Online DCA-10 Manual

How to use the Configuration Manager

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How to use the Configuration Manager

Zero Functions

1. Zero Functions
To 'Zero' or Tare the amplifier press this respective buttons
Zero A & B will remove offsets from both channels
Zero A will remove offsets from Channel A only
Zero B will remove offsets from Channel B only

Calibration Functions

2. Calibration Functions
This is where the amplifier is scaled to represent full scale load as an output value of between 0 and 10 Volts
The amplifier can be scaled when the sensing roller is loaded to full (MAXIMUM) load or loaded with a lesser load and scaled using the Proportional Value
If full load is applied to the sensing roller do not adjust the proportional value
If a proportional load is applied then adjust the value to represent a percentage of full load. For example Full Load = 100Kgs, Available load = 50Kgs, Value = 50%
Press Span A & B to calibrate channels A and B together
Press Span A to calibrate channel A only
Press Span B to calibrate channel B only

Unlock Calibration Functions

3. Unlock Calibration Functions
This check box is switched on by default to prevent accidental calibration when using the Configuration Manager as a data logger / diagnostic tool
Remove the tick to access the Zero and Calibration functions - Remember to switch this back on when finished

Plot Tools

4. Plot Tools
Pressing the Start Plot button will enable 'live' readings to be displayed on the plotter area
You can turn off individual displays using the respective tick boxes - The amplifier will continue recording the four channels values if the display is removed
Using the Setpoint reference gives a visual indication of where actual tension is meant to be to compare with the actual readings
This value is relative to 0...100% of tension demand scaled to be represented as a value of 0...10V

Plotter Graph

5. Plotter Graph
This is where your tension values will be displayed in 'real' time
The output values received from each channel are captured even when the channels are not being displayed
The output is relative to 0...10 Volts
The time stamp is based upon your PC clock value
Press the Start Plot switch to begin recording
Using this plotter you can monitor the process performance.
It can be used to highlight
  • faulty calibration or damaged load cells
  • steerage issues
  • poor control performance
  • underlying mechanical problems

Analogue Outputs

6. Analogue Outputs
This section allows you to monitor the output from the amplifier in the form of a graphical meter
  • To retrieve individual values - press the respective button to obtain an instantaneous reading
  • To monitor real time values when plotting - This will activate when you press the 'Start Plot' switch

Port and DCA-10 Bus Address

7. Port and DCA-10 Bus Address
Select the port assigned to communication with the device
Adjust the bus address to communicate with the module. The address of the module is configured by pressing the buttons on the front panel - Changing Bus Address

Communication Status

8. Communication Status
This box will provide various status messages