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PCTool 7000

User Manual

Hsinag Cheng Electric Corp.


Contents

1. Overview............................................................................................... 1
2. Installation and uninstallation of EPM 7000:........................................ 2
2.1. Installation.................................................................................... 3
2.2. Uninstallation ............................................................................... 7
3. Basic setpoints: ..................................................................................... 8
3.1. Execute, exit and set communication........................................... 9
3.2. Setting User Name & Pass Word ............................................... 15
3.3. Setting Address & Baud Rate..................................................... 17
3.4. Online EPM 7000....................................................................... 19
4. Configuring EPM 7000:...................................................................... 24
4.1. Instant measurement .................................................................. 25
4.2. Demand ...................................................................................... 32
4.3. System CT/PT Ratio .................................................................. 34
4.4. User Mapping............................................................................. 37
4.5. Preset and Reset ......................................................................... 42
4.6. Pulse LED .................................................................................. 44
4.7. Display Scan .............................................................................. 46
5. System testing: .................................................................................... 48
5.1. System Register ......................................................................... 49
5.2. System Parameter....................................................................... 52
1. Overview

EPM 7000 PCTool is a utility program that can help user to connect
to EPM 7000 digital power transducer rapidly. It also provides the full
function of operating interface which is convenient for checking the
transducer’s data and parameters.

EPM 7000 PCTool can connect to 254 EPM 7000 transducers


simultaneously and user can operate multiple transducers by a
single communication line.

Requirement:
Hardware requirement: Pentium PC
Software requirement: Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / XP / NT / 2000

Connection to EPM 7000 transducers:


RS232: Using PC’s communication port to connect to EPM 7000
directly.
RS485: Using PC’s communication port to connect to EPM 7000 by
RS232/RS485 converter.

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2. Installation and uninstallation of EPM 7000:

This chapter describes how to install and uninstall PCTool program.

PCTool requires windows 98 or higher versions to operate. Please


remove previous version of PCTool if user wants to reinstall this
program.

To perform EPM 7000 correctly, first user needs to enter basic


setpoints and system CT/PT ratio according to current requirements
at the job site.

Note:
PCTool requires Adobe Reader to run help function. If Adobe
Reader is not installed in your PC, please install Adobe Reader
6 first online or from PCTool installation CD.

In this chapter

2.1. Installation
2.2. Uninstallation

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2.1. Installation

When you choose to start PCTool, you need to install this software to
your PC. (For updating the exited PCTool, please uninstall the exited
as instruction)

Please the PCTool CD Rom on to drive and choose [Start] – [Run…].


When you see the “Run” window, click to choose drive and
install this PCTool CD-ROM. Click to start the installation
of this PCTool.

When preceding the installation of PCTool, it would make a back up


file in your PC in order to execute all the installation steps.

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When the back up file is completed, a welcome window of PCTool
will pop up. Please click to continue installation of
PCTool.

When you choose to exit PCTool, click to exit the


installation of PCTool.

You may choose to install PCTool to the selected device. The default
device is C:\Program Files\EPM 7000_PCTool” where places the

execute file. Please click to precede next installation step.

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For not enough memory of default device or changing the installation
device, please click to choose the selected
device.

When you choose to exit the installation program, click


to exit.

You may choose a selected file name or use the default file name for
PCTool program. Please click to precede next installation
step.

When you want to stop the installation, click to exit.

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Click to finish the installation.

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2.2. Uninstallation

If user wants to remove or reinstall PCTool program, please use


Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. Here are the steps:

1. Click START button.


2. Select SETTINGS -> CONTROL PANEL (or simply CONTROL
PANEL , it depends on your windows version)
3. Click ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS. From the list of installed
programs find EPM 7000 PCTool and click CHANG/REMOVE
button.
4. Click yes to uninstall and follow the instructions.

Note:
The Add/Remove Program instruction varies in different
versions of Windows. Please refer the help and support in
every version of Windows.

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3. Basic setpoints:

After PCTool was installed successfully, user could start to use


PCTool.

To perform EPM 7000 correctly, first user needs to enter basic


setpoints and system CT/PT ratio according to current requirements
at the job site.

This Chapter describes how to enter basic setpoints and how to


connect with EPM 7000.

In this chapter

3.1. Execute, exit and set communication


3.2. Setting User Name & Pass Word
3.3. Setting Address & Baud Rate
3.4. Online EPM 7000

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3.1. Execute, exit and set communication

You can start EPM 7000 PCTool from Windows. Use the Windows
Start menu to navigate your programs and find [HC PC Tool] – [EPM
7000_PCTool x.x] to execute the PCTool. “x.x” means the version of
PCTool.

