Q I am trying to “Retain values on Power loss”, but the IPm fails to save the state of the variables.
A The “Retain Values on power loss” option commands the IPm to write the state of the variables to the special features file periodically. This time period can be set using the toolkit (IPM configuration > Advanced > Special Features Options > Cycle time). This value is set to 20ms by default. If your project has a large number of IOs (number could depend on whether you have Discrete or Analog values), this file may not be completely be re-written and you might get to see the incorrect state of the saved variables. Increasing this time delay is going to fix your problem.
Q How do I Enable and use Redundancy in IPms?
A Sixnet devices come with a one-click redundancy enable feature. IPM configuration > Automatically Configure a Redundant Controller AND Enable Built-in Redundancy. Redundancy option is available only for ST-IPm-6350 and VT-IPm-1410. After the toolkit setup, you will need to export the tags to Isagraf and download a simple Isagraf program enabling the heartbeat monitor function in the IPms (Refer to Redundancy documentation).
Q My Project file doesn’t open up after a Sixnet Toolkit Downgrade.
A Sixnet Projects (.6PJ files) are upward compatible but not downward compatible. So, a project file saved using a higher version of the toolkit may not open up on a lower version of the toolkit. To avoid having problems with toolkit version compatibility, we advise you to always use the latest version of the toolkit from our website.
Q How do I configure IPms to poll data from third party systems?
A IPms are easily configurable and highly adaptive to the different types of control equipment found in the market. They can communicate over Modbus, over TCP/IP, RS-485, and/or RS-232 to form state-of-the-art, robust control systems. For polling data from non-Sixnet or third-party devices, you will have to setup a generic station.
The “Add Generic Station” opens a pop up window. A generic station’s unique Name, IP address (if applicable), and modbus address (station address) has to be configured in this window.
Once this is done, you will find your generic station listed under “Remote Station’s Name” dropdown list. A normal IO transfer can be configured from here. For help on IO transfers please refer to the IO transfers reference document.
Q Ethertrak2 Power Out option – What is its purpose?
A The Ethertrak2 modules can be powered using 10-30VDC or using 48V PoE, which is the Power over Ethernet standard. When the Ethertrak2 is powered up using PoE, it takes utilized 24VDC out of the available 48VDC. The remaining 24VDC can be sourced to other devices in the vicinity of the E2 by using the “Power Out” terminal.
Q My Sixnet Automation Product does not work straight out of the box (e.g. the LED’s won't glow).
A The Automation products from Sixnet ship with a basic configuration of the module. This however has to be loaded with a toolkit configuration to get it to work as desired. They have to be configured using the Sixnet toolkit first and are not plug and play.
Q How do I change the time zone in the IPm?.
A Please follow the information in the below link on how to set the time zone