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      What are the kind of Starserve enclosures are there?

      Please see the Following table for StarServe Enclosures:
      Part Number Description Dimensions
      3105ABEN Slimline Plastic Enclosure 269mm(W) X 383mm(H) X 84mm(D)
      3105PEN7440 ABS Plastic Enclosure - Suited for NBN 405mm(W) X 750mm(H) X 150mm(D)
      Lite-Size Metal Enclosure
      200mm(W) X 300mm(H) X 145(D)
      8000LEN Enclosure Flush Kit
      3105PENF Professional Metal Enclosure, Flush Mount 465mm(W) X 895mm(H) X 113mm(D)
      8000MEN Mid-Size Metal Enclosure 415mm(W) 450mm(H) X 145mm(D)
      8000MEN Enclosure Flush Kit
      3105PENS Professional Metal Enclosure, Surface Mount 465mm(W) X 895mm(H) X 113mm(D)
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      Is there a replacement for the 8000PEN?

      Flush Version - 3105PENF
      Surface Version - 3105PENS

      Is there a flush version of StarServe lite enclosure 8000LEN?

      For a flush StarServe lite enclosure, surface mount enclosure 8000LEN and the flush mounting kit 8000LENFK to suit 8000LEN are needed.
      For further information please visit:

      Is part numner 8000PKES still available?

      No. Unfortunately, part is no longer available.

      Replaced with 3105ABEN (Enclosure),3105SPF2(TV Splitter),3105APP8H6(Data Panel)
      3105APP8/6(Phone Panel),3105VDU38IR(Video Distribution Hub) & RJ5/05PL-BU(Patch Leads)

      Is it possible to mount a weathershield power point on a pole ?

      Weather shield enclosure will line up with the 2000MF range, screw mountings will go on an angle to the pole, opposing the enclosure and may be tricky.
      Available standard as white. If diameter surface is less than 300mm you may be able to use a 56PMK.
      2000MFV range has a large amount of variable for different sized diameter surfaces.
      Please see following link for complete range of sizes

      How do I read or write a program to/from the SY/MAX model 50 controller to the 8005PR4 hand held programmer?

      To read a program from the SY/MAX model 50 controller to the 8005PR4 enter the following sequence:
      TRS, READ.
      Once "TRS P T L GO?" is displayed make sure the CPU is halted and a memory pack is installed and then press the ENTR key. "TRS P T L" is displayed during execution.
      When completed "TRS P T L END" is displayed.

      To write a program from the 8005PR4 to the SY/MAX model 50 controller enter the following sequence:
      TRS, ENTR.
      Once "TRS L T P GO?" is displayed make sure the CPU is halted and either a 8005MP1 or 8005MP4 CMOS RAM memory pack is installed and then press the ENTR key. "TRS L T P" is displayed during execution.
      When completed "TRS L T P END" is displayed.

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL168538 V1.0, Originally authored by on , Last Edited by on
      Related ranges: Sy/Max

      Why do I get SIZE ERR 4K on my 8005PR4 when I try to write the program to my SY/MAX model 50 memory pack?

      "SIZE ERR 4K" is displayed on the 8005PR4 when an attempt is made to write a 4K step program to a 1k-step memory pack. To overcome this the user must replace the 1K-step memory pack (8005MP1) with a 4K-step memory pack. There are three models of 4K-step memory packs: 8005MP4 (CMOS-RAM with battery), 8005MP14 (EPROM) and 8005MP24 (EEPROM).

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL168541 V1.0, Originally authored by on , Last Edited by on
      Related ranges: Sy/Max

      How to enable 100ms Frequency monitoring on a CM4000 series meter

      Enabling 100ms frequency monitoring on a CM4000

      Product Line

      High Speed Monitoring

      By default 100ms frequency monitoring is not enabled

      100ms Frequency monitoring is disabled by default on the CM4000 series meters. To enable this feature, the following command writes must be executed to the meter:

      Write 9020 to register 8000
      Write 11 to register 3239
      Write 1 to register 8001
      Write 9021 to register 8000

      This will enable 100ms Frequency monitoring. The value is stored in register 1080 (Units - 0.01 Hz).

