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300 Series User Manual

300 Series
Model 305, 310, 315, 320,
325, 330 and 331
Test and Analysis System
User Manual
300 Series User Manual

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Sciemetric Instruments, Inc.


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Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
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Copyright © 2002 Sciemetric Instruments, Inc

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Table of Content

1. Introduction to the 300 Series................................................... 2


1.1 Overview ....................................................................................................................... 2
1.2 Purpose of the Manual................................................................................................. 3

2. Getting Started ........................................................................... 4


2.1 Where to Find Information .......................................................................................... 4
2.2 Glossary ........................................................................................................................ 4
2.3 Conventions.................................................................................................................. 5
2.4 Safety............................................................................................................................. 5
2.4.1 Protective Ground Earthing ....................................................................................... 5
2.4.2 Before Operating the 300 Series ............................................................................... 5
2.4.3 Main Supply Power Requirements ............................................................................ 6
2.4.4 Operating Environment .............................................................................................. 6
2.5 Protect the 300 Series.................................................................................................. 7
2.5.1 Static Discharge......................................................................................................... 7
2.5.2 Applying Power .......................................................................................................... 7
2.5.3 Peripheral Connections.............................................................................................. 7
2.6 Environmental Considerations ................................................................................... 8
2.7 Unpacking ..................................................................................................................... 8
2.8 Starting Up the 300 Series........................................................................................... 9

3. Quick Tour ................................................................................ 12


3.1 Layout and Features .................................................................................................. 12
3.1.1 Front Panel Model 320-8 ......................................................................................... 12
3.1.2 Back Panel Model 305*, 310 ................................................................................... 13
3.1.3 Back Panel Model 315*, 320 ................................................................................... 14
3.1.4 Back Panel Model 330 ............................................................................................. 14
3.2 Operator Interface ...................................................................................................... 15
3.2.1 Operating System .................................................................................................... 15
3.2.2 ReWritable CD-ROM Drive...................................................................................... 15
3.2.3 Dual Redundant Hard Drive..................................................................................... 16
3.2.4 Dual Redundant Power Supplies1 ........................................................................... 16
3.2.5 LED Displays ........................................................................................................... 17
3.2.6 Rack Mounting ......................................................................................................... 17
3.2.7 Vertical and Cabinet Mounting................................................................................. 18

4. Functional Description ............................................................ 19


4.1 300 Series Components ............................................................................................ 19
4.2 Block Diagram ............................................................................................................ 20
4.3 Data Acquisition Engine............................................................................................ 21
4.4 Solid State Relay (SSR) I/O Channels ...................................................................... 21
4.4.1 SSR Inputs............................................................................................................... 21
4.4.2 SSR Outputs ............................................................................................................ 22
4.4.3 Digital Channels on Models 305 and 310 ................................................................ 23
4.4.4 Digital Channels on Models 315, 320, 325-8 and 330-8 ......................................... 23
4.4.5 Digital Channels on a Model 330-24........................................................................ 23
4.4.6 Digital Channels on a Model 331-32........................................................................ 24
4.4.7 Connections ............................................................................................................. 25
4.5 Encoder Input ............................................................................................................. 25
4.5.1 Connections ............................................................................................................. 25
4.6 Analog Inputs ............................................................................................................. 26
4.6.1 Analog Channels on Models 305 and 310............................................................... 27
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4.6.2 Analog Channels on Models 315, 320 and 330-8 ................................................... 27


4.6.3 Analog Channels on a Model 330-24 ...................................................................... 27
4.6.4 Analog Channels on a Model 331-31 ...................................................................... 28
4.6.5 Model 315 and 320 Internal Excitation .................................................................... 28
4.6.6 Model 315 and 320 External Excitation ................................................................... 28
4.6.7 Model 315 and 320 Excitation Monitor .................................................................... 29
4.6.8 Model 330 Internal Excitation (Except model 331-32)............................................. 30
4.6.9 Model 331-32 Internal Excitation ............................................................................. 31
4.6.10 Model 330 External Excitation (Except model 331) ............................................ 33
4.6.11 Model 331 External Excitation ............................................................................. 33
4.6.12 Model 330 Excitation Monitor (not available on model 331) ............................... 34
4.6.13 Shunt Calibration ................................................................................................. 34
4.6.14 Programmable Gain Amplifier and A/D Converter .............................................. 34
4.6.15 A/D Converter...................................................................................................... 35

5. Transducer Configurations and Cabling................................ 36


5.1 Measurement Configurations ................................................................................... 36
5.1.1 Voltage Measurements ............................................................................................ 36
5.1.2 High Voltage Measurements ................................................................................... 37
5.1.3 Current Measurement .............................................................................................. 38
5.2 Bridge Connections ................................................................................................... 39
5.2.1 Full Bridge Circuit..................................................................................................... 39
5.2.2 Half Bridge Circuit .................................................................................................... 39
5.2.3 Quarter Bridge Circuit .............................................................................................. 40
5.2.4 Bridge Shunt Calibration.......................................................................................... 40
5.3 Cabling ........................................................................................................................ 42
5.3.1 Cable Selection........................................................................................................ 42
5.3.2 Signal Types and Cable Runs ................................................................................. 42
5.3.3 Shielding .................................................................................................................. 43
5.3.4 Fast Changing Signals............................................................................................. 43
5.3.5 High Impedance Sensors ........................................................................................ 43
5.3.6 Twisted Pairs ........................................................................................................... 43

6. Operating System..................................................................... 44
6.1 Dual Redundant Hard Disk Drives............................................................................ 44
6.1.1 Redundancy protection (FastTrak TX2000 RAID controller) ................................... 44
6.1.2 Replacing Failed Drive............................................................................................. 46
6.1.3 Restoring redundancy (FastTrak TX2000 RAID controller)..................................... 47
6.1.4 RAID 1 Integration with InspeXion® ........................................................................ 47
6.2 Dual Redundant Power Supplies.............................................................................. 48
6.2.1 How to Remove and Insert a Power Supply............................................................ 48
6.2.2 Power Supply Monitoring Integration with InspeXion®............................................ 50
6.3 Writing Data to CD-R and CD-RW............................................................................. 50
6.4 Winshell interface....................................................................................................... 51
6.5 Logging On As System Administrator ..................................................................... 52
6.6 300 Series Installation/Recovery CD ........................................................................ 53
6.6.1 How to Run the Installation Program: ...................................................................... 53
6.6.2 Recovering to Factory Configuration ....................................................................... 54

7. InspeXion® ............................................................................... 59
7.1 Overview ..................................................................................................................... 59
7.2 Configuration Software ............................................................................................. 60
7.3 Run-time Operation.................................................................................................... 60
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7.4 Defining 300 Series Hardware................................................................................... 61


7.4.1 800 Configuration..................................................................................................... 61
7.5 InspeXion® Support of Hardware Interfaces........................................................... 62

Appendix A. Specifications ........................................................ 63

Appendix B. Troubleshooting FastTrak TX2000 card .............. 66

Appendix C. Options and Accessories...................................... 70

Appendix D. DOCUMENTATION ................................................. 73

Appendix E. Terms and Conditions ........................................... 74


Introduction 2

1. Introduction to the 300 Series


1.1 Overview
Signature analysis is becoming a widely used method of monitoring quality during the
production process. Any operation that is the result of movement, pressure or produces an
electrical output has definite and recognizable characteristics that can be analyzed and
compared against a known acceptable Signature. Sciemetric equipment carries the monitoring
process several steps further. It can assemble statistical information and indicate the cause of
failure.

The 300 Series has been designed to increase Sciemetric Instruments’ product range. It
includes new features such as dual redundant power supplies and hard disk drive mirroring.

The 300 Series has two (2) to twenty four (24) full-bridge analog input channels, eight digital
inputs, eight digital outputs and up to one encoder input. It is designed to handle the most
advanced production and inspection requirements. The 300 Series features LED channel status
indicators, a ReWritable CD-ROM for system backup, Ethernet capability, removable hard
drives, VGA screen connection and FFT capabilities.

The 300 Series is made up of 7 models: 305, 310, 315, 320, 325, 330 and 331.

Models 305, 315, 325 and 331 do not contain any of the redundancy features.

Models 305 and 310 are base level systems and do not include any data acquisition hardware.

Models 315 and 325 are low-level systems named 315-4 with 4 analog inputs and 325-8 with 8
analog inputs respectively. Model 325 has an expansion top that provides mounting for
additional data acquisition modules. These do not contain any of the redundancy features like
other models in the 300 Series of products.

The Model 320’s are mid level systems named 320-2, 320-4, and 320-8 with 2, 4, and 8 analog
channels respectively. The Model 320-2 does not include an encoder input; the 320-4 and 320-
8 have built-in encoder inputs.

The Model 330’s are the high level systems named 330-8 and 330-24 with 8 and 24 analog
channels respectively. Each Model 330 has a built-in encoder input. The Model 330 has an
expansion top that provides mounting for additional data acquisition 200 module hardware.

The Model 331 is a leak test system named 331-32 with 32 analog inputs

All models have Windows NT™ or XP™ Embedded and InspeXion® installed.
MODEL NUMBER OF MAXIMUM MAXIMUM A/D NUMBER PRE-WIRED AVAILABLE ANALOG OUT
1
ANALOG A/D SPEED SPEED OF A/D SHUNTCAL EXCITATION
CHANNELS 1 CHANNEL ALL CHANNELS BITS VOLTAGES
305 0 na na na na na na

310 0 na na na na na na

315-4 4 30kHz 12kHz 16 Yes, individual ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 na

315-8 8 30kHz 6.7kHz 16 Yes, paired ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 na

320-2 2 30kHz 20kHz 16 Yes, individual ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 na

320-4 4 30kHz 12kHz 16 Yes, individual ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 na


Introduction 3

MODEL NUMBER OF MAXIMUM MAXIMUM A/D NUMBER PRE-WIRED AVAILABLE ANALOG OUT
1
ANALOG A/D SPEED SPEED OF A/D SHUNTCAL EXCITATION
CHANNELS 1 CHANNEL ALL CHANNELS BITS VOLTAGES
320-8 8 30kHz 6.7kHz 16 Yes, paired ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 na

325-8 8 30kHz 6.7kHz 16 Yes, paired ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 01

330-8 8 30kHz 6.7kHz 16 Yes, paired ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 01


2
330-24 24 30kHz 2.4kHz 16 Yes, paired ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15 01

331-32 32 30kHz 1.8kHz 16 na +2.5, +5, +10V 01

MODEL # OF # OF # OF TERMINATION CHASSIS NUMBER OF UNUSED SYSTEM 200


DIGITAL IN DIGITAL OUT ENCODER LOCATION SIZE IN SYSTEM 200 CARDS
INPUT "U" CARD BAYS INCLUDED
305 na na na na 4 na na

310 na na na na 4 na na

315-4 8 8 1 Back of unit 4 na 237, 226, 271I

315-8 8 8 1 Back of unit 4 na 237, 226, 271I

320-2 8 8 0 Back of unit 4 na 237, 226, 271I

320-4 8 8 1 Back of unit 4 na 237, 226, 271I

320-8 8 8 1 Back of unit 4 na 237, 226, 271I

325-8 8 8 1 Back of unit 5 3 237, 226, 271I

330-8 8 8 1 Back of unit 5 3 237, 226, 271I

237, 2X 226,
330-24 8 8 1 Back of unit 5 1
271I, 251B
237, 2X 224, 2X
331-32 na 32 na See Note 3 5 na
251B

1 - 330 Series is expandable, the # of I/O’s can vary depending upon configuration. There are total of 5 card bays
available.
2 - Lower 8 channels have ±5, ±10, ±12, ±15V and upper 16 channels have +2.5, +5, +10V only
3- All terminations are done through cables attached directly to the 251B and 224 boards. These cables go through the
feed through holes on the expansion top at the back. They terminate to an Amp style connector.

1.2 Purpose of the Manual


This manual is a general User Manual for the 300 Series Test and Analysis Systems. It covers
the layout, connection, user adjustments and circuit operation of the equipment. It is intended
for production engineering staff, the user and for those who wish to know more about the
operation of the equipment and to explore its possibilities. This is not a service manual,
although the circuit operation and parts location are described briefly. All servicing is done at the
factory, but authorized and factory trained personnel may carry out some on-site adjustments.

Note
Read this manual in conjunction with the InspeXion® User Manual
Getting Started 4

2. Getting Started
2.1 Where to Find Information
This manual is divided into the following sections:

1. Introduction to the 300 Series

2. Getting Started: Unpacking, and finding your way around the document

3. Quick Tour: General layout and major components of the system

4. Functional Description

5. Transducer Configuration and Cabling

6. Operating System and InspeXion®: Installation, data recovery, and hardware definition

Physical specifications, options and accessories, care and cleaning, warranty and service
information are covered in the appendices.

Additional information for setting up the 300 Series can be found in the InspeXion® User
Manual.

2.2 Glossary
The following is a list of acronyms used throughout this document:

InspeXion® IDE InspeXion® Integrated Development Environment

InspeXion® MMI InspeXion® Man/Machine Interface

InspeXion® SPX File InspeXion® editable application file created with InspeXion® IDE

InspeXion® SPR File InspeXion® read only application file created with InspeXion® IDE
Getting Started 5

2.3 Conventions
The following visual cues and text formats will help you to identify and locate information easily:

Bold Commands and Key Component Names

Bold Italic Special Notes

Normal Italic Callout box for diagrams and emphasis in text

Important Information

Caution

Danger

2.4 Safety

2.4.1 Protective Ground Earthing


The 300 Series consists of an exposed metal chassis that is connected directly to earth via
a power cord.

