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Continuous Devices

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Last Modified: October 16, 2020

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.

Device Models

NI Monitoring Devices are available in the following models:

  • Transient, Periodic, and Event Recorder Systems—Supports periodic and continuous file collection when equipment enters an operating state of interest, such as a run-up or coast-down. The CMS-9036 is an example of a Transient, Periodic, and Event Recorder system.
  • Periodic and Event Recorder Systems—Supports periodic file collection when triggered by time or data triggers. The CMS-9065 and CMS-9068 are examples of Periodic and Event Recorder systems.

Device Types

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.

Device Types for Transient, Periodic, and Event Recorder Systems

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.

Device Types for Periodic and Event Recorder Systems

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.

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You do not need to fill every slot, but you must fill slots in ascending order starting at slot 1.

Table 1. CMS-9068
Chassis Slot Number Supported Module Arrangements in CMS-9068
1 Static Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic
2 Static Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic
3 Static Static Dynamic Dynamic
4 Static Static Dynamic Dynamic
5 Static Static Dynamic Dynamic
6 Static Static Dynamic Dynamic
7 Static Static Static Dynamic
8 Static Static Static Dynamic
Table 2. CMS-9065
Chassis Slot Number Supported Module Arrangements in CMS-9065
1 Static Dynamic Dynamic
2 Static Dynamic Dynamic
3 Static Static Dynamic
4 Static Static Dynamic

Guidelines for Chassis with Dynamic Modules

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.

Guidelines for Chassis with Only Static Modules

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.

Types of Software for Devices

Firmware
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.
Device Configurations
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.


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