EchoPod DX10-(XX) Quick Start Guide

EchoPod DX10-(XX) Quick Start Guide
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Model: DX10-(XX)
EchoPod®
Quick Start
QS300200 Rev.B
©2010 Flowline, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Made in USA
10500 Humbolt Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 USA
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Welcome to the DX10 Quick Start
The DX10 Quick Start is meant to show some of the more common setup
solutions to getting the DX10 up and running quickly. If you run into an issue
that is not addressed here or wish to install or set up with a non-standard
configuration, please address the DX10 Manual or refer to the Flowline website
at www.flowline.com.
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Thank you for purchasing the EchoPod (DX10). This general purpose ultrasonic
sensor provides non-contact detection with voltage or frequency output. This Quick
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Start includes everything you’ll need to get the EchoPod up and running. For
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complete information, please refer to EchoPod documentation located at:
www.flowline.com.
Components
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Depending on how the EchoPod was shipped to you, you may or may not have the
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components shown below. All three components, including the EchoPod , USB Fob,
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and Viton gasket are required to configure and install the EchoPod . If you need any
additional components, you can order them directly from your local Flowline
distributor.
Typical Wiring Diagram
Your WebCal Wiring Diagram may vary.
General notes for electrical connections, usage and safety:
EchoPod®
DX10-0
DX10-1
USB Fob
LI99-1001
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Viton® gasket
204038
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Where personal safety or significant property damage can occur due to a
spill, the installation must have a redundant backup safety system installed
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Wiring should always be completed by a licensed electrician
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Supply voltage should never exceed 28 VDC
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Protect the sensor from excessive electrical spikes by isolating the power,
whenever possible
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The sensor materials must be chemically compatible with the liquids to be
measured
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Design a fail-safe system for possible sensor and/or power failure
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Never use the sensor in environments classified as Hazardous
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Wiring the EchoPod®
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After mounting the EchoPod , make the necessary electrical connections. A wiring
diagram with specific recommendations for the sensor’s configuration can be printed
from the WebCal program. A typical wiring diagram is shown on the next page.
Configuring the EchoPod®
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Configuration of your EchoPod should be performed prior to mounting, since it
requires connection to your PC.
Step 1: Install the WebCal Software
Download WebCal from www.flowline.com onto a PC with the following minimum
specifications:
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Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, 10 MB storage space, 256 MB RAM, 1 USB 2.0 port
Double-click the WebCal icon to install before proceeding to Step 2. You must have
an active Internet connection to install WebCal, as it will automatically verify driver
updates.
Step 2: Connect the USB Fob
NOTE: Do not connect the Fob until after you’ve installed WebCal.
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Red and Black leads are for connection to a 24 VDC power supply. The red and
black wires can be extended more than 1000 feet using 22 gauge or larger wire,
however do not extend the green and white wires.
White and Green leads are reserved for use with WebCal and should not be
connected during usage in the application. These wires should not be connected to
WebCal while power is supplied from any source other than the LI99 FOB.
The EchoPod communicates to its configuration software through the USB Fob. Prior
to connecting the Fob, ensure that all external power is disconnected from the
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EchoPod as power is provided through the PC’s USB 2.0 port. Do not use a cable
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connecting the EchoPod to the Fob any longer than 15 feet.
Connect the red, green, white, and black wires from the EchoPod to the
corresponding colored terminals on the Fob (as shown in the diagram).
2)
Tighten the terminal
screws with a slotted
screwdriver.
3)
Plug the Fob into your
PC’s USB port.
Never allow the white or green wires to touch any power supply.
The Blue wire is for Voltage Output.
The Brown wire is for Frequency Output. This output requires a pull-up resister to
positive voltage sized to supply less than 15mA current.
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Step 3: Configure through WebCal
Using a Standpipe
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These instructions will walk you through configuration of the EchoPod through
WebCal. For more information, click the WebCal HELP button in the lower right
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corner or anywhere on the WebCal screen or refer to the EchoPod manual
found at www.flowline.com.
A standpipe may be used to dampen turbulence, separate surface foam from the
point of measurement or increase performance in heavy vapor. Select a 3” pipe
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(a 2” pipe is usable, but the minimum) and attach the EchoPod with a coupling
and reducer bushing. The pipe length should run the measurement span and the
bottom of the pipe should remain submerged at all times to prevent foam from
entering the pipe. Cut the bottom end of the pipe at 45° and drill a 1/4” pressure
equalization hole high in the dead band. The pumps should not drive liquid past the
open end of the standpipe which causes the liquid in the pipe to become turbulent.
