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Table of Contents

1 PVSS Overview
11

1.1
Introduction ..............................................................................
........................ 1 1
1.2 System
Components...............................................................................
......... 1 3
1.3 PVSS
Users.........................................................................................
.............. 1 3
1.4 Starting the
PVSS..........................................................................................
... 1 4
1.4.1 Logging On as the Operator...............................................................................
15
1.4.2 Logging On as the Administrator........................................................................
16
1.5 PVSS Main
Menu ........................................................................................
...... 1 9
1.5.1 System Overview Main Menu...........................................................................
1 10
1.5.2 Menu Bar.......................................................................................................... 1
12
1.5.3 Alert Line ..........................................................................................................
1 15
1.5.4 PVSS User Display ..........................................................................................
1 20
1.5.5 Application Window ..........................................................................................
1 21
1.6 Logging Out the
PVSS ................................................................................... 1
24
1 24

2 System Component Images


21

2.1 System
Overview....................................................................................
.......... 2 1
2.2 Description of System Component
Images ................................................... 2 4
2.3 Examples of System Component
Images .................................................... 2 11
2.3.1 Resin Storage...................................................................................................
2 12
2.3.2 Dosing Unit.......................................................................................................
2 13
2.3.3 Main Extrusion Unit ..........................................................................................
2 14
2.3.4 Die.................................................................................................................... 2
15
2.3.5 Chill Roll ...........................................................................................................
2 16
2.3.6 Machine Direction Orienter MDO .....................................................................
2 17
2.3.7 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Inlet .........................................................
2 18
2.3.8 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Middle......................................................
2 19
2.3.9 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Outlet.......................................................
2 20
2.3.10 Pull Roll ............................................................................................................
2 21
2.3.11 Winder..............................................................................................................
2 22
2 22

3 Operation
31
3.1 General Operating
Instructions ...................................................................... 3 1
3.1.1 Conventions........................................................................................................ 3
1
3.1.2 Operating Principles........................................................................................... 3
4
3.1.3 Confirmation of Queries ..................................................................................... 3
6
3.1.4 Entering Numerical Values................................................................................. 3
6

3.2 Monitoring
Functions.......................................................................................
39
3.2.1 Individual trends ................................................................................................. 3
9
3.2.2 Variable Trends................................................................................................. 3
11
3.2.3 Configurable Trends ......................................................................................... 3
12
3.2.4 Production Rates Menu.................................................................................... 3
13
3.2.5 Overview Menus with Data............................................................................... 3
14
3.2.6 General Menu................................................................................................... 3
15
3.2.7 IPC ................................................................................................................... 3
16
3.2.8 Silo - Utilities / General..................................................................................... 3
17
3.2.9 Silo - Supplies .................................................................................................. 3
18
3.2.10 Displaying Setting Differences.......................................................................... 3
19
3.2.11 Communications Display.................................................................................. 3
21
3.2.12 Sys-Info ............................................................................................................ 3
23
3.2.13 Extrusion .......................................................................................................... 3
24
3.2.14 Stretching ......................................................................................................... 3
25
3.2.15 Winder.............................................................................................................. 3
27
3.2.16 Overview Menu ................................................................................................ 3
28
3.2.17 Temperature Overview Extrusion ..................................................................... 3
28
3.2.18 Temperature Overview Stretching .................................................................... 3
30
3.2.19 Buttons - E-Stop Line and E-Stop .................................................................... 3
31

3.2.20 Alerts and Events ............................................................................................. 3


33
3.2.21 Machine Report................................................................................................ 3
33
3.2.22 Calling Up the Production Database RDH (Option) ......................................... 3
34
3.2.23 System Management ....................................................................................... 3
35
3.2.24 Film Break ........................................................................................................ 3
36
3.3 Functions for Operating the
Line.................................................................. 3 38
3.3.1 Changing Setpoints.......................................................................................... 3
38
3.3.2 Mode Menu ...................................................................................................... 3
40
3.3.3 Production Settings Menu ................................................................................ 3
44
3.3.4 RM - Recipe Manager ...................................................................................... 3
45
3.3.5 Activating an Operator Alert Signal .................................................................. 3
45
3.3.6 Printing Screen Pages and Reports................................................................. 3
45
3.3.7 Calling Up the TCE Control Software............................................................... 3
48
3.4 Control
Functions ........................................................................................
.. 3 50
3.4.1 Calling up Context Menus ................................................................................ 3
50
3.4.2 Menu Items of Context Menus.......................................................................... 3
51
3 52

4 Alerts and Events


41
4.1 Alert Panel
Menu ........................................................................................
...... 4 1
4.1.1 Calling Up the Alert Panel Menu ........................................................................
41

4.1.2 Alert List .............................................................................................................


43
4.1.3 Resetting Alert Messages ..................................................................................
45
4.2 Event Panel
Menu.........................................................................................
.... 4 6
4.2.1 Calling Up the Event Panel Menu.......................................................................
46
4.2.2 Event List............................................................................................................
48
4.3 Filter and Time
Settings................................................................................. 4
10
4.3.1 Starting the Filtering Process ...........................................................................
4 10
4.3.2 Configuring the Filter Settings.......................................................................... 4
13
4.3.3 Selecting the Time Range................................................................................ 4
15
4.3.4 Defining the Filter .............................................................................................
4 17
4.3.5 Selecting the Filter Types .................................................................................
4 23
4.3.6 Selecting the Filter System...............................................................................
4 24
4.3.7 Defining the Sorting Selection..........................................................................
4 25
4.3.8 Defining the Header .........................................................................................
4 26
4.3.9 Saving and Managing Filter Configurations .....................................................
4 28
4 28

5 Recipe Manager
51
5.1 Calling Up the Recipe
Manager....................................................................... 5 2
5.2 Saving Current Production Data as a
Recipe ................................................ 5 6
5.3 Modifying
Recipes......................................................................................
...... 5 8

5.4 Sending Recipes to the


Line ......................................................................... 5 14
5.5 Deleting
Recipes .....................................................................................
....... 5 17
5 17

6 Machine Report
61
6.1 Calling Up the Machine
Report ....................................................................... 6 1
6.2 General
Functions...................................................................................
......... 6 3
63

7 Raw Material Management


71

7.1 Calling Up the Silo


Overview........................................................................... 7 1
7.2 Raw Material Management
Functions ............................................................ 7 3
77

8 Trend Displays
81
8.1 Variable
Trends.......................................................................................
.......... 8 1
8.1.1 Calling Up Variable Trend Displays ....................................................................
82
8.1.2 Description of the Trend-Para Menu...................................................................
84
8.1.3 Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group.............................................
87
8.1.4 Calling Up and Viewing Variable Trends...........................................................
8 12
8.1.5 Setting a Time Range of Your Choice for the Trend Display ............................
8 16
8.1.6 Calling Up a Time Comparison Trend ..............................................................
8 20
8.1.7 Configuring Variable Trends .............................................................................
8 23

8.1.8 Creating New Trend Groups.............................................................................


8 40
8.1.9 Tips on Using Variable Trends..........................................................................
8 45
8.2 Configurable
Trends ......................................................................................
8 46
8.3 Displaying the Trend History of Individual
Parameters .............................. 8 48
8.3.1 Calling Up the Trend History ............................................................................
8 48
8.3.2 Description of Trend History Menu ...................................................................
8 49
8.3.3 Tabular View.....................................................................................................
8 52
8.3.4 Details and Settings .........................................................................................
8 53
8.3.5 Configurable Trends Selection List...................................................................
8 56
8 58

9 System Management
91
9.1 Calling Up System
Management..................................................................... 9 2
9.2 Time and Alert-Related
Settings..................................................................... 9 3
9.2.1 Calling up the settings menu .............................................................................
93
9.2.2 Defining Alert Priorities.......................................................................................
94
9.2.3 Making Central Settings .....................................................................................
95
9.3 Backing Up Data and Using Utility
Tools ....................................................... 9 7
9.3.1 Calling Up the Tools Menu .................................................................................
97
9.3.2 Calling Up the Pocket Calculator........................................................................
98
9.3.3 Loading Parameter Data ....................................................................................
99
9.3.4 Backing Up the Project to a File .......................................................................

9 11
9.3.5 Backing Up All Data .........................................................................................
9 13
9.3.6 Backing Up the SQL Database ........................................................................
9 15
9.4 User
Administration ..........................................................................
............ 9 18
9.4.1 Calling Up the Authorizations Menu .................................................................
9 18
9.4.2 Assigning RM Authorizations ...........................................................................
9 19
9.5 Configuring and Archiving
Databases ......................................................... 9 21
9.5.1 Calling Up the Database Menu ........................................................................
9 21
9.5.2 Configuring and Managing Database Archive Sets..........................................
9 21
9.5.3 Deleting and Exporting Historical Alert Events.................................................
9 30
9.5.4 Performing an Online Backup...........................................................................
9 34
9.6 System Monitoring
(Diagnosis) ................................................................... 9 45
9.6.1 Calling Up the Diagnosis Menu ........................................................................ 9
45
9.6.2 Calling Up the Login Statistics.......................................................................... 9
45
9.6.3 Monitoring the Connections of the Event Manager .......................................... 9
49
9.6.4 Monitoring Hard Disk Capacity......................................................................... 9
55
9.6.5 Monitoring the Capacity of the Virtual Memory ............................................... 9 59
9.6.6 Viewing the Error Log Files ............................................................................. 9 63
9.6.7 Monitoring Windows2000 Performance............................................................ 9
64
9.7 Configuring and Creating
Reports ............................................................... 9 66
9.7.1 Calling Up the Reports Menu ........................................................................... 9
66
9.7.2 Configuring Variable Trends ............................................................................. 9
66

9.7.3 Configuring and Creating Excel Reports.......................................................... 9


68
9.7.4 Configure and Create SQL Database Queries................................................. 9
72
9 75

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1 PVSS Overview
1.1 Introduction
Brckner film stretching lines are monitored and controlled using the
PVSS visualization software.
PVSS is a program used to display the film stretching line on several display screens of a control station. It displays all kinds of data from the running production process and is the user interface for the operator, who
can use input devices such as a mouse and keyboard. PVSS is the basic
program from which many other programs can be started. It contains a
series of subprograms that you can use for process monitoring and control.
This manual describes the user interface of the PVSS visualization software using specific examples and provides you with the basic information
you need to operate film stretching lines to their best advantage. In it you
will find information on the general structure of the screen pages, on configuring the PVSS visualization software and on operating its major features.
Brckner tailors the PVSS visualization software to the requirements of Customized
visualeach specific project or order. The system image with which line operaization
tors work corresponds exactly to the line control system implemented for
your particular film stretching line.
Therefore, this "Standard" PVSS manual does not precisely describe
your particular line. In this manual, we have made every effort to provide
basic information and examples of the PVSS user interface that will help
you understand "your" particular visualization software and operate it
properly.
In many cases, your PVSS system images will differ from the screen displays shown here. The screen displays in the process area shown here
are meant to be examples only.
The actual process- and production-related operating workflows that per- System
operating
tain to operating the entire system are not found here, but in the overall
manual

system operating manual.


This figure shows an example of a film stretching line controlled and mon- Schematic
diagram
itored by the PVSS visualization software.
of film stretching
line with PVSS
1

2
3

11

10

1 Dosing unit
2 Main extrusion unit
3 Die and chill roll
4 Control station (operator station)
5 Machine direction orienter 6 Transverse direction orienter,
(MDO)
inlet (TDO)
7 Transverse direction orienter, 8 Transverse direction orienter,
middle
outfeed
9 Switch cabinets and control 10 Pull roll
stations
11 Winder

1.2 System Components


The system console consists of a color monitor and a keyboard and is System
console
always connected to the server.The server transmits all of its status and
error messages to this device. It should therefore be kept on at all times.
The control station is a PC with a large color screen for displaying and Control
station
controlling the process.All operator interactions are performed on the
control station using a mouse or trackball and a keyboard.
The mouse and trackball are pointing devices. They are used for the Mouse,
trackball
same purpose on the screen.Wherever this manual refers to a mouse,
the instructions will also apply to a trackball, provided it is connected to
your control station.
It makes no difference whether the mouse or trackball has two or three
keys, since only the left and right keys are used. If a third middle key is
present, pressing it will have no effect.

1.3 PVSS Users


The PVSS visualization software is operated by various users
employed
by the line operator who are assigned with a variety of different
functions,
tasks and responsibilities. Depending on which user is logged
on to the
PVSS visualization software, certain control elements and
functions may
be inactive. The functions that a user can access to complete
an order
depend on the particular order and the user qualifications.
Every PVSS visualization has at least three user groups:
User groups
User group Significance Target group
op
Operator
Operator

ct
Customer technician Maintenance
technicians,
mechanical equipment
ce
Customer electrician Maintenance
technicians,
electrical equipment
The "Operator" (op) and "Maintenance
technicians, mechanical equipment" (ct) user groups are subject to the
greatest access limitations,
while the "Maintenance technicians,
electrical equipment" (ce) user group
can access all functions.

The "ce" user group should only be used by persons with extensive and
detailed knowledge of the system.
Depending on the customer requirements, more user groups can be configured in addition to these three (e. g. administrator).

1.4 Starting the PVSS


The method used to start the PVSS depends on the particular system
configuration.Basically, there are two different start procedures:
Logging on as the operator
Logging on as the administrator
After switching on a control station (see user manual), wait until the com- Starting
Windows
puter has loaded the operating system. In some system configurations,
the following window will be the first thing you see:

Simultaneously press the <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del> keys on the keyboard


to log on
The "Log On to Windows" dialog window appears:

1.4.1 Logging On as the Operator


In the "User name" field, enter "star" and leave the password field
empty (a password is not needed for user "start")
Click on the <OK> button
Windows starts up and the "Log On to PVSS" dialog window appears:
If logging on was unsuccessful, a message window appears with a log
on error message. In this case you entered the user name or password
incorrectly. Repeat the entire procedure. The PVSS will then start.

Enter your name and password in the "User name" and "Password" Logging on
and
fields
selecting language
These are issued by the administrator
If your system supports more than one language, you can now select the
language version from the "Language" drop-down menu:

Click on the "Language" drop-down menu and select the desired language version for the PVSS
Click on the <Login> button
The PVSS starts up
After the PVSS has started up, the PVSS main menu appears on the
screen with the system overview. See section System Overview Main
Menu on page 110

1.4.2 Logging On as the Administrator


Enter "pvss" in the "User name" field
In the "Password" field, enter your personal password
Click on the <OK> button
Windows starts up and the Windows user interface appears:
Starting the PVSS

Click on the icon for the PVSS visualization software on the Windows
user interface
The "PVSS Console 2.12.1" administrator menu and the "PVSS Log
Viewer" appears:

The actual appearance of the dialog windows depends on the particular


operating system and user program and may deviate from the screens
shown here.

Click on the <Start> button


The PVSS visualization software starts up. One after the
other, the
individual program modules change their status from "red"
to "green".
This may take several minutes. Status messages are
continually
added to the "log window" below.

After the PVSS has started up, the "Log On to PVSS"


dialog window
appears:

Enter your name and password in the "User name" and "Password" Logging on
and
fields
selecting language
These are issued by the administrator
If your system supports more than one language, you can now
select the
language version from the "Language" drop-down menu:

Click on the "Language" drop-down menu and select the


desired language version for the PVSS
Click on the <Login> button
The PVSS starts up
While the PVSS is starting up, an information window on the
PVSS
appears that displays the current software version. The
window closes

when the PVSS has finished loading.

After loading, the PVSS main menu appears on the screen. See System
Overview Main Menu on page 110.

1.5 PVSS Main Menu


The screen displays shown in this manual may deviate from the screens
in your particular application. However, you should be able to apply the
examples shown here to your application. See also Customized visualization on page 11.
If possible, read this section while you have access to a control station
running the PVSS.

1.5.1 System Overview Main Menu

"mouse over" function. If you hover the mouse over an element in the
All elements of the PVSS screen display are provided with a so-called
"Mouse over"
function
interface for approximately one second, a small text window opens in
which the element or the display is described. If an "A" appears next to
the mouse pointer, a component image can be called up for this component. See the following example:

The PVSS "System overview" main menu is structured as follows: Areas


of the PVSS
main menu
1
4
2
5
6
7
8

9
10

1 Alert line with current alert 2 Menu bar


messages
3 Application window Displays 4 PVSS user display
system diagram and major
parameters
5 <General> button Calls up 6 <Overview> button Calls up the
the "General" menu
"Overview" menu
7 <E-Stop Line> button Calls 8 "Mode" menu
up the "Line Emergency Stop"
menu
9 "Production Settings" menu 10 "Production Rates" menu

The individual areas of the PVSS main menu are described below.

1.5.2 Menu Bar


The menu bar at the top edge of the screen contains the following symSymbols
bols:

1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

1 <System Settings>
2 <Silo Overview>
3 <System Overview> 4 <TCE Overview>
5 <Roll Data History> (optional) 6 <Machine Report>
7 <Recipe Manager>

9 <Event History>

8 <Alert Panel>

10 <Variable Trends>

11 <Configurable Trends> 12 <Operator Signal>


13 <Reset>
14 <Print>
15 <Exit>

The functions of the individual symbols are described below:


Symbol functions
System Settings
This symbol lets authorized users change system functions. See
chapter System Management on page 91.
Silo Overview
This symbol calls up an overview display for raw material manage-

ment (silo data). See chapter Raw Material Management on page


71.
System Overview
This symbol calls up the PVSS main menu from any screen display. After you click on this symbol, the system overview appears
with the main production data (see section System Overview Main
Menu on page 110).
TCE Overview
This symbol calls up the optional TCE control software (Thickness
Control Evaluation) for controlling the thickness gauge system. See
section Calling Up the TCE Control Software on page 348.
Roll Data History
This symbol calls up the optional Roll Data History (RDH) production database. This software module stores the main production
data of all rolls produced with the system. See section Calling Up
the Production Database RDH (Option) on page 334.
Machine Report
The symbol is used to generate a current machine report. Relevant
setpoints defined in the system and current actual values of relevant parameters are exported to an Excel table. See chapter
Machine Report on page 61.
Recipe Manager
This symbol calls up a window showing the product data memory
system. The product data memory system saves and manages
recipes. A recipe contains the data and system settings under a
specific name. If the same product is manufactured again at a later
time, all of the necessary settings can be loaded back into the system. This avoids the tedium of having to reenter the individual
parameters. See chapter Recipe Manager on page 51.
Alert History
This symbol calls up the "Alerts" menu (Alert Panel). The "Alerts"
menu lists all current and previous alerts. Active alerts can be
acknowledged and commented. All alert lists or parts thereof can
be printed. See section Alert Panel Menu on page 41.

Event History
This symbol calls up the "Events" menu (Event Panel). The
"Events" menu displays changes in the state of digital variables
(on/off switch) or in the value of numerical variables (setpoints).
See section Event Panel Menu on page 46.
Variable Trends
This symbol calls up the "Variable Trends" menu for configuring
variable trend displays. In this menu you can individually configure
trend displays while at the same time displaying several parameters (data points) in a single view. See chapter Trend Displays on
page 81.
Configurable Trends
This symbol calls up a list of a maximum of ten configurable trends.
The particular trends contained in this list can be configured for
specific applications and the trigger factors can be changed. See
section Configurable Trends on page 846.
Operator Alert Signal
Clicking on this symbol activates a signal to alert the operator
(horn). See section Activating an Operator Alert Signal on page
345.
Alert Reset
Clicking on this symbol resets all software alerts in the PLC that
are no longer active. Hardware alerts such as emergency stops
must be reset by pressing the button on the control panel. See section Resetting Alert Messages on page 45.
Print

Clicking on this symbol prints out a copy of the entire screen content. See section Printing Screen Pages and Reports on page 3
45.
Exit
The user can use this symbol to log out of the PVSS visualization
software. See section Logging Out the PVSS on page 124.

1.5.3 Alert Line


The alert line is located at the top edge of the screen. The following figure
shows the elements of the alert line:
1234
567

1 Current data and time (sys- 2 Alert priority Field flashes red
tem time)
when a new alert arrives
3 Alert time

4 Alert message

5 Buttons for scrolling through 6 <List Current Alerts> symbol


the list of active alerts
7 Alert counter

The alert line always displays the latest alert event and the date and time Current
alert
at which it occurred. The left "Priority" field of a newly arrived alert flashes
red until the alert is acknowledged. If there are no active alerts, the alert
line is empty.
The alert line is updated every time a new alert arrives.
System components with a fault are colored red in the system image. The Faulty
components
figure below shows a schematic diagram of a coextruder with a fault:

The alert counter (7) is located on the far right:


Alert counter

The top number (above the line) indicates which alert in the list of current alerts is being displayed in the alert line.
The bottom number (below the line) indicates the total number of
alerts in the list of current alerts.
This symbol can be used to scroll backward through the alerts shown in Scrolling
through
the alert line. The selected alert is displayed in the alert counter above
alerts
the line. The associated alert information is displayed in the alert line in
fields (2), (3) and (4).

This symbol can be used to scroll forward through the alerts shown in the
alert line.

The <List Current Alerts> symbol opens a menu that lists all current List of current
alerts
alerts in the system.

To call up the "List of Current Alerts" menu, click on the <List Current
Alerts> symbol
The "List of Current Alerts" menu opens:

The latest alert is displayed in the top line of the list.


Priority
The "Priority" field indicates the alert priority. Different priorities can be
defined for different alert types (see table further below)
Alert Time
Date and time of alert arrival
Alert Message
Short description of alert status
Acknowledge
Indicates whether an alert has been acknowledged:
Alerts that have not been acknowledged are indicated by three red
exclamation marks in a white field in the "Acknowledge" column.
Acknowledged alerts are indicated by a black "x" in a gray field.

Acknowledgement Time
Indicates when an alert was acknowledged

Use the scroll bars in the window to view the entire list.

The following alert types have been defined:


Alert types
Alert
A
W
Warning
Fault
F
PW
Prewarning
Sum Alarm
S
FP
Fault Periphery
AP
Alarm Periphery
WP
Warning Periphery
The following buttons and symbols are contained in the list of current

Buttons and
alerts:
symbols
Acknowledges all active alarms

Alert Reset
Clicking on this symbol resets all software
alerts in the PLC that are no longer active.

Hardware alerts such as emergency stops


must be reset by pressing the button on the
control panel. See section Resetting Alert
Messages on page 45.
Print
Clicking on this symbol prints out the alert list.
See section Printing Screen Pages and
Reports on page 345.
Exit
This symbol is used to close the menu.

1.5.4 PVSS User Display


The PVSS user currently logged on is indicated at the top right of the
Active user
PVSS main menu.

1
2

1 Display of system name 2 Display of "Active User"

A number of different user groups are defined for the PVSS visualization Changing
the user
software (see also PVSS Users on page 13). User names and passwords are issued by the administrator.
The user status can be changed by clicking on the user field (2).
Click on the yellow field in the user display
The "Log On to PVSS" dialog window appears:

Enter a valid user name and the associated password


User "op" (for "Operator") does not require a password and the password field remains empty.
See also Starting the PVSS on page 17

1.5.5 Application Window


The application window is the area on the screen showing a schematic
diagram of the overall system and the most important production data. All
menus and component images called up from the PVSS main menu partially hide this application window.

1
2

1 Production data Display 2 Schematic diagram of film


fields for setpoints and actual stretching line with all system
values of individual system components (all yellow areas)
parts
Not all components will be available on every system.
Your project- and order-related PVSS visualization software may deviate from the screen display shown here. See also Customized visualization on page 11.