2.4.2 Before Operating the 300 Series


• Inspect the equipment for any signs of damage
• Read the Operating Manual thoroughly
• Become familiar with all safety symbols and instructions in this manual to ensure that
the equipment is operated and maintained safely.
Getting Started 6

2.4.3 Main Supply Power Requirements


The power supply has two AC line voltage ranges: 90 – 135 VAC RMS, and 180 – 265 VAC
RMS. The power supply on the 300 Series may be either auto-switching (automatically
detect the correct voltage range) or manually switched.
The 300 Series can operate from any single-phase AC power source that supplies
115V/240V at a frequency of 50Hz/60Hz. The maximum rated current/power is 5A or
1200W. Typical power consumption is 130W.

WARNING: To avoid electrical shock, do not operate the equipment if


it bears any sign of damage to any portion of its exterior
surface, such as the outer casing or panels.

WARNING: To avoid risk of serious injury, ALWAYS observe the


following precautions before operating the 300 Series.

- Use only a power supply cord with a protective earthing


terminal.

- Always connect the power supply cord to a power outlet


equipped with a protective earth contact. Never connect
to an extension cord that is not equipped with this
feature.

- Willfully interrupting the protective earth connection is


prohibited.

2.4.4 Operating Environment

WARNING: Do not use the 300 Series outdoors.

- To prevent potential fire or shock hazard, do not expose


the equipment to any source of excessive moisture.

WARNING: No Operator serviceable parts inside. Servicing to be


performed by authorized personnel only.

- The only exception is the requirement to configure the


Model 330-24’s 251B data acquisition multiplexer module
for internal and external excitation.
Getting Started 7

2.5 Protect the 300 Series

2.5.1 Static Discharge

WARNING: Protect the 300 Series from Electo-Static Discharge.

- Always wear a grounding strap when handling or making


connections to the 300 Series.

- It is strongly recommends that all network cards or 3rd


party cards be installed at the factory and that the cover is
not removed on site.

2.5.2 Applying Power


One power cord is shipped with the 300 series system. Ensure that a qualified electrician has
checked the ground connection at the supply socket, and use only the power cords supplied by
Sciemetric Instruments Inc. Ensure that both power cords are connected to the 300 Series and
that the cord has been plugged in. The power On/Off switch is located on the front panel behind
the access door on the left hand side.

WARNING: For a manually switched power supply set the AC Voltage


switch prior to use.

- Before turning the 300 Series on be sure the AC Voltage


power selection (either 110 or 220) switch is set properly
(Some units are auto-switching, they won’t have a
selection switch in the back). The switch is located on the
back of the unit near the power cord connector. Failure to
correctly select the input power may lead to unit failure.

2.5.3 Peripheral Connections


Before connecting external devices such as keyboard, monitor, mouse etc., make sure that the
300 Series is switched off. Failing to follow this procedure may result in damage to the system.
Getting Started 8

2.6 Environmental Considerations


Cooling air is drawn through the filter/fan assembly at the front of the unit. Although
only filtered air enters the 300 Series, it is important to remember that this is not a
sealed system. Performance and serviceability are affected by ambient conditions.
Keep oil, solvents, dust, debris and excessive heat away from this equipment.

Inspect the dust filter regularly. It is accessible via the hinged door on the front
panel. The filter should be changed at least every 500 hours or more frequently if the 300 Series
is used in a dusty or hostile environment. Spare filter pads are available from Sciemetric
Instruments Inc.

Operating Temperature: 10 – 45°C

Operating Humidity: 8% - 90%

If the 300 Series is operated in an environment where the ambient temperature exceeds 30°C,
a suitable enclosure with adequate cooling is required.

2.7 Unpacking
Follow these recommendations while unpacking the carton:
• Observe the safety and static electricity precautions (Section 2.3)
• Retain the box and packing material for future shipments or storage
• Inspect all equipment for damage
Check that the following items are present:
Documentation Binder containing:
o 300 Series User Manual on CD
o 3rd Party Manuals
• Software:
o System CD with recovery software and InspeXion®
• 300 Series Main Chassis
• Rack Mount Kit
• Keyboard
• Mouse (if no pointing device on keyboard)
• Power Cord
• Connectors Set
If shortages are noted, please contact Sciemetric Instrument’s Sales Division. Refer to
the inside front cover of this manual for contact information.

Note
Sciemetric Instruments Inc. warrants that the equipment was inspected prior to packing, and that the
shipper received the carton in an undamaged condition. All claims for damage related to shipping and
handling should be directed to the shipping company.
Getting Started 9

2.8 Starting Up the 300 Series


Make all power and peripheral connections to the 300 Series (see section on transducer
configuration and cabling for more information). Double check the AC power switch setting (if
available) on the rear of the unit prior to applying power for the first time.

Turn the power on. The unit will go through up to two minutes of hardware and software checks.
Allow the unit to finish the process without interruption.

The 300 Series system is pre-inspected and pre-tested before shipment. The operating system
has been rolled back to conform to the Microsoft™ licensing requirements.

Windows NTTM

1. A Windows NT™ software agreement will appear. Please read the agreement and select
ACCEPT . This agreement must be accepted for the 300 Series to continue startup.

2. Enter your name and organization when prompted to do so. Select NEXT.

3. The product ID will be required to continue the initial startup. This identification can be
found on the inside of the door covering the CD-ROM drive and floppy disk drive. Enter
this number and select NEXT.

4. For networking purposes a computer name must be entered. The 300 Series serial
number may be used to ensure the computer name will be unique on the network. This
name should be confirmed with a network administrator. After entering the computer
name select NEXT.
Getting Started 10

5. The final step to the initial startup is to configure the system administrator account. It is
important that the entered password is recorded and not forgotten. Enter a password or
leave it blank and press NEXT. Leaving the password blank will provide a means for
users to bypass the Windows NT™ security.

6. The computer will restart. Allow the computer to start until the initial Windows NT™
screen appears. This process may take up to three minutes.

7. A welcome screen will indicate the computer is ready. The “Display this message at
startup” checkbox should be disabled to prevent this message from appearing in the
future.

8. In the START menu (bottom left of screen) go to the Sciemetric Instruments group that
can be found under PROGRAMS. Select the MMI.

9. When a file explorer window appears go to C:\Program Files\InspeXion\spx and select


“320StartUpCH2.spx”. Select OPEN. This file is a basic startup file supplied for
reference. If a file specific to your application has been provided, use it over the previous.

10. The startup SPX will start and your 300 Series will be running.
Quick Tour 11

Windows XP™ Embedded Setup

1. A prompt asking for User and Company name information will appear. Enter the required
information and click OK.

2. At the following prompt:

3. Click the OK button to complete the installation. Do not click Cancel or the system will
not be completely configured and may not work properly.

4. Upon system reboots the Sciemetric “End User License Agreement (EULA)” will appear.
Click “I Accept” to accept the license agreement.

5. In the START menu (bottom left of screen) go to the Sciemetric Instruments group that
can be found under PROGRAMS. Select the MMI.

6. Go to C:\Program Files\InspeXion\spx and select “320StartUpCH2.spx”. Select OPEN.


This file is a basic startup file supplied for reference. If a file specific to your application
has been provided, use it over the previous.

7. The startup SPX will start and your 300 Series will be running.
Quick Tour 12

3. Quick Tour
3.1 Layout and Features

3.1.1 Front Panel Model 320-8

Front Panel LEDs:


System, Digital I/O,
Analog, Encoder

Access to Power On/Off


Main Fan and Filter switch, Reset Switch, Floppy
Disk, Dual Removable Hard
Drives, ReWritable CDROM

The door at the right hand side of the front panel protects the Power On/Off switch, Reset
Switch, Floppy drive, Dual Removable Hard Drives and the Rewritable CDROM.
Quick Tour 13

3.1.2 Back Panel Model 305*, 310

Power Switches

Mouse Parallel Port


Network Port
Keyboard Serial Ports
Dual Redundant VGA Port ISA / PCI Expansion Ports
Power Supply *

* Single power supply on Model 305, 315-4, 325, 331


Quick Tour 14

3.1.3 Back Panel Model 315*, 320


Signal Connections: Analog Removable Plate for
Inputs (0-7), Digital I/O, Easy Upgrade
Encoder Input, External
Excitation Input, Online

3.1.4 Back Panel Model 330


Analog Inputs 8-15 on Analog Inputs 16-23 on
330-24 330-24

* Single power supply on Model 305, 315-4, 325, 331


Quick Tour 15

3.2 Operator Interface


The operator interface comprises a keyboard with a pointing device (supplied) and an optional
VGA, SVGA or TFT touch screen display.

Navigation through the software menus and messaging system provides the operator with
access for data entry, programming, calibration, setup and test or process feedback on multi-
page, configurable screens.

Two doors are located on the front panel of the unit. One provides access to the power on/off
switch, reset switch, dual hard drives, floppy disk and rewritable CD-ROM. The other provides
access to the fan filter.

Front panel LEDs indicates system power status, system on-line status, hard drive activity,
digital I/O status, the active analog channel and encoder activity.

3.2.1 Operating System


The InspeXion® software included with the 300 Series runs under the Windows environment.

In addition to supporting applications with large databases, Windows has been built to deliver
network services at an enterprise level. A back-up utility has been integrated with the operating
system. Security protocols conform to the G2 certification level of the U.S. National Security
Agency, which covers the requirements of the U.S Military and various intelligence agencies.
Windows has proven to be the ideal choice for the 300 Series, since stability and data
preservation is crucial.

3.2.2 ReWritable CD-ROM Drive


The 300 Series incorporates a Rewritable EIDE CD-ROM. The Rewritable CD-ROM drive is
used for software installation and updates as well as for data backup and archiving. See drive
manufacturer’s user manual, provided in the 300 Series documentation binder, for more
information on operation.
Quick Tour 16

3.2.3 Dual Redundant Hard Drive1


The dual removable hard drives store all setup,
operating system, application, and test data. Each is
mounted on a tray and is accessible via the front panel
door. They can be removed and replaced quickly.

The 300 Series is equipped with dual hard disk drives


configured into a RAID 1 type array. RAID 1 specifies
that all the data from one drive is automatically
replicated on the second hard drive for full redundancy.
May not be exactly as shown
In case of a drive failure, the system keeps operating on
the functioning drive until the faulty drive is replaced.
Once the faulty drive is replaced, the data is automatically replicated from the working drive to
the newly added drive in the background ensuring no downtime.

Note: These drives are not hot swappable therefore the system must to be shut down before
they can be replaced.

A hard disk drive contains moving parts and is therefore susceptible to failure. Sciemetric
Instruments strongly recommends that the customer stock a spare hard disk drive for the 300
Series. An available hard disk drive spare can help to reduce the mean time to repair the
system.

Refer to section Dual Redundant Hard Disk Drives for more detail on the redundant hard drives
features.

3.2.4 Dual Redundant Power Supplies1


All 300 Series units are equipped with a dual redundant power
supply system, which is intended to increase the system fault
tolerance to minimize system down time on the factory floor.

The power consumption of the 300 Series is typically 130 watts.


The power on/off switching sequence is controlled electronically.

Refer to section Dual Redundant Power Supplies for more detail


on the redundant power supplies features.

May not be exactly as shown

1
Dual redundancy not available on Model 305, 315, 325 or 331.
Quick Tour 17

3.2.5 LED Displays


System status is indicated by four groups of LEDs at the top
left of the front panel.

The top row indicates, from the left, power status, on-line
status (system readiness) and hard drive activity. The
group of three LEDs to the right of the top row indicates
which inputs from the encoder are being received: A, B, or
Index. A and B inputs flash with each pulse from the
encoder and may appear to be continuously on but at a
reduced intensity when the encoder pulse rate is high. The
index pulse triggers a latch, which causes the Index LED to
remain on for a brief period of time.

The second and third rows of eight LEDs indicate the status of digital I/O channels 0 – 7 during
an InspeXion® sequence. The upper row indicates which input is receiving a digital signal. The
lower row indicates which digital output is closed.

The fourth row indicates the status of the analog channels. The LEDs (2 to 8 depending on
model) show which of the analog channels are being read during an InspeXion® sequence.
This indicates the last channel to be read by the software. The analog channel LEDs may flash
very briefly if the channel switching speed is high.

Note
Two ranges of digital inputs are detected by the 300 Series. However, when using the high range (see
Appendix A for full range (Range 1) and high range (Range 2) specifications) all digital input LEDs
will indicate range 1 status only.
Only LEDs for the lower 8 analog channels are located on the front of the unit for the model 330-24

3.2.6 Rack Mounting


The 300 Series can be mounted in a standard 19" rack, using the rack ears supplied. The panel
is 7" (4U) high for the Model 305, 310, 315 and 320’s and 8.75” (5U) for the Model 325, 330 and
331. Rack mount ears and bench feet are standard. A 19" slider option is available by special
order.

Note
Be sure to remove the rubber feet before installing the 300 Series in a rack.
Quick Tour 18

3.2.7 Vertical and Cabinet Mounting

The 300 Series can be vertically mounted inside of a cabinet or


other confined area using the optional mounting plate. The plate is
available by special order.

Note
Be sure to remove the rubber feet before installing the 300 Series on the
mounting plate.
Functional Description 19

4. Functional Description
4.1 300 Series Components
The 300 Series comprises the following:
• ATX Style Motherboard;
• Intel Pentium Class Processor;
• Dual Hot Swap Redundant Switching Power Supplies; (Single Power Supply for 305,
315, 325, 331 models)
• Dual Hard Disk Drives (Raid 1, drive mirroring); (Single Hard Disk (No mirroring) for
305, 315, 325, 331 models)
• 256 MB RAM; (128 MB RAM for 305, 315, 325, 331 models)
• ReWritable CD-ROM Drive;
• Standard 3.5” Floppy Disk;
• Keyboard;
• Mouse (if no pointing device on keyboard)
• Network Card;
• InspeXion® Test and Analysis Software;
• Microsoft Windows Operating System.
The Data Acquisition and Control System is modular, and consists of the following replaceable
modules (not included in 305 and 310 models):
• Analog, Encoder (not available in 320-2 and 331-32), Digital Input/Output Interface
Card;
• A/D Converter;
• Sensor power supply; and
• Solid State Relay Module.

