Industrial Automation Tech Note 20 - TNIA20
This document describes and provides examples for, the scaling parameters
found in the Crimson® 3.0 software.
Red Lion Controls CR1000 Human Machine Interface (HMI), CR3000 HMI, DA Series Data Station, Data Station Plus (DSP), G3 HMI, G3 Kadet HMI, Graphite® Controller, Graphite HMI, Modular Controller, and ProducTVity Station™
Use Case: Scaling Tags and Modules
Scaling tags within Crimson enables users to change the engineering units or
resolution of a tag’s data source. Scaling the input and output of modules
converts an analog signal to engineering units, and vice versa.
Tag scaling has five (5) parameters; the first determines the data type of the scaling output. The other four (4) are used as X/Y coordinates to calculate the internal scaling equation.
Scaling: Type of scaling to use
• Scale to Integer: the result of the scaling will be a (signed 32-bit) integer number
• Scale to Floating Point: the result of the scaling will be a (32-bit) floating point number
Data From: lesser of the two known input values
Data To: greater of the two known input values
Display From: lesser of the two display values, the engineering unit value to be associated with the Data From value
Display To: lesser of the two display values, the engineering unit value to be associated with the Data To value
• Make sure to use the lowest common denominator when entering in scaling values to avoid data overflow when calculating the output value.
EX1: Analog input from a PLC is sent as a raw signed 16-bit integer with a value from -32768 and +32767, which represents a pressure from 0-150 PSI. In order to display this number as an integer with no decimal precision (whole numbers only) the scaling points would be:
Data From: -32768
Data To: 32767
Display From: 0
Display To: 150
EX2: Analog input from a module is sent in tenths of degrees, which when not scaled shows 10 times higher than the actual temperature. In order to display this number as a floating point value in degrees the scaling points would be:
Data From: 0
Data To: 10
Display From: 0
Display To: 1
• The analog values in the Modular Controller and Graphite modules are all signed 16-bit integers.
• The limits of the values are -30000 to 30000.
• The DP setting in many of the scaling sections are strictly implied decimal precision. For example; the default scaling of a PID module with its Input Type set to Process 4-20mA is 0.00 to 100.00%, this will result in a value of 0-10000, because the decimal precision is only implied and 16-bit integers are only whole numbers.
• The Process Units settings are purely cosmetic.
• There are only two (2) reasons to scale both the module and the tag:
1. To get the most resolution from the input,
2. To change the data type to Floating Point.
Process Inputs: 0-10V, +/-10V, 0-50mV, 0-20mA, 4-20mA
Decimal Places (Decimals): digits of implied precision
Process (PV) at 0%: engineering units associated with analog input low signal
Process (PV) at 100%: engineering units associated with analog input high signal
Square Root: enable/check if the input requires square root extraction to generate a proper process value.
EX: A 4-20mA analog input which represents a pressure from 0-150 PSI. In order to display this number with two (2) digits of decimal precision (0-15000) the scaling points would be:
Decimal Places (Decimals): 2
Process (PV) at 0%: 0
Process (PV) at 100%: 150.00
Temperature Inputs: Thermocouple, RTD
The TC/RTD selection will load a scaling curve for the type of TC/RTD selected. The scaling parameters only need to be adjusted in special cases.
Offset: fixed temperature offset applied to the temperature reading
Slope: changes the ratio of the PV in relation to the sensor reading, useful if sensor is non-linear.
Strain Gauge Inputs
Range (mV): full scale input range
Excitation: voltage used to power sensor
Display Low: known low engineering unit value
Display High: known high engineering unit value
Signal Low: voltage signal associated with Display Low value
Signal High: voltage signal associated with Display High value
EX: Sensor specifications:
0-250 lb "Top Hat" load cell
Excitation: 5 Vdc
Output: 1.5 mV/V nominal
Range (mV): +/-20.000
Display Low: 0
Display High: 250.00
Signal Low: 0
Signal High: 7.500 (5V * 1.5mV/V)
Analog outputs: 0-5V, 0-10V, +/-10V, 0-20mA, 4-20mA
Single Loop PID and SG modules with Analog Output Option
Output Type: analog output type (0-10V, 0-20mA, 4-20mA) *the CSPID1 has a hardware jumper that also needs to be set in the correct position.
Mapping: module parameter that the analog output will be associated with
Drive Min At: value of Mapping parameter that will result in the low end output being transmitted
Drive Max At: value of Mapping parameter that will result in the high end output being transmitted
EX: 4-20mA output to control a heater, 4mA is off, 20mA is fully on.
Output Type: Process 4-20mA
Mapping: Heat Power
Drive Min At: 0.00%
Drive Max At: 100.00%
Analog Output Modules (CSOUT4 and GMOUT4)
Output Type: analog output type (0-5V, 0-10V, +/-10V, 0-20mA, 4-20mA)
Decimal Places: implied decimal precision of ‘Data’ value
Data Low: data value which corresponds to Output Low
Data High: data value which corresponds to Output High
Output Low: analog output value associated with Data Low
Output High: analog output value associated with Data High
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