The most important production data (setpoints and actual values) can be Production
data
viewed and changed in the production data display fields. Also, the trends
of the actual values can be viewed by clicking on the actual value display
fields. See section Monitoring Functions on page 39.
The various system components can be selected by clicking on the corre- Component

sponding yellow diagram.

overview
Move the mouse pointer over the yellow background of the diagram
If an "A" appears next to the mouse pointer, a component diagram can
be opened

Click on the yellow surface with the left mouse key


The system image of the component is opened (see chapter
System
Component Images on page 21)
The following figure shows an example of a system structure
(example of
a "standard" line) and the selectable component images. Your
PVSS
visualization may differ considerably from this example!
The diagrams of the various system components can appear in
a variety
of colors:
Light yellow diagrams are components that are currently
functioning
properly
Dark yellow diagrams are components in which an actual
value has
exceeded a warning limit
Red diagrams are components in which an alarm is currently active (e.
g. setpoint violation or component fault). See also section
Alert Line
on page 115
Additional menus and production data fields that do not
belong to the
system component overview are hidden from view.

1
2
19
12
13
16
20
21 22
23
3

24
4
11

10

9
5
6

14 15
17 18

7
8

1 Dosing unit, main extrusion 2 Main extrusion unit


unit
3 Filter, main extrusion unit 4 Coextruder 2
5 Filter, coextruder 2
6 Coextruder 1
7 Dosing unit, coextruder 2 8 Dosing unit, coextruder 1
9 Coextruder 4

11 Coextruder 3

13 Chill roll

10 Filter, coextruder 3

12 Die

14 Machine direction orienter MDO

15 Coater
16 Transverse direction orienter
TDO, inlet
17 Clip cooling

18 Transverse direction orienter


TDO, middle

19 External ventilation
20 Transverse direction orienter
TDO, outfeed
21 Pull roll

23 Winder

22 Edge trim

24 Roll data
The major elements of the individual component images are
described in
Chapter 2 System Component Images:

Description of System Component Images on page 24


Examples of System Component Images on page 211

1.6 Logging Out the PVSS


Log out the PVSS visualization software as follows:

Click on the <Exit> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


A message window appears with the prompt "Do you really want to log
out?":

Click on the <Yes> button to log out the PVSS


The PVSS is shut down. This may take some time
Click on the <No> button to cancel the log out procedure

2 System Component Images


2.1 System Overview
The PVSS visualization software used for monitoring and
controlling
Brckner film stretching lines displays the various system
components in
so-called visualized component images.
Not all components are found in every system.
Your project- and order-related PVSS visualization software
may deviate from the screen display shown here. See also the topic
on Customized visualization on page 11.

The individual components of the system can be selected by


clicking on
the associated diagram in the process area of the system
overview
(PVSS main menu).
The following figure shows an example of a system structure
(example of
a "standard" line) and the selectable component images. Your
PVSS
visualization may differ considerably from this example!
The diagrams of the various system components can appear

in a variety
of colors:
Light yellow diagrams are components that are currently
functioning
properly
Dark yellow diagrams are components in which an actual
value has
exceeded a warning limit
Red diagrams are components in which an alarm is
currently active
(e.g. setpoint violation or component fault). See also section
Alert
Line on page 115
Additional menus and production data fields that do not
belong to the
system component overview are hidden from view.

1
2
19
12
13
16
20
21 22
23
3

24
4
11

10

9
5
6

14 15
17 18

7
8

1 Dosing unit, main extrusion 2 Main extrusion unit


unit
3 Filter, main extrusion unit 4 Coextruder 2
5 Filter, coextruder 2

6 Coextruder 1

7 Dosing unit, coextruder 2 8 Dosing unit, coextruder 1


9 Coextruder 4

11 Coextruder 3

13 Chill roll

15 Coater

10 Filter, coextruder 3

12 Die

14 Machine direction orienter MDO

16 Transverse direction orienter


TDO, inlet

17 Clip cooling
18 Transverse direction orienter
TDO, middle
19 External ventilation

20 Transverse direction orienter


TDO, outfeed

21 Pull roll
22 Edge trim
23 Winder
24 Roll data
The next section, Description of System Component Images on
page
24, describes the general arrangement of the system
component
images using an example.

Some component image examples of the main components of a film


stretching line are shown in section Examples of System Component
Images on page 211.

2.2 Description of System Component


Images
System component images schematically illustrate individual system
components and their associated data. In the image, all data on the system components can be viewed and checked and data trends can be
tracked.
The basic structure of the component images is described using the Example of

"chill
example of a "chill roll".

roll"

To select a component image, move the mouse pointer over the yellow Calling up a
background of the diagram. If an "A" appears next to the mouse component
image
pointer, the component diagram can be opened

Click on the diagram of the chill roll in the process area of the PVSS
main menu
The component image of the chill roll is loaded with all relevant production parameters of the chill roll module
A window opens that looks similar to the image shown in the following fig- Elements
of a
ure:
component image

3
4
5
6

12

13 12
7
11
9
8
7
1
10

1 Button for previous and follow- 2 Dynamic system image element

ing component image

for a component (e. g. fan symbol) without a display of set and


actual values

3 <All Zones> button


4 <Emergency Stop> button
5 Static image element (sche- 6 Control field with standard symmatic diagram of system part, bols and display
e. g. diagram of film transport
over rollers)
7 Actual value display 8 Actual value display Actual
value has exceeded warning limit
9 Dynamic bar display 10 Display of percentage deviation
of actual value from setpoint
11 Setpoint display
12 Actual value display Actual
value is within tolerance limit
13 Dynamic system image element for a component (e. g.
fan symbol) with a display of
set and actual values

A system image primarily consists of two types of system image eleSystem image
ments:
elements
Static system image elements (5)
Static system image elements are used to represent your system component on the screen. This part of the display never changes.

Dynamic system image elements (2) and (13)


Dynamic system image elements are linked to the process data. The
appearance of these elements (e. g. a fan symbol) changes depending
on the state of the system or process.

Buttons (1), (3) and (4) can be used to switch to another window or they
Buttons
represent additional system equipment, such as the emergency stop system. These pieces of equipment can be monitored by clicking on the
associated button.
Changes in color indicate the status of a piece of equipment. They repre- Color
changes
sent the states "On", "Off", "Alert" and "Warning":
Green indicates that the equipment is in the "ON" state
Red indicates that the depicted components are signaling an alert
state
Yellow indicates that the depicted components are signaling a warning
state
In the following figure, an alert is represented by the red background Examples of
color
behind the associated image element.
changes

Screen elements that change their shape or position simulate moving


Changes to
parts of the machine.
elements
Dynamic bar displays (9) are a method of representing numerical data. Dynamic bar
display

They are usually set inside a frame indicating the maximum possible size.
Bar displays are most often used to indicate the load on drives and fill levels since the actual values can be read at a glance and do not require the
interpretation of numbers.
The next figure shows an example of the load on the chill roll drive in a
bar display:

Most numerical data are displayed as digits in data fields (e. g. actual val- Numerical
display
ues (7) and setpoints (11)). These may be setpoints that can be changed
on the screen by the operator, or they may be actual values from the system. The colors of the numbers and backgrounds are of significance.

The various color combinations have the following meanings:


Color code of
numerical displays
White numbers on a blue background are setpoints
Black numbers on a cyan-colored background are actual values
Black numbers on a green background are actual values within their
tolerance limits
Red numbers on a yellow background are values that have exceeded
the warning limits
Yellow numbers on a red background are values that have exceeded
the alert limits
Red/blue numbers on a white background are control values. In temperature settings (e. g. for extruders), red numbers indicate heating
while blue numbers refer to cooling
Black numbers on an orange background are actual values of a controller set to manual operation
Texts in a display either are fixed or can be changed by the user. Change- Text

displays
able text is used for material identification or product names.

Text buttons with names of system components (1) can be used to switch Text
buttons for
to the following or previous component in the system (e. g. to the die pre- system
components
ceding the chill roll).

Every component image has a control field (6) with the following symbols Control
field
and a display:

The symbols and displays have the following meanings:


Symbol meanings
Symbol Significance
Alert Reset

Clicking on this symbol resets all software alerts in the PLC


for the system components being viewed that are no longer
active. Hardware alerts such as emergency stops must be
reset by pressing the button on the control panel. See section Resetting Alert Messages on page 45.
Print
Clicking on this symbol prints out a copy of the entire menu
content. See section Printing Screen Pages and Reports
on page 345.
Exit
This symbol closes the open system component image or
dialog window.
<Folder> symbol for calling up a menu to load and save
parameters (see the following topic on Menu for loading/
saving parameters on page 210).

Symbol Significance
Display of communications connection to PLC

The communication display has the following meanings:


Communication with
PLC
Rx: n
Counter for the telegram packets received in the PVSS from the PLC

(R = receive)
Tx: n
Counter for the telegram packets transmitted from the PVSS to the
PLC (T = transmit)
Clicking on the <Folder> symbol opens the following menu for loading Menu for
loading/
and saving parameters:
saving parameters

The filter is preset to the current system component. How to operate the
"Load/save parameters" menu is described in section Loading Parameter Data on page 99.

2.3 Examples of System


Component
Images
This section contains several typical system component
images of a
"standard" film stretching line and describes their special
features. Each
film stretching line is structured according to the specific
customer
requirements and therefore contains different options and
modules.
These images are examples only. The component images
are created
specifically for your system on a project- and order-related
basis. This
means that the scope and structure of the system
component images
of your PVSS may deviate considerably from the examples
shown here.

A general description of the elements and symbols in the


images can be
found in section Description of System Component Images
on page 2
4.
The examples shown here will assist you in interpreting the
component
images of your specific PVSS visualization software and in
operating
them correctly.
The order of the examples shown here corresponds to the
structure of a
standard film stretching line from resin storage to winder, but it
is not
complete.

2.3.1 Resin Storage

Description
The resin storage diagram primarily shows the following information:
Silos (e. g. B04 and B07)
Hoppers with fill levels
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.2 Dosing Unit

Description
The dosing diagram primarily shows the following information:
Dosing units (e. g. U01 and U03)
Hoppers with fill levels

Status of system components, e. g. motors


Set and actual values of system components

2.3.3 Main Extrusion Unit

Description
The main extrusion diagram primarily shows the following information:
Extrusion zones
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.4 Die

Die areas
Set and actual values of system components
The die diagram primarily shows the following information:
Description

2.3.5 Chill Roll

Description
The chill roll diagram primarily shows the following information:
Film threading
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.6 Machine Direction Orienter MDO

Description
The machine direction orienter (MDO) diagram primarily shows the following information:
Film threading
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.7 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Inlet

Description
The diagram representing the inlet area of the transverse direction orienter (TDO) primarily shows the following information:
Heating zones
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.8 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Middle

The diagram representing the middle area of the transverse direction oriDescription
enter (TDO) primarily shows the following information:
Stretch zones
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. fans
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.9 Transverse Direction Orienter TDO, Outlet

Description
The diagram representing the outlet area of the transverse direction orienter (TDO) primarily shows the following information:
Time data on system components
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. fans
Set and actual values of system components
Opportunity for calling up additional menus on system parts, e. g.
chain lubrication
These menus display the system part and provide important information on it

2.3.10 Pull Roll

Description
The pull roll diagram primarily shows the following information:
Film threading
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components

2.3.11 Winder

Description
The winder diagram primarily shows the following information:
Condition of winder
Drive performance
Status of system components, e. g. motors
Set and actual values of system components
Important data on winder rollers, e. g. bending, gap, etc.

3 Operation
The configuration shown in this chapter may have a different appearance than in your particular application. The examples shown here will
assist you in operating the PVSS correctly in your application.

3.1 General Operating Instructions


3.1.1 Conventions
The following conventions are used in this operating manual for describing the user interface of the PVSS visualization software:
Element Description
User Interface Manual (example)
(example)
In the "Production SetMenu
Refers to a user interface wintings" menu...
dow containing displays and

buttons or symbols for calling


up further functions
In the "Filter" dialog winDialog window Refers to a user interface window in which entries can be

dow...
made, further functions can be
selected and started, and values are displayed

The "Mode" context


Context menu Refers to a user interface winmenu opens
dow that is opened with the

right mouse key and provides


context-related menu items for
selection
Select the <Enable>
Menu item Element of a selection menu or
menu item
context menu. Selecting the
menu item with the left mouse
key activates the function

Element Description
User Interface Manual (example)
(example)

Click on the <Print> symSymbol


Graphic symbol for calling up a
bol
function, a menu or a dialog

window. Click with the left


mouse key to activate it
Click on the <General>
Graphic element with text for
Button

button
calling up a function, a menu or
Open the "Page" dropa dialog window. Click with the
left mouse key to activate it
Drop-down menu Display field with drop-down
window (indicated by a "down-

down menu
ward arrow" symbol). Clicking
with the left mouse key on the
arrow symbol opens the dropdown menu
Select the "Coextrusion"
List element Element in a drop-down menu.

list element

Selecting the list element with


the left mouse key activates
the function
Click on the <Special
Tab
Button in a menu for calling up
days> tab
various dialog windows within

this menu. Click on the tab with


the left mouse key to open the
dialog window
Activate the "ALL"
Checkbox Selectable element for activatcheckbox
ing or deactivating functions or

settings. Activated checkboxes


are marked with a check mark
(i.e. a tick)
Radio button Selectable element for activatActivate the "HD/MO/
ing a function where only one

JAZ" radio button


of the radio buttons can ever
be selected at any one time.
The activated radio button is
marked with a dot
Window area Area of a menu or dialog win... is displayed in the "DP

selection" window area


dow with a title

Element Description
User Interface Manual (example)
(example)
Display field Field for displaying a selection
... is displayed in the "Dif-

or a parameter value, labeled


ference" display field
with the parameter name
Input field Field for data input (e. g. setEnter the required filter

point of a parameter), labeled


criteria in the "DP filter"
with the parameter name
input field, e. g. "ExtDie*.**"
Status and alert Text that is issued by the conThe message "Backup

message trol software in a window area


running" is displayed in
the display field
or in a display field

3.1.2 Operating Principles


An entry made on the keyboard is always completed by pressing the
<ENTER> key.

The PVSS visualization software is easy and intuitive to operate. All buttons and symbols are activated by clicking on them with the left mouse
key.
For this reason, step-by-step operating instructions are generally not
used in this manual.
When the mouse pointer is moved over an active element, an "A"

Active element
appears next to the mouse pointer.

Clicking on it with the left mouse key causes an action to be carried out,
such as displaying a dialog window with additional information.
If the mouse pointer turns into an hour glass, the system is busy and not
Hour glass
ready to accept further commands. This is usually the case when the system is making calculations or loading a new program. The hour glass
should disappear after a few seconds and the normal mouse pointer will
be visible again.
Various buttons are used to control standard functions. These are briefly
Standard
explained in the following table.
buttons
Button Significance
<OK> Closes the window and saves the changes
<Cancel> Closes the open window without saving the changes
<Save> Saves the changes

<Close> Closes the open window without saving the changes

Diverse symbols are used to control standard functions. These are briefly Standard
symbols
explained in the following table.
Symbols Significance
Clicking on this symbol prints the entire screen content or
the content of the menu or report. See section Printing
Screen Pages and Reports on page 345.
Scrolls down through a list/value table in predefined steps
Scrolls up through a list/value table in predefined steps
Decreases the value in the data field
Increases the value in the data field
Arrow keys for calling up the numerical input window. The
symbol is located next to data input fields in the menus.
See section Entering Numerical Values on page 36.
Confirms the entry of values in numerical input windows.
The entered value appears in the data field
Closes the numerical input window. The entered value is
saved
Confirms the entry of values in numerical input windows
and closes the window

3.1.3 Confirmation of Queries


Certain functions, e. g. resetting or deleting data, are not
performed until
a query in a message window is confirmed with <Yes> or
<OK>.
The figure below shows an example of a message window:
Message window

Click on the <Yes> or <OK> button to carry out the


actions you initiated (e. g. deleting data, saving changes, etc.)
Click on the <No> or <Cancel> button to prevent the
actions or
changes you initiated from being carried out or saved

3.1.4 Entering Numerical Values

Numerical values for configurable parameters (e. g.


setpoints) are
entered in a special dialog window:

For example, click on the blue data field for a setpoint


(arrow)
The "Numerical input" dialog window opens
The dialog windows are preconfigured for each parameter.
For example, parameters that are entered with one decimal place are preset
with
the decimal point in the correct position. As well, the maximum
parameter size is limited by the preset number of decimal places (e. g. 3
places).

The figure below shows an example of the "Numerical input" dialog win- Numerical
input
dow":
dialog window

To enter or change the parameter value, click on the


<Plus> or
<Minus> key for the corresponding decimal place (1's, 10's,
100's
place, ...).
The numerical value is increased or decreased. Changes in
the values
are entered mathematically. For example: If for a value of
"20" you
click on the <Minus> sign under the ones place, the value is
set to
"19".
Negative numbers increase in absolute value when you
click on
<Minus> (example: -54 minus 1 equals -55). Conversely,
clicking on
<Plus> reduces the absolute value (-54 plus 1 equals -53)

Click on the symbol with the check mark to take the values
in the data
field over into the menu

Click on the <Exit> symbol to close the "Numerical entry"


dialog window and save the entered parameter

Click on this symbol to take the values in the data field over into the
menu, close the "Numerical input" dialog window and save the entered
parameters

3.2 Monitoring Functions


3.2.1 Individual trends
An individual trend shows the history of a process variable in a diagram.
It is started by clicking in the actual value field.

For example, click on the light blue data field for an actual value
(arrow)
The "Trend History" dialog window opens:
5
234

1 Time indicator

2 Starting time of trend history. The


current time is entered when the
menu is opened. Otherwise, the
time indicated here is that of the
time indicator

3 Display of current parameter 4 Parameter unit of measure


value (corresponding to time
indicator)
5 Trend curve
In the online mode, the trend curve is updated with the
current values.
In the offline mode, the trend curve is not updated with the
current values.

The offline mode therefore displays older values. In the offline


mode, a
thin vertical line appears which is referred to as the "Time
indicator" (1).
To shift the time indicator (1), position the mouse pointer
on the marking, and press and hold the left mouse key while you move
the mouse
to the left or right
The indicated time and the associated value with its dimension
are
shown in display fields (2) to (4).
A detailed description of the "Trend History" dialog window can
be found
in section Displaying the Trend History of Individual
Parameters on
page 848.

3.2.2 Variable Trends


The "VT-Trend" menu lets you monitor and configure trend groups that
display up to eight parameters (data points) at the same time.
You can group data points of your choice into your own trend groups and
configure them according to the instructions in this section.
Every trend curve displays the value of the associated data point over
time.

Every user can open and display variable trends in this menu.
To create new trend groups and edit you own trend groups, you require
the appropriate user access rights.

Click on the <Variable Trend Panel> button


The "VT-Trend" menu opens:

Proceed as described in section Variable Trends on page 81

3.2.3 Configurable Trends


Very important parameters from the point of view of the operator can be
placed in the "Configurable Trend" selection list and configured there.
This list can contain a maximum of ten selected parameters. The list can
be called up for monitoring via a button in the menu bar of the PVSS visualization software.
The PVSS visualization software lets you change (configure) the trigger
factor of individual parameters to adjust how fine or coarse the trend is to

be displayed over time.


The configuration of the trend display, i. e. the individual settings of the
trigger factor of individual parameters, is described in section Configurable Trends Selection List on page 856.

Click on the <Config. Trends> button


The "Configurable Trend" menu opens:

Proceed as described in section Configurable Trends on page 846

3.2.4 Production Rates Menu


The "Production Rates" menu displays the roll data of the running production and the status display of the thickness gauge, the profile control
and the average control.

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5

34

12

1 "Prof.Ctl." display Display is 2 "Avg.Ctl." Display is active


active when the profile control when the average control is on
is on
3 "Scan" display Display is 4 "Park" display Display is active
active when the thickness when the thickness gauge is in
gauge is scanning
the offsheet position
5 Status display Thickness 6 Roll data of current production
gauge

Clicking on the button displays the trends of the individual parameters,


see section Individual trends on page 39.
Further information can be found in the "TCE Manual".
How to start the TCE thickness control software is described in section
Calling Up the TCE Control Software on page 348.

3.2.5 Overview Menus with Data


The right-hand top corner of the process area of the PVSS main menu

contains three buttons for calling up overview menus with important system data.

General
General overview of system parts
Depending on the particular dialog window, the overview contains circuit diagrams, UPS status pages, trend histories, consumption data
and supply voltages. See section General Menu on page 315
Overview
Temperature overview of system parts for extrusion and stretching.
See section Overview Menu on page 328
E-Stop Line
Overview of emergency stop data points
The overview contains circuit diagrams and trend histories. See section Buttons - E-Stop Line and E-Stop on page 331

3.2.6 General Menu


Clicking on the <General> button opens a context menu:

By clicking on a menu item, you can select the overview of the system
part you require. Further information is contained in the individual sections:
Ipc...

See section IPC on page 316


Silo...
See section Silo - Utilities / General on page 317 and section Silo Supplies on page 318
Extrusion...
See section Extrusion on page 324
Stretching...
See section Stretching on page 325
Winder...
See section Winder on page 327

3.2.7 IPC
The "General" dialog window displays faults in the UPS.

Data point faults appear in "red". The dialog window displays trend histories and circuit diagrams, or status pages of the corresponding UPS
inputs and outputs.
Click on the required data point
The trend history of the data point is opened, see section Individual

trends on page 39

or
Click on the required data point with the right mouse key
A context menu with the <Circuit diagrams> menu item opens or the
UPS status page is called up
Further information can be found in section Menu Items of Context
Menus on page 351

3.2.8 Silo - Utilities / General

The "Utilities / General" dialog window displays silo consumption and


supply data.
12
3

4
5
6

1 <Utilities / General> tab 2 <Supplies> tab


3 <Folder> symbol For the 4 Communications display, see
whole silo, see section Dis- section Communications Dis-

playing Setting Differences play on page 321


on page 319
5 <Sys-Info> button, see sec- 6 <Folder> symbol for individual
tion Sys-Info on page 323 consumption data points of the
silo, see section Displaying Setting Differences on page 319

Clicking on the data fields calls up the corresponding trend histories, see
section Individual trends on page 39.

3.2.9 Silo - Supplies


The "Supplies" dialog window displays faulty data points. Faulty data
points appear in "red".

Clicking on the data point call up the corresponding trend history.


Use the right mouse key to call up additional functions.
Click on the required data point with the mouse key
A context menu opens:

The context menu is explained in detail in section Menu Items of Context


Menus on page 351.

3.2.10 Displaying Setting Differences


The operator can display the differences between Brckner or customer
settings and the current values.

Click on the <Folder> symbol


The "Load/Save Parameter" dialog window opens:

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1 <Folder> symbol
2 "Filter" input field
3 <Diskette> symbol
4 <List/File> symbol
5 <Exit> symbol

The symbols have the following meanings:


Symbol meanings
<Folder> symbol (1)
The <Folder> symbol lets you access the data directory on your hard

disk and select the required parameter file. The parameters are loaded
into the system
<Diskette> symbol (3)
The <Diskette> symbol lets you save the parameter data from the system to the hard disk
<List/File> symbol (4)
The <List/File> symbol lets you compare the current parameter data of
the system with the parameter files on the hard disk. The result is displayed in a list
"Filter" input field (2)
The filter can be used to quickly find a specific file. It is preset to the
specific system part.
Brckner has preset a term for filtering in the menus
Loading or saving
This task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

parameter data

Depending on your requirements, click on the <Folder>, <Diskette> or


<List/File> symbol
This activates the task, which will take several seconds to complete.
During this time, the selected symbol turns green and shows the
progress in %:

In various situations, the user can select between "Presetting" and


"Customer" buttons. The data will be loaded or saved from the Brckner
presettings (default) or from the customer settings.

