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Operator Station User Guide for Ovation 3.0.

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December 2007

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Contents
1

Introduction to the Operator Station

1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4

What is Ovation?................................................................................................................. 1
What is an Ovation Operator Station? ................................................................................ 2
Operator Station functions .................................................................................................. 3
Operator Station terminology .............................................................................................. 4

Getting Started with the Operator Station

2.1
2.2
2.3

Installing the Operator Station............................................................................................. 7


Using Two Monitors ............................................................................................................ 7
Using the Ovation Keyboard ............................................................................................... 7
2.3.1
Ovation Keyboard Functions ............................................................................. 8
What is the Point Menu? ................................................................................................... 10
2.4.1
To Access the Point Menu .............................................................................. 11

2.4

Using the Base Alarm System

3.1
3.2
3.3

What is the Base Alarm System? ..................................................................................... 14


Alarm System terminology ................................................................................................ 15
What is the Base Alarm window? ..................................................................................... 16
3.3.1
Using the Base Alarm window......................................................................... 16
3.3.2
To Access the Base Alarm Window ................................................................ 17
Configuring the Base Alarm window ................................................................................. 19
3.4.1
To change page margins for the Base Alarm window .................................... 19
3.4.2
To add header and footer text to the Base Alarm window .............................. 20
3.4.3
To change Base Alarm window font settings .................................................. 21
Finding a point in the Base Alarm window ........................................................................ 22
3.5.1
To Find a Point in the Base Alarm Window..................................................... 22
What is the Base Alarm Window Menu bar? .................................................................... 23
What is the Base Alarm window toolbar? ......................................................................... 24
What is the Base Alarm window Status bar? .................................................................... 25
What is the Dialog bar?..................................................................................................... 26
What are the Base Alarm window columns? .................................................................... 27
3.10.1
To Add/Remove Columns for the Base Alarm Window .................................. 27
What is an Alarm List? ...................................................................................................... 35
What is an Alarm History List? .......................................................................................... 36
What is the Acknowledged Alarm List?............................................................................. 37
What is the Reset List? ..................................................................................................... 37
What is the Remote Network Status tab? ......................................................................... 38
What is the Icon List?........................................................................................................ 40
3.16.1
Viewing diagrams from the Icon List ............................................................... 42

3.4

3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.11
3.12
3.13
3.14
3.15
3.16

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3.17

3.22

What is filtering for the Base Alarm window?.................................................................... 42


3.17.1
Filtering Based on Priority ............................................................................... 43
3.17.2
Filtering based on destination (plant area)...................................................... 43
3.17.3
Dynamic destination filtering ........................................................................... 45
3.17.4
Unit filtering...................................................................................................... 46
3.17.5
Filtering modes................................................................................................ 47
3.17.6
Defining Alarm filtering parameters................................................................. 49
What is a DEVALRT?........................................................................................................ 53
3.18.1
Alert Details window ........................................................................................ 54
Alarm Keyboard functions ................................................................................................. 54
3.19.1
Dell programmable touch keys........................................................................ 55
3.19.2
To define a Dell Touch Key script ................................................................... 55
Selecting an alarm message............................................................................................. 56
3.20.1
Acknowledging alarms .................................................................................... 57
3.20.2
Resetting alarms ............................................................................................. 58
3.20.3
Printing Alarms ................................................................................................ 59
What is the Audio Alarm System? .................................................................................... 63
3.21.1
Filtering for the Continuous Audio Alarms....................................................... 64
3.21.2
Filtering for the Non-Continuous Audio Alarms............................................... 64
What is Alarm security? .................................................................................................... 65

Using the Alarm Annunciation Window

4.1

What is the Alarm Annunciation Window? ........................................................................ 67


4.1.1
To Access the Alarm Annunciation Window ................................................... 67
4.1.2
Alarm Message Boxes .................................................................................... 68
4.1.3
Pop-up Alarm Menu ........................................................................................ 69
4.1.4
What is Filtering for the Alarm Annunciation Window? ................................... 70

Using the Point Information System

5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5

Accessing the Point Information window (PI).................................................................... 73


What is the Point Information Window? ............................................................................ 74
To access the Point Information window .......................................................................... 74
Using the Point Information menu selections.................................................................... 76
File menu........................................................................................................................... 76
5.5.1
To access the Find Points window.................................................................. 77
5.5.2
To filter the search for points........................................................................... 78
5.5.3
English description of point name ................................................................... 81
5.5.4
To Use the Where Used Function................................................................... 82
View menu......................................................................................................................... 82
Help menu ......................................................................................................................... 83
To display the Point Information (PI) window.................................................................... 83
Examples of Point Information Window Tabs ................................................................... 83
5.9.1
Config Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points ........................................ 84
5.9.2
Config Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ....... 85
5.9.3
Config Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points ......... 86
5.9.4
Config Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points ............................................... 87
5.9.5
Config Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points ..... 88
5.9.6
Config Tab for PI Displaying Node (RN) Points .............................................. 89

3.18
3.19

3.20

3.21

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5.7
5.8
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5.9.7
5.9.8
5.9.9
5.9.10
5.9.11
5.9.12
5.9.13
5.9.14
5.9.15
5.9.16
5.9.17
5.9.18
5.9.19
5.9.20
5.9.21
5.9.22
5.9.23
5.9.24
5.9.25
5.9.26
5.9.27
5.9.28
5.9.29
5.9.30
5.9.31
5.9.32
5.9.33
5.9.34
5.9.35
5.9.36
5.9.37
5.9.38
5.9.39
5.9.40
5.9.41

5.10
5.11
5.12

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Config Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points .......................................... 90


Point Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points .......................................... 91
Point Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe (DA) Points...................... 92
Point Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points ................................................. 93
Point Tab for PI Displaying PD, DP, RM, or RN Points .................................. 94
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ..................... 95
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) Points ................................... 96
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points..................................... 97
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points ...................... 98
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points...................... 99
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) Points ................................ 100
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points .............................. 101
Value Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points.............................. 102
Value Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points..... 103
Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points.... 104
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points ........ 105
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points .............................................. 106
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points............................... 107
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) and Deluxe Packed (DP) Points.. 108
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ...... 109
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points.......................................... 110
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points in Plant Web Alerts.......... 111
Initial Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points................................ 112
Initial Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ....... 113
Int Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points ............................... 114
Real Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points............................ 115
Display Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points............................................ 116
Display Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points .. 117
Display Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points...... 118
Display Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points.... 119
Mode Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital Points ................. 120
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points....................... 121
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points..................... 122
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points.. 123
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points
124
5.9.42
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 125
5.9.43
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points ................................... 126
5.9.44
Byte Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points............................ 127
5.9.45
Keys Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points......................................... 128
5.9.46
Instrumentation Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA)
129
Points
5.9.47
Ancillary Tab Displaying All Point Types Except RN and LC Points............. 130
5.9.48
Limits Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ...... 131
5.9.49
Mode Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points ...... 131
5.9.50
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points...................... 132
5.9.51
Security Tab for PI Displaying all Point Types .............................................. 133
5.9.52
ACSII Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points.......................... 134
Point Information security................................................................................................ 134
Point Information error messages................................................................................... 135
Modifying Point Information............................................................................................. 135
5.12.1
Modifiable fields............................................................................................. 137

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5.13

Guidelines for modifying Point Information (PI) fields..................................................... 141

Graphics Display System

6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4

What is the Graphics Display System?........................................................................... 143


Using the Graphics window............................................................................................. 143
To Access the Graphics Window .................................................................................... 144
Graphics window elements ............................................................................................. 146
6.4.1
Graphics window Menu bar elements ........................................................... 146
6.4.2
Graphics window Toolbar elements .............................................................. 147
6.4.3
Status Bar...................................................................................................... 148
What are Graphic configuration parameters? ................................................................. 149
6.5.1
To Configure the General Tab in the Graphics Display Program ................. 149
6.5.2
To configure the Print tab in the Graphics Display Program......................... 152
6.5.3
To configure the Window tab in the Graphics Display Program ................... 155
What is the Property Sheet window? .............................................................................. 156
6.6.1
To display Diagram Properties ...................................................................... 157
Zooming the display area................................................................................................ 158
6.7.1
To zoom using the mouse ............................................................................. 159
6.7.2
To zoom using the menu............................................................................... 159
6.7.3
To zoom by corners....................................................................................... 160
6.7.4
To zoom by box............................................................................................. 160
6.7.5
To select the zoom increment ....................................................................... 161
Printing Point Information................................................................................................ 161
6.8.1
To print Point Information .............................................................................. 161
6.8.2
Print Setup..................................................................................................... 162
Displaying Pop-up Windows from Poke Fields ............................................................... 163
6.9.1
To display poke fields.................................................................................... 163
Paging between diagrams............................................................................................... 164
6.10.1
Recalling diagrams........................................................................................ 164
What are Favorites?........................................................................................................ 165
6.11.1
To create a New Favorites folder .................................................................. 165
6.11.2
To add to Favorites ....................................................................................... 166
6.11.3
To go to Favorites ......................................................................................... 166
What is a split window?................................................................................................... 167
6.12.1
To dismiss a split window.............................................................................. 168
What are Control diagrams? ........................................................................................... 169
6.13.1
To Select a Control Sheet Using the System Overview Option .................... 169
6.13.2
To select a Control Sheet Using Point Information ....................................... 171
6.13.3
To select a Control Sheet Using the Control Overview Menu....................... 173
6.13.4
What are Layers on a Control Diagram?....................................................... 173
6.13.5
What is the Control Toolbar?......................................................................... 174
6.13.6
What are Signals? ......................................................................................... 175
6.13.7
What are Page Connectors? ......................................................................... 175
Using the algorithm right-click menu............................................................................... 177
6.14.1
To Access Algorithm Parameters.................................................................. 177
6.14.2
In/Out Tab...................................................................................................... 178
6.14.3
Control Tab.................................................................................................... 179
6.14.4
Keyboard Control Tab ................................................................................... 180
6.14.5
Fieldbus Tab.................................................................................................. 181
6.14.6
Custom Tune Tab.......................................................................................... 182

6.5

6.6
6.7

6.8

6.9
6.10
6.11

6.12
6.13

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6.14.7
Tune Tab ....................................................................................................... 183
6.14.8
Miscellaneous Tab ........................................................................................ 185
6.14.9
Help function ................................................................................................. 186
What is the Control Panel? ............................................................................................. 186
6.15.1
To access the Control Panel window ............................................................ 186
Printing graphics ............................................................................................................. 188
6.16.1
To perform a Print Setup (Graphics) ............................................................. 188
6.16.2
To print Graphics........................................................................................... 188
Errors and Warnings ....................................................................................................... 189

Using the Trend Display System

7.1
7.2

What is the Trend Display System?................................................................................ 191


Using the Trend Display window..................................................................................... 191
7.2.1
To access the Trend Display window............................................................ 191
7.2.2
Trend window Menu bar elements ................................................................ 192
7.2.3
Trend window Toolbar elements ................................................................... 193
Creating trends................................................................................................................ 195
7.3.1
To build a trend ............................................................................................. 197
7.3.2
To access the Find Points window................................................................ 200
7.3.3
To add an OPC item...................................................................................... 204
7.3.4
To add an eDB item ...................................................................................... 205
Configuring trends........................................................................................................... 207
Historical trends .............................................................................................................. 210
Running multiple trends .................................................................................................. 210
To start another trend in a trend program ....................................................................... 210
To load a group of points ................................................................................................ 212
What are Trend Groups? ................................................................................................ 212
7.9.1
To display Trend Groups............................................................................... 212
Viewing Time Value ........................................................................................................ 214
7.10.1
To view the Time Value Display.................................................................... 214
To display Tabular Trends .............................................................................................. 216
7.11.1
To pause a Tabular Trend............................................................................. 218
7.11.2
Print Setup..................................................................................................... 218
7.11.3
To print a Tabular or Chart Trend ................................................................. 219

6.15
6.16

7.3

7.4
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
7.10
7.11

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221

Using the Point Review

8.1

What is the Point Review function? ................................................................................ 221


8.1.1
To access the Point Review window............................................................. 221
Point Review window Toolbar elements ......................................................................... 222
Point Review window Menu Bar elements...................................................................... 223
What are Point Review Filters?....................................................................................... 224
8.4.1
Selecting a review based on characteristics ................................................. 225
8.4.2
Selecting a review based on Point Groups ................................................... 228
8.4.3
Selecting a review based on point name/description.................................... 230
Displaying a Point Review............................................................................................... 231
8.5.1
To add/remove columns for display and review............................................ 231
8.5.2
To change Point Review font settings........................................................... 233
8.5.3
To change Point Review headers and footers .............................................. 234

8.2
8.3
8.4

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8.7

8.5.4
To define Point Review margins ................................................................... 235
Modifying a Point Review................................................................................................ 236
8.6.1
To modify a Point Review.............................................................................. 236
Printing or saving a Point Review ................................................................................... 238
8.7.1
To perform a Print Setup (Point Review) ...................................................... 238
8.7.2
To perform a Print Preview (Point Review) ................................................... 239
8.7.3
To print a Point Review ................................................................................. 239
8.7.4
To save a Point Review................................................................................. 239

Using the Error Log Viewer

9.1
9.2

What is the Error Log Viewer? ........................................................................................ 241


Error Log window ............................................................................................................ 242
9.2.1
To access the Error Log window ................................................................... 242
Error Log window elements............................................................................................. 243
9.3.1
Error Log window Menu bar elements .......................................................... 243
9.3.2
Error Log window Toolbar elements ............................................................. 243
9.3.3
Information in the Error Messages ................................................................ 244
Error Log File .................................................................................................................. 245
9.4.1
To open an Error Log file............................................................................... 245
9.4.2
To save an Error Log file ............................................................................... 246
Printing an Error Log File ................................................................................................ 247
9.5.1
To perform a Print Setup (Error Log) ............................................................ 247
9.5.2
To Perform a Print Preview (Error Log)......................................................... 247

8.6

9.3

9.4

9.5

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Using the Point Viewer

10.1
10.2

What is the Point Viewer? ............................................................................................... 249


What is the Point Viewer window?.................................................................................. 249
10.2.1
To access the Point Viewer window.............................................................. 249
10.2.2
Point Viewer window Toolbar elements ........................................................ 250
10.2.3
Point Viewer window Menu bar elements ..................................................... 251
To change Point Viewer font settings ............................................................................. 252
To perform a Print Setup (Point Viewer) ......................................................................... 252
To perform a Print Preview (Point Viewer)...................................................................... 253
To Print a Point Viewer List............................................................................................. 253
To add/remove columns for the Point Viewer window.................................................... 254
Finding points to display in the Point Viewer .................................................................. 255
Filtering points for the Point Viewer ................................................................................ 255
10.9.1
To select/deselect filters................................................................................ 255

10.3
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.7
10.8
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Ovation Utilities

257

11.1
11.2

Introduction to the Ovation Utilities ................................................................................. 257


What is the Control Logic Navigator? ............................................................................. 258
11.2.1
To Access the Control Logic Navigator......................................................... 259
11.2.2
Control Logic Navigator Window Elements................................................... 259
11.2.3
Control Logic Navigator Toolbar Elements ................................................... 260
11.2.4
Control Logic Navigator Operation................................................................ 261

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11.3

11.4

11.5
11.6

What is the Controller Diagnostics Function? ................................................................. 262


11.3.1
To Access the Controller Diagnostics Function ............................................ 263
11.3.2
Refresh Data ................................................................................................. 275
What is Sensor Calibration?............................................................................................ 276
11.4.1
To Access the Sensor Calibrate Function..................................................... 276
11.4.2
To Calibrate a Point....................................................................................... 276
What is the Station Security Utility? ................................................................................ 279
11.5.1
To access the Station Security Utility............................................................ 280
What is the Ovation Status and Configuration Utility? .................................................... 282
11.6.1
To access the Ovation Status and Configuration window............................. 282

Glossary of Terms

283

Index

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E C T I O N

Introduction to the Operator Station

IN THIS SECTION
What is Ovation?................................................................................................................. 1
What is an Ovation Operator Station? ................................................................................ 2
Operator Station functions .................................................................................................. 3
Operator Station terminology .............................................................................................. 4

1.1

What is Ovation?
The Ovation products provide total process control management. Ovation integrates plant
monitoring, continuous control, sequential logic, and batch control systems into one network.
Ovation is modular. It permits the configuration of the process management system exactly as it is
needed. A small installation can be expanded to include as many as 254 intelligent modules
(referred to as drops or workstations). Each drop is a separate module that can perform various
functions.
The Controller is the drop containing the Ovation I/O modules (electronic and personality) that are
attached to sensors on the actual plant equipment. The point values measured by these sensors
are broadcast onto the Ovation network through the Controller.
The Operator Station is the drop that allows you to monitor the various drops and their processes.

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1.2 What is an Ovation Operator Station?

1.2

What is an Ovation Operator Station?


The Ovation Operator Station is a workstation (drop) that enables an operator to view and control
the current status of the plant process control system through the use of process diagrams and
other standard display utilities. The Operator Station functions include monitoring and controlling
alarm conditions, entering point information, and creating point trends. The following figure
illustrates an Operator Station (workstation) connected to an Ovation system.

Figure 1: Drop Connections on an Ovation Network (Fast Ethernet)

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1.3 Operator Station functions

1.3

Operator Station functions


The Operator Station allows you to communicate with plant processes through the Ovation
network and to monitor normal and abnormal plant conditions. The Operator Station has a folder
(directory) containing the icons that represent each of the Operator Station functions. This folder
either displays on the desktop, or the functions can be accessed using the following procedure:
Choose Start -> Ovation -> Ovation Applications. The Ovation Application icons appear.
These icons are provided with your Ovation system, but can be configured differently, if desired,
using standard Microsoft Windows techniques.

Figure 2: Operator Station Functions


The following list provides a brief overview of the Operator Station functions:

Alarms displays information on abnormal conditions and plant malfunctions. There are two
types of alarm systems available for Ovation Operator Stations:
Base Alarm System - This standard alarm system provides a method for detecting and
displaying abnormal plant conditions on an Operator workstation. Alarms display in
various types of lists.
Alarm Annunciation System - This optional alarm system provides a method for
detecting and displaying abnormal plant conditions on an Operator workstation. Alarms
display in alarm bands that appear at the top of the workstation monitor.

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1.4

Error Log provides information about system errors and writes messages to a log file.

Graphics allows you to view graphic diagrams.

Historical Review - provides information on historical data. (See the applicable Emerson
Historian user guide.)

Online Help - allows you to access all of the online help files for each Operator Station
function.

Point Information (PI) provides access to detailed information about each point in the
Ovation network.

Review allows you to choose specific characteristic filters to search the database for
periodic process points.

Trend enables you to display graphical and tabular trends with live points.

Viewer provides you with lists containing all the system points (by drops) and a brief
description of each point.

Operator Station terminology


The following table contains a list of terms used in conjunction with the Operator Station display.
The terms refer either to the appearance of text or symbols on the screen or to the method of
manipulating the mouse.
Terms Used with the Operator Station Display

TERM

DEFINITION

OK

Applies changes and dismisses the window.

Apply

Used to verify the data, enter information, and start a desired operation. The
window is not dismissed.

Cancel

Cancels changes and dismisses the window.

Close

Action that allows you to quit a window. The application terminates.

Display Area

The main area of a window, usually between the toolbar and the task bar.

Double click

Action that requires you to rapidly click the left mouse button twice.

Drag and
Drop

Window manager function that allows you to drag data from one window and
drop it into another window.

Grayed out

Color of a button or entry field that indicates that a function or menu item is not
available to you under the present conditions.

Icon

Graphical representation of a window or function.

LAI

Last Active Instance. This icon appears in the window of a diagram that was
viewed last. The request executes in the window where LAI appears.

Left-click
(Select)

Action that requires you to click the left mouse button once. The left mouse
button is used to select a window or an item inside a window.

Maximize

Opens the window to the full size of the screen.

Menu Bar

The Menu bar is typically located at the top of the main window. Cascade
buttons are placed on the Menu bar. A pull-down menu is associated with each
cascade button located on the Menu bar.

Minimize

Removes the window from the screen, but does not terminate the application. A
button on the task bar provides access to the application.

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1.4 Operator Station terminology

TERM

DEFINITION

Open

Double-click on an icon to open the application.

Quality
Reasons

The system can be configured to display an additional quality reason clarifier


after the point quality description. If you want the reasons to display, the system
should be configured to set the order of precedence for the quality reasons, in
addition to the text that displays for each reason. The Value/Status tab on the
Point Information window displays all applicable quality reasons.
Possible Quality reasons are:
Latched Quality
Tagged Out
Hardware Error
Oscillating Point
Sensor Calibrate
Scan Removed
Data Link Failure
Substituted Entered Value
Algorithm Application
Test Mode
User Definable
Engineering Limit
Reasonability Limit

Quality

Good = none

Displays

Description = The data is usable as it stands.


Fair = F
Description = Can be the result of two factors:
1. An Operator entered value.
2. The result of a quality checking algorithm in the application (loop
propagation).
Poor = P
Description = Generated from certain algorithms if some inputs were bad and
some were good.
Bad = B
Description = Can be the result of four factors:
1. Faulty input hardware.
2. Input out of specified sensor range (analog).
3. The removal of a point from scan.
4. The result of a quality checking algorithm (loop propagation).
Timed Out = T
Description = The point is not being updated. The drop that broadcasts the point
is probably off the network.
The formal definition of quality does not include the status Timed Out.
However, window displays that contain process point status usually include
Timed Out information in the same screen location as the four Quality items.

Refresh

Refreshes screen.

Right-click
(Menu)

By clicking the right button on the mouse, a pop-up menu may display containing
actions appropriate to the cursor position and application.

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TERM

DEFINITION

Status Bar

An area at the bottom of many program windows that contains a short text
message about the current condition of the program and specific application
data.

Task Bar

A small area on the screen which contains buttons for all the running
applications. The task bar is usually along the bottom, but may be positioned
along any edge.

Title Bar

Top margin of a diagram. Contains minimize, maximize and close icons in upper
right corner.

Toolbar

The toolbar is usually located under the Menu bar. It is a row of on-screen
graphical buttons or icons relating to application functions.

W#

A box appears around this W# icon to show which window is active.

Workspace

Graphical environment where menus, icons, and diagrams are located.

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Getting Started with the Operator Station

IN THIS SECTION
Installing the Operator Station............................................................................................. 7
Using Two Monitors ............................................................................................................ 7
Using the Ovation Keyboard ............................................................................................... 7
What is the Point Menu? ................................................................................................... 10

2.1

Installing the Operator Station


An Operator Station allows the operator to communicate with plant processes on the Ovation
network. This is done by using the Operator Station functions (see page 3). When you install an
Operator Station, you install software on the station that is required to manage these functions.
The software that is installed on the Operator Station is the Developer Studio package, point
management services, and Ovation applications.
The Ovation applications are the Operator functions: Alarms, Error Log, Graphics, Historical
Review, Point Information (PI), Point Review, Trend, and Viewer.
For information on installing the Operator Station, see the Ovation Software Installation Manual.

2.2

Using Two Monitors


An Operator Station can be configured with one or two monitors. This is typically done at
Emerson Process Management before the system ships. A card must be installed in the PC that
enables two monitors to be used on the same Operator Station. Refer to vendor documentation
for further information.

2.3

Using the Ovation Keyboard


The Ovation Keyboard, formerly known as the Membrane Keyboard, is an optional keyboard that
is used in conjunction with the standard keyboard and mouse. It allows the operator to access
data acquisition and control applications.
The Ovation Operator Station supports the connection of the standard Ovation Keyboard through
one of the PCs serial ports and the Ovation applications. When the system is configured at the
station to have an Ovation Keyboard, this function is initiated when the system starts.

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2.3.1 Ovation Keyboard Functions


The following table lists the keys and their functions on the Ovation Keyboard:
Ovation Keyboard
NUMBER

KEY

DESCRIPTION

Alarm List

Displays the Alarm List.

Normal/Priority

Switches the current alarm mode.


(formerly, Switch Mode Code)

Alarm History

Displays the Alarm History.

Reset List

Displays the Alarm Reset List.

Unacknowledged Alarms

Displays the Unacknowledged Alarm List.

Point Acknowledge

Acknowledges the selected alarms.

Page Acknowledge

Acknowledges the page of alarms.

Page Reset

Resets the page of alarms.

Point Reset

Resets the selected alarms, depending upon the


alarm application displayed.

10

Silence Audio

Silences the continuous audible sound.


(formerly, Bell Ack)

11

Window Keys (Window 1-8)

Displays process diagram windows.

12

Backward

Performs the recall (backward) function for the


selected process diagram window.

13

Forward

Performs the forward recall function for the selected


Process diagram window.

14

Up and Down Arrow

Initiates Page Up and Down functions.

15

Left and Right Arrow

Initiates Page Left and Right functions.

16

Start/Open

Activates a digital control algorithm.

17

Stop/Close

Resets a digital control algorithm.

18

Value Entry

Allows manual entry of numerical values of set point


or output. (formerly, Digital Entry)

19

Auto

Enables the automatic control mode.

20

Manual

Enables the manual control mode

21

Tune

Displays the window used to monitor and tune loops


and ladders. (formerly, Control Tune)

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Control Up Arrow and Control Up Raises the setpoint.


Down Arrow
(formerly, Raise Setpoint)

Down Lowers the setpoint.


(formerly, Lower Setpoint)

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NUMBER
23

KEY

DESCRIPTION

Control Up and Control Down Up Raises the output.


Triangles
(Formerly Raise Output)

Down Lowers the output.


(formerly, Lower Output)
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User-Definable Keys
(Custom or Alarm)

Note: When configuring the


user-defined keys, the keys
must be numbered from left
to right and top to bottom.
You must configure the
Ovation Keyboard through
the Developer Studio.

There are 48 user-definable keys. Each key can be


defined to be a custom key or an alarm key.

A. Custom keys can be mapped to


programmable functions that execute at the
Operator Station. These backlit keys do not light.
B. Alarm keys may be mapped to
user-definable alarm groups. These backlit
keys can be configured to blink, turn on, and turn off
to identify alarm status information about the group.
Pressing an alarm key can be configured to display
at the Operator Station) the pre-defined diagram for
the specific group.

Key labels are printed for each project and inserted


over the blank custom keys. The keypad template
shown in "Using the Ovation Keyboard" (see page
7)can be used to define the desired key labels for
your project.
P1 - P10

P1 - P10

Programmable Keys. In order for the programmable


keys to be active, you must define a FUNC_KEY
statement corresponding to the P1-P10 keys in a
process diagram. The diagram must then be
displayed in the currently active Graphics window
See Ovation Graphics Language Reference Manual.

For example, you define FUNC_KEY 1-4 in diagram


2100 to perform various actions. When diagram
2100 is displayed in the currently active Graphics
window, P1-P4 becomes active and their
corresponding actions can be performed. P5-P10
have no effect when selected. When you replace
diagram 2100 with another, P1-P4 becomes inactive
or can be replaced with the FUNC_KEY actions of
the new diagram.

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2.4

What is the Point Menu?


The Point Menu provides a quick method to click on a point displayed at the Operator Station and
access information about that point from different application windows. You can use the standard
Point Menu to select point information from the following windows:

Point Information window - Use to view or modify point data.

Trend window - Use to view point activity for an individual point.

Signal Diagram - Use to display a control sheet in a Process Diagram window. This is the
sheet where the point originates.

Summary Diagram - Use to display a custom diagram in a Process Diagram window.

Alert Details - Use to display Plant Web alerts in the Alert Details window. Only appears on
menu if Fieldbus devices are enabled.

Figure 3: Point Menu with Alert Details

History Edit/Annotate - Use to launch the History Edit Tool (described in Ovation Process
Historian User Guide). Only appears on menu if you are using Historical Trend or Historical
Review functions. Only enabled if the following conditions are met:
Ovation Process Historian Engineering Tools are installed.
User's role has security clearance to launch data edit.
Specific historian other than Default is selected.

Figure 4: Point Menu with History Edit/Annotate

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You can also configure the Point Menu and add additional menu choices (up to nine). The
Custom Point Menu functionality can be accessed from the Alarm, Point Viewer, Point
Information, Point Review, Trend, Historical Review, and Process Diagram windows. The Point
Menu is configurable at all levels in the Ovation Developer Studio system tree.

Figure 5: Point Menu with custom choices

2.4.1 To Access the Point Menu


1. Select a point name or point value on any applicable window. You can access the Point Menu
from the Alarm, Point Viewer, Point Information, Trend, Historical Review, and Process
Diagram windows.
2. Right-click on the selection. The Point Menu pop-up window appears. The fully qualified point
name for this example, FR-3244-STS.UNIT1@OVLAB210 appears at the top of the menu:

Figure 6: Point Menu with Alert Details


3. Select a Point Menu option. The applicable window appears.
Point Information Displays the Point Information window.
Trend Displays the Trend Display window .
Signal Diagram Displays a Graphic window containing a control sheet. This is the
sheet where the point originates.
Summary Diagram Displays a Graphic window containing a custom diagram.
Alert Details - Displays the Alert Details window for specific PlantWeb alarms, if enabled.

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History Edit/Annotate - Displays the History Edit tool, if enabled (See Ovation Process
Historian User Guide.)
The last item that may show in the Point Menu is a configurable custom Point Menu
choice. You can configure up to nine custom Point Menu choices using the Ovation
Developer Studio. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)

Figure 7: Point Menu with custom choices


Note: The diagrams associated with a specific point are Signal Diagram (DG field) and
Summary Diagram (SD field) which are defined in the point record. (See Ovation Developer
Studio User Guide and Ovation Record Types Reference Manual.)

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Using the Base Alarm System

IN THIS SECTION
What is the Base Alarm System?...................................................................................... 14
Alarm System terminology ................................................................................................ 15
What is the Base Alarm window?...................................................................................... 16
Configuring the Base Alarm window ................................................................................. 19
Finding a point in the Base Alarm window ........................................................................ 22
What is the Base Alarm Window Menu bar? .................................................................... 23
What is the Base Alarm window toolbar? ......................................................................... 24
What is the Base Alarm window Status bar? .................................................................... 25
What is the Dialog bar?..................................................................................................... 26
What are the Base Alarm window columns? .................................................................... 27
What is an Alarm List? ...................................................................................................... 35
What is an Alarm History List? .......................................................................................... 36
What is the Acknowledged Alarm List?............................................................................. 37
What is the Reset List? ..................................................................................................... 37
What is the Remote Network Status tab? ......................................................................... 38
What is the Icon List?........................................................................................................ 40
What is filtering for the Base Alarm window?.................................................................... 42
What is a DEVALRT?........................................................................................................ 53
Alarm Keyboard functions ................................................................................................. 54
Selecting an alarm message............................................................................................. 56
What is the Audio Alarm System?..................................................................................... 63
What is Alarm security? .................................................................................................... 65

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3.1

What is the Base Alarm System?


When you create a point in an Ovation system, you define limits for the value of the point. If these
limits are exceeded, the point goes into alarm.
An alarm typically indicates the following:

Analog point has exceeded its high or low limits.

Analog point is getting better or worse (value for point is moving closer to or further from its
defined limits).

Digital point has changed its state (on/off, 1 or 0).

Points in alarm are automatically displayed on an alarm list at the Operator Station. Unless you
make configuration changes to the alarm object that defines how alarms display, the default
values for the alarm display are used.
The Base Alarm System provides a method for detecting and displaying abnormal plant
conditions on an Operator workstation. These conditions include drop time outs, points out of
range, digital state changes, and so forth. These alarms display in the workstation Alarm window
and can be sent to the audio annunciator, the Emerson historian, and the alarm printer.
The following sections discuss the types of alarm displays:

Alarm List displays a list of current alarms with the most recent alarm first.