WebCal Configuration Screen
Mounting with a Standpipe
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Mounting the EchoPod®
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The EchoPod should always be mounted perpendicular to the liquid surface and
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installed using the provided Viton mounting gasket. Always use fittings, with thin
wall mounting structures that isolate the transducer. This will provide the best
performance over the lifetime of the product.
Using the drop-down menus on the left of the WebCal screen, set the configuration
for your application requirements. When a selection does not apply to your
application, “Not Applicable” will appear in the drop-down. Make sure all drop-downs
are set appropriately for your application before moving to the Tank Level section.
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Select Output. The Output can be
displayed in terms of either Voltage or
Frequency. As shown later in the Wiring
section, this relates to the connections
through the blue and brown wires.
Maximum Output and Minimum
Output. Sets the tank full and tank empty
output levels, respectively.
Fail Safe Output. Use this setting to
choose the output level when the sensor
loses the echo return.
Startup Condition. During the 15-20
seconds during which the EchoPod starts
up, this describes the level at which it will
begin searching for the contents of the
tank.
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The preferred mounting fitting for the EchoPod DX10 is the Reducer Bushing LM521400 (2” thread x 1” thread). Further mounting products and solutions can be found
on the Flowline website at www.flowline.com/fittings.php. An instructional video on
mounting ultrasonic level measurement technology is also available on the website.
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For installations in existing 2” fittings:
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1)
Use LM52-1400 2” thread x 1” thread adapter (An
adapter with an air gap around the 1 inch threads as
shown is recommended).
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For installations in plastic tanks:
1)
2)
3)
Use a Bulkhead fitting LM52-1890 1” Bulkhead fitting,
Use a Bulkhead fitting LM52-2890 in combination with
LM52-1400 or,
Weld a plastic 1” half coupler to tank top.
For installations in metal tanks:
1)
2)
Use the recommended bulkhead fittings as shown
above or a LM52-1850 1” Flange. The flange fitting
must have a riser for the threaded section. Drilling and
tapping a blind flange is not recommended.
While installations directly into a 1”metal fitting are not
recommended, acceptable results may be obtained if
the 1” fitting is a half coupling in form and the outer
diameter of the coupler is tightly wrapped in vinyl tape
to dampen vibrations.
For installations in open tanks and sumps:
1)
Configuration Settings
NOTE: If you would like to start over, click the
Clear Screen button on the right.
Enter the appropriate tank level set points for your application.
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Units. Display measurements in inches
or centimeters.
Sensor Height. Distance measured from
the bottom of the empty tank to the
bottom of the transducer. Under factory
configuration, this becomes the 4 mA set
point.
Fill Height. Distance measured from the
bottom of the empty tank to the maximum
fill height within the tank. Under factory
configuration, this becomes the 20 mA
set point.
Tank Level Settings
Use Flowline's LM50-1001-1 side mount bracket,
which includes a 2" x 1" thread reducer bushing.
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The options on the right of the WebCal screen to finalize the
configuration.
Before configuration can be completed:
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Write to Unit. Send your configuration into
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EchoPod .
Wiring Diagram. Open PDF wiring
schematic of your configuration.
Advanced. Configure advanced settings.
Read the section below on advanced setting
options
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Factory Config. Return EchoPod to the
original factory configuration.
Clear Screen. Clears the screen of
configuration settings.
Config File. Name, save, open or print your
configuration for later use.
You must click the Write to Unit button to save the settings to the unit.
Then, click Wiring Diagram for a hard copy of the EchoPod’s settings.
Finally, enter the file name under which you wish to save the configuration
file and click Save Config File.
Configuration is now complete.
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Disconnect the USB Fob before continuing to the next step: Mounting the EchoPod .
Finalize Settings
The Advanced button is used for options available when setting up the sensor with
special, non-standard features. Many of these features are available for specific
applications that may change from time to time. Consult WebCal's HELP file for the
latest information on the use of any of these features.
For updates to WebCal, or to make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version
available, click the Update tab on the top of the WebCal screen.
The more commonly used Advanced features are the Invert Relay and Increase
Output Filtering described below.
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Increase Output Filtering. Select
this radio button to add additional
filtering.
Decrease Output Filtering.
Select this radio button to remove
all output filtering.
Advanced Settings
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