The results of the task are displayed in a window:

You can print the list by clicking on the <Print> symbol


Close the window by clicking on the <Exit> symbol

3.2.11 Communications Display


The communications display is present in the various menus and dialog
windows.
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1 Received data
2 Transmitted data

The communications display has the following meaning:


Rx: n (1)
Counter for the telegram packets received in the PVSS from the PLC
(R = receive)
Tx: n (2)
Counter for the telegram packets transmitted from the PVSS to the
PLC (T = transmit)

Additional information on transmission can be displayed by doing the following:


Click on the display field
The following dialog window opens:

The dialog window shows various values for each type of communication.

3.2.12 Sys-Info
Click on the <Sys-Info> button
The following dialog window opens:

1 <PLC Stop> symbol

The dialog window shows the PLC status. The PLC can be stopped with
the <PLC Stop> symbol (1).
Click on the required data point
The trend history of the data point is opened
or
Click on the required data point with the right mouse key
A context menu opens
Further information can be found in section Menu Items of
Context
Menus on page 351

3.2.13 Extrusion
The "Extrusion" dialog window displays current values and
faults. Faults
appear in "red".

Clicking on a data point displays the corresponding trend


history.
Use the right mouse key to call up additional functions. See
section
Menu Items of Context Menus on page 351.
Information on the <Sys-Info> button can be found in section
Sys-Info
on page 323.
The <Load Data> button can be used to display differences in
consumption. See section Displaying Setting Differences on page 3
19.

3.2.14 Stretching
Clicking on the <Stretching> menu item opens the "Stretching General"
menu. Additional dialog windows can be selected via the tabs.
The "Utilities" dialog window displays the current values of parts of the Stretching
General -

stretching system and faulty data points. Faults appear in "red".


Utilities
5
1234

6
7
8
9
10

1 <Utilities> tab
2 <Supplies> tab See the topic
on Stretching General - Supplies on page 326
on page 326
3 <Customer Signals> tab 4 <Tce Signal Exchange> tab
See the topic on Stretching See the topic on Stretching

General- Customer Signals General - TCE Signal Exchange


on page 326
5 <Folder> symbol for the entire 6 Communications display for the
stretching area, see section entire stretching area, see secDisplaying Setting Differ- tion Communications Display
ences on page 319
on page 321
7 <Sys-Info> button System 8 <Sys-Info> button Safety
display, see section Sys-Info device display, see section Syson page 323
Info on page 323
9 <Folder> symbol for the safety 10 Communications
display of the
devices, see section Display- safety devices, see section
ing Setting Differences on Communications Display on
page 319
page 321

Clicking on a data point displays the corresponding trend history.


Use the right mouse key to call up additional functions. See section
Menu Items of Context Menus on page 351.
The "Supplies" dialog window displays faults. Faults appear in "red". Stretching
General Use the right mouse key to call up additional functions, see section
Supplies
Menu Items of Context Menus on page 351.
The "Customer Signals" dialog window displays the values of customer Stretching
Generaldevices in the system.
Customer Signals
The values depend very much on the specific customer system, which is
why an image of the dialog window will not be shown here.
Clicking on the data point calls up the corresponding trend history.
Use the right mouse key to call up the corresponding circuit diagrams,
see section Menu Items of Context Menus on page 351.
The "TCE Signal Exchange" dialog window displays the exchange of sig- Stretching
General nals between the PLC and the TCE.
TCE Signal
Faults appear in "red".
Exchange

The values depend very much on the specific customer


system, which is
why an image of the dialog window will not be shown here.
Clicking on a data point call up the corresponding trend history.
Use the right mouse key to call up circuit diagrams, see
section IPC on
page 316
Information on the <Sys-Info> button can be found in section
Sys-Info
on page 323.

3.2.15 Winder

The "Winder General" dialog window displays winder supply data. Faults
appear in "red".

Clicking on a data point call up the corresponding trend history.


Use the right mouse key to call up functions, see section Menu Items of
Context Menus on page 351.
Information on the <Sys-Info> button can be found in section Sys-Info
on page 323.

3.2.16 Overview Menu


Clicking on the <Overview> button opens a context menu:

By clicking on a menu item, you can select the temperature overviews of

the system parts you require. Further information is contain in the individual sections:
Extrusion...
See section Temperature Overview Extrusion on page 328
Stretching...
See section Temperature Overview Stretching on page 330

3.2.17 Temperature Overview Extrusion


Clicking on the <Extrusion...> menu item opens the "Temperature Overview Extrusion" dialog window:

The background colors indicate the following temperature ranges:


Green
Value is within the specified temperature range and is OK
Yellow
Value is outside of the specified temperature range. The deviation is
too small to be considered a fault
Red
Fault; value is outside of the predefined parameter limit
or
the device is faulty (e. g. sensor fault)

The affected zone in the system is switched off.


The fault must be corrected before the affected zone can be switched
back on.
Clicking on a data point calls up the corresponding trend history. Operating the
dialog
Clicking on the column headings opens a context menu:
window

Information on this context menu can be found in section


Menu Items of
Context Menus on page 351.
The <Setpoint> menu item can be used to change the setpoint
of the
data point, see the topic on Changing several setpoints on
page 338.

3.2.18 Temperature Overview Stretching


Clicking on the <Stretching...> menu item opens the "Temperature Overview Stretching" dialog window:

All displays and controls are identical to the "Temperature Overview


Extrusion" dialog window, see section Temperature Overview Extrusion
on page 328.

3.2.19 Buttons - E-Stop Line and E-Stop

The <E-Stop Line> and <E-Stop> buttons open dialog windows that display the alert settings and any active alerts from the equipment.
Use the right mouse key to call up the corresponding circuit diagrams and
the dialog window for the alert settings, see section Menu Items of Context Menus on page 351.
This is described below using the <E-Stop Line> button as an example:
Click on the <E-Stop Line> button or select the <Parameter> menu
item using the right mouse key
The "Str:General:Not-Stop" dialog window opens:
123
123

1 "Checkbox" column If the 2 "Input" column Indicates


checkbox is activated, the whether or not a signal is present
alert is displayed in the "Alert" for the input
column (3) when an alert
occurs
3 "Alert" column Indicates
whether or not an alert is
present

Clicking on a data point calls up the corresponding trend history.


Clicking on the data point with the right mouse key calls up the corresponding circuit diagrams, see section Menu Items of Context Menus
on page 351.

3.2.20 Alerts and Events

The "Alert" and "Event" menus list all active and previous alerts and
events.
Both menus can be called up via symbols in the PVSS menu bar.

For detailed information, see chapter Alerts and Events on page 41.

3.2.21 Machine Report


The machine report lists and saves (exports to Excel) selected values at
a specific time.
The menu can be called up via the symbol in the PVSS menu bar.

For detailed information, see chapter Machine Report on page 61.

3.2.22 Calling Up the Production Database RDH (Option)


Film stretching lines can optionally be equipped with the production database system RDH (Roll Data History). The RDH program manages all roll
production data ("roll data") that are collected and saved by the thickness
gauge system during production. These production data are made available by the RDH program for use later on e. g. in the Brckner CUT cut
optimization software.

Click on the <RDH> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to call up the RDH
production database

The main menu of the RDH program appears:

How to operate the "Roll Data History" RDH program is described in the
separate "RDH Manual".

Close the RDH program as described in the separate "RDH Manual" Returning to
PVSS
or:
Switch back to the PVSS visualization software by simultaneously
pressing the keys <Alt> and <Tab>
The PVSS main menu (system overview) appears

3.2.23 System Management


Users with the necessary access rights can call up error log files in the
"System Management" menu to view control processes. Further information can be found in section Viewing the Error Log Files on page 963
Data on system parts can be displayed in an Excel file, see section Con-

figuring and Creating Excel Reports on page 968.

3.2.24 Film Break

The <Filmbreak> button opens the dialog window in which the film break
settings can be made and any active film breaks are displayed.
Use the right mouse key to call up the dialog window for setting film
breaks.
Click on the <Filmbreak> button or select the <Parameter> menu item
using the right mouse key
The following dialog window opens:

4
123

1 "Checkbox" column If the 2 "Input" column Displays


checkbox is activated, the film whether or not a signal is present
break is displayed in the "Film for the input
Break" column (3) when a film
break occurs

3 "Film Break" column Dis- 4 "Time" column Displays the


plays whether or not a film setpoint and actual values for the
break is present
disabled time and delay times
Clicking on a data point calls up the corresponding trend history.
Clicking on the data point with the right mouse key calls up the
corresponding circuit diagrams, see section Menu Items of Context
Menus
on page 351.

3.3 Functions for Operating the Line


You can use these functions to change the setpoint settings. Setpoints
can be changed individually or for several data points at once. A change
is only transmitted to the system after this function is applied. The following sections contain information on the various changes that can be
made.

3.3.1 Changing Setpoints


Individual setpoints can be changed as described in section Entering Changing
individual
Numerical Values on page 36.
setpoints
Several setpoints can be changed at once using the <All Zones> button Changing
several
found in the various system component images or in the column heading.
setpoints
Click on the button (e. g. <All Zones>) or in a column heading of a data
table (e. g. "Die")
A context menu is displayed:

Click on the <Setpoint> menu item


The dialog window for the corresponding zone opens:
1

2
3
7
6

54
1 "Value" display field Value 2 "Relative" radio button The
that is transmitted to the sys- entered value is added to or
subtem after the "Apply" button is tracted from the current
setpoint
clicked
3 "Absolute" radio button The 4 <Cancel> button The
button
entered value replaces the closes the dialog window withcurrent setpoint
out saving the changes
5 <Apply> button The setpoint 6 <Minus> key Reduces
the disis transmitted to the system played value of the corresponding decimal place in the "Value"
(1) display field
7 <Plus> key Increases the
displayed value of the corresponding decimal place in the
"Value" (1) display field

Select the "Relative" (2) or "Absolute" (3) radio button


By selecting the "Relative" radio button, the entered value is
added to
the setpoint or subtracted from the setpoint (for example, if
the current
setpoint is 240 C, a relative change of +20 causes a
temperature
increase of 20 C so that the new setpoint equals 260 C)
By selecting the "Absolute" radio button, the entered value
replaces
the current setpoint (for example, if the current setpoint is
240 C, an
absolute change of +20 causes the new setpoint to be 20
C
Use the <Plus> and <Minus> keys to set the required value
Click on the <Apply> button
The dialog window closes and the value is transmitted to the system

3.3.2 Mode Menu


In the "Mode" menu, changes can be made to how the system starts up.
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10
4
9
5
8
7

1 <Operating> button Opens 2 <Ramping> button Opens a


a dialog window
dialog window
3 Display of received and trans- 4 <Trend> symbol Opens the
mitted data See section dialog window for the linear feed
Communications Display on trend, see section Individual
page 321
trends on page 39
5 <Trend> symbol Opens the 6 "Total" display field Product of
dialog window for the line multiplication of actual values (7)
speed trend, see section in "Column 1" and "Column 2"
Individual trends on page 3
9
7 "Actual" display fields Dis- 8 "Setpoint" display fields Display
play of the actual value for the of the setpoint for the correcorresponding column
sponding column
9 "Speed" drop-down menu 10 "Operating" display field DisSelection of speed mode in plays the current operating mode
the automatic mode
of the system

Clicking on the <Operating> button opens the "Operating Modes" dialog Operating
mode
window.
1
24242443

1 "Mode" display field Dis- 2 "Copy" checkbox If this checkplays the current operating box is activated, the values of the
mode of system
"Target Setpoint" column (3) are
copied to the corresponding column
3 "Target Setpoint" column 4 Column heading with changed
background color
The background color of the column heading (4) indicates the
operating
mode of the corresponding system parts:

Green
Current operating mode
Light green
It is possible to release the values for the operating mode
Clicking on the column heading with the right mouse key opens a context

menu.

<Release Conditions> menu item


The release conditions for the specific operating mode are displayed
<Copy Target to Source> menu item
The current target setpoints in the column (3) are copied to the columns for the specific operating mode
Clicking on the <Ramping> button opens the "Speed" dialog window.
Ramping
1

6
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1 "Mode" drop-down menu 2 <Copy to Target> button


3 <Ramp Stop> button 4 <Ramp Start> button
5 "Fast Section" display 6 "Slow Section" display

The dialog window shows the speeds of the line startup.


The line behavior during startup can be set up in the "Mode" (1) dropdown menu.
When the optimal values are reached, they can be copied into the corresponding column as setpoints using the <Copy to Target> (2) button.
The <Ramp Stop> (3) and <Ramp Start> (4) buttons are used to start
and stop the line startup.

The "Slow Section" (6) and "Fast Section" (5) displays can be used to
view the delay parameters while the line is starting up.

3.3.3 Production Settings Menu


The current production data can be viewed in the "Production Settings"
menu.
1
2

1 Display of recipe currently in 2 Display of product currently


use
being produced
3 <Campaign> button

Clicking on the "Campaign" (3) button opens the "Campaign" dialog window.
A new campaign can be set up in the dialog window.

The new campaign is used in the recipe manager and in the RDH.
Futher information can be found in chapter Recipe Manager on page 5
1.

3.3.4 RM - Recipe Manager

All recipe data can be viewed and managed in the recipe manager.
The recipe manager can be called up via the symbol in the
PVSS menu
bar.

Detailed information can be found in section Recipe


Manager on page
51.

3.3.5 Activating an Operator Alert Signal


In certain situations it may be convenient for the operator to
draw attention to himself or herself by activating an acoustic signal
(horn).
This convenience function lets personnel working at the PVSS
draw the
attention of another person. This may be useful considering
the long distances at the line.

Click on the <Horn> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to


activate the
operator signal
The horn sounds

3.3.6 Printing Screen Pages and Reports


You can print out any screen page as a "Screen shot" and
print out existing reports (lists).
Before printing a screen page, ensure that the printer is
ready (power
on, printer online, adequate paper supply).

Click on the <Print> symbol in the PVSS menu bar or in the menus or
dialog windows to print out a screen shot or the corresponding report
The "Print" dialog window appears:

In the "Name" drop-down menu, select the desired printer


Make any necessary print settings:
Click on the <Properties> button
The "Properties" dialog window opens
Enter the desired changes in the "Properties" dialog window
Close the "Properties" dialog window if necessary
Enter the desired number of printouts in the "Number of copies" input
field
Click on the <OK> button
While the system is busy building up the screen display, it displays an
hour clock and will not accept user entries. Printing begins after approximately 30 seconds.
The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular
operating system and user program and may deviate from the screens
shown here.

3.3.7 Calling Up the TCE Control Software


A thickness gauge system is used in the film stretching line to control film
thickness.
Depending on the type of thickness gauge system in use, it can optionally
be operated using the Brckner TCE control software (TCE = Thickness
Control Evaluation).

Click on the <TCE> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to call up the TCE
control software for the thickness gauge system
The main menu of the TCE control software appears:

How to operate the TCE control software is described in the separate


"TCE Manual".
Several important parameters and status displays of the thickness
gauge system are displayed in the PVSS system overview. See section Production Rates Menu on page 313.

Return to PVSS

Click on the <System Overview> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to


return to the PVSS visualization software
The PVSS main menu (system overview) appears

3.4 Control Functions


3.4.1 Calling up Context Menus
Context menus can be used to intervene directly in the operation of individual components and system parts (e. g. starting and stopping system
devices, changing set values).
Context menus can be called up by one of two methods:
222212

22222
2

1 Buttons The context menu 2 Symbols, setpoint field, display

is called up by clicking with fields, graphic elements, and


the left mouse key
similar The context menu is
called up by clicking with the
right mouse key

The color of the context menu indicates whether or not it can be


accessed by the active PVSS user. If the text in the context menu is gray
(like the screen background), the current user is not authorized to activate any of the control functions.
The number of control functions can vary from user to user. Occasionally, the operator is restricted to a subgroup of functions and the entire
scope of functions is only accessible in the service mode (user "ce" or
"ct").

The following figure shows a typical context menu:

Control functions can either change the state of variables directly, such
as switching a drive on and off, or they open further dialog windows, such
as to change setpoints or view trend data.
If you click on a control field, a context menu opens with the available
functions. As long as this menu is open you can select one of the functions with a mouse click. The menu closes automatically when you click
outside of the menu.

3.4.2 Menu Items of Context Menus


The following table describes the menu items of the various context
menus.
Menu Item Significance
The corresponding device, system part or function is
started.

The corresponding device, system part or function is


stopped.
The fault of the corresponding device, system part or
function is reset if the fault is no longer active.
All faults for the corresponding area are reset if the
faults are no longer active.
The device, system part or function is released and
data transmission to the system is started.
The device, system part or function is blocked and data
transmission to the system is stopped.
A dialog window opens. Depending on the dialog window, parameters can be viewed and changed, or functions can be set up.

Menu Item Significance


This menu item is used to define the conditions for locking the data point in a dialog window when an alert
becomes active. The <Maximum> and <Minimum>
menu items can be used to define the conditions for
locking the data point at certain desired limits.
A dialog window with a list of circuit diagrams or status
pages opens. Clicking on the desired list element displays a dialog window with the corresponding circuit
diagram or status page.

A dialog window with the trend display of the value


opens.
Clicking on a menu item displays the trend of these values.
The setpoint is adjusted using the <Main Setpoint>
menu item.
The <Ancillary Setpoint> menu item can be used to set
an additional setpoint.
The <Automatic> menu item switches the control to
automatic.
The <Yman> menu item switches the device to manual
mode but the setpoints do not change.
The <Ymin> menu item switches the device to manual
mode and sets the set value to a minimum.
The <Ymax> menu item switches the device to manual
mode and sets the set value to a maximum.
The corresponding device is moved to the offsheet
position.
The corresponding device is moved to its work position.
Clicking on the corresponding menu item loads or
saves the desired data.
Clicking on "default" loads the Brckner default data or
saves them as preset data.
Clicking on "customer" loads the customer-specific data
or saves them as customer-specific data.

4 Alerts and Events


4.1 Alert Panel Menu
4.1.1 Calling Up the Alert Panel Menu
The "Alert panel" menu lists all current and previous alerts. Active alerts
can be acknowledged and commented. You can view the history of each
individual alert in a number of ways. All alert lists or parts thereof can be
printed.

Click on the <Alert History> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


The "Alert panel" dialog window appears:
1
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8
7
6
5

1 "Alert panel" window area 2 <Diskette> symbol


(alert list)
3 <Print> symbol
4 <Exit> symbol
5 "Filter settings" window area 6 "No. of alerts" display field
7 <Modify filter> button 8 "Selected filter" drop-down menu

Alerts are not displayed in the "Alert panel" menu when it is first called up.
Therefore, it is necessary to first make the filter and time settings for the
alerts that are to appear on the screen (see section Filter and Time Settings on page 410).
The number of alerts after filtering can be viewed in the "No. of alerts" (6)
display field.
The other display fields of the "Filter settings" (5) window area contain the
settings of the filtering that was performed.
In some configurations, a window named "Properties of Alert Panel" is

automatically displayed after the "Alert panel" menu is loaded. In this


case, proceed as described in section Filter and Time Settings on
page 410.

4.1.2 Alert List


The following figure shows the alert list in the "Alert panel" menu. The
alert list content is explained in the subsequent table.
To view the entire content, use the scroll bars at the bottom and right
edge of the list.

The alarm list has the following content:


Column

Content
Type
Alarm priority (for an explanation, see the topic on
Alert types on page 118)
Time
Date and time of alert arrival
Message

Short description of alert status


Direction
CAME when the alert appeared
LEFT when the alert disappeared
Data points
Name of data point for activating the alert
Value
0 no alert
1 alert active
Column
Content
!

Alerts can be acknowledged by clicking in this


field
!!! Alert has not been acknowledged.
x Alert was acknowledged individually
xxx Several alerts were acknowledged via the
<Acknowledge All> button in the "List of Current
Alerts" menu, see the topic on List of current
alerts on page 117

Time of confirmation Date and time of acknowledgement


?

>
...

Number of comments for the alert


Clicking in the cell opens the "Comment" dialog
window. In this dialog window you can enter comments on the alert.
Clicking in the cell opens the "Open" dialog window.
Clicking in the cell opens the "Message details"
dialog window. The dialog window contains
details on the alert.

All alerts and their data are taken over from the alert line into the "Alarm
panel" window area (see section Alert Line on page 115).

4.1.3 Resetting Alert Messages


The system control unit monitors the entire operation of the
film stretching line. Any faults that occur are displayed in the alert display
at the top
edge of the screen of the PVSS main menu.
Additional information on the alert messages and on alert

management
can be found in section Alert Line on page 115.

Click on the <Reset> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to


reset alert messages
The current software alert is reset in the PLC if the alert is
no longer
active. The alert counter in the alert line is reduced by "1"
Alert messages can only be reset if the cause for the fault
has been
eliminated and the alert is no longer active in the PLC.
Analyze the alert
messages that occur according to their priority and do not
forget to troubleshoot the system should it become necessary.

4.2 Event Panel Menu


4.2.1 Calling Up the Event Panel Menu
All events that occurred are listed in the "Events" menu. Events are any
changes to parameters (setpoints, actual values) that occurred while the
PVSS was running.

Click on the <Event History> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


The "Event panel" menu appears:
1
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5
7
8
6

1 "Event panel" window area 2 <Diskette> symbol


(events list)

3 <Print> symbol
4 <Exit> symbol
5 "Filter settings" window area 6 "No. of events" display field
7 <Modify filter> button 8 "Selected filter" drop-down menu

Events are not displayed in the "Event panel" menu when it is first called
up. Therefore, it is necessary to first make the filter and time settings for
the events that are to appear on the screen (see section Filter and Time
Settings on page 410).
The number of events after filtering can be viewed in the "No. of events"
(6) display field.
The other display fields of the "Filter settings" (5) window area contain the
settings of the filtering that was performed.
In some configurations, a window named "Properties of Event Panel" is
automatically displayed after the "Event panel" menu is loaded. In this
case, proceed as described in section Filter and Time Settings on
page 410.

4.2.2 Event List


The following figure shows the event list in the "Event panel" menu. The
event list content is explained in the subsequent table.
To view the entire content, use the scroll bars at the bottom and right
edge of the list.
Display field (1) and buttons (2) and (3) only appear after an event is
selected in the list.

1 "Details of selected line" dis- 2 <Trend of set DP> button


play field
3 <Set filter> button
4 Event list
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

"Details of selected line" (1) display field


The display field contains the event marked in the "Event list" (4) window area
<Trend of set DP> (2) button
Clicking on the button displays the trend of the event shown in the
"Details of selected line" (1) display field in a dialog window.
For general information on the trend display, see section Displaying
the Trend History of Individual Parameters on page 848

<Set filter> (3) button


Clicking on the button copies the event in the "Details of selected line"
(1) display field to the "Place holder" input field (see the topic on Filter
for events on page 420)
"Event list" (4) window area
The columns of the event list are explained in the following table:

Column
Content
Time
Date and time of event
Message
Brief description of event
Value
Value of data point at event
dpElement
Name of data points for triggering the event
Details
Clicking in the cell opens the "Event details" dialog window. The dialog window contains details
on the event.

4.3 Filter and Time Settings


The "Alert panel" and "Event panel" menus contain a filter function with
which the list of alerts and events can be called up according to the
entered filter criteria and can be filtered more narrowly if necessary.

