obtain warranty service.

3.

Fill out the Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) Form on the following page. To obtain warranty service, this form including the

RMA number must accompany the product.

4.

Follow return instructions on the RMA form to return to Adaptive

Micro Systems, Inc.

Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) form

RMA Number:__________________________

Date of Purchase: _________________________________

Company Name: _________________________________

Contact Person: _________________________________

Address: _________________________________

_________________________________

Phone Number: _________________________________

Description of Problem: _____________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

Return Instructions:

Step 1: Obtain an RMA number from your dealer/distributor.

Step 2: Fill out this form and include proof of purchase receipt if product is under warranty.

Step 3: Pack this form, the sign, keyboard and transformer in the original carton (or a suitable replacement). Please write the RMA number on the outside of the package. Any damage to the product during shipment is the responsibility of the freight company or the owner of the sign.

Step 4: Ship the package, postage/shipping prepaid to:

Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc.

Attn: RMA No. ___________

7840 North 86th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53224

PLEASE WRITE THE RMA NUMBER ON THE LABEL OF THE SHIPPING BOX - THANK YOU.

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User Manual for ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option

Installation and setup

The ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option is an indoor LED sign that can display up to eight 16-character rows of text. The sign can either be hung from a wall or mounted on a stand. Also, when mounted on a stand, an optional magazine rack can be placed beneath the sign.

Description

D

A

Top view

E

B

C

Front and back views

(without stand)

Front view

(with stand)

Front view

(with stand and magazine rack)

Side view

(with stand and magazine rack)

Item

A

B

C

D

E

Name Description

ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option

Wall mounting bracket

RS232/RS485 jacks

Floor mount brackets

Brochure rack

An LED sign which can display up to eight, 16-character rows of text.

The sign can store up to 26 “pages” or screens of text information.

This is a factory-installed option.

The bottom panel flips up to expose the RS232/RS485 jacks which are used to connect the sign to a computer or a network of signs.

See the manual

Network Configurations

(9708-8046) for more information on connecting the sign to a network.

This is a factory-installed option.

This is a factory-installed option.

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Technical specifications

Part number

Description

1022-1112

0022-0001

Factoryinstalled options

ALPHA Director with

Smart Alec option

ALPHA Director with

Smart Alec option

Brochure rack option

Wall mounting kit option

Floor stand kit option

Input

VAC

Input power

120 150 W

230 150 W

Dimensions in inches

22.5L x 3.12D x 27H

(57.2L x 7.9D x 68.6H cm)

22.5L x 3.12D x 27H

(57.2L x 7.9D x 68.6H cm)

Weight in pounds

31.1 (14.1 kg)

31.1 (14.1 kg)

27L x 18D x 61H

(68.6L x 45.7D x 154.9H cm) with brochure rack and stand

58.7 (26.6 kg) with brochure rack and stand

EMI compliance

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital Device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designated to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

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Assembly

WARNING

Hazardous voltage.

Contact with high voltage may cause death or serious injury.

Always disconnect power to sign prior to servicing.

WARNING

Fasten sign to floor.

Otherwise sign may tip over causing serious injury or death.

NOTE: Do NOT use this sign outdoors because water and dust will damage the sign.

NOTE: Because of its weight, this sign should be assembled by two people.

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How to mount the sign on a wall

1.

Make sure one wall mounting bracket is attached to the back of the sign:

Wall mounting bracket

(factory installed)

2.

Attach another wall mounting bracket (supplied) to a wall. Then hang the sign from this bracket.

NOTE: Only hang the sign from a wall capable of supporting

116 pounds (52.5 kg).

Attach a wall mounting bracket to a wall

To mount the sign, interlock the two brackets.

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3.

Route the power cord from the sign in such a way that the cord is not in an area where people will be walking.

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User Manual for ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option

How to mount the sign on a stand (without the optional brochure rack)

1.

Remove the caps from the top of each mounting pole:

Remove each end cap by unfastening the two screws that hold each cap.

Mounting poles

2.

Place both mounting poles on a flat surface. Slide the crossbar down the channels on the mounting poles. Then slide a safety stop down each channel:

Safety stops

Crossbar

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3.

Fasten the crossbar to each mounting pole with the four set screws. Then fasten each safety stop with the two set screws:

Safety stop

Crossbar

Fasten each safety stop with two screws.