      MGE EPS 6,7,8k Installation, Technical Specs and Operation Manuals

      MGE EPS 6,7,8k Installation, Technical Specs and Operation Manuals
      Product line:
      EPS 6000
      EPS 7000
      EPS 8000
      Customers and Sales Reps asking for Installation, Technical Specs and Operation Manuals
      Customer or sales rep are unable to find the documentation with their UPS
      Provide the following links to customer for Installation, Technical Specs and Operation Manuals
      EPS 8000
      EPS 7000
      EPS 6000
      If the customer or sales rep is looking for specific drawings for Qsku, 99-xxxxxx-xx and other customer products than Lvl2 or TTL will need to get involved.


      How is the scale factor used for integer registers in a Branch Circuit Power Meter (BCPM)?

      Each integer register has a scale factor associated with it. See the following example below:

      Data point needed: Current for meter 1 in a single phase, top feed configuration:

      Data Register 1336: 8000
      Scale Register 1000: 65,534 (which is -2 in 2s complement. Since 65534-65536=-2)
      Formula: Data register * (10^scale register) = Scaled value

      E.g. 8000*(10^-2) = 80 Amps

      See the BCPM register list for more information and listing of all modbus points.

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL203218 V2.0, Originally authored by MaTh on 08/31/2010, Last Edited by MaTh on 05/22/2012
      Related ranges: BCPM(Branch Circuit Power Meter)

      How do you perform a soft reset on a CM3000/4000 and PM8 series?

      Unable to power cycle the meter physically. Need to do remotely or perform soft reset by writing modbus register to the meter.

      Product Line:
      CM3000/4000, PM8 series

      Sometimes local access to where the meters are installed isn't possible or access to the wiring of the meter is blocked.

      In this case, remotely write modbus register to meter in order to power cycle the meter. Using software like Tester (software the read/write register):

      Write 9020 to register 8000
      Then, write 1110 to register 8000

      This will reset the meter.
      In addition, the PM8 series meter you can write modbus register from front panel. Also, if user has CM3000/4000 with display, they can also write modbus register from front display.

      How to read Floating Point Registers in a Circuit Monitor 4000 (CM4), Circuit Monitor 3000 (CM3), and Power Meter 800 (PM8)

      User wants to read meter quantities from a CM3, CM4, or PM8 in floating point format.

      CM3000, CM4000, PM800

      The CM3, CM4, and PM8 series of meters have registers that are capable of storing data in the float format. This is appealing to people trying to incorporate the meters into a Building Management System (BMS). By default, the float data storage option is disabled.

      To enable floating point registers in a CM3 or CM4:
      Note: CM3 and CM4 firmware must be at least v14.090. Prior versions do not have the necessary registers.

      Write a value of 1 to register 3248 to enable the float registers. 

      To enable floating point registers in a PM8:
      Note: PM8 firmware must be at least v11.6. Prior versions do not have the necessary registers.

      Write a value of 9020 to register 8000
      Write a value of 1 to register 3248 to enable the float registers. 
      Write a value of 1 to register 8001
      Write a value of 9021 to register 8000

      The float registers for the CM3 and CM4 start at 57600. 
      The float registers for the PM8 start at 11700.
      Quantities include currents, voltages, powers, and energies.

      What does the Red LED labeled ERR blinking or flashing on the M241 PLC mean?


      The Red LED labeled ERR is blinking/flashing on M241 series PLC. What does it mean?

      Product Line
      SoMachine v4.1+, 

      M241 PLC (TM241C24R, TM241C24T, TM241C24U, TM241C40R, TM241C40T, TM241C40U, TM241CE24R, TM241CE24T, TM241CE24U, TM241CE40R, TM241CE40T, TM241CE40U, TM241CEC24R, TM241CEC24T, TM241CEC24U)


      M241 LED physical indicator light


      There are three types of ERR LED blinking:

      Regular flash -

      The LED turns on for 500ms and then off for 500ms regularly.

      This signifies an INVALID_OS controller state There is not a valid firmware file present in the flash memory. The controller does not execute the application. Refer to the Firmware Upgrade section of the SoMachine HTML Help to restore a correct state.


      Single flash -

      The LED turns on for 1000ms, then off for a short 200ms and repeats this pattern.

      This signifies an EMPTY controller state, no program has been loaded to the PLC in this state (usually after a Firmware Upgrade procedure has been done or when a Reset Origin is performed)


      Fast flash -

      The LED flashes on and off alternating quickly within 500ms at a regular pace.

      This signifies an EMPTY after a system error detected controller state.

      This state is the same as the normal EMPTY state. But the application is present (as a BOOT project), and is intentionally not loaded into working memory. A next reboot (power cycle), or a new application download, will restore correct state.