History List maintains a history of the most recent 15,000 alarm occurrences.

Acknowledged List - displays a list of current acknowledged alarms.

Unacknowledged Alarm List identifies all of the unacknowledged alarms.

Reset List identifies all of the resettable returns in the system.

Remote Network Status - provides remote network information.

Iconic Alarming groups alarms based on priority and characteristics.

Additional information about alarms is provided in the following sections:

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Alarm Filtering (see page 42) - describes how alarms can be filtered.

Alarm Message Selection (see page 56) - defines how alarm messages can be selected,
acknowledged, or reset.

Printing Alarms (see page 59) - describes how alarms can be printed from the current list.
This information corresponds to the standard Windows print function.

Audio Alarm Systems (see page 63) - describes the use of sound for alarms.

Security (see page 65) - describes enabling or disabling alarm functions.

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3.2

Alarm System terminology


The following terms are used when discussing base alarm or alarm annunciation windows:

Alarm Destination Each of the Operator workstations can be defined to receive alarms
from specific plant areas, or destinations. This is done by assigning a unique destination to
each point. The destination is defined by the first characteristic of each points characteristic
field. Each workstation can be assigned to receive alarms for one or more specific
destinations or for the entire system.

Alarm Priority Each point can have an alarm priority assigned to it. Priorities may be
assigned from 1 to 8, where 1 is the highest (most critical/important) and 8 is the lowest (least
critical/important). Analog points can have up to five different priorities assigned (one for each
of the four limits and one for the user defined limit). The priority is defined if the corresponding
limit is defined. The high X (where X is 1 - 4) alarm uses the upper nibble of the appropriate
priority field. The low X (where X is 1 - 4) alarm uses the lower nibble.
The sensor alarm and SID alarm use the highest value from all the defined priorities, and the
return uses the lesser value of all the defined priorities. For example, if the high1 limit is
defined, but the low1 limit is not defined, then the limit1 priority fields high nibble is defined,
but the low nibble is not defined. Therefore, when determining the priority for a sensor alarm
or return from alarm, the low nibble of the limit1 priority field is not used in the evaluation.

Alarm Annunciation System - (Not available on all systems) This alarm system provides a
method for detecting and displaying abnormal plant conditions on an Operator workstation.
Alarms display in alarm bands that appear at the top of the workstation monitor. This is an
alternative to the Base Alarm system.

Base Alarm System - This alarm system provides a method for detecting and displaying
abnormal plant conditions on an Operator workstation. Alarms display in lists. This is the
standard Ovation alarm system.

High1- High4 Limit and Low1 - Low4 Limit Ovation analog points can have a high1,
high2, high3, high4, low1, low2, low3, and low4 limit value assigned to them. When any of
these values are exceeded, an alarm status for the point is broadcast onto the Ovation
network. You are not required to define all four high limits or all four low limits.

Iconic Alarming System - This alarm system provides a mechanism to group alarms based
on their priority and their plant area. Each group of alarms is represented by a preconfigured
bitmap on the display.

Incremental high and low limit In addition to the high1 - high4 and the low1 - low4 limits
for an Ovation point, a high incremental and a low incremental limit can also be assigned.
When an incremental alarm is exceeded, information can be sent to the Operator workstation
which indicates whether the value for the point is getting better or worse (that is, whether the
value is moving further away from or closer to the last exceeded high or low limit.)

Returns (Returns to normal) An indication that a point previously in alarm has now
returned to normal and is no longer in alarm.

Reset (Resettable Returns) An indication that the return has been previously
acknowledged and must be reset in order to be removed from the Alarm List and cleared from
the screen. A resettable return is initiated in one of the two following ways:
An unacknowledged alarm is acknowledged and then returns. This return is re-initiated as
a resettable return. Since its previous alarm state was acknowledged, the return does not
require an acknowledgment; however, it does require a reset.
An unacknowledged alarm returns to normal and the unacknowledged return is broadcast
to all the drops. Once the unacknowledged return is acknowledged, it is re-initiated as a
resettable return.

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3.3

Sensor Alarms An indication of an input failure (for example, a bad signal or bad card).

SID Alarms An indication of an invalid point being used as a limit or cutout. It is also an
indication (on analogs only) that the calculated limit has bad quality.

State Change An indication of a change of state of a digital point (only displayed on the
History List).

User Defined Limit Ovation analog points can have an optional user defined high and low
limit assigned to them. When either of these limits is exceeded, an alarm status for the point
is broadcast onto the Ovation network. This alarm is independent of the standard alarm limits.

Unacknowledged Alarms When an alarm occurs (a new alarm, toggle alarm, or


incremental alarm), it is broadcast on the Ovation network as an unacknowledged alarm. The
alarm remains unacknowledged until the operator acknowledges it. This is a system-wide
acknowledgment, which is broadcast to all drops. If this alarm is re-initiated again, (that is, a
new limit was exceeded,) it would then become an unacknowledged alarm again. When a
drop time-out occurs, it is considered to be unacknowledged. When the operator
acknowledges this type of alarm, it is not broadcast system-wide and must be done on a
drop-by-drop basis.

Alarm Collector - The alarm collectors are responsible for connecting to the remote
networks, receiving all of the remote alarm data, and disseminating it to the Base Alarm
windows. (See Ovation Multiple Networks User Guide.)

Primary and Secondary Alarm Data Servers - Identifies the alarm data server that the
alarm collector is connected to in order to receive remote alarm data or the last connection
the alarm collector made. For each alarm collector, you must define the remote networks it
connects to.

What is the Base Alarm window?


The Base Alarm window allows you to monitor plant operations and acknowledge alarm
conditions. Each alarm message has its foreground and background color dictated by the color
coding scheme. Color coding is based on alarm priority. Specific colors are defined to identify
acknowledged versus unacknowledged alarms. The alarm colors are read in upon startup. The
colors are configured using the applicable Ovation configuration tool. (See Ovation Operator
Station Configuration Guide.)

3.3.1 Using the Base Alarm window


You access the Base Alarm window from the Alarms icon, located in the Operator Station or from
the Ovation Applications folder.

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New alarm entries are processed by the system every second. If the Alarm window is minimized
and an alarm entry is detected, the alarm systems icon turns red. You can open the Alarm
window by double clicking on the Alarms icon located in the system tray or by a single click on
the alarm icon in the task bar.
The first time the Base Alarm window opens, the Alarm List displays (provided the window is
configured to display an Alarm List). If a different alarm display is selected, and the Base Alarm
window is minimized, the last display appears the next time the icon opens (provided no points go
into alarm while the window is minimized). If a point goes into alarm while the window is
minimized, the Base Alarm window opens to the Alarm List screen.

3.3.2 To Access the Base Alarm Window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station and double-click on the
Alarms icon.
OR
If the Alarms application is already running, double click on the Alarms icon located on the
system tray.
2. The Base Alarm window appears. The fields that appear in this window are shown in the
following figure.

Figure 8: Alarm List Example

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The Base Alarm window provides the following tabs that display by default:

Alarm List (see page 35)

Alarm History List (see page 36)

Acknowledged List (see page 37)

Unacknowledged Alarm List

Reset List (see page 37)

The Remote Network Status tab is only displayed when the Alarm window is configured to
receive alarms from remote networks.
The Icon tab for Iconic Alarming is only displayed when the icon list is configured.
The following table shows the data that is displayed for each point type on the Alarm List, Alarm
History List, Acknowledged Alarm List, Unacknowledged Alarm List, and the Reset List.
Alarm Data
ALARM EVENT

POINT D AT A

Analog Alarm, returns

Date, time, alarm type, code, point name, description, value/quality,


units, limit incrementals, alarm priority, alarm destination, and plant
mode.

Digital Alarm, returns

Date, time, alarm type, code, point name, description, set/reset,


value, quality, alarm priority, alarm destination, and plant mode.

Drop Alarm, returns

Date, time, alarm type, point name, description, fault code/fault


identification, fault parameters 1 and 2, alarm priority, and alarm
destination.

Packed Group alarms

Date, time, alarm type, point name, description, value (in its binary
representation), blank or T (time out), bits in alarms in binary,
alarm priority, alarm destination, and plant mode.

Packed Group Alarms Used


as Devices

Date, time, alarm type, PN, ED, set/reset description, value,


attention code, override code, and alarm description.

State Change

Date, time, alarm type, code, point name, description, set/reset,


value quality. State Change only applies to the alarms shown on
the Alarm History List.

Time-Outs

When a timed-out point is in alarm and displayed on the Alarm List


or Unacknowledged Alarm List, or Reset List, the Quality field
displays the letter T.
The letter T only appears on the Alarm History List if the list is
updated after the point times out.

Plant Web Alerts

Date, time, alarm type, code, point name, description, value


(identifies the specific alerts that are active), quality, alarm priority,
alarm destination.

Node/Module

Date, time, alarm type, PN, ED, value (binary)/Quality, bits in alarm
(binary), alarm priority, alarm destination.

Records

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3.4

Configuring the Base Alarm window


The system administrator can customize the alarm subsystems to accommodate a wide variety of
users. The Base Alarm Configuration window allows you to configure the Base Alarm window as
you choose. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.) In addition, you can configure
the following items:

Lists that can be viewed are, Alarm List, History List, Unacknowledged List, Reset List, Icon
List, or any combination.

Canvas font size (you select the font, it is not configured using the Configuration tool).

Note: The canvas area refers to the portion of a window that is controlled by the scroll bars.

Number of alarm messages initially displayed on the screen.

Whether iconic alarming is performed.

Whether or not unacknowledged returns are considered members of a group on the Icon List.

Up to four Base Alarm windows with different formats can be displayed on each drop.

3.4.1 To change page margins for the Base Alarm window


1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the File pull-down menu and choose the Margins option. The Margins window
appears.
3. Modify the left, right, top, and bottom settings as desired.
4. Select the Save settings to profile check box and the modifications are saved to your profile
and recalled when you log into the system. If the Save settings to profile check box is not
checked, the changes only apply for the current session of the application.
These settings define how the alarms appear when printed (see page 59).

Figure 9: Margins Window

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3.4.2 To add header and footer text to the Base Alarm window
You can configure the header and footer properties used on printouts. The header/footer
properties are different for each alarm list.
These settings define how the alarms appear when printed (see page 59).
You can use pre-defined tokens for the headers and footers:
$F File name of document
$A Application name
$P Page number
$N Number of pages
$D Date. Date formatting can be specified with an additional parameter, $D{%h:%m}
$R Tabsheet name (used with tab windows)
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the File pull-down menu and choose the Header/Footer option. The Header/Footer
window appears.

Figure 10: Header/Footer Window


3. Select the Header tab.
4. Enter the text in the column for the alignment position on the page. You can enter text for the
left, right, and center positions.
5. To modify the font of header text, highlight the text and click the Font button to access the
Font window.
6. Select the Footer tab.

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7. Enter the text in the column for the alignment position on the page. You can enter text for the
left, right, and center positions.
8. To modify the font of footer text, highlight the text and click the Font button to access the Font
window.
9. Set Header and Footer margins by entering values in text boxes. This indicates the distance
between the default or user-defined margins and the header/footer.
10. Click the Save settings to profile check box to save changes to user profile.
11. Click OK to accept the changes and dismiss the window, or click Cancel to dismiss the
window without applying changes.

3.4.3 To change Base Alarm window font settings


The list area refers to the portion of a window that is controlled by the scroll bars. You can change
the font viewed in this area for the Alarm, History, Acknowledged, Unacknowledged, and Reset
tabs.
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the View pull-down menu and choose the Font option. The Font window appears.

Figure 11: Font Window


3. The Font dialog box has three windows to allow the selection of a font, font style, and font
size. Click on the font in the Font window. The font determines which font styles are available
for that option. The Sample window populates with text using the chosen font.
4. Select the Font Style from the scrolling list.
5. You can select a point size from the list in the Size window, or you can manually enter a font
size.

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Note: The configuration of the system determines the available fonts.


6. The Script drop-down menu provides available options based on font choice.
7. Click OK to save changes and dismiss the window, or click on Cancel to disregard changes
and dismiss the window.

3.5

Finding a point in the Base Alarm window


The Alarm program uses a search utility named Find Points to locate specific points in the Alarm
List, History List, Unacknowledged List, and Reset List of the Base Alarm window. This utility
searches for a point based on a point name that you must enter in the Find dialog box.

Figure 12: Find Point Dialog Window


The Find window that displays for the History tab has a Direction selector because the History
List may contain more than one entry for a specific point. From the currently selected point, the
Up option looks for more recent historical points; the Down option looks for older historical points.

3.5.1 To Find a Point in the Base Alarm Window


1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the tab for the list you want to search.
3. Select the Edit pull-down menu and choose the Find Points option.
OR
Select the Find icon on the Base Alarm window toolbar.
4. The Find window appears. The window contains an entry field. Enter the name of the point
you want to find.
5. Select the Find Next button to start the search for the point. You may also select the direction
of the search by clicking the appropriate direction button.
The point is located and highlighted in the Base Alarm window.

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3.6

What is the Base Alarm Window Menu bar?


The Menu bar is located at the top of the Base Alarm window. The Menu bar contains nine
buttons and each button displays a pull-down menu when it is selected.

Figure 13: Menu Bar Elements


Alarm Window Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Print sends the current list to the printer.


Print Preview displays a preview of the current list on the screen before
printing.
Print Setup displays a dialog box to setup the printer properties.
Margins displays a dialog box to setup the margins for the printed report.
Header/Footer displays a window used to set the header and footer options.
Exit ends the program.

Edit

Find Points accesses the Find Point window.

View

Toolbar makes the toolbar visible or not visible.


Status Bar makes the Status bar visible or not visible.
Columns displays the column selection window.
Select Font displays a font dialog window.

Acknowledge

Point Acknowledge acknowledges all unacknowledged alarms/returns that


are currently selected in the alarm window. The point acknowledge operation
does not reset any returns that are currently selected.
Page Acknowledge acknowledges all unacknowledged alarms/returns
displayed in the window. The page acknowledge operation does not reset any
returns that are present. Any unacknowledged returns that are acknowledged
still require a reset to be removed from the Alarm List.
Silence Audio silences the audio. The Audio system must be configured to
make it active. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)

Reset

Point Reset resets all resettable returns that are currently selected in the
Alarm window.
Page Reset resets all resettable returns displayed in the window.

Filtering

Normal Mode displays the dialog used to change the filters to the selections
made for normal mode.
Priority Mode displays the dialog used to change the filters to the selections
made for priority mode.

Mode

Normal Mode changes the view to normal mode.


Priority Mode changes the view to priority mode.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION

Utilities

Print Advance - allows you to advance to the most current alarm and begin
printing. Any alarms that are queued to print will be discarded. This refers to
the dedicated alarm printer and not the standard Windows print function.

Help

Help Topics displays the help menu.


About Alarm Display displays a dialog box with the application name and
version number.

3.7

What is the Base Alarm window toolbar?


The Alarm toolbar is located directly below the Menu bar. The Alarm toolbar contains 13 buttons
and each button initiates a Base Alarm window function when it is selected.

Figure 14: Alarm Toolbar Elements


Alarm Window Toolbar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION
Find searches for a point on the selected tab.
Point Acknowledge acknowledges all of the unacknowledged alarms/returns
that are currently selected in the Alarm window. The point acknowledge
operation does not reset any returns that are currently selected
Page Acknowledge acknowledges all of the unacknowledged alarms/returns
displayed in the Alarm window. The page acknowledge operation does not reset
any returns that are currently selected
Point Reset resets all of the resettable returns that are currently displayed in
the Alarm window.
Page Reset resets all of the resettable returns in the Alarm window.
Normal Mode Dialog launches the filtering dialog window for alarms in normal
mode.
Priority Mode Dialog launches the filtering dialog window for alarms in priority
mode.
Normal Mode selects the normal filtering mode.
Priority Mode selects the priority filtering mode.
Silence Audio silences the audio. The Audio system must be configured to
make the button active. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
Print prints the current alarms using the standard Windows print function.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION
Print Preview displays a preview of the current list on the screen before
printing.
About displays the application name and version number.

Note: The Print and Print Preview toolbar elements are not referring to the dedicated line-byline alarm printer. These elements are referring to the standard print functions.

3.8

What is the Base Alarm window Status bar?


The Status bar is located at the bottom of the Base Alarm window. Alarm counts are located in
different areas of the Status bar.

Figure 15: Status Bar

Total Alarms Total number of alarms that pass the current Alarm List filter.

Acknowledged - Total number of acknowledged alarms that pass the current Alarm List filter.

Unacknowledged Total number of unacknowledged alarms that pass the current Alarm List
filter.

Resets Total number of resettable returns that pass the Alarm List filter.

Filter The FILT on the Status bar identifies the Alarm window that is in control of the
peripherals filtering parameters, for example, audio, historian station, and the dedicated lineby-line alarm printing. If you want to change the audible filtering parameters, you must change
the filter through the Alarm Filtering window.

Last Active Instance The Ovation Keyboard interacts with the last active Graphic window.
The last active Graphic window is designated by the LAI indication in the Status bar.

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3.9

What is the Dialog bar?


The Dialog bar is located below the Alarm toolbar. This Dialog bar identifies the overall status for
remote network connections. The Remote Connection message displays the overall status of
each remote connection. Its status can be Active or Inactive. If all remote connections are active,
the Remote Connection status is active. If any remote network is not connected, the status is
inactive.
In addition to the remote network connection status, the dialog bar displays the primary and
secondary alarm collectors. The alarm collectors are responsible for connecting to the remote
networks, receiving all of the remote alarm data, and sending it to the Base Alarm windows. The
alarm collector that the Base Alarm window is connected to is designated with text Active to the
right of the machines IP address. If there is no Active designation, then the Base Alarm window
is not connected to any alarm collector. If this is the case, the Remote Connection status is set to
Inactive.

Figure 16: Dialog Bar


Note: If the alarm display is configured not to receive alarms from any remote networks, the
dialog bar does not display. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)

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3.10 What are the Base Alarm window columns?


Alarm information is contained in columns in the Base Alarm window. You can configure (see
page 27) which columns to display in the Base Alarm window. Each column is sizeable.
You can change the size of the column to automatically fit all the data in that column. Place the
cursor between the columns until the cursor changes shapes and double click.
You can also change the size of the columns manually. Place the cursor between the columns,
press the left mouse button down and drag the column to a new size.
The columns can provide the following information about the alarms:

Date (see page 28)

Time (see page 28)

Alarm Types (see page 28)

Code (see page 32)

Name (see page 32)

Description (see page 32)

Alarm Priority (see page 32)

Network ID (see page 32)

Alarm Destination (see page 32)

Value/Quality (see page 33)

Units (see page 33)

Limit (see page 34)

Incremental Limit (see page 34)

Plant Mode (see page 34)

Incrementals and Returns (see page 34)

Network Alias (see page 32)

3.10.1 To Add/Remove Columns for the Base Alarm Window


1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the View pull-down menu and choose the Columns option. An Add/Remove Columns
dialog box appears.

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3. Click to select which columns you want to display in the Base Alarm window and select Ok.

Figure 17: Add/Remove Columns Dialog Box


Date column
The Date column displays the date when the alarm occurred in month, day, and year format (for
example, 11/20/2006).
Time column
The Time column displays the time when the alarm occurred. Hours, minutes, and seconds
display (for example, 3:30:40PM).
Alarm Type column
The Alarm Type column displays the state of the alarm.
The alarm status represents the present state of the alarm condition. The following table lists the
status types and possible states of alarm condition.
Alarm Types

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POINT TYPE

STATE

DESCRIPTION

Analog

RETURN

Point has returned to normal.

SENSOR

Data exceeded sensor device limits.

HIGH1

High1 alarm. The value exceeded the high 1 limit.

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POINT TYPE

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DESCRIPTION

HIGH2

High2 alarm. The value exceeded the high 2 limit.

HIGH3

High3 alarm. The value exceeded the high 3 limit.

HIGH4

High4 alarm. The value exceeded the high 4 limit.

HI WRS

High Worse alarm. The high incremental alarm limit was


passed going away from normal.

HI BET

High Better alarm. The high incremental alarm limit was


passed going toward normal.

H1/HUDA

High1 High UDA (User Defined Alarm) alarm. The point is in


high 1 alarm and the value has also exceeded the high UDA
alarm limit.

H2/HUDA

High2 High UDA alarm. The point is in high 2 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

H3/HUDA

High3 High UDA alarm. The point is in high 3 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

H4/HUDA

High4 High UDA alarm. The point is in high 4 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

HW/HUDA

High Worse High UDA alarm. The point is in high worse alarm
and has also exceeded the high UDA limit.

HB/HUDA

High Better UDA alarm. The point is in high better alarm and
has also exceeded the high UDA limit.

H1/ LUDA

High1 Low UDA alarm. The point is in high 1 alarm and has
also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

H2/ LUDA

High2 Low UDA alarm. The point is in high 2 alarm and has
also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

H3/ LUDA

High3 Low UDA alarm. The point is in high 3 alarm and has
also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

H4/ LUDA

High4 Low UDA alarm. The point is in high 4 alarm and has
also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

HW/LUDA

High Worse Low UDA alarm. The point is in high worse and
has also exceeded the low UDA limit.

HB/LUDA

High Better Low UDA alarm. The point is in high better and
has also exceeded the low UDA limit.

LOW1

Low1 alarm. The value exceeded the low 1 limit.

LOW2

Low2 alarm. The value exceeded the low 2 limit.

LOW3

Low3 alarm. The value exceeded the low 3 limit.

LOW4

Low4 alarm. The value exceeded the low 4 limit.

LO WRS

Low Worse alarm. The low incremental alarm limit was


passed going away from normal.

LO BET

Low Better alarm. The low incremental alarm limit was passed
going toward normal.

L1/HUDA

Low1 High UDA alarm. The point is in low 1 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

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POINT TYPE

Digital

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STATE

DESCRIPTION

L2/HUDA

Low2 High UDA alarm. The point is in low 2 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

L3/HUDA

Low3 High UDA alarm. The point is in low 3 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

L4/HUDA

Low4 High UDA alarm. The point is in low 4 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

LW/HUDA

Low Worse High UDA alarm. The point is in low worse alarm
and the value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

LB/HUDA

Low Better High UDA alarm. The point is in low better alarm
and the value has also exceeded the high UDA alarm limit.

L1/LUDA

Low1 Low UDA alarm. The point is in low 1 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

L2/LUDA

Low2 Low UDA alarm. The point is in low 2 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

L3/LUDA

Low3 Low UDA alarm. The point is in low 3 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

L4/LUDA

Low4 Low UDA alarm. The point is in low 4 alarm and the
value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

LW/LUDA

Low Worse Low UDA alarm. The point is in low worse alarm
and the value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

LB/LUDA

Low Better Low UDA alarm. The point is in low better alarm
and the value has also exceeded the low UDA alarm limit.

HI UDA

High UDA alarm. The value has exceeded the high UDA
alarm limit.

LO UDA

Low UDA alarm. The value has exceeded the low UDA alarm
limit.

SP ALM

Spurious alarm. The point went into alarm and returned from
alarm before being sent to the alarm system. This status
appears in the Alarm History List.

TIMEOUT

Point has timed out.

SID ALM

SID Alarm. The SID Alarm can be set when:


The limit field for the point is a SID and a limit read error has
been detected for that point.
The SID used to determine cutout is invalid.

RETURN

Point has returned to normal.

SENSOR

Data exceeded sensor device limits.

TIMEOUT

Point has timed out.

SP ALM

Spurious alarm. The point went into alarm and returned from
alarm before being sent to the alarm system. This status
appears only in the Alarm History List.

ALARM

Point is in a digital alarm state.

ST CHG

The digital changed state. This status appears only in the


Alarm History List.

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POINT TYPE

Packed Group
and
Module
Records

Packed Group
Used as a
Device

PlantWeb
Alerts

Drop

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DESCRIPTION

SID ALM

SID Alarm. The SID Alarm is set when the SID used to
determine cutout is invalid.

RETURN

Point has returned to normal.

TIMEOUT

Point has timed out.

SP ALM

Spurious alarm. The point went into alarm and returned from
alarm before being sent to the alarm system. This status
appears only in the Alarm History List.

ALARM

Point is in alarm.

SENSOR

Data exceeded sensor device limits.

SID ALM

SID Alarm. The SID Alarm can set when the SID used to
determine cutout is invalid.

CLEAR

Point has returned to normal.

ALARM

Point is in alarm (state alarm).

OPERAT

Operational failure (general description).

INSENS

Input sensor failure.

OUTSEN

Output sensor failure.

ALARM_SN

Output sensor failure and state alarm.

TIMEOUT

Point has timed out.

SP ALM

Spurious alarm. The point went into alarm and returned from
alarm before being sent to the alarm system. This status
appears only in the Alarm History List.

SID ALM

SID alarm. The SID Alarm can set when the SID used to
determine cutout is invalid.

SENSOR

Data exceeded sensor device limits.

RETURN

Drop has returned to normal.

TIMEOUT

Drop has timed out.

DEVALRT

The field device is in alarm. The value field identifies the


specific alert(s) that are active.

RETURN

Drop has returned to normal.

TIMEOUT

Drop has timed out.

SP ALM

Spurious alarm. The point went into alarm and returned from
alarm before being sent to the alarm system. This status
appears in the Alarm History List.

ALARM

Drop is in alarm.

INC AL

Drop alarm which has added faults. This status appears in the
Alarm History List.

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Code column
The Code column displays the alarm removed code. The code choices are:

LR = Limit checking off

SC = Scan off (scan removed)

AR = Alarm checking off (point removed from alarm by an operator)

CO = Cutout of alarm checking (point removed from alarm based on value of some digital or
packed point)
Based on configuration, if a point is cutout, it will not go into alarm. Typically, an alarm cuts
out on one. If the field "Alarm Cutout on Zero" in the Studio point builder is checked, then the
alarm cuts out on zero.
Default = 1

Plant Web Alert Codes:

AR = Alarm check removed

CS = Communication suppressed

FS = Failed suppressed

NS = Abnormal suppressed

MS = Maintenance suppressed

AS = Advisory suppressed

Name column
The Name column displays the point name of the alarm.
Net Alias column
The Net Alias column displays the network alias. This column is shown if the Base Alarm window
is configured to receive remote network information.
Network ID column
Network ID column displays the network ID. This column is not a part of the typical display, but
can be added through the Add/Remove Columns dialog box.
Description column
The Description column displays the description of the point.
Alarm Priority (AP) column
The Alarm Priority column displays the alarm priority.
Alarm Destination (AY) column
The Alarm Destination column displays the alarm destination.

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Value/Quality (Q) column
The point value continually updates on the Alarm List, the Unacknowledged Alarm List,
Acknowledged Alarm List, and Reset List. The possible options are:

Analog Value/Quality (Q) displays the value of the analog point with its quality (blank =
good, P = poor, F = fair, B = bad, or T = timed out). Value/Q displays are always displayed
by default.

Digital Value/Quality (Q) displays the status description of the digital point (SET/RESET)
followed by the value (1 or 0) and the points quality. This is only used with digital points.

Packed Group Value displays the current digital value in binary followed by an indication
identifying whether or not the point is timed out, which is followed by the bits in alarm
(displayed in binary). For packed group alarm points, the value field (displayed in binary
notation) is followed by a T if the point is timed out. This is followed by the bits in alarm
(displayed in binary). For packed group points used as devices, the set/reset field is followed
by the value.

Module/Node Records lists value (displayed in binary) followed by the quality. The
value/quality is followed by the bits in alarm displayed in binary. For modules value field, the
value field (displayed in binary notation) is followed by quality and the bits in alarm (displayed
in binary).

PlantWeb Alerts - contains the currently active alert types. For example, if a PlantWeb alert
has an active Failed, Maintenance, and Advisory alert, the value field would display "FAILED
MAINT ADVISE." The following values display for the specific alert type:
FAILED - Failed Alert
MAINT - Maintenance Alert
ADVISE - Advisory Alert
NO_COMM - Communication Alert
ABNORMAL - Abnormal Alert

Drop Alarms the drop description displays. The drop description identifies the fault code,
fault ID, and fault parameters 1 and 2.

Quality The Ovation System supports four quality states: Good, Fair, Poor, and Bad, plus
the condition Timed-out. Each indicates the condition of the point to the operator and to the
algorithms.
The system can be configured to display an additional quality reason clarifier after the point
quality description. If the reasons are to be displayed, you should configure the system to set
the order of precedence for the quality reasons in addition to the text that is displayed for
each reason. If multiple reasons are present, only the reason with the highest precedent
displays. You can view all of the applicable quality reasons (see page 4) in the Value/Status
tab on the Point Information window.

Units column
The Units column displays engineering units of analog points. For packed points used as devices,
the attention code is followed by the emergency override code.

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Limit column
The Limit column displays the high or low limit for analog points.
Alarm limits are applicable only to analog points. This field (Limit) displays the highX or lowX
where X is 1-4 (or High UDA or Low UDA limit, providing the point is only in UDA alarm) limit that
was exceeded, not the incremental limit. When the alarm has returned to normal (or is in sensor
alarm or the SID alarm), the Limits field is blank. For packed points used as devices, the alarm
description displays. The Alarm descriptions are: Tripped, No Response, Did Not Open, Did Not
Close, Did Not Stop, Did Not Start, and Blank.
Incremental Limit (Incr) column
The Incremental Limit column displays the incremental limit for analog points. For high alarms, the
high incremental limit displays. For low alarms, the low incremental limit displays.
Incremental limits are applicable only to analog points. This field (Incr) displays the high
incremental limit when any high alarm limit is exceeded or the low incremental alarm when any
low alarm limit is exceeded. When incremental alarms are activated, information can be sent to
the Operator workstation to indicate whether the value of the point is moving further away from, or
closer to, the high or low limit. When the alarm has returned to normal (or is in sensor alarm), this
field is blank.
For analog records, the incremental limit displays. The incremental limit is not displayed if the
high/low incremental limit checking is turned off (this is determined by the LB record field). (See
Ovation Record Types Reference Manual.)
Incrementals and Returns column
Incrementals always appear on the Alarm List, Unacknowledged Alarm List, and the Reset List.
There are two configuration options that affect how incrementals and returns are shown on all
three lists.
1. Incrementals and returns can remain in their original position on the list as defined by the time
the point went into alarm.
2. Incrementals and returns are removed from their original position and placed at the top of the
Alarm List and at the bottom of the Unacknowledged List and Reset List.
Returns are an indication that a point previously in alarm has returned to normal and is no longer
in alarm.
Returns always appear on the Alarm History List. If specified during configuration, returns can
also appear or not appear on the Alarm List, Unacknowledged List, or the Reset List.
For systems with iconic alarming, you may specify that unacknowledged returns and resettable
returns can either be maintained in the alarm group or automatically removed.
Plant Mode (PM) column
The Plant Mode column displays the plant mode at the time of the alarm (Plant Mode is only valid
for deluxe record types).

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3.11 What is an Alarm List?


The Alarm List displays only current alarms. There is a maximum of one entry per broadcast
point. If the alarm status changes (for example, an analog point alarm goes from HIGH4 to HI
WRS), the entry updates. The value and status constantly update. New alarm entries are added
to the top of the list.
Unacknowledged and resettable returns are shown on this window only if specified during
configuration. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.) The Alarm List only contains
points that match the filtering criteria defined for the Alarm List for the current alarm mode (normal
or priority). For information on alarm filtering, see "Assigning Priorities and Destinations" (see
page 49).
The following figure shows an example of the Alarm List.