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The setting communication window appears before the main
program window. You would need to set up the communication
parameters so that your PC has the same communication setting as
EPM 7000. This window allows users to add new user name and
password by the following instruction.

Note:
You can change the communication parameters, user name and
password during operation of main program. Just click to
display setting communication window.

The communication parameters you need to setup on PC are listed


as below:
z Communication Port: COM1 ~ COM256. The default port is
COM1.
The RS-232 is used as standard serial port on PC, which is
connected with 9-pin connector. For USB port on PC, you
would need to have a converter. For serial port on PC more
than COM1 and COM2, you would need have additional
communication interface card and execute program.
z Baud Rate: 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200. The default
baud rate is 9600.
*bps means bit per second.
z Stop Bit: 1, and 2. The default unit is 1.
Number of stop bits used by a serial port. Stop bits signal the
end of unit of transmission on the serial line.
z Time Out Time: The time out unit is ms. The default value is
10
3000ms.
This is the time to delay between PCTool attempting to
communicate with PC. The PCTool would record the numbers
of time delay and reply to user about this problem for
communication. User would be able to check with the PC,
EPM 7000 and communication.
z Repeat Test Count: The default value is 1.
When the CRC Error appears, the PCTool is able to set the
number of repeat test count to determine if the problem
comes from faulty communication.
z For having 2-way of RS485 or RS232 converters, please
choose to select the [2W Half Duplex].
For having the 4-way of RS485 converter by parallel
connection, please choose to select [4W Half Duplex].

: To enter the main program window and save the


communication parameters.
: To set the user name and password.
: To exit the operation of PCTool.

When you completed the settings of communication parameter, click


button to save all the parameters.

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You can enter the main program window if click button
in setting communication window. The main program window
displays all of the complete functions for operating the PCTool.
Following is the simple instruction of each function.

z Scan of group: For connecting more than 1 unit of EPM 7000


in one communication line, click to scan the addresses
of all the EPM 7000 from address 001 to max. 254.
z Address: For displaying addresses for max. 20 units of EPM
7000 at one time. If meter address exceeds 20, click and
to see other address of meter.
z Program: This area includes all the functions and options of
EPM 7000. Click on the requested function button to operate
the related function.
z Setup: For setting the address of EPM 7000 and
communication Baud Rate.
Note:
This function is available when ONLY ONE unit of EPM 7000 is

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connected in the communication line.

z : To exit the operation of PCTool.


z : To enter the setting communication window.
z : To disconnect the communication with EPM 7000.
z : To get help for the explanation of functions.

z Status:

Display the PCTool status.


Display the communication port.
Display the communication parameter.
CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check): To display the
CRC Error.
TO (Time Out): The times of communication delay.

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Click to exit the operation of EPM 7000, and then click
to continue.

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3.2. Setting User Name & Pass Word

For the safety reason, the EPM 7000 PCTool requires users to enter
user name and password to operate. You can add more than one
user name and password.

Click to add user name and password. Click to


confirm.

Note:
The password acts as a security key. If the incorrect password and
user name are entered, PCTool would close and all setup data
would be cancelled.)

For the first time user, the default user name and pass word is listed
as below.
User name: hsiang cheng
Password: 29175865

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When the set password window appears, please enter the new user
name and password. It could be any combination of letters and/or
numbers but not particular character.
z User Name: 12 characters.
z Password: 8 characters.
z Recheck Password: Same as password you entered.

Click to confirm the new user name and password.

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3.3. Setting Address & Baud Rate

Please enter the Address of EPM 7000 and


communication Baud Rate matching your
system at site, and then click to complete the setup.

The address number 0 and 255 can not be the address of EPM 7000
since those numbers have the particular purpose. The EPM 7000
defines the 1st byte of communication protocol as the address of
EPM 7000. When the PCTool wants to read data from assigned
EPM 7000, the PCTool will use this address to confirm EPM 7000’s
data.
z For 1st byte as address 0: For purpose of communication
broadcast.
z For 1st byte as address 255: For purpose of reading/setting
any address of only one EPM 7000. If there is only one
EPM 7000 in communication line without knowing its
address, you would need to use this to read/set the data of
EPM 7000.

Confirmation window: setup the EPM 7000 address.

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Confirmation window: setup the communication baud rate.

Please enter the user name and password, and click to


finish setup.

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3.4. Online EPM 7000

This instruction displays how to connect with EPM 7000 and the
simple functions instruction.