      For more information, please refer to the SoMachine HTML Help in the section:

      Logic Controllers -> M241 Logic Controller -> Programming Guide -> Controller States and Behaviors -> Controller States Description

      How does one enable EN50160 PASS/FAIL evaulations on a Circuit Monitor 3000 (CM3000), Circuit Monitor 4000 (CM4000), or Power Meter 800 (PM800)?

      The CM3, CM4, and PM8 evaluate the following
      electrical characteristics in accordance with EN50160:

      Magnitude of the supply voltage
      Supply voltage variations
      Rapid voltage changes voltage magnitude (All) and flicker (CM4000T only)
      Supply voltage dips
      Short interruptions of the supply voltage
      Long interruptions of the supply voltage
      Temporary power frequency over voltages
      Transient over voltages (CM4000T only)
      Supply voltage unbalance
      Harmonic voltage

      By default after enabling EN50160, the PASS/FAIL tests are disabled. Details about each test and how to enable them are stated in the meter's reference manuals. This article is designed as a quick setup guide for enabling PASS/FAIL testing.

      Note: EN50160 must first be enabled in SMS, PMCU, or from the front display before setting pass/fail limits.

      These test values must be configured using the command interface:

      Write value 9020 to 8000
      Write a non-negative value to each register above(if applicable).
      Write value 1 to 8001
      Write value 9021 to 8000

      These registers must be written to because they are -32,768 by default (a.k.a. disabled).

      Example of an EN50160 table for a PM870:

      If the number of allowable events is greater than the register set limit, the test will show a fail:

      Note: ION Enterprise has similar tables to read the EN50160 information from these meters.

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL203616 V1.0, Originally authored by MaTh on 10/01/2010, Last Edited by MaTh on 10/01/2010
      Related ranges: PM800 series, CM4000 series, CM3000 series

      What third party products are supported by the APC Netbotz SNMP Crawler?

      "The APC Netbotz product range has SNMP crawler support for APC products, MGE products, as well as third party manufacturers. Listed below are major manufacturers supported by the SNMP crawler with a list of common supported products broken down by manufacturer below.

      Best Power
      Cisco Systems
      Extreme Networks
      Foundry Networks
      Juniper Networks
      Sun Microsystems


      Info from:

      AP 200 UPS
      Series 300/301 UPS
      AP 4300
      Series 600 System Control Cabinet
      Series 600 Single Module System UPS
      UPStation D/Select UPS
      UPStation G/GX/GRT/Gold
      UPStation GXT
      PowerSure Interactive
      UPStation S UPS
      UPStation S3 UPS
      Hiross 7200 (Italy)
      Hiross HiPulse (Italy)

      Environmental Products
      Deluxe System 3
      MiniMate 2
      Level 00/05/10/15

      3-Phase Power
      Static Switch
      Static Switch 2


      Pulsar Evolution
      Pulsar EX
      Pulsar EX RT
      Comet EXtreme
      Comet EXt RT
      Comet 3000
      Comet S31
      Galaxy 1000 PW
      Galaxy 3000
      Galaxy 4000
      Galaxy PW Harmony
      Galaxy PW
      EPS 6000
      EPS 8000

      Eaton Powerware

      Info from:

      Powerware 9155
      Powerware 9315
      Powerware 5119
      Powerware 9 Prestige
      Powerware 9150

      Mitsubishi UPS
      Info from:

      2033A Series
      2033C Series
      7011A Series (1kVA to 3kVA, 6kVA to 12kVA)
      9700 Series
      9800D Series

      Info from:

      Patriot Pro
      Best Power 610"

      CM3000 Power Demand and Peak Demand are resetting on the 1st of the month when no scheduled tasks are set up

      Goals and Symptoms

      CM3000 Power Demand and Peak Demand are resetting on the 1st of the month when no scheduled tasks are set up.

      Causes and Fixes


      CM3000s with firmware 15.020 and below will experience this issue.

      Register 6426 has a default setting to automatically reset peak demand at the beginning of the month. The default has been set to 3 to reset both power and input metering peak demand.


      To stop demand from resetting each month:

      Change the default value from 3 to 0:

      write value 9020 to register 8000
      write value 0 to register 6426
      write value 1 to register 8001
      write value 9021 to register 8000

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL207081 V1.0, Originally authored by MaTh on 01/09/2012, Last Edited by MaTh on 01/09/2012
      Related ranges: CM3000 series

      Is it possible to configure the PM800 series meters to only reset Min/Max values manually?