Figure 18: Alarm List Example

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3.12 What is an Alarm History List?

3.12 What is an Alarm History List?


The Alarm History List displays a history of the most recent 15,000 alarms, returns, and state
changes. New entries are added to the top of the History List. All incrementals and returns display
as individual entries.
The Alarm History List contains only points that match the filtering criteria defined for the History
List for the current alarm mode (Normal or Priority). For information on alarm filtering, see "Alarm
Filtering" (see page 42). Also, state changes may be configured to appear or not appear on the
History List. Single broadcast points can have multiple entries.
The following figure shows an example of the Alarm History List.

Figure 19: Alarm History List Example

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3.13 What is the Acknowledged Alarm List?


The Acknowledged Alarm List displays only current acknowledged alarms. The acknowledged
alarms displays in the same order as the current Alarm List. When an acknowledged alarm
returns to normal or becomes unacknowledged, it is removed from the Acknowledged Alarm List.
There is a maximum of one entry per broadcast point. The value and status constantly update.
(See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
The Acknowledged Alarm List only contains points that match the filtering criteria defined for the
Acknowledged Alarm List for the current alarm mode (normal or priority). For information on alarm
filtering, refer to "Alarm Filtering" (see page 42).

Figure 20: Acknowledged Alarm List Example

3.14 What is the Reset List?


If you configure the system to display returns on the list, then the Reset List displays all of the
resettable returns. The value and status constantly update on the screen. The Reset List displays
all the resettable returns in reverse order of the Alarm List. New resettable returns are placed at
the bottom of the list.
The Reset List does not contain a block of blank lines at the top, as is done on the Alarm List and
History List. Resettable returns are removed once they have been reset or once they go back into
alarm. The Reset List only contains resets that match the filtering criteria for the Reset List for the
current alarm mode (normal or priority). For information on alarm filtering, refer to "Alarm Filtering"
(see page 42).
You can reset resettable returns by clicking on individual points. Also, you can reset the entire list
of returns by selecting the Page Reset button on the toolbar or from the Reset pull-down menu.

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3.15 What is the Remote Network Status tab?

3.15 What is the Remote Network Status tab?


The Remote Network Status tab presents detailed information concerning each remote network
connection.
Note: If you do not configure the alarm display to receive alarms from remote networks, the
Remote Network Status tab does not display.

Figure 21: Remote Network Status

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The following information appears on this tab:
ID - Remote network ID
Alias - Remote network alias
Primary Alarm Data Server - IP address of the primary alarm data server on the remote network.
This is the machine that sends the remote alarm messages.
Secondary Alarm Data Sever - IP address of the secondary alarm data server on the remote
network. This is the machine that sends the remote alarm messages.
Status - Identifies the status of the connection to the remote network.
Alarm Data Server Connection - Identifies the alarm data server where the remote alarm
messages are originating from. When the connection to the alarm data server is lost, it designates
which server the alarm system last connected to.
The columns displayed in the Remote Network Status tab are configured by selecting View ->
Columns. An Add/Remove Columns dialog appears. This dialog box is unique to this tab. Click
on the column you would like to display and select Ok. (See Ovation Multiple Networks User
Guide.)

Figure 22: Add/Remove Columns Dialog for Multiple Networks

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3.16 What is the Icon List?


Iconic alarming provides a mechanism to group alarms based on their priority and their plant area.
Each group of alarms is represented by a preconfigured bitmap on the display.
The maximum number of groups is based on size. A Base Alarm window that is configured to
contain only an Icon List only contains the Icon List tab.

Figure 23: Typical Icon List

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You can configure a Base Alarm window to contain an Icon List in addition to all of the other lists
(Alarm List, History List, Acknowledged Alarm List, Unacknowledged List, and Reset List).
Two bitmaps are defined for each alarm group. One identifies a group not in alarm; and the other
represents a group in alarm. In addition, the state of an alarm can be determined by a color-coded
border. The border identifies if the group is in alarm or not in alarm.
For groups that are in alarm, the border color identifies the unacknowledged status. If all the
alarms in a group are acknowledged, the border color displays in the acknowledged color. If at
least one alarm in the group is unacknowledged, the border color is the unacknowledged color.
(See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
In addition, a special mode was added where the Icon List can be displayed above the Alarm List.
When you configure the Icon List in this manner, you cannot view any other alarm lists (History,
Acknowledged, Unacknowledged, or Reset).

Figure 24: Icon List Displayed with Alarm List

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In this mode, the Alarm List is filtered based on the selected alarm group. The currently selected
alarm group is signified with a red border drawn around the icon tile. In addition, the selected
groups location (row, column) displays on the Status bar.
When iconic alarming is configured in this manner, you can configure whether or not the icon
panel can be resized independently from the Alarm List. Otherwise, only the Alarm List can be
resized.
Iconic alarming can accommodate xlarge (96 x 96), large (64 x 64), medium (48 x 48), or small
(32 x 32) bitmaps. The maximum number of rows and columns is based on the icon size that is
configured. The following table describes the icon sizes that are available. (See Ovation Operator
Station Configuration Guide.)
Icon Size
SIZE

M AX ROW

M AX COL

M AX GROUPS

SIZE

XL

28

224

96x96

21

11

231

64x64 (Default)

17

13

221

48x48

13

17

221

32x32

3.16.1 Viewing diagrams from the Icon List


You can view a diagram or diagram group from the Icon List. If more than one diagram or diagram
group can be defined for each group, you may display a menu over the specific icon, right-click,
and select which diagram or diagram group you wish to view.
If only one diagram or diagram group can be defined, then simply left-click the icon to view the
diagram or diagram group. When the Icon List is configured as the Alarm Lists filter, the selection
of an alarm group results in the Alarm List being filtered based on the selected group. Thus, you
can only view the diagrams by displaying the menu over the alarm group when the system is
configured in this manner.

3.17 What is filtering for the Base Alarm window?


The alarms displayed in the Base Alarm window can be filtered based on destination, priority,
and type. Each point must pass the priority, type, and destination filters.
Two modes of filtering (normal mode and priority mode) exist in the alarm system. You can
configure two different scenarios for alarm filtering, one for normal mode and one for priority
mode. You can toggle between the two modes to display two different alarm filtering settings.
Alarms that pass the defined filtering parameters for the currently selected mode (normal or
priority) display on the Base Alarm window (see page 16).

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3.17.1 Filtering Based on Priority


Eight priorities are defined in Ovation. Priority 1 is the highest (most critical/important) and 8 is the
lowest (least critical/important). The priority check boxes allow you to select which priorities pass
the filtering for the Alarm List, Acknowledged List, History List, Unacknowledged List, Reset List,
and Historical Storage. The Printer tab defines the filtering criteria for the alarm messages that
are sent to the dedicated line by line alarm printer. This is a non-exclusive choice item; therefore,
each priority that is included in the filter must be selected.

3.17.2 Filtering based on destination (plant area)


An alarm destination is defined by the first character in each process points set of
characteristics. This character generally represents a plant location. The AY record field holds the
first character for each process point.
The destination check boxes allow you to select which destinations pass the filtering for the Alarm
List, History List, Acknowledged List, Unacknowledged List, Reset List, Historical Storage, and
Printer. The Historical Storage tab defines the filtering criteria for the alarm that is sent to the
Emerson Historian. The Printer tab defines the filtering criteria for the alarm messages that are
sent to the dedicated line-by-line alarm printer. This is a non-exclusive choice item; therefore,
each destination that you include in the filter must be selected. Each destination can also be
configured with a description.
You can also enable dynamic destination filtering (see page 45) by defining plant area points and
associating these points with specific plant areas. (see Ovation Operator Station Configuration
Guide.)

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Figure 25: Destination and Priority

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3.17.3 Dynamic destination filtering


Dynamic destination filtering provides for plant area filtering based on the changing values of
predefined plant area points. You use the Dynamic Filtering Points tab in the Alarm dialog box in
the Developer Studio to assign plant area points to specific plant areas. The plant area point must
be a digital or packed point whose current value (0 or 1) determines whether dynamic destination
filtering is enabled or not for the associated plant area.
If you use a digital point as a plant area point, the current value of the plant area point (0 or 1)
determines whether a point is filtered on plant area or not. If the plant area point has a current
value of 1, plant area filtering is enabled. If the plant area point has a current value of 0, plant
filtering is disabled.
If you use a packed point as a plant area point, the current value of the specified bit (0 or 1)
determines whether the point is filtered on plant area or not.
The alarm system automatically refilters when the system detects that the value of a plant area
point has changed.
If the point is timed out, the plant area filter is enabled. The quality of the point has no effect on
whether or not the plant area filter is enabled.
If plant area filtering is enabled for a specific plant area and if the applicable Destination check
box is selected in the Alarm Filtering Destination window, then any point that contains that plant
area in the destination field of its characteristics passes the filter. If plant area filtering is disabled
for a specific plant area, any point that contains that plant area in the destination field of its
characteristics, fails the filter.
For example, if a point in alarm contains a B in its destination field and the plant area point
defined for plant area B has a value of 1, the point passes the destination filter. If a point in alarm
contains a B in its destination field and the plant area point defined for plant area B has a value of
0, the point fails the destination filter.
Dynamic destination filtering is applicable to the alarm lists, icon alarm lists, and audio alarms.
The Ovation keyboard, Printer filter, and the Historian filter do not use the dynamic destination
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3.17.4 Unit filtering


You can configure the Base Alarm window to perform an additional filter based on unit. When this
is enabled, the alarm must pass the priority, destination, type, and unit filter. Configuration is done
using the applicable Ovation configuration tool. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration
Guide.)
All tabs in the Alarm Filtering Definition windows allow individual settings for priority, destination,
type, and networks/units. You add a setting to the filtering criteria by selecting the corresponding
check box. The operator setting may be removed by deselecting the check box. A selected box is
filled with a check and a deselected box is empty.
If unit filtering is enabled, you can perform filtering on each of the remote networks via the
Network/Unit Filters tab. The Set All Units and Clear All Units buttons set/clear all of the units
for each network on the selected filtering tab. The Set All and Clear All buttons work on each
filtering parameter in the Network/Unit tab.
The Alarm Filtering Definition window has additional buttons that affect all of the filtering
parameters on all tabs:

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The OK button applies the changes to all parameters on the window and dismisses the
window.

The Cancel button cancels the changes to all parameters on the window and dismiss the
window.

The Apply button applies the changes made without dismissing the window.

The Help button opens the help window.

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3.17.5 Filtering modes


Alarm filtering can be done in two modes: normal mode and priority mode. The following figure
shows Normal mode filtering. The priority mode interface is the same.

Figure 26: Alarm Filtering Window - Normal Mode

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Alarms that pass the defined filtering parameters for the currently selected mode (normal or
priority) display. An alarm passes filtering when:

Its destination matches the selected destination for filtering.

Its priority matches the selected priority for filtering.

Its type matches the selected alarm type for filtering.

The points network and unit matches the selected network and unit (if the unit filtering is
enabled).

To assign filtering based on mode


Use the following procedure to choose Normal Mode or Priority Mode for alarm filters:
1. Access the Base Alarm window.
2. Select the Mode pull-down menu.
3. Select Normal or Priority, or click on either the Normal Mode (N) button or the Priority
Mode (P) button on the toolbar.

Figure 27: Changing Alarm Filtering Mode


Note: If you disable the Modify Alarm Filters function in the Security Builder, you cannot change
the filtering parameters.

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3.17.6 Defining Alarm filtering parameters


You can use the Alarm Filtering Definition window (see page 49) to select priorities (any or all),
types (any or all), and destinations (any or all) for the Alarm List, Alarm History, Acknowledged
Alarm List, Unacknowledged Alarm List, Reset List, Historical Storage, and the Printer.
The alarm filters can be used in two modes of operation: normal mode and priority mode (see
page 52). Either mode can be programmed to specify the destinations and priorities for each filter.
Additionally, you can configure the system to include units in the filtering parameters.
Note: Alarm filtering settings configured in the Ovation configuration tools at the Developer
Studio are the default settings for filtering alarms at the Operator Station. Alarm filtering settings
configured at the Operator Station are temporary settings that override the default settings and
are cancelled when the Base Alarm window is closed.
To Define Alarm Filtering Parameters
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the Filtering pull-down menu and choose Normal Mode or Priority Mode.

Figure 28: Assigning Priorities and Destinations

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3. The applicable Alarm Filtering Definition window appears.

Figure 29: Destination and Priority


4. You can select priorities (any or all), types (any or all), and destinations (any or all) for the
Alarm List, Alarm History, Acknowledged Alarm List, Unacknowledged Alarm List, Reset List,
Historical Storage, and the Printer.

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If unit filtering is enabled, you can select the networks and units (any or all) that will be
included in the filter.
Filtering is also available for audible alarms (see Audio Alarm System (see page 63)). If
audible alarms have been selected, they use the Alarm List filtering, and the title in the
Filtering Definition window will read List/Audio. The Base Alarm window in control of the
audible alarms filtering is designated by the text FILT displayed in the Status bar.
The Historical Storage tab is available on the Base Alarm window that is in control of the
peripherals filtering functions. The Printer tab is available in the Base Alarm window that is in
control of the peripheral filtering functions, providing the dedicated alarm printer is configured.
The Base Alarm window in control of the peripherals filtering is designated by the text FILT
displayed in the Status bar.
Note: Although there are separate Alarm Filtering Definition windows for normal and priority
mode, the operation of each window is identical.
5. Select one or more priority codes from the Priority choice box for the desired list.
Each broadcast point has a priority associated with it. Select each priority that is
displayed.
The highest priority code is 1, the lowest priority code is 8 (default).
Analog points can have separate priorities assigned to high and low limit alarms, sensor
alarms, SID alarms, and returns.
Set All Selects all of the priorities (1-8) for the specified filter.
Clear All Clears all the priorities (1-8) for the specified filter.
6. Select one or more point destination codes to be shown on the desired list.
Each broadcast point has a destination characteristic associated with it. The destination
of a point normally represents a plant location. You can determine which points appear on
the alarm windows by selecting the appropriate characters (A through Z) which represent
the location from which these points originate.
Set All Selects all of the destinations (AZ) for the specified filter.
Clear All Clears all the destinations (AZ) for the specified filter.
7. Select one or more Alarm types from the Alarm Type check boxes to be shown on the
desired list. Select one or more PlantWeb alert types from the PlantWeb Alerts check boxes.
Set All Selects all types for the specified filter.
Clear All Clears all types for the specified filter.
8. If unit filtering is enabled, select one or more units from the units list. There is a unit list for
each network. Select the appropriate network tab and configure its unit filtering.
Set All Selects all of the unit parameters for the specified network.
Clear All Clears all the unit parameters for the specified network.
Set All Units - Sets all units for each network on the selected tab.
Clear All Units - Clears all units for each network on the selected tab.
9. Select the Apply or OK button. The current alarm display updates with the new alarm filtering
definition.
To discard any changes before they were applied, select the Cancel button.

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To Display Normal or Priority Mode for Alarm Filtering


1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the Mode pull-down menu.
3. Select Normal or Priority, or click on either the Normal Mode (N) button or the Priority
Mode (P) button on the toolbar.
The appropriate alarm filtering mode displays.

Figure 30: Changing Alarm Filtering Mode

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3.18 What is a DEVALRT?


The alarm type DEVALRT was created for displaying information on PlantWeb alerts and nonPlantWeb alerts. When a Fieldbus device issues an alert, the Base Alarm system receives the
alert and displays a DEVALRT alarm type in its Value field. In addition, the priority that was
assigned to the node point for that alert type also displays (see Ovation PlantWeb Alerts User
Guide.) If multiple alerts are active on the Alarm List, the alarm system only shows the highest
priority alert (which is the lowest number). Finally, the alert information passes to the AMS Device
Manager software so that it can display in its audit trail.
For DEVALRT alarms, the Value field contains information for the applicable types that are
currently active. Currently, devices can have only one active alert for each alert type.
PlantWeb alerts are alarms generated by Fieldbus devices that support the following alarm types:

Advisory Alarm - indicates conditions that have no impact of the device's ability to sense and
control.

Failed Alarm - indicates that the device needs maintenance now and that the device has lost
its ability to sense and control.

Maintenance Alarm - indicates that the device needs maintenance soon and is in danger of
losing its ability to sense and control.

Communication Alerts indicate that the Ovation system is unable to communicate with the
device.

For non-PlantWeb alerts, the NO COMM and ABNORMAL alarm types are valid.

Abnormal Alarm - indicates that the device is not performing as it should be and requires
attention. Depending on the type of device issuing the alert, it could encompass various levels
of severity. See the manufacturer's documentation for more information.

Communication Alarm - the Ovation system is unable to communicate with the device.

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3.19 Alarm Keyboard functions

3.18.1 Alert Details window


The Alert Details window is a live, updating window which shows you detailed information on
PlantWeb and non-PlantWeb alerts. It is accessed from the right-click Point Menu. (See Ovation
PlantWeb Alerts User Guide.)
Each row in the scrolling list is color coded based on the state of the alert (that is, active, inactive,
suppressed, and so forth). Active alerts use the appropriate alarm color. Suppressed, inactive,
disabled, and alarm check removed alerts use the appropriate return color. Color is defined by
priority in the Ovation configuration tools. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.) In
addition, the Alert Details window allows you to display a dialog box to suppress individual alert
types.

Figure 31: Alert Details Window

3.19 Alarm Keyboard functions


The Ovation Alarm window allows you to perform Point Acknowledge, Page Acknowledge, Point
Reset, Page Reset, and Silence Audio by selecting a designated function key on the standard
keyboard. The focus must be on the Alarm window in order for this function to work. This
functionality is enabled or disabled through the Ovation configuration tools. (See Ovation
Operation Station Configuration Guide.)
The following functions are identified for each key:

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F2 - Point Acknowledge

F3 - Page Acknowledge

F4 - Point Reset

F5 - Page Reset

F7 - Silence Audio

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3.19.1 Dell programmable touch keys


The Alarm Keyboard functionality has been expanded to work in conjunction with the Dell
programmable touch keys on the Dell enhanced keyboard. These functions operate in the same
manner regardless of whether they were initiated from the Dell keyboard or the Ovation
Keyboard.
The system requirements are as follows:

Dell Enhanced Keyboard.

Load Dell Touch Key programmable software.

Use Dell Touch Key software to configure the programmable keys.

The following is a brief description of the current operation for these functions:

Open Current Alarm List - If there is no alarm list currently running, a new window is started.
If the Operator Station has more than one Alarm window running, then the currently selected
Alarm List opens.

Page Acknowledge - If the Operator Station has more then one alarm window running, then
the currently selected Alarm window receives the command. The Alarm window must be
opened in order to perform this request.

Silence Audio - The continuous audio must be running on the Operator Station in order to
perform the silence audio function. The continuous audio can be configured to silence the
audio on all Operator Stations.

Page Acknowledge and Silence Audio - If the Operator Station has more then one Alarm
window running, then the currently selected Alarm window receives the command. The Alarm
window must be open in order to perform this request.
The software does not verify that all of the alarms on screen were acknowledged before
sending the silence audio command. It simply verifies that the acknowledge function is
enabled. The continuous audio must be running on the Operator Station in order to perform
the silence audio function. The continuous audio can be configured to silence audio on all
Operator Stations.

Note: The Page Acknowledge and Silence Audio options are only available through the Dell
Programmable Touch Keys.

3.19.2 To define a Dell Touch Key script


Four Dell Touch Key scripts are provided with your Ovation software. You define what script is
executed when a programmable key is selected.
1. Load the Dell Touch software.
2. Access the Dell Touch software from the Windows Start menu.
3. Choose button 1, 2, or 3.
4. Select Launch Application or Website.
5. Browse to your Ovation Base directory. The scripts are located in this directory, for example,
c:/Ovation/Ovationbase/OpenAlarmList.js
6. Choose a script you would like to launch. Select a script from the following list:
Openalarmlist.js
AckPageAlarm.js

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SilenceAudioAlarm.js
AckPageSilenceAudioAlarm.js
7. Repeat steps 3 - 6 to program each touch key.

3.20 Selecting an alarm message


You can select each alarm or return message displayed in the Base Alarm window. Left-click on a
message to select the specified alarm message and deselect any other selected alarms. A
selected alarm message is designated by a check in the check box located in the first column.
Additionally, a dotted line is drawn around the selected message.
You can select multiple lines by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking a point. This selects
all the points between the original message and the other selected message. When the Control
key is held while using the left mouse button, it acts as a toggle. If a point is selected, it deselects
the point. Otherwise, it selects the point. It does not change the status of other points that are
selected.
The selection can be changed by left-clicking on another point. This selection deselects any
previously selected points. Only the viewable alarm messages can be selected.
Each alarm message can be selected with the right mouse button to display the Point Menu:

Figure 32: Point Menu

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The standard menu consists of these items:
Point Information The selected point displays in the Point Information window.
Trend The selected point is sent to the Trend subsystem.
Signal Diagram Request is sent to the Graphics Display System to display the Signal Diagram
(if one exists) associated with the point. A signal diagram is built by the Control Builder and is the
graphic where the point originates.
Summary Diagram Request is sent to the Graphics Display System to display the Summary
Diagram (if one exists) associated with the point. A summary diagram is a user-built custom
diagram for a point.
Alert Details - The selected point displays in the Alert Details window, if the point is assigned to a
Fieldbus device.
History Edit/Annotate - Use to launch the History Edit Tool (described in Ovation Process
Historian User Guide). Only appears on menu if you are using Historical Trend or Historical
Review functions. Only enabled if the following conditions are met:
Ovation Process Historian Engineering Tools are installed.
User's role has security clearance to launch data edit.
Specific historian other than Default is selected.
The standard Point Menu can be configured to display custom menu commands. You can
configure up to nine custom Point Menus using the Ovation configuration tools. (See Ovation
Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
Drag and drop can be invoked by placing the cursor on the alarm message, clicking on the left
mouse button and dragging it to the desired location. When the button is released, the fully
qualified point name is dropped in the selected location.

3.20.1 Acknowledging alarms


When an alarm occurs, some type of user action is typically required. For this reason, you must
acknowledge each alarm, indicating an awareness of the alarm condition.
Alarms are acknowledged on a point-by-point basis and are broadcast system-wide; that is, when
one operator acknowledges an alarm, it is acknowledged at every station. (Drop time-outs are not
broadcast system-wide.)
Note: If you disable the acknowledgement function, you are not able to acknowledge alarms
from the Alarm window or the Ovation Keyboard. Also, if running the Continuous Audio System,
the Silence Audio button on the Alarm window and the Ovation Keyboard is inactive. (See
Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
To acknowledge an alarm
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the desired alarm(s) in the Base Alarm window. More than one alarm may be chosen.
All selected alarms are designated with the check mark in the left most column. Additionally, a
dotted line is drawn around the message.

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3. Select the Acknowledge pull-down menu and select Point Acknowledge, or select the
Point Ack button on the toolbar, or use the Point Ack button on the Ovation Keyboard.
If alarm functions are enabled on the standard keyboard, select F2 to perform Point
Acknowledge. Refer to "Alarm Keyboard Functions" (see page 54) for more information.
OR
4. To acknowledge all points currently displayed on the screen, select the Acknowledge pulldown menu and select Page Acknowledge, or select the Page Ack button on the toolbar, or
use the Page Ack button on the Ovation Keyboard.
If alarm functions are enabled on the standard keyboard, select F3 to perform Page
Acknowledge. Refer to "Alarm Keyboard Functions" (see page 54) for more information.

Figure 33: Acknowledge Pull-Down Menu/Toolbar Window

3.20.2 Resetting alarms


You must reset an acknowledged return before it is removed from the Alarm List. Acknowledged
returns are reset by point or by page.
To reset an alarm
Use one of the following procedures to reset a return:
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the desired acknowledged return(s) in the Base Alarm window. More than one return
may be chosen. All selected returns are designated with a check in the check box located in
the first column. Additionally, a dotted line is drawn around the message.
3. Select the Reset pull-down menu and select Point Reset, or select the Point Reset button
on the toolbar to perform the point reset. You may also use the Point Reset button on the
Ovation Keyboard. Refer to "Alarm Keyboard Functions" (see page 54) for more information.
If alarm functions are enabled on the standard keyboard, select F4 to perform Point Reset.

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OR
4. To reset all points currently displayed on the screen, click the Page Reset option on the
Reset pull-down menu or on the toolbar. You may also use the Page Reset button on the
Ovation Keyboard. Refer to "Alarm Keyboard Functions" (see page 54) for more information.
If alarm functions are enabled on the standard keyboard, select F5 to perform Page Reset.

Figure 34: Reset Pull-Down Menu/Toolbar


Note: If you disable the acknowledge function in the Ovation configuration tools, you cannot
perform reset operations.

3.20.3 Printing Alarms


You can print alarms from the Base Alarm window. The filtering parameters defined for the
specific list being printed are used.
To print alarms
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).

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2. Select the File pull-down menu and select the Print option. The Print window appears.

Figure 35: File Pull-Down Menu -- Print Option


3. The Print button displays the standard Windows Print window. Select the page range, printer
and number of copies from this window.

Figure 36: Standard Windows Print Window


4. To print all alarms on a specified tab, select the All button from the Print range options. If the
printer is a color printer, the printout is color-coded as displayed on the screen.

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Print Setup
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the File pull-down menu and select the Print Setup option.
3. The Print Setup window opens. Make any desired changes and click Ok.

Figure 37: Print Setup Window


To use the Print Preview function for alarms
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the File pull-down menu and select the Print Preview option or select the Print
Preview button on the toolbar.

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The following figure shows how the alarm data looks when it is printed.

Figure 38: Print Preview Screen


To Use the Print Advance Button
The Print Advance button allows you to advance to the most current alarm being printed. Alarms
that are in the software print queue with a timestamp less than or equal to the time when the Print
Advance button was selected are not printed. That is, alarms already in the print buffer are sent
to the printer; those queued to print are not printed. The printer advances to the first alarm whose
time stamp is greater than the time that the Print Advance was selected.
1. Access the Base Alarm window (see page 17).
2. Select the Utilities pull-down menu and select the Print Advance option.

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3.21 What is the Audio Alarm System?


The Ovation Audio Alarm System is used to produce a sound whenever an alarm occurs. The
sound alerts the user that a point is in alarm and attention is needed.
Note: You are responsible for supplying the audio files that are used. Sample files, provided by
Emerson Process Management, are located in the System Audio folder. All audio files must be
.wav files.
When an alarm is received for the audio system, the user-defined audio file is sounded as it is
configured (either continuously or non-continuously) (see Ovation Operator Station Configuration
Guide for configuration instructions).
If continuous audio is configured, an audio file sounds until the operator silences it. Additionally,
you can configure a digital point that corresponds to each alarm priority and the return event.
Each time an alarm is received, the tone for the highest priority alarm is sounded and the highest
priority digital alarm is turned on. If a higher priority alarm is received before silencing the audio,
the tone automatically changes to the higher priority tone.
Note: Digital points must be originated by the Operator Station and must not be alarmable
points.
If non-continuous audio is configured, an audio file sounds once and then shuts off. You can
define the minimum time interval that must pass before the same audio file is sent again.
You can base non-continuous audio on the priority or the destination of the alarm. This audio
functionality only annunciates files for unacknowledged alarms and unacknowledged returns.
There is no audio sounded when a point is acknowledged or when a point is reset.

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3.21.1 Filtering for the Continuous Audio Alarms


Continuous Audio Alarms filter only on the priority of the alarm. Filtering for the Continuous Audio
System is based on the Alarm List settings. (See Filtering Modes (see page 47) to set filtering
definitions.) The alarm messages that are sent to the continuous audio must pass the alarm list
filter for the current mode (normal or priority).
For the Continuous Audio system, you define an audio file that corresponds to each alarm
priority and an audio file that corresponds to a return event. Additionally, the system can be
configured to define a digital point corresponding to each alarm priority and a digital point
corresponding to a return event. The order of precedence for the continuous audio is:
- Priority 1 (Highest Priority)

Highest Precedence

through
- Priority 8 (Lowest Priority)
Return Event

Lowest Precedence

When an alarm is received, the defined audio file is sounded continuously and the configured
digital is turned on. The audio sounds and the digital remains on until the audio is silenced or the
configurable auto turn off time has expired. Each time an alarm is received, the audio file for the
highest priority alarm sounds and the digital point corresponding to the priority is turned on,
providing it is off.
If a higher priority alarm is received before silencing, the higher priority audio file begins playing,
the current digital is turned off, and the digital corresponding to the new priority is turned on.
The audio can be silenced (acknowledged) by selecting the Silence Audio button on the Alarm
window or on the Ovation Keyboard.
If alarm functions are enabled on the standard keyboard, select F7 to perform silence audio.
Refer to Alarm Keyboard Functions (see page 54) for more information. (See Ovation Operator
Station Configuration Guide.)

3.21.2 Filtering for the Non-Continuous Audio Alarms


Non-Continuous Audio Alarms can filter on either the priority or the destination of the alarm.
(See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
For the Non-Continuous Audio system, you can define an audio file that corresponds to each
alarm priority and also an audio file that corresponds to each alarm destination.
When a point goes into alarm, the audio file that is configured for that point sounds once and then
shuts off. The same audio file can sound again after the configured minimum time between
repeats of the audio file has expired.

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3.22 What is Alarm security?


You have the ability to disable or enable the acknowledge, reset, and filtering functions on a dropby-drop basis. If the acknowledge function is locked out (disabled), the silence function is also
disabled.
Security can also be applied on a point-by-point basis in addition to a function-by-function basis
as described in the applicable Ovation configuration tools manual.

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Using the Alarm Annunciation Window

IN THIS SECTION
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4.1

What is the Alarm Annunciation Window?


The Alarm Annunciation window is an optional alarm application that displays alarms in
configurable alarm bands. The alarm bands contain alarm message boxes (see page 68) that
identify current local alarms (alarms on remote networks do not display in the Alarm Annunciation
window). When a point goes into alarm, it displays in the appropriate band and if configured, also
causes an audible to sound (see page 63).
You can access a pop-up menu (see page 69) from the Alarm Annunciation window by right
clicking on the Alarm Annunciation window area. This menu provides additional information about
the alarms and the points that are in alarm.
You can configure your alarm system to initiate either a Base Alarm window or the Alarm
Annunciation window. You can display both alarm window types at the same time, but the Alarm
Annunciation window always appears at the top of the alarm screen and you cannot cover the
alarm annunciation window with any other windows.
You can configure blinking for each Alarm Annunciation window to determine whether
unacknowledged alarms and unacknowledged returns blink or not. If blinking is configured, any
unacknowledged alarm or return blinks until it is acknowledged (see Ovation Operator Station
Configuration Guide).
Note: Any applicable Alarm Annunciation window parameters that are not configured
specifically for the Annunciation window use values that are set for the Base Alarm system
(such as colors and the use of audio to annunciate alarms).

Figure 39: Alarm Annunciation Window Example

4.1.1 To Access the Alarm Annunciation Window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station and double-click on the
Alarms icon.
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If the Alarms application is already running, double click on the Alarms icon located on the
system tray.
2. If the Alarm Annunciation Window is configured to display, the Alarm Annunciation window
appears (see Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide).