4.3.1 Starting the Filtering Process


Alerts or events are not displayed in the "Alert panel" or "Event panel"
menu when they are first called up. Therefore, it is necessary to first
make the filter and time settings for the events and alerts that are to
appear on the screen.
Filter settings
window area

2
1

1 "Selected filter" display field 2 <Modify filter> button


with drop-down menu

The display field and button have the following meanings:


"Selected filter" (1) display field and drop-down menu
A predefined filter and time setting can be selected in the display field
using the drop-down menu. As soon as a list element is selected from
the drop-down menu, the PVSS program begins filtering.
A new list element can be created via the "Properties of Alert Panel" or
"Properties of Event Panel" dialog window, see section Configuring
the Filter Settings on page 413.
When filtering via the "Modify filter" button, the list element selection is

ignored and the "Properties of Alert Panel" or "Properties of Event


Panel" dialog window opens
<Modify filter> (2) button
This button is used to open the "Properties of Alert Panel" or "Properties of Event Panel" dialog window.
In the dialog windows, the filter settings can be made and filtering of
alerts and events can be started.
Filter configurations can be saved. These are then available in the
"Selected filter" (1) drop-down menu (see section Configuring the Filter Settings on page 413)
If you have already saved the filter criteria in a configured filter:
Using a configured
filter
Select the desired configured filter from the "Selected filter" (1) dropdown menu
The filtering process is started
After filtering, alerts and events are displayed in the "Alarm panel" or
"Event panel" window area according to the filter criteria that were set
If you would like to use new filter criteria:
Using new filter
criteria
Click on the <Modify filter> (2) button
The "Properties of Alert Panel " or "Properties of Event Panel" menu
opens:

Enter all filter criteria into the dialog windows (tabs) as described in the
following sections
If you would like to use the configuration later on, save the filter criteria
settings in a new filter. Proceed as described in section Saving and
Managing Filter Configurations on page 428
Close the menu with the <OK> button
The filtering process starts
After filtering, alerts and events are displayed in the "Alarm panel" or
"Event panel" window area according to the filter criteria that were set

4.3.2 Configuring the Filter Settings


Clicking on the <Modify filter> button opens the "Properties of Alert
Panel" or "Properties of Event Panel" dialog window.

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1 "Tab" window area The 2 "Configuration" window area


<Time range> dialog window
is shown here
3 <Cancel> button
4 <OK> button
The window areas and buttons have the following meanings:

Meaning of window
areas and buttons
"Tabs" (1) window area

Filter settings can be configured in the tabs. The tabs are described in
the following sections.
The dialog windows for alerts and events are largely identical. Any differences are pointed out in the explanations of the dialog windows
"Configuration" (2) window area
In the "Configuration" window area, you can save the settings you
made under a new configuration name.
Saved configurations can be loaded and deleted.
The configurations are displayed as list elements in the drop-down
menu of the "Selected filter" display field (see section Calling Up the
Alert Panel Menu on page 41 or section Calling Up the Event Panel
Menu on page 46)
<OK> (4) button
Clicking on this button starts the filtering process.
The dialog window closes automatically and the alerts and events are
presented in the respective lists

4.3.3 Selecting the Time Range


Clicking on the <Time range> tab opens the "Time range" dialog window:
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6
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1 "Closed" radio button 2 "Open" radio button


3 "Current" radio button 4 "Chronological" checkbox
5 "Max. number lines" input 6 "Time range" display field with
field
drop-down menu
7 "Start" window area 8 "End" window area
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

Meaning of fields

and buttons
"Closed" (1) radio button
If the "Closed" radio button is activated, active alerts and events are
displayed for a fixed time period.
The time period can be selected in the "Time range" (6) display field
"Open" (2) radio button
If the "Open" radio button is activated, the maximum number of alerts
and events is displayed according to the entry in the "Max. number
line" input field
"Current" (3) radio button
If the "Current" radio button is activated, all currently active alerts are

displayed (this radio button is not present for events)


"Chronological" (4) checkbox
The "Chronological" checkbox can be used to sort displayed alerts
and events according to time (checkbox activated) or priority (checkbox deactivated)
"Max. number line" (5) input field
In this input field, the maximum number of alerts or events to appear in
the display can be set when the "Open" (2) radio button is activated
"Time range" display field with drop-down menu (6)
In the drop-down menu of the display field, the time range can be set
for the alerts and events that occurred.
When the "Any time interval" list element is selected, the "Start" (7)
and "End" (8) window areas become active
"Start" (7) and "End" (8) window areas
In these window areas, a start and end time can be selected for the
time period over which the alerts and events that occurred will be displayed.
The input fields are only active if the "Close" (1) radio button is activated and the "Any time interval" list element has been selected in the
"Time range" display field
Select the required settings in the "Time range" dialog window
Selecting the time
range

4.3.4 Defining the Filter

Clicking on the <Filter> tab opens the "Filter" dialog window.


The "Filter" dialog window is structured differently for alerts and events.
Filter for alerts
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11
10
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1 "Alert state" radio buttons 2 "Short sign" input field


3 "Multiling. text" input field 4 "Alert text" input field
5 <DP search> button 6 "Data points" display field
7 <Delete all data points> sym- 8 <Delete selected data point>
bol
symbol
9 <Confirm data point> symbol 10 <Insert data point> symbol
11 <Data point selector> symbol 12 "Place holder" input field

13 "Group-filter" radio button 14 "DPE-filter" radio button


The elements in the window area have the following meanings:

"Alert state" (1) radio buttons


In this window area, the radio buttons can be used to define
the alert
state for displaying the alert. You can select from "All",
"Unacknowledged", "Pending" and "Unacknowledged and pending"
"Short sign" (2) input field
Entry of a short sign according to which the alert is to be filtered
"Multiling. text" (3) input field
Entry of a multilingual text according to which the alert is to be filtered
"Alert text" (4) input field
Entry of an alert text according to which the alert is to be filtered
<DP search> (5) button
Clicking on the <DP search> button opens the "DP
Matching" dialog
window in which you can search for data points.
This button is only active when the "DPE-filter" (14) radio
button is activated

"Data points" (6) display field


This display field contains a list of all data points for
which filtering
should take place
<Data point selector> (11) symbol
Clicking on this button opens the "Data point selector" dialog window.
In the data point selector, you can select data points for filtering.
A description of the data point selector can be found in
section
Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group under
the topic of
Data point selector on page 830
<Insert data point> (10) symbol
Clicking on this button inserts the data point from the "Place
holder"
display field into the "Data points" display field
<Confirm data points> (9) symbol
Clicking on this button confirms changes in the "Place

holder" display
field
<Delete all data points> (7) symbol
Clicking on this button deletes all data points in the "Data
points" display field
<Delete selected data point> (8) symbol
Clicking on this button deletes the data point selected in the
"Data
points" display field
"Place holder" (12) input field
In this input field, a data point can be entered or the name
of a located
data point can be changed
"Group-filter" (13) and "DPE-filter" (14) radio buttons
These radio buttons are used to determine whether filtering
should
occur according to data point elements (14) or data point
groups (13)
Filter for events

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1 "Multiling. text" input field 2 <DP search> button


3 "Data points" display field 4 <Delete all data points> symbol
5 <Delete selected data point> 6 <Confirm data point> symbol
symbol
7 <Insert data point> symbol 8 <Data point selector> symbol
9 "Status bits" window area 10 "Place holder" input field
11 "Group-filter" radio button 12 "DPE-filter" radio button
The elements in the window area have the following meanings:

"Multiling. text" (1) input field


Entry of a multilingual text according to which the event is to be filtered
<DP search> (2) button

Clicking on the <DP search> button opens the "DP


Matching" dialog
window in which you can search for data points.
This button is only active when the "DPE-filter" (12) radio
button is activated

"Data points" (3) display field


This display field contains a list of all data points for which
filtering
should take place
<Data point selector> (8) symbol
Clicking on this button opens the "Data point selector" dialog window.
In the data point selector, you can select data points for filtering.
A description of the data point selector can be found in
section
Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group under
the topic of
Data point selector on page 830
<Insert data point> (7) symbol

Clicking on this button inserts the data point from the "Place
holder"
display field into the "Data points" display field
<Delete all data points> (4) symbol
Clicking on this button deletes all data points in the "Data points" display field
<Delete data point> (5) symbol
Clicking on this button deletes the data point selected in the "Data
points" display field
<Confirm data points> (6) symbol
Clicking on this button confirms changes in the "Place holder" display
field
"Status bits" window area
This window area serves no purpose at this time
"Place holder" (10) input field
In this input field, a data point can be entered or the name of a located
data point can be changed
"Group-filter" (11) and "DPE-filter" (12) radio buttons
These radio buttons are used to determine whether filtering should
occur according to data point elements (12) or data point groups (11)

Select the required settings in the "Filter" tab


Setting the filter

4.3.5 Selecting the Filter Types


Clicking on the <Filter types> tab opens the "Filter types" dialog window.

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4

1 "Filter types of the datapoint 2 <Inverting> button


elements" display window
3 "Show alert summary" check- 4 <Reset> button
box

The window areas and buttons have the following meanings:


Meaning of fields
and buttons
"Filter types of the datapoint elements" (1) display window
This window contains a list of all filter types with their respective status.
The status can be changed by clicking into the corresponding cell.
You can select between "Display" and "No display"
<Inverting> (2) button
Clicking on this button reverses the status in the "Status" column
"Show alert summary" (3) checkbox
When the checkbox is activated, an alert overview is displayed in the
"Alert" menu.
This checkbox is not present in the event tab

<Reset> (4) button


Clicking on this button resets the status to its default setting
Select the required settings in the <Filter types> tab
Selecting the filter
type

4.3.6 Selecting the Filter System


Clicking on the <Filter systems> tab opens the "Filter systems" dialog
window.

For distributed systems, you can select the local system in which filtering
is to take place in this dialog window.
Click on the desired local system in the list
The selected system is highlighted in gray and will be used in filtering

4.3.7 Defining the Sorting Selection

Clicking on the <Sort> tab opens the "Sorting" dialog window.

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1 "Table columns" display field 2 "Sorting sequence" display field


3 <All to right> button 4 <One to right> button
5 <One to left> button 6 <All to left> button

In this tab, sorting can be defined according to one or more criteria.


The list element at the top of the "Sorting sequence" (2) display field will
have priority during sorting. The sorting sequence priority of a list element is lower the further down it is located in the list.
The <All to right> (3) button can be used to move all list elements to the
right.
The<One to left> (5) and <All to left> (6) buttons can be used to move list
elements that are not needed in the "Sorting sequence" (2) display field
back to the "Table column" (1) display field.
Perform the following steps to define a sorting sequence:
Defining the sorting
sequence
Select a list element in the "Table column" (1) display field

Click on the <One to right> (4) button


The list element is moved from the "Table column" (1) display field to
the "Sorting sequence" (2) display field
The same procedure can be used to move additional list elements

4.3.8 Defining the Header


In the <General> tab, a header can be defined for the printout of alerts
and events.
Clicking on the <General> tab opens the "General" dialog window:

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2

1 "Header in the printout" dis- 2 <Language> button


play field
This button has the following purpose:

Language button
<Language> (2) button
The <Language> (2) button can be used to open the "Language" dia-

log window in which header texts can be entered for various selectable
languages:

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2
3
4

1 "Language" display field and 2 "Header" input field


drop-down menu
3 <OK> button

4 <Cancel> button

Perform the following steps to enter a header:


Entering the header
Click on the <Language> button
The "Language" dialog window opens
Select the desired language in the "Language" (1) drop-down menu
Enter the desired header in the "Header" input field
If desired, select additional languages and enter further headers
Click on the <OK> button
The dialog window closes and the <General> tab is refreshed

4.3.9 Saving and Managing Filter Configurations


The filter configurations can be managed in the lower area of the "Time
range" dialog window.
In the "Configuration" window area, filter configurations can be:
loaded
saved

deleted

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1 "Configuration" drop-down 2 <Load> button


menu
3 <Save> button
4 <Delete> button

The <Load> (2) button can be used to select a saved filter configuration
Loading
in the drop-down menu, load it and modify it if necessary.
The <Save> (3) button can be used to save changes in the "Properties of
Saving
Alert Panel" or "Properties of Event Panel". Newly adjusted filter configurations can be saved under a name and used again later.
The saved filter configurations are available as list elements in the dropdown menu of the "Selected Filter" display field (see section Calling Up
the Alert Panel Menu on page 41 or section Calling Up the Event
Panel Menu on page 46).
The <Delete> (4) button can be used to delete the filter configuration
Deleting
selected in the "Configuration" (1) drop-down menu.

5 Recipe Manager
The recipe manager is a product data memory and saves

system data
and settings under a specific name ("recipe"). If the same
product is manufactured again later, all of the necessary settings can be
loaded back
into the system.
You will required the appropriate access permissions to work
with the recipe manager. These rights are issued by the administrator.
In the "Authorizations" submenu of the "System Management"
menu, the
administrator can configure the permissions of the various user
groups
(e. g. operators, administrator) to access the "Recipe
Manager" menu.
See section Calling Up the Authorizations Menu on page 9
18.
Without these special permissions, various functions of the
recipe manager will not be accessible.
Access permissions can be restricted to the following five tasks:
Recipe manager
permissions

"Send to plant"
Permission to select recipes in the recipe manager and
transfer them
to the line for production, or to retrieve recipes from the line
"Print recipe"
Permission to print recipes
"Save recipe"
Permission to modify and save recipes
"Delete recipe"
Permission to delete recipes from the recipe manager
"Export to Excel"
Permission to export recipes from the recipe manager to an
Excel file,
or to import recipe files

5.1 Calling Up the Recipe Manager

Click on the <Recipe Manager> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


The "Recipe Manager" menu appears:
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15
1 <Line> symbol
2 <Read current recipe> button
The current production data are
read in from the line (1), transferred to the workstation (4) and
displayed in the "Production
data" (16) window area
3 <Send> button The current 4 <Export> button The
current
recipe data in the "Production production data are transferred
data" window area are trans- from the line (1) to an Excel file
ferred from the workstation (5) (6)
to the line (1)

5 <Workstation> symbol 6 <Excel> symbol


7 <Import> button The pro- 8 <Save> button The current
recduction data are read in from ipe data in the "Production data"
an Excel file (6), transferred to window area are saved to the
the workstation (5) and dis- hard disk (10)
played in the "Production
data" (16) window area
9 <Load recipe> button The 10 <Hard disk> symbol
recipe is transferred from the
hard disk (10) to the workstation (5)
11 <Delete> button The recipe 12 <Recycle bin> symbol
selected in the "Recipe list"
(23) window area is transferred to the recycle bin (12)
and deleted
13 <Template> symbol All pro- 14 "Status" display field
The
duction data in the "Produc- PVSS status is displayed in the
tion data" (16) window area display field
are deleted. The input fields
are empty and new values
can be entered or read in from
the line
15 <Set Recipe Read Only> but- 16 "Production data" window
area
ton The recipe is set to In this window area, production
"Read only". After this, the data (recipe data) can be viewed
status can no longer be
or modified depending on the
program situation
changed
17 "Page" drop-down menu 18 "Thickness" display field
DisSelection of a line section (e. plays the current film thickness
g. "1 Extrusion") for displaying corresponding to the recipe
recipe data in the "Production selected for production
data" (16) window area. This
replaces the scrolling function
19 "Line speed" display field 20 "Output" display field
Displays
Displays the current line
the current output of the line cor-

speed corresponding to the responding to the recipe


selected
recipe selected for production for production
21 "Recipe name" input field 22 <Get Recipe List> button
The
New recipe names can be "Recipe List" window area is
entered or existing recipe updated
names can be modified in this
input field
23 "Recipe List" window area 24 <Help> symbol
List of all recipes saved on
hard disk
25 <Print> symbol
26 <Exit> symbol

In the "Production data" (16) window area, individual pages can be


Selecting pages
selected for quick access to cells without having to use the scroll bar.
Select the desired page in the "Page" (17) drop-down menu.

The "Production data" (16) window area is updated and the


top of the
selected page is displayed. In very long pages, the scroll
bar must be
used to view further production data.
This selection can also be used to restrict the scope of recipe data trans-

ferred from the workstation to the line or of production data transferred


from the line to the workstation.

5.2 Saving Current Production Data


as a Recipe
Current production data can transferred from the line to the PVSS and
saved as a recipe using the recipe manager.
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3
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1 <Line> symbol
2 <Read current recipe> button
3 <Workstation> symbol 4 <Save> button
5 <Hard disk> symbol 6 "Production data" window area
7 "Page" drop-down menu 8 "Thickness" display field
9 "Line speed" display field 10 "Output" display field
11 "Recipe name" input field

If necessary, select the desired line section in the "Page" (7) drop- Getting
production
down menu (e. g. "1 Extruder") or select a parameter in the "Producdata
tion data" (6) window area
This selection can be used to restrict the scope of
production data
read out of the line. The selection made here is queried

in a dialog
window in the next step
Click on the <Read current recipe> (2) button
The "Get recipe from plant to display" dialog window opens:

Select a radio button (e. g. "All")


If the "All" radio button is activated, all current production data of the
line are transferred to the workstation.
If the "Actual page" radio button is activated, the production data of the
selected line section ("Page" drop-down menu) are transferred to the
workstation.
If the "Marked Lines" radio button is activated, the production data of
the line selected in the "Production data" (6) window area are transferred to the workstation
Click on the <OK> button
The "Production data" (6) window area is updated and the current production values of the line are visible in the "Thickness" (8), "Line
speed" (9) and "Output" (10) display fields
Enter a name for the recipe to be saved in the "Recipe name" (11) Saving a
recipe
input field
Click on the "Save" (4) button
The recipe is saved to the hard disk (5)

5.3 Modifying Recipes


Recipes can be modified using one of the following methods:

Values of existing recipes can be changed and, if necessary, saved


under a new name in the "Production data" (11) window area
Values can be exported and imported using Excel (4). This is a convenient method of making changes
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1 "Recipe list" window area 2 <Screen> symbol


3 <Export> button

5 <Import> button

4 <Excel> symbol

6 <Save> button

7 <Load recipe> button 8 <Hard disk> symbol


9 <Template> symbol 10 <Set Recipe Read Only> button
11 "Production data" window 12 "Page" drop-down menu
area
13 "Recipe name" input field 14 <Get Recipe List> button

The user can click on the <Get Recipe List> (14) button to update the
"Recipe List" window area to view all recipes at all times.
For example, this button is useful if the user interrupts work with the recipe manager. During the pause, other users may create and save new
recipes on other workstations.
Select a recipe in the "Recipe List" (1) window area
Modifying recipe
data directly
Click on the <Load recipe> (7) button
The values of the recipe are displayed in the "Production data" (11)
window area
In the "Production data" (11) window area, double-click to select the
cell in which the value is to be changed
The "Value entry" dialog window opens:

Modify the value with the "+"- and "" keys as required (see section
Entering Numerical Values on page 36)
Close the "Value entry" dialog window by clicking on the appropriate
symbol
The "Production data" window area is updated and the modified value
appears in the respective cell
Repeat this procedure until you have changed all values as desired
If you would like to save the changes as a new recipe:
Enter a new name for the recipe in the "Recipe name" (13) input field
Click on the <Save> (6) button
The recipe is saved to the hard disk under the same name or under
the new name (8)
The values in the light blue cells are data points that are normally not
sent to the line. Transferring these values causes a sudden change in
the values and could lead to process faults.

Modifying recipes in
Only the current recipe can be modified!

Excel

Click on the <Export> (3) button


Excel opens

The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular


operating system and user program and may deviate from the screens
shown here.

Enter the required changes in the corresponding field


Save the changes only
To ensure that the line will continue working smoothly with the Brckner presettings, do not use "Save as" in Excel
Close Excel
Click on the <Import> (5) button
The "Production data" (11) window area is updated.
Additional steps can be performed as described in Modifying recipe
data directly on page 59

Recipes can be protected against being changed.


Select the recipe you wish to protect in the "Recipe list" (1) window Protecting
recipes
area

Click on the <Set Recipe Read Only> (10) button


In the "Recipe list" window area, the recipe is labeled with "RO" (read
only)

Recipes with "RO" can no longer be changed. If you made changes to


the recipe anyway, you can save the recipe under a new name.

If you made changes to protected recipes:


Enter a new name for the recipe in the "Recipe name" (13) input field
Click on the <Save> (6) button
The recipe is saved to the hard disk (8) with a new name

All values in the "Production data" (11) window area can be deleted by Deleting all
values
clicking on the <Template> (9) symbol.
If new production data are subsequently entered, the recipe must be
saved under a new name.
Click on the <Template> (9) symbol
The values in the "Production data" (11) window area are deleted
Enter new values in the cells of the "Production data" (11) window
area
Enter a new name for the recipe in the "Recipe name" (13) input field
Click on the <Save> (6) button
The recipe is saved to the hard disk (8) with a new name

5.4 Sending Recipes to the Line


Recipes or parts of recipes can be sent to the line by the recipe manager
and used in production.

Attention
Only send recipes or parts of recipes that are visible in the
"Production data" window area.
Recipes sent to the line become active immediately! For
this reason, this task may only be performed by operators
with the necessary permissions.

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1 "Page" drop-down menu 2 "Production data" window area


3 "Recipe name" input field 4 "Recipe list" window area
5 <Line> symbol

9 <Hard disk> symbol

6 <Send> button
7 <Workstation> symbol 8 <Load recipe> button

Select a recipe in the "Recipe list" (4) window area


Click on the <Load recipe> (8) button
The recipe is transferred from the hard disk (9) to the
workstation (7)
The "Production data" (2) window area is updated
Enter any changes you wish to make to the recipe in the
"Production
data" (2) window area
The changes to the recipe can be saved under a new

name. They can


then be loaded from the hard disk for use later on
If necessary, select the desired line section in the "Page"
(1) dropdown menu (e. g. "1 Extruder") or select a parameter in the
"Production data" (2) window area
This selection restricts the scope of production data
transferred to the
line. The selection made here is queried in a dialog window
in the next
step
Click on the <Send> (6) button
The "Send recipe from display to plant" dialog window opens:

Select a radio button (e. g. "All")


If the "All" radio button is activated, all production data
currently being
displayed in the "Production data" (2) window area are
transferred
from the workstation (7) to the line (5).
If the "Actual Page" radio button is activated, all production
data of the
line section selected in the "Production data" (2) window
area are
transmitted to the line (5). The page is selected in the
"Page" (1) dropdown menu.
If the "Marked Lines" radio button is activated, the
production data of
the line selected in the "Production data" (1) window area
are transferred to the line (5).
If the "Actual Page" and "Marked Lines" radio buttons are
activated,
the "Also send values marked blue" checkbox can be
activated as

well.
If the "Also send values marked blue" checkbox is activated,
the values in the light blue cells are transferred to the line
The values in the light blue cells are data points that are
normally not
sent to the line. Transferring these values causes a sudden
change in
the values and could lead to process faults.

Click on the <OK> button


The values of the recipe are sent to the line (4) and take
effect immediately

5.5 Deleting Recipes


Recipes that are no longer needed can be deleted from the recipe list.
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2
3
4

1 "Recipe list" window area 2 <Hard disk> symbol


3 <Delete> button
4 <Recycle bin> symbol

Select a recipe in the "Recipe list" (1) window area


Click on the <Delete> (3) button
The recipe is moved from the hard disk (2) to the recycle bin (4) and
deleted

6 Machine Report
The machine report lists all preconfigured values at a particuar point in
time.
All setpoints that are preconfigured in the line when this function is activated and the associated actual values are exported and made available
as a machine report in Excel format.
The machine report is used to document the operating state at a particular instant and may be used to trace back production states if this should
become necessary.

6.1 Calling Up the Machine Report

Click on the <Machine report> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


Excel opens and the machine report is displayed with the current values:

The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular


operating system and user program and may deviate from the screen
shown here.

By clicking on the Excel worksheets you can select the part of the
machine report that you would like to view.
Machine reports can be further edited using Excel tools, see General
Functions on page 63.