      A customer would like to change the Min/Max reset behavior on a PM800 series meter from the default monthly time interval to only on a manual basis.

      Product Line:
      PM800 series meters

      PM810 / PM820 / PM850 / PM870

      By default the Min/Max values for the PM800 series meters are configured to reset on a monthly basis.

      Register 1443 is the Min/Max Configration register, to NOT allow Monthly Min/Max resets, that register must be set to a zero (0).

      if Bit 0 = ‘1’ the Present Month Min/Max is copied to the Previous Month Min/Max at 12:00:01 AM of the new month.

      To set register 1443 to 0 perform the following modbus register writes below.

      1) write value 9020 to register 8000 
      2) write value 0 to register 1443
      3) write value 1 to register 8001
      4) write value 9021 to register 8000

      These writes can be performed either through the front panel of the meter following the register write instructions on page 26 of the PM800 User Guide, or using Modbus Tester.

      How to disable the FTP site for the ECC21, EGX200, and EGX400

      Customer would like to disable the site for security purposes

      Product Line
      ECC21, EGX200, and EGX400

      FTP sites and security

      A user may need to disable FTP on TCP Port 21 due to security requirements.

      To disable FTP in the ECC21/EGX200/EGX400, use any software that would allow a modbus register write to the device.
      For the EGX use Device ID = 255 
      For the ECC use Device ID = 254
      Enable register list writes:
      Write 0xAAAA to register 8000
      Disable FTP:
      Write 0xBB00 to register: 809 for the ECC or 975 for the EGX
      Reboot the device:
      Write 0x8080 to register 8000

      PM8000 Webpage Login ID Questions

      PM8000 Webpage Login ID Questions

      Product Line
      PM8000 series meters

      PM8000 Webpage

      Need answers to commonly ask questions about the PM8000 webpage


      What are the login username and password?
      Username: 8000
      Password: 0

      Can you add additional webpage login's?
      Additional user's can be configure using ION Setup, if advanced security is enabled.
      Up to 50 additional users can be added and configure to define each user's access.

      Is there a public view and a private view?
      There is no public and private login ID's. The only way to hide particular parameters would be to edit the webpage to not show the parameter values, but then it would be like this for every login/user.

      Refer to FA244498 for additional documentation regarding the PM8000 series meter.
      Refer to FA212816 for where to download the latest version of ION Setup software.
      Refer to FA346479 for documentation about ION Setup software.

      MGE EPS 6/7/8 GUI Display Normal status message appears incorrect

      MGE EPS 6/7/8 GUI Display Normal status message appears incorrect

      Product line:
      EPS 6000 / 7000 / 8000

      All models, all serial numbers with GUI

      Normally in NAM the GUI will indicate Normal Load Protected UPS online
      This can be changed by changing the language the display uses to provide information.
      If UK English is chosen the verbiage changes to Normal Load Protected Power Supply Okay, it means the same thing just says it in a slightly different way.

      In the menu change language to NAM (North American) English and that should bring it back to the expected verbiage.


      Recommendations and Best Practices for the AP9622 Building Management Card


      The following document outlines some recommended configuration settings for using the AP9622 with a Building Management System. The information is intended to help maintain reliable communication with the device and help troubleshoot where applicable.

      Product Line

      • Building Management
        • AP9622
      • Supported APC UPS Models
        • Smart UPS with the prefix SU, SUA, SUM, SURTA, SURT, SUVT
        • Symmetra Power Array, Symmetra LX, Symmetra RM, Symmetra 3 phase <= 160kVA
        • Silcon UPS

      • All serial numbers
      • All firmware versions
      • All installation scenarios


      When the AP9622 is not working as expected, please refer to the helpful hints listed below to help remedy the problem and find the root cause.


      Please refer to the settings and troubleshooting sections below for configurations involving the AP9622 Building Management Card.



      For each register, 500ms is recommended. Each Modbus register read causes the card to poll the UPS for that piece of data and therefore, the timeout needs to scale with the number of registers polled per request. To allow for unforseen circumstances, it is suggested to use the following equation to calculate the timeout: 500 ms * (number of registers) + 100 ms = Total Timeout

      It is recommended to poll blocks of 10 supported registers (or less) at a time.

      Scan Rates

      It is suggested to configure your scan rate no less than 1000ms. Please keep in mind this setting may still need to be adjusted depending on the number of devices, size of your queries, and the length of the serial bus.