4.1.2 Alarm Message Boxes


Each alarm band in the Alarm Annunciation window is scrollable and consists of multiple alarm
message boxes that identify specific points that have gone into alarm. Each alarm message box
contains a two-line text field whose foreground and background colors are configurable. (See
Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
The alarm message boxes display two lines of text (up to 12 characters per line). You enter this
text through the Developer Studio and can enter up to 24 characters to identify the point that is in
alarm. You can also display the fully qualified point name for each alarm message box by
hovering over the message box.
The alarm message boxes display from left to right in the order that alarms are detected with the
old alarms moving to the left as new alarms fill in on the right. There are no fixed locations for any
alarm message boxes and the boxes remain on the alarm band until the points have returned to
normal and have been acknowledged and reset by the operator.
When return is reset, the corresponding alarm message box disappears and any alarm message
boxes to the right automatically shift left compressing the blank space. Any blank spaces remain
on the right side.
There are scroll buttons located at the right and left end of each alarm band. If you select a scroll
button, this moves the message boxes one at a time to the right or left.
If you right-click on the scroll button, a menu displays. You can use this menu to navigate more
than one message box at a time. The right scroll button contains the following options:

Page Left

Scroll to the End (newest alarm entry)

The left scroll button contains the following options:

Page Right

Scroll to the Beginning (oldest alarm entry)

The scroll button is color coded based on the highest priority entry that is scrolled off the display
area.

Figure 40: Scroll Menu

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When an alarm band becomes full and a new alarm is detected for the band, the oldest entry
automatically scrolls off on the left side and the new entry is added. If you have scrolled the alarm
band and a new entry is detected but is not visible, the right scroll button blinks to identify that a
new entry has been received.
The blink rate coincides with the new alarms that have been received, but are scrolled off the
band (unacknowledged alarm blink rate takes precedence over the unacknowledged return blink
rate). No automatic scrolling occurs here and you must scroll the band to display the new entry.

4.1.3 Pop-up Alarm Menu


You can access a pop-up menu from the Alarm Annunciation window by right clicking on the
Alarm Annunciation window area. This menu provides additional information about the alarms and
the points that are in alarm.

Figure 41: Annunciation Window Point Menu


You can use a pop-up alarm menu to acknowledge unacknowledged alarms and reset returns.
Alarm Annunciation Pop-up Menu
ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Point name

Fully-qualified point name displayed for information only.

Acknowledge

Acknowledges all of the visible unacknowledged alarms and


unacknowledged returns on the alarm bands. The operator must
scroll any hidden alarm message boxes back on the alarm screen in
order to perform the acknowledgement operation on them.
The acknowledge option is only enabled if the appropriate point group
security function is defined and the acknowledgement function
enabled. (See Managing Ovation Security.)

Reset

Resets all of the visible resettable returns on the alarm screen. The
operator must scroll any hidden alarm message boxes back on the
alarm screen in order to perform the reset operation on them.
The reset option is only enabled if the appropriate point group security
function is defined and the acknowledgement function enabled. (See
Managing Ovation Security.)

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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Filters

Allows the operator to change the destination filter for the visible
alarms in alarm message boxes. This option will only be enabled
when the alarm filtering security function is enabled. The destination
filtering setting returns to the filtering that was set in the Developer
Studio after the session is closed.

Point Menu

Displays the standard Point Menu. Also provides two extra options:
Point Acknowledge - Acknowledges the unacknowledged alarm for
the selected point.
Point Reset - Resets the resettable return for the selected point.

4.1.4 What is Filtering for the Alarm Annunciation Window?


You can filter the alarms displayed in the Alarm Annunciation window based on priority and
destination.
The alarm priority selects the alarm band within the Alarm Annunciation window where the alarm
appears. You can define alarm filtering on priority in the Alarm Annunciation window object
through the Developer Studio. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
Eight priorities are defined in Ovation. Priority 1 is the highest (most critical/important) and 8 is the
lowest (least critical/important).
Both the alarm band (priority filter) and the alarm window (destination filter) can contain multiple
entries. When a point goes into alarm, it displays in the appropriate band and if configured,
causes an audio file to sound. Each point must pass the priority and destination filters.
The alarm destination identifies the alarm annunciation window(s) that display the alarm.
Destination is defined by the first character in each process points set of characteristics. This
character generally represents a plant location. The AY record field holds the first character for
each process point.
You should define alarm filtering on destination in the Alarm Annunciation window object through
the Developer Studio (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide). You can also
dynamically change the destination filter by accessing and using the pop-up alarm menu (see
page 69) as described in the following procedure:
1. Access the pop-up alarm menu (see page 69).

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2. Select Filters. The destination selection window appears.

3. Each letter represents the first character in each process points set of characteristics and is
the alarm destination. Select the letter check boxes that you want to use to filter alarms:
Put a check mark in the desired individual boxes.
Select All inserts a check mark in all the boxes and all destinations will pass the filter.
Clear All removes the check mark from all the boxes and no destinations will pass the
filter.
4. Select OK to accept your filter choices. You can now filter the alarms that appear in the Alarm
Annunciation window based on these settings.
5. When you end the session, your filtering settings revert to the settings defined through the
Developer Studio.

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Using the Point Information System

IN THIS SECTION
Accessing the Point Information window (PI).................................................................... 73
What is the Point Information Window? ............................................................................ 74
To access the Point Information window .......................................................................... 74
Using the Point Information menu selections.................................................................... 76
File menu........................................................................................................................... 76
View menu......................................................................................................................... 82
Help menu ......................................................................................................................... 83
To display the Point Information (PI) window.................................................................... 83
Examples of Point Information Window Tabs ................................................................... 83
Point Information security................................................................................................ 134
Point Information error messages ................................................................................... 135
Modifying Point Information............................................................................................. 135
Guidelines for modifying Point Information (PI) fields..................................................... 141

5.1

Accessing the Point Information window (PI)


The Point Information window is accessed from the Ovation Application Start menu or by double
clicking the Point Information icon located in the Ovation Application window:

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5.2

What is the Point Information Window?


The Point Information window contains the following information:

The point attributes display by selecting the applicable tabs.

The description, point value, quality, and engineering units for LA and DA records display
below the point name entry field in the upper part of the window.

The record field that corresponds to the parameter name is listed beside the parameter. For
example, ED for Point Description. (See Ovation Record Types Reference Manual.)

The point information displayed in the lower portion of the window displays using a folder
format. The tabs are labeled and the information related to the tab label displays below when
the tab is selected. When a valid point name is entered, information for the point displays for
the first tab, the Point tab.

The action buttons Cancel and Apply are active only when a tab with modifiable data is
selected.

Last Active Instance (LAI) - displays in the right bottom corner of the window. This identifies
the Point Information window that is currently active.

Point status information displays on the left hand side of the status bar.

Note: Value and status fields update once every second. The remaining point attributes update
once every three seconds. Point Information requests a one-shot every three seconds to make
sure it has the latest static data.

5.3

To access the Point Information window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station and double-click on the Point
Information icon.
OR
If the Point Information application is already running, double click on the PI icon located on
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2. The Point Information window appears blank, as shown in the following figure.

Figure 42: Blank Point Information Window


3. If you know the name of the desired point, type in the name and press Enter. The Point
Information window appears for that point.
If the point name is unqualified, the default unit and network is appended to the name.
If the point name has the network specified, the default unit is added, if the network
matched the default network.
If the point is not found on the unit, the other units on the network are searched for the
point name.
Also, if you know the alias (provided the same alias is not assigned to other points), type
in the alias and press Enter.

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If you do not know the point name, skip to Step 4.

Figure 43: Point Information Window for LA Point


4. If you do not know the name of the desired point, click the Search button in the Point
Information window or select from the File pull-down menu. The Find Points window appears
(see "To Search for Points" (see page 77)).
5. Select the appropriate network, unit, and drop. A scrolling list of all the points for that drop
appears. To discontinue or change the search, click the Abort Search button.
6. Double click on the desired point name in the list or select the point and click the Apply
button. The Point Information window appears for that point.
The Find Points window remains on the screen. To close the window, click the Dismiss
button or the X button in the top right corner.

5.4

Using the Point Information menu selections


The Menu bar at the top of the Point Information window contains the following options:

5.5

File Menu (see page 76)

View Menu (see page 82)

Help Menu (see page 83)

File menu
The File pull-down menu allows you to initiate a point search.

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5.5.1 To access the Find Points window


If you are using the Point Information window, select the File pull-down menu and select Point
Search.
The Find Points window appears.

Figure 44: Find Points Window


Note: If you cannot establish a connection with the remote network, a red slash appears
through the icon in front of the drop name. A connection tries to re-establish the next time that
network is selected.
Use the applicable Ovation configuration tools to configure the information that appears in the
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5.5 File menu

5.5.2 To filter the search for points


1. From the Find Points window, pull down the Filters menu and select Define Filters. The
Point Search Attributes dialog opens.

Figure 45: Point Search Attributes Window


The following fields are applicable for filtering in the Point Search Attributes window:
Point Name Enter the point name to search for a specific point.
Point Alias Enter the point alias to search for a specific point.
Description Enter the description to search for specific points.

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Note: Wildcards can be used when searching for point name, point alias, and description. For
example: 001* entered in one of the above fields displays the points with that characteristic.
Record Type Use to search for points for a specific record type (see the following
figure). If not selected, the search returns all types.

Figure 46: Point Search Attributes (Record Types)


Frequency Represents the broadcast frequency of the point. The frequency options
are:
A Aperiodic (as requested)
S Slow (1.0 second)

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F Fast (0.1 second)

Figure 47: Point Search Attributes Window (Frequency)


2. Select an applicable field to search by. For example, use LA for the record type.
3. Click the OK button.
All LA record types appear in the original Find Points dialog box.

Figure 48: Filtered Find Points Window

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4. The number of points generated by a filtered search displays on the Find Points window. The
number of points found is modified to reflect the filtered grouping.
5. To display a point, highlight the point by left-clicking it once. It appears in reverse video. You
can also double-click on a point name to display it in the PI window.
6. Click Apply. The information for the selected point displays in the Point Information window.
To abort the search, click Abort Search. To dismiss the window, choose Dismiss.

5.5.3 English description of point name


The English description of the point name is located in the Description field beside the Point
Name field in the Find Points window (see the following figure). This description is configured
using the Ovation configuration tools.

Figure 49: Find Points Window - Description

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5.5.4 To Use the Where Used Function


The Where Used window contains a list of places and items that currently reference the selected
point. You may use this as a cross reference tool when building or modifying points.
1. Select the File pull-down menu from the Point Information window.

Figure 50: Where Used Menu


2. Select Where Used from the File pull-down menu. The Where Used window appears.

Figure 51: Where Used Window


3. Select Update to update the scrolling list with the latest references or choose Cancel to
dismiss the window.

5.6

View menu
The View pull-down menu allows you to select the Status bar as visible or not visible. The check
mark indicates that the Status bar is visible.

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5.7

Help menu
The Help pull-down menu allows you to choose one of the following options:

Help Topics Launches the online help system for this application.

About Point Information Displays the application release information.

If you select the Help Topics option, a pop-up window appears.


Note: The F1 key also launches the Help system.

5.8

To display the Point Information (PI) window


Use one of the following procedures to display a point in the Point Information window:
1. From the Point Information window, enter a valid point name or alias in the Point Name entry
field and press Enter.
OR
2. If you do not know the point name, click Search and the Find Points window displays.
OR
3. Select the Point Information item on the Point Menu from another application, such as
Alarms, Trends, Graphics, and Review (see "Using the Point Menu".)
(See Ovation Record Types Reference and the applicable Ovation configuration guide.
The tabs in the Point Information window change to display different information for different point
record types.

5.9

Examples of Point Information Window Tabs


The following topics illustrate examples of Point Information window tabs for different record
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5.9.1 Config Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 52: Config Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.2 Config Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 53: Config Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.3 Config Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 54: Config Tab Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.4 Config Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points

Figure 55: Config Tab Displaying Drop (DU) Points

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5.9.5 Config Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 56: Config Tab Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.6 Config Tab for PI Displaying Node (RN) Points

Figure 57: Config Tab Displaying Node (RN) Points

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5.9.7 Config Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points

Figure 58: Config Tab Displaying Module (RM) Points

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5.9.8 Point Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 59: Point Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.9 Point Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe (DA) Points

Figure 60: Point Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe (DA) Points

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5.9.10 Point Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points

Figure 61: Point Tab Displaying Drop (DU) Points

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5.9.11 Point Tab for PI Displaying PD, DP, RM, or RN Points

Figure 62: Point Tab Displaying Packed (PD), Deluxe Packed (DP), Module (RM), or Node
(RN) Points

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5.9.12 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 63: Value/Status Tab Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.13 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) Points

Figure 64: Value/Status Tab Displaying Digital (LD) Points

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5.9.14 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points

Figure 65: Value/Status Tab Displaying Drop (DU) Points

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5.9.15 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 66: Value/Status Tab When Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.16 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

Figure 67: Value/Status Tab Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

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5.9.17 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) Points

Figure 68: Value/Status Tab Displaying Analog (LA) Points

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5.9.18 Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points

Figure 69: Value/Status Tab Displaying Module (RM) Points

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5.9.19 Value Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 70: Value Tab Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.20 Value Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 71: Value Tab Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.21 Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 72: Status Tab Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.22 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 73: Alarm Tab Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.23 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points

Figure 74: Alarm Tab Displaying Drop (DU) Points

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5.9.24 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

Figure 75: Alarm Tab Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

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5.9.25 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) and Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 76: Alarm Tab Displaying Packed (LP) and Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.26 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 77: Alarm Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.27 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points

Figure 78: Alarm Tab Displaying Module (RM) Points

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5.9.28 Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points in Plant Web Alerts

Figure 79: Alarm Tab Displaying Module Points in Plant Web Alerts

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5.9.29 Initial Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

Figure 80: Initial Tab Displaying Packed Digital (PD) Points

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5.9.30 Initial Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 81: Initial Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.31 Int Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 82: Int Params Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.32 Real Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 83: Real Params Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.33 Display Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points

Figure 84: Display Tab Displaying Drop (DU) Points

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5.9.34 Display Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 85: Display Tab Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.35 Display Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 86: Display Tab Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.36 Display Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 87: Display Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.37 Mode Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital Points

Figure 88: Mode Tab Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital Points

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5.9.38 Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 89: Plant Mode Tab Displaying Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.39 Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 90: Plant Mode Tab Displaying Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.40 Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

Figure 91: Hardware Tab Displaying Digital (LD) or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points

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5.9.41 Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

Figure 92: Hardware Tab Displaying Packed (LP) or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points

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5.9.42 Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 93: Hardware Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.43 Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM) Points

Figure 94: Hardware Tab Displaying Module (RM) Points

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5.9.44 Byte Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 95: Byte Params Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.45 Keys Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 96: Keys Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

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5.9.46 Instrumentation Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA)
Points

Figure 97: Instrumentation Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.47 Ancillary Tab Displaying All Point Types Except RN and LC Points

Figure 98: Ancillary Tab Displaying All Point Types Except Node (RN) and Algorithm (LC)
Points

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5.9.48 Limits Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 99: Limits Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

5.9.49 Mode Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 100: Mode Tab Displaying Analog (LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.50 Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

Figure 101: Plant Mode Tab Displaying Deluxe Analog (DA) Points

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5.9.51 Security Tab for PI Displaying all Point Types

Figure 102: Security Tab Displaying all Point Types

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5.9.52 ACSII Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

Figure 103: ASCII Params Tab Displaying Algorithm (LC) Points

5.10 Point Information security


There are two levels of security provided in the Point Information subsystem:

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Functional Security provides the ability to limit modifications of specific attributes. For
example, the ability to modify the scan status of any point can be locked out, while the ability
to modify the alarm check status can be enabled.

Point Security provides the ability to disable point modifications on a point-by-point basis.
When a new point displays in Point Information, the program checks the point security groups
for the point. If you are not part of any of the point security groups, all attribute modifications
are disabled. If you are a part of any of the point security groups, then the attribute
modifications are enabled/disabled based on the defined functional security.

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5.11 Point Information error messages


Error messages may appear when using Point Information.
These messages appear in the bottom left corner of the Point Information window in the Status
bar, or in a message box.
Point Information Error Messages
MESS AGE

DESCRIPTION

Change Request Failed

Error detected while changing point attributes. This may


indicate that the point is not being broadcast on the network.
See the System Administrator.

Error accessing Ovation Network

Error detected while initializing access to the Ovation network.


See the System Administrator.

Error occurred while updating data Error detected while reading point data from the Ovation
network. This may indicate that the applied point is not being
broadcast on the network. See the System Administrator.
Error accessing Ovation database $WDPF_PDIR environment variable is not set correctly or the
system database is invalid or uninitialized.
Changes have been made to the
data. Click Yes to apply the
changes, No to discard the
changes or Cancel to continue
viewing this page.

User attempted to switch tabs while unsaved data existed in


entry fields.

Point <name> not found

The named point is not found in the database.

Unknown record type

An invalid record type was detected.

5.12 Modifying Point Information


The Point Information window is used to modify point attributes.
1. Modify point attributes by selecting the applicable tab from the folder. The current status or
value of each point attribute displays in this window.
Each modifiable field consists of the following information:
Field label
Current status and value fields
Status fields
Status radio buttons
Data entry fields
Apply button

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Cancel button.

Figure 104: Point Information (Modifying Point Attributes)


2. Enter values into the entry fields or select the desired radio buttons.
3. Select the Apply button to save the changes. Use the Cancel button to cancel any changes
not yet saved during the Apply.
If a new tab is selected, a prompt is given to save any changes that were not applied on the
previous tab. Select Yes to apply the changes, No to discard the changes, or Cancel to
continue viewing the page.

Figure 105: Point Information Warning Prompt


Refer to "Point Information Security" (see page 134) for information on point security.
When the folders first display, the status choice selections are cleared, and the data entry
fields are blank.

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5.12.1 Modifiable fields


The following table lists the fields that can be modified for different point types.
Modifiable Fields
POINT TYPE

FIELD N AME

Analog Points

Scan status
Clamp value
Analog value
Latched quality
Test Mode
Engineering range check
Reasonability range check
Alarm check
Limit check
Auto cutout
Alarm limits (high, low, incremental, and deadband)

Digital Points

Scan status
Digital value
Status checking
Latched quality
Test mode
Alarm check
Auto cutout

Packed Points

Force bits
Test mode
Alarm check
Auto cutout

Module and Node Points

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Note: If the Ovation security indicates that an attribute is not changeable or that a point may not
be changed, the controls associated with the modifiable fields are visible, but not active. This
indicates the field may not be modified.
The following figures are some examples of the PI tabs for various record types, including the
different modifiable fields for the folder tabs. (See Ovation Record Types Reference Manual and
the applicable Ovation configuration user guide.)

Figure 106: Modifiable PI Alarm Tab (LA) Record

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Figure 107: Mode Tab (LD record)

Figure 108: Status Tab (LP record)

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Figure 109: Value Tab (LP record)

Figure 110: Value/Status Tab (LD record)

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5.13 Guidelines for modifying Point Information (PI) fields


1. Value and limit changes are made by entering new values into the data entry fields and then
selecting the Apply button.
Any number of changes can be made at one time.
The changes must be applied while the folder displays. If you select another tab before
the changes are applied, a warning prompt displays. Select Yes to apply the changes, No
to discard the changes, or Cancel to continue viewing this page.
2. When the Apply button is selected, each of the changes made are checked for reasonability.
Value fields are checked for the embedded spaces and multiple decimal points.
An error detected on one change has no effect on the continuation of the processing for
the other changes requested. For example, if the limit check was set to off and the point
value entry of 123.456.7 was entered, and then the Apply button was selected, the error
on the point value does not prevent the limit checking for the point from being turned off.
3. The Cancel button deselects status choices in the currently displayed folder. Entry fields on
the currently displayed folder are cleared when the Cancel button is selected.
4. Each change is given, at most, five seconds to complete.
If the change does not complete in the time period, a Point Timed Out message appears.
As the change completes, the current status and the value fields update with the new
values.
An Operator Event Message is generated for each requested change detailing its
success or failure. (See the applicable Ovation Historian user guide.)
5. Data entry fields that are locked out are inactive to prevent you from changing the values.
6. The value of the LB field determines which alarm limit entry fields are applicable. Those fields
which are not applicable are inactive.

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Graphics Display System

IN THIS SECTION
What is the Graphics Display System?........................................................................... 143
Using the Graphics window............................................................................................. 143
To Access the Graphics Window .................................................................................... 144
Graphics window elements ............................................................................................. 146
What are Graphic configuration parameters? ................................................................. 149
What is the Property Sheet window? .............................................................................. 156
Zooming the display area................................................................................................ 158
Printing Point Information................................................................................................ 161
Displaying Pop-up Windows from Poke Fields ............................................................... 163
Paging between diagrams............................................................................................... 164
What are Favorites?........................................................................................................ 165
What is a split window?................................................................................................... 167
What are Control diagrams? ........................................................................................... 169
Using the algorithm right-click menu............................................................................... 177
What is the Control Panel? ............................................................................................. 186
Printing graphics ............................................................................................................. 188
Errors and Warnings ....................................................................................................... 189

6.1

What is the Graphics Display System?


The Graphics Display System allows you to view graphic diagrams at the Operator Station.
These graphics represent the process control system of the plant and you can perform some
tuning functions on these graphics.

6.2

Using the Graphics window


You access the Graphics window from the Graphics icon at the Operator Station.

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You can display up to eight main windows at once. An Operator Station with two monitors can be
configured to display different diagram windows on each monitor, for example, 1-4 on the left and
5-8 on the right.
Each diagram may contain links to other diagrams. Typically, page links are hierarchical. For
example, the top-level diagram might be a plant overview with a plant area displayed below.
Different areas or additional data on the plant area may be located to the left or right.
When you create a diagram, a diagram number is assigned to each diagram. If a diagram or point
group does not specify another diagram number for a paging direction, the arrow button for that
diagram is grayed-out.
Once a diagram displays in the window, you can zoom an area of the window, as described in
"Zooming the Display Area" (see page 158).
The diagram may include poke fields which displays other diagrams in pop-up windows. For more
information on poke fields, see "Displaying Poke Fields" (see page 163).

6.3

To Access the Graphics Window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.

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2. Double click the Graphics icon. Depending on Operator Station configuration, each Graphics
window can initially display a custom diagram. If no diagram number was defined, the
Graphics window is blank when you first access it.

Figure 111: Graphics Display Window


3. To display a diagram in the window, select a diagram number from one of the following
sources:
Load Diagram icon on the toolbar.
Ovation Keyboard (Custom Key).
Favorites menu
If a top-level diagram is defined for the system, you can access it quickly by clicking on the
diagram box.
4. You can access additional graphics from poke fields in the diagram. These graphics appear in
pop-up windows. By default, only one pop-up window at a time can remain open for a
diagram. If you want to open more than one pop-up window at a time for a graphic, you must
configure this feature as described in Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.

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You can open up to 10 pop-up windows for a graphic by selecting the Lock Window
checkbox in each pop-up window. This locks the graphic in the window until you uncheck it,
and no other graphic can overwrite the locked graphic. You cannot check the final pop-up
window that you open and any additional window you open (beyond the configured number)
appears in that pop-up window.

Figure 112: Pop-Up Window Example

6.4

Graphics window elements


The elements of the Graphics window are:

Menu Bar Elements (see page 146)

Toolbar Elements (see page 147)

Status Bar (see page 148)

6.4.1 Graphics window Menu bar elements


The Menu bar contains five cascade buttons. Each button displays a pull-down menu.
Graphics Window Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Load Loads diagram files from a specified directory.


Group Selects a diagram group for the current diagram.
Print Setup Displays a dialog box to setup the printer properties.
Print Sends the diagram to the printer.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION
Properties Displays the general, display, paging, zooming, and detail
information about current diagram.
Configuration Displays the general, print, and window configuration of a
graphic.
Exit Ends the program.

View

Main Toolbar Makes the toolbar visible or not visible.


Layer Toolbar - Makes the Layer toolbar visible or not visible.
Control Toolbar - Makes the Control toolbar visible or not visible.
Status Bar Makes the Status bar visible or not visible.
Full View Displays the complete diagram in the active window.
Page Navigates through the paging sequence defined in the process diagram.
Zoom Displays a list of zoom options.
Display Pokes Displays the poke fields on the graphics image.
Select Font Displays a font dialog window.
Copy to Clipboard Copies the diagram to the system clipboard.
Error List - Displays a list of warnings and errors for this window.

Control

System Overview Displays the system overview diagram.


Control Overview Displays the Controller overview diagram when selected
from a control graphic.
Control Panel Displays the Control Panel window.

Favorites

Add To Favorites Adds the current diagram to the Favorites dialog menu.
Organize Favorites Displays a window with the tree control list of favorite
diagrams. Several editing functions are available in this window.
Goto Favorites Displays a dialog listing of all the favorites.

Help

Help Topics - Displays the standard Windows Help menu.


About Graphics Displays a dialog box with the application name and version
number.

6.4.2 Graphics window Toolbar elements


The toolbar on the Graphics window allows you to quickly jump to several process diagram
functions. The toolbar contains the following elements described in the following table.

Figure 113: Graphics Toolbar

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Graphics Display Toolbar Elements


KEY

DESCRIPTION
Load Diagram File displays a navigation dialog box with graphics files.
Home Page returns you to the user-configured home page.
Go To Favorites displays the Favorites window.
Reset Control - if control is active on the selected graphic, this button resets control.
Full Screen displays the diagram at the maximum screen size.
Page Up displays the page one level up in the graphics diagram if one is defined.
Page Down displays the page one level down in the graphics diagram if one is defined.
Page Right displays the page to the right in the graphics diagram if one is defined.
Page Left displays the page to the left in the graphics diagram if one is defined.
Recall Backward displays the saved previous state in the graphics diagram.
Recall Forward displays the saved next state in the graphics diagram.
Print Active Document prints the current graphics diagram.
About displays the application name and version number.
Visited Diagrams displays a drop-down list of previously displayed diagrams.

6.4.3 Status Bar


The error display and the active graphics program are located in the Status bar in the bottom of
the graphics window.

Figure 114: Status Bar

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Error - when an error occurs in a diagram, it displays in the status bar.

Last Active Instance - the LAI on the status bar identifies the Graphics window that is
currently active.

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6.5

What are Graphic configuration parameters?


Graphic configuration parameters are set through the applicable Ovation configuration tool. These
parameters are written to each drop individually through the download procedure. (See Ovation
Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
Graphic Configuration Parameters
P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

SETTINGS

Number of Local
Windows

Number of graphic windows allowable per drop.

1 through 8

Number of previous
views

Number of diagram saved in the recall queue.

1 through 50

Raise/lower request
timeout

Number of seconds before the raise/lower functions


are cancelled if no keyboard raise signal is received.

1 through 100

Zoom corners

Allows you to click and drag the mouse to zoom.

True or False

Disable fixed
size/position

Overrides the fixed size and fixed position parameters


set by the Graphics Builder when the diagram was
compiled.

True or False

6.5.1 To Configure the General Tab in the Graphics Display Program


Each drop has a number of configuration parameters which can only be set locally via the
Graphics Display program:
1. To access the configuration menu, select the Graphics icon from the Ovation programs
folder.

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2. From the File pull-down menu, choose the Configuration option. The Configure Graphic
window appears.

Figure 115: File Pull-Down Menu

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Figure 116: General Tab


3. Make the desired changes and select Apply or OK to accept the changes.
The following table explains the choices available in the General tab.
Configure Graphics General Tab
HE ADING

P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

SETTINGS

General

Number of
Windows

Number of graphic windows allowed per drop. 1 through 8


Note: This setting is overwritten via a drop
download.

Number of
previous views

Number of diagrams saved in the recall


queue.

1 through 25

Note: This setting is overwritten via a drop


download.

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HE ADING

P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

Keyboard

Keyboard Timeout Number of seconds before the raise/lower


functions are cancelled if no keyboard raise
key is received.

SETTINGS
1 through 100

Note: This setting is overwritten via a drop


download.
Font

Miscellaneous

Font Name

Defines the default font name used only if a


diagram does not have a font statement.

N/A

Font Style

Defines the default font style used only if a


diagram does not have a font statement.

N/A

Font Browse
Button

Use to select a font.

Disable Enter
Button

If set, when the mouse is placed over a poke


field on a diagram, the Enter button on the
keyboard has no affect when selected.

Disable Fixed
Size/Position

Overrides the fixed size and fixed position


True or False
parameters set by the Graphics Builder when
the diagram was compiled.

True or False

Note: This setting is overwritten via a drop


download.
Disable Zoom by
Drag Mode

Allows you to click and drag the mouse to


zoom.

True or False

Hide Error List


Dialog

When set, the Error List window does not


True or False
automatically display when an error occurs.
However, you can request the window via the
View - Error List menu item when required.

Support Split
Windows

Allows you to view split windows. (See What


is a Split Window? (see page 167) for
additional information on split windows.)

True or False

Select this for non-multiple networks systems. True or False


Treat all
unresolved points All unresolved points are treated as dummy
as dummy points points.

6.5.2 To configure the Print tab in the Graphics Display Program


1. To access the configuration menu, select the Graphics icon from the Ovation Applications
folder.
2. From the File pull-down menu, choose the Configuration option. The Configure Graphic
window appears.
3. Choose the Print tab.
4. Define your margins.
5. If desired, you can use the Replacement Colors section to replace the background color with
a color from the scrolling list.
To clear an item, select the top most item (blank) from the color list.

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6. Select Apply or Ok to accept the changes.

Figure 117: Configure Graphics Window -- Print Tab


The following table explains the setting options available in the Print tab.
Configure Graphics Print Tab
HE ADING

P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

Margins

Right

Defines the right print margin in inches.

Left

Defines the left print margin in inches.

Top

Defines the top print margin in inches.

Bottom

Defines the bottom print margin in inches.

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HE ADING

P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

Replacement Colors

Background

Defines the background color for the diagram when


printed.
Note: If the background replacement color is used
anywhere in the diagram, it is replaced with the
current background color.

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Replacement
Color #1

Defines the replacement color #1 for the print


functions.

Replacement
Color #2

Defines the replacement color #2 for the print


functions.

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6.5.3 To configure the Window tab in the Graphics Display Program


You may also access configuration parameters on a per window basis. The following figure shows
available configuration parameters.

Figure 118: Configure Graphic Window -- Window Tab


1. To access the configuration menu, select the Graphics icon from the Ovation programs
folder.
2. From the File pull-down menu, choose the Configuration option. The Configure Graphic
window appears.
3. Choose the Window tab. You may reset all of the parameters at any time by selecting the
Default button.
4. Click Apply or Ok to commit your desired changes.

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The following table explains the setting options available in the Window tab.
Configure Graphics Window Tab
HE ADING

P ARAM ETER

DESCRIPTION

Select Window

Window Number

The number of the window to be configured. Window #1


Valid range is 1/8.

Initial Diagram

Diagram Name

The name of the diagram that displays


when this window initially starts.

1000.diag

Diagram Path

The path to the initial diagram.

C:\ovation\mmi\
graphics\diagrams

Browse button

Displays *.diag window where you can


select a diagram to display.

N/A

Group Number

The group number associated with the


initial diagram.

Diagram Name

The name of the diagram that displays


when you select the Home Page option.

1000.diag

Browse button

Displays *.diag window where you can


select a diagram to display.

N/A

Diagram Path

The path to the Home Page diagram.

C:\ovation\mmi\
graphics\diagrams

Home Page

Window Size as Full Size


Initial Display

When initially displayed, the window covers N/A


the entire screen.

1/4 Size

When initially displayed, the window covers N/A


1/4 of the screen.

1/3 Size

When initially displayed, the window covers N/A


1/3 of the screen.

1/2 Size

When initially displayed, the window covers N/A


1/2 of the screen.

Custom

When initially displayed, the window covers N/A


a portion of the screen defined by the width
and height parameters. Width and height
become active when you select this button.

Window Position X-Position

6.6

DEFAULT SETTING

When initially displayed, the window is


placed at the position defined by X.

Default button

Resets values to default values.

