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Validate System Configuration

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    Last Modified: July 30, 2021

    Complete the steps in the following sections to ensure that all system components are configured correctly and the Static Data Viewer is ready for analyst use.

    Before you complete the following steps, launch the following applications:

    • Launch FlexLogger and open your configured project.
    • Launch the Static Data Viewer from an analyst device and log in using analyst credentials.
    • Launch SystemLink and log in as an admin. Open the SystemLink Alarm Utility from Utilities»Alarms.
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    Note  

    Keep Static Data Viewer and SystemLink open in separate browser windows or different devices as you complete the verification steps.

    Verifying FlexLogger Configuration

    Complete the following steps to verify that your instrument is configured in FlexLogger and ready to perform a test.

    1. Confirm that all the chassis used in your system appear in the Channel Specification pane.
    2. For each channel, open the Channel Configuration pane and ensure the configuration parameters match the latest test plan.
    3. In the Channel Specification pane, confirm that live data populates for each module in your system.
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      Note  

      On large systems, it can take several minutes for the TSN network to self-configure and for modules to begin acquiring data.

    4. In the Channel Specification ribbon, confirm that the SYNC indicator appears green.
    5. From the Channel Specification pane, select all the strain channels and perform a shunt calibration.
    6. In the Logging Specifications tab, ensure that you've entered the logging file path and segment parameter.

    Verifying the Strain Gauge Connections

    Complete the following steps to verify the connection between a strain gauge and a channel.

    1. From the Channel Specification pane in FlexLogger, choose the channel you want to verify.
    2. Perform a null offset operation on that channel.
    3. Open the Channel Configuration pane for the channel and ensure that the live data reading shows approximately zero.
    4. Go to your hardware setup and disconnect the strain gauge from the channel you just nulled.
    5. From the Channel Configuration pane in FlexLogger, ensure that the live data reading shows the maximum signal range for the channel.

    Verifying Alarm Rule Functionality

    Complete the following steps to ensure that SystemLink receives the alarm rules created in the Static Data Viewer.

    1. Create an alarm rule.
      Application Task
      Static Data Viewer In the Data Table, enter a value in the HI Alarm or LO Alarm field.
      SystemLink Alarm Utility
      1. Navigate to Alarm Rules»Tags to verify that an alarm rule tag appears for the channel with the configured alarm.
      2. Verify that the alarm rule is configured with an Annotate Log File notification.
    2. Modify an alarm rule.
      Application Task
      Static Data Viewer In the Data Table, modify an alarm rule for a channel using any of the alarm rule configuration options in the Data Table.
      SystemLink Alarm Utility Navigate to Alarm Rules»Tags to verify that the changes appear in the alarm rule tag for the channel.
    3. View all alarm rules.
      Application Task
      Static Data Viewer On the Saved Alarm Rules page, verify that all alarm rules appear.
      SystemLink Alarm Utility Navigate to Alarm Rules»Tags and ensure all expected alarm rules appear.
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      Note  

      Each analyst can make their own rule for any given channel. There can be multiple alarm rules per channel if multiple analysts are using Static Data Viewer.

    4. Delete alarm rules.
      Application Task
      Static Data Viewer On the Saved Alarm Rules page, select a channel from Alarm Rules and click Delete.
      SystemLink Alarm Utility Navigate to Alarm Rules»Tags and ensure the alarm rule does not appear.

    Verifying Alarm Management Features

    1. On the Home page of the Static Data Viewer, select a channel and set the HI Alarm level to a value that is less than the current live value.
    2. Check the Alarm Enabled checkbox.
    3. Ensure the alarm instance appears in the Alarms list.
    4. Select the alarm from the Alarms list and click Acknowledge Alarm. The alarm instance should change from red to yellow once the alarm is acknowledged.
    5. Uncheck the Alarm Enabled checkbox to disable the alarm.
    6. In the Alarms list, select the alarm and click Clear Alarm. Verify that the alarm no longer appears in the list.

    Verifying Saved Preferences

    Complete the following steps to ensure that the Static Data Viewer retains saved preferences between analysts sessions.

    1. On the Home page of the Static Data Viewer, take note of the selected channels and configured alarm settings.
    2. Close the Static Data Viewer and reopen it.
    3. Verify that all channels and configured alarm settings from the previous session appear as expected.

    Verifying Log Annotations

    1. In the configured FlexLogger project, click Run to start a test.
    2. In the Static Data Viewer, write a comment in the Note field and click Add Note to Log.
    3. Force an alarm instance by creating an alarm rule for a specific channel. Set HI Alarm to a level below the current live value and check Alarm Enabled.
    4. In FlexLogger, click Pause to pause the test, then click Resume.
    5. Double-click the log file in FlexLogger to open the file and view the data. Verify that the comment, alarm instance, and the pause and resume events are recorded in the log file.
    After validating the Static Data Viewer, notify analysts that the Static Data Viewer is ready for use. Refer to the Static Data Viewer Manual for more information about using the application.

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