The following items are not supplied but can be ordered as options:
• VGA or SVGA Monitor;
• TFT touch screen;
• 19” Rack mount sliders;
• Vertical mounting plate; and
• Industrial enclosure.
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4.2 Block Diagram


The Block diagram shows the connections and signal flow between the major components of
the 300 Series System.

Note
Windows NT™ does not support the use of the USB ports.
Number of analog channels and the encoder input are model dependant.
Models 305, 315, 325 and 331 do not contain any of the redundancy features.
Models 305 and 310 do not include any data acquisition hardware.
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4.3 Data Acquisition Engine


The heart of the data acquisition system is the Model 808 PCI Interface card. The 808 has a
RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), which has been designed specifically for the task of
gathering sensor data from the peripheral modules and storing it in dedicated on-board
memory. This memory consists of 2 MB RAM, configured as a FIFO (first in, first out) buffer.
The RISC writes the data into the memory while the CPU reads it, as required, for data
processing. The CPU can read while the RISC is filling the FIFO allowing almost unlimited data
length (limited by system memory only).

The 808 also contains 64 Kbytes of dual port RAM. This memory is used by the 808 to store
the program being executed, and also for sharing data between the 808 and the CPU.

The data acquisition and control section is responsible for the A/D converter, relays, and two
precision timers. The timers are used by the software for precision timing of data acquisition
events. The two timers have a resolution of 2.56 µs and 326 µs respectively and each is 16 bits
wide. The software takes care of extending this to a full floating point number.

The inputs from up to twenty four (24) bridge circuits are connected to the Data Acquisition
Engine via a multiplexer and 16-bit A/D converter. The Engine also monitors the state of eight
solid-state relay inputs and drives the eight solid-state relay outputs, as well as the online
output.

4.4 Solid State Relay (SSR) I/O Channels


Solid-state relays (SSR’s) provide a safe interface between low-level logic signals and power
circuits. They permit the system to control PLC AC and DC power states, pumps, fans, heaters
and valves, and to drive high power relays. Other applications include, process control, security
and lighting systems.

4.4.1 SSR Inputs


Each of the eight (8) SSR input channels on the 300 Series uses optical isolation. The input
has two back-to-back parallel connected LEDs connected in series with a current limiting
protection circuit.

Depending on the polarity of the input signal, one of the LEDs will turn on. The light emitted is
focused on a light sensitive transistor, which then becomes active, allowing the computer to
read the on/off state of the channel. When the 300 Series senses a voltage (on state), it returns
a logic "1", and returns "0" when it senses an off state.
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The output from some PLCs switching 120 VAC can be quite high in the off state. To facilitate
reading these voltages correctly, there are two ranges for the input relays. Each input is
individually selected as range 1 or 2 through software.

Voltage Range Logic Low (0) Logic High (1)


0 – ±1 ±3 – ±200 VDC
Range 1
0 – 0.7 24 – 140 VAC RMS
0 – ±50 ±75 – ±200 VDC
Range 2
0 – 38 92 –140 VAC RMS
The current limiting at each input allows only a small current of 2 mA to flow (4 mA for input
voltages with a magnitude greater than 70 volts DC or 50 volts AC). This current sensing
method of signal detection allows input signals from ±3 to ±200 VDC or 140 VAC to be detected
without unnecessary power dissipation. An internal filter removes the jitter that can occur at the
zero crossing of an AC signal. An LED display on the front panel indicates the state of the
relay.

There are eight digital input connections on the rear panel. The switch between full and high
range sensing is controlled in InspeXion®. The table below shows the relationship between
software channel selection and rear panel connections.

Software Digital Input Setting (Ch) Rear Panel Connection (Ch) Function

0–7 0–7 Full Range (Range 1)

8 – 15 0–7 High Range (Range 2)

Note
The front panel LEDs represent the state of Range 1 even if range 2 is selected in software. See
appendix A

4.4.2 SSR Outputs


Each of the eight (8) output channel provides one SPST (single pole single throw) optically
isolated normally open contact. Channels can be turned on or off individually. The 300 Series
uses BOSFET (Bi-directional Output Switch Field Effect Transistor) photovoltaic relays with less
than 1 µA of leakage current in the off state. Each output is capable of switching ±60 VDC or 40
VAC at 1 A. Latches on the control board store the last programmed state of the SSRs, which
can be read back by the host computer. The relays remain in the last programmed state until re-
programmed or power is removed from the board. The power-on default state for each output
SSR is "off." The default state when InspeXion® is running is individually selectable.
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A special digital output channel is provided and controlled as an on-line status indicator
designed to indicate to the host PLC system that the 300 Series is on-line and fully operational.

4.4.3 Digital Channels on Models 305 and 310


There are no digital channels available on these models.

4.4.4 Digital Channels on Models 315, 320, 325-8 and 330-8

Digital Input and Output Channels (Module 1)


The digital input and output channels are defined according to the following table:

Digital Inputs

Ch 0-7 Digital inputs range 1 at back of unit

Ch 8-15 Digital inputs range 2 at back of unit

Digital Outputs

Ch 0-7 Digital outputs at back of unit


Shunt calibration relay control lines for analog input 0-7
Ch 8-11
(Control paired Ch 0 & 4, 1 & 5, 2 & 6, 3 & 7)
Ch 12 Not available
Ch 13 Online. Used to control the Online digital output to interface with a PLC

Ch 14 Not available

Ch 15 Not available

4.4.5 Digital Channels on a Model 330-24

Digital Input and Output Channels (Module 1)


The digital inputs channels on the module 1 226 are the same on the Model 330-24 as the
Model 320.

Digital Output Channels (Module 2)


The digital output channels used for shunt calibration of upper 16 analog channels are defined
according to the following table:

Digital Outputs
Ch 0-15 Shunt calibration of Analog Channels 8-23
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4.4.6 Digital Channels on a Model 331-32


Model 331-32 includes 224 digital output module. There are no digital inputs available on this
model.

Digital Outputs
Ch 0-31 Module 224, 32 solid state relays.
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4.4.7 Connections
Digital Input/Output connections are made through plug detachable Phoenix connectors
mounted on the rear panel.

4.5 Encoder Input


The 300 Series has a 32-bit encoder interface that includes index pulse support with
programmable polarity. Both quadrature and single-phase signals are supported, with a
programmable direction select. The single-phase mode signal uses Input A only.

The encoder input conforms to TTL standards:

Logic 0 from 0 V to 0.8 V

Logic 1 from 2.0 V to 5.0 V

It is important to remember that encoders are digital devices, and a pulse train consists of a
fixed number of pulses (e.g. exactly 1024). Consequently, resolution is not infinite, if sampling
against the encoder the sample interval must be an exact integer number of pulses.

Note
No encoder input on the 305, 310, 320-2 or 331-32

4.5.1 Connections
The encoder has six connections: +5 VDC, Ground, A Input, B Input, Index, and Shield.
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4.6 Analog Inputs


The 300 Series supports 2, 4, 8, 24 and 32 analog input channels. These inputs accept voltage,
current, or bridge type sensors. Sensor configurations are detailed in section 5.

Each channel has eight (8) connections. The connections are: +Excitation, +Signal, -Signal, -
Excitation, Common, Shield, +Shuntcal and -Shuntcal. The Excitation + and – pins provide
sensor power, the Shuntcal + and – pins are internally connected to a relay contact for shunt
calibration of sensors and the Signal + and – pins are the differential signal measurement input
pins.

The excitation supply is bipolar meaning that both positive and negative voltages are available.
These voltages are with reference to the common (COM) pin of the connectors.
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4.6.1 Analog Channels on Models 305 and 310


There are no analog channels available on these models.

4.6.2 Analog Channels on Models 315, 320 and 330-8


The analog channels are defined according to the following table:

Ch 0-71 Analog input channel located at back of unit

Ch 8-239 Not available

Ch 2402 Excitation monitor for bank 1 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2412 Excitation monitor for bank 1 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2422 Excitation monitor for bank 2 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2432 Excitation monitor for bank 2 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 244-255 Not available


1
310 has no analog or digital channels; 315-4. 320-2 and 320-4 only have 4, 2 and 4 channels
respectively
2
The excitation monitor range must be set to 10V within InspeXion.

4.6.3 Analog Channels on a Model 330-24


The analog channels are defined according to the following table:

Ch 0-7 Analog input channel located at back of unit

Ch 8-23 Analog input channel located at back of unit on expansion module

Ch 24-239 Not available

Ch 2401 Excitation monitor for bank 1 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2411 Excitation monitor for bank 1 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2421 Excitation monitor for bank 2 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 2431 Excitation monitor for bank 2 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 244-255 Not available


1
The excitation monitor range must be set to 10V within InspeXion
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4.6.4 Analog Channels on a Model 331-31


The analog channels are defined according to the following table:

Ch 0-31 Analog input channels wired directly to 200 modules

Ch 32-255 Not available

4.6.5 Model 315 and 320 Internal Excitation


User selectable bridge excitation of ±5, ±10, ±12 or ±15 VDC is available on the +Ext Ex and –
Ext Ex pins. Channels are grouped in two banks, all channels in one bank use the same
excitation voltage. Excitation voltage for channel 0-7 is selected using two rotary switches on
the back of the unit each controlling excitation of a bank. (Bank 1: Ch 0,2,4,6. Bank 2: Ch
1,3,5,7).

4.6.6 Model 315 and 320 External Excitation

The Models 315 and 320 provide internal excitation up to ±15VDC. Some sensors may require
greater or different voltages than those supplied, for this reason, the Model 320 supports
external excitation. A separate power supply can be connected to the external excitation input.
The external excitation setting can be selected using the rotary switches (switch setting #4 for
external excitation). If external excitation is connected directly to the sensor it is necessary to
tie the common terminal of the external power supply to the COM input of the analog connector.
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4.6.7 Model 315 and 320 Excitation Monitor


Four (4) internal analog channels are included in the Models 315 and 320 systems to allow
monitoring of the excitation voltage provided through analog channels 0-7.

The following table shows the channels allocated for excitation monitor of channels 0-7:

Ch 240 Excitation monitor for bank 1 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 241 Excitation monitor for bank 1 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 242 Excitation monitor for bank 2 positive excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

Ch 243 Excitation monitor for bank 2 negative excitation divide by two (Exc/2)

These measurements reference to the COM pin of the system. Note that the range selected for
these excitation monitor channels must be set to 10V on the InspeXion® Input Configuration
Screen in order to read excitation higher than ± 10V. To obtain the true voltage reading all
excitation monitor voltage values must by multiplied by 2.
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4.6.8 Model 330 Internal Excitation (Except model 331-32)


Analog channels 0 through 7 on the Model 330-8 and 330-24 have the same excitation options
as the Model 320. For the Model 330-24 the excitation voltage for channels 8 through 23 are
made by providing connections to connectors on the back panels of the 8 through 23 interface
boards. There are two modes of excitation for the 330-24, internal excitation through the
internal 251B module and external excitation through the external connector located at the back
the Model 330. Manual connections must be made internally to the system to select the desired
mode.

Internal excitation from 251B

Excitation is selected with jumpers on the internal 251B module. The 251B module provides 3
on-card precision excitation voltages 2.5V, 5V, 10V in banks of 8-channels (channels 8-15 and
16-23).

Near the centre of the Model 251B is a group of jumper pins. The group on the left (J1, J2 and
JEX1) are used with the first bank of channels. The group on the right (J3, J4 and JEX2) are
used with the second bank of channels. The 251B module indicates the channels as 0 through
15, however, InspeXion® translates those in software as channels 8 through 23.

To select an on-card excitation voltage, jumpers J1 and J2 (or J3 and J4) must be shorted and
only one of the excitation ranges should be selected.
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To select this option, a connection must be made between the 251B excitation connectors and
the back panels of the 8 through 23 interface boards. Figure below shows where the cables
are connected. Note that the 251B only provides unipolar excitation so the –Exc of the back
panel are not connected.

Com (-) +Exc (+) +Exc (+) COM -Exc (-)

X18 on 251E panels

Ch. 8-15 Ch. 16-23

4.6.9 Model 331-32 Internal Excitation


Internal excitation on this model is available by wiring directly to the 251B module. Excitation is
selected with jumpers on the module. The 251B module provides 3 on-card precision excitation
voltages 2.5V, 5V, 10V in banks of 8-channels.
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Near the centre of the Model 251B is a group of jumper pins. The group on the left (J1, J2 and
JEX1) are used with the first bank of channels. The group on the right (J3, J4 and JEX2) are
used with the second bank of channels. The 251B module indicates the channels as 0 through
15, however, InspeXion® translates those in software depending on which 251B module is
being accessed. For example if module 1 is being accessed than InxpeXion will show channels
0 to 15 being read and if module 2 is being accessed than InspeXion will show channels 16
through 31.

To select an on-card excitation voltage, jumpers J1 and J2 (or J3 and J4) must be shorted and
only one of the excitation ranges should be selected.
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4.6.10 Model 330 External Excitation (Except model 331)

The Model 330 provides internal excitation up to ±15VDC for channels 0 through 7 and up to
10VDC for channels 8 through 23. Some sensors may require greater or different voltages than
those supplied, for this reason, the Model 330 supports external excitation in the same manner
as the Model 320 for analog channels 0 through 7.