N/A

Y-Position

When initially displayed, the window is


placed at the position defined by Y.

What is the Property Sheet window?


The Property Sheet window allows you to view data about the currently selected diagram and
window.

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6.6.1 To display Diagram Properties


1. From the File pull-down menu in the Graphics display window, select Properties.

Figure 119: File Pull-Down Menu


2. Click the right mouse button on an area of the diagram that is not occupied by a point value
or a control algorithm. Select Properties from this right-click menu.

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3. The Property Sheet window appears. Select the Main tab to view display data. Select the
General tab to view information about the diagram.

Figure 120: Property Sheet Window (with Diagram Data displayed)


Note: The Property Sheet window is only used for informational purposes. You cannot edit the
data in this window.

6.7

Zooming the display area


You can enlarge or reduce the entire diagram, or just a specific area by using the Zoom menu or
the mouse zoom options.

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6.7.1 To zoom using the mouse


If you have defined the display diagram as zoomable and have not disabled the zoom feature,
you may use the mouse to zoom in on a specific area of the diagram or display full view of the
diagram.
Note: You can disable the mouse zoom feature by selecting File menu -> Configuration
option -> Disable Zoom by Drag Mode.
1. To zoom in on a specified area of the diagram, click the left mouse button on a point in the
diagram that is not occupied by a poke or data entry field. The pointer changes to a
magnifying glass.
2. With the left mouse button depressed, drag the pointer across the diagram. A box appears
around the selected area. When you release the button, the boxed area zooms to occupy the
entire window.
3. To zoom out to the original diagram percentage, double-click the left mouse button on a point
of the diagram that is not occupied by a poke or data entry field. The entire diagram displays
in the window.

6.7.2 To zoom using the menu


1. Select the View pull-down menu and select the Zoom option.

Figure 121: Zoom Menu

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2. Select one of the following Zoom functions:


Zoom By Corners (see page 160) displays the area specified by the user.
Zoom By Box (see page 160) displays only the area contained in the zoom box.
Zoom In (see page 161) magnifies the display area by the percentage defined in the
Zoom In/Out window.
Zoom Out (see page 161) reduces the display area by the percentage defined in the
Zoom In/Out window.
%Zoom In/Out (see page 161) displays the Zoom In/Out Factor window to change the
percentage of magnification for the Zoom In and Zoom Out functions.

6.7.3 To zoom by corners


The Zoom By Corners function allows you to select a specific area of the diagram to enlarge.
1. Select the View pull-down menu. Choose Zoom By Corners from the Zoom option.
2. Move the cursor to the upper left corner of the desired area.
3. Left-click and drag the cursor to the opposite corner of the area to be zoomed. A box appears
around the selected area.
4. Release the cursor. The area magnifies and shifts to show the zoom area in the window. The
display aspect ratio of width to height is maintained; therefore, the area shown will differ from
the zoom area selected unless the zoom area has the same aspect ratio as the window.

6.7.4 To zoom by box


The Zoom By Box function allows you to select a specific area of the diagram to enlarge.
1. Select the View pull-down menu. Choose Zoom By Box from the Zoom option. The cursor
changes to a box.
2. Move the box to the area to zoom.
To increase the size of the box, use the (+) from the keyboards numeric keypad.
To decrease the size of the box, use the (-) from the keyboards numeric keypad.
3. Left-click to zoom. The area magnifies and shifts so that the zoom area occupies the entire
window.

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6.7.5 To select the zoom increment


The zoom increment determines the percentage of magnification for the Zoom In and Zoom Out
functions. For example, a zoom factor of 25 indicates that the diagram increases in size by 25%
of the zoom range each time the Zoom In button is selected and decrease 25% when Zoom Out
is selected.
1. Select the View pull-down menu. Choose % Zoom In/Out from the Zoom option. The Zoom
Increment window appears.

Figure 122: Zoom Increment Window


2. Use the slide bar or enter a value in the entry field to change the zoom factor.
3. Close the window. The changes take affect without an Apply button.
4. Select one of the following zoom functions from the Zoom menu:
Zoom In increases the size of the diagram by the percentage defined in the Zoom
In/Out window.
Zoom Out reduces the size of the diagram by the percentage defined in the Zoom
In/Out window.

6.8

Printing Point Information


The Point Information window has the ability to send the point information to a printer. The
information is not printed exactly as displayed on the screen, but rather is reformatted for the
printer.

6.8.1 To print Point Information


1. Select Print from the File pull-down menu.

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2. The Select Pages to Print window appears. Click the check boxes to select or deselect a
group of information to be printed. Any or all of the groups of information may be printed. The
information groups correspond to the tabs in the Point Information window. If a check mark
appears on an information group, then that group prints.

Figure 123: Printing Point Information (Selecting Pages to Print)


3. Click the OK button.
4. The standard Windows Print window appears. This allows the selection of a printer and/or
configuration of the print job.
Note: By default, only the currently visible information prints.

6.8.2 Print Setup


1. From the File pull-down menu, choose the Print Setup option.
2. The Print Setup window opens. The standard Windows Print Setup appears. Make any
changes and click Ok.

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6.9

Displaying Pop-up Windows from Poke Fields


A poke field is an area of a main diagram from which different pop-up windows, or point
information can display. Various functions can be performed, depending on the type of poke field
selected. A poke field is selected by left-clicking on the defined poke area.
A diagram may contain poke fields of several types. You can display the locations of all poke
fields on a diagram using the Display Pokes option from the View menu.
You can access multiple graphics from poke fields in the diagram. These graphics appear in popup windows. By default, only one pop-up window at a time can remain open for a diagram. If you
want to open more than one pop-up window at a time for a graphic, you must configure this
feature as described in Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.
You can open up to 10 pop-up windows for a main graphic. You can lock a graphic in a pop-up
window by selecting the Lock Window checkbox in the pop-up window. This locks the graphic in
the window until you uncheck it, and no other graphic can overwrite the locked graphic. You
cannot check and lock the final pop-up window that you open, and any additional graphic you
open (beyond the configured number) appears in that pop-up window.

Figure 124: Pop-Up Window Example

6.9.1 To display poke fields


1. Select the View pull-down menu in the Graphics window.
2. Select the Display Pokes option. A red rectangle appears around the poke fields in the
displayed diagram.

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Note: As you move the mouse pointer over a diagram, it changes from an arrow to a finger as it
encounters a poke field.

6.10 Paging between diagrams


The paging buttons and paging menu items are used to page between diagrams. Paging must be
defined for the displayed diagram in order for the buttons to operate. (See Ovation Graphics
Language Reference Manual.)
You have the ability to page in four directions: up, down, left, and right, if defined in the diagram.
The buttons and menu items are disabled if the paging directions are not defined.

6.10.1 Recalling diagrams


The Recall function displays the diagrams that were shown before or after the current diagram.
The diagrams are stored in a queue so that they can be quickly retrieved. A diagram is added to
the end of the queue when you zoom the diagram or display a new diagram in the window. You
can repeatedly recall backward until you reach the first entry in the queue.
When the queue is full and a new diagram is selected, the diagram at the beginning of the queue
is removed to make room for the new diagram.
To recall a diagram
There are two Recall buttons and a drop-down menu on the Graphics toolbar. You can use these
buttons and menu to display a diagram that has been previously displayed.
Recall Backward (red curved arrow pointing left) displays the previous diagram. This
menu item is not active (it is grayed out) if you did not previously select a diagram.
Recall Forward (red curved arrow pointing right displays the next diagram. This menu
item is not active (it is grayed out) if you did not previously select Backward.
Drop-down menu - allows you to select and return to a specific previously viewed
diagram.

Figure 125: Recalling Diagrams

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6.11 What are Favorites?


Favorites are a collection of items that you use frequently. Favorites in the Graphics Display
System allow you to quickly access diagrams which are used on a regular basis. Three options
exist under the Favorites right-click menu:

Organize Favorites

Add to Favorites (see page 166)

Goto Favorites (see page 166)

Note: Favorites configuration is stored on each drop and is not distributed across the network;
therefore, you must configure favorites on each drop individually.

6.11.1 To create a New Favorites folder


1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).
2. Select Organize Favorites from the Favorites pull-down menu. A window appears.
This window allows you to create custom folders to organize your diagrams, move between
diagrams, and rename folders and diagrams.
3. Highlight the existing folder or the root Favorites folder and select the New Folder button.
4. A new folder is created. Highlight the new folder and select the Rename button and enter
your desired folder name.
5. Remove folders from the list by highlighting the folder and selecting the Delete button. This
removes the folder and all underlying diagrams from the list.

Figure 126: Organize Favorites

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6.11.2 To add to Favorites


You can add a diagram to the favorites list by first displaying the diagram in the Graphics window:
1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).
2. Select Add to Favorites from the Favorites pull-down menu. A window appears showing the
complete diagram path name and description. You may overwrite this description.
3. Select the Create In>> button to place this entry in any of the previously designated Favorites
folders.

Figure 127: Add Favorites

6.11.3 To go to Favorites
1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).

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2. Select Goto Favorites from the Favorites pull-down menu or select the Favorites folder on
the toolbar. A window appears.

Figure 128: Goto Favorites


3. Highlight the desired diagram and select the Open button or double-click the diagram.

6.12 What is a split window?


Information can be displayed in subscreen format at the bottom of the screen (see "Dismissing a
Split Window" (see page 168)). All displayable items are permitted in subwindows. The
subwindows are initially sized at 20% of the main screen, but can be expanded. The subwindows
remain visible as the main screen diagram changes.
Note: You can enable the split screen feature by selecting File menu -> Configuration option
-> Support Split Screens.

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6.12.1 To dismiss a split window


Dismiss a split window subwindow by doing one of the following:

Select the right mouse button in the subwindow to display a pop-up menu with a Dismiss
option.

Drag the split screen bar to the bottom of the window.

Use an application program to dismiss the window (see Ovation Graphics Language
Reference Manual).

Figure 129: Split Window

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6.13 What are Control diagrams?


Control diagrams are a special type of diagram built by the Control Builder and displayed by the
Graphics program. (See Ovation Control Builder User Guide.)
Note: A control diagram may sometimes be referred to as a control graphic, a process diagram,
or a monitor graphic.
These diagrams are created automatically when a control sheet is saved at the Control Builder
and you can use them to monitor or change a control process.
In order to use a control diagram to monitor and tune a process, you must first load the control
sheet into the Controller and then download the corresponding graphic to an Operator Station in
your system. Then you can monitor and tune the control process in the graphic online through the
Graphics system at the Operator Station where you downloaded the graphic.
Note: In order for you to select an algorithm for control, you must set the security item Control
Functions. In order for you to tune an algorithm, you must set the security item Tuning
Functions.
These functions are enabled through the applicable Ovation configuration tools.
You can use different methods to select a control diagram for display:

System Overview option (see page 169)

Point Information icon (see page 171)

Control Overview menu (see page 173)

6.13.1 To Select a Control Sheet Using the System Overview Option


1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).

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2. Select the System Overview option from the Control pull-down menu.
OR
Select the System Overview from the right-click menu by placing the mouse pointer on the
background of the diagram and clicking the right mouse button. The System Overview menu
displays.

Figure 130: System Overview Menu

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3. Select the desired network, unit, and drop. A scrolling list of all of the control sheets for that
drop appears. Options exist at the bottom of the window to display the sheet numbers and/or
diagram numbers as part of the list.

Figure 131: Sheet List


4. Select the desired sheet from the list. Highlight the sheet, and select Ok. You can also
double-click on the desired sheet. The control sheet displays in the graphic window.
5. You may sort the items displayed for the selected drop. By selecting the headings labeled,
Description, Sheet #, or Diagram, you may sort the entries in ascending or descending
order.

6.13.2 To select a Control Sheet Using Point Information


1. Select the Point Information icon from the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator
Station.

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The Point Information (PI) window displays.


2. Enter the desired point name in the Point Name entry field or use the Point Search feature to
identify the point name (refer to Point Information (PI) System for information on using the
Point Information window).

Figure 132: Point Information Window


3. Position the mouse in the PI window and right-click to display the Point Menu.

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4. Select Signal Diagram from the Point Menu.

Figure 133: Graphics Display


5. The diagram displays in the Graphics window. Red lines indicate where control paths exist.
Green lines indicate where tracking paths exist.

6.13.3 To select a Control Sheet Using the Control Overview Menu


1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).
2. Select the Control Overview option from the Control pull-down menu.
OR
You may select Controller Overview from the right-click menu. The right-click menu is
accessed by placing the pointer on the background of a diagram and selecting the right
mouse button. The Controller Overview menu displays. This option is only available if you
have a control sheet currently displayed in the graphic window.

6.13.4 What are Layers on a Control Diagram?


Layers are a subset of items on the drawing grouped according to functionally. For example, the
frame of a control drawing is on its own layer so you may display or remove the frame by toggling
the frame layer on and off.
To Turn a Layer On or Off
1. Access the Graphics window (see page 144).

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2. To turn a layer on, expand the Layer combo box on the toolbar by clicking the down arrow.
Select a layer name and a check mark appears next to the name.
This causes all items in this layer group to appear in the Graphics window.
3. To turn a layer off, expand the Layer combo box on the toolbar by clicking the down arrow.
Select a layer name, and the check mark is removed. This causes all items in this layer group
to be removed from the Graphics window.

Figure 134: Layer Combo Box

6.13.5 What is the Control Toolbar?


The Control toolbar displays the algorithms that are currently in control. This toolbar is visible by
selecting Control Toolbar from the View menu.

Figure 135: Control Toolbar

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6.13.6 What are Signals?


The lines connecting algorithms on a control drawing are referred to as signals. These signals
change color according to the value of the point of the originating algorithm. (See Ovation Control
Builder User Guide.)
Signal Fly-By
A feature exists on control drawings where you are able to view the point name and value
associated with a signal by simply placing the pointer anywhere over the signal. This is referred to
as signal fly-by.

Figure 136: Signal Fly-by

6.13.7 What are Page Connectors?


Page connectors are placed on control drawings in order to transfer the value of a point from one
sheet to another. A point can only originate from one algorithm. In order to be used on a sheet
other than the originating sheet, you must place the point in a page connector.
To Navigate Between Control Drawings Using Page Connectors
1. Select a page connector symbol, and a list of sheets where this point is used displays.
2. The drawing where the point originates is proceeded by an ( * ). By selecting an item from this
list, the appropriate diagram displays (see the following figure).

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Note: If the page connector connects to only one sheet, the list is not displayed and the
connector takes you directly to the desired sheet

Figure 137: Page Connector

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6.14 Using the algorithm right-click menu


In order to display information about an individual algorithm, you can right-click on the algorithm
body to display a pop-up menu.

Figure 138: Right-click algorithm Menu


From the menu, you can learn the following about the algorithm:

Name of the algorithm

Number of the algorithm

Input/Output - Displays an applicable tuning window.

Tune - Typically grayed out

Algorithm Record - Displays a Point Information window with information about the algorithm
record.

Help - Displays online help about the algorithm.

6.14.1 To Access Algorithm Parameters


1. From the control sheet, right-click on the desired algorithm.
2. A pop-up menu appears displaying the algorithm type, the algorithm name, and a choice of
options. Select Parameters.

Figure 139: Algorithm Tuning Menu


Selecting the Parameters option displays a multi-tab window. You can use these tabs to tune
the selected algorithm. The number of tabs displayed depends on the algorithm type and the
functions this algorithm supports.

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6.14.2 In/Out Tab


The In/Out tab displays all signal connections for the selected algorithm. If the algorithm supports
tracking and tracking is enabled, the track value and mode bits display.

Figure 140: In/Out Tab

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6.14.3 Control Tab


The Control tab displays if the algorithm supports control. Certain sections of this window may not
display depending on the algorithm and the type of control enabled. You can change the mode of
an algorithm and raise and lower the output or setpoint with this tab.

Figure 141: Control Tab

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6.14.4 Keyboard Control Tab


The Keyboard Control tab displays, if a keyboard algorithm is selected

Figure 142: Keyboard Control Tab

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6.14.5 Fieldbus Tab


The FieldBus tab appears if a Fieldbus algorithm is selected.

Figure 143: Fieldbus Tab Window

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6.14.6 Custom Tune Tab


Some algorithms do not conform to the standard tuning/control procedures. For these particular
algorithms, a Custom Tune tab displays. When you select this tab, a custom tuning/control
window displays. You may then use this window to tune the selected algorithm.

Figure 144: Custom Tune Tab


Note: These custom tuning windows are supplied with the Operator Station release and should
not be modified.

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6.14.7 Tune Tab


The Tune tab displays if the algorithm has tunable parameters.

Figure 145: Tune Tab


You can change a parameter by following this procedure.
1. Select the parameter you wish to modify. This causes the parameter description and current
value to be displayed in the Variable and Value entry fields of the window.

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2. Enter the new value and select the Set button.


The new value now displays in the New Value column of the parameter list.
3. Select the Commit button to change the value in the algorithm record.
If you decide not to commit the changes, select Clear to remove your changes from the list.

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6.14.8 Miscellaneous Tab


The Miscellaneous tab displays if the algorithm contains non-tunable parameters. These
parameters are display-only items and cannot be modified through the Graphics Display
program.

Figure 146: Miscellaneous Tab


The current value of each parameter is highlighted.

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6.14.9 Help function


You can access help on any algorithm by selecting the Help option from the right-click pop-up
menu from a control sheet.

Figure 147: Help Option from Pop-up Menu

6.15 What is the Control Panel?


The Control Panel window provides the following control capabilities:

Raise or lower set points.

Select mode (automatic or manual).

Manually raise or lower process outputs.

Control of any digital on/off function.

Note: You must select an algorithm from a signal diagram or by using a Control Poke 6
command in a custom graphic. (See Ovation Graphics Language Reference Manual.)

6.15.1 To access the Control Panel window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.
2. Double click the Graphics icon. The Graphics window appears.
3. Select the Control pull-down menu.

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4. Select the Control Panel option. The Control Panel window appears.

Figure 148: Control Panel Window


5. Select a function from the Control Panel window. The following table lists and describes these
functions.
Note: Some of these functions may not be applicable to the currently selected algorithm set.
Control Panel Functions
FUNCTION

DESCRIPTION

Start/Open/Trip

Starts a pump or motor, opens a valve, or trips a breaker.

Auto

Enables the automatic control mode; that is, the process is now
controlled by the algorithms in the Controller.

Tune

Displays the System Overview diagram (see "Tuning an Algorithm"


(see page 177)).

Digital entry

Allows you to manually enter set point or output values instead of using
the up and down arrow keys.

Stop/Close/Reset

Stops a pump or motor, closes a valve, or resets a breaker.

Manual

Enables the manual control mode; that is, the user, (not the Controller
algorithm) controls the process.

Up arrow
Down arrow
Up triangle

Down triangle

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Raises the set point.


Lowers the set point.
Raises the process outputs, and in some cases, used for the process
set point. This function is dependent on the control statement and
algorithms that are used.
Lowers the process outputs or the process set points. This function is
dependent on the control statement and algorithms that are used.

Requests the Maintenance Device diagram.

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Note: You can start the Control Panel from the Control pull-down menu in every Graphics
window menu bar. The Control Panel functions are also found on the Ovation Keyboard and can
be embedded in process diagrams. (See Ovation Graphics Language Reference Manual and
Ovation Algorithms Reference Manual.)

6.16 Printing graphics


You can define a print setup and then print graphics from the main Graphics window (see page
146).

6.16.1 To perform a Print Setup (Graphics)


1. Access the main Graphics window.
2. Select the Print Setup option from the File pull-down menu.
3. To modify specific properties, click the Properties button. A window with tabs appears.
4. To change the paper orientation, choose landscape or portrait in the Page Setup tab.
Note: The default paper orientation for graphic displays is landscape.
5. Select OK to commit the changes.

6.16.2 To print Graphics


1. Access the main Graphics window.
2. Select Print from the File pull-down menu.
3. Select the Main Screen, Window, or Subscreen option and the Print window appears.
4. Select the appropriate printing options.
5. To modify the specific output options, click the Properties button. Use the tabs in the
Properties window to select the desired option and select OK to close the Properties window.
6. Click OK in the main Print window to accept the changes and print the graphic.
Note: To print a specific portion of the displayed graphic, zoom in on the desired area, use the
print procedure described above, and select Main Screen to print..
To change the background and selected colors on the printed page, see "To Configure the
Graphics Print Tab" (see page 152).

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6.17 Errors and Warnings


If an error or warning should occur when a diagram displays, a message appears in the Status
Bar and in a Warning window. Take the appropriate action to respond to the message.

Figure 149: Warnings Window


If you wish to write the warnings to a file, select Write Warnings to File from the Warning Level
menu. As errors and warnings occur, they are written to the file C:\tmp\graphics_debug.txt. This
feature is intended for debugging and should be used accordingly.

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Using the Trend Display System

IN THIS SECTION
What is the Trend Display System?................................................................................ 191
Using the Trend Display window..................................................................................... 191
Creating trends................................................................................................................ 195
Configuring trends........................................................................................................... 207
Historical trends .............................................................................................................. 210
Running multiple trends .................................................................................................. 210
To start another trend in a trend program ....................................................................... 210
To load a group of points ................................................................................................ 212
What are Trend Groups? ................................................................................................ 212
Viewing Time Value ........................................................................................................ 214
To display Tabular Trends .............................................................................................. 216

7.1

What is the Trend Display System?


The Trend Display system displays data samples collected for live points on the Ovation Network
in graphical or tabular trends. Six hundred data samples display for every collection interval.
The trend continuously updates with live information at a pre-determined rate. You specify trend
data such as point names, scale limits, and collection intervals.

7.2

Using the Trend Display window


Access the Trend window from the Trend icon in the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator
Station.

The Trend window displays live point values that have been collected from the Ovation system.
You define the trend format for the collected point values.

7.2.1 To access the Trend Display window


Use the following procedure to access the Trend window. Additionally, you can access the Trend
window via the Trend option on the Point Menu (see "Using the Point Menu").
1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.
2. Click on the Trend icon located on the Operator Station.

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3. The Trend window appears.

Figure 150: Trend Window

7.2.2 Trend window Menu bar elements


The Menu bar contains six cascade buttons. Each cascade button displays a pull-down menu.
Trend Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

New opens a new Trend window.


Open - opens an existing trend.
Save - saves the trend settings.
Save As - saves the trend settings under another name or format.
Save As Text saves the contents of the Trend Tabular View window as a text
file in a specified directory.
Print sends the contents of the Trend window to the printer.
Print Preview displays a preview of the Trend window on the screen before
printing.
Print Setup displays a dialog box to setup the printer properties.
Recent File - displays the most recent file open.
Exit ends the program.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION

View

Toolbar makes the toolbar visible or not visible.


Status Bar makes the Status bar visible or not visible.
Trend Type displays chart, tabular, or both in the active window.
Page Time Shift - shifts page to the left, half left, right, or half right.
Refresh - refreshes the display.
Stop starts and stops the current live trend.

Trend

Points displays the Point Data window.


Groups displays the Select Group window.
Configuration - displays the Trend Config window.
Properties displays the Trend Properties window.

Chart

Show Grid - shows the grid.


Reset View returns the chart back to its original dimensions.
Mouse Mode enables the mouse pointer to be used with options, such as
zoom time and zoom axis, in the Trend window.

Window

Cascade displays successive, overlapping windows in a graphical user


interface, so the title of each bar is visible.
Tile displays successive windows in adjacent space on the desktop.
Arrange Icons reorganizes the icons.
Current trend names appear in the bottom of the Window menu.

Help

Help Topics displays the Help menu.


About Trend displays a dialog box with the application name and version
number.

7.2.3 Trend window Toolbar elements


The Trend toolbar contains the following elements:

Figure 151: Trend Toolbar


Trend Toolbar Elements
KEY

DESCRIPTION
New opens a new Trend window.
Open - opens an existing document.
Points opens the Point Data window for individual points.

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KEY

DESCRIPTION
Properties opens the Trend Properties window.
Groups opens the Point Data window for point groups.
Stop/Resume stops and resumes the live data feed to a trend.
Refresh - refreshes the display.
Time Shift Left - shifts page left. In live trending, this causes an automatic switch to HSR
mode and a retrieval request to see past data.
Time Shift Left Half Page - shifts half page left.
Time Shift Right Half Page - shifts half page right.
Time Shift Right - shifts page right.
Both displays the summary with both the chart and tabular trends.
Chart displays only the chart and summary in the window.
Tabular displays only the tabular and summary in the window.
Chart Reset View resets chart.
Chart Time Zoom - only available for HSR trends. Data is retrieved for the time range
selected. Minimum zoom range is 0.1 of a second.
Chart Zoom controls the zoom level and magnifies the selected area.
Print prints the active window.
Help displays the application name and version number.

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7.3

Creating trends
The Trend Point & Properties window allows you to specify the data source and scale for a trend.
The points can be from a live source or from historical data. This window contains three tabs that
you use to create and configure a trend:

Trend Properties tab (shown below) is used to define the properties of a trend (data source,
how trend displays, duration of trend).

Point Data tab (see page 197) is used to select points for a trend.

Trend Config tab (see page 207) is used to define colors and scales for a trend.

For live data, you must select a duration to determine the update frequency for the collection of
data. The collection interval is specified as a number of minutes, hours, or days. All points in a
single Trend Point & Properties window use the same collection interval. The default Trend type is
Live.
You can select a single point or multiple points to create a trend. The number of points on a single
trend is unlimited, except on a Historical trend, which is limited to 16 points based on a single
retrieval limitation.
If you want to trend historical points, you need to set the Data Source in the Trend Properties tab
to HSR.
Click OK to save the selections and exit, or Cancel to quit without saving changes.

Figure 152: Trend Point & Properties Window (Trend Properties Tab)

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The following table explains the setting options available in the Trend Point & Properties window
for the Trend Properties tab.
Trend Properties Tab
ITEM

DESCRIPTION

SETTING OPTIONS

Defines how the trend displays.

Horizontal (default) - displays selected points in


one graph, with time located on the horizontal
axis. This trend updates from right to left.

Data
Trend Type

Vertical - displays selected points in one graph,


with time located on vertical axis. This trend
updates from top to bottom.
X-Y Plot - displays the value of one or more
selected points versus one other selected point in
a line graph. The first point displays on the X
axis, and the remaining point on the Y axis.
Source

Live or Historical data.

Live or HSR

Duration is the total time of the


trend. This field is only
applicable if the range selected
is Start Time/Duration or End
Time/Duration.

Pull-down menu. The choices are:

The time period of the trend


from start time to end time.

Start Time/End Time - allows you to define the


start time and end time of the trend request.

Time
Duration

Range

10 min
30 min
100 min
5 hr
10 hr
24 hr
30 hr
100 hrs
200 hrs
25 days
33.3 days

Start Time/Duration - allows you to define the


start time and total time of the trend request. The
end time cannot be changed.

End Time/Duration - allows you to define the end


time and total time of the trend request. The start
time cannot be changed.
Start Time

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The oldest time of the historical The pull-down menu displays a calendar. You
data to be displayed in a trend. may select dates from the calendar or manually
This field is applicable only if the type dates in the field.
range selected is Start
Time/Duration or
Start Time/End Time.

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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

SETTING OPTIONS

End Time

The latest time of the historical


trend to display in a trend. This
field is applicable only if the
range selected is End
Time/Duration or
Start Time/End Time.

The pull-down menu displays a calendar. You


may select dates from the calendar or manually
type dates in the field.

Name of Historian drop to


retrieve historical data.

Pull-down menu

HSR
Drop

History Type Allows you to specify the rate at Continuous - obtains data from the point data
which each data sample is
table.
retrieved from the historical
subsystems.

7.3.1 To build a trend


1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).
2. Select the Trend toolbar button.
OR
Select the Trend pull-down menu from the Trend Display window.

Figure 153: Trend Menu

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3. Choose Points from the menu. The Trend Point & Properties window appears showing the
Point Data tab. New Trend windows are empty.

Figure 154: Trend Point & Properties Window (Point Data Tab)
The following table explains the setting options available in the Point Data tab.
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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Add

For live trend and historical trend points you can add a point by typing its
name in the entry field and clicking the Add button.

Delete

To remove a point, click the Delete button.

Move Up/Move
Down

You can navigate within the list of added points by selecting Move Up or
Move Down.

Browse

To add a point, click the Browse button and a Find Points window appears.

Browse eDB

To add an eDB item, select Browse eDB. The Browse and Select Points
window appears.

Limits

The chart scale defaults to the point limit value.

Top Bar and


Bottom

Choose Custom from the Limits pull-down menu. Enter the desired values
in the Top Bar and Bottom entry fields. This option allows you to view a
trend line in lesser or greater detail by setting different top and bottom
scales.

Bit Number

Enter a bit number in this field only if using packed points. (See Ovation
Record Types Reference.)

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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Baseline

Check to enable the baseline. This indicates that the area between the
baseline and the trend line is shaded. Enter a baseline value (up to eight
digits). The baseline field is applicable to all trend layouts, except X-Y plots.
All points in a trend have an independent baseline. The area between the
trend line and the baseline is shaded with the same color as the trend line.

HSR Point Options


Processing

Select an applicable type from the pull-down menu.


Average - displays the average value of the specified process point over
each individual processing period.
Actual Value - displays the actual value of the specified process point at
the end of each individual processing period.
Maximum Value - displays the maximum value of the specified process
point over each individual processing period.
Minimum Value - displays the minimum value of the specified process
point over each individual processing period.
Integration - displays the integral of the specified process point with
respect to seconds, multiplied by the specified integration constant, over
each individual processing period.
Toggle - displays the number of state changes for the specified digital
process point, or selected bit of a packed process point, which occurred
over each individual processing period.
Toggle Set - displays the number of state changes to the Set state for the
specified digital process point, or selected bit of a packed process point,
which occurs over each individual processing period.
Toggle Reset - displays a number of state changes to the Reset state for
the specified digital process point, or the selected bit of a packed process
point, which occurred over each individual processing period.
Time Set Minutes - displays the number of minutes which the specified
digital process point, or selected bit of a packed process point, spent in the
Set state over each individual processing period.
Time Set Hours - displays the number of hours which the specified digital
process point, or selected bit of a packed process point, spent in the Set
state over each individual processing period.
Time Reset Hours - displays the number of hours which the specified
digital process point, or selected bit of a packed process point, spent in the
Reset state over each individual processing period.
Time Reset Minutes - displays the number of minutes which the specified
digital process point, or selected bit of a packed process point, spent in the
Reset state over each individual processing period.
Unpacked Bit Value - displays the actual value of a selected bit of the
specified process point at the end of each individual processing period.

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Summary of the point value on the Tabular view. Select Y to include a


summary section or N to exclude a summary section. The summary
consists of data for each point, such as, averages, maximums, and
minimums.

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4. To add a point, type in the point name or click the Browse button. A Find Points window (see
page 77) appears.
5. Select the desired point and click the Apply button. This window remains open until you click
the Dismiss button.
6. The selected point (or item) appears in the Point Data tab in the Trend Point & Properties
window. These points are the points that are trended.
7. For live trend and historical trend points, you can add a point (or item) by typing its name (or
Item ID) in the entry field and clicking the Add button. However, for live trend points, if the
point name is not fully qualified, for example - no network or unit - the default network and unit
are appended by the system.
8. To remove a point, click the Delete button. You can navigate within the list of added points by
selecting Move Up or Move Down.
9. The chart scale defaults to the point limit value. To change the scale, select the point, then
click the Limits drop-down menu and select the Custom option. Enter the desired values in
the Top Bar and Bottom entry fields.
10. Click the OK button to exit the Trend Point & Properties window and save the selected points.
Use the Cancel button to exit without saving changes.