6.2 General Functions


Machine reports or parts of machine reports can be edited using Excel
tools.
These tools will not be described here. For information on working with

Excel, please refer to the MS Office/Excel user manual.


The machine report is closed by exiting Excel.

7 Raw Material Management


The "Raw material management" menu (silo overview) is used to manage the raw material. This menu gives you immediate access to the following information:
Schematic overview of raw material silos ("Silo" component image)
Silos that are in use and filled
Silos that are not in use or are empty
Alert states
Calling up of component images of resin storage and dosing units for
individual extruders (main extruder, coextruder)

7.1 Calling Up the Silo Overview

Click on the <Silo Overview> symbol in the PVSS menu bar


The "Raw material management" menu appears:
This "Silo overview" component image is an example. The component
images were created specifically for your system on a project- and
order-related basis. This means that the scope and structure of the
"Silo overview" system component image of your PVSS may deviate
from the example shown here.

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1 <Materials List> button 2 "Storage container" component


3 "Green" indicator Silo in 4 "Gray" indicator Silo not in
operation and filling level ade- operation
quate
5 "Main extrusion container" 6 "Coextruder 2 container" compocomponent
nent
7 "Coextruder 1 container" component
The color indicators (3, 4) use the following colors to indicate the operat- Color
information
ing state:

Gray Silo not running (not in use)


Green Silo running and filling level within acceptable limits
Red Silo inadequately filled or other fault

7.2 Raw Material Management Functions


The materials used in the line are listed in the materials list.
Materials list
Click on the <Materials List> button in the "Raw materials management" menu
The materials list opens:

In this dialog window you can edit the material names:


Select the required material from the list
Click on the <Edit> button
An editor in which you can change the name opens (e. g. Notepad)
Change the name and close the editor with Save
Close the materials list using the <OK> button
Depending on the structure of the storage areas, each component is rep- Component
images
resented by a corresponding component image:
Silo container (resin storage) (2)
Main extruder container (3)
Containers for coextruder (6) and (7), if applicable
Additional system-specific components, if applicable
The yellow areas of the various components may also appear in red. This
would indicate that an alert is active for the red system part.
Click on the yellow area of the component image
The selected component image opens, e. g. the "Resin Storage" component image:
The "Resin Storage" component image is only an example. The component images were created specifically for your system on a project- and
order-related basis. This means that the scope and structure of the

"Resin Storage" system component image of your PVSS may deviate


from the example shown here.

A detailed description of the elements of the component images and how


to operate the menu can be found in chapter System Component
Images auf Seite 21.
The individual silo containers can be labeled with the name of the mate- Entering
material
rial they contain.
names in silos

4
1

1 Empty material name field 2 Materials list


3 <OK> button
4 Name of material processed in
this silo container

Click on the white surface of the silo container (1) in the component
image
The materials list opens
Select the required material from the materials list (2)
Click on the <OK> (3) button
A message window appears
Click on the <Yes> button
The material name is entered in the silo container field

You can use the same procedure to change names even if there is
already an entry in the name field.

8 Trend Displays
The PVSS visualization software provides several trend display
options
for monitoring the control functions during operation of the film
stretching
line. Trend displays indicate the history of a parameter (data
point) over a
certain period of time. In this way, operating behavior and
control functions and processes can be graphically viewed, traced back
and documented.
The following display options are available:
Variable trends
Configurable trends
Trend histories of individual parameters

8.1 Variable Trends


The "Variable Trends" menu lets you monitor and configure
trend groups
that display up to eight parameters (data points) at the same
time.
You can also group data points of your choice in your own
trend groups
and configure them according to the instructions in this
section.
Every trend curve displays the value of the associated data
point over
time.
Every user can open and display variable trends in this menu.
To create new trend groups and process you own trend
groups, you

require the appropriate user access rights.


Suggestions on how else to use the variable trends are
provided in section Tips on Using Variable Trends on page 845.

8.1.1 Calling Up Variable Trend Displays

Click on the <Panel for Variable Trend> button in the PVSS menu bar
The "VT-Trend" menu appears:

1 Current date and time 2 "Trend-Para" menu Described


in section Description of the
Trend-Para Menu on page 84
3 "Existing trend groups" selec- 4 <View> button of "Trend-Para"
tion list
menu
5 Button bar (active after trend
group is called up)
Described in Description of
the Trend Display of a Trend
Group on page 87

Call up an existing trend group as follows:


Calling up a trend
group
Select an existing group by clicking the respective line in the selection
list (3) using the left mouse key

Click on the <View> (4) button in the "Trend-Para" menu


The selected variable trend appears (example: "VarTrend 0000"):

For a description of the menus and further operating procedures, see the
following sections.

8.1.2 Description of the Trend-Para Menu


The "Trend-Para" menu is used to call up existing trend groups and to "Trend-Para"
menu
create and configure new trend groups.

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3
876
10 9

1 "Existing trend groups" selec- 2 "Time range" drop-down menu


tion list
3 <Help> button

5 <Cancel> button

7 <Display> button

9 <Forward> button

4 <Edit> button

6 <Delete> button

8 <New> button

10 <Copy> button
The buttons have the following meanings:

Button functions
<Copy> (10) button

The <Copy> button is used to duplicate an existing trend


group with its
entire parameterization set under a new name, after which it
can be
edited further.
How to use this function is described in section Creating
New Trend
Groups on page 840.
<New> (8) button
The <New> button is used to create a new trend group with
a trend
curve that has not yet been defined.
How to create new trend groups is described in section
Creating New
Trend Groups on page 840
<Delete> (6) button
The <Delete> button is used to permanently delete the
selected trend
group from the system. Parameterizations linked to this
trend group
are lost
<Edit> (4) button
The <Edit> button calls up the "Trend configuration editor"
menu.
How to modify trend configurations and configure new trend
groups is
described in section Configuring Variable Trends on page
823
<Forward> (9) button
The <Forward> button is used to open a window for
determining the
desired time range of the trend display.
How to specify the time range using this window is
described in section Calling Up and Viewing Variable Trends on page 812
<View> (7) button

The <View> button calls up the trend group selected in the


selection
list (1) and displays it on the screen.
How to call up existing trend groups is described in section
Calling Up
and Viewing Variable Trends on page 812
<Help> (3) button
Calls up an online help on the "Trend-Para" menu
There are two methods of opening the "Trend-Para" menu:
Calling up the
The menu appears automatically when the "Variable Trends" menu is "Trend-Para"
menu
called up in the PVSS main menu (see section Calling Up Variable
Trend Displays on page 82)
The menu can be called up in the "VT-Trends" trend display:
Click on the <Properties> button in the VT trend display (see section
Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group on page 87)
To close the "Trend-Para" menu, click on the <Cancel> button
Closing the "TrendPara" menu
If the "Trend-Para" menu is open while a trend history of a trend group is
being displayed, the window is closed and the trend curves become fully
visible.
If the "Trend-Para" menu is open while a trend group is not being displayed (e. g. after the "Variable Trends" menu is called up from the PVSS
main menu), the "VT-Trend" menu appears with an hour glass and the
message "Reading data..." appears on the screen:

Click on the <Close> button to close the "VT-Trend" menu

8.1.3 Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group


The "VT-Trend" display has the following functions and display options: VT-trend
display
4
1
2
3

5
17

6
7

16

15
14
12
11
10
9
8
13

1 Current date and time 2 Legend with information on trend


curves
3 Function bar for the trend dis- 4 Name of open trend group
play
5 Trend curve display area 6 Time line (date and time)
7 Scroll bar for time axis 8 <Help> button

9 <Close> button
10 <Export to CSV> button
11 <Toolbar> button
12 <Legend> button
13 <Properties> button 14 <Print> button
15 Activity indicator (bars) 16 Explanation of color coding of
Appears while the trend dis- trend curves with data point
play is being loaded
name
17 Value scale of individual trend
curves

The buttons have the following meanings:


Button functions
<Print> (14) button
Prints the current screen display
<Properties> (13) button
The <Properties> button opens the "Trend-Para" menu. Here you can
change the time range of the display, call up another trend group or
configure the selected trend group if you have the appropriate permissions
<Legend> (12) button
The <Legend> button calls up a legend (2) for the trend curve of this
trend group. Click on the button again to hide the legend
<Toolbar> (11) button
The <Toolbar> button calls up a tool bar (3) for operating the VT trend
display. Click on the button again to hide the tool bar
<Export to CSV> (10) button
The <Export to CSV> button exports data to a file for the selected
trend group within the selected time range

Only the value changes within the selected time range are exported.

<Help> (8) button


Calls up an online help on the "VT-Trend" menu
Clicking on the <Legend> button displays a legend on the trend curves in

Legend
the trend display:

1
2
345

1 CURVE Name of data 2 PATTERN Display of curves in


points of the trend curves trend history (color and type of
line)
3 VALUE Actual values of data 4 UNIT Units of measure of data
points at present
points
5 TIME Current date and time

The legend displays the current configuration of the selected trend group.
How to change this configuration is described in section Configuring
Variable Trends on page 823.
Clicking on the <Toolbar> button displays a tool bar in the trend display: Tool bar Online

If this symbol (1) is the only active symbol, the trend is "Online", i. e. the
current values are displayed in the trend in a continuous cycle. The current values are appended to the trend curve and the trend curve changes
accordingly. The scales can only be changed in the "Offline" mode.
When the "Variable Trend" display is opened, the display is always
online!

Clicking on this symbol (1) activates all other symbols in the tool bar. The Tool bar Offline
trend is switched offline, i. e. the trend curve is no longer updated and the
trend history can be viewed.

The symbols have the following meanings:


Symbol Significance
Starts or stops the update of the trend display. If the symbols in the tool bar are not active, the display is online. If
the symbols are active, the trend display is offline.
Increases the time scale in defined intervals (0.5, 1, 2, 3,
6, 12 and 24 hours)
Reduces the time scale in defined intervals (24, 12, 6, 3,
2, 1 and 0.5 hours)
Increases the value scale of the data point in defined intervals

Decreases the value scale of the data point in defined


intervals
Resets the value scale of the data point to the largest
range (min-max)

These symbols can be used to adjust the trend curve display (scaling)
within the selected time range as required. However, the time range cannot be changed here. To do so, use the <Properties> button to call up the
"Trend-Para" menu.
Additional information on how to operate the VT trend display can be
found in section Calling Up and Viewing Variable Trends on page 812.

The trend history data of the selected trend group over the set time range Exporting
data
can be exported and saved as a file.
To save the data, click on the <Export to CSV> button
The "Export Data to CSV" dialog window appears:

Closing the "VTEnter the desired file name


You can enter any file name. The file extension is ".csv" and will be
appended to the file name by the system
Click on the <OK> button to save the data
To close the "VT-Trend" menu, click on the <Close> button
Trend" menu
This returns you to the PVSS main menu

8.1.4 Calling Up and Viewing Variable Trends


This section describes how to call up and view existing variable trends.
The menus are described in sections Description of the Trend-Para
Menu on page 84 and Description of the Trend Display of a Trend
Group on page 87.
How to change the configuration of existing variable trends is explained in
Configuring Variable Trends on page 823.
The procedure for creating new trend groups is described in section Creating New Trend Groups on page 840.
Click on the <Panel for Variable Trend> button in the PVSS menu bar Calling up
the "VT(see Calling Up Variable Trend Displays on page 82)
Trend" menu
The "VT-Trend" menu appears:

345

1 "Existing trend groups" selec- 2 "Time range" drop-down menu


tion list
3 <Forward> button
4 <Display> button
5 <Cancel> button

In the "Existing trend groups" (1) selection list, select the desired trend Calling up a
trend
group
group
The line is highlighted in black
Click on the "Time range" (2) drop-down menu
A list of predefined time ranges opens:

Select the desired list element from the list (e. g. "Trend this week
open") for which you would like to view the variable trend
The selection is displayed in the "Time range" field
If you select "Trend defined timerange closed", you can determine the
time period by defining the start and finish of the trend recording
period
See section Setting a Time Range of Your Choice
for the Trend Display on page 816
Click on the <Display> (4) button
The VT trend display of the selected trend group over the set time
range opens:

1
2

3
13

4
5
12

11
9
8
7
6
10

1 Legend for trend curves 2 Function bar for the trend display
3 Trend curve display area 4 Time line (date and time)
5 Scroll bar for time axis 6 <Close> button
7 <Export to CSV> button 8 <Toolbar> button
9 <Legend> button
10 <Properties> button
11 <Print> button
12 Explanation of color coding of
trend curves with data point
name

13 Value scaling of individual


trend curves
The trends of the selected trend group are displayed in the display area Viewing trend

(3). To view these, the "VT-Trend" menu provides the following tools:
histories
The color coding key (12) and the legend (1) will assist you in identifying the various trend curves, which may be as many as eight in number. If the legend is not visible, click the <Legend> (9) button to call it
up
The time range of the trend is displayed in the time line (4). The scroll
bar (5) can be used to shift the time axis
If you would like to change the time line scale (4) and the value scale
(13), the tool bar (2) contains several zoom buttons for this purpose. If
the tool bar is not visible, click on the <Toolbar> (8) button to call it up
To print out the current screen display, click on the <Print> button
To change the trend curve display (e. g. color, line style, etc.) or make
other changes, click on the <Properties> button
The "Trend-Para" menu appears
How to change the configuration is described in section Configuring
Variable Trends on page 823
To save the current data of the trend history of this trend group as a
file, click on the <Export to CSV> button
To view a comparison of the current trend history with another time
range for the same trend group, you can call up a time comparison
trend.
See section Calling Up a Time Comparison Trend on page 820
Details on the functions mentioned here are found in section Description
of the Trend Display of a Trend Group on page 87.
There are two methods of leaving the current trend display:
Leaving the VT trend
Click on the <Close> (6) button
display
The "VT-Trend" menu is closed and you are returned to
the PVSS
main menu
or
Click on the <Properties> (10) button
The "Trend-Para" menu opens and you can select and call
up another

trend group from the selection list

8.1.5 Setting a Time Range of Your Choice


for the Trend Display
The current values can only be set with an open time period, i.e. the
current time must lie within the time range. Curves are only displayed if
the data points of the trend group have actually been saved for the time
being displayed.

Click on the <Forward> (3) button in the "Trend-Para" menu

Calling up the dialog


window
The "Select trend view" dialog window opens
If the input fields are not yet active, select the "any time interval" list
element in the "Time range" (1) drop-down menu
If "any day" is selected, only the date will be active

1
2
3
4
5
6

10 9 8 7

1 "Time range" drop-down 2 Input fields for the start of the


menu
trend display (date and time)
3 "Shift" drop-down menu 4 <Now> button for the start time
5 Input fields for the end of the 6 <Now> button for the end time
trend display (date and time)
7 <Cancel> button
8 <Display> button
9 <Forward> button
10 <Back> button

The buttons and elements of the dialog window have the following meanMeaning of
ings:
elements
"Time range" drop-down menu (1)

This menu contains predefined time ranges for the trend display.
Depending on the selection you make, the "Open" and "Closed" radio
buttons on the left are automatically selected as well

"Start time" (2) and "End time" (5) input fields


Depending on the selection you make in the "Time range" menu, the
input fields are automatically activated or remain inactive. If "any time
interval" is selected, all fields must be filled out. If "any day" is
selected, only the date can be entered. All other time ranges are predefined, i. e. the fields remain inactive
"Shift" drop-down menu (3)
In this menu, recording of the trend can be linked to a specific shift.
The "Shift" drop-down menu is only active if "today", "yesterday" or
"any day" has been selected in the "Time range" drop-down menu

<Now> buttons (4) and (6)


The <Now> buttons enter the current time (date and time) into the
start and end fields for a more rapid entry of the desired time range
(reduces the number of entries that need to be made)
<View> (8) button
The <View> button calls up the trend group over the set time range
and displays it on the screen
<Forward> (9) button

The <Forward> button calls up a time comparison trend.


See section Calling Up a Time Comparison Trend on page 820
<Return> (10) button
The <Return> button takes you back to the "Trend-Para" menu. The
entries are saved
To enter a time range of your choice, proceed as follows:
Setting a time range
In the "Time range" drop-down menu, select the desired list element of your choice
for the time range
Depending on the selection you make, the input fields of the "Start
time" (2) and "End time" (5) window areas or the "Shift" drop-down
menu are activated for making entries
If the input fields of the "Start time" (2) window area are
active, enter
the date and time of the start time for recording the trend
or:
Click on the <Now> (4) button if you would like to use the
current time
as the start time. This may make it less time consuming to
enter the
desired start time (e. g. you may only have to change the
day)
If the input fields of the "End time" (5) window area are
active, enter
the date and time of the end time for recording the trend
or:
Click on the <Now> (6) button if you would like to use the
current time
as the end time. This may make it less time consuming to
enter the
desired end time (e. g. you may only have to change the
day)
If you selected a specific day in the "Time range" drop-down menu (e.
g. "today", "yesterday" or "any day"), you can also set the
time range to
be viewed to a specific shift:
In this case, select the desired shift from the "Shift" (3) dropdown
menu
Click on the <View> button to display the trend history of
the selected
trend group over the selected time period

or:

The "VT-Trend" menu opens with the trend history


Click on the <Return> button to return to the "Trend-Para"
menu and to
make further settings
The set time period is retained and appears in the "Time
range" field in
the "Trend-Para" menu
To view a comparison of the current time range with another
time range
for the same trend group, you can call up a time comparison
trend. See
section Calling Up a Time Comparison Trend on page 8
20.

8.1.6 Calling Up a Time Comparison Trend


A time comparison trend provides a time-shifted display of a trend group.
This can be used, for example, to compare daily values (e. g. comparing
today with yesterday).
Click on the <Forward> (9) button in the "Select trend view" dialog win- Calling up
the
dow
comparison trend
dialog window
The "Select trend view" dialog window changes as follows:

1
2
3

5
4

1 Input fields for the start of the 2 "Active" checkbox


comparison trend (date and
time)
3 <Copy start time> button 4 <Display> button
5 <Back> button
The dialog window now includes the following new buttons and entry

Entry options
options:
Input fields for "Comparison trend start" (1)
Enter the date and time of the start of the comparison trend here
The fields are only active if the "Active" (2) checkbox is activated
"Active" (2) checkbox
A comparison trend is only possible if this checkbox is activated
<Copy start time> (3) button
This button copies the start time from the "Start" window area to the
comparison trend fields. This may make it less time consuming to

enter the desired time (e. g. you may only have to change the day)
<View> (4) button
The <View> button calls up the comparison trend over the set time
range and displays it on the screen
<Return> (5) button
The <Return> button returns you to the first page of the "Select trend
view" dialog window. The entries are saved
To call up a comparison trend, proceed as follows:
Calling up a
comparison trend
If necessary, activate the "Active" (2) checkbox
In the input fields of the "Start comparison trend" (1) window area,
enter the date and time at which the comparison trend is to start
or:
Click on the <Copy start time> button if the comparison trend is to
have a synchronous start time
The date and time are copied from the "Start" menu area to the "Start
comparison trend" menu area
Click on the <View> button to simultaneously display both trend histories on the screen
The "VT-Trend" menu opens with both trend histories (example):

1 Current trend (e. g. "today") 2 Comparison trend (e. g. "yesterday")

The scales can be changed as described in section Description of the


Trend Display of a Trend Group on page 87.

8.1.7 Configuring Variable Trends

This section describes how to configure variable trends. The procedure


described here lets you modify existing trend displays and configure new
trend displays for the first time. The menus are described in sections
Description of the Trend-Para Menu on page 84 and Description of
the Trend Display of a Trend Group on page 87.
The procedure for creating new trend groups is described in section Creating New Trend Groups on page 840.
Click on the <Panel for Variable Trend> button in the PVSS menu bar Calling up
the VT
(see Calling Up Variable Trend Displays on page 82)
trend
The "VT-Trend" menu appears:

1 "Existing trend groups" selec- 2 <Edit> button


tion list

Calling up a trend
To configure a newly created trend group, you must first create the new

group

trend group as described in section Creating New Trend Groups on


page 840. The new trend group and its name will then appear in the
selection list.

In the "Existing trend groups" (1) selection list, select the trend group
that you would like to modify or configure
The line is highlighted in black
Click on the <Edit> (2) button
The "Trend configuration editor" dialog window opens

The "Trend configuration editor" dialog window is structured as follows:


Trend configuration
editor
1
5
2
3
6
7

10
9
8
1 Input field for the name of the 2 "Selected curve" drop-down
variable trend

menu for selecting up to eight


trend curves
3 <New> button
4 <Datapoint>, <Scale> and
<Style> tabs for the parameterization of trend curves
5 <Language> symbol (flag 6 "Use $-parameters"
checkbox symbol)
Option, not in use
7 <Delete> button
8 <Help> button
9 <Cancel> button
10 <OK> button

The buttons and remaining menu elements have the following functions:
Meaning of
elements
"Selected curve" drop-down menu (2)
Up to eight trend curves of the trend group are displayed in
the dropdown menu. The trend curves are configured in the tabs (4)
and the
configuration always applies to the trend curve currently
selected in
the selection list
<New> (3) button
The <New> button inserts a new trend curve named "...
undefined
curve" into the "Selected curve" (2) selection list, provided
that the
maximum of eight curves has not yet been defined for this
trend group.
The curve is named after a data point is assigned
<Datapoint> tab
The <Datapoint> tab contains elements for assigning and
configuring
the desired data point for the selected trend curve

<Scale> tab
The <Scale> tab contains elements for configuring the
desired scale
of the selected trend curve
<Style> tab
The <Style> tab contains elements for configuring the
desired style
(color, line style, etc.) of the selected trend curve
<Language> symbol (5)
You can use the <Language> symbol (flag symbol) to enter
the name
of the trend group in several languages (e. g. English and
local language)
<Delete> button (7)
The <Delete> button deletes the trend curve selected in the
"Selected
curve" (2) selection list from the trend group. If there is only
one curve,
only the configuration of this curve will be deleted
<Help> (8) button
Calls up an online help on the "Trend configuration editor" menu
<OK> (10) button
This button saves the configuration and closes the "Trend
configuration editor" menu
To configure or change the trend group, proceed as follows:
Configuring a trend
group
To change the name of the trend group:
Click on the input field for the name of the trend group (1)
and change
the name as desired
To enter the name of the trend group in several languages:

Click on the <Language> (5) symbol and, in the dialog


window that
opens, enter the name in the desired languages
To add additional trend curves to the trend group:
Add the new trend curves (maximum of 8) by clicking on the
<New>
button
To configure newly added trend curves or to modify the
configurations
of existing trend curves, proceed as described in the
following tab
description (4):
Configure the data point of the trend curve as described for
the
<Datapoint> tab, see Datapoint tab on page 827.
Configure the scale of the trend curve as described for the
<Scale>
tab, see Scale tab on page 833.
Configure the style of the trend curve as described for the
<Style> tab,
see the topic on Style tab on page 836
To delete trend curves you no longer need from the trend
group:
Select the trend curve to be deleted from the "Selected
curve" (2)
selection list and click on the <Delete> button
After you have finished with the configuration and made all necessary
changes:
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries
The "Trend configuration editor" dialog window is closed and the modified or newly configured trend group can be viewed immediately
The <Datapoint> tab is used to make all settings that relate to the data Datapoint tab
point of the selected trend curve.
The <Datapoint> tab contains the following elements:

2
5
3
4
6
7

8
9

1 <Datapoint> tab
2 "Select datapoint with datapoint
selector" display field
3 "Archive active" checkbox 4 "Compressed at level" checkbox
5 <Data point selector> symbol 6 "Compressed at level" display

fields Only active if the "Compressed at level" checkbox is


activated
7 "with function" display fields 8 "Alias" display field Short
name
Only active if the "Comof selected data point
pressed at level" checkbox is
activated
9 "Comment" display field
Long name of selected data
point