A separate power supply can be connected to the external excitation input at the back of the
unit. The excitation is fed directly to the X52 connector of the 271P board inside the Model 330.
Connecting the back panels of the 8 through 23 interface boards to the X52 connector on the
271P board will provide external excitation to all 8 channels of each interface board.

-Exc COM +Exc +Exc (+) COM -Exc (-)

X52 on 271P card

X18 on 251E panels

4.6.11 Model 331 External Excitation


The Model 331 provides internal excitation up to 10VDC. Some sensors may require greater or
different voltages than those supplied, for this reason, the Model 331 supports external
excitation.
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Com (-) +Exc (+)

Ch. 0-15 Ch. 16-32


External excitation needs to be wired in directly to the 251B cards.

4.6.12 Model 330 Excitation Monitor (not available on model 331)


The Model 330-8 and 330-24 have the same excitation voltage monitors as the Model 320 for
analog channels 0 through 7. For the Model 330-24, analog channels 8 through 23 do not
contain built-in excitation voltage monitors. The excitation voltage monitor is available by
placing voltage monitor plugs into one of the analog channels within Bank 1 (8-15) and Bank 2
(16-23).

These measurements reference to the COM pin of the system. Note that the range selected for
these monitor channels on the input configuration screen within InspeXion® must be set to 10V.
All excitation monitor voltage values must be multiplied by 2 to obtain the true voltage reading.

4.6.13 Shunt Calibration


Each analog input is provided with a dry relay contact (Channel 0-7) or a solid state relay
contact (Channel 8-23). Model 331 has no shunt calibration. The shunt calibration relays are
controlled through the InspeXion® software. The shunt calibration contact has two purposes:
verification and calibration. For example, the manufacturer of a bridge transducer typically
states the expected percentage change of full-scale output that would occur if the sensor were
shunted by a shunt resistor, 59 kΩ is a typical shunt resistor value. Many manufacturers supply
the shunt cal resistor. Verifying that the stated change does occur is a useful means of
checking the sensor integrity.

4.6.14 Programmable Gain Amplifier and A/D Converter

Programmable Gain Amplifier


Before being digitized by the A/D converter, the signal from the analog input channel is passed
through a software programmable variable gain amplifier. The user must pre-select an
appropriate gain so that the transducer signal is within range and is of a sufficient resolution.
For instance, if a 0.4 V signal were measured using the 0.5 V range, it would take advantage of
the maximum available resolution and detail could be resolved in 15 µV steps. If, for some
Functional Description 35

reason it were collected using the 5 V range, the available resolution would be 150 µV and
valuable detail could be lost.

Eight ranges of gain are available:

Gain Value Voltage Measurement Measurement


Measurement Resolution Accuracy
Range

0.5 ±10 V 300 µV 2 mV

1 ±5.0 V 150 µV 500 µV

5 ±1.0 V 30 µV 200 µV

10 ±0.5 V 15 µV 100 µV

25 ±0.2 V 6 µV 40 µV

50 ±0.1 V 3 µV 20 µV

75 ±66.6666 mV 2 µV 13 µV

150 ±33.3333 mV 1 µV 10 µV

Note
Measurement accuracy does not include transducer or cabling effects.

The Programmable Gain Amplifier allows accurate high-resolution measurements from low-level
sensors such as strain gages, thermocouples, pressure sensors, or load cells, without the need
for external amplification. The value of the gain is set through the InspeXion® software.

4.6.15 A/D Converter


The 300 Series utilizes a high performance analog to digital (A/D) measurement module
specifically designed for applications requiring high speed and/or high accuracy measurements.

The 16-bit A/D converter resolves the full-scale range to 1 count in 65536, and yields a digital
answer between -32768 and 32767. A value of +32763 is considered to be "over-range," and -
32763 is considered under-range. For the 5V range, the maximum voltage that can be
displayed is 5 - (5/32763)= 4.99985 volts.

The maximum single channel sample rate is 30 kHz. The A/D converter will also operate at very
low sample speeds without affecting accuracy. The maximum sample rate for multiple channel
configurations is given by the following formula:

60 kHz
Max sample rate = (N ch+1)
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5. Transducer Configurations and Cabling


5.1 Measurement Configurations
The 300 Series supports the following transducer configurations.
• Differential Volt DC
• Full Bridge
• ½ Bridge
• ¼ Bridge
• Current Measurement (0-20mA or 4-20mA)

For additional connection information and calibration information, please refer to the sensor
manufacturers' specifications.

5.1.1 Voltage Measurements


The following figure shows the connections for a 300 Series analog input connected as a
differential voltmeter. For analog differential voltage measurements connect the signal to be
measured between +Sig and -Sig.

The 300 Series measures the potential difference between +Sig and –Sig. If the voltage to be
measured does not swing more than ±10VDC it does not need to have the same ground
reference.

In practice, even if the ground systems of the 300 Series and the voltage source were isolated,
the combination of high input impedance and stray capacitance causes a charge to build up
which can force the 300 Series common mode voltage beyond the ±10 VDC limit. This can be
avoided by connecting a 1 kΩ resistor between -Sig and Com.

The 300 Series has eight input voltage ranges, from ±10 VDC to ±33 mV DC. The voltage range
for each analog input channel can be selected separately. The range and accuracy the 300
Series voltage measurements are given in section 4.6.8.
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5.1.2 High Voltage Measurements


If higher voltages are to be measured, a voltage divider should be used to extend the full-scale
voltage range of the 300 Series. The diagram shows a voltage divider consisting of R1 and R2.

If VS is the full-scale voltage range of the 300 Series, and VH is the higher full-scale range
required,

R1/ R2 = (VH -Vs)/Vs

The output voltage is simply a ratio of the resistor values, so in theory, the actual resistance
values should not matter. However, there are three important considerations:

1. Choose a total resistance that will bring the power dissipation in the resistors well below the
rated value. Excess heat can cause the resistance to drift and change the voltage divider
ratio, which will impact the measurement accuracy. Power dissipation will be P = V2/R

2. Choose a total resistance that will not have a significant load effect on the circuit to be
measured. Although the 300 Series input resistance is 10 MΩ, the resistance of the voltage
divider chain should be two orders of magnitude less. If it is too low, it could load the circuit
to be measured and cause errors. For most 300 Series applications, R2 should be less than
3 kΩ.

It is important to be aware of the accuracy required for an application. The overall accuracy of
measurement is affected by the addition of the tolerance of the resistors in the divider. For
example, if 1% resistors are used, the accuracy could be out by as much as 2%. This will be a
linear constant so it can be calibrated out.
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5.1.3 Current Measurement


The recommended method for measuring current (0-20mA or 4-20mA) with the 300 Series is to
use the analog inputs to measure the voltage drop across a precision resistor in the current
path. The resistor must be selected carefully: it must be high enough to produce a reasonable
voltage at the input to the A/D converter, but low enough to have negligible effect on the current
being measured. As in the case of selecting resistors for voltage measurements, take care that
the power rating is not exceeded.

2-Wire connection

The most common 300 Series applications for current measurements are when it is used as a
2-wire or a 4-wire sensor.

4-Wire connection
The power supply can be
connected at the
transmitter as well.

The voltage drop across the 250 Ω resistor is proportional to its electrical resistance and the
current passing through it. For example 4 mA flowing through 250 Ω produces 1 V, and 20 mA
produces 5 V. The 300 Series measurement channel range should be set to 5 volts to
accommodate a 4-20 mA sensor adapted with a 250 Ω resistor.

NOTE: Consideration must be given to the quality of the supply voltage and signal wiring.
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5.2 Bridge Connections


The 300 Series supports many different 4-wire transducers and full bridge strain gage devices.
Examples of 4-wire transducers include pressure and torque transducers and load cells.

5.2.1 Full Bridge Circuit


The full bridge connection is supported by InspeXion® software. The method of connecting
bridge sensors is shown below. In the diagram, four resistors (Rg) form the arms of the bridge
and are usually equal in resistance (For example 120 Ω or 350Ω). In addition to connecting the
sensors correctly, the correct excitation voltage must also be chosen.

The cable to the bridge must have a shield connection to the SHLD connection. The change in
voltage at +Sig and –Sig terminals is dependent upon the characteristics of the sensor, i.e.; a
change in the load (force, pressure, etc…) causes a change in resistance across the sensor
arms. The output of the bridge is dependent on the excitation voltage. Bridge sensitivity is
normally expressed as the ratio mV/V. Resistor Rl represents the resistance of the lead wire
providing the excitation voltage. If there is a significant voltage drop in the excitation leads due
to the lead resistance, the overall measurement accuracy will be affected. See Section 5.3 for
recommended wire gauge versus cable length.

5.2.2 Half Bridge Circuit


The half bridge connection is supported by InspeXion® software, and is shown below. The
sensor and associated resistor are remote from the 300 Series. The bridge is completed by
resistors attached to the analog input between +Exc and +Sig, and between +Sig and –Exc.
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Note that in this case, the connecting cables are in series with the remote section of the bridge.
The bridge remains balanced since the remote arms are affected equally and the accuracy of
the sensor is not affected.

5.2.3 Quarter Bridge Circuit


In this configuration, only the one arm of the bridge is remote from the bridge completion circuit.
Since the 300 Series does not provide internal completion resistors three resistors equal in
value to the nominal resistance of the sensor must be connected to the analog channel as
shown in the diagram.

5.2.4 Bridge Shunt Calibration


Refer to the InspeXion® User Manual for Bridge input procedures under software control.
Topics include units of measurement, selecting device channel, and entering the sensor
parameters provided in the manufacturer's specification sheet. These sensor characteristics are
used in the calibration and diagnostic procedures that must be completed prior to making
measurements with any 300 Series.

Each of the three bridge configurations described above is a full Wheatstone bridge. The
descriptions Full, Half, and Quarter bridge refer to the amount of the bridge that is remote from
the 300 Series.

The full-scale range of the sensor, (i.e. the maximum reading in engineering units) and the
sensitivity of the sensor in milli volts of output per voltage excitation of the bridge are entered
into the setup of the sensor in InspeXion®.
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The change in output when a bridge is shunted can be used for calibration purposes. If the
transducer happened to be a load cell, the change in voltage produced by the shunt would be
the equivalent to the change produced by a particular load on the cell. The equipment could be
calibrated by using real loads, but it is more convenient to use what is in effect a transfer
standard. The operator enters the information supplied by the manufacturer and the InspeXion®
software measures the change and sets the slope and bridge sensitivity accordingly.

Calibration is performed under no load conditions. If the four arms of the bridge are exactly
equal, the potential across inputs +Sig and -Sig would be zero and the bridge would be
balanced. However, manufacturing tolerances of the sensor and bridge components, cable
resistance and the effect of ambient temperature can cause an offset voltage to appear
between +Sig and -Sig. This value is stored during the calibration and subtracted from the
bridge reading, which effectively brings the bridge into balance electronically, rather than by
physically changing a bridge arm.

The shunt calibration pins provide an internal relay contact. If the bridge is unamplified then the
shunt resistor must be connected externally in the connector as shown in the diagram below.
The configuration shown connects the shunt resistor across the +Sig to – Ex branch of the
bridge thus tipping it in a negative direction.

In the case of an amplified sensor the shunt resistor is typically internal to the transducer. The
shunt cal pins would be connected to the shunt cal control pins on the transducer.

The bridge output is stored and the software uses it to convert the actual measurements under
production conditions into true readings.
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5.3 Cabling
The wrong cable can reduce the accuracy of even the best sensor and data acquisition system.
Noise and inadequate shielding are not the only causes of inaccuracy. Cross talk and voltage
drop caused by high resistance cables also affect results.

5.3.1 Cable Selection


It is important to preserve the accuracy of the data acquisition system by selecting the correct
cables for the installation. Quality wire should be CE, CSA or UL approved.

Stranded wire should be used for all connections, since solid, or aluminum conductors have
higher connection resistance and are prone to breakage.

Never use old wire since the conductors may be oxidized. Oxidation on wires increases the
resistance of the cable and connections. The jacket of the cable may be cracked or degraded
and there is the possibility of shorting or leakage to ground. This could seriously affect the
accuracy of measurement.

Check the transducer manufacturers wiring recommendations prior to designing and purchasing
the cabling system.

5.3.2 Signal Types and Cable Runs


Cable installations must always conform to local and national standards and guidelines.
Standards and guidelines are available from:
• IEEE;
• IEE (UK);
• NFPA;
• CE;
• ISA;
• CSA; and
• UL.
Cable segregation guidelines must be respected to ensure signal quality. If two wires belonging
to different circuits are running parallel to each other, the current in one wire produces a
magnetic field that links with the other and causes a current to flow in it; this is called cross-talk.
As a minimum, the following guidelines should be considered:
• Never mix digital and analog signals in the same multi-conductor cable;
• High frequency, or fast changing signals should not be mixed with low frequency or slow
changing signals;
• Signal wires can be mixed with wires carrying DC, as long as there is no high frequency noise
on the DC signal;
• Large magnitude signals (over 1 V) should not be mixed with low level (less than 100 mV)
signals;
• Fast changing signals must always have separate shields;
• High impedance sensors (>1kΩ) should always have shielded cable; and
• Differential inputs are more forgiving than single ended inputs.
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Finally, consider the current that will be carried by the cable. The manufacturer’s tables will
state the maximum current that can be carried safely. The voltage drop along the cable for a
given current affects the accuracy and sensitivity of the bridge.