7.3.2 To access the Find Points window


If you are using the Point Information window, select the File pull-down menu and select Point
Search.
The Find Points window appears.

Figure 155: Find Points Window

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Note: If you cannot establish a connection with the remote network, a red slash appears
through the icon in front of the drop name. A connection tries to re-establish the next time that
network is selected.
Use the applicable Ovation configuration tools to configure the information that appears in the
Description field.
To filter the search for points
1. From the Find Points window, pull down the Filters menu and select Define Filters. The
Point Search Attributes dialog opens.

Figure 156: Point Search Attributes Window


The following fields are applicable for filtering in the Point Search Attributes window:
Point Name Enter the point name to search for a specific point.
Point Alias Enter the point alias to search for a specific point.
Description Enter the description to search for specific points.

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Note: Wildcards can be used when searching for point name, point alias, and description. For
example: 001* entered in one of the above fields displays the points with that characteristic.
Record Type Use to search for points for a specific record type (see the following
figure). If not selected, the search returns all types.

Figure 157: Point Search Attributes (Record Types)


Frequency Represents the broadcast frequency of the point. The frequency options
are:
A Aperiodic (as requested)
S Slow (1.0 second)

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F Fast (0.1 second)

Figure 158: Point Search Attributes Window (Frequency)


2. Select an applicable field to search by. For example, use LA for the record type.
3. Click the OK button.
All LA record types appear in the original Find Points dialog box.

Figure 159: Filtered Find Points Window

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4. The number of points generated by a filtered search displays on the Find Points window. The
number of points found is modified to reflect the filtered grouping.
5. To display a point, highlight the point by left-clicking it once. It appears in reverse video. You
can also double-click on a point name to display it in the PI window.
6. Click Apply. The information for the selected point displays in the Point Information window.
To abort the search, click Abort Search. To dismiss the window, choose Dismiss.

7.3.3 To add an OPC item


1. Click Browse OPC in the Trend Point & Properties Window (see "To Build a Trend" (see
page 197)). A Browse OPC Items window appears.

Figure 160: Browse OPC Items Window


2. Highlight the appropriate OPC Server.
3. A red icon in front of the Server name indicates you are not connected to the Server. A green
icon in front of the Server name indicates you are connected to the Server.
4. Use the right side of the window to navigate to the desired OPC item.
5. Select the desired item. The ID for the selected item appears automatically in the Item ID
field.
6. Click Apply.
Note: Browse OPC only appears in the Trend Point & Properties window if you have configured
an OPC Server through the applicable Ovation configuration tools. (See Ovation Operator
Station Configuration Guide.)

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7.3.4 To add an eDB item


1. Select Browse eDB from the Trend Point & Properties Window. (See eDB Historian User
Guide and "To Build a Trend" (see page 197)).
The Browse and Select Point(s) window appears.

Figure 161: Browse and Select Point(s) Window


2. Find a point. Choose Ok.

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Note: Browse eDB only appears in the Trend Point & Properties window if you have configured
an eDB through the applicable Ovation configuration tools. (See Ovation Operator Station
Configuration Guide.)
3. The selected point (or item) is posted to the Point Data tab in the Trend Point & Properties
window. These points are the points that will trend.

Figure 162: Trend Point & Properties Window (Point Data Tab)

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7.4

Configuring trends
The Trend Config tab defines colors and default scales for digital points to use in the Trend
Display window.
Note: The configuration changes made in this dialog are only used for this trend session. If you
would like to save this setting to the profile for use in other trend sessions, you must press the
Save button.
The Good Quality Colors and Non-Good Quality Colors areas define the colors used to plot the
first eight points on the trend when they are in Good quality and when they are in Non-Good
quality.

Figure 163: Trend Point & Properties Window (Trend Config Tab)
The following table explains the setting options available in the Trend Config tab.
Trend Config Tab
ITEM

DESCRIPTION

SETTING OPTIONS

Uses black text on white


background.

Check box

Tabular Trend Order specifies


the chronological order of the
data in which the tabular trend
values are printed.

Tabular Trend Order


Forward
Reverse (Default)

Printing
Use Black Foreground,
White background
Tabular Trend
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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

SETTING OPTIONS

Default High Scale defines


the top limit of the trend scale
for digital points not listed in
the default file.

Default High Scale


3.0 (Default)

Digital Scale
Default High Scale

Note: You must reboot the


station in order for this
change to take effect.
Default Low Scale

Default Low Scale defines the


bottom limit of the trend scale
for digital points not listed in
the default file.

Default Low Scale


-1.0 (Default)

Note: You must reboot the


station in order for this
change to take effect.
Window Colors
Background

Background selects the


background colors of Trend
Display window.

Background
Black (Default)
Select from the Color
Palette to change the
default value .

Foreground

Foreground selects the


foreground color of the Trend
Display window.

Foreground
Grey80 (Default)
Select from the Color
Palette to change the
default value .

Grid

Grid selects the color to be


used for the grid lines on the
Trend Display windows.

Grid
Mistyrose (Default)
Select from the Color
Palette to change the
default value .

Colors

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ITEM

DESCRIPTION

SETTING OPTIONS

Good Quality Colors

These parameters select the


color to be used for the plot of
point X on the trend when the
quality of point X is good.

Point 1 (Good)
Red (Default)
Point 2 (Good)
Cyan (Default)
Point 3 (Good)
Green (Default)
Point 4 (Good)
Deep SkyBlue1 (Default)
Point 5 (Good)
Magenta (Default)
Point 6 (Good)
Orange (Default)
Point 7 (Good)
Plum (Default)
Point 8 (Good)
Tan (Default)
Select from the Color
Palette to change any of the
default colors.

Non-good Quality Colors

These parameters select the


color to be used for the plot of
point X on the trend when the
quality of point X is NOT
good.

Point 1 (Not Good)


Yellow (Default)
Point 2 (Not Good)
HotPink (Default)
Point 3 (Not Good)
PeachPuff4 (Default)
Point 4 (Not Good)
Azure2 (Default)
Point 5 (Not Good)
Black (Default)
Point 6 (Not Good)
DarkSeaGreen (Default)
Point 7 (Not Good)
Aquamarine2 (Default)
Point 8 (Not Good)
DarkGoldenrod (Default)
Select from the Color
Palette to change any of the
default values.

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7.5

Historical trends
The Historical Trend feature extracts historical information from a Historian to display graphical
and numerical trends. (See the applicable Historian User Guide.)

7.6

Running multiple trends


To view more than one trend, you can run multiple trends within a single Trend program or launch
another Trend program. However, running multiple trends in one program allows you to view
different trend points or trend groups without burdening system resources by running multiple
Trend programs.

Figure 164: Trend Program with Multiple Windows


The Trend program does not limit the number of trend windows that you can open at the same
time. Although the Trend program allows multiple windows to run concurrently, you can only plot
one trend in each window.

7.7

To start another trend in a trend program


1. Select the File pull-down menu from the Trend window and choose the New option.

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2. A new Trend window appears. You can now build a trend in this window.
See "To Build a Trend" (see page 197) for information on building a trend.
3. To set the window layout, select the Window pull-down menu.
4. Select the Cascade option for overlapping trend windows which display where the title bar of
each is visible.
OR
Select the Tile option to resize all open windows so that they appear fully on the screen
without any overlap.
You can resized and move Trend windows. The active Trend window is indicated in the main
heading of the Trend program. Inactive Trend windows are grayed out. To activate a window,
click on the window, or select the name of the desired trend from the Window pull-down menu.

Figure 165: Active Trend Window Feature


To make a Trend window occupy the entire application window, double click the active trend or
click the maximize button. The other Trend windows remain in their original position. To access
other window(s), select the name of the desired trend from the Window pull-down menu.
To end a Trend window without exiting the application, click the Exit button on the desired
window.
Note: If you select Exit from the File menu on the Trend window, you exit the Trend application
and all open Trend windows.

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7.8

To load a group of points


1. From the Trend Display window, select the Trend pull-down menu.
2. Choose the Groups option. The Select Group window appears.

Figure 166: Select Group Window


3. Select a group from the Trend Groups list.
4. Click OK to select group information, or Cancel to quit the window.
5. From the Trend Display window, select the Trend menu.
6. Choose the Points option.
The points from the selected group appears in a Point Data window.
Note: You can modify the points by using the procedure for adding or deleting single points. Any
changes made on the Operator Station do not modify a group that was created with the Ovation
configuration tools.

7.9

What are Trend Groups?


A Trend Group is a previously defined set of points with the same trend display parameters. A
trend group can consist of up to eight different points and all points in a trend group have identical
group parameters. However, each point in a trend group may have unique point parameters.
The Trend Group Builder window allows you to select and display global trend groups or to
create, modify, select, and display local trend groups. The list of trend groups appears in the
scrollable list. A G in front of the group number indicates a global trend group, while an L
indicates a local trend group.

7.9.1 To display Trend Groups


1. Access the Trend Display window.
2. Select the Trend pull-down menu. Select Groups. The Select Group window appears.

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3. Select the desired trend group from the Trend Groups scrolling list. The group information
appears to the right of the Group scrolling list in the Info box.

Figure 167: Select Group Window


4. Select the Trend pull-down menu from the Trend Display window. Select Properties. The
Trend Point & Properties window (Trend Properties tab) appears. See "Creating Trends" (see
page 195) for an explanation of the fields in this window.

Figure 168: Trend Point & Properties Window (Trend Properties Tab)
5. Select Live or HSR from the Source drop-down menu.

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The trend group now appears in the selected Trend window. The selected window is the one
where a check mark appears in the Select box). The << button beside the End Time
automatically fills in the current time.
Note: If a group is not trendable, a Trend Points window appears telling you that the points do
not exist for a live trend.

Figure 169: Trend Points Window

7.10 Viewing Time Value


The Time Value Display window lists the value and quality for all points displayed on the trend at
a selected period in time. The position of the cursor indicates the time period.

7.10.1 To view the Time Value Display


1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).

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2. Move the mouse over any period of time in the trend view area. A Time Value Display window
appears.

Figure 170: Time Value Display Window


3. This box shows the date, time, point name, and value.

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OR
Right-click on any period of time. A dashed line appears.

Figure 171: Time Value Display with Dashed Line


4. Hold down the right mouse button, and drag the dashed time line to update the numeric trend
value. The time line moves with the trend.

7.11 To display Tabular Trends


1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).

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2. Select the Tabular Trend icon from the toolbar.
OR
Select the View pull-down menu, choose Trend Type and then Tabular from the submenu.
The Tabular Trend window appears.

Figure 172: Tabular Trend Display


3. To change the sorting order of the Date/Time column, place the mouse cursor over the
Date/Time column and right-click. A pop-up menu appears with the option of sorting by
ascending value or descending value.

Figure 173: Tabular Trend Sorting Menu

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4. Use the right mouse button on a point to display the Point Menu. The fully qualified point
name appears at the top of this menu. Use the Trend option to display the Trend Point &
Properties window.

Figure 174: Point Menu with Alert Details

7.11.1 To pause a Tabular Trend


You can pause/resume a Tabular Trend.
1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).
2. From the Trend window, select the View pull-down menu.

Figure 175: View Pull-down Menu


3. Highlight the Stop option. If a trend is stopped, the selection has a check mark on the left side
of the text.

7.11.2 Print Setup


1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).

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2. Select the Print Setup option from the File pull-down menu. The Print Setup window opens.

Figure 176: Print Setup Window


3. Make any desired changes and click Ok.
4. Proceed with any desired printing of a trend.

7.11.3 To print a Tabular or Chart Trend


1. Access the Trend Display window (see page 191).
2. Display a trend in Chart view or in Tabular view.
3. Select the Print option from the File pull-down menu and the Print window appears. Select
the appropriate printing options.
4. To modify specific output options, click the Properties button.
5. Click OK to accept the changes and to print.
Note: If you are in Split view, you are not able to print. You can only print the Chart view or the
Tabular view of a trend. You cannot print both views at the same time.

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Using the Point Review

IN THIS SECTION
What is the Point Review function? ................................................................................ 221
Point Review window Toolbar elements ......................................................................... 222
Point Review window Menu Bar elements...................................................................... 223
What are Point Review Filters?....................................................................................... 224
Displaying a Point Review............................................................................................... 231
Modifying a Point Review................................................................................................ 236
Printing or saving a Point Review ................................................................................... 238

8.1

What is the Point Review function?


The Point Review function allows you to search the database for points having specific
characteristics or belonging to a particular point group. A review generated from this window
displays (or prints) a list of points with specified characteristics, point groups, status conditions, or
qualities.
The Point Review function provides live values for points in the system. The Point Viewer function
simply lists the points in the system database. (See also "Using the Point Viewer" (see page
249).)
You can base a review on point characteristics that define plant areas (physical or functional), or
other user-defined sorting criteria such as equipment or subsystems.
In addition to characteristics and point groups, you can also base a review on status conditions,
such as points in alarm, points for which scan has been disabled, or points in sensor alarms.
Optionally, the points to be included in a point review can be selected based on quality (good,
bad, fair, or poor), originating drop, and record type.

8.1.1 To access the Point Review window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.
2. Double click the Review icon at the Operator Station.

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The Point Review window appears. The Point Review searches for points on the selected network
and unit.

Figure 177: Point Review Window


Note: The drop-down field below the toolbar allows you to select local units and remote units.
The information that displays in the Set Filters window (see "Point Review Filters" (see page
224)) is dependent on this choice.
If you cannot reach remote networks, a dialog box appears telling you there was an error
retrieving information. Unlike Point Information, Review does not search for remote networks it
could not communicate with at startup. You must restart and rebuild the list to try to re-establish
remote connections. (See Ovation Multiple Networks User Guide.)

8.2

Point Review window Toolbar elements

Figure 178: Point Review Toolbar

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The Point Review toolbar is typically located below the Menu bar. The toolbar objects described in
the following table display from left to right.
Point Review Toolbar Elements
KEY

DESCRIPTION
Begin Review (GO) starts the point review. The program uses the selected
attributes to build a point list and display in the active window.
Abort Review (STOP) cancels a review currently in progress. Points that have
been found before the review is halted display in the active window.
Print prints the current review.
Print Preview displays, on the screen, a preview of a review printout.
Find Points locates the entry for a specific point name.
Add/Remove Columns displays a window allowing the operator to select the
set of columns displayed on the point list.
Set Review Filters displays a window allowing the operator to select the filters
applied during a review.
Modify Point Attributes allows changes to be made to specific attributes of the
selected process point. You can change attributes for analog, digital, packed
digital, module, and node point records.
Help displays the application name and version number.

8.3

Point Review window Menu Bar elements


The Point Review Menu bar contains the following cascade buttons described in the following
table. Each cascade button displays a pull-down menu when you select it.
Point Review Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Print (Ctrl+P) prints the current review.


Print Preview displays, on the screen, a preview of a review printout.
Print Setup displays the Print Options window.
Margins displays the Margins window.
Header/Footer displays the Header/Footer window.
Save As Text saves the point review as a text file.
Exit ends the program.

Edit

Find Points (Ctrl+F) accesses the Find Point window.

View

Toolbar makes the toolbar visible or not visible.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION
Status Bar makes the Status bar visible or not visible.
Columns (Ctrl+R) accesses the Columns window.
Select Font displays the Font window.

Review

Begin Review (Ctrl+B) starts the selected point review.


Abort Review (Ctrl+A) stops the selected point review.
Modify Point Attributes (Ctrl+M) opens a window showing the attributes of a
point review.
Set Review Filters (Ctrl+E) accesses the Set Filters window.
Select Page selects the points currently displayed in the Point Review
window.
Select Group selects all of the points in a group review. This option is
deactivated in a review based on the points characteristics.

Help

Help Topics displays the Help menu.


About Review displays a dialog box with the application name and version
number.

8.4

What are Point Review Filters?


The Point Review Set Filters window specifies the point type(s), review type(s), quality value(s),
and characteristics used to filter the points for review. There are three ways to specify point filters:
Review based on point characteristics, as described in "Selecting Characteristics for
Review" (see page 225).
Review based on a point group, as described in "Selecting Point Groups for Review" (see
page 228).
Review based on a Point Name/Description, as described in "Selecting a Review Based
on Point Name/Description" (see page 230).
The Point Review Set Filters window allows you to specify the points to be included in the review
based on point type, status conditions, point quality, point characteristics, originating drops, and
record types.
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Click on the Set Review Filters button on the toolbar (or access it from the Review pull-down
menu, or by pressing Ctrl+E).

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3. The Set Filters window appears (see page 225).

Figure 179: Set Filters Window

8.4.1 Selecting a review based on characteristics


A review by characteristics allows you to search for a pre-defined characteristics set. Up to 700
characteristics groups can be defined in this file. Each process point can be associated with a set
of eight alphanumeric characters. Each character within the set defines some characteristic of the
point. Note that characteristics groups are defined during configuration of the Operator Station.
(See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
To Select a Review Based on Characteristics
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Click on the Set Review Filters button on the toolbar (or access it via the Review pull-down
menu or by pressing Ctrl+E). The Set Filters window appears.

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3. Select Characteristics to review from the Filter by radio buttons in the Point Review Set
Filters window.

Figure 180: Set Filters Window


4. Enter an individual position Characteristic. There are three options for selection
characteristics:
The point characteristic can be directly entered into the text box.
The character description can be selected from a predefined scrolling list.
The character description can be set for each individual position by choosing the position
from the drop-down menu. When the position is selected, it populates the
Characteristics scrolling list with the available options. You can choose all or any
combination of positions to define.
5. Select the desired drops from the Drops scrolling list. You can select all drops (Set All) or
clear all drops (Clear All).
6. Select the desired record types from the Record Types scrolling list. (See Ovation Record
Types Reference Manual.) You can select all the record types (Set All) or clear all record
types (Clear All).
7. Select at least one condition from the choice boxes within the condition filters categories.
More than one selection is allowed, but you must select at least one condition. The following
table lists and describes the condition filters.

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Condition Filters Descriptions
CONDITION FILTERS

DESCRIPTION

Good (GQ)

Displays points with good quality.

Fair (FQ)

Displays points with fair quality.

Bad (BQ)

Displays points with bad quality.

Poor (PQ)

Displays points with poor quality.

Timed Out (TQ)

Displays points that have timed out.

Engr. Range Limits (EL)

Displays points that exceed the engineering range units.

Limit Alarms (LA)

Displays points that went into alarm because a limit was


exceeded.

Reasonability Limits (RL) Displays points that exceed the reasonability limits.
Value Clamp Limits (CL)

Displays points that have the value clamped.

Sensor Alarms (SA)

Displays points in sensor alarm.

SID Alarm (IA)

Displays points in SID alarm.

Alarm Check Removed


(AR)

Displays points for which alarm checking has been disabled.

Cutout Disabled (CD)

Displays points with the cut-out option manually disabled.

Cutout From Alarming


(CO)

Displays points which have been cut-out from alarm checking.

Engr. Range Check Off


(EO)

Displays points with the engineering range limit check disabled.

Limit Check Removed


(LR)

Displays points for which limit checking has been disabled.

Reasonability Check Off


(RO)

Displays points with reasonability limit check disabled.

Value Clamp Off (VO)

Displays points that have value clamping disabled.

Entered Values (EV)

Displays points that have an operator-entered value.

External Calibration (EC) Displays points that are externally calibrated.


Scan Removed (SC)

Displays points which have been removed from scan.

Tagged Out (XO)

Displays points that are tagged out.

Test Mode (TM)

Displays points in the test mode (latched quality).

Uncommissioned (UC)

Displays points that are uncommissioned.

Out of Service (OS)

Displays points that are out of service.

Failed (FS)

Displays points that have the Failed alert type suppressed.

Maintenance (MS)

Displays points that have the Maintenance alert type suppressed.

Advisory (AS)

Displays points that have the Advisory alert type suppressed.

Communication (CS)

Displays points that have the Communication alert type


suppressed.

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CONDITION FILTERS

DESCRIPTION

Abnormal (NS)

Displays points that have the Abnormal alert type Suppressed.

Note: If the Value/Status Change box is checked, the points in the selected drop(s) that are
listed in the review are based on the selected record types, and all other checked conditional
filters are ignored.
If the Value/Status Change box is not checked, the points in the selected drop(s) that are listed
in the review are based on the selected record types and on the checked conditional filters.
If no conditions are selected, no points appear on the Point Review window.
8. Refer to the bottom of the Set Filters window. Select the OK button to save the selected
review conditions and dismiss the window. The following options may be applied as well:
Set All Selects every filter for all points on the system.
Clear All Clears all characteristics and deselects all of the condition filters.
Cancel Cancels changes and dismisses the window.

8.4.2 Selecting a review based on Point Groups


You can perform a review based on point groups. Point groups are stored in the database. There
are a maximum of 6,000 point groups numbered 1-6,000. Each point group can contain up to 250
points.
To select a review based on specified Point Groups
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Click on the Set Review Filters button on the toolbar (or access it via the Review pull-down
menu or by pressing Ctrl+E). The Set Filters window appears.

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3. Select Group to review from the Filter by radio buttons in the Set Filters window.

Figure 181: Set Filters Window


4. Enter a group number in the Group entry field or select a point group in the scrolling list.
5. Select the desired conditions from the check boxes within the Condition Filters categories.
More than one selection is allowed, but at least one must be made.
See "To Select a Review of a Characteristic Group" (see page 225) for a description of the
condition filters.
6. Select the desired drops from the Drops window. You can select all drops (Set All) or clear all
drops (Clear All).
7. Select the desired record types from the Record Types scrolling list. (See Ovation Record
Types Reference Manual.) You can select all the record types (Set All) or clear all record
types (Clear All).
8. Refer to the bottom of the Set Filters window. Select the OK button to save the selected
review conditions and dismiss window. The following options may be applied as well:
Set All Selects every filter for all points on the system.
Clear All Clears all characteristics and deselects all of the condition filters.
Cancel Cancels changes and dismisses the window.
For information on printing a Point Search, see "Printing or Saving a Point Review" (see page
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8.4.3 Selecting a review based on point name/description


The Point/Description feature allows you to filter by either the point name, description, or both.
The wildcard capability is also active here. For example, a filter by A* results in all points that start
with A.
To select a point review based on point name/description
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Click on the Set Review Filters button on the toolbar (or access it via the Review pull-down
menu or by pressing Ctrl+E). The Set Filters window appears.
3. From the Set Filters window, select Point Name/Description from the Filter by choice box.
The Point Name and Point Descriptions fields appear.

Figure 182: Set Filters Window - Point Name/Description


4. Enter a point name, description, or both.
5. Select the desired drops from the Drops scrolling list. You can select all drops (Set All) or
clear all drops (Clear All).
6. Select the desired record types from the Record Types scrolling list. (See Ovation Record
Types Reference Manual.) You can select all the record types (Set All) or clear all record
types (Clear All).

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7. Select a condition from the choice boxes within the Condition Filters categories. The following
rules apply:
You must select at least one check box, or an error results.
You may select multiple check boxes.
Condition filters are grouped based on type.
The two-character mnemonic at the right of each check box is what is displayed on the
Point Review window.
Any point matching at least one of the statuses/filters checked is displayed when a Point
Review is started.
The default filter is Value/Status Change VL which matches all points.
8. Refer to the bottom of the Set Filters window. Select the OK button to save the selected
review conditions and dismiss the window. The following options may be applied as well:
Set All Selects every filter for all points on the system.
Clear All Clears all characteristics and deselects all of the condition filters.
Cancel Cancels changes and dismisses the window.

8.5

Displaying a Point Review


After you apply the Point Review conditions, you can display a point review on the Point Review
window.

8.5.1 To add/remove columns for display and review


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select the columns of data to be viewed by selecting the Columns option from the View pulldown menu. The Add/Remove dialog window appears.

Figure 183: Add/Remove Columns Window


3. Once you make the selections, click OK to return to the Point Review window.

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4. Select the Go button on the toolbar to start the review process.


OR
Select Begin Review from the Review menu on the Menu bar.
The following message appears at the bottom of the screen:
Review in Progress.
Note: To cancel a review in progress, select the Stop (Abort) button on the toolbar or the Abort
Review option from the Review menu on the Menu bar.
5. The applicable review data appears in the Point Review window.

Figure 184: Point Review Window with Review Data

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The current review filters display above the point review columns. The first filter displayed is either
the characteristic or the point group. If the review is filtered based on characteristics, the text
characteristics display is followed by the eight characters. If the review is based on point group,
the text group display is followed by the group number.
The two character abbreviation for each status /condition displays following the characteristic or
point group filter. The drops and record types selected for the review display below the
characteristics/group review filters.
Each column available in this window is described below. However, not all possible columns
appear in the Point Review window.

Name displays the name of each process point.

System ID displays the unique ID number assigned to the point.

Alarm Status displays a text description of the current alarm condition for the points.

Record Type displays the point record type.

Description displays the description of the point.

Frequency displays the frequency of a point.

Drop displays the drop number in which the point is located.

Characteristics displays the characteristics of the point.

Value displays current value of the point.

Q displays the quality of the point. Packed points only display T or a blank.

Units displays a text description of Engineering Units for analog points.

Point Status displays, for each point, the list of review conditions that match the point,
regardless of whether or not the review condition was selected on the Properties window.

Note: VL (value limit), BQ (bad quality), PQ (poor quality), FQ (fair quality), GQ (good quality),
and TO (timed out) do not display in the Point Status field.

8.5.2 To change Point Review font settings


You can change the point review font that is used to display and to print reports.
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select the Select Font option from the View pull-down menu. The Font window appears.
3. Make the desired selections.

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4. Click OK to accept changes and dismiss window, or click Cancel to dismiss the window
without applying changes.

Figure 185: Font Window

8.5.3 To change Point Review headers and footers


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).

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2. Select the Header/Footer option from the File pull-down menu. The Header/Footer window
appears.

Figure 186: Header Footer


3. Select the Header tab to change text at the top of the page.
4. Enter the text in the column for the alignment position on the page. You may enter text for the
left, right, and center positions.
5. To modify the font of header/footer text, highlight the text, and click the Font button to access
the Font window.
6. Select the Footer tab to change text at the bottom of the page. Repeat Step 4.
7. Set Header and Footer margins by entering values in text boxes. This indicates the distance
between the default or user-defined margins and the header/footer.
8. Click the Save settings to profile check box to save changes to a user profile.
9. Click OK to accept changes and dismiss window, or click Cancel to dismiss the window
without applying changes.

8.5.4 To define Point Review margins


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select the Margins option from the File pull-down menu. The Margins window appears.
3. You can modify the left, right, top, and bottom setting.
4. Select the Save settings to profile check box if you want to save the modifications to your
profile and have them recalled when you log into the system.

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If you do not check the Save settings to profile check box, the changes only apply for the
current session of the application.

Figure 187: Margins Window

8.6

Modifying a Point Review


You can select each point displayed in the Point Review window. A left click with the mouse on
the message selects the specified point and deselect any other selected points. A selected point
is designated by a check in the check box located in the first column. Additionally, a dotted line is
drawn around the selected message.
You can select multiple lines by holding down the Shift key and left clicking a point. This selects
all the points between the original message and the other selected message. When you press the
Control key while using the left mouse button, it acts like a toggle. If a point is selected, it
deselects the point. Otherwise, it selects the point. It does not change the status of other points
that are selected.

8.6.1 To modify a Point Review


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select the points you want to modify.

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3. From the Point Review window, select the Modify Point Attributes button on the toolbar or
the Modify Point Attributes option from the Review pull-down menu (or ctrl+m). The Point
Review Modify Attributes dialog window appears.

Figure 188: Modify Attributes Window


4. Select the attributes you want to change.
Note: The application of these fields is based on the review selections made on the Point
Review window.
The attributes in the Modify Attributes window are described in the following table. (See Ovation
Record Types Reference Manual.)
Point Review Modifiable Attributes Window Elements
ATTRIBUTE

DESCRIPTION

Scan

Performs scan (on/off) on all selected points (analog, digital).

Alarm Check

Performs alarm check (on/off) on all selected points (analog, digital, packed).

Limit Check

Performs limit check (on/off) on all selected points (analog).

Value Clamp

Performs value clamp (on/off) on all selected points (analog).

Engineering
Range Check

Performs engineering range checking (on/off) on all selected points (analog).

Reasonability
Range Check

Performs reasonability range checking (on/off) on all selected points (analog).

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8.7

ATTRIBUTE

DESCRIPTION

Auto Cutout

Performs auto cutout (enabled/disabled) on all selected points (analog, digital,


packed).

Test Mode

Performs test mode (good/fair/poor/bad/on/off) on all selected points (analog,


digital).

OK

Performs the requested modifications on all of the selected points and dismisses
the window.

Cancel

Cancels any modification requests and dismisses the window.

Printing or saving a Point Review


After you apply the Point Review filters, you can print or save a review.
Note: You must complete the Begin Review function before printing or saving a file.

8.7.1 To perform a Print Setup (Point Review)


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select the Print Setup option from the File pull-down menu. The standard Windows Print
Setup window opens.

Figure 189: Print Setup Window


3. Select the desired print setup options and click Ok.
4. Proceed with any desired printing of a point review.

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8.7.2 To perform a Print Preview (Point Review)


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select Print Preview from the File pull-down menu. The Print Preview window appears with
the first page displayed.
3. Chose from the following options:
Select Print to print the page(s).
Select Next Page or Prev Page to display different pages in a multiple page report.
Select Zoom In or Zoom Out to adjust the magnification.
Select Two Page to display two pages at once.
Select One Page to return to single page display.
4. Select Close to close the Print Preview window and return to the Point Review window.
OR
If the appearance of the previewed page is satisfactory, proceed with the desired printing.

8.7.3 To print a Point Review


1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).
2. Select Print from the File pull-down menu. The standard Windows Print dialog box appears.
3. Select the desired print options.
4. Click OK to print the file, or click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box without printing.
Note: To edit setup properties, click the Properties button in the Windows Print dialog box.

8.7.4 To save a Point Review


You can save the information in a Point Review as a text file.
1. Access the Point Review window (see page 221).

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2. Select Save As Text from the File pull-down menu. The Save As dialog box appears.

Figure 190: Save As Window


3. Click the drop-down menu in the "Save in" field to navigate to the correct directory.
4. Enter the desired name for the file in the File Name entry field.
5. Click Save to write the application data to the file specified in the filename entry field. Cancel
dismisses the window and does not save the file.

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IN THIS SECTION
What is the Error Log Viewer? ........................................................................................ 241
Error Log window ............................................................................................................ 242
Error Log window elements............................................................................................. 243
Error Log File................................................................................................................... 245
Printing an Error Log File ................................................................................................ 247

9.1

What is the Error Log Viewer?


The OvationError.log file contains error, warning, and informational messages generated by the
various Ovation services and applications. The Ovation Error Log Viewer reads the
OvationError.log file and displays the information in a list-oriented display.

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9.2

Error Log window


The Error Log Viewer is a reporting application that displays system errors. The data displays in a
standard Windows list view. When first displayed, error messages appear in chronological order
from oldest to newest.

Figure 191: Error Log Viewer

9.2.1 To access the Error Log window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.
2. Double click the Error Log icon at the Operator Station. The Error Log window appears.

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9.3

Error Log window elements


The Error Log window contains the following elements:

Menu bar elements (see page 243)

Toolbar elements (see page 243)

The data displays in a standard Windows list view. The headers at the top of the column can be
resized for better viewing. Clicking on one of the headers causes the list entries to be sorted using
the selected column as the sort key. By default, the messages appear in chronological order.