25.5 inches

(63.5 cm)

Fasten with two screws on each side.

Mounting notch — line up the bottom of the crossbar with this notch.

NOTE: Screws should be securely tightened

(18 to 20-inch/pounds of torque recommended).

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4.

Place each of the sign’s mounting brackets in a channel on each mounting pole. Then slide the sign down until it rests on the safety stops. Finally, re-attach the end caps onto the tops of the mounting poles:

End caps

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5.

Fasten the sign to the floor using four bolts or screws in the locations shown below:

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Top view of sign

6.

Route the power cord from the sign in such a way that the cord is not in an area where people will be walking.

Run the power cord along one of the mounting poles.

Use the supplied cable ties to fasten the power cord to the mounting pole.

Fasten the power cord to the floor in such a way

(e.g., tape) to prevent someone from tripping over the cord.

Power cord

Cable ties

Completed assembly of sign

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User Manual for ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option

How to mount the sign on a stand (with the optional brochure rack)

1.

Remove the caps from the top of each mounting pole:

Remove each end cap by unfastening the two screws that hold each cap.

Mounting poles

2.

Place both mounting poles on a flat surface. Slide the crossbar down the channels on the mounting poles. Then slide a safety stop down each channel:

Safety stops

Crossbar

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3.

Fasten the crossbar to each mounting pole with the four set screws. Then fasten each safety stop with the two set screws:

Safety stop

Crossbar

Fasten each safety stop with two screws.

Fasten the crossbar with two screws on each side.

Mounting notch — line up the bottom of the crossbar with this notch.

NOTE: Screws should be securely tightened

(18 to 20-inch/pounds of torque recommended).

43.5 inches

(110.5 cm)

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4.

Place each of the brochure rack’s mounting brackets in a channel on each mounting pole. Slide the brochure rack down until it rests on the safety stops. Then slide the sign down the channels.

Finally, re-attach the end caps onto the tops of the mounting poles:

End caps

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5.

Fasten the sign to the floor using four bolts or screws in the locations shown below:

Top view of sign

6.

Route the power cord from the sign in such a way that the cord is not in an area where people will be walking.

Run the power cord along one of the mounting poles.

Use the supplied cable ties to fasten the power cord to the mounting pole.

Fasten the power cord to the floor in such a way

(e.g., tape) to prevent someone from tripping over the cord.

Cable ties

Power cord

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Crossbar

Plastic case

The plastic case can hold different sizes of literature.

Use the supplied plastic dividers to adjust for these sizes.

To remove the plastic case:

1.

Un-screw the 4 screws from the crossbar.

2.

Slip the crossbar down.

3.

Loosen the two screws on the inside bottom of the brochure rack.

4.

Remove the wood bottom of the brochure rack.

5.

Remove the plastic case from the brochure rack.

6.

Re-assemble the brochure rack.

Completed assembly of sign

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Using the Remote Control

A Remote Control can be used to turn a sign off and on or to set its serial address.

A Remote Control is a hand-held keyboard which emits infrared light and is used to program a sign. A Remote Control needs four AAA batteries to operate.

Point this end of the Remote Control at a sign.

Press PROGRAM to put the sign into programming mode. (This mode is used to change the sign’s serial address.)

To turn the sign off or on, hold down SHIFT and then press PROGRAM.

REMOTE CONTROL

ON - OFF

PROGRAM

SOUND

RUN

APPEND CURSOR SPECIAL FONT

ROLL

1

AUTO

7

WIPE

2

SPEED

8

SCROLL

3

TIME

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FLASH

4

DOT

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WIDTH COLOR

HOLD

5

ROTATE

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SELECT

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SPACE RETURN

SHIFT CAPS SHIFT

INSERT BACK ADV DELETE

Figure 1: Infrared (IR) Remote Control keyboard

Press RUN once to exit programming mode.

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To program a sign with a Remote Control:

Stand at least 5 feet and no more than 30 feet from the sign. (See “Using a Remote Control with a sign” on page 14.)

• Make sure nothing reflective is in front of the sign. (Light from the sign’s display that is reflected back can interfere with the Remote

Control.)

• If nearby fluorescent lights interfere with the Remote Control, you may have to relocate either the lights or the sign.

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If a sign is this far from the floor...

