Familiarize yourself with the following concepts to help you work with NI monitoring devices that are wired to sensors, the network, and a power source.
For more information regarding module types and compatibility, refer to Continuous Monitoring Device Hardware for InsightCM.
NI Monitoring Devices are available in the following models:
When you add a new device, InsightCM requires you to specify which device type it is. The device type describes the CompactRIO controller and the software application on the device. For example, the CMS-9068 is based on the cRIO-9068 and runs an application designed for monitoring systems.
Each device model has one or more device types that it supports. For example, Periodic and Event Recorder systems include a device type based on the cRIO-9068 and a type based on the cRIO-9065. Each device runs a different application.
The device type also determines which arrangements of I/O modules within the device chassis are supported.
The application for Transient, Periodic, and Event Recorder device types supports up to eight dynamic C Series I/O modules, such as the NI 9232. You must fill module slots in ascending order starting with slot 1. You must fill slots 1 and 2. You cannot skip any slots, but you do not have to use every slot.
These device types come in two formats: one that powers IEPE sensors via the physical connection to the channel and one that does not.
InsightCM supports a set of arrangements for static and/or dynamic C Series I/O modules in the chassis. The following table lists the module types you can install under each arrangement.
|Chassis Slot Number||Supported Module Arrangements in CMS-9068|
|Chassis Slot Number||Supported Module Arrangements in CMS-9065|
If the arrangement you choose contains any dynamic modules, such as the NI 9232, install dynamic input modules in adjacent slots beginning with slot 1. You must fill slot 1, but you do not need to fill every slot in the chassis.
If the arrangement contains only static modules, install the modules in adjacent slots beginning with slot 1. You must fill slot 1. You cannot skip any slots, but you do not have to use every slot.
For a list of I/O modules that NI Monitoring Devices support, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code cmsmodules.
|NI Monitoring Devices run preinstalled firmware, the permanent software on the device that performs lower-level operations than the device application. You do not directly interact with firmware unless you receive an updated or patched version. Use the Package Management page to upload the firmware so you can apply it to devices. Then, use the Software tab on the Device Configuration page to update the firmware on a device to the new version.|
|Applications for Devices|
|The Software tab on the Device Configuration page displays an overview of the application types and versions running on each device. Update device applications to the latest version and reset the firmware to the preinstalled version from the Software tab. You do not directly interact with the application unless you receive an updated or patched version. Use the Package Management page to upload the application so you can apply it to devices. The Package Management page refers to applications as system images.|
|A device configuration is a collection of properties that
controls how a device operates, including how and when it acquires data and
collects files. Define the configuration for a device on its Device Configuration
page in InsightCM.
Click Update Configuration at the top of the Device Configuration page each time you make a change to a device's configuration to send the updated configuration to the device. The device might require several minutes after the last time you click Save to download the configuration and come online again.