9.3.1 Error Log window Menu bar elements


The Menu bar contains four pull-down menus. The following table lists and describes the menu
options.
Error Log Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Open reads in an archived error log file.


Save As archives the current set of error messages.
Print sends the error list to the printer.
Print Preview displays a preview of the error list on the screen before printing.
Print Setup displays a dialog box to set up the printer properties.
Exit ends the program

Edit

Delete permanently removes all selected items from the error log.

View

Toolbar makes the toolbar visible or not visible.


Refresh displays the screen after the OvationError.log file is reread.
Minimum Priority Level displays a dialog window that allows you to choose a new
priority level for displayed messages.
Auto Refresh toggles the auto refresh function on and off. By default, the display
automatically refreshes when an application logs a message.

Help

Help Topics displays the online help menu.


About Error Log displays a dialog box with the application name and version
number.

9.3.2 Error Log window Toolbar elements


The Error Log toolbar is typically located below the Menu bar. The toolbar objects display from left
to right and are described in the following table.

Figure 192: Error Log Toolbar

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Error Log Toolbar Elements


KEY

DESCRIPTION

Open reads in an archived error log file.

Save As saves the current set of error messages.

Delete items deletes the selected error record from the error log file.

Print prints the current error log.

About displays the application name and version number.

9.3.3 Information in the Error Messages


Messages that appear in the Error Log window have four components of information:

Time indicates the time (including the date) the message was generated and added to the
OvationError.log file.

Priority displays a value ranging from 0 to 7. The value 0 represents an extremely severe
condition; the value 7 represents a benign information or debugging message. By default,
only priorities 0 through 6 display.

Identifier displays a string showing which Ovation application generated the message.

Description contains a description of the error message.

Click on a column header to sort the list in alphabetical order based on that column's data.
When an Ovation application encounters a condition requiring it to generate an error, a message
is generated. If the Ovation Error Log window is minimized, a small icon appears in the system
tray (normally in the lower right hand corner of the screen) to indicate a new error message.
To Change the Minimum Priority Level of an Error Message
You can change the minimum priority level of the error messages displayed.
1. Access the Error Log window (see page 242).
2. Select the error message whose priority level you want to change.

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3. Select Priority Level from the View pull-down menu. The Select Priority Level window
appears.

Figure 193: Select Priority Level Window


4. Select the priority level you want to assign to the error message you selected in Step 2.
Select OK to save the changes or Cancel to dismiss the window without saving the changes.

9.4

Error Log File


When the Error Log program starts, it reads the current OvationError.log file located in the
%WDPF_HOME%\OvationBase directory. If this file is larger than 1 MB, the program suggests that
you archive the current file and start a new file.
The error log file contains comma-delimited lines of text. There are five fields on each line:

Date and time in text format

Numeric representation of the time

Priority

Message source

Text of message

Since it is a text file, you can view it with an ordinary text editor. You can also read the text file into
a database and manipulate it as desired.
When an Ovation application encounters a condition that requires it to generate an event, it
appends the message to the end of the OvationError.log file.
If the Ovation Error Log program is currently executing, it detects the new message. If auto
refresh is enabled, the file is reread and the display is updated. If the Ovation Error Log program
is not on the foreground application, a small icon appears in the system tray on the task bar. This
indicates a new error message.

9.4.1 To open an Error Log file


1. Access the Error Log window (see page 242).
2. Select the Open option from the File pull-down menu. The Open window appears.

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3. Open the desired archived Error Log file.

Figure 194: Open Window

9.4.2 To save an Error Log file


1. Access the Error Log window (see page 242).
2. Select the Save As option from the File pull-down menu. The Save As window appears.
3. Save the current set of error messages to the desired path where you want to store the error
log files.

Figure 195: Save As Window

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9.5

Printing an Error Log File


The Print button displays the standard Windows Print window. You can select the page range,
printer, and number of copies from this window.

9.5.1 To perform a Print Setup (Error Log)


1. Access the Error Log window (see page 242).
2. Select the Print Setup option from the File pull-down menu. The standard Windows Print
Setup window opens.

Figure 196: Print Setup Window


3. Select the desired Print Setup options and click Ok.
4. Proceed with the desired printing.

9.5.2 To Perform a Print Preview (Error Log)


1. Access the Error Log window (see page 242).
2. Select Print Preview from the File pull-down menu or select the Print Preview button on the
toolbar. The Print Preview window appears with the first page displayed.
3. Select Close to close the Print Preview window and return to the Error Log window.
OR
If the appearance of the previewed page is satisfactory, proceed with the desired printing.

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Using the Point Viewer

IN THIS SECTION
What is the Point Viewer? ............................................................................................... 249
What is the Point Viewer window? .................................................................................. 249
To change Point Viewer font settings ............................................................................. 252
To perform a Print Setup (Point Viewer) ......................................................................... 252
To perform a Print Preview (Point Viewer)...................................................................... 253
To Print a Point Viewer List............................................................................................. 253
To add/remove columns for the Point Viewer window.................................................... 254
Finding points to display in the Point Viewer .................................................................. 255
Filtering points for the Point Viewer ................................................................................ 255

10.1 What is the Point Viewer?


The Point Viewer allows you to view all points in the system database. You can filter points for
specific characteristics, such as record type, characteristics, or point frequency. By selecting
specific filters, a review contains points with only the desired attributes.
The Point Viewer function simply lists the points in the system database. The Point Review
function provides live values for points in the system. (See also "Using the Point Review (see
page 221)".)

10.2 What is the Point Viewer window?


The Point Viewer window allows you to quickly locate a point by scanning a point origins tree
representing the system hierarchy.

10.2.1 To access the Point Viewer window


1. Open the Ovation Applications folder at the Operator Station.
2. Double click the Viewer icon.

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The Point Viewer window opens with available unit and drop information.

Figure 197: Point Viewer Window


Note: If you cannot establish a connection with the remote network, a red slash appears
through the icon that represents the item without a valid connection (such as a drop, unit, or
network). A connection tries to re-establish the next time that network is selected.

10.2.2 Point Viewer window Toolbar elements


The toolbar is typically located below the Menu bar. The toolbar objects described in the following
table display from left to right.

Figure 198: Point Viewer Toolbar


Point Viewer Toolbar Descriptions
KEY

DESCRIPTION
STOP cancels the population of a list currently in progress. Points that have been
found before the review halts display in the active window.

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KEY

DESCRIPTION
Find Points locates the entry for a specific point name in the current list.
Set Points Filter displays a window allowing the operator to select the filters
applied to the point list.
Add/Remove Columns displays a window allowing the operator to select the set of
columns displayed on the point list.
Page Settings displays Page Setup window.

Print prints the current list.


Print Preview displays, on the screen, a preview of a list printout.
Help launches the dialog box with program and release information.

10.2.3 Point Viewer window Menu bar elements


The Menu bar contains five pull-down menus. The following table lists and describes the menu
options.
Point Viewer Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Abort stops a Point Viewer search.


Print sends the point list to the printer.
Print Preview displays a preview of the point list before on the screen before
printing.
Print Setup displays a dialog box to setup the printer properties.
Page Setup allows the configuration of the appearance of the printout.
Exit ends the program.

Edit

Find Point accesses the Find Point window.

View

Toolbar makes the toolbar visible or not visible.


Status bar makes the Status bar visible or not visible.
Current Filters displays the current filter selections under the icon bar.
Columns displays a dialog box with the current columns selections.

Options

Set Filters displays a dialog box that lists the current filter selections.
Select Font - displays a dialog box that lists a variety of font styles.

Help

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MENU

DESCRIPTION
About Viewer displays a dialog box with the application name and version number.

10.3 To change Point Viewer font settings


The Point Viewer Select Font option defines the type and size of text that displays.
1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).
2. Select the Options pull-down menu and choose Select Font. The standard Windows Font
window appears with the current selections.

Figure 199: Font Window


3. Make the desired selections in each dialog box.
4. Click OK to apply your selections, or click Cancel to dismiss the window without saving
changes.

10.4 To perform a Print Setup (Point Viewer)


1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).

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2. Select the Print Setup option from the File pull-down menu. The standard Windows Print
Setup window opens.

Figure 200: Print Setup Window


3. Make any desired changes and click Ok.
4. Proceed with any desired printing of Point Viewer information.
Note: The Print Setup modifications do not appear on the screen, but on the printed reports.

10.5 To perform a Print Preview (Point Viewer)


You can select specific pages to print and preview them before printing.
1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).
2. Select the Print Preview option from the File pull-down menu or select the Print Preview
button on the toolbar. The Print Preview window appears with the first page displayed.
3. Select Close to close the Print Preview window and return to the Point Viewer window.
OR
If the appearance of the previewed page is satisfactory, proceed with the desired printing.

10.6 To Print a Point Viewer List


1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).
2. Select the Print option from the File pull-down menu or the Print icon from the Point Viewer
toolbar. The standard Windows Print window opens.
3. Select Print from the File pull-down menu. The standard Windows Print dialog box appears.
4. Select the desired print options.
5. Click OK to print the file, or click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box without printing.

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10.7 To add/remove columns for the Point Viewer window


1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).
2. Select the Columns option from the View pull-down menu. The Select Columns window
appears.

Figure 201: Select Columns Window


3. Select the columns individually that you want to display in the list in the Point Viewer window.
OR
Select the Set All button to choose all the columns.
OR
Select the Clear All button to choose none of the columns.
4. Click OK to return to the Point Viewer window.

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10.8 Finding points to display in the Point Viewer


After you define the Point Viewer conditions, you can display a list of specific points on the Point
Viewer window.
From the Point Viewer window, you can access additional information about a point by accessing
other applications. By highlighting a point and right-clicking, a Point Menu appears with
application options.

Figure 202: Point Menu with Alert Details

10.9 Filtering points for the Point Viewer


The Point Viewer Set Filters window is used to refine the type, number of points, and
characteristics of the points that display in the viewer. Since the viewer can display all points in
the system database, the filter can modify the results by using record type and point frequency as
parameters for viewing.
Current filters display under the toolbar if the Current Filters option is selected under the View
pull-down menu.
When the Point Viewer window appears, the number of points available after filtering displays in
the lower right-hand side of the Status bar.

Figure 203: Status Bar

10.9.1 To select/deselect filters


1. Access the Point Viewer window (see page 249).

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2. Select Set Filter from the Options pull-down menu, or click on the Set Point Filter button on
the toolbar. The Set Filters window appears with the current filter selections.

Figure 204: Set Filters Window


3. Make the desired selection in the Point Frequency, Record Types, and Characteristics
Filter categories. Note that characteristics groups are defined during configuration of the
Operator Station. (See Ovation Operator Station Configuration Guide.)
4. Click OK to apply and dismiss window, or click Cancel to dismiss the window without saving
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Ovation Utilities

IN THIS SECTION
Introduction to the Ovation Utilities ................................................................................. 257
What is the Control Logic Navigator? ............................................................................. 258
What is the Controller Diagnostics Function? ................................................................. 262
What is Sensor Calibration?............................................................................................ 276
What is the Station Security Utility? ................................................................................ 279
What is the Ovation Status and Configuration Utility? .................................................... 282

11.1 Introduction to the Ovation Utilities


The Ovation Utility Tools allow you to view a variety of information about your Ovation system.
The tools are:

Control Logic Navigator (see page 258)

Controller Diagnostics (see page 262)

Sensor Calibration (see page 276)

Station Security (see page 279)

Ovation Status and Configuration Utility (see page 282)

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11.2 What is the Control Logic Navigator?


The Control Logic Navigation tool searches the control sheets on one or more of the active
Controllers on the local network for a user-specified point.
Primarily, this tool is designed for troubleshooting control logic. In particular, it is designed to
troubleshoot the control logic in migrated WDPF control systems.
This tool allows you to query the control system for specific points in currently loaded control
sheets. The Control Logic Navigator tool searches all control sheets in selected drops and
displays control diagrams using the graphics display program.
A list of control sheets where a specified point is used displays. The drop number, sheet number,
and sheet description are displayed for each sheet in the list. You can expand each sheet in the
list to view a sublist of each instance where the point is used on that sheet.
For each instance, the algorithm name is displayed along with data specific to the algorithm. For
example, if the algorithm is a BOOLEANSOLVER, the named output is also displayed. If the
algorithm is a LADDERSOLVER, the parameter type and the parameter row and column are
displayed.
For all other algorithms, both the parameter pin name and the associated LC point are displayed.
Clicking on any list entry displays the associated control sheet in the active graphics window.
Where possible, the graphics program highlights the algorithm or algorithms where the point is
used.
When searching for a packed point, the Control Logic Navigator tool gives you an option to limit
your search by selecting a bit number in the Bit field.
You may search on all occurrences of the point on control sheets, or you may limit the search to
sheets where a specific bit is used (bits 0 to 15). If you select the blank option in the Bit field, the
option searches for sheets where any of the 16 bits are used. The bit option is ignored if the input
point is not a Packed Point.
When you begin a search for a point, this tool creates a drops list of the drop where the point
originates and any of the drops where it is received. The originating drop is tagged with an
asterisk ( * ). If there is more than one drop in the list, an All option is added to the drops list.
By default, the initial search always searches the originating drop from the drop list. After the
initial search is performed, you can select any other drop from the drops list, or select the All item
and then re-run the search to begin searching the other drops.
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11.2.1 To Access the Control Logic Navigator


You can access the Control Logic Navigator through the point context menu within the graphics
display or from the Start button at the bottom left corner of your computer screen.
Choose Start -> Ovation -> Ovation Utilities -> Control Logic Navigator. The Control Logic
Navigation window appears.

Figure 205: Control Logic Navigator

11.2.2 Control Logic Navigator Window Elements


The Menu bar contains three cascade buttons. Each button displays a pull-down menu when they
are selected.
Control Logic Navigator Menu Bar Elements
MENU

DESCRIPTION

File

Re-scan network - Queries the system for currently configured drops on the
network. Generally used when adding or deleting a drop from the system.
Save As - Allows you to save the current search results to a file.
Print - Prints the current search results.
Exit - Ends the Control Logic Navigator function.

View

Search - Begins a search for a specified point in the Controller.


Prev sheet - Displays the previous control sheet in the search results list.
Next sheet - Displays the next control sheet in the search results list.

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MENU

DESCRIPTION

Help

Topics - Displays the Help menu.

11.2.3 Control Logic Navigator Toolbar Elements

Figure 206: Control Logic Navigator Toolbar


The toolbar is typically located below the Menu bar. The toolbar objects are displayed from left to
right and are described in the following table.
Control Logic Navigator Toolbar Elements
BUTTON

DESCRIPTION
Search - Begins a search for a specified point on the Controller.
Prev sheet - Displays the previous control sheet in the search results list.
Next sheet - Displays the next control sheet in the search results list.
Save-to-file - Displays a window where you can enter the file which you would like
to save the current search results to.
Print - Prints the current search results list.

There are four dialog fields in the Control Logic Navigator dialog bar main window.

Figure 207: Control Logic Navigator Dialog Bar


Control Logic Navigator Dialog Bar Elements
DI ALOG B AR
ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Point

Displays the point name which you are searching for.

Bit

This field is used when the input point is a packed point. When bit 0 to 15 is
selected, the search becomes limited to instances where that bit is used
with the input point in control sheets. The blank option searches for places
where any bit 0 to 15 is used.

Usage

General/all - Searches all control sheets (including ladders) for the specified
point.
Coils only - Narrows the search to coils only.

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DI ALOG B AR
ITEM

DESCRIPTION
Ladders only - Narrows the search to ladders only.

Drop

Displays a list of drops where the point originates and where the point is
received. Also displays an All option if more than one drop exists in the
list.

11.2.4 Control Logic Navigator Operation


When an Icon appears on the Control Logic Navigator main window, it represents the control
sheet where the point originates.

The search results list contains a list of sheets. To the left of the each sheet there is a (+) or a (-).
Click on the (+) to expand or open the sheet to view the places where the input point is used.
Click on the (-) to collapse or hide the places where the point is used. Clicking on a sheet (or an
instance on a sheet) displays the associated control sheet in a Graphic window.

Figure 208: Control Logic Navigator Window - Lists of Sheets

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Save-to-File
Saving your information to a different drive or folder can be done by clicking on the Save icon on
the toolbar or from the File pull-down menu. Click Save-to-File and the following window appears.

Figure 209: Save-to-File Window


Saving a File
Enter the file or drive that you would like to save the information to in the dialog box, or click
Browse to display a list of folders and drives. The following window displays.

Figure 210: Select file to save to Window

11.3 What is the Controller Diagnostics Function?


The Controller Diagnostics function is a diagnostic tool that can be used to display various
information about the Controller. For example, it can be used to query the I/O to determine what
modules are installed in the Controller, or it can be used to display what points are originated or
received in the Controller.
Controller Diagnostics can also update the data in a backup Controller to match the data in the
partner primary Controller.

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11.3.1 To Access the Controller Diagnostics Function


1. Choose Start -> Ovation -> Ovation Utilities -> Diagnostics.
The Controller Diagnostics window appears.

Figure 211: Controller Diagnostics Window (Controller Info Tab)


2. Select a Controller from the list of drops or enter a Controller name or an IP address.
3. Select one of the available tabs in the Controller Diagnostics window to display the desired
Controller information:
Controller Info (see page 264)
Processing Task Info (see page 266)
Point Info (see page 268)
I/O Info (see page 269)
Version Info (see page 271)
Point Details (see page 272)
Sheet Info (see page 273)
Algorithm Details (see page 274)
Algorithm Template (see page 275)
The following sections explain the fields available in each tab.

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Controller Info Tab

Figure 212: Controller Diagnostics Window (Controller Info Tab)


Controller Info tab fields are described in the following table.
Controller Info Tab Fields
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Drop Name

Displays the drop number for the Controller drop that is named in the Select
Controller section of the Controller Diagnostics window.

Partner Name

Displays the shared drop number for the Controller drop that is selected.

IP Address

Displays the Internet Protocol (IP) address for the Controller drop that is
selected.

Ethernet
Address

Displays the unique hardware address for each Ethernet port for the Controller
drop that is selected.

Processor Type Displays the unique hardware CPU type for the Controller drop that is selected.

264

Total Memory
(kbytes)

Memory of RAM disk.

Update Backup

Updates the data in a backup Controller to match the data in the primary
Controller.

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Using the Update Backup Function
You can use the Update Backup function when a Drop Load function for a Controller has failed
and you have to clear and reload the Controller. This puts the Controller into backup, but since it
has been cleared, a mismatch now exists between this backup Controller and the primary
Controller.
Note: You can use the Drop Details diagram to determine if a mismatch exists for your
Controller.
After determining the cause of the failure (by analyzing the messages and Fault Codes) and
correcting the problem, the mismatch can be reconciled smoothly (without bumps) by using the
Update Backup function.
Use the following procedure to update your backup Controller:
1. Access the Controller Info tab in the Controller Diagnostics window.
2. Select the backup Controller that you want to update. The number of the backup Controller
appears at the top of the Controller Diagnostics window.
3. Select the Update Backup button. The data is loaded from the Controller that was in control
(primary) to the backup Controller.
4. A Diagnostics window appears displaying the number of points that updated and advising you
to reboot the primary Controller. If you wish this drop to become the drop in control
(primary), you must reboot the primary Controller through the Developer Studio.

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Processing Task Info Tab

Figure 213: Processing Task Info Tab (One Task Selected)

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Figure 214: Processing Task Info Tab (All Tasks Selected)


Processing Task Info Tab (All Tasks Selected)
Processing Task Info tab fields are described in the following table. You can display information
for one task or all tasks by selecting the Task # button or the All Tasks button.
Processing Task Info Tab Fields
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Processing Task #X

Select a specific processing task area or All Tasks.

Show All Processing


Task Information for:

If you select the All Tasks button, then all of the processing buttons are
enabled and shows all information pertaining to the task depending on which
button you select. The buttons are: Memory, Status, Execution, and I/O.

Processing Task #X
Information

Shows whether the control task is enabled or disabled.

Control Memory

Shows total available and used space for a control task.

Execution Time

Shows the times of execution for a control tasks.

I/O Points

Shows how many inputs and outputs are associated with task.

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Point Info Tab

Figure 215: Point Info Tab


Point Info tab fields are described in the following table.
Point Info Tab Fields
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Total Number of I/O Points

Shows the total number of I/O points in the current Controller.

Analog Point Information

Breakdown of the different types of points in the current


Controller.

Digital Point Information


Packed Point Information

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I/O Info Tab

Figure 216: I/O Info Tab

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Open the Device folder to reveal the Branches. Open the Branch folder to reveal the Modules.

Note: When a branch is selected, module types are shown (see the figure above). When a
module is selected, the S/N and Index are shown at the top of the page.
For HART modules, the Installed Firmware Rev and the Current Rev Available (firmware) are
also shown. If there is a difference between the Current Rev Available and the Installed
Firmware Rev, you can select the Download Current Rev Available button to download the
current firmware to the module from the Controller.
HART firmware is provided on the Software Server and is downloaded to the Controller during the
Controller software load process. The Installed Firmware Revision information is what is actually
on the module. The Current Revision Available information is what is downloaded to the
Controller from the Software Server, and ready to be loaded onto the module.
This is an overview of the multistep process:
1. The firmware is provided on the release CD.
2. The release CD is installed on the Software Server.
3. The Software Server downloads the firmware to the Controller (using Query/Download).
4. The Controller loads the firmware onto the I/O module.

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CAUTION:
Downloading firmware causes the module to be reset so your plant must be in a safe
condition, or must be shut down for at least 5 minutes during the download process. I/O
points for that module are undefined during the reset process (30 seconds or more).
HART communications priority is lowered during the download process as well, and
may cause communication failures with AMS and/or multivariable messaging.

Version Info Tab

Figure 217: Version Info Tab


Version Info tab fields are described in the following table:
Version Info Tab Fields
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Operating System Version

Shows what current software version is loaded in the


Controller.

Kernel Version
Controller Software Version
Binary Module Versions
Library Module Versions

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Point Details Tab

Figure 218: Point Details Tab


Point Details tab fields are described in the following table:
Point Details Tab

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FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Originated Points

Lists the originated point names and system IDs (SID) in the Controller.

Received Points

Lists the received point names and system IDs (SID) in the Controller.

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Sheet Info Tab

Figure 219: Sheet Info Tab


Sheet Info tab fields are described in the following table.
Sheet Info Tab Fields
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Control Task #X

Group of sheets associated with a control area, where X is the control task.

The Nth sheet for the Controller drop and status of the sheet.
Sheet # N

Note: Select a sheet in order to view the algorithms on that sheet.

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Algorithm Details Tab

Figure 220: Algorithm Details Tab


In order to display the Algorithm Details tab, perform the following:
1. Select the Sheet Info tab.
2. Select the desired Control Task.
3. Select the desired Sheet and click on the desired algorithm. The Algorithm Details tab
appears displaying information about the algorithm. The information fields are described in the
following table:
Algorithm Details Tab

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FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Control Task

Controller task area.

Sheet

Control sheet number selected.

Algorithm Type

Displays the name of the selected algorithm.

Algorithm Name

The algorithm point name of the selected algorithm.

Algorithm Sid

The system ID of the algorithm point name.

Algorithm Execution
Order

Execution number of the algorithm selected.

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Algorithm Template Tab

Figure 221: Algorithm Template Tab


This tab displays the list of tuning parameters and input/output points associated with the
algorithm. Algorithm Template tab fields are described in the following table.
Algorithm Template Tab
FIELD

DESCRIPTION

Algorithm Type

Name of the algorithm.

11.3.2 Refresh Data


This function refreshes the screen with current data. This function is activated when the Refresh
icon is chosen.

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11.4 What is Sensor Calibration?


Sensor Calibration provides calibration of analog points. Sensor Calibration takes user input and
calculates the conversion coefficients that are then used by the Controller for conversion of
original input values to engineering units.

11.4.1 To Access the Sensor Calibrate Function


1. Choose Start -> Ovation -> Ovation Utilities -> Sensor Calibrate.
The Sensor Calibration window displays.

Figure 222: Sensor Calibration Window

11.4.2 To Calibrate a Point


1. To search for points you want to calibrate, click on the Search button on the Sensor
Calibration window.

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The Find Points window appears.

Figure 223: Filtered Find Points Window


2. From the Find Points window, select a drop from the left pane and a point from the right
pane and select Apply.
3. The selected point displays on the Sensor Calibration window.
Note: When a point is applied, the point is taken off scan and put in Sensor Calibrate mode.
4. Select the Degree of the Polynomial (that is the highest power of input x). Refer to the CV
Conversion Type Index record field. (See Ovation Record Types Reference Manual.)
5. Enter the Expected Values for your application range.
6. Click on Position and select one of the following options:
User Entered - (Manual Calibration) - Entered by the user.
Actual Voltage - Read from the hardware. The actual voltage is based on the card.

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7. Once sufficient number of values are entered (the required number of values is dependent on
the polynomial order specified previously), you can choose the Calc Coeff button to calculate
the new coefficients. When the coefficients are calculated, they are displayed in the New
Coeff column (see the following figure).

Figure 224: Sensor Calibration Window Showing Complete Calibration


8. The Deviation field is only applicable for actual values read from the hardware.
Store Coeff - replaces the old coefficient values with the new values.
Clear Coeff - clears the table, then you can start over.
9. Click on Plot Point tab. The Plot Point window appears (see the following figure). This plots
the Expected Value against Actual Voltage in a graph.

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The Plot Point tab in the Sensor Calibration window displays a graph of the plotted points.

Figure 225: Point Plot Tab

11.5 What is the Station Security Utility?


The Station Security utility allows you to view the current status of System Functions and Point
Security Groups.

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11.5.1 To access the Station Security Utility


1. Choose Start -> Ovation -> Ovation Utilities -> Station Security. The Security Information
window appears.

Figure 226: Security Information Window - System Functions Tab

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The System Functions tab identifies the Windows user and the Ovation Security Administrator.
The System Functions are listed and the Access Mode is defined. This information is configured
using the applicable Ovation configuration tool.

Figure 227: Security Information Window - Point Security


The Point Security Groups tab identifies the Point Security Groups and the Access Mode. This
information is configured using the applicable Ovation configuration tool.

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11.6 What is the Ovation Status and Configuration Utility?


The Ovation Status and Drop Configuration utility is located in the Taskbar Notification Area
(System Tray) of an Ovation workstation. This window provides quick access to system
information, Ovation version, and remote data server status. It also gives you the ability to change
your default network and unit.
The drop-down menu selections are configured using the applicable Ovation configuration tools
(see the following figure). The configuration is only located at the drop level. Additionally, it is only
valid for Operator Stations, Sim Operator Stations, and Base Stations.

Figure 228: Ovation Status and Configuration Window

11.6.1 To access the Ovation Status and Configuration window


1. Double-click on the icon located in the Taskbar Notification Area to show the Ovation Status
and Configuration window.
If this icon is Red - this alerts you that the remote network is not responding or the default
network or unit could not be determined.
If this icon is Green - the remote network status is in good standing and network and unit
information could be determined.
Rescan button - updates the pull-down menu with any new networks and units that have
been added.

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A
A Port
Port on a dual-attached Ovation station where the primary ring enters and the secondary ring exits.
Admin Tool
The Administrative Tool is an Emerson utility that configures and downloads software to the drops through
the use of GUIs. (Do not confuse this tool with the Sun utility also named Admin Tool.)
Alarm
A message or other signal intended to draw attention to a non-normal plant condition; for displays at user
interfaces, an alarm reflects a point status.
Alarm Flood
Large numbers of alarms occurring suddenly in an Ovation system.
Algorithm
1) A set of rules, procedures, and mathematical formulas that define a desired control strategy.
2) Software provided with a Controller to automatically apply a specified algorithm during the system scan.
3) Ovation record type (LC) used to store tuning or data configuration for an algorithm in the system.
Analog
1) Conditions or values that continuously vary across some range, represented by more than one bit.
2) A point that is an analog record type. Analog points are typically associated with I/O hardware that
converts a field signal (for example, voltage) to a low-level signal used by the processor. Can be Long or
Deluxe (Contrast with digital.)
Aperiodic Points
Points whose values are scanned only as needed or as requested. See also periodic points.
API
Application Programming Interface, a set of routines or functions a program calls to tell the operating
system to perform a task.
Application program
1) Emerson-supplied programs that perform frequently required functions. 2) A series of loops, ladders,
and/or algorithms run in a processor to control plant functions. Also known as an Application. 3) Userdefined or commercially available software that performs a specific task.

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ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a standard for representing computer characters.
The set consists of 128 characters numbered from 0 to 127 and includes all the letters, numbers and
punctuation marks.
Asynchronous
Data communication that is not time critical. Typically provided on demand only and provided at different
times (Contrast with synchronous).
AUI Cable
Attachment Unit Interface Cable that interfaces the PCRR card to the MAU module in Ovation and WDPF
migrated remote I/O applications. It contains four sets of individually shielded twisted pairs.

B
B Port
Port on a dual-attached Ovation station where the secondary ring enters and the primary ring exits.
Bandwidth
This is a description of how much information can be sent through a connection, usually measured in bitsper-second.
Base Alarm System
Standard package used for viewing and acknowledging alarms.
Base Unit
Hardware that consists of a printed circuit board, various connectors, and plastic housing and provides a
mechanism for the user to land field wiring, and connects the field signals to the I/O module. The unit
enables the I/O module to receive power, and also provides a low-impedance earth ground connection.
Each Base Unit can house two sets of I/O modules, along with the associated field wiring.
Baud Rate
Number of bits-per-second a modem can send or receive.
BG
See Packed Group Alarm.
Branch
Set of Base Units configured consecutively on a DIN rail with a local bus being connected to the Ovation
I/O Controller.
Bridge
Device that connects two or more network components and transmits data with source and destination
addresses on different network components.

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Broadcast
Process of sending information across the Ovation network. Broadcasts may be periodic (every second or
every 0.1 of a second) or non-periodic (broadcast on demand only).

C
CDDI
Copper Distributed Data Interface (See FDDI).
CDE
Common Desktop Environment. A windowing system that runs on a Sun-compatible workstation under
SunOs or Solaris
Characteristics
A set of 8 alphanumeric characters associated with a point, used to represent user-defined aspects of the
controlled process. Characteristics are used in alarm processing and point review/search functions.
Coil
A ladder diagram element that represents either a real-world output field device (for example, a motor
starter, solenoid, and so forth) or an internal calculated point. (See discrete output.)
Collision
Garbling of data when two or more nodes on the same network segment transmit data simultaneously.
Collision Detection
Switches are used to buffer simultaneous data messages and transmit them one at a time.
Compact I/O Modules
Ovation I/O modules that do not contain a Personality module, only an Electronics module.
Concentrator
FDDI node used to connect multiple Ovation stations to dual rings. Must have an A port, a B port, and
at least one M port.
Conducting
The state of a ladder diagram circuit when there is a continuous current path condition caused by closed
contacts.
Configuration
Entering initial data into a processor, including definition of associated hardware. The configuration
process typically includes downloading the drop database and other required software, and may involve
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Configuration File
Typically, an ASCII file containing statements that specify the configuration of a drop or function. These
files may use standard operating system formats or may use an Emerson source language.
Contact
A ladder diagram element that represents either a real-world input device (for example, a push-button,
switch, etc.) or an internal calculated point. (See discrete input.)
Control Builder
Power tool package used to build control drawings and generate source code from the drawings.
Control Sheet
Drawing that contains a graphical representation of a control scheme.
Control Task
Specific Controller area where all control sheets in that area are scanned at the same frequency.
Controller
A drop used to control a process. The Controller passes process control information over the network to
other drops or devices that need it.