The elements of the <Datapoint> tab have the following functions:


"Select datapoint with datapoint selector" display field (2)
The display field shows the long name of the selected data
point. This
name is used in the trend curve selection list in the "Trend
configuration editor" dialog window
<Data point selector> (5) symbol
Clicking on the <Data point selector> symbol opens the
"Data point
selector" dialog window.
The navigation tree in this dialog window gives you access
to all data
points of the system (full control system of film stretching
line).
For a description of the dialog window, see Data point
selector on
page 830

"Archive active" checkbox (3)


The "Archive active" checkbox indicates whether the system archives
the data of the selected data point (system settings)
"Compressed at level" checkbox (4)
The "Compressed at level" checkbox indicates whether the system
compresses the data when they are archived. The compression level
is indicated in field (6)
"Compressed at level" (6) and "with function" (7) display fields
If the data are compressed when they are archived, the system provides further information on the compression in these fields
"Alias" (8) display field
Displays the short name (alias) of the selected data point (e. g. "ExtDie.TmpAdp001.Act")
"Comment" (9) display field
Displays the long name of the selected data point (e. g. "Ext:Die:Temperature Adapter 1:ActualValue")
The <DPE> tab is used to select a data point from the control software to Data point
selector
be able to assign it to a trend curve.
The "Data point selector" dialog window contains the following settings:

1
2
3
4

6
7
8

9
10

1 <DPE> tab (data point ele- 2 "Internal datapoints" checkbox


ment)
3 Input field for "DPT filter" 4 Input field for "DP filter"
5 Navigation structure for all 6 Data point group (e. g. "Extruder,
data points of the system die, temperature adapter 1"
Click on <+> to open the structure further
7 "Navigation structure path" 8 "Incl. system name" checkbox
display field
9 <OK> button

10 <Cancel> button

The elements of the "Data point selector" dialog window have the following functions:
Navigation structure for all data points of the system (5) and (6)
All data points available in the system can be accessed via
the structure displayed in this window. Clicking on the <+> button
opens the
hidden navigation structures
"Navigation structure path" display field
Displays the path (level) of the structural element selected in
the navigation structure (5)
"Incl. system name" checkbox
If the "Incl. system name" checkbox is activated, the
complete path
name including information on the system is displayed
("System1: in
this example)
"Internal datapoints" checkbox (2)
If this checkbox is activated, the data structure shown in the
navigation
structure (5) is limited to data points internal to the system.
This function is not required for operating the system and is only
used for development purposes

Input field for "DPT filter" (3)


This is a filter function for rapidly finding "Data point types
(DPT)". To
be able to use this filter you must be familiar with the basic
configuration of the complex system structure.
If you use this filter, you must confirm entries with the
"ENTER" key.
The only structural elements that the system will make
available in the
navigation structure (5) with an expandable <+> are those
that correspond to this data point type
Input field for "DP filter" (4)
This is a filter function for rapidly finding "Data points (DP)".
To be able
to use this filter you must be familiar with the basic
configuration of the
complex system structure.
If you use this filter, you must confirm entries with the
"ENTER" key.
The only structural elements that the system will make
available in the
navigation structure (5) with an expandable <+> are those
that correspond to this data point type
Example: If you would like to search for data points for
extruder die
bolts, enter "ExtDie*.**" in the input field and confirm with
the "ENTER"
key. The result for this example is:

Further tabs
The <Group>, <Description> and <Alias> tabs are not needed for
standard operation of the line and will therefore not be described here

The <Scale> tab is used to make all settings that relate to the scaling of
Scale tab
the trend display of the selected trend curve (data point).
The "Scale" dialog window contains the following settings:

1
2
3
4
5
6
9
7

1 <Scale> tab
2 "Display scale in trend view"
checkbox
3 "Autoscale" radio button 4 "Autoscale with curve number"
radio button
5 "Fixed scale" radio button 6 "Range min - max" radio button
Only active if the "Fixed scale"
radio button is active
7 "PVSS range" radio button 8 "Curve for autoscaling" dropOnly active if the "Fixed scale" down menu Only active if the
radio button is active
"Autoscaling with curve number"
radio button is active
9 "Min - max" input fields Only
active if the "Range min max" radio button is active

The element of the <Scale> tab have the following functions:


"Display scale in trend view" (2) checkbox

If this checkbox is activated, this trend curve receives its


own scale in
the VT trend.
If, for example, several temperature trends with roughly the
same temperature level are to be displayed in a trend group, a scale
must be
defined for one trend curve. This scale is then assigned to
the other
temperature trend curves using the "Autoscaling with curve
number"
(4) radio button
Radio buttons (3), (4) and (5) described below are mutually
exclusive.
Only one of these three radio buttons can be activated at
any one time.

"Autoscaling" (3) radio button


If the "Autoscaling" radio button is activated, the value scale
is automatically adjusted to the value range of the data point
"Autoscale with curve number" (4) radio button

If the "Autoscaling with curve number" radio button is


activated, the
scale of another trend curve within the trend group is
assigned to this
trend curve. See also the description of the "Display scale
in trend
view" (2) checkbox
"Curve for autoscaling" (8) drop-down menu
In the "Curve for autoscaling" drop-down menu, the trend
curve can be
selected whose scaling is to be applied to this curve. The
"Display
scale in trend view" (2) checkbox must be activated for the
trend curve
selected here.
The drop-down menu is only active if the "Autoscale with
curve number" (4) radio button is activated
"Fixed scale" (5) radio button
If the "Fixed scale" radio button is activated, the value scale
of the
trend curve is fixed
The "Range min-max" (6) and "PVSS range" (7) radio
buttons are activated and can be used to define the fixed scale

"Range min - max" (6) radio button


If the "Range min-max" radio button is activated, the
minimum and
maximum values of the scaling for the data point can be
entered in the
input fields (9).
The field is only active if the "Fixed scale" (5) radio button is activated
"Min" and "Max" (9) input fields
The minimum and maximum values of the scale is entered
here for
this data point. Each entry must be confirmed with the
"ENTER" key
before you move on to the next field.
The fields are only active if the "Range min - max" (6) radio

button is
activated
"PVSS range" (7) radio button
If the "PVSS range" radio button is active, the value range
scale configured internally in the PVSS for this data point is used.
The field is only active if the "Fixed scale" (5) radio button is activated
The <Style> tab is used to make all settings that relate to the display of
Style tab
the selected trend curve (color, line type, etc.).
The <Style> tab contains the following elements:

3
5
4

1 <Style> tab
2 "Curve type" drop-down menu
3 <Line color> button 4 <Line style> button
5 "Line configuration" display
field Displays the style currently configured for the trend
curve
The elements of the <Style> tab have the following functions:

"Curve type" drop-down menu (2)


You can select from four different curve types:

<Line color> (3) button


Clicking on the <Line color> button opens the "Color Selector" dialog
window:

1
2
3
4

6
1 "Result" drop-down menu 2 Display field showing color
Selection of "Static color" or selected under "Result"
"Dynamic color". The desired
color is selected by clicking on
the color selection field (5)
and displayed in field (2)
3 "Name" drop-down menu 4 <Others> button Calls up
a
Selection of predefined col- window with fixed basic colors
ors for different types of data
points, e. g. "turquoise" for
setpoints (actual). The
selected color and its name
are displayed in field (2)
5 Color selection field Assign- 6 <OK> button Saves the
ment of a color from this color selected color and closes
the
palette to the color type
"Color Selector" menu
selected in field (1)
The "Color Selector" menu is a standard menu with some
additional
functions that are not required and are therefore not
described here.
The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the
particular
operating system and user program and may deviate from
the screen
shown here.

<Line style> (4) button


Clicking on the <Line style> button opens the "Line-Type Selector" dialog window:

6
4
5

1 <OK> button Saves the 2 Display field showing the style of


selected line style and closes the configured line
the "Line-Type Selector"
menu
3 "Style" drop-down menu 4 "Cap" drop-down menu SelecSelection of five line styles: tion of the cap type: butt, edge,
solid line, dashed line, dotted round, elongated
line, etc.
5 "Joint" drop-down menu 6 "Width" selection field The line
Selection for type of joint: width can be adjusted between 1
pointed, round, bevel

pt (point) and 50 pt by clicking on


the small arrow buttons next to
the field

8.1.8 Creating New Trend Groups


New trend groups can only be created by users with the appropriate
user access rights.

This section describes how to create new variable trends. The menus are
described in sections Description of the Trend-Para Menu on page 84
and Description of the Trend Display of a Trend Group on page 87.
Details on how to configure newly created variable trends are provided in
section Configuring Variable Trends on page 823.
Click on the <Panel for Variable Trend> button in the PVSS menu bar Calling up
the VT
(see Calling Up Variable Trend Displays on page 82)
trend
The "VT-Trend" menu appears:

3
4

1 "Existing trend groups" selec- 2 <Edit> button


tion list
3 <New> button

4 <Copy> button
There are two methods of creating a new trend group:

Two methods
To change an existing trend group and save it under a new name:
Copy the existing trend group and then change the configuration using
the <Edit> button.
This procedure is used if you have already created a trend display with
a very similar configuration
To create a completely new trend group without using an existing template:
Create the new trend group using the <New> button

In the "Existing trend groups" (1) selection list, select the trend group Using an
existing
that most closely resembles the new trend group (the smallest number trend
group
of changes will need to be made)
The line is highlighted in black
Click on the <Copy> (4) button
The "Copy existing trend configuration" dialog window appears:

Enter a name for the new trend group


You can use the <Language> symbol (flag symbol) to enter the name
of the trend group in several languages (e. g. English and local language)
Click on the <OK> button to confirm the entry
The selected existing trend group is copied and entered in the selection list (1) as a new line that contains the specified name
Click on the <Edit> (2) button
The "Trend configuration editor" opens (see Trend configuration editor on page 843)
Creating a
Click on the <New> (3) button
The "Generate new trend configuration" dialog window appears:
completely new
trend group

Enter a name for the new trend group


You can use the <Language> symbol (flag symbol) to enter the name
of the trend group in several languages (e. g. English and local language)
Click on the <OK> button to confirm the entry
The new trend group is copied and entered in the selection list (1) as a
new line that contains the specified name
Click on the <Edit> (2) button
The "Trend configuration editor" opens (see Trend configuration editor on page 843)
Regardless of which of these two methods you use, the "Trend configura- Trend
configuration
tion editor" will always open:
editor

1
2

5
4
3

1 Input field for the name of the 2 <Language> symbol (flag symnew variable trend
bol)
3 <Help> button

4 <Cancel> button
5 <OK> button
The buttons have the following meanings:

<Language> symbol (2)


You can use the <Language> symbol (flag symbol) to enter
the name
of the trend group in several languages (e. g. English and
local language)
<Help> (3) button
Calls up an online help on the "Trend configuration editor" menu
<Cancel> (4) button
Closes the "Trend configuration editor" dialog window
without saving
the entries or changes
To configure or change a new trend group, proceed as follows:
Configuring a new
trend group
Click on the input field for the name of the new trend group (1) and
enter a name for the group
You may have to overwrite the name of the copied trend group
Use meaningful names for the trend groups to avoid
confusion. Special
characters and spaces cannot be used.

To enter the name of the trend group in several languages:


Click on the <Language> (2) symbol and, in the dialog
window that
opens, enter the name in the desired languages
Configure the new trend group as required
A detailed description of the configuration procedure can be
found in
section Configuring Variable Trends on page 823
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries
The "Trend configuration editor" dialog window is closed
and the newly

created trend group can be viewed immediately. See


Calling Up and
Viewing Variable Trends on page 812.

8.1.9 Tips on Using Variable Trends


This section provides a few tips and tricks on how to use variable trends
in the PVSS.
In addition to simply opening a variable trend, the following "applications"
are suggestions on how else variable trends can be used.
Implementing the following applications for use with variable trends
requires extensive experience with the PVSS. Therefore, please let
Brckner Service be of assistance when implementing these solutions.

"The daily trend of a certain measurement value is to be displayed in a Displaying a


trend in
system component image":
a component
For this purpose, a button is parameterized to call up the variable trend of

overview
this parameter and the measurement value data of this data point are
transferred "online" to the PVSS.
The variable trend is automatically opened in a new module and provides
the required information in the form of a trend display.
"In a project, trend curves are to be selected from a series of trend curves Freely
selectable list
and jointly displayed":
of curves
For this purpose, a button is parameterized to call up the variable trend
where the displayed data points are passed, and the measurement value
data of this data point are transferred "online" to the PVSS.
In a module, the variable trend displays the defined display type with up
to eight trend curves in different colors.
"The most important system curves are displayed in a variable trend": System
overview

A new trend group is defined in which the most important measurement


curves
values are displayed (e. g. inflow value, outflow value, degree
of cleaning
and four internal levels).
Clicking on a button opens this trend group configuration with
a display of
the last three days.

8.2 Configurable Trends


Very important parameters from the point of view of the operator can be
placed in the "Configurable Trend" selection list and configured there.
This list can contain a maximum of ten selected parameters. The list can
be called up for monitoring using a button in the menu bar of the PVSS
visualization software.
The PVSS visualization software lets you change (configure) the trigger
factor of individual parameters to adjust how fine or coarse the trend is to
be displayed over time.
The configuration of the trend display, i. e. the setting of separate trigger
factors for individual parameters, is described in section Configurable
Trends Selection List on page 856.

Click on the <Config. Trends> symbol in the PVSS menu bar to call up
the "Configurable Trend" menu
The window appears with a maximum of ten selected important
parameters:

Click on the desired line of the table


The trend history menu of the selected parameter appears on the
screen, e. g.:

A description of the trend history menu can be found in section Displaying the Trend History of Individual Parameters on page 848).
A description of how to change the trigger factor can be found in section
Configurable Trends Selection List on page 856.

8.3 Displaying the Trend History


of Individual Parameters
The PVSS visualization software lets you view the development of individual parameters over time in a trend display. This section describes
how trend histories are structured and how to use them.
A description of how to use the trend displays while the film stretching
line is in operation in order to monitor the operating characteristics of individual parameters can be found in chapter Operation, section Monitoring Functions on page 39.

8.3.1 Calling Up the Trend History


Proceed as follows to call up the trend history of a specific parameter.
The procedure is described using the "Speed of MDO drive 1" parameter
as an example:

1 Actual value display field (blue


data field)

Click on the actual value display of a parameter display on one of the


screen pages (in the PVSS system display or in a system component
image)
The trend history of the corresponding parameter opens

8.3.2 Description of Trend History Menu


The menu displays the trend history of a specific parameter over time.

These trend history data can be viewed, printed and saved.


1
11
10
2
9
2
8

7
3
6

4
5

1 Drop-down menu for the data 2 Buttons (see following table)


display: Trend, Table and
Configuration Details
3 Trend curve

4 Time and date of recorded value

5 Scroll bar for time axis 6 Time indicator


7 Y-scale of value. Set in the 8 "Auto Scale" button
"Details" submenu
9 Starting time of trend history. 10 Display of current parameter
The current time is entered value (corresponding to time
when the menu is opened. indicator)
Otherwise, the time indicated
here is that of the time indicator
11 Parameter unit of measure

The symbols (2) have the following meanings:


Symbol meanings

Symbols Significance
Opens the help window with explanatory texts
Prints the trend curve
Closes the "Trend History" menu
Starts or stops the update of the trend display. If the symbols in the tool bar are not active, the display is online. If
the symbols are active, the trend display is offline.
Increases the time scale in defined intervals (5 min, 10
min, 30 min)
Reduces the time scale in defined intervals (30 min, 10
min, 5 min)
Increases the Y-scale in defined intervals
Decreases the Y-scale in defined intervals
Returns the Y-scale to the largest range (min-max) set in
the "Configuration Details" dialog window

The trend display has the following functions:


Functions
1

Drop-down menu for data display (1)


Trend
Shows the trend curve for the time period selected in the "Details" submenu or shows the live recording of the trend
Table
Presents the trend history data in a table.
See section Tabular View on page 852
Configuration Details
Shows the data for the displayed parameter and lets you adjust the Yscale and the start and end times of the trend history.
In this view, this parameter trend can also be added to the "Configurable Trend" selection list.
See section Details and Settings on page 853
Time indicator (6)
While the trend is being recorded, a black vertical line appears as a
time indicator. By clicking on it with the left mouse key you can move it
along the time axis. Fields (9) and (10) display the corresponding time
and parameter value
"Auto Scale" (8)
Resets the Y-scale (7) to the min and max range set in the "Configura-

tion Details" dialog window

8.3.3 Tabular View

The trend history can be displayed in tabular form.


Select the "Table" list element in the drop-down menu (1)
The recorded data are displayed in a table (time/value)

Symbol Significance
Prints out the table

Writes the data to a file. The storage location (archive


name) is fixed and is displayed in the "Details" dialog window
Closes the "Trend History" menu

To save the trend history data of the selected time range in a separate Saving
data
file, click on the <Diskette> symbol
The "Export Data to CSV" dialog window appears:

Enter the desired file name


You can enter any file name. The file extension is ".csv" and
will be
appended to the file name by the system
Click on the <OK> button to save the data

8.3.4 Details and Settings


The "Configuration Details" dialog window displays detailed
data on the
trend history of the selected parameter (with light blue
background). Also,
the Y-scale can be adjusted for the particular parameter and
the start and
end times of the trend history can be set (dark blue).
Select the "Configuration details" list element in the drop-down menu
(1)
A dialog window opens containing details and elements for
making

settings:

DP Name (data point )


Details
Variable name of parameter (data point) that was selected in the
PVSS system image or in a system component image and whose
trend history is displayed
Archive
Display of archive to which the trend history data are saved
The parameters are subdivided into five archive classes. The data
point shown in this example is assigned to archive class 4
Trigger
Smoothing factor for writing the parameter data. The parameter is only
recorded if the change in the value is larger than the trigger factor
entered here.
Example: Trigger factor "0.2" means that values will only be written to
the trend history if the actual value changes by more than "0.2".
The trigger factor is preset to a default setting. In certain cases it may
be useful to view a specific parameter with a smaller trigger factor. In
this case it is possible to add the selected trend to the configurable
trend ("add to the configurable trend"). In this way, a maximum of ten
configurable trends can be added to a selection list and can then be
displayed in the PVSS/TCE visualization software with a separate trigger factor. See section Configurable Trends Selection List on page

856
Min/Max Scale
Settings
Scaling of the Y-scale of the parameter for the current selection. The Yscale can be adjusted for producing optimal printouts. The setting cannot be stored permanently. When reopened, the scale is automatically
reset to the default values
Start and end
Here you can set the start time (date/time) and the duration of the
trend history

Click on one of the two rows for date/time (dark blue fields)
Setting the start and
end time
A dialog window with control elements opens:

Enter the desired date and time for the start of the trend history
Enter the desired trend history duration
Click on the <OK> button
The end time is automatically entered in the corresponding
field (start
+ duration = end)

8.3.5 Configurable Trends Selection List


Important parameters can be placed in the "Configurable
Trend" selection
list and configured there. This list can contain a maximum of
ten selected

parameters. The trigger factor can be set individually for each


of these
selected parameters. The selected trend histories can be
called up at any
time for monitoring using a symbol in the PVSS menu bar.

Click on the <Add to configurable trend> button to add this trend to the Adding a
trend to
selection list and change its trigger factor
the list
The button changes to the <Remove from configurable
trend> function
and the "Trigger" field turns dark blue
A selection window appears in which you can select the
desired location of the parameter in the selection list (1 - 10):

Select a vacant location in the table


The trend history of the parameter will now be positioned in the selection menu in the specified location

The "Numerical input" dialog window opens


Click on the dark blue "Trigger" field with the left mouse key
Changing the trigger

factor
Enter the desired trigger factor
Click on the <Remove from configurable trend> button to remove this Removing a
trend
trend from the "Configurable Trends" selection list
from the list
The "Configurable Trends" selection list is described in section Config- "Configurable
urable Trends on page 846.
trends" selection list

9 System Management
The "System Management" menu is used for PVSS
visualization software administration.
The various tasks described in this chapter may be performed
either by
the operator (user group "op" = operator) or exclusively by the
administrator of the company operating the line (user group "ce" =
customer electrician).
In the following description, the user group (operator "op" or
administrator
"ce") that may perform a particular task is indicated with every
instruction.
The parameter settings made by the administrator of the line
operator
and certain additional tasks require extensive experience with
the PVSS
visualization software and special technical know-how, e. g. in
using
databases. There are certain tasks that you, as an
administrator, should
only perform if you are absolutely sure that you are capable of
performing
them correctly. If in doubt, ask Brckner Service for assistance
before
making any settings or configurations that may lead to
malfunctions or to
data loss.

Detailed information on the PVSS can be found in the


general documentation of the PVSS.

Some of the parameter settings may only be changed by


Brckner and
are therefore reserved for Brckner Service. These tasks are
not
described in this manual.
Attention
Only perform if necessary the tasks
described in this
chapter that correspond to your user level!

Attention
Some of the settings accessible to the
administrator of the
line operator require extensive knowledge in the
areas that
need to be parameterized (e. g. database
configuration)

9.1 Calling Up System Management

Click on the <System settings> button in the PVSS menu bar


The "System Management" menu appears:

Click on the respective tabs to select the menus described below. For
more information, see the corresponding sections in this chapter
Make the settings permitted for your particular permissions level. Only
change important parameters after consultation with Brckner Service

9.2 Time and Alert-Related Settings


9.2.1 Calling up the settings menu
Click on the <Settings> tab if it is not yet selected
The "Settings" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


Set alert priorities ("op")
Make central settings for shifts and configure the alert and event messages ("op")

9.2.2 Defining Alert Priorities


In the "Settings" menu, you can define the priority greater than which the
alerts are to be displayed in the alert line of the PVSS main menu.
The following selection options are available:
Selection options
A ... Alarm (Prio 11)
F ... Fault (Prio 10)
W ... Warning (Prio 6)
FP ... Fault-Per (Prio 5)
PW ... Pre-Warning (Prio 2)
S ... State (Prio 1)
All (Prio 0)

Selecting the alert


This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

priority

Select the desired alert priority in the "Alert priority" drop-down menu
The "Translation Messages" radio buttons can be used to specify whether
the messages that pertain to switching the language should be hidden
("Hide" radio button) or displayed ("Unhide" radio button). This function is
for use by Brckner Service only.

9.2.3 Making Central Settings

The "Settings" menu is used to define the shift operation of the line and to
configure the alert and event messages.

Click on the <Central settings> button


The following dialog window appears:

1
2

3
4
5

7
8
9
10

1 "Start of shift" input field 2 "Number of shifts" input field


3 "Minimum priority of the 4 "Display internal data points"
alerts" input field
checkbox
5 "Maximum no. of lines 6 "Alert/Event panel warning dia(closed)" input field
logs" input field for limit values
7 <Help> button
8 <Cancel> button
9 <Apply> button
10 <OK> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


Meaning of fields
and buttons
<Help> (7) button
Starts the online help for further information on this menu
"Start of shift" (1) field
This field specifies the hour at which the shift starts (e. g. 6 o'clock),
and certain other settings will be based on this shift start (e. g. labor
values)
"Number of shifts" (2) input field
Number of shifts per day
"Minimum priority of the alerts" (3) input field
Only messages with a higher priority are displayed on the alert and
event screen
"Display internal data points" (4) checkbox
If the "Display internal data points" checkbox is activated, messages
regarding the internal data points will be displayed as well
"Maximum ..." (5) and (6) fields
These fields, which will not be described in detail here, are used for
entering the maximum number of lines for the alert and event screen
(closed and open time periods)
<Apply> (9) button
The entries made take effect immediately
Making settings
This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

If necessary, enter the desired information on shift operation


If necessary, make additional changes in the data fields regarding the
alert and event screens

9.3 Backing Up Data and Using Utility Tools


9.3.1 Calling Up the Tools Menu
Click on the <Tools> tab
The "Tools" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


call up a pocket calculator ("op")
load parameters or save them in files ("ce")
perform a backup of the project data and SQL database ("ce")
The "Translate" function should not be used by line operator personnel.
It is used by Brckner Service for configuring the switching of the language in the PVSS.