First you would need to connect EPM 7000 with PC communication


port and scan the address of EPM 7000. You may enter the scan
range from 001 to 254, and click to scan the address of EPM
7000. The PCTool would place the connecting EPM 7000 address
after finish scan and enable its address button.

To stop scan, click to


stop scan.

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The <Address> area can only show 20 addresses of EPM 7000. For
more than 20 addresses, click and for see other addresses.

You can enter the EPM 7000 address directly if you know the correct
address number. Click [Enter] or [Tab] to connect the PCTool with
EPM 7000.

If there is only one EPM 7000 online, you can click to


quickly get the address of this EPM 7000 and also get online with it.

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Note:
When using , you would need to make sure there is only
one EPM 7000 on the communication line, or there would be some
problems encounter.

During the online connection between PCTool and EPM 7000, the
main program window would have to disconnect. Click
to disconnect with the EPM 7000.

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You can choose the address according to the selected EPM 7000 for
reviewing all the data or setting the parameters.

When EPM 7000 gets online with PCTool, the main program window
would show “EPM 7000 PC Tool” on title bar. You may choose the
selected function on <Program> area.

Warning:
If the device which gets online with PCTool is not the EPM 7000, a
warning window will pop up. The PCTool can work normally after you
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click , but the data may not be correct.

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4. Configuring EPM 7000:

PCTool provides a user-friendly interface that user can simply


choose desired function in the program, and the result or
configuration will be displayed for reviewing and setting.

This chapter describes how to display the measured value and how
to configure the setpoints of EPM 7000.

In this chapter

4.1.Instant measurement
4.2.Demand
4.3.System CT/PT Ratio
4.4.User Mapping
4.5.Preset and Reset
4.6.Pulse LED
4.7.Display Scan

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4.1. Instant measurement

: The function displays actual values of measured


current, voltage, power, frequency / rotate, demand, energy, and
product information. It also provides data log option.

Prior to using the EPM 7000, it is necessary to verify system PT / CT


ratio in order to display measured value correctly.

Viewing actual value:

z
Current tag: Displays phase current corresponding to the A, B,
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and C phase current inputs, average of the 3 phase currents
and neutral current.

z
Voltage tag: Left column displays phase voltage
corresponding to the A, B, and C voltage inputs, average of
the 3 phase voltages. Right column displays line voltage
corresponding to the A, B, and C voltage inputs, average of
the 3 line voltages.

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Power tag: Displays 3 phase/A/B/C real power (kW), 3
phase/A/B/C reactive power (kVar), 3 phase/A/B/C apparent
power (kVA) and 3 phase/A/B/C power factor (LG).

z
Freq/Rotation tag: Displays the frequency (Hz) and rotation
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sequence.

z
Demand tag: Displays 3 phase real power demand (kW).

Energy measurement: Displays the positive real energy (kWh), the


negative real energy (kWh), the positive reactive energy (kVarh), the
negative reactive energy (kVarh).

Product information: Displays hardware version, main firmware


version, boot firmware version, serial number, date of manufacture.

Enabling data logger:


The data logger option allows the PCTool to continuously log all
parameters at the specified rate. The logged data will be saved as
*.csv file.

Data Log:
z : Enable or disable data logger option.
z : Data Logging rate (min).
z : Read logged data from saved files.

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z : Previous logged data.
z : Next logged data.
z : Date and time.

Mark this option to activate data logger. A save file


window will popup, and please select directory and enter file name
as wanted. Click button and PCTool will start to save all
measured values to assigned file in PC at the rate of intervals.

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The logged data will be saved as comma separated value (*.csv)
file.
The content of saved file is separated as date, time, V, A, W,…etc.

Unmark the option deactivate data logger.

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Please click button to disconnect with EPM 7000 before
reading logged data.

When PCTool is offline status, you can click button to


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retrieve saved data. An open file window will pop up, and please
select the previous saved file and click button.

Now you can read data from PCTool and use or to read every
log of saved values, date, and time.

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4.2. Demand

: The function displays demand parameter settings


and demand values.

Demand is a measure of average power consumption over a fixed


time interval.

Peak (or maximum) demand is the highest demand level recorded


over the billing period.

Demand settings:
Period: programmable 1 to 60 minutes. EPM 7000 calculates the
real power demand over this period.

Calculation method:
Block interval: This selection calculates a linear average of the
quantity (RMS current, real power, reactive power, or apparent
power) over the programmed demand TIME PERIOD. Each new
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value of demand becomes available at the end of each time
period.
Example:
First minute = D1 / 1
Second minute = (D1+D2) / 2
The N minute = (D1+D2+D3+D4+……+DN) / N

Setting up demand:

Click button to setup demand period and


calculation type.