The following table gives a Cable Length for Given Error (350 Ohm Bridge)
recommended wire gauge and cable
Wire AWG Ohms/ft 0.10% 1%
run for 120 Ω and 350 Ω bridges.
26 0.041 9 ft 86 ft
Refer to a complete wire specification 24 0.026 14 ft 138 ft
standard (ASTM) for specific details. 20 0.01006 35 ft 351 ft
22 0.01615 22 ft 219 ft
5.3.3 Shielding 18 0.0064 55 ft 552 ft

Some shields are made from a strip of metal foil wrapped around the central conductor, and
others are made from braided wire. A bare wire, called the drain is woven loosely in the braid, or
wrapped under the foil so that it can be used to connect the shield to ground. Typically the
shield should be grounded at the instrument end but each installation is different. Try to have
the shield connected at one end only; connecting at both ends usually causes a ground loop.
High frequency signals can be grounded at both ends of the cable, measure the difference
before connecting.

5.3.4 Fast Changing Signals


Any signal that changes at a rate of 1 Hz or more, or has rapid voltage change steps can be
regarded as a fast changing signal. A load cell used for impact analysis would produce a “fast”
signal. A load cell used to measure the weight of a vat would produce a “slow” signal.

The edges of a square wave, such as those produced by an encoder have extremely fast
changes. In general, the probability of cross talk rises as the frequency and amplitude of the
signal increases. Shielding the cable, or shielding the bundle of wires next to it can reduce cross
talk.

5.3.5 High Impedance Sensors


High impedance sensors (> 1kΩ source impedance) require special attention. Induced voltage
in the connecting wires can cause large errors in the measured voltage. High impedance
sensors should be placed close to the data acquisition system and buffered by and external
amplifier to reduce their source impedance.

5.3.6 Twisted Pairs


In some circumstances it is permissible to omit the shield and use a twisted pair of wires. The
idea is that each conductor is subjected to the same amount of noise but in opposite sense so
there will be a degree of cancellation. Also, the magnetic fields radiated by each wire will be
equal and in opposite sense, so interference with other wires is minimized. Shielded twisted
pair wires are the recommended cable type to be used for all measurement applications.
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6. Operating System
6.1 Dual Redundant Hard Disk Drives3
The 300 Series is equipped with dual hard disk drives configured into a RAID 1 type array.
RAID 1 specifies that all the data from one drive is automatically replicated on the second hard
drive for full redundancy. In case of a drive failure, the system keeps operating on the
functioning drive until the faulty drive is replaced. Once the faulty drive is replaced, the data is
automatically replicated from the working drive to the newly added drive in the background
ensuring no downtime.

6.1.1 Redundancy protection (FastTrak TX2000 RAID controller)


In a case of a drive failure, the following message will pop up on the screen.

To find out the exact error and which drive has failed, click the RAID Administrator Icon located in
the taskbar to run the RAID Administrator utility.

Consult the RAID Administrator online help or the RAID controller User Manual for more
information on how to use the Raid Administrator

3
Dual redundancy not available on Model 305, 315, 325 or 331
Operating System 45

WARNING: DO NOT SHUTDOWN OR RESET THE SYSTEM WHILE THE


REPLICATION PROCESS IS IN PROGRESS. ALL DATA ON HARD DRIVE MIGHT
BE LOST. IF A SHUTDOWN OF THE SYSTEM IS REQUIRED, PROPERLY
SHUTDOWN WINDOWS USING THE SHUTDOWN COMMAND.

Location of drives in monitoring utility corresponds to physical location in the unit. For example,
lower drive in utility corresponds to lower drive in the unit.

Please see the following section for details on replacing a failed drive.
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6.1.2 Replacing Failed Drive


To remove or reinsert a removable drive, follow these steps:

1. Shut down the system through Windows.

2. Power down the system. Never attempt to disconnect or reconnect drives when the
system is powered. Failure to do so may damage the unit.

3. Unscrew both thumbscrews and slide the carrier out of the unit.

4. Gently disconnect the power cable and the ribbon cable.

5. Change the hard drive inside the carrier, or put in a new carrier containing a new hard drive.

6. Reconnect the ribbon cable and the power cable.

7. Reinsert the carrier in the system until the unit reaches full depth.

8. Using the thumbscrews, screw the drive in place and power up the system.
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6.1.3 Restoring redundancy (FastTrak TX2000 RAID controller)


Once restarted, a screen will appear informing that the array is not functioning.
Disregard this screen, since the recovery will be done in the operating system.

Once the login screen appear and the user has logged in a pop up message will appear informing
that the new drive is being rebuild (synchronized with the other drive). Click OK on the pop up
box.

The system is now functional. It is strongly advisable that the RAID controller is allowed to finish
rebuilding the new drive before shutting down the system, since only fully synchronized drives
provide RAID protection. This process will take about 20 min.

WARNING: DO NOT SHUTDOWN OR RESET THE SYSTEM WHILE THE


REPLICATION PROCESS IS IN PROGRESS. ALL DATA ON HARD DRIVE MIGHT
BE LOST. IF A SHUTDOWN OF THE SYSTEM IS REQUIRED, PROPERLY
SHUTDOWN WINDOWS USING THE SHUTDOWN COMMAND.

Note: If problem persists please refer to Promise Technology FastTrak TX2000 User’s Manual for
further troubleshooting.

6.1.4 RAID 1 Integration with InspeXion®


The status of the drive mirror (RAID 1) can be detected in InspeXion® using the Hard Drive
Status property of the GetProperty sequence step. This is useful to report failures to the user.
The sequence will return the current state of the hard drive as follow:
0 = all is OK
1 = hard drive 1 is at fault
2 = hard drive 2 is at fault
3 = hard drives synchronizing
4 = hard drive synchronization failed (or other unknown error)
5 = invalid RAID software installation

WARNING: DO NOT SHUTDOWN OR RESET THE SYSTEM WHILE THE


REPLICATION PROCESS IS IN PROGRESS. ALL DATA ON HARD DRIVE MIGHT
BE LOST. IF A SHUTDOWN OF THE SYSTEM IS REQUIRED, PROPERLY
SHUTDOWN WINDOWS USING THE SHUTDOWN COMMAND.
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6.2 Dual Redundant Power Supplies4


The 300 Series is equipped with dual redundant power supplies. This means there are two
power supplies constantly powering the system. In case of a power supply failure, the system
keeps operating on the functioning power supply until the faulty drive is replaced. Any individual
power supply can be hot swapped during system operation.

When a power supply has failed, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible with another
matching power supply. The punctual replacement of the failed power supply is required to
guarantee system operation.

6.2.1 How to Remove and Insert a Power Supply


To remove or reinsert a removable power supply, follow these steps:

1. Turn faulty power supply switch OFF and unlock by pressing on both plastic lock
mechanisms.

3. Pull faulty power supply out of holder.

4
Dual redundancy not available on Model 305, 315, 325 or 331
Operating System 49

4. Push replacement power supply to full depth and turn power supply switch ON.
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6.2.2 Power Supply Monitoring Integration with InspeXion®


The status of the power supply monitoring circuit can be detected in InspeXion® using the
Power Supply Status property of the GetProperty sequence step. This is useful to report
failures to the user. The sequence will return the current state of the power supplies as follow:
0 = all is OK
1 = PS #1 failure
2 = PS #2 failure
3 = invalid PS status error

If dual redundant power supply option is not present the Power Supply Status will always
report 0.

To enable this feature, select PS Monitoring from the InspeXion® 800 hardware
configuration page as indicated below (Refer to section 7).

6.3 Writing Data to CD-R and CD-RW


The 300 Series system comes with a RW CD-ROM. This device allows quick data backup to a
CD. To find out more on how to use the CD-Writer software, consult the CD–Writer
manufacturer’s manual that is provided in the system documentation binder.
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6.4 Winshell interface


The WinShell.exe utility is supplied with Sciemetric systems to configure the InspeXion® MMI
for automatic system logon and startup. A shortcut is placed in the Windows Start Menu as well
as on the Desktop.

When the utility is run, it configures the username, password and domain credentials for the
automatic system logon as well as the application (SPX or SPR) file to auto-start. When the
system is restarted it will automatically login using the credentials supplied and run the
application using the InspeXion® MMI.

The option 'Runs as shell' is available to run InspeXion® MMI as the Windows shell thus
removing the overhead of the normal Windows Explorer shell. Access to the normal Windows
interface (i.e. the Start Bar, Desktop, etc) will not be available - only the InspeXion® MMI. Note:
since the Windows Explorer is not running applications that run as Explorer add-ons (e.g. the
RAID disk controller configuration and fault detection software and ROXIO direct CD format
utility) will not function properly; programs in the Windows Startup Group will not be started.

Clicking the Enable button will enable the auto-start options selected. Clicking Disable will
disable any previously configured auto-start options. Clicking Cancel will make no changes to
the auto-start options.

Note
Note: To bypass the automatic log-in, hold the “Shift” key down during the boot-up of the system and
the Windows manual log-in screen will appear; log-in as a user other than the one supplied in the
WinShell utility and Windows will start-up normally.
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6.5 Logging On As System Administrator


To logon as the system administrator:
• Select the Start button at the bottom of the screen;
• Select the Shut Down option;

• Select “Close all programs and log on as a different user?” option;


• Hold the “Shift” key and select YES with the left mouse button;
• Continue to hold the “Shift” key until the “Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Logon” prompt
appears (holding the shift key will bypass the auto-logon feature);
• Change the “User Name” to “Administrator”;
• Enter the administrator password as previously recorded; and
• Click OK to log on.

To put the system back in auto-logon mode repeat the previous procedure but return the user
name to “Operator” and use “Password” as your password.
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6.6 300 Series Installation/Recovery CD


Although the software has been installed at the factory it may be necessary to reinstall the
software, or install additional components, at some point in the service life of the equipment.
This may include electronic copies of manuals or InspeXion® SPC.

6.6.1 How to Run the Installation Program:


1. Log on to the system with administrative permission.
• Start the system and allow the auto logon to execute;
• Select the Start button in the bottom left of the screen;
• Select Shut Down;
• Select the “Close All Programs and Logon as New User?” option;
• Hold the <SHIFT> key down as the system logs off;
• Release the <SHIFT> key when the Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete> to Logon screen
appears;
• Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Delete>; and
• Enter the administrator user name and password and logon.
2. Insert the Installation compact disk into the CD-ROM drive.
3. An installation menu will appear automatically.
4. Select the software component to be installed.
A setup wizard will guide the installation process.

Make sure to answer all questions and information blocks completely. Follow the on-screen
instructions of the setup wizard.

Each installed component can be accessed after installation through the Sciemetric group. This
group can be found in the Programs menu. To use any of the newly installed items select it
from this menu.

The InspeXion® installation will create a new folder called InspeXion®. The location of this
folder is determined during installation but the default location is in the c:\Program Files
directory. It is useful to store all files associated with InspeXion® in these folders. Any SPX
(configuration) files should be stored in c:\Program Files\InspeXion\spx. All data collected by
InspeXion® should be stored in c:\Program Files\InspeXion\DATA. The remaining files and
folders within the InspeXion® directory contain various program files that should not be
removed or replaced.

The InspeXion® SPC installation will create a new folder called “SPC”. The default location for
the folder is within the c:\Program Files\InspeXion\. All InspeXion® SPC data is stored within
this folder.
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6.6.2 Recovering to Factory Configuration


Note
This is only necessary in case of total system failure. System is equipped with a dual redundant hard
drive system which prevents system from crashing if one drive fails, refer to the section 1 for more
details.

In the event that the hard drive in your 300 Series is either replaced or becomes unbootable,
Sciemetric has supplied a utility that will restore all data and partitions on the hard drive to the
original Sciemetric factory configuration.

Note
All data presently on the hard disk will become unrecoverable after this operation. Do not attempt the
following procedure if data stored on the hard disk is to be salvaged!

This procedure describes the method required to restore the 300 Series operating system.
Restoration is necessary after a crash that has resulted in corruption of the operating system,
HD failure or for the creation of a backup drive.

Material Required:
• 300 Series Recovery boot floppy;
• 300 Series Recovery Image CD;
• Blank Hard Drive installed inside 300 Series;
• Windows OS, the Product ID number (Located on the Certificate of Authenticity glued to
the inside of the CD door of the 300 Series or to the Microsoft Basic Installation
instruction book);
• InspeXion® installation CD; and
• Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT RECOVERY ON A USABLE


HARD-DRIVE - ALL DATA WILL BE LOST!
MAKE SURE IMPORTANT DATA, IF RECOVERABLE, IS BACKED UP BEFORE
PROCEEDING

Step 1: Starting Recovery Process

• Ensure the system is plugged in but in the off state;


• Insert the recovery boot floppy disk in the floppy drive;
• Apply power to the system;
• Insert the 300 Series recovery CD in the CD-ROM drive when prompted to do so;
• At the prompt5, read the license agreement displayed and hit any key to scroll through;
• Symantec Ghost will start the recovering process automatically.

5
Windows NT™ only
Operating System 55

Note
During the recovery process, on systems with a large image, a prompt asking to insert a second CD could
appear. Insert second CD and click OK.

When complete, make sure that the CD-ROM and the Diskette have been removed from their
respective drives prior to rebooting the 300 Series.

Click Reboot to restart the 300 Series.


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Step 2: Windows NT™ Setup (See below for Windows XP™ Embedded Setup)
Windows NT™ must be setup upon rebooting the 300 Series immediately following a hard disk
restore procedure. Follow the instruction in the Windows NT™ Setup wizard.

Some required information is:


• Name and Organization: Enter your name and the company name;
• Product ID: The Product ID number is listed on the Certificate of Authenticity located
inside of the CD door of the 300 Series; and
• Computer Name: Select a name that will uniquely identify this system on the Network (ie:
“300xxxxx” where “xxxxx” is the serial number of the system).