9.3.2 Calling Up the Pocket Calculator


A pocket calculator can be called up in the "Tools" menu.

Click on the <Calculator> button


The following dialog window appears:

The calculator is available to all users.


The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular
operating system and user program and may deviate from the screen
shown here.

Use the calculator for your calculations

9.3.3 Loading Parameter Data


In the "Tools" menu, data of configuration parameters for drives, fans and
valves that are stored on the hard disk can be loaded to the line.

Click on the <Load Parameter Files> button


The following menu appears:

1234

1 <Folder> symbol
2 "Filter" input field
3 <Diskette> symbol
4 <List/File> symbol
5 <Exit> symbol

The symbols have the following meanings:


Symbol meanings
<Folder> symbol
The <Folder> symbol lets you access the data directory on your hard
disk and select the required parameter file. The parameters are loaded
into the system
<Diskette> symbol
The <Diskette> symbol lets you save the parameter files from the system to the hard disk
<List/File> symbol
The <List/File> symbol lets you compare the parameter data of the
system with the parameter files on the hard disk. The result is displayed in a list
"Filter" field
This filter can be used to quickly find a specific file.
Loading or saving
This task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

parameter data

Depending on your requirements, click on the <Folder>, <Diskette> or


<List/File> symbol
This activates the task, which will take several seconds to complete.
During this time, the selected symbol turns green and shows the

progress in %:

The results of the task are displayed in a window:

You can print the list by clicking on the <Printer> symbol


Close the window by clicking on the <Exit> symbol

9.3.4 Backing Up the Project to a File


In the "Tools" menu, a backup can be performed of the current PVSS
project to a compressed file.

Click on the <Backup Project to File> button


The following menu appears:

1
2
3
45

1 <Start Backup> button 2 <Show Log-File> button


3 "Status" display field 4 < ? > (help) button
5 <Exit> symbol

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


Meaning of fields
and buttons
< ? > (4) button
Use the online help for further information on this menu
<Start Backup> (1) button
The <Start Backup> button starts the data backup process.The procedure usually takes 10 to 30 minutes
<Show Log-File> (2) button
The <Show Log-File> button can be used to check that the backup
procedure was successful after a backup is completed
"Status" (3) display field
The status line displays the status of the backup procedure, e. g. the
message "Backup running"

Performing a backup
This task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

Click on the <Start Backup> button


The green color of the button indicates that the backup is running. A
message also appears in the status line

After the backup is completed, check the log file to ensure that the
backup was successful:
To do so, click on the <Show Log-File> button
The log file appears
Click on the <Exit> button to close the "Backup to File" menu
A message window appears with the message that the backup file
should be removed from the PVSS directory and saved on the hard
disk of your PC:

Remove the backup file from the directory "home/pvss/projects/tmp"


and save it on your hard disk
The backup file is found in the following directory on the hard disk of the
Backup file
Linux server (mounted on Windows PCs as drive P:):
Drive name/home/pvss/projects/<system name>/tmp
The name of the backup file is:
"ProjectName_Date.tgz"

The log file is found in the following directory on the hard disk of the Linux
Log file
server (mounted on Windows PCs as drive P:):
Drive name/home/pvss/projects/Doc/log
The name of the log file is:
"ProjToFile.txt"

9.3.5 Backing Up All Data


In the "Tools" menu, a complete backup of the Linux server can be performed onto a DVD. Not included in the backup are historical trends and
alert data.

Click on the <Backup All> button


The following menu appears:

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1 <Start Backup> button 2 <Show Log-File> button


3 "Status" display field 4 < ? > (help) button
5 <Exit> symbol

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

Meaning of fields
and buttons
<Help> (4) button
Use the online help for further information on this menu
<Start Backup> (1) button
The <Start Backup> button starts the data backup process. The procedure usually takes an hour or more
<Show Log-File> (2) button
The <Show Log-File> button can be used to check that the backup
procedure was successful after a backup is completed
"Status" (3) display field
The status line displays the status of the backup procedure, e. g. the
message "Backup running"

Performing a backup
This task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

Insert a DVD-RW or a DVD+RW into the drive of the Linux computer


It is important that the DVD is a DVD-RW or DVD+RW. A DVD-R or
DVD+R cannot be used because the data backup will not function
properly
Click on the <Start Backup> button
The green color of the button indicates that the backup is running. A
message also appears in the status line

After the backup is completed, check the log file to ensure that the

backup was successful:


To do so, click on the <Show Log-File> button
The log file appears
Remove the DVD from the drive of the Linux computer
Label the DVD with the commission name, the commission number,
the current date and your name
Click on the <Exit> button to close the "Backup to File" menu
The log file is found in the following directory on the hard disk of the Linux
Log file
server (mounted on Windows PCs as drive P:):
Drive name/home/pvss/projects/Doc/log
The name of the log file is:
"DVDbackup.txt"

9.3.6 Backing Up the SQL Database


In the "Tools" menu, a backup can be performed of the SQL database to
a compressed file.

Click on the <Backup MySql DB> button


The following menu appears:

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1 <Start Backup> button 2 <Show Log-File> button


3 "Status" display field 4 < ? > (help) button
5 <Exit> symbol
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

Meaning of fields

and buttons
<Help> (4) button
Use the online help for further information on this menu
<Start Backup> (1) button
Use the <Start Backup> button to select the SQL database to be
backed up and start the backup. The procedure will take several minutes
<Show Log-File> (2) button
The <Show Log-File> button can be used to check that the backup
procedure was successful after a backup is completed
"Status" (3) display field
The status line displays the status of the backup procedure, e. g. the
message "Backup running"

Performing a backup
This task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

Click on the <Start Backup> button


A selection window appears showing the existing SQL databases:

Select the SQL database you wish to back up by double-clicking on it


in the list:
The green color of the button indicates that the backup is running. A
message also appears in the status line

After the backup is completed, check the log file to ensure that the
backup was successful:
To do so, click on the <Show Log-File> button
The log file appears
Click on the <Exit> button to close the "Backup MySQL DB" menu
A message window appears with the message that the backup file
should be removed from the PVSS directory and saved on the hard
disk of your PC:

Remove the backup file from the directory "home/pvss/projects/Doc"


and save it on your hard disk
The backup file is found in the following directory on the hard disk of the
Backup file
Linux server (mounted on Windows PCs as drive P:):
Drive name/home/pvss/projects/Doc
The name of the backup file is:
"mysql.backup"
The log file is found in the following directory on the hard disk of the Linux
Log file
server (mounted on Windows PCs as drive P:):
Drive name/home/pvss/projects/Doc/log
The name of the log file is:
"MySqlBackup.txt"

9.4 User Administration


9.4.1 Calling Up the Authorizations Menu
Click on the <Authorizations> tab
The "Authorizations" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


Administrate authorizations for the recipe manager
The "User administration" and "System authorizations" functions are
only accessible to Brckner Service.

9.4.2 Assigning RM Authorizations


In the "Authorizations" menu, you can configure the access rights of each
user group (e. g. operators, administrator) to the "Recipe Manager"
menu. Without these special permissions, various functions of the PVSS
recipe manager will not be accessible (see chapter Recipe Manager on
page 51).

Click on the <RM authorizations> button


The following dialog window appears:

Meaning of fields
The names of the user groups shown here (e. g. "visu_conf" or

and buttons

"para_low") are examples only. The names of the user groups in your
system can be set up by Brckner Service according to your requirements when the system is put into operation.

The selection fields and buttons have the following meanings:


"Send to plant" drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can specify which user group should be
permitted to select recipes from the recipe manager and transfer them
to the system for production
"Print recipe" drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can specify which user group should be
permitted to print out recipes
"Save recipe" drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can specify which user group should be
permitted to modify and save recipes
"Delete recipe" drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can specify which user group should be
permitted to delete recipes from the recipe manager
"Export to Excel" drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can specify which user group should be
permitted to export recipes from the recipe manager to an Excel file
<OK> button
The <OK> button saves entries and closes the "PDM Permissions"
menu

Assigning authoriThis task may only be performed by the administrator ("ce").

zations

For each of the five functions, select the respective user group from
the selection menu
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries and close the menu

9.5 Configuring and Archiving Databases


9.5.1 Calling Up the Database Menu

Click on the <Database> tab


The "Database" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


configure and archive database archive sets ("ce")
archive alert events ("ce")
configure and perform an online backup ("ce")

9.5.2 Configuring and Managing Database Archive Sets


In the "Databases" menu, you can configure and manage the archive set
saved in a database.

Click on the <Database configuration> button


The "PVSS archive selection" menu appears:
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1 Archive name
2 Maximum number of DP elements (data point elements) per
archive set
3 Maximum number of values 4 Estimated maximum size of
per archive set
archive set
5 Status of archive (online, 6 Buttons See following descripstopped or deleted)
tion

The buttons have the following meanings:


Button functions
<Help> button
Use the online help for detailed information on this menu
<New> button
Creates a new archive class. The <Flag> symbol can be used to enter
the archive name in two languages:

<Delete> button
Deletes the selected database archive from the list.The
parameterization of the selected archive is deleted while the actual
archive data are
preserved. The deletion must be confirmed in the message
window by
clicking on <OK>:

<Rename> button
Renames the archive. The same window opens as when
the <New>
button is clicked
<Parameterize> button
The <Parameterize> button calls up the "Parameterization
window:
Histories database configuration" dialog window in which
you can configure the archive.
For a description, see Parameterization dialog window on page 924
<Activity> button
The <Activity> button calls up the "Activity window: Histories
database
activity" dialog window. In this dialog window you can start
activities
such as changing, backing up and deleting an archive set.

For a description, see Activities dialog window on page 926


<Information> button
The <Information> button calls up a "Status window:
Archive information" dialog window in which you receive information on the
activity
status (archive set change, deletion, compression, etc.).
For a description, see Information dialog window on page 928
In the "Parameterization" dialog window, you can parameterize the
Parameterization
archive, provided that you are experienced in handling database
dialog window
archives. The dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.

The buttons have the following meanings:


<Help> button
Use the online help for detailed information on this dialog window
<Size> tab
The <Size> tab is used to define the size of the archive (dataset

parameter). Clicking in the individual input fields opens a dialog window for entering values
Example of a dialog window:

<Time> tab
The <Time> tab is used to define the times at which an
automatic
archive change should be performed or archive sets should
be backed
up or deleted
<Statistics> tab
The <Statistics> tab is used to display statistical values on
individual
data points in the archives. Data points that are not saved in
the
archives cannot be statistically evaluated. For details, see
the online
help
<Backup H1> tab
The <Backup H1> tab is used to define the data backup
settings. For
details, see the online help
If a second redundant system is present, there will be an
additional
<Backup Host 2> tab. This tab will have exactly the same
structure
<Special options> tab
The <Special options> tab is used to set the times for
opening the
archives, the time delay for the automatic compression and
other
cyclic parameters. For details, see the online help

<Apply> button
The <Apply> button saves entries without closing the menu
This dialog window is used to adjust or manually execute the activities for Activities
dialog
compressing and deleting archive sets and storing them elsewhere. The
window
dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information
is contained in the online help.
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1 <Host 1> tab. If a second 2 List of current archive sets with


redundant system is present, status information (OK = current,
there will be an identical addi- AR = stored on hard disk, OK-Cx
tional <Host 2> tab.
= compressed archive set)

3 Arrow buttons for moving 4 List of archive sets stored elseselected archive sets between where (using the <DIR> button)
lists (2) and (4)
5 Buttons See the following 6 Display of available memory on
description
the hard disk (HD)
7 Activity status display 8 Symbol for manually changing
the current archive set
9 Symbol for manually com- 10 Symbol for manually deleting the
pressing the selected archive selected archive set. Only comset (level 1). Clicking on the pleted archive sets can be
button again starts level 2 deleted
compression. Only completed archive sets can be
compressed

The remaining buttons (5) have the following meanings:


<Help> button
Use the online help for detailed information on this dialog window
<DIR> button
The <DIR> button reads the directory and filters out the archive name.
Only the archive sets of the current archive are displayed
<Eject> button
The <Eject> button ejects the tape used for the backup (DAT)
<Rewind> button
The <Rewind> button winds the tape used for the backup (DAT)
<Format> button
The <Format> button deletes and reformats the tape inserted for the
backup (DAT). Data on the tape are permanently lost
This dialog window provides information on the status of each activity. Information
dialog
The text field next to each activity displays a status message on the procwindow
esses that are currently taking place. Colored dots provide additional
information on the activity status. The dialog window will not be described
here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.
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1 <Host 1> tab. If a second 2 Activity


redundant system is present,
there will be an identical additional <Host 2> tab.
3 Activity status message 4 Symbols for manually stopping
and resetting the activity currently running if a fault should
occur (especially important for
DAT tape backup)
5 <Help> button

6 <Close> button
7 Color dots for displaying activity status See the following
description
The fields and displays have the following meanings:

<Help> (5) button

Use the online help for detailed information on this dialog window

Colored dot (7)


The colored dot indicates the status of each activity in
one of three
colors:
Green dot: "Everything OK"
Yellow dot: "Busy - activity active"
Red dot: "Fault"
Configuring a

This task may only be performed by an experienced administrator database archive


("ce"). Configuration of the database archive requires in-depth experience in working with databases. Therefore, you should only configure
the database if you are sufficiently qualified in working with the PVSS
and have specific experience in working with the database systems used here.
For this reason, the configuration procedure will not be described in detail here.
Use the detailed information in the online help, which is available via the <Help>
button. If anything should be unclear, please contact Brckner Service.

Configure the database archive according to the information provided


here and in the online help
Before calling up the <Parameterize>, <Activity> and <Information>
buttons, you must always select a specific archive from the list (line is
highlighted in black)
Execute manual activities such as compression, archiving and deletion of archive sets according to the information provided here and in
the online help
After entering all desired changes to the database configuration or
after the completion of other activities, click on the <Close> button
The entries are saved and the dialog window closes

9.5.3 Deleting and Exporting Historical Alert Events


The "Databases" menu is used to configure the automatic deletion of
alert events and the export of historical alert datasets. The menu will not
be described here in full detail. Brckner Service will be glad to provide
you with detailed information.

Click on the <Archive/export alarms> button


The following dialog window appears:
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5
1 "Alerts" window area For a 2 "Host" window area See Host
description, see Alerts win- window area on page 933
dow area on page 931
3 <Close> button
4 Display of current date and time

5 <Configuration> button 6 "Media" window area See


Should only be performed Media window area on page 9
after consultation with Brck- 33
ner and will not be described
here

The "Alerts" window area is used for setting the automatic deletion of Alerts window
area
datasets from the alert archive. The dialog window will not be described
here in full detail. Brckner Service will be glad to provide you with
detailed information.
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1 "File cycle frequency" drop- 2 Drop-down menu for cycle (here


down menu
day of month for monthly cycle)
3 Preset synchronization time 4 Preset deletion cycle frequency
5 <Deactivate> button 6 "Delete only archived files automatically" checkbox
7 "Alert archiving" status dis- 8 Symbol for executing a manual
play
file change
9 <Activate> button
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

"File cycle frequency" (1) drop-down menu

The following options can be selected:


annual, monthly, weekly, daily and <daily
"Cycle" (2) drop-down menu
The file cycle indicates the interval at which a file is updated.
The display fields vary depending on the selected file cycle
frequency:
For "annual", fields appear for selecting the month and the
day of the
month
For "monthly", the field appears for selecting the day of the
month
For "weekly", the field appears for selecting the day of the
week and
the number per day
For "daily", the field appears for selecting the number per
day
For "<daily", fields appear for selecting the hours and
minutes
The "Synchronization time" (3) and "Deletion cycle
frequency" (4)
fields are preset but can be changed by entering the
required values.
Any such changes will not be saved. If the dialog window is
called up
again later, the fields will have returned to their preset
values
The synchronization time is the time when the file is to be
saved.
The deletion cycle is the duration for which the file should be saved
<Deactivate> (5) button
The <Deactivate> button switches off the deletion
mechanism and no
further activities will be performed
The status display (7) turns red
"Delete only archived files automatically" (6) checkbox
If this checkbox is activated, the only files that are
automatically
deleted are those that were saved on an external medium
Status display (7)

This field is green if the deletion mechanism is "activated"


This field is red if the deletion mechanism is "deactivated"
<Manual file change> (8) button
The <Manual file change> button activates a manual
change of the
alert archive file. The activity must be confirmed in the
message window with <Yes>.
<Activate> (9) button
The <Activate> button activates the alert archiving process. The settings in drop-down menus (1) and (2) and input fields (3) and (4) are
used
The status display (7) turns green
The "Host" window area is used to configure the automatic deletion of Host window
area
alert events that takes place when data are saved on an external
medium. This function should only be performed after consultation with
Brckner.
The dialog window will not be described here in further detail. Brckner
Service will be glad to provide you with detailed information.
Media window area
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1 Display field of occupied 2 "All" button Deletes all files in


space on the hard disk

the field (5)


3 "Delete" button Deletes 4 Display field for another medium,
selected file
e. g. DVD
5 Display field for existing files

This window area can be used to delete alert files from the hard disk or
export them to another medium.

9.5.4 Performing an Online Backup

The "Databases" menu is used to configure an online backup of the


PVSS database and perform the data backup. This menu will not be
described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online
help on the respective topic.
A backup is only necessary if the PVSS configuration was changed (e. g.
a new motor was used and new data was entered).
The presettings should not be changed since they were correctly
entered by Brckner.

Click on the <Online backup> button


The following dialog window appears:
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2 <Parameterization> tab
1 <DB> tab
3 <Configuration> tab 4 <Media> tab

The four tabs of the "Online backup" menu are described below:
Button functions
<DB> (1) tab
The <DB> tab is used to perform the online backup of the PVSS database
<Parameterization> (2) tab
The <Parameterization> tab is used to parameterize the online backup
of the project
<Configuration> (3) tab
The <Configuration> tab is used to enter the parameters for the online
backup
<Media> (4) tab

The <Media> tab displays the time, type of online back and empty files
Configuring and

The tasks described below may only be performed by an experienced performing an


administrator ("ce"). Configuration of the online backup requires indepth experience in working with databases. Therefore, you should

online backup

only configure the database if you are sufficiently qualified in working


with the PVSS and have specific experience in working with the database systems used here. For this reason, the configuration procedure will not be
described in detail here. Use the detailed information in the online help, which is
available via the <Help> button. If anything should be unclear, please contact
Brckner Service.

Configure the online backup according to the information provided


below and in the online help
Execute manual activities such as starting the backup according to the
information provided here and in the online help
The <Configuration> tab is used to enter parameters for configuring the
Configuring an
online backup.
online backup
The dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.

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7
9

1 "Backup Media" radio buttons 2 <Explorer> symbol with "Target


path" display field
3 "DB-backup range back to" 4 "Backup all not archived HDB
input fields
datasets" checkbox
5 < ... > button with "Next auto- 6 "Cancel DB-backup if" window
matic execution" display field area
7 <Help> button
8 <Close> button

9 "Automatic DB-Backup" drop- 10 Input field for time period of DB


down menu
backup

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


<Help> (7) button
Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
"Backup Media" (1) radio buttons
You can either select "DAT" for a tape backup or
"HD/MO/JAZ" for
backing up onto an internal hard disk (HD) or onto an
external hard
disk (MO/JAZ)
<Explorer> (2) symbol with "Target path" display field
The <Explorer> symbol can be used to select the target
path for the
DB backup. Clicking on the symbol calls up the computer
file directory
and the desired target drive and path can be selected. The
selection is
displayed in the "Target path" display field
Drop-down menu (3) and "DB-backup range back to" input
field (10)
In this drop-down menu, you can select the time period over
which the
backup is to be performed. You can choose from: "hour(s)",
"day(s)",
"week(s)", "month(s)" and "year(s)"
The number of time units is entered in the input field (10), e.
g. "3
months"
"Backup all not archived HDB datasets" (4) checkbox
If this checkbox is activated, all archive sets that have not
been stored
elsewhere are included in the online backup
"Automatic DB-Backup" (9) drop-down menu
In this drop-down menu, you can select how often the
automatic DB
backup is to be performed. You can choose from: "never",
"daily",
"weekly", "monthly" and "every year". The start time for the
automatic

backup is selected using the < ... > (5) button


< ... > button and "Next automatic execution" display field (5)
The < ... > button opens a dialog window for entering the
exact time of
the backup that is run at the time interval specified in the
drop-down
menu (9). If, for example, the automatic backup in the dropdown
menu (9) is set to "monthly", you can define here on which
day of the
week and at which time the backup is to run every month.
The selection is displayed in the adjacent field
"Cancel DB-backup if" (6) input fields
In these input fields you can define under what conditions the online
backup should be aborted
If necessary, configure the online backup as described above and in
the online help
Click on the <DB> or <Parameterization> tab to start an online backup
or on the <Close> button to save the entries and close the dialog window
The <DB> tab is used to start the online backup of the project database Backing up
the
(parameter data and an adjustable part of the history). The online backup project
database
is configured in the <Configuration> tab.
The dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.

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2 "Target path" display field


1 "Host" display field
3 "Status" display field 4 "Information" display field
5 <Help> button
6 <Close> button
7 <Reset Fault Message> but- 8 <Cancel backup> button
ton
9 <Start backup> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


<Help> (5) button

Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
"Host" (1) and "Target path" (2) display fields
Display the host and path on which the data are backed up
"Status" (3) and "Info" (4) display fields
Display the status messages (e. g. "Backup is running") or
information
on the backup (e. g. "OK")
<Start backup> (9) button
The <Start backup> button manually starts the online backup
<Reset Fault Message> (7) button
The <Reset Fault Message> button resets any faults that
occurred
during the online backup
<Cancel backup> (8) button
The <Cancel backup> button aborts the running online backup
If necessary, configure the online backup as required
See Configuring an online backup on page 937
Click on the <DB> tab
Click on the <Start backup> (9) button
The "Status" display field turns green and the "Backup is running"
message appears.
If the online backup was successful, "OK" appears in the "Information"
display field.
The backup file named "db.backup" is located in the configured target
directory. In the same directory there is an empty file with a file name
that reflects the date and time of the backup:
"backup_db_project_YYYYMMDDHHMM.txt" (e. g.
"backup_db_test_200509241547.txt"). This file contains no data and
is only used to quickly identify the backup file.
Click on the <Close> (6) button to close the dialog window after the
backup was successful
The <Parameterization> tab is used to start the online backup of the
Backing up the

project data (without log files or database). The online backup is configproject data
ured in the <Configuration> tab.
The dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.