Press button to continue or press button to exit.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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4.3. System CT/PT Ratio

: The function displays basic system configuration


and setting.

Prior to using the EPM 7000, it is necessary to verify system PT / CT


ratio in order to display measured value correctly.

Contents in this function:


z Transfer Delay Time (ms): Communication response time
(ms).
The ideal transfer delay time is from 20 ms to 150 ms. The
smallest number of transfer delay time means the quickest
responding time from EPM 7000.
z Wire mode: Selectable 3P4W, 3P4W Balance, 3P3W, 1P3W,
1P2W.
z Nominal Frequency: 50Hz or 60Hz.
Usually, the frequency is measured from A phase voltage
(Van). If the Van is unavailable, the EPM 7000 will use the
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nominal frequency.
z PT Ratio: Range from 1 to 5000.
Enter the voltage transformer ratio. Default is 1.
z CT Ratio: Range from 1 to 5000.
Enter the current transformer ratio. Default is 1.

Setting up system parameters:

Click button to setup system parameters.

Confirmation winder: setup transfer delay time.

Confirmation window: setup wire and frequency.

Confirmation window: setup PT and CT ratios.

Press button to continue or press button to exit.

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To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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4.4. User Mapping

: The function displays user mapping parameter


settings and user mapping values.

The data stored in the meter is grouped as Setpoints and Actual


Values. Setpoints can be read and written by a computer. Actual
values can be read only. All Setpoints and Actual Values are stored
as two byte values. Each register address is the address of a two
byte value. Addresses are listed in hexadecimal.

The meter has a User Definable area and this area allows the user
to remap the addresses of all Actual Values and Setpoints registers.
The User Definable area has two sections:
z User Definable Register (map addresses 00A0H – 00BFH): It
includes 90 Actual Values or Setpoints register addresses.
z User Definable Data (map addresses 0040H – 005FH): It
includes the data at addresses in the User Definable Register.

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Register data that is separated in the rest of the map may be
remapped to adjacent register addresses in the User Definable Data
section. This is accomplished by writing to register addresses in the
User Definable Register section. It allows for improved throughput of
data and can eliminate the need for multiple read command
sequences.

For example, if the values of Phase A Current and Phase A Power


Factor are requested to be read, their addresses may be remapped
as follows.

1. Write 0130H to address 00A0H (User Definable Register 0) using


function code 06 (06h) or 16 (10h).
2. Write 0148H to address 00A1H (User Definable Register 1) using
function code 06 (06h) or 16 (10h).

A read (function code 03 (03h) of registers 0040H (User Definable


Data 0) and 0041H (User Definable Data 1) will return the Phase A
Current and Phase A Power Factor.

If the user wants to backup the data in the User Definable Register
section, click button.

Modifying/upgrading the mapping table:

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Click button: The data in the User Definable
Register section can be saved as backup Mapping File and used for
other power meters, which have identical setting as the first one.
After selecting button, enter a file name then click
button to save the file under a desired directory.

If no backup files exist, the user may use Notepad (shown above) to
store mapping files instead.

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The mapping table downloading:
If the massive data in the User Definable Register section needs to
be set, click button.

If the user wants the values in the User Definable Register section to
be changed, simply left-click the mouse. The dialogue box will be
displayed to allow the user to key in Hex Code. Only hexadecimal is
acceptable when the value is entered. Click to proceed.

Click button if the user wants to save the rest of the


backup files (all setting is identical) in the User Definable Register
section for other EPM 7000. Click to continue or
to exit.

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To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

The Open File window is displayed to key in a file name, click


then the PCTool will be automatically doing the setting in
the Definable Register section accordingly.

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4.5. Preset and Reset

: This function allows the user to preset all the energy


values in case that any abnormal incident may interrupt the system.

button: Preset the value (max. 8 digits) of 3


Phase Positive Real Energy (+WH)
adjacent to the button.
button: Preset the value (max. 8 digits) of 3
Phase Negative Real Energy (-WH)
adjacent to the button.
button: Preset the value (max. 8 digits) of 3
Phase Positive Reactive Energy
(+VarH) adjacent to the button.
button: Preset the value (max. 8 digits) of 3
Phase Negative Reactive Energy
(-VarH) adjacent to the button.
button: Reset all energy values to zero.
button: Reset all demand values to zero.
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button: This button is for lock or unlock
keypad of EMP7000, but the user
can operate it through the PCTool of
PC.