On the Administrator Account


screen, enter a Password for the
administrator of this system.
Record the password for future
Administrative system work.

Note:
The Network Administrator should
select the password for the system. The
password should be recorded to ensure
future system access. Optionally, the
password field can be left blank
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Step 3: Software installation

Upon reboot, the system will ask for a username and password. It is necessary to logon as the
administrator at this point. The installation will restart and will ask for the product CD. Insert the
CD and click OK to continue with the InspeXion® installation. To install additional utilities
(InspeXion® SPC or 300 Series documentation) the install program can be run manually after
the recovery procedure is completed and the system has rebooted.

When complete, click the OK button. Do not click Cancel or the system will not be completely
configured and may not work properly.

Step 4: Finish

Upon system reboot, the system will ask for a username and password again. This feature can
be bypassed to auto-logon in the Windows environment and run the InspeXion® as the system
shell. This way the system can be setup to prevent unwanted changes to the configuration
since only InspeXion® is available to the user, and no password is required to start the system,
see section 6.4 for more detail.

An introductory screen will appear when logging on the system for the first time. Dismiss this
screen by selecting CLOSE.

If there is a requirement to configure extra hardware it will be necessary to log off and then log
on as the System Administrator prior to making any changes to the system (see section 6.5).
If no further hardware is required the recovery procedure is complete. The test stand SPX can
be copied to the 300 Series (if a backup was saved) and run.
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Windows XP™ Embedded Setup

After the system as been rebooted immediately following the hard disk restore procedure, the
log on screen will appear. Log on as Administrator.

Once logged on, the InspeXion installation process will begin.

When prompted enter the User and Company name information and click OK.

At the following prompt:

Click the OK button to complete the installation. Do not click Cancel or the system will not be
completely configured and may not work properly.

Upon system reboots the system will ask for a username and password again. This feature can
be bypassed to auto-logon in the Windows environment and run the InspeXion® as the system
shell. This way the system can be setup to prevent unwanted changes to the configuration
since only InspeXion® is available to the user, and no password is required to start the system,
see section 6.4 for more detail.

The Sciemetric EULA will appear after logging into the system. Click “I Accept” to accept the
license agreement.

If there is a requirement to configure extra hardware it will be necessary to log off and then log
on as the System Administrator prior to making any changes to the system (see section 6.5).
If no further hardware is required the recovery procedure is complete. The test stand SPX can
be copied to the 300 Series (if a backup was saved) and run.
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7. InspeXion®
7.1 Overview
InspeXion® is a Windows based software application that offers power combined with relatively
simple setup. InspeXion's comprehensive array of signature analysis and data processing
methods provide the manufacturing community with the means to identify defects in a real-time
process, pinpoint root causes and archive data for quality traceability. All software for the 300
Series has been installed at the factory. The information in this User Manual is specific to the
300 Series. Please see the InspeXion® User Manual for more information about InspeXion®.

InspeXion® comprises three main components:

1. Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for application development in a graphical


environment

2. Man/Machine Interface (MMI) for displaying information and providing operator control.
The MMI is usually referred to as the Operator Interface.

3. InspeXion® Engine, which manages the data collection, processing, control, and signature
analysis

InspeXion IDE
Offline Application Save
Configuration configuration to
Hardware file.
Inputs
and
Outputs

InspeXion Engine InspeXion MMI


Run-time Application Run-time Operator
Manager Interface

The figure depicts the interaction between the different InspeXion® software components.
Notice that the IDE operates off-line. Application configuration is performed off line. The
configuration file is saved to disk in a proprietary format with a file extension of SPX or SPR.
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7.2 Configuration Software


The InspeXion® IDE (Integrated Development Environment) uses a graphical approach with
icon based configuration for easy test design without programming. The IDE permits Hardware
Interfaces, Inputs, Outputs and Operator Interface Displays to be defined, as well as Test
Sequences and Events. Integrated data review and hardware diagnostics provide tools for
channel calibration and proper connection. InspeXion® IDE runs independently of the test
hardware to allow offline application configuration and can be accessed from the Sciemetric
group in the Programs menu.

Refer to the InspeXion® User Manual for a complete description of the icons and functions.

7.3 Run-time Operation


During run-time the InspeXion® MMI (Man/Machine Interface) provides graphical user interface
and data management using displays and menus configured in the IDE. Various display
elements and user definable menus facilitate virtually any application requirement. Multi level
password protection provides application and data integrity.

The InspeXion® Engine runs in the background and provides core application functionality
through a deterministic real time kernel that manages inputs, outputs, events, and sequences.
The primary function of the Engine is to evaluate and respond to the Events that are defined in
the Event Table during application configuration. This task is ‘clocked’ with a precision internal
timer that forces a complete evaluation of all Events on a repeatable and predictable basis.

Secondary functionality during run-time is performed by the MMI. The update of Display
elements and Menu functions is performed as a lower priority task.
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7.4 Defining 300 Series Hardware


Use the left mouse button to
select the Hardware button on
the main IDE menu. This will
access the InspeXion®
Hardware Table.

7.4.1 800 Configuration


The 808 is a PCI card that provides the interface between the 300 Series
computer and the data acquisition hardware. The configuration screen allows the
user to configure the 300 Series hardware. Refer to the block diagram located in
section 4.2 for a complete layout of the 300 Series hardware.

1. Select the 800 item in the


Hardware Table.
2. Select the 800 icon to open the
800 configuration window.
3. Select the 800 Options tab.
4. Set the 800 Interface Type to
808.
5. Ensure the Enable 298
Keypad check box is not
selected.
6. Select the Modules tab.
7. Select the Auto detect icon.

The Hardware table will show the


following:
Module 0: 237
Module 1: 226

In a model 330-24, an additional


226 will reside in Module 2.

The 300 Series hardware is now


configured. Select OK to save the
changes and exit the configuration
screen.

For additional information on the


800 Configuration screen please
refer to the InspeXion® User
Manual.
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7.5 InspeXion® Support of Hardware Interfaces


In an effort to provide complete solutions for today’s increasingly complex and integrated
manufacturing applications, InspeXion® also offers direct connection to most industry standard
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).

The unique architecture of InspeXion® and its associated hardware conform to various
communication protocols and have become an integral part of the in-process testing and
validation that is crucial to the manufacturing and assembly community today.

For Hardware Interfaces supported and for hardware configuration refer to the InspeXion® User
Manual.

Note
Modifications to hardware under warranty must be performed by a Sciemetric Instruments authorized
service provider or by Sciemetric Instruments personnel only. Failure to observe this condition may void
the warranty.
Appendix A 63

Appendix A. Specifications
ALL 300 SERIES
SYSTEMS
Intel® Pentium® processor
InspeXion® Test and Analysis Software, SPC module for InspeXion®
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system
Rewritable CD-ROM and floppy disk drive (3.5", 1.44MB)
Keyboard with integrated pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard)
19" rack mounting adapter
User Manual

Model 310, 320 and 330:


Dual EIDE compatible hard disk drive in carrier trays
Dual hot swap power supplies

Model 305, 315, 325 and 331:


EIDE compatible hard disk drive in carrier trays
Power supply

PROCESSOR
Processor Intel® Pentium® III or better*
Hard Disk 40 GB*
DRAM 256 MB RAM*(128 MB for 305, 315, 325, 331)
Ethernet 10/100 Base-TX
Expansion Slots 1 ISA or 1 PCI min.
Printer Ports 1
RS232 Serial Ports 2
PS2 Ports 2 (Keyboard / mouse)

GENERAL
Chassis Dimensions
305, 310 and 320 Series 7.0 x 16.85 x 17.05 in
(178 x 428 x 433 mm), HxWxD
325, 330 and 331 Series 8.75 x 16.85 x 17.05 in
(222 x 428 x 433 mm), HxWxD
Vertical Rack Space 4U (325, 330 and 331 Series are 5U)
Chassis Weight 50 lbs (21 kg)
Shipping Weight 60 lbs (27 kg)
Operating Humidity 8 to 90% relative, non-condensing
Operating Temperature 10 to 45 °C
Warm Up Time 60 minutes for stated accuracy
Paint Finish Black exterior baked enamel

AC POWER REQUIREMENTS
Supply Voltage 90-135/180-265 VAC rms, auto-detecting
Frequency 50 - 60 Hz
Power Consumption 180 W maximum, 130 W typical

* Subject to change without notice


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Analog Inputs
Number of Channels 320-2 2 channels
320-4 4 channels
320-8 8 channels
325-8 8 channels
330-8 8 channels
330-24 24 channels
331-32 32 channels
Input Ranges ±10 V, ±5 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV,
±200 mV, ±100 mV, ±66 mV,
±33 mV
Input Accuracy 0.01 % ±3 counts (5 V range),
0.02 % ±5 counts (all other
ranges except 33mV range),
0.03 % ±5 counts (33 mV
range)
Maximum A/D Sample Rate Single Channel any unit: 30 kHz
Multi Channel: Sample Rate 60kHz
number of Channels +1
Input Impedance 10 MΩ
Overload Protection 24 V without damage

EXCITATION TYPE 1 Model 320, 330


Voltages ±5, ±10, ±12 and ±15 VDC
Maximum Current 500 mA
Regulation 0.1 %
Selection Voltages are selectable with a
switch on the back of the unit
in two separate channel
groups
Group 1: CH. 0, 2, 4, 6
Group 2: CH. 1, 3, 5, 7
Excitation availability Series 320 and lower 8 channels of series 330.

EXCITATION TYPE 2 Model 330-24, 331-32


Voltages 2.5, 5, 10 VDC
Maximum Current 300, 500, 800 mA
(respectively)
Regulation 0.1 %
Selection Voltages are selectable with jumpers in two separate channel
groups per 251B card.
Group 1: lower 8 channels
Group 2: upper 8 channels of card
Excitation availability
Upper 16 channels of 330-24.
All channels of 331-32

Shunt calibration 320, 330-8: Dry relay contact*


330-24: Dry relay contact Ch. 0-7*, Solid state relay Ch. 8 - 23

*(control paired for the lower 8 channels 0 & 4, 1 & 5, 2 & 6, 3 & 7)
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Encoder Input
Sensors Rotary encoders and linear scales
Signal type Quadrature input or single phase pulses both with index (zero
pulse)
Frequency 5 MHz maximum pulse rate TTL encoder
50 kHz maximum pulse rate open collector encoder (internal
pull-up)
Counter 32-bit (±2 x 109 counts)
Input protection ±28 V without damage
Sensor power +5V DC @ 300 mA, current limited
Isolation voltage 350 VAC or DC (Optically isolated)

Note
320-2 and 331-32 do not have encoder input

Digital Inputs
Channels 8 SPST
Isolation voltage 350 VAC or DC
(Optically isolated)
Input current 2.5 mA maximum
Voltage ranges Logic Low (0) Logic High (1)
Range 1: 0 - 1 VDC 3 – 200 VDC
0 - 0.7 VAC RMS 24 - 140 VAC RMS
Range 2: 0 - 50 VDC 75 - 200 VDC
0 -38 VAC RMS 92 - 140 VAC RMS

Digital Outputs
Regular channels 8 SPST
On-line status 1 SPST
Isolation voltage 350 VAC or DC (Optically isolated)
Switching capability ±1 A @ ±60 VAC peak or DC
Contact resistance >100 MΩ off; <0.5 Ω, on

Note: Specifications subject to change without notice.


Note
All accuracies are stated at the input connector of the 300 Series. Accuracies do not consider errors
created by the transducer, completion resistors, transducer cabling, or installation environment.
No digital inputs are available on 331-32
Appendix B 66

Appendix B. Troubleshooting FastTrak TX2000 card


B.1 Getting error message ”Critical” on system boot up.

Summary of problem
This error can be reported for a few different reasons:
1. One of the drives isn’t powered.
2. One of the drives isn’t connected properly (could still be getting power).
3. The mirror is broken, which means that the data on both drives do not match.

Note:
Never use the DOS based RAID utility, use only the Windows utility. When getting the message prompt
shown above, always hit the ‘ESC’ key to continue to boot to Windows.

Corrective Action
Most of the time, the error will be found to be item 1 or 2 from the above possible causes.
Ensuring that drive is properly powered and the IDE cable properly connected.

For item 3, execute the following steps:

1. Check that both drives are powered.

2. Power OFF the system and check that the IDE cable is properly connected.

3. Restart the system. In most cases, the error message will not come up any longer, the
system will boot up properly and Windows will start.

4. If the error message is still appearing after ensuring that both drives are properly connected
and powered, hit the ‘ESC’ key and let Windows boot up. Log on as normal. Usually
Appendix B 67

Windows will find the second drive and ask if you want to perform the replication process,
click Yes and the replication will begin.

5. If the system does not boot, halts or displays other error messages, try disconnecting a
drive and boot with only one connected. If boot is successful, power off the system (using
Windows) and connect the second drive then power it back on. Once in Windows the newly
added drive will be found and the replication process will start (You need to acknowledge
the prompts, see the 300 Series user manual).

6. If the boot fails, try again with the other drive.

7. If still impossible to get a proper boot after following the steps above, perform a system
recovery using the recovery CD provided with the system (see the 300 Series user manual).

Note:
Never use the DOS based RAID utility, use only the Windows utility. When getting the message prompt:

Always hit the ‘ESC’ key to continue.


Appendix B 68

B.2 Hard drive redundancy corrupted, impossible to boot to Windows.