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5
6
1 "Host" display field

2 "Target path" display field


3 "Status" display field 4 "Info" display field
5 <Help> button
6 <Close> button
7 <Start backup> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


<Help> (5) button
Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
"Host" (1) and "Target path" (2) display fields
Display the host and path on which the data are backed up
"Status" (3) and "Info" (4) display fields
Display the status messages (e. g. "No backup is running")
or information on the backup (e. g. "Initialization of storage medium
failed")
<Start backup> (7) button
The <Start backup> button manually starts the online backup
If necessary, configure the online backup as required
See Configuring an online backup on page 937
Click on the <Parameterization> tab
Click on the <Start backup> (7) button
The "Status" display field turns green and the "Backup is
running"
message appears. The message "ASCII Output started Please wait!"
is displayed in the "Info" display field.
If the online backup was successful, "OK" appears in the
"Info" display
field.
The backup files (project directory) are located in the
configured target
path. In the same directory there are empty files with file

names that
reflect the date and time of the backup:
"backup_full_project_YYYYMMDDHHMM.txt" (e. g.
"backup_full_test_200509241547.txt"). These files contains
no data
and are only used to quickly identify the backup files.
Click on the <Close> (6) button to close the dialog window
after the
backup was successful
The backup activities are recorded in the <Media> tab. This
dialog winMedia tab
dow displays the empty files, the backup times and the type of online
backup. The operator can quickly see which data are stored on which
tapes and whether the automatic backups actually ran.
The dialog window will not be described here in full detail. Further information is contained in the online help.
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7
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1 "Destination" display field 2 "Free space" display field


3 <Close> button
4 <Help> button
5 List of performed online back- 6 <Refresh> button
ups
7 "Status" display field 8 "Info" display field

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


<Help> (4) button
Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
"Destination" (1) display field
Displays the path on which the data are backed up
"Free space" (2) display field
Displays the free space available in the target directory (device)

List of online backups performed (5)


This list contains the file names of the empty files that are
stored in
addition to the saved backup data. These file names
contain the time
of the online backup
<Refresh> (6) button
Clicking on the <Refresh> button updates the list (5) and all
new
empty backup files are displayed
"Status" (7) and "Info" (8) display fields
Display the status messages (e. g. "Backup is running") or
information
on the backup (e. g. "Finished")
Additional button (not shown)
If the tape backup medium was selected ("DAT"), additional
buttons
appear on the right side of the dialog window above the
<Refresh>
button:
<Eject> button for ejecting the backup tape
<Rewind> button for rewinding the tape
<Format> button for formatting the tape

9.6 System Monitoring (Diagnosis)


9.6.1 Calling Up the Diagnosis Menu
Click on the <Diagnosis> tab
The "Diagnosis" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


view the login statistics ("op")
configure the connections of the event manager ("op")
monitor the hard disk capacity ("ce")
monitor the virtual memory capacity ("ce")
view the error log files ("op")
monitor Windows2000 performance ("op")

9.6.2 Calling Up the Login Statistics


An overview of all users who worked on the PVSS during a specific
period can be called up in the "Diagnosis" menu.

Click on the <Login statistics> button


The following dialog window appears:
1
23

4
6
87
5

1 Input field for date and time of 2 <List logins> button


the start and end of the login
statistics
3 Login statistics (table of 4 <Close> button
users)
5 <Print> button

6 <Sort chronologically> button

7 Display field with status mes- 8 <Current user> button


sage
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

Meaning of fields
and buttons

Input fields for start and end time (1)


In this area of the dialog window, the desired date and time for the
start and end of the "Login statistics" can be entered using the arrow
buttons next to the input fields
<List logins> (2) button
This button is used to create the login statistics for the specified time
period. The results are displayed in a table (3)
Login statistics (table) (3)
A list of users logged into the PVSS during the specified time period
<Sort chronologically> (6) button
Sorts the list in chronological order
"Status" (7) display field
Status message, e. g. "Protocol of all current users"
<Current user> (8) button
This button is used to highlight the login statistics of the current user.
The corresponding line in the table is highlighted in gray
Calling up the login
This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

statistics

Select the required start time and end time for the login statistics using
the arrow buttons next to the input fields (1)
Click on the <List logins> button
The login statistics are displayed in the table. An example is shown in
the following figure:

Evaluate the displays as you require


If necessary, print out the login statistics using the <Print> button
Click on the <Close> button to close the dialog window

9.6.3 Monitoring the Connections of the Event Manager


The event manager is a primary functionality of the PVSS visualization
software. The "Diagnosis" menu is used to monitor the event manager.
The menu will not be described here in full detail. Further information is
contained in the online help.

Click on the <EventMan. Connections> button


The following dialog window appears:
10 1 2
4
3

5
6
9
8
7
1 Program with which the event 2 Table on the program with informanager communicates (e. g. mation on the communication
"CTRL")

processes (see also the next


topic Function)
3 Communications connections 4 "EVENT" event manager
as cenbetween the event manager tral communications module
and program
5 <Help> button
6 <Close> button
7 <Configuration> button 8
Explanations of table contents
(see also the next topic Function)
9 Display of configuration data 10 <Host 1> tab

The event manager displays the number of sent and received system
Function
messages of each program manager. Managers that are
connected to
the event manager are shown in green in the diagram (in this
example,
these are the "CTRL", "UI", "DRIVER" and "DATA" managers).
In addition, a table displays:
Column 1: Manager number
Column 2: Number of messages sent by the event manager
Column 3: Number of messages received by the event manager
Messages are exchanged between programs when there is a
change in
the value of a data point or in other information that is required
by other
programs. The event manager controls the distribution of the
information
on the changes and documents it in the menu diagram. For
distributed
system, there is a second tab called <Host 2>.
The buttons have the following meanings:
Button functions
<Help> (5) button
Use the online help for further information on this dialog window

<Configuration> (7) button


The <Configuration> button opens a dialog window for
setting the
update time for updating the messages and configs of the
event manager. See Configuring the event manager on page 951
The current setting is displayed in the left lower area (9)
The "Configuration" dialog window is used for setting the update times for Configuring
the
exchanging the connections and configuration data (update of connec- event
manager
tions and configs) in seconds (s).
This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

Click on the <Configuration> (7) button


The following dialog window appears:

Enter the desired update time for communication between the event
manager and the other programs (e. g. 30 s)
Setting the times to "0" switches off the statistics function
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries and close the dialog win-

dow
You can call up detailed message and DP statistics on the communica- Calling up
message
tions connection of the event manager.
and DP statistics
Click on a table of the menu, e. g. on the table of the "UI" program
manager
The following dialog window with three tabs appears:
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7

8
11
9
10

1 <Messages 1-13> tab 2 <Messages 14-26> tab


3 Message statistics table with 4 <Config> tab

information on "Message
type", "Number sent" and
"Number received"
5 "Sum sent" and "Received" 6 Dynamic bar display of number
display fields
of messages
7 "Manager" status display 8 <Help> button
9 <Close> button
10 <Print> button
11 <Stop Refresh> button
The fields and buttons have the following meanings:

<Help> (8) button


Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
<Messages 1-13> (1) tab
This tab shows the statistics data for the first 13 message
types. For
the contents, see (3) and (5)
Clicking on a table row calls up a trend history diagram of
the messages of the select message type. See Calling up the
message trend
on page 954
<Messages 14-26> (2) tab
This tab shows the statistics data for message types 14 to
26. For the
contents, see (3) and (5)
Clicking on a table row calls up a trend history diagram of
the messages of the select message type. See Calling up the
message trend
on page 954
<Config> (4) tab
The <Config> tab lists the configuration types and the
number of data
points and data point elements they contain

Message statistics table (3) and dynamic bar display (6)


The number of sent and received messages is displayed for
each of
the 16 message types. The bar display (6) shows the
percentage of
each message compared to the total number of messages.
If the values are "0", the statistics are switched off and data
are not
being sent. The statistics can be switched off to avoid
unnecessarily
overloading the performance. To do so, the update times of
the connection and the configs must be set to "0" (see Configuring
the event
manager on page 951).
The sum of all messages sent within the time period under
consideration is 100 % (the send and receive directions are
considered separately).
The bars are all scaled to the maximum number of
messages. For
example, if 100 messages are sent, the bars indicate which
message
types sent 50, 10 and 40 messages.
"Sum" (5) display fields
Indicates the total number of sent and received messages
"Manager" (7) status display
Displays the number of managers connected with the event
manager
and the associated manager number
<Stop Refresh> (11) button
The <Stop Refresh> button stops the continuous updating of the message statistics. The button switches to <Start Refresh>.
Clicking on the button again restarts the automatic updating of the
message statistics
Calling up the
This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

message trend

Click on the required line of the message type in the <Messages 113> (1) or <Messages 14-26> (2) tab
The dialog window showing the message trend history over time
opens:

If necessary, click on the <Operation bar> button if you would like to


display additional buttons for adjusting the trend history display
The meaning of the buttons is described in section Description of the
Trend Display of a Trend Group under Tool bar - Online on page 89
If you wish, click on the <Legend> button to call up a legend on the
displayed trend curve
The legend is described in section Description of the Trend Display of
a Trend Group underLegend on page 89
Click on the <Print> button to print out the message trend history
Click on the <Close> button to close the dialog window

9.6.4 Monitoring Hard Disk Capacity

The hard disk capacity of the Linux computer can be monitored in the
"Diagnosis" menu. In this dialog window, you can also set the limit values
beyond which hard disk capacity is to be automatically monitored. In
addition, the experienced administrator will be able to set up new data
points for the "hard disks".

Click on the <Disk space> button


The following dialog window appears:

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

10
11

1 "Data point" drop-down menu 2 "Path" display field for data point
for drive names
3 Status display for hard disk 4 "Min. free" display field
5 Bar display for memory 6 "Total" display field
capacity
7 "Used" display fields in MB 8 "Available" display fields in MB
and %
and %
9 "Infotext" display field 10 <Close> button
11 <Configuration> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


Meaning of fields
and buttons
"Datapoint" (1) drop-down menu
The hard disk to be monitored can be selected in the "Datapoint" dropdown menu (e. g. "ArchivDisk of System 1" hard disk)
"Path" (2) display field
Name of directory to be monitored
Display fields (3) to (8)
These display fields provide information on the hard disk status. The
individual fields will not be described in detail here since they are selfexplanatory to an experienced administrator.
The hard disk capacity should only be evaluated by an experienced
administrator. If there are any problems or questions, please contact
Brckner Service
Bar display (5)
The bar display uses a green bar to display the ratio of occupied memory (green) to free memory
"Infotext" (9) display field
Status display of the hard disk, e. g. "Hard disk OK"

<Configuration> (11) button


The <Configuration> button calls up the dialog window for setting the
limit values for hard disk monitoring. See Setting the limit values for
the hard disk on page 957
This dialog window is used to enter the limit values for monitoring the Setting the
limit
hard disk capacity.
values for the hard
disk

1
2
3
4
5
6

10
8
7
9

1 "Data point" drop-down menu 2 "Path" display field for data point
for drive names
3 "Monitor hard-disk-capacity" 4 "Emergency mode at" input field
checkbox
5 "Hard disk full alarm at" input 6 "Hard disk full warning at" input
field
field
7 <Cancel> button

9 <New DP> button

8 <Delete> button

10 <OK> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


"Datapoint" (1) drop-down menu
The hard disk to be monitored can be selected in the "Datapoint" dropdown menu (e. g. "ArchivDisk of System 1" hard disk).
When creating a new data point for a hard disk, the DP name is
entered here
"Path" (2) display field
Name of directory to be monitored
"Monitor hard-disk-capacity" (3) checkbox
If this checkbox is activated, the hard disk capacity is
monitored by the
PVSS according to the limit values set in this dialog window.
If the free
hard disk capacity falls below the limit, an alarm or warning
is output
Display fields (4) to (6)
The limit values for the hard disk capacity at which the
emergency
mode, an alarm or a warning is to be triggered are entered
in the input
fields in MB.
The capacity monitoring of the hard disk should only be
configured by
an experienced administrator. If there are any problems or
questions,
please contact Brckner Service

<New DP> (9) button


The <New DP> button is used to create a new "Hard disk"
data point
and thus, for example, set up monitoring of a hard disk
partition
Configuring limit
This task may only be performed by an administrator ("ce") with the

values
necessary technical know-how.

If necessary, enter the required values for the limit values


used in monitoring the hard disk capacity
If necessary, create a new "Hard disk" data point
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries and close the
dialog window

9.6.5 Monitoring the Capacity of the Virtual Memory


The capacity of the virtual memory can be checked in the "Diagnosis"
menu. In this dialog window, you can also set the limit values above
which the virtual memory is to be automatically monitored. In addition,
the experienced administrator will be able to set up new data points for
the "virtual memory".

Click on the <RAM Space> button


The following dialog window appears:

2
3
4
5
6
7
8

9
10

1 "Datapoint" drop-down menu 2 Status display for virtual memory


for drive names
3 "Min. free" display field 4 Bar display for memory capacity
5 "Total" display field

6 "Used" display fields in MB and


%

7 "Available" display fields in 8 "Infotext" display field


MB and %
9 <Close> button
10 <Configuration> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


Meaning of fields
and buttons
"Datapoint" (1) drop-down menu
The virtual memory to be monitored can be selected in the "Datapoint"
drop-down menu (e. g. "MemoryCheck of system 1" memory)
Display fields (2) to (7)
The display fields provide information on the virtual memory status.
The individual fields will not be described in detail here since they are
self-explanatory to experienced administrators.
The memory capacity should only be evaluated by an experienced
administrator. If there are any problems or questions, please contact
Brckner Service
Bar display (4)
The bar display uses a green bar to display the ratio of occupied memory (green) to free memory
"Infotext" (8) display field
Status display of virtual memory, e. g. "Memory OK"
<Configuration> (10) button
The <Configuration> button calls up a dialog window for setting the
limit values for virtual memory monitoring. See Limit settings for RAM
memory on page 961
This dialog window is used to enter the limit values for monitoring the Limit settings
for
RAM.
RAM memory

1
2
3

4
5

6
7

1 "Datapoint" drop-down menu 2 "Monitor RAM" checkbox


for drive names
3 "Emergency mode at" input 4 "RAM full alarm at" input field
field
5 "RAM full warning at" input 6 <Cancel> button
field
7 <OK> button

The fields and buttons have the following meanings:


"Datapoint" (1) drop-down menu
The virtual memory (RAM) to be monitored can be selected in the
"Datapoint" drop-down menu
"Monitor RAM" checkbox (2)
If this checkbox is activated, the RAM capacity is monitored by the
PVSS according to the limit values set in this dialog window. If the free
memory capacity falls below the limit, an alarm or warning is output

Input fields (3) to (5)


The RAM limit values above which the emergency mode, an alarm or
a warning is to be triggered are entered in these input fields in MB
RAM capacity monitoring should only be configured by an experienced administrator. If there are any problems or questions, please
contact Brckner Service.
Configuring limit
This task may only be performed by an administrator ("ce") with the

values

necessary technical know-how.

If necessary, enter the desired limit values for use in monitoring the
RAM
Click on the <OK> button to save the entries and close the dialog window

9.6.6 Viewing the Error Log Files


For troubleshooting purposes, error log files that are automatically
recorded by the PVSS on a continuous basis can be called up in the system control unit from the "Diagnosis" menu. The experienced administrator may be able to identify problems or faults in the control system based
on the processes recorded in the log file.

Click on the <Error Log Files> button


The following dialog window appears:

The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular


operating system and user program and may deviate from the screen
shown here.

This dialog window gives you access to the various log files of the PVSS
via the Explorer.
These are found in the following directory:
Drive:\home\pvss\projects\Doc\log\
Information on the names and content of the various files will be provided
to you by Brckner Service upon request.

This tool can be called up by an administrator ("ce"). However, the tool


should only be employed by users with in-depth experience in working
with the PVSS.

Use the error log files if you have the required know-how as an administrator

9.6.7 Monitoring Windows2000 Performance


The performance of the Windows2000 operating system can be monitored in the "Diagnosis" menu. This tool permits an experienced administrator to change to the Windows performance display without leaving the
PVSS.

Click on the <W2000 Performance> button


The following dialog window appears:

The actual appearance of the dialog window depends on the particular


operating system and user program and may deviate from the screen
shown here.
This tool can be called up by any user. However, the tool should only be
used by administrators with in-depth experience in working with the
Windows operating system. For this reason, this menu will not be
described in further detail here.

Use the online help or proceed according to the instructions in the


documentation of the Windows2000 operating system

9.7 Configuring and Creating Reports


9.7.1 Calling Up the Reports Menu
Click on the <Reporting> tab
The "Report" menu appears:

In this menu you can:


call up the "Trend display - Variable Trends" menu ("op")
configure and create Excel reports ("op")
configure and create SQL database queries ("ce")

9.7.2 Configuring Variable Trends


The "Variable Trends" menu can be called up in the "Reporting" menu.
The variable trends can also be called up using a symbol in the menu bar
of the PVSS visualization software.

Click on the <Variable trend> button


The following menu appears on the screen:

For a description of the functions in the "Variable Trends" menu, see section Variable Trends on page 81.

Configuring variable
This task may be performed by the operator ("op").

trends

Configure and view the variable trends according to the information


provided in section Variable Trends on page 81

9.7.3 Configuring and Creating Excel Reports


The actual appearance of the dialog windows depends on the particular
operating system and user program and may deviate from the screen
shown here.

In the "Reporting" menu, system information such as consumption,


downtimes and production data can be viewed.

Calling up the Excel


Click on the <Excel report> button
report
Excel opens and the following dialog window appears:

Click on the <Activate macros> button


The "Select The period" dialog window opens:
3

1
2

2
1

1 "Date" input fields


2 "Time" input fields
3 <Calendar> buttons

In the "Date" (1) input fields, enter the date of the beginning and end of Specifying
the time
the report
period
The program presets the day to 24 hours. If the number of hours
changes for the day, the time for the beginning and end of the report
must be entered in the "Time" (2) input fields
The date can be entered using a calendar, see the following steps
Clicking on the <Calendar> button opens a dialog window with a calendar where the required date can be selected

Confirm the entry with <OK>


The Excel report opens with data for the selected period.
The information in the report is displayed on two worksheets:
RollData
Line States
Roll Data

The "Roll Data" worksheet contains the roll data.


Line States

The "Line States" worksheet contains the status of the system.

9.7.4 Configure and Create SQL Database Queries


In the "Reports" menu, database specialists can perform an SQL database query. The query can be configured in various tabs in the menu.
The menu will not be described here in full detail. Further information is
contained in the online help on the respective topic.
The database queries configured with this tool should only be performed by an experienced administrator ("ce"). Configuring and performing an SQL database query requires sound technical experience
with databases. Therefore, you should only configure the database if
you are sufficiently qualified in working with the PVSS and have specific experience in working with the database systems used here. For this reason, the con-

figuration procedure will not be described in detail here. Use the detailed information in the online help, which is available via the < ? > button. If anything is
unclear, please contact Brckner Service.

Click on the <SQL query> button


The following menu appears:
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9

10
2 <Select> tab
1 <All/Alert> tab
4 <Remote> tab
3 <From> tab

6 <Timerange> tab
5 <Where> tab
7 <Sort/Group> tab
8 <Data> tab
9 Display field with context-sen- 10 < ? > (help) button
sitive descriptions of the open
dialog window (selected tab)

The buttons have the following meanings:


Button functions
< ? > (10) button
Use the online help for further information on this dialog window
Additional buttons
The additional buttons will not be described here since
this menu
should only be operated by specialists using the online
help
The tabs open dialog windows with the following settings and functions:
Tabs
<All/Alert> (1) tab
Here you can set whether all current or archived values
should be
read out from the database or if only alerts should be called
up. The
time range for the query is set in the <Timerange> tab
<Select> (2) tab
The Select statement is used to define the data point
attributes of the
data points or data point elements that are to be queried in
the database
<From> (3) tab
The From statement together with the Select statement
comprises a
complete data point element. Using the familiar <Data point
selector>
symbol in this tab, the data points can be selected for which
values are

to be queried
<Remote> (4) tab
This tab is used to query values of various data point
elements in distributed systems
<Where> (5) tab
This tab uses additional filters to limit the data quantity of
the query
using the Select and From statements
<Timerange> (6) tab
The time range of the query is set in the <Timerange> tab
<Sort/Group> (7) tab
The sorting or grouping for the query can be set in the
<Sort/Group>
tab
<Data> (8) tab
The <Data> tab displays the query results. This dialog
window also
contains the buttons for starting the query, deleting the
query results
and save the query configuration
Performing an SQL
This task may only be performed by an administrator ("ce") with very database
query
good database knowledge.

Perform the desired SQL database query according to the information


provided here and in the online help

Index
Filter
configuring settings 4-13
defining 4-17
defining the sorting selection 4-25
selecting the time range 4-15
Filter and time settings 4-10
Filter configurations 4-28
A
Filter system
Active element 3-4
selecting 4-24
Alert 1-15, 3-33
Filter types
calling up 4-1
selecting 4-23
defining priorities 9-4
deleting and exporting 9-30 Filtering
resetting 4-5
starting 4-10
Alert list 4-3
H
Alert types 1-18
Hard disk capacity
Archive sets, configuring and manag- monitoring 9-55
ing 9-21
Header, defining 4-26
B
Hour glass 3-4
Backup
I
all data 9-13
Individual trends 3-9
performing 9-11, 9-14
IPC 3-16
Backup file 9-13
Button
L
Language
E-stop 3-31
E-stop line 3-31
selecting 1-8
Log file 9-13
C
Logging on
Central settings, making 9-5

administrator 1-6
Communications display 3-21

operator 1-5
Configurable trends 3-12, 8-46 Login statistics
Context menu
calling up 9-45
calling up 3-50
menu items 3-51
M
Machine report 3-33, 6-1
D
calling up 6-1
Data point selector 8-30
Material name
Databases
entering 7-6
configuring and archiving 9-21 Materials list 7-3
E
Menu
alarms 4-1
Error log files, viewing 9-63
authorizations 9-18
Event 3-33
calling up diagnosis 9-45
Event list 4-8
calling up reports 9-66
Events
calling up 4-6
calling up tools 9-7
events 4-6
Excel report
general 3-15
configuring and creating 9-68 mode 3-40
Extrusion 3-24
overview 3-28
overview with data 3-14
F
Film break 3-36
product data 3-44
production rates 3-13
performing a backup 9-15
settings 9-3
system overview 1-10
Standard
buttons 3-5
Menu bar 1-12
symbols 3-5
Message window 3-6

Stretching 3-25
N
Sys-Info 3-23
Numerical values
entering 3-6
System components 1-3
System management 3-35, 9-1
O
calling up 9-2
Online backup
System monitoring (diagnosis)
performing 9-34
performing 9-45
Operating mode 3-41

System overview 2-1


Operator alert signal, activating 3-45 T
P
TCE
Parameter data
calling up 3-48
loading 9-9
Temperature overview
Pocket calculator, calling up 9-8
extrusion 3-28
stretching 3-30
PVSS
logging out 1-24
Time comparison trend, calling up
8-20
starting 1-4, 1-7
Trend
R
configuring variable trends 9-66
Ramping 3-43
Raw material management 7-1 Trend display 8-1
RDH
Trend group
calling up 8-13
calling up 3-34
Trend history
Recipe
calling up 8-48
deleting 5-17
displaying parameters 8-48
modifying 5-8

saving data 8-53


protecting 5-12
time setting 8-55
saving 5-6
sending 5-14
trigger factor 8-57
viewing 8-15
Recipe manager 3-45, 5-1
calling up 5-2
Trend history menu
buttons 2-9, 8-50
Report

configurable 8-56
configuring and creating 9-66 description 8-49
RM authorizations
details and settings 8-53
assigning 9-19
functions 8-51
tabular 8-52
S
Screen pages
U
printing 3-45
User groups 1-3
Set points
changing 3-38
V
Variable trend
Silo
calling up 8-2, 8-12
calling up overview 7-1
closing 8-11
supplies 3-18
configuring 8-23
utilities/general 3-17
creating 8-40
SQL database
configuring and creating queries display 8-7
9-72
exporting 8-11
9-59
leaving 8-15
legend 8-9
W
offline 8-10
online 8-9
Winder 3-27
Windows, starting 1-4

setting time range 8-16


Windows2000 performance, monitorVariable trends 3-11, 8-1
Virtual memory capacity, monitoring ing 9-64