A confirmation window will pop up relevant to the functions shown


above and click to continue or to exit.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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4.6. Pulse LED

: The function displays pulse led setting.

The user can select the led pulse of +WH / -WH /+Varh / -Varh to
connect with the photo sensor for pulse output test or select RUN to
continue the system.

Click to set the parameter of pulse led.

A confirmation window will pop up relevant to the function shown


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above and click to continue or to exit.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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4.7. Display Scan

: The function displays the parameter and setting.

Display Mode:
z Manual mode: it will can by keypad operation.
z Scanning mode: it will automatically scan in every 6 seconds.

There are 17 displays selection in display loop as below:


NEXT V1. V2. V3. (Phase) V1 V2 V3 (Line)
A1 A2 A3 VPE VLE AE VPE AE W
VP1 A1 W VP3 A3 W A0
W Q VA HZ PF SEQ W1 W2 W3
Q1 Q2 Q3 VA1 VA2 VA3 PF1 PF2 PF3
+WH/-WH +QH/-QH DEMAND W
When you finish the above selection, click
button to finish.

— Don not choose “NEXT” for all the display loop.


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A confirmation window will pop up relevant to the function shown
above and click to continue or to exit.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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5. System testing:

PCTool provides data of system register and system parameter for


review, backup, and restore.

This function is ONLY available for the engineer who has high
level authority to do so.

This chapter describes how to review, backup, and restore the data
of system register and system parameter. Please make sure EPM
7000 is working accurately and properly before start using those
functions.

In this chapter

5.1. System Register


5.2. System Parameter

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5.1. System Register

: This function displays system register and how to


backup/restore system register.

EPM 7000 has to be calibrated before leaving factory, and those


results of calibration would be stored in system register. When EPM
7000 works inaccurately, the authorized engineer can restore
original saved system register file to EPM 7000.

Note:
This function is for authorized engineer use only.

Viewing system register:

Click button to review serial number of EPM 7000


and its system register. For the first use, the user can backup system
register for future use.
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Click and the “Save Register File” window will
pop up.

Enter file name for the system register and click to backup.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

If authorized engineer wants to restore system register to EPM 7000


for some reasons, click button.

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Select the saved file and click to continue. PCTool will
restore the system register data to EPM 7000.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

— Warring: Do not restore any file to EPM 7000 unless you


have saved the original system register data as shown in
“Save Register to File” section. It will make EPM 7000
working incorrect if system register is wrong.

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5.2. System Parameter

: This function displays system parameter and how to


backup/restore system setpoints.

After the setpoints of EPM 7000 (PT/CT ratio…etc.) were properly


configured, the data of setpoints will be stored in system parameter.

There are two situations when authorized engineer needs to restore


saved data of setpoints to EPM 7000.
A. The EPM 7000 does not function properly.
B. Update or copy the same data of setpoints to the other EPM
7000s at one time.

Note:
This function is for authorized engineer use only.

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Viewing system function:

Click button to review the data of setpoints in EPM


7000.

¾ Select to save all the setpoints of EPM


7000 to a file.
¾ Select to restore the setpoints data to EPM
7000.
¾ Select to compare data between of EPM
7000 and of saved file.

— Warring: Do not restore or copy any file to EPM 7000 unless


you have saved the original system parameter data as
shown in “Save Parameter to File” section. It will make EPM
7000 working incorrect if system parameter setpoints are
wrong.

When authorized engineer configured the setpoints (ex. the PT/CT


ratio…etc) completely, the engineer can save those data from
system parameter as a file.

Click button to save system parameter in a file.


Enter the file name of system parameter and click to
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continue.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

If authorized engineer wants to restore system parameter data to


same EPM 7000 for some reasons or update/copy data to other
EPM 7000s, click button to continue.

A confirmation window pops up, select to continue or


to exit.

To continue setup, PCTool will ask to enter name and password, and
click button to finish.

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Select the saved file name and click to continue, PC Tool
will restore or copy saved setpoints data to EPM 7000.

Click button if authorized engineer wants to


compare data between of EPM 7000 and of saved file. A check
system parameter file window will pop up and please select the file
you want to compare. Press button and PCTool will start
comparing data between of EPM 7000 and of saved file.

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The data highlighted with color shows the difference after been
compared. As shown on above window, for example, five logs of
data are colored and different from saved file. Therefore, you could
restore or copy saved data to EPM 7000.

— Warring: Do not restore or copy any file to EPM 7000 unless


you have saved the original system parameter data as
shown in “Save Parameter to File” section. It will make EPM
7000 working incorrect if system parameter setpoints are
wrong.

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