Summary of problem
If the 300 system is improperly rebooted or reset (hard reset or reboot without properly shutting
down Windows) while in the process of replicating (copying data to a newly added drive to the
RAID 1 array), there is a possibility that the system will be rendered unusable. The operating
system could get corrupted and the system would not be able to boot properly. The following
message (Windows NTTM)6 would appear during the boot if the system hasn’t been shutdown
properly:

Corrective Action
Most of the time, when the system is in the state defined above, the only way to recover the
system is by restoring the basic image using the recovery CD, but there is an option to try before
performing the recovery.

Disconnect 1 of the hard disk drives and boot the system. When getting the message

hit ‘ESC’ key to continue and boot to Windows. If boot still fails, power off the system and
connect the second drive (disconnect the first one) and try the same steps.

If unsuccessful, a system recovery will be required.


If the system successfully boots up, power off the system (using Windows), connect the second
drive and power the system back on. Follow the normal procedures for replacing a failed drive.

Note:
Never use the DOS based RAID utility, use only the Windows utility. When getting the message prompt
shown above, always hit the ‘ESC’ key to continue.

6
Similar for Windows XPTM Embedded

TB20xx-Dec 06, 2002


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B.3 Troubleshooting Hard disk drive mirroring using RAID Administrator


Start the RAID administrator by clicking the icon on the taskbar.

1. Expand the tree to see more Information about the RAID


array.

2. Locate the faulty drive and take proper actions; visually


check that drive is properly connected and receiving power.
If this is the cause of the problem, power off the system
(using Windows) and correct as necessary.

3. If no faults are found, the drive is probably faulty and needs replacement.

Top:
Primary drive
Bottom:
Secondary drive

This screen indicates that the Array 1 contains an error, selecting the drive will give more
information. The second hard drive (bottom tray) is having an error, check if drive is properly
connected and that it is receiving power. If no problems are found, the drive is probably faulty
and must be replaced.
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Appendix C. Options and Accessories


0300-0305-CH00 Model 305 Industrial PC - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor, EIDE hard disk
drive, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated pointing device
(keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard), power supply, 19" rack
mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North American style power cable
0300-0310-CH00 Model 310 Industrial PC - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor, redundant EIDE
hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated pointing
device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard), redundant
power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North American
style power cable
0300-0315-CH04 Model 315-4 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, EIDE hard
disk drive, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated pointing device
(keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard), power supplies, 19"
rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North American style power cable,
High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 4 analog input channels, 8 digital inputs, 8
digital outputs, 1 encoder input.
0300-0320-CH02 Model 320-2 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
American style power cable, High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 2 analog input
channels 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs.
0300-0320-CH04 Model 320-4 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
American style power cable ,High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 4 analog input
channels, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 1 encoder input.
0300-0320-CH08 Model 320-8 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
American style power cable, High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 8 analog input
channels, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 1 encoder input.
0300-0325-CH08 Model 330-8 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, EIDE hard
disk drive, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated pointing device
(keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard), power supply, 19" rack
mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North American style power cable, High
speed 16 bit A/D converter with 8 analog input channels, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital
outputs, 1 encoder input, 3 additional expansion slots for any 200 Modules (see
card options).
0300-0330-CH08 Model 330-8 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
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American style power cable, High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 8 analog input
channels, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 1 encoder input, 3 additional
expansion slots for any 200 Modules (see card options).
0300-0330-CH24 Model 330-24 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
American style power cable, High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 24 analog
input channels, 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 1 encoder input, 1
additional expansion slot for any 200 Module (see card options).
0300-0331-CH32 Model 331-32 Test and Analysis System - Includes Intel® Pentium® processor,
InspeXion® Test and Analysis software, SPC module for InspeXion®,
Microsoft® Windows® NT® or XP® Embedded operating system, redundant
EIDE hard disk drives, CD-R/W, 3.5" 1.44MB FDD, keyboard with integrated
pointing device (keyboard and mouse if no pointing device on keyboard),
redundant power supplies, 19" rack mount hardware, User Manual, 120V North
American style power cable, High speed 16 bit A/D converter with 32 analog
input channels, 32 digital outputs, 1 additional expansion slot for any 200 Module
(see card options).
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300 SERIES OPTIONS


0200-0020-PN14 Remote 14” color active matrix VGA touch screen, 1024 x 768, desk
mount stand
0200-0020-MN17 17” color super VGA .26 pitch, 1280 x 1024
0200-0020-MN19 19” color super VGA .26 pitch, 1280 x 1024
0280-2800-RKB0 Industrial rack mounted 1U high keyboard with trackball
0200-0020-KEY0 Keyboard with integrated trackball (desktop style)
1000-1100-ACUK Power cord for UK
1000-1100-ACSW Power cord for Continental Europe
0280-2800-SLXX 19” Rack mount slider kit allows a 300 Series system to be install in 19”
rack on sliders (specify your rack depth:18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 or 30”)
0300-0010-AGOO Application specific, operators guide (provided 1 month after job sign-off)
0200-0040-FSEN* Model 200-E1 - Freestanding enclosure complete with glass door, heat
exchanger
0200-0400-ENC2* Model 200-E2 - Low profile NEMA 12 Enclosure with heat exchanger,
glass window, key lockable doors/drawer
*see Industrial Enclosure datasheet for more details

300 SERIES SPARE PARTS


0280-0020-RP20 Pentium™ motherboard with processor
0300-0020-HD01 Removable hard disk drive, 40GB or greater
0300-0020-HD02 Removable hard disk drive, 40GB or greater, assembled on a carrier tray
0200-0020-FLP0 Floppy Disk, 1.44MB/720kB, 3.5”, Half height
0200-0020-CD01 Re-Writable CD-ROM
0300-0020-UG00 Extra 300 Series User Manual
0300-030X-RDPS Redundant power supply replacement unit for models 310, 320, 330
0270-0020-CPS0 Single Power supply replacement unit for models 305, 315, 325.

MODEL 330 OPTIONS AND SPARE PARTS


0200-0027-0226 Model 226 - Isolated combo relay I/0 card AC/DC (16 inputs 3 -180V, 16
outputs 60V @ 1 Amp)
0200-0024-0202 Model 202 - 2 channel quadrature shaft encoder/scale interface
0200-0022-0210 Model 210 - 4 channel 12-bit D/A with digital I/O (4I/4O)
0200-0021-0251B Model 251B - 16 channel analog transducer expansion module
0200-0021-0237 Model 237 - High speed 16-bit A/D converter
0200-0025-0811 Termination module for Model 808 (provides access to the encoder and
digital I/O channels).

OTHER CARD OPTIONS FOR MODEL 330


Digital I/O 241, 242
Encoders 202DMPD
PCI Interfaces 806
Signal Conditioning 207, 208, 260-8, 246
Relay Cards 220, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226
(Selection of cards only, not extensive list)
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Appendix D. DOCUMENTATION
A product CD is supplied with each 300 Series that covers basic usage, getting started, electrical
connections and I/O channels, and software operation (InspeXion® Test and Analysis software).

General Maintenance
Hardware
Clean oil, marks and smudges with a clean rag and a weak solution of detergent in water. Use
only enough of the solution to dampen the cloth. Water should not run freely from the cloth. On
no account use abrasive cleaners or solvents.

Refer to the manufacturers for cleaning instructions for the drives.

The air filter is accessed via the door on the front panel. Inspect the filter regularly (at least
every two or three weeks, depending on the environment) for dust and debris. Replacement
filters are available from Sciemetric Instruments.
Software
If data is being saved to the hard drive it will require some routine administration:
• Two backup copies of the InspeXion® spx should be made every time a change is
made to the configuration. Create a folder call backup in c:\program files\inspexion.
Store one copy of the spx in this folder. Store the second copy onto a floppy disk. The
floppy disk copy should be transferred to a remote location. This can be either an office
PC or preferably a network server that is backed up regularly. It is also recommended
that the name of the spx be altered each time a change is made to clearly identify the
time of revision. A log of the changes made to each spx can be very helpful in tracking
an spx’s history;
• If the Sciemetric Instruments applications engineering department helped install the 300
Series a copy of the spx should be sent to Sciemetric Instruments each time a revision
is made to the spx. This will help if factory assistance is ever required;
• Monthly checks of available hard drive space should be performed. A minimum of 100
Mbytes of free space should be maintained on the hard drive. To find this value:
o right click on the START button at the bottom left of the display and select
Explore;
o right click on the hard drive icon with a c next to it (in the left column);
o select properties;
o the free space should be greater than 100 MB; and
o repeat for the “D” drive if available.
If the free space is less than 100 MB archive the data files and then delete them from the
hard drive. Check can be performed automatically using InspeXion software, see User
Manual for detail; and
It is recommended that all collected data be archived regularly (the interval depends on how
much data is stored). If the 300 Series is not networked this can be performed by moving the data
files to a floppy in the floppy disk drive, or to a writable CD using the CD-Writer installed in the
system. If the 300 Series is networked simply move the files from the local hard drive to a network
hard drive.
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Appendix E. Terms and Conditionsi


SCIEMETRIC INSTRUMENTS
STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE, SERVICES AND PRODUCT WARRANTY

All Sciemetric products or services purchased from or provided by Sciemetric, or its authorized
representative, are subject to the following terms and conditions. Third partyii items are covered by the
manufacturer’s warranty and terms of service (if any).

1. Quotations: Any drawings, specifications, notes or other data provided with any quotation furnished by
Sciemetric shall be deemed to be part thereof. Quotations furnished by Sciemetric are not intended as and
shall not be construed as constituting an offer to the buyer. Any quotation provided by Sciemetric is subject to,
and shall not become binding upon Sciemetric until Sciemetric's acceptance of buyer’s order, subject to these
terms, without qualification. To the extent that these terms might be treated as an acceptance of buyer’s prior
offer, such acceptance is expressly made on condition of buyer’s assent to these terms, without qualification.
All quotations shall expire sixty (60) days from the date of issuance unless otherwise stated on the quote.
Quotations that include time or manpower support are estimates only, based upon information available to
Sciemetric and provided by the buyer. Such estimates do not constitute a guarantee that the required service or
product will be delivered within the stated time period or at the stated cost.

2. Modifications to Orders; Changes: All requests for order modifications must be submitted in writing to
Sciemetric and will not bind Sciemetric unless agreed to in writing by an authorized Sciemetric signing
officer. No other party, including Sciemetric distributors, resellers, integrators, agents, representatives,
employees or contractors, are authorized to approve order modifications. Sciemetric strives to design, supply
and implement effective solutions to meet the requirements of its’ customers. Accordingly, Sciemetric
reserves the right to introduce improvements, enhancements, modifications or substitutions for any
services, products or product components supplied, notwithstanding any specific provision of these terms
or a quotation, provided that such modification or substitution maintains or contributes to an improvement
in the overall performance of the product or service.

3. Payment and Currency: Payment shall be net 30 days from the date of the Sciemetric invoice. All
product prices and amounts payable shall be payable in US dollars unless otherwise specified in the applicable
invoice.

4. Duties and Taxes: Prices are exclusive of any duties, brokerage fees, sales, use, value-added or other
taxes unless so stated on the quotation. Any taxes (including without limitation, withholding, value added
and use taxes), duties and brokerage fees applicable to the amounts payable by the buyer, including any
amounts (and interest applicable to such charges) charged in lieu thereof, are solely the responsibility of the
buyer.

5. Delivery and Risk of Loss: Delivery dates as quoted are estimates and not guarantees and are based on
conditions at the time of quotation. All deliveries are F.O.B. Sciemetric’s factory and shall be shipped freight
collect unless specifically stated otherwise. Customs duties and clearances are the responsibility of buyer. The
transfer of products to a common carrier constitutes delivery to the buyer and any risk of loss for products
shall pass to the buyer at such time. Title to the products (excluding any software components of the
products) shall pass to the buyer upon payment in full by the buyer for the products provided. Title to any
software components of the products shall at all times remain with Sciemetric or its licensors. The buyer
acknowledges, agrees and grants to Sciemetric a security interest in the products (together with their
proceeds including insurance proceeds) and this or any other appropriate document may be registered with
the relevant authorities to perfect the security interest granted. Products may be resold to customers only in
the buyer’s normal course of business, but until paid for in full, the buyer shall not pledge or otherwise
encumber the products. The buyer agrees to immediately report to Sciemetric: (i) any seizure or attachment
of the products by the buyer’s creditors; (ii) any petition in bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or similar
proceedings filed by, or against, the buyer; or (iii) any arrangement, composition or similar agreement for
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the benefit of the buyer’s creditors. Services are deemed accepted upon completion by Sciemetric unless
otherwise expressly provided for within a quotation.

6. Returns: Returned products are subject to a minimum restocking charge of thirty per cent (30%) of the
sale price. Return shipping and duty charges are the responsibility of the buyer. The buyer is not permitted to
return products that include custom components or work such as cabling, special paint, custom circuit boards
or software or third party items without first obtaining prior written approval from Sciemetric. Returned
products shall be subject to inspection by Sciemetric prior to any repair, replacement or refund (if any) issued
to the buyer. If Sciemetric determines that any returned product is not defective, the buyer agrees to pay
Sciemetric reasonable costs for inspection and testing and Sciemetric may return the product at buyer’s risk
and expense. Cancellation of services within 48 hours of the anticipated delivery date are subject to
termination fees based on expenses incurred by Sciemetric for travel, hotel and other expenses incurred in
preparation to deliver the service.

7. RMA (Return Material Authorization): A Return Material Authorization number must be obtained
from Siemetric before returning any products. Failure to do so will result in return of any shipment to buyer at
its sole risk and expense. Failure to return products within 30 days of the date of the RMA shall be deemed by
Sciemetric to be full acceptance of the products and a withdrawal of the return request.