...then hold a Remote Control this far away:

10 feet

15 feet

20 feet from 10 to 30 feet from 19 to 30 feet from 25 to 30 feet

Figure 2: Using a Remote Control with a sign

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User Manual for ALPHA Director with Smart Alec option

Connecting the sign to a computer

Messages are sent to the sign using a computer that is running Smart

Alec software. You can either connect one sign or many types of ALPHA with Smart Alec option signs.

How to connect one sign directly to a computer

If you only want to connect a single sign to your computer, follow these steps:

1.

Remove power from the sign.

WARNING

Hazardous voltage.

Contact with high voltage may cause death or serious injury.

Always disconnect power to sign prior to servicing.

2.

Change the sign’s internal RS232/RS485 jumper to RS232 according to this diagram:

1.

Remove the two screws holding the signs’ cap.

2.

Remove the cap.

3.

Pull up and remove the clear plastic lens on the sign’s front.

Then set the jumper over the two left (RS232) pins.

Figure 3: How to change the RS232/RS485 jumper

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3.

Re-assemble the sign.

4.

Connect a personal computer to the sign as follows:

A

B

C

Item

A

B

C

Part #

1088-8625

1088-8627

4370-0001C

1088-9108

To the sign’s RS232/RS485 jack

(under the back lower panel of the sign)

To one of the

PC’s COM

(RS232) ports

Description

Ferrite (ferrite end towards sign)

25-foot 6-conductor RS232 data cable

50-foot 6-conductor RS232 data cable

25 pin sub-D/to 6 pos. RJ11 adapter

9 pin sub-D/to 6 pos. RJ11 adapter

PC running

Smart Alec software

How to connect multiple signs into a network

For this type of networking, the sign’s internal RS232/RS485 jumper must be set to

RS485

. (See “How to change the RS232/RS485 jumper” on page 15.)

Because there is such a wide variety of ways (e.g., LAN, wireless, etc.) to connect signs, see the manual

Network Configurations

(9708-8046) for more details.

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Updating the sign’s firmware (or EPROM)

From time to time it may be necessary to update the sign’s internal firmware by replacing an EPROM inside the sign. To do this, follow these steps:

1.

Remove power from the sign.

WARNING

Hazardous voltage.

Contact with high voltage may cause death or serious injury.

Always disconnect power to sign prior to servicing.

2.

Replace the sign’s internal EPROM according to this diagram:

1.

Remove the two screws holding the signs’ cap.

2.

Remove the cap.

3.

Pull up and remove the clear plastic lens on the sign’s front.

4.

To remove the current

EPROM, grasp these two tabs and gently pull it out.

Then put in the new EPROM.

Figure 4: How to change the sign’s EPROM

3.

Re-assemble the sign.

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Basic sign operation

Turning a sign on and off

When you plug in the sign’s power supply, the sign starts up automatically, and unplugging the power supply turns the sign off.

However, instead of unplugging a sign, there is another way to turn a sign off:

Using the Remote Control, hold down

SHIFT

and then press

PROGRAM

to turn a sign off and on.

NOTE: Messages that you have programmed into the sign will

not

be lost when you turn a sign off. Messages will be retained for up to 30 days if the sign is not powered.

When you turn a sign on, information similar to the following will be displayed:

Model number of the sign.

1022-6801A

16X8C SMART

64K RAM

Total amount of RAM in the sign.

TUESDAY

3:12 PM

APRIL 15, 1997

The time set in the sign.

The date set in the sign.

SERIAL ADDRESS =

000

Serial address of the sign

(typically a number from

00 to 99).

This number is used to provide a unique identity to a sign on a network.

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Setting a sign’s serial address

The serial address is a number that you can assign to a sign.

Typically, this feature would be used for a sign that is connected to other signs on a network. Giving a unique serial address to a sign allows you to send messages to that

particular

sign.

See the document

Network Configurations

(part number 9708-8046) for more detailed information on networking signs.

Step When you do this...

You see this...

1 Press

PROGRAM

.

SET SERIAL

ADDRESS

1 Press

ADV

.

SERIAL ADDRESS =

000

4

Type a number, like 010 .

NOTE: A serial address is a number from 0 to

255.

NOTE: When a sign leaves the factory, its serial address is set to 000.

SERIAL ADDRESS =

010

5 Press

RUN

once to set the new serial address and return the sign to normal operation.

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