      In order to troubleshoot an issue involving the AP9622, begin by noting the following items:
      • What is the firmware revision of the AP9622? (a letter revision found on the physical card or through the configuration menu)
      • What port settings are being used?
      • Are any adapters being used? (supported RS-485 adapters noted in FA156062) - In addition to adapters, are any other devices being used (i.e. Modbus Gateway)?
      • How many devices are on the same communication bus as the AP9622?
      • Please describe the communication bus, length, type of wiring, termination and the other devices.
      • Which register map is being used? (these register maps are generally available on or
      • What are the current timeout/scan rate settings set to?
      • Which specific registers are timing out?
      • How many are being read at a time?
      • Has communication been confirmed between the AP9622 and a computer using the 940-0103 APC configuration cable? (if no data is being read)
      • Which UPS model is the AP9622 installed in? What is the firmware version of the UPS?
      • If applicable, is the UPS configured for any type of redundant or parallel operation modes?
      • Are there any other APC Accessory devices in use (for example, a Network Management Card)? If so, describe the configuration and where each device is installed.

      PM8000 Webpage credentials

      Customer would like to know what credentials to use when logging into the PM8000 webpage.

      Product Line
      PM8000 series

      Meter Webpage

      When standard security is enabled on the device, the credentials are listed below:
      Username: 8000
      Password: <front panel password> (0 by default)

      When advanced security is enabled on the device, the username is User1 - User16. The password is then the password corresponding to the specified advanced security user.

      In the example below, the customer wants to login to the webpage as USER1. Therefore, any of the following username formats will work:

      Username: User1, User01, USER1, USER01, user1, user01 (Note, "User 1" will not be accepted.)
      Password: 0
      Figure 1: Advanced Security Setup via the Setup Assistant

      Note, renaming the Security User Module, will not alter the webpage Username.
      Figure 2: Security User Modules in Advanced ION Setup

      For example, if the Security User 1 module is renamed to "Supervisors", the webpage username is still User1 or User01.

      How to perform a soft reboot on an EGX100/200/300/400, PM8ECC or ECC21 card remotely by register writes

      Customer needs to reboot the unit remotely via software, due to the difficulty of being in front of the unit or unable to open to power cycle unit physically. 

      Product Line
      PM8ECC (for PM800 series meters)
      ECC21 (for CM4 or CM3 series meters)

      Remotely performing Cycle Power/Soft reset/soft reboot by register writes via a Modbus "Tester" software or some other Modbus TCP/IP program (like Modscan).

      This soft reset can be useful when experiencing issues on the Ethernet side of communications.

      *Warning: A soft reset to PM8ECC or ECC21 may cause I/O module relays to de energize on the meter. Alarms may pick up or drop out. 
      A soft reset to an Ethernet Gateway (EGX) does not clear any settings. The device basically restarts the internal processes and programs. It only causes the device to disconnect any inbound Ethernet connections and will run through the basic startup procedure. The LED's will flash on and off as if the unit is being powered up. This is not the same thing as a Hard reset which occurs only when power is lost to the unit.

      For EGX200, EGX400 and ECC21:
      Use the following Modbus Address, Register Number, and Register Command to perform a soft reboot (power reset): 

      Modbus Address: 254
      Register Number: 8000
      Register Command: 32896 (Decimal)
      (Use address 254 and write a decimal 32896 to register 8000)


      For EGX100 , EGX300 and PM8ECC:
      Use the following Modbus Address, Register Number, and Register Command to perform a soft reboot (power reset): 

      Modbus Address: 254
      Register Number: 2800
      Register Command: 1110 (Decimal)
      (Use address 254 and write a decimal 1110 to register 2800)

      To download "Tester" Software, you may refer to article FA180037

      How can 3rd party OPC Clients see ION data?



      Given the large number of OPC clients available today it is a common requirement to import information from the ION Enterprise system into these OPC clients.    By information we mean real-time data as used by the OPC Data Access Specification.    Note that this does not include historical/trending data or events.      This data is best managed within the ION Enterprise system, which stores the information in an ODBC compliant database.    Other software systems that require this data can make calls onto the database to retrieve this type of information directly.

      Related Material

      Much of the introduction is taken from the OPC Foundations document found at

      Key Acronyms Used In This Document:

      OPC (OLE for Process Control) is a defined set of interfaces, based on OLE/COM and DCOM technology, for truly open software application interoperability between automation/control applications, field systems/devices and business/office applications.