8. Warranty: Sciemetric warrants Sciemetric products delivered to the buyer will be free from defects in
material and workmanship, under normal and proper use in accordance with Sciemetric’s written
specifications (a) for Sciemetric hardware products, for a period of one (1) years from the date of shipment
from Sciemetric’s facilities (the buyer may purchase an optional maintenance and support agreement that
extends the warranty period for up to five (5) years) and (b) for Sciemetric software products for thirty (30)
days from the date of shipment from Sciemetric’s facilities. For the purposes of this warranty ‘Sciemetric’s
written specifications’ means either the Sciemetric specifications provided to the buyer as part of a written
quotation prior to submission of the buyer’s purchase order or, if specifications have not been so provided,
Sciemetric’s most current published specifications for the particular product at issue. Replacement or repaired
parts will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period only and not from the shipment date.

9. Warranty Claims: All claims must be made in writing during the warranty period and within thirty (30)
days of the date the warranty breach is discovered or should have reasonably been discovered. Claims outside
of the warranty period are not permitted.

10. Warranty Repair Shipments: The buyer is required to arrange for all product shipments to Sciemetric
for warranty repair and is responsible for all shipping and handling costs to Sciemetric’s facilities. Sciemetric
will pay reasonable return shipping and handling charges, provided the warranty claim is found by Sciemetric
to be valid.

11. Repairs Outside of Warranty: The buyer will pay for repair or replacement outside of the warranty
period at Sciemetric’s current prevailing rates.

12. Warranty Repair or Replacement: All warranty repairs are performed at Sciemetric’s facilities.
Sciemetric will either repair or replace, at Sciemetric’s sole option, any product which fails during the
warranty period due to a defect in workmanship and/or materials, or to refund the purchase price (upon
return of the product, if requested by Sciemetric), the choice of which is at Sciemetric’s sole option provided
that the buyer has reported such defect to Sciemetric as required and Sciemetric has, upon inspection, found
such product to be defective within the scope of this warranty. All replaced products (or components
thereof) shall become Sciemetric’s property.

13. Warranty Limitations: The foregoing are the buyers’ sole and exclusive remedies and Sciemetric’s
sole and exclusive obligations and liabilities for breach of the warranty by Sciemetric. All warranties shall
immediately become null and void should Sciemetric, at its’ sole discretion, determine that the products
have been subject to unauthorized modification, misuse, abuse, neglect, accident, improper installation or
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application, alteration or neglect in use, storage, transportation or handling or if the serial number and/or
other identifying markings have been defaced, removed or altered. Buyer’s failure to package the product
being shipped in its’ original or equivalent packaging may void the warranty.
EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTY IN SECTION 8, THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE
SUPPLIED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR
CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WRITTEN OR ORAL, ARISING BY STATUTE,
OPERATION OF LAW, COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE OF TRADE OR OTHERWISE,
REGARDING THEM OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT OR SERVICE PROVIDED HEREUNDER OR IN
CONNECTION HEREWITH BY SCIEMETRIC OR ITS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES.
SCIEMETRIC DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABLE
QUALITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, DURABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN PARTICULAR, AND WITHOUT
LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THE PRODUCTS ARE NOT FAULT- TOLERANT AND ARE NOT
DESIGNED FOR USE IN ENVIRONMENTS REQUIRING FAIL-SAFE PERFORMANCE, SUCH AS
IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION, OR
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, DIRECT LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES
OR DIAGNOSTIC MACHINES, OR WEAPONS SYSTEMS, AND SCIEMETRIC MAKES NO
REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR CONDITION AS TO THE SUITABILITY OF THE
PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FOR ENVIRONMENTS REQUIRING FAIL-SAFE PERFORMANCE IN
WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE PRODUCT COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR
SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF SCIEMETRIC HAS PROVIDED
ANY ADVICE, CONSULTATION OR SERVICES WITH RESPECT THERETO.

NO REPRESENTATION OR OTHER AFFIRMATION OF FACT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED


TO STATEMENTS REGARDING PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT IS
NOT CONTAINED IN SECTION 8, SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A WARRANTY, CONDITION OR
REPRESENTATION BY SCIEMETRIC. NO AGREEMENTS VARYING OR EXTENDING THE
TERMS OF THE WARRANTY AND LIMITATIONS WILL BE BINDING ON SCIEMETRIC UNLESS
IN WRITING AND SIGNED BY AN AUTHORIZED SIGNING OFFICER OF SCIEMETRIC.

SCIEMETRIC DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES


WILL MEET ANY OR ALL OF THE BUYERS’ PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS, THAT THE
PRODUCTS WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED OR THAT ALL ERRORS OR
DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCTS CAN BE DETERMINED OR CORRECTED. SCIEMETRIC
PROVIDES NO WARRANTIES FOR THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
WHATSOEVER.

14. Contingencies: Sciemetric shall not be liable for default or delay in performance if caused, directly or
indirectly, by acts of God; war; force of arms; fire; the elements; riot; labour disputes; picketing or other
labour controversies; sabotage; civil commotion; accidents; any governmental action or inaction, prohibition
or regulation (including without limitation, restrictions on import/export); delay in transportation facilities or
default of a common carrier; shortage or breakdown of or inability to obtain or non-arrival of any labour,
material or equipment used in the manufacture of the products covered hereby; failure of the Internet
(including ISPs), or from any cause whatsoever beyond Sciemetric's control, whether or not such cause be
similar or dissimilar to those enumerated. Sciemetric shall promptly notify the buyer of the happening of any
such contingency and of the contemplated effect thereof on the manufacture and delivery of the products.

15. Design Ownership and Software Licensing: Software programs are provided under a non-exclusive
license for use solely with the products upon which they are installed or imbedded. The buyer shall not copy
any Software program, or authorize or permit any other party to do so, unless agreed to in writing by a
Sciemetric authorized signing officer. Sciemetric or its’ licensors retain all right, title and interest (including
without limitation, all copyright) in and to any software programs, or any adaptations, modifications,
customisations, translations, enhancements or derivate works to such software programs supplied hereunder or
in connection with the products at any time. Purchase of products does not entitle the buyer or any other party
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to reproduce or make copies of the product or any component thereof, or to reproduce or transmit the design
or any information about the design in any way whatsoever, nor does it provide any license to any copyrights,
patents, trade secrets or other intellectual or industrial property rights by implication, estoppel or otherwise.
The products contain valuable trade secrets of Sciemetric and are protected by national laws and international
treaties respecting intellectual property. The buyer is not permitted to reverse engineer hardware products, or
disassemble, reverse engineer or decompile software products, or authorize or permit any other party to do so.
Where third party hardware or software is provided, the buyer is bound by the licensing terms and conditions
or other usage restrictions, if any, of the original manufacturer.

16. End-of-Life Policy: Sciemetric reserves the right to discontinue services, products and product support
and will, whenever possible, provide the buyer with a minimum of 3 months notice.

17. Software Bug Fix Policy: Support outside of the warranty remedies (i.e. customisations) or outside of the
warranty period or for version of the software no longer supported by Sciemetric, is subject to payment of the
applicable fees and execution of Sciemetric’s maintenance and support agreement or professional services
agreement (as required). Sciemetric supports Sciemetric software releases of the current major version and the
latest release of the prior major version. Patches and/or bug fixes will be produced only for currently
supported software versions. Sciemetric reserves the right not to support software releases if a new update is
available.

18. Enhancement and Upgrade Policy: Software enhancements will be produced only for the current
version of software. Hardware upgrades, excluding third party items, will be provided only if they are critical
to the operation of the application (as determined by Sciemetric, in its sole opinion). Buyer’s having a valid
software or hardware maintenance agreement will receive product enhancements and upgrades as outlined in
their agreement. Buyer’s who do not have a valid maintenance agreement do not have the right to upgrades
but may receive updates at Sciemetric’s discretion.

19. Software Product Version Numbers: All Sciemetric software will follow one of two version number
standards (i) MMM.mm.Bxx, where MMM = major version number; mm = minor version number; Bxx =
build number or (ii) MM.mm.BB.RR where MM = major version number; mm = minor version number; BB
= build number; RR = internal/external release flag. A major version update is indicated by a change of the
major version number; a minor version update is indicated by a change of the minor version number; bug
fixes/patches within a version are indicated by a change of build number. Sciemetric reserves the right to
determine the version and frequency of software product releases, if any.

20. Export and Government Regulations: Products and any confidential information provided hereunder or
in connection herewith are subject to any restrictions concerning export/import imposed by Canadian or other
international governmental authorities or agencies. Accordingly, the buyer acknowledges and agrees that it
shall not export or import, directly or indirectly, any products or confidential information or any products
utilizing any confidential information to any country for which the Canadian Government or any agency
thereof at the time of export requires an export licence or other governmental approval, without first obtaining
the necessary export permits to do so. If Sciemetric is the exporter of record, this order is subject to
Sciemetric's ability to obtain export licenses and other necessary papers within a reasonable period. The buyer
shall furnish all Consular and Custom declarations and shall accept and bear all responsibility for penalties
resulting from errors or omissions thereon.

21. No Authority To Bind: The buyer will give and make no warranties or representations on behalf of
Sciemetric as to quality, merchantable quality, satisfactory quality, merchantability, non-infringement, title,
fitness for a particular use or purpose or any other features of the products; and the buyer shall not incur
any liabilities, obligations or commitments on behalf of Sciemetric.

22. Limitations: The buyer acknowledges and agrees that THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS
AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IS ASSUMED BY THE BUYER and
buyer will fully indemnify Sciemetric, its affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and dealers, and the employees,
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directors, officers, agents and contractors of each of them from and against any and all claims, actions,
demands, costs, loses and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising from buyer’s or its
customers’ use of the products or services, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property
damage (whether tangible or intangible). UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AND UNDER NO LEGAL
THEORY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), CONTRACT (INCLUDING FUNDAMENTAL
BREACH) OR OTHERWISE, SHALL SCIEMETRIC OR ITS LICENSORS OR REPRESENTATIVES
OR THE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS OR SERVANTS OF
EITHER OF THEM HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO THE BUYER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR
ENTITY FOR ANY LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFIT, LOST OR DAMAGED DATA, LOSS OF TIME
OR USE OF THE PRODUCTS, COST OF RECOVERING PRODUCTS OR DATA, COST OF
SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, CLAIMS BY THIRD PARTIES, OR OTHER
COMMERCIAL OR ECONOMIC LOSS, DAMAGES TO PROPERTY OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES OR FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL,
PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF
SCIEMETRIC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR SUCH
DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE.

THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF SCIEMETRIC IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THIS


AGREEMENT OR THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, WHETHER IN TORT (INCLUDING
NEGLIGENCE), CONTRACT (INCLUDING FUNDAMENTAL BREACH) OR OTHERWISE SHALL
NOT EXCEED THE PRICE PAID BY THE BUYER FOR THE PARTICULAR PRODUCT OR
SERIVCES GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM.

23. Basis of Bargain. The limited warranty, exclusive remedies and limited liability set out herein are
fundamental elements of the basis of the bargain between the buyer and Sciemetric. The buyer
acknowledges and agrees that Sciemetric would not be able to provide the products and services at such
prices without such limitations.

24. Severability; No Waiver: In the event that any provisions of these terms shall be held to be illegal or
unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed severed from these terms and the remaining terms shall remain
in full force and effect. Neither party’s rights to enforce these terms shall be affected by any prior course of
dealing, waiver, delay, omission or forbearance.

25. Previous Agreements: These terms and conditions are the entire agreement between the buyer and
Sciemetric with respect to the subject matter and supersede those contained in all previous quotations, orders
and agreements, oral or written, including all pre-printed terms and conditions appearing on the buyer’s
order forms even if accepted by Sciemetric, and shall govern future transactions between the buyer and
Sciemetric. No change or modification to these terms and conditions will be binding on Sciemetric unless
agreed to in writing by an authorized signing officer of Sciemetric. Section titles are for reference only and
will not affect the meaning or interpretation of these terms. These terms and conditions are considered to be
the confidential information of Sciemetric and may only be disclosed to Buyers’ employees, contractors and
financial and legal advisors who have a need to know for the purposes of carrying out Buyer’s obligations
hereunder. Any terms or conditions contained in any purchase order or other communication by buyer, which
are inconsistent with these terms and conditions will not apply, even if Sciemetric accepts the document or
communication.
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26. Governing Law: These terms and the sale of any products hereunder shall be governed by and construed
in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, excluding that body of law applicable to choice of
law and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and any legislation
implementing such Convention, if otherwise applicable. Each party consents and attorns to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario located in Ottawa, Ontario.

i
Terms and Conditions are subject to change. Refer to the Terms and Conditions received at the time order was placed
for those applicable to that order.

ii
Third party items are defined as items that are not specifically manufactured by Sciemetric. Third party items may
include, but are not restricted to: sensors, monitors, keyboards, enclosures etc.
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INDEX
A/D, 39 Integrated Development Environment, 61
Analog Inputs, 30 Maintenance, 76
, 39 MMI, 61
Block Diagram, 24 Operator Interface, 19
Bridge Connections, 43 power cord, 12
Cautions, 11 Recovering Hard Drive Data, 57
Configuration Software, 62 , 81
cooling, 13 sample rate, 39
Document Conventions, 9, 10 shortages, 13
dust filter, 13 Software Installation, 56
Events, 62; Evaluation, 62 spx definition, 61
Front Panel Layout, 16 SSR Inputs, 25
full bridge, 43 Unpacking, 13
hard drive, 20 Voltage Measurements, 40
Hardware Setup in InspeXion, 63 Warnings, 11
Hardware Table, 63 , 81
IDE, 61 , 81
InspeXion Overview, 61