D
DAC/DAS
Dual Attachment Concentrator/Dual Attachment Station. Provides dual attachment to the FDDI or Fast
Ethernet network.
Data Highway
The communication link used to transfer time-critical information between drops or stations; also called a
Local Area Network (LAN) or network.
Data Structures
Four portions of an Ovation point record type.See also Dynamic Data, Static Data, Flash Data, and MMI
Data.
Database
A structured set of data, especially the Distributed database in each Ovation drop (which defines
originated and received points) and the Ovation Master database (which defines the attributes of all points
in the system).
DCS
Distributed Control System (such as Ovation).

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Deadband
Range of values through which an input signal may vary without initiating an action that causes an
observable change in the output signal.
Default Points
Points created by the Control Builder that have a defined naming convention.
Default Value
Used by a program when no specific value has been entered by the user. In the context of an iterative
window or program, default may refer to a value specified in the functions configuration file; in the context
of configuring a function, default refers to the value used when there is no valid parameter entry.
Deluxe record type
Optional Ovation record type. Has same functions as Long record type, plus plant mode limits and scan
time displays.
Destination
1) The location in memory (such as a holding register) into which data is placed after the completion of
certain programmable functions. (Contrast with source.)
2) A method of determining which alarms are displayed at a specific user interface drop, based on the first
point characteristic (typically representing the plant area).
Device
1) Peripheral equipment connected to the Ovation system.
2) Algorithm specifically designed to simplify operation of open/close or stop/start devices, using feedback
signals to monitor command completion.
DHC
Data Highway Controller. Printed-circuit board(s) in each drop that manage Data Highway communication.
Diagnostics
Functions that examine hardware or software to isolate malfunctions and errors. In the Ovation system,
each drop incorporates automatic self-test diagnostics. If faulty operation is detected, a message or alarm
is usually initiated.
Digital
1) Signals or conditions that are either on or off, represented by one bit.
2) A point that is a digital record type. Digital points are typically associated with discrete I/O hardware.
Can be Long or Deluxe. (Contrast with analog.)
DIN
Connector conforming to the specifications of the German standards organization (Deutsche Industrie
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DIP
Integrated circuit enclosed in a plastic or ceramic housing and connected to pins. (Dual Inline Package)
Discrete I/O
Individual hard-wired circuits connecting real-world field devices with the processor. Each discrete input
provides the processor with a single digital signal based on a single state in the field device. Each discrete
output sends a single digital signal to the field based on a single bit of data in the processor.
Distributed Database
Contains a subset of the information stored on the Master Database and is stored locally on a drop to
allow that drop to operate if the Master Database is unavailable. A Distributed Database is present on
each drop in the system and is continually updated as point information changes.
Distributed I/O
Hardware used to communicate between the processor and I/O modules located outside the processor
chassis (also called Remote I/O).
Domain
Logical collection of computers and users on a network that share a common security database.
Drop
A collective term for a Controller, Workstation, or Database Server that is a member of an Ovation network
and is defined as a drop by an Ovation configuration tool (Developer Studio or Init Tool).
Drop Loader
Power Tool used to load control and originating point information into drops in an Ovation system. Links
the Master Database with all the drops in the system.
Drop Point (DU)
Record type used to store status information for a drop. Every drop must be configured with at least one
point of type DU.
Dynamic Data
Portion of an Ovation point record that is broadcast periodically in Dynamic Data Blocks (DDBs )by the
originating drop and stored in volatile memory. DDB size is configured through the Ovation configuration
tools.

E
eDB Historian
A drop on an Ovation control system that will collect, process, archive, and retrieve information that
originates locally or throughout a geographically diverse set of process control sites.

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Electronics Module
Part of Ovation I/O that contains the electronics for processing I/O signals. Fits into the Base Unit and is
typically configured by a Personality Module.
EMS
Expanded Memory Specification, a bank-switched memory management scheme that allows applications
to access vast quantities of memory.
Engineering Station
An Ovation drop used for configuration and entry of system programs.
Ethernet
A standard network protocol. Used to transfer non-time-critical information between drops.

F
Fast Ethernet
Standard for transmitting data at 100 megabits per second. Similar to FDDI, but uses switches instead of
concentrators, and dual-channel Ethernet NIC cards instead of dual-attachment FDDI NIC cards (Contrast
to FDDI).
FDDI
Fiber Distributed Data Interface, a standard for transmitting data. Typically consists of a dual fiber-optic
counter-rotating ring capable of carrying synchronous and asynchronous messages. Ring provides
automatic wrap-back reconfiguration if a segment of the highway fails (Contrast to Fast Ethernet).
Firewall
Security system intended to protect an organization's computer network from external threats. All
communication between the internal computer network and the outside world is routed through a server
that determines if a message is safe to pass to the internal network.
Flash Data
Portion of an Ovation point record that is stored in the originating drops flash (or disk) memory and copied
to receiving drops periodically.
Force value
To set the value of a coil or contact to a desired state (on/off; 0, 1), regardless of other values in the ladder
diagram.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus
Digital, two-way, multi-drop communication link among intelligent measurement and control devices.

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Fully qualified point name
Point name that specifically identifies a point by combining three parameters. Format is
pointname.unit@network where point name contains a maximum of 24 characters, unit contains a
maximum of 6 characters, network contains a maximum of 8 characters. Do not use when inserting a new
point in Developer Studio, only insert point name parameter.

G
Gateway
Hardware or software that translates between two dissimilar protocols.
GP
See Packed Group.
Graphics Builder
Power Tool used to create and edit System Process Diagrams that display on the Operator Station.

H
Historian
Dedicated drop in the Ovation system that collects and stores process point data and other information.
HMI/MMI
Human-Machine Interface/Man-Machine Interface. Refers to drops that provide user interface functions
between a user and a machine (such as the Operator Station).
Host
Any computer on a network that is available for services to other computers.

I
I/O
Input/Output, a general term for reading and writing data on a computer. Digitizes information from plant
processes and passes it to the Controller for use in control strategies.
I/O Builder
Power Tool used to define the I/O modules used in an Ovation system.
I/O Controller
Interface between the Network and the I/O. The Controller is located in the Ovation I/O cabinet.
I/O Module
Typically made up of an Electronics module and a Personality module. Performs the interface between the
I/O Controller and the field devices.

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Icon
A small graphic on a windowing system display that represents an active process or available function.
Typically, an icon can be expanded into a window.
Iconic Alarming
Provides a mechanism to group alarms based on their priority and their plant area. Each group of alarms
is represented by a preconfigured bitmap on the display.
Init Tool
Initialization Tool. Ovation utility that defines the system drops and the software packages on the drops
through the use of GUIs.
IOIC Card
Generic name for the Ovation I/O Interface card. Also known as PCI card. Options are IOIC, PCQL,
PCRL, and PCRR cards.
IP Address
A unique number consisting of 4 parts separated by dots, (for example, 129.228.36.38). Every computer
that is on the Internet has a unique IP address.
ISA
Industry Standard Architecture, the 8- and 16-bit bus design used in most PCs.

L
Ladder
1) A diagram representing relay-type control logic (see coil, contact).
2) The user's control application program written in a variation of relay logic representation.
Log Server
Utility used to define and modify custom reports for an Ovation system. Also known as Report Builder or
Report Server.
Long record type
Default record type for Ovation points. Has full alarming and I/O capabilities.
Loop
1) A diagram representing a modulating or continuous process control.
2) The modulating control system for a particular physical process.
Loop Interface Module (LIM)
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M
M Port
Port on a Concentrator that attaches to a drop or station.
M/A Station
Manual/Automatic Station. May be a diagram (sometimes called a soft M/A Station) that simulates the
functions of a traditional panel-mounted control device. The M/A Station allows the operator to select
manual or automatic control of the output, and to manipulate the set point or output value (depending on
the selected control mode).

Man pages
UNIX on-line documentation for operating system functions. Type man and the desired topic.
Master Database
Contains the entire process database. It is used for creating, modifying, and verifying control strategies
and process points. At runtime, it supports queries of the process database, captures changes made to
control and point attributes, and propagates those changes to the distributed database.
MAU
Media Attachment Unit. Interfaces the PCRR card (via the AUI cable) to an Ovation RNC card or a WDPF
QOR card.
Migration
Process where Q-Line I/O is interfaced to an Ovation Controller.
MMI Data
Portion of the Ovation point record that is saved in the Distributed Database in every Ovation workstation.
MMI/HMI
Man-Machine Interface/Human-Machine Interface. Refers to drops that provide user interface functions
between a user and a machine (such as the Operator Station).
Module Point (RM)
Ovation record type used to configure and monitor status of Ovation I/O modules.
Multiple Networks
Function that enables separate Ovation Networks to communicate with each other, share data, and
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N
Network Item
A subitem of the System item in the Ovation Developer Studio. Only one Network item can exist in the
system. The Network item is the parent item to all files, objects, and folders that pertain to the Network.
NIC
Network Interface Card. Located in Ovation Controller cabinets, Stations, or HMIs.
Node
1) Any single computer connected to a network.
2) Active element on an FDDI or Fast Ethernet network that has an address. Can be a station or a
concentrator. Up to 1000 nodes are permitted per network.
Node Point (RN)
Node point is used to configure and monitor PCRL, PCRR, PCRQ cards, and remote I/O nodes.

O
OPC
OPC stands for OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) for Process Control. Ovation uses OPC to collect
data from sources other than Ovation data. For example, Ovation could use an OPC Server to collect data
from a control system that is not an Ovation system.
OPC provides open connectivity using open standards in industrial automation. Interoperability and the
transfer of data is assured through the creation and maintenance of open standard specifications.
OpenWindows
A windowing system that runs on a Sun-compatible workstation under SunOs or Solaris.
Operator Station
A drop in an Ovation system used to control and monitor plant operation.
OPP
Originating Point Processing (OPP) is a package that processes commands and performs alarm limit
checking for originated points.
Originated Points
Points that were created in the current drop.
Ovation I/O
Line of Emerson I/O modules.

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Ovation Keyboard
Also known as the Membrane Keyboard, a specialized keyboard that is connected to an Ovation Operator
Station serial port and allows the user to execute a set of standard functions from the keyboard.
Ovation Network
Redundant, deterministic, high-speed network used for process control. Based on Fast Ethernet
standards, it supplies input and output data to all the stations and Controllers connected to it.
Ovation System
An open architecture Emerson Process Control System that is based on ANSI and ISO network
standards. Uses snap-in modules for I/O.

P
Packed Digital Point (PD)
A point that is a packed digital record type. Holds either 32 separate digital values or two 16-bit register
(analog) values.
Packed Point
A point that is a packed point record type. Packs up to 16 digital (logical) bits in one point record. Each bit
may be separately configured for I/O scanning. Can be Long or Deluxe.
PCI
Peripheral Component Interconnect. Generic name for the Ovation I/O Interface card. Also known as IOIC
card. Options are IOIC, PCQL, PCRL, and PCRR cards.
PCQL Card
Ovation IOIC card used to interface with Q-Line modules.
PCRL Card
Ovation IOIC card used to interface with local Ovation modules.
PCRR Card
Ovation IOIC card used to interface with remote Ovation modules and remote Q-Line I/O modules in
migrated systems.
PDS
Process Diagram System. Contains graphics that are displayed on the Ovation Operator Station.
Periodic Points
Points whose values are scanned periodically at a defined frequency such as every 1 second or every 0.1
of a second. See also aperiodic points.

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Personality Module
Part of Ovation I/O that configures the Electronics Module. Fits into the Base Unit beside the Electronic
Module that it configures.
PID
Proportional, Integral, Derivative. A type of closed-loop, modulating control function. It acts according to
an algorithm that detects deviations between a predetermined setpoint and an actual process variable
input condition or value.
Plant Mode
Defines the current state of a plant (value range 1 - 6). Alarm limits can be defined that are based on plant
mode. Can be defined in Deluxe points.
Point
A record in the Ovation master database containing a value (such as an input or output) and related data.
Point Builder
Power Tool used to create, modify, and delete Ovation points.
Poke Field
A location in a diagram where the cursor can be placed, allowing the operator to select an option.
Power Tools
Set of unified and flexible engineering tools used to configure and maintain the Ovation system. All objects
(such as points) created by the tools are stored in a master database.
Primary Domain Controller
Server in a domain that contains the common security database for a network and controls the access to
network security resources. If this drop fails, security is managed by a redundant domain Controller. This
drop must be the first drop configured in a domain.
A primary domain Controller can control security for separate Ovation systems. These Ovation systems
may or may not be configured for multi-networking.
Process Diagrams
Process diagrams are graphical images that represent actual plant process control equipment. Process
diagrams display in the Graphics Display System at the Operator Station.
Processing time
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Q
Q-Line
Legacy line of Emerson I/O modules.
Quality
Indicates point condition to Operator Station and to the algorithms.

R
Received Points
Points that were not created in the current drop.
Record
The set of data associated with a point, including the point name, System ID, value, status, and various
other fields, depending on the point record type.
Redundant Domain Controller
This drop mirrors the security information in the primary domain Controller and performs security functions
if the primary domain Controller fails.
Refresh
Refreshes the display to the current contents of the object's database values.
Register
A data storage area in memory. In the Controller, there are four types: input registers (R), output registers
(O), holding registers (H), and dynamic holding registers (G). At times, however, input groups (I) and
output groups (C) are used as if they were an input or output register.
Relational Database
Central database (Oracle) for Ovation systems. Uses tables to store and locate information.
Remote I/O
A hardware configuration where the I/O is located remotely from the Controller.
Remote Node
A grouping of I/O modules that communicates with the Controller via media that can carry control signals
over a long distance (for example, fiber-optic).
Review
Data retrieved from the Ovation network. Reviews can be retrieved based on point status requests and/or
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Ring
Set of nodes where data is passed sequentially between nodes, examined or copied, and returned to the
originating node.
RISC
Reduced Instruction-Set Computing, a microprocessor architecture that contains a smaller instruction set
in order to increase processor speed.
RNC
Remote Node Controller (RNC) is an alternate name for the Ovation module containing the Remote Node
Electronics module and Remote Node Personality module. The RNC interfaces the I/O modules in the
Remote Node to an MAU module at the Controller via a fiber-optic communication link
ROP
I/O hardware transition panel.

S
S Port
Port on a station that connects to an M port.
SAC/SAS
Single Attachment Concentrator/Single Attachment Station. Provides a single attachment to the FDDI or
Fast Ethernet network.
SAMA Diagrams
Functional control diagrams based on symbols and diagramming conventions developed by the Scientific
Apparatus Makers Association.
SCADA
Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition; also referred to as a remote control and monitoring system.

Scan
The processor module's sequential and ongoing examination of each contact circuit, control relay, special
function, and process control loop in the application program. During the scan, the processor accesses
data stored in memory and the current states of the field I/O. The result is the energizing or de-energizing
of the coils and the determination of analog output information.
SCSI
Small Computer System Interface, a peripheral-connect interface used to connect hard drives, CDROM
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Security Builder
Ovation Power Tool that defines, configures, and manages security for an Ovation system.
Setpoint
The desired value of a process variable. In modulating control, other variables are continuously modified
to maintain the value of the controlled variable at the setpoint.
SGML
Standard Generalized Markup Language, a text-based language for describing the content and structure
of digital documents.
SID
See System ID.
Simulator
Software package that runs on an actual Ovation Controller. Can use either simulated or actual I/O
hardware to test control logic.
SmartProcess
Emersons plant optimization software used to improve plant processes.
SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol. An Ovation program designed to monitor and report the activity in
various devices on the network.
SOE
Sequence of Events. SOE messages are transferred from Controllers to certain drops on the network.
SoftwareServer
A drop on a network that provides storage and control of system software files.
Static Data
Portion of the Ovation point record that is stored in volatile memory by the originating drop and broadcast
to receiving drops on an as-needed basis. The receiving drop stores it in its volatile memory.
Station
Addressable node on FDDI or Fast Ethernet network; can transmit, repeat, and receive data.
Switch
Fast Ethernet device used to connect multiple Ovation Stations to the network.

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Synchronous
High speed data communication that is time critical. Must be guaranteed service for nodes transmitting
synchronous data. Typically provided periodically.
System ID
System Identification number (SID). The Data Highway reference number for each point which may be
transmitted.
System Item
The parent item to all files, objects, and folders that pertain to that System in the Ovation Developer
Studio.
System Tree
The system file structure represented as a hierarchal tree in the Ovation Developer Studio.

T
Terminal
1) Solaris window where commands are entered.
2) A device that allows the user to send commands to a remote computer.
TND
Remote Node transition panel.
Token
A field in the Drop Status Record (DSR) that identifies the drop that broadcast a message.
Trend
A display that plots point values over a selected time interval. Trend displays may be generated based on
data from the MMI trend history, from a Historian, or from an eDB.
Tuning
Manually changing the value of point record fields or algorithm record fields.

U
Unit Item
The subitem of a Network in the Ovation Developer Studio. The Unit item is a parent folder to all files,
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V
Virtual Controller
Software representation of an actual Ovation Controller, where no Controller hardware is required. Virtual
Controllers have the same functionality as real Controllers, but do not actually connect to plant I/O and do
not have control capabilities.

W
Workstation
Computer typically attached to a network and used to perform various operations on that network.

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A
A Port 283
Accessing the Point Information window (PI)
73
Acknowledging alarms 57
ACSII Params Tab for PI Displaying
Algorithm (LC) Points 134
Admin Tool 283
Alarm 283
Alarm Destination (AY) column 32
Alarm Flood 283
Alarm Keyboard functions 54
Alarm Message Boxes 68
Alarm Priority (AP) column 32
Alarm System terminology 15
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 109
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or
Deluxe Digital (DD) Points 105
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU)
Points 106
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM)
Points 110
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM)
Points in Plant Web Alerts 111
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP)
and Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 108
Alarm Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital
(PD) Points 107
Alarm Type column 28
Alert Details window 54
Algorithm 283
Algorithm Details Tab 274
Algorithm Template Tab 275
Analog 283
Ancillary Tab Displaying All Point Types
Except RN and LC Points 130
Aperiodic Points 283
API 283
Application program 283
ASCII 284
Asynchronous 284
AUI Cable 284

B
B Port 284
Bandwidth 284
Base Alarm System 284
Base Unit 284
Baud Rate 284

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Branch 284
Bridge 284
Broadcast 285
Byte Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm
(LC) Points 127

C
CDDI 285
CDE 285
Characteristics 285
Code column 32
Coil 285
Collision 285
Collision Detection 285
Compact I/O Modules 285
Concentrator 285
Conducting 285
Config Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC)
Points 84
Config Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 85
Config Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or
Deluxe Digital (DD) Points 86
Config Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU)
Points 87
Config Tab for PI Displaying Module (RM)
Points 90
Config Tab for PI Displaying Node (RN)
Points 89
Config Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or
Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 88
Configuration 285
Configuration File 286
Configuring the Base Alarm window 19
Configuring trends 207
Contact 286
Control Builder 286
Control Logic Navigator Operation 261
Control Logic Navigator Toolbar Elements
260
Control Logic Navigator Window Elements
259
Control Sheet 286
Control Tab 179
Control Task 286
Controller 286
Controller Info Tab 264
Copyright Notice 2
Creating trends 195
Custom Tune Tab 182

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Index

D
DAC/DAS 286
Data Highway 286
Data Structures 286
Database 286
Date column 28
DCS 286
Deadband 287
Default Points 287
Default Value 287
Defining Alarm filtering parameters 49
Dell programmable touch keys 55
Deluxe record type 287
Description column 32
Destination 287
Device 287
DHC 287
Diagnostics 287
Digital 287
DIN 287
DIP 288
Discrete I/O 288
Display Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 119
Display Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or
Deluxe Digital (DD) Points 118
Display Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU)
Points 116
Display Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or
Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 117
Displaying a Point Review 231
Displaying Pop-up Windows from Poke
Fields 163
Distributed Database 288
Distributed I/O 288
Domain 288
Drop 288
Drop Loader 288
Drop Point (DU) 288
Dynamic Data 288
Dynamic destination filtering 45

E
eDB Historian 288
Electronics Module 289
EMS 289
Engineering Station 289
English description of point name 81
Error Log File 245
Error Log window 242
Error Log window elements 243
Error Log window Menu bar elements 243
Error Log window Toolbar elements 243
Errors and Warnings 189
Ethernet 289

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Examples of Point Information Window Tabs


83

F
Fast Ethernet 289
FDDI 289
Fieldbus Tab 181
File menu 76
Filtering based on destination (plant area)
43
Filtering Based on Priority 43
Filtering for the Continuous Audio Alarms
64
Filtering for the Non-Continuous Audio
Alarms 64
Filtering modes 47
Filtering points for the Point Viewer 255
Finding a point in the Base Alarm window
22
Finding points to display in the Point Viewer
255
Firewall 289
Flash Data 289
Force value 289
FOUNDATION Fieldbus 289
Fully qualified point name 290

G
Gateway 290
Getting Started with the Operator Station 7
GP 290
Graphics Builder 290
Graphics Display System 143
Graphics window elements 146
Graphics window Menu bar elements 146
Graphics window Toolbar elements 147
Guidelines for modifying Point Information
(PI) fields 141

H
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA)
or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 125
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD)
or Deluxe Digital (DD) Points 123
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Module
(RM) Points 126
Hardware Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP)
or Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 124
Help function 186
Help menu 83
Historian 290
Historical trends 210
HMI/MMI 290
Host 290

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I
I/O 290
I/O Builder 290
I/O Controller 290
I/O Info Tab 269
I/O Module 290
Icon 291
Iconic Alarming 291
In/Out Tab 178
Incremental Limit (Incr) column 34
Incrementals and Returns column 34
Information in the Error Messages 244
Init Tool 291
Initial Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 113
Initial Tab for PI Displaying Packed Digital
(PD) Points 112
Installing the Operator Station 7
Instrumentation Tab for PI Displaying Analog
(LA) or Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 129
Int Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm
(LC) Points 114
Introduction to the Operator Station 1
Introduction to the Ovation Utilities 257
IOIC Card 291
IP Address 291
ISA 291

Mode Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or


Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 131
Mode Tab for PI Displaying Digital (LD) or
Deluxe Digital Points 120
Modifiable fields 137
Modifying a Point Review 236
Modifying Point Information 135
Module Point (RM) 292
Multiple Networks 292

N
Name column 32
Net Alias column 32
Network ID column 32
Network Item 293
NIC 293
Node 293
Node Point (RN) 293

Keyboard Control Tab 180


Keys Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC)
Points 128

OPC 293
OpenWindows 293
Operator Station 293
Operator Station functions 3
Operator Station terminology 4
OPP 293
Originated Points 293
Ovation I/O 293
Ovation Keyboard 294
Ovation Keyboard Functions 8
Ovation Network 294
Ovation System 294
Ovation Utilities 257

Ladder 291
Limit column 34
Limits Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe Analog (DA) Points 131
Log Server 291
Long record type 291
Loop 291
Loop Interface Module (LIM) 291

Packed Digital Point (PD) 294


Packed Point 294
Paging between diagrams 164
PCI 294
PCQL Card 294
PCRL Card 294
PCRR Card 294
PDS 294
Periodic Points 294
Personality Module 295
PID 295
Plant Mode 295
Plant Mode (PM) column 34
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe
Analog (DA) Points 132
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe
Digital (DD) Points 121
Plant Mode Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe
Packed (DP) Points 122
Point 295

M
M Port 292
M/A Station 292
Man pages 292
Master Database 292
MAU 292
Migration 292
Miscellaneous Tab 185
MMI Data 292
MMI/HMI 292

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Point Builder 295
Point Details Tab 272
Point Info Tab 268
Point Information error messages 135
Point Information security 134
Point Review window Menu Bar elements
223
Point Review window Toolbar elements
222
Point Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm (LC)
Points 91
Point Tab for PI Displaying Analog (LA) or
Deluxe (DA) Points 92
Point Tab for PI Displaying Drop (DU) Points
93
Point Tab for PI Displaying PD, DP, RM, or
RN Points 94
Point Viewer window Menu bar elements
251
Point Viewer window Toolbar elements 250
Poke Field 295
Pop-up Alarm Menu 69
Power Tools 295
Primary Domain Controller 295
Print Setup 61, 162, 218
Printing Alarms 59
Printing an Error Log File 247
Printing graphics 188
Printing or saving a Point Review 238
Printing Point Information 161
Process Diagrams 295
Processing Task Info Tab 266
Processing time 295

Q
Q-Line 296
Quality 296

R
Real Params Tab for PI Displaying Algorithm
(LC) Points 115
Recalling diagrams 164
Received Points 296
Record 296
Redundant Domain Controller 296
Refresh 296
Refresh Data 275
Register 296
Relational Database 296
Remote I/O 296
Remote Node 296
Resetting alarms 58
Review 296
Ring 297
RISC 297
RNC 297

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ROP 297
Running multiple trends 210

S
S Port 297
SAC/SAS 297
SAMA Diagrams 297
Save-to-File 262
Saving a File 262
SCADA 297
Scan 297
SCSI 297
Security Builder 298
Security Tab for PI Displaying all Point
Types 133
Selecting a review based on characteristics
225
Selecting a review based on Point Groups
228
Selecting a review based on point
name/description 230
Selecting an alarm message 56
Setpoint 298
SGML 298
Sheet Info Tab 273
SID 298
Signal Fly-By 175
Simulator 298
SmartProcess 298
SNMP 298
SOE 298
SoftwareServer 298
Static Data 298
Station 298
Status Bar 148
Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or
Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 104
Switch 298
Synchronous 299
System ID 299
System Item 299
System Tree 299

T
Terminal 299
Time column 28
TND 299
To Access Algorithm Parameters 177
To Access the Alarm Annunciation Window
67
To Access the Base Alarm Window 17
To Access the Control Logic Navigator 259
To access the Control Panel window 186
To Access the Controller Diagnostics
Function 263
To access the Error Log window 242

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To access the Find Points window 77, 200
To Access the Graphics Window 144
To access the Ovation Status and
Configuration window 282
To access the Point Information window 74
To Access the Point Menu 11
To access the Point Review window 221
To access the Point Viewer window 249
To Access the Sensor Calibrate Function
276
To access the Station Security Utility 280
To access the Trend Display window 191
To acknowledge an alarm 57
To add an eDB item 205
To add an OPC item 204
To add header and footer text to the Base
Alarm window 20
To add to Favorites 166
To add/remove columns for display and
review 231
To Add/Remove Columns for the Base
Alarm Window 27
To add/remove columns for the Point Viewer
window 254
To assign filtering based on mode 48
To build a trend 197
To Calibrate a Point 276
To change Base Alarm window font settings
21
To change page margins for the Base Alarm
window 19
To change Point Review font settings 233
To change Point Review headers and
footers 234
To change Point Viewer font settings 252
To Configure the General Tab in the
Graphics Display Program 149
To configure the Print tab in the Graphics
Display Program 152
To configure the Window tab in the Graphics
Display Program 155
To create a New Favorites folder 165
To define a Dell Touch Key script 55
To Define Alarm Filtering Parameters 49
To define Point Review margins 235
To dismiss a split window 168
To display Diagram Properties 157
To Display Normal or Priority Mode for
Alarm Filtering 52
To display poke fields 163
To display Tabular Trends 216
To display the Point Information (PI) window
83
To display Trend Groups 212
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22
To go to Favorites 166
To load a group of points 212
To modify a Point Review 236
To Navigate Between Control Drawings
Using Page Connectors 175
To open an Error Log file 245
To pause a Tabular Trend 218
To Perform a Print Preview (Error Log) 247
To perform a Print Preview (Point Review)
239
To perform a Print Preview (Point Viewer)
253
To perform a Print Setup (Error Log) 247
To perform a Print Setup (Graphics) 188
To perform a Print Setup (Point Review)
238
To perform a Print Setup (Point Viewer)
252
To print a Point Review 239
To Print a Point Viewer List 253
To print a Tabular or Chart Trend 219
To print alarms 59
To print Graphics 188
To print Point Information 161
To recall a diagram 164
To reset an alarm 58
To save a Point Review 239
To save an Error Log file 246
To select a Control Sheet Using Point
Information 171
To select a Control Sheet Using the Control
Overview Menu 173
To Select a Control Sheet Using the System
Overview Option 169
To select a point review based on point
name/description 230
To Select a Review Based on
Characteristics 225
To select a review based on specified Point
Groups 228
To select the zoom increment 161
To select/deselect filters 255
To start another trend in a trend program
210
To Turn a Layer On or Off 173
To Use the Print Advance Button 62
To use the Print Preview function for alarms
61
To Use the Where Used Function 82
To view the Time Value Display 214
To zoom by box 160
To zoom by corners 160
To zoom using the menu 159
To zoom using the mouse 159

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Index
Token 299
Trend 299
Trend window Menu bar elements 192
Trend window Toolbar elements 193
Tune Tab 183
Tuning 299

U
Unit filtering 46
Unit Item 299
Units column 33
Using the Alarm Annunciation Window 67
Using the algorithm right-click menu 177
Using the Base Alarm System 13
Using the Base Alarm window 16
Using the Error Log Viewer 241
Using the Graphics window 143
Using the Ovation Keyboard 7
Using the Point Information menu selections
76
Using the Point Information System 73
Using the Point Review 221
Using the Point Viewer 249
Using the Trend Display System 191
Using the Trend Display window 191
Using the Update Backup Function 265
Using Two Monitors 7

V
Value Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe Packed
(DP) Points 102
Value Tab for PI Displaying Packed (LP) or
Deluxe Packed (DP) Points 103
Value/Quality (Q) column 33
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Analog
(LA) Points 100
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe
Analog (DA) Points 95
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Deluxe
Digital (DD) Points 98
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Digital
(LD) Points 96
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Drop
(DU) Points 97
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Module
(RM) Points 101
Value/Status Tab for PI Displaying Packed
Digital (PD) Points 99
Version Info Tab 271
View menu 82
Viewing diagrams from the Icon List 42
Viewing Time Value 214
Virtual Controller 300

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W
What are Control diagrams? 169
What are Favorites? 165
What are Graphic configuration parameters?
149
What are Layers on a Control Diagram?
173
What are Page Connectors? 175
What are Point Review Filters? 224
What are Signals? 175
What are the Base Alarm window columns?
27
What are Trend Groups? 212
What is a DEVALRT? 53
What is a split window? 167
What is Alarm security? 65
What is an Alarm History List? 36
What is an Alarm List? 35
What is an Ovation Operator Station? 2
What is Filtering for the Alarm Annunciation
Window? 70
What is filtering for the Base Alarm window?
42
What is Ovation? 1
What is Sensor Calibration? 276
What is the Acknowledged Alarm List? 37
What is the Alarm Annunciation Window?
67
What is the Audio Alarm System? 63
What is the Base Alarm System? 14
What is the Base Alarm Window Menu bar?
23
What is the Base Alarm window Status bar?
25
What is the Base Alarm window toolbar?
24
What is the Base Alarm window? 16
What is the Control Logic Navigator? 258
What is the Control Panel? 186
What is the Control Toolbar? 174
What is the Controller Diagnostics Function?
262
What is the Dialog bar? 26
What is the Error Log Viewer? 241
What is the Graphics Display System? 143
What is the Icon List? 40
What is the Ovation Status and
Configuration Utility? 282
What is the Point Information Window? 74
What is the Point Menu? 10
What is the Point Review function? 221
What is the Point Viewer window? 249
What is the Point Viewer? 249
What is the Property Sheet window? 156

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What is the Remote Network Status tab?
38
What is the Reset List? 37
What is the Station Security Utility? 279
What is the Trend Display System? 191
Workstation 300

Z
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