      OPC is based on COM (Microsoft Component Object Model), a software architecture that allows one program to use the interface of another program to get information from it (as long as it is programmed as a COM component).

      DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) is the network-aware version of COM technology.


      OPC is a series of standards specifications.The first standard and most commonly used standard is called the Data Access Specification.There are hundreds of OPC Data Access servers and clients. For a complete list of the current OPC standards visit the OPC Foundations website at

      The goal of OPC is Plug-and-Play and it achieves this by being based on Microsofts OLE (now ActiveX), COM (component object model) and DCOM (distributed component object model) technologies. The OPC specifications consist of a standard set of interfaces, properties, and methods that provide a common interface for communicating with diverse range of devices, regardless of the controlling software or other devices in the system.So, the OPC specifications support interoperability amongst different computing platforms and it has been proven in hundreds of plants and thousands of applications.

      The OPC Data Access Specification provides interoperability between clients and servers for what is commonly called Real-time Data.This consists of simple data types such as floating point and whole numbers and follows a simple request/reply process. The OPC client requests data from the OPC server which then communicates with the device. The OPC server is like a device driver in the Windows operating system.It knows how to communicate to the raw device in whatever method is required. But it also provides a consistent interface to the client system.Thus, the client system does not need to know anything about the special communication requirements of the device and plug-and-play is achieved.

      There are hundreds of OPC servers available providing accesses to virtually any protocol. For just two of the many examples see these web sites for a listing of all the protocols supported:

      ION Enterprise

      ION Enterprise web-enabled software is a complete energy information management solution for your business. It offers control capabilities; comprehensive power quality and reliability analysis and can help you reduce energy related costs. A powerful suite of applications allows you to collect, process, analyze, store, and share data across your entire enterprise. For more information see the Power Measurement Ltd web site:


      ION Enterprise and OPC

      Given the large number of OPC clients available today it is a common requirement to import information from the ION Enterprise system into these OPC clients. To respond to this need OPC support was added to ION Enterprise sofware in release 5.5. By information we mean real-time data as used by the OPC Data Access Specification.Note that this does not include historical/trending data or events.This data is best managed within the ION Enterprise system, which stores the information in an ODBC compliant database.Other software systems that require this data can make calls onto the database to retrieve this type of information directly.

      You can take two distinct approaches to obtain OPC data from the ION system.Both make use of the Modbus protocol(s) and require an OPC Modbus server.Two examples of the many that are available include:

      With the OPC Modbus server you can take two distinct approaches.

      (1)Communicate directly with the ION meter via serial or Ethernet and use the Modbus protocol. Or

      (2)Communicate with the ION Enterprise software system over serial or Ethernet and use the Modbus protocol.

      OPC Modbus Direct Meter Connection

      Using your choice of OPC Modbus server make a physical connection to the meter. ION meters support the Modbus RTU protocol on their RS-485 serial ports and the Modbus TCP protocol via their Ethernet ports.See following two figures.

      OPC Modbus Connection To ION Enterprise

      Sometime it is only possible to establish one connection with the ION device or it is more efficient to let one client connect.In this case you can set an OPC server to communicate with ION Enterprise, which, in turn, communicates with the ION devices.

      The key is to use the VIP (Virtual ION Processor) component of ION Enterprise.The VIP can act as a Modbus RTU slave via the PCs serial COM port and provide real-time data to an OPC Modbus Server.

      The OPC server can be on the same or another PC.If the distance is large then you may choose to use a 3rd party device to convert the serial to Ethernet and the Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP.A good device for this can be obtained from Power Measurement directly from Lantronix.Specify the USD-10-IAP and obtain the serial connection block to make the wiring easier.

      See the following diagram shows the second case. If a direct serial connection is used then omit the Lantronix UDS-10-IAP.If the OPC ModbusRTU Server is running on the same PC as ION Enterprise then use a NULL modem to connect the two serial ports together. After the diagram we will explore what steps are required to implement this solution.

      Steps to implement.

      The following procedure assumes a certain amount of familiarity with the ION Enterprise system.Basic training should suffice.

      At the ION Enterprise server:

      (1)It is recommended that you create a new VIP service to manage the role of Modbus slave, which the OPC Server will communicate with. Since all ION software nodes require a unique name you need to find a suitable name.A suggestion is to call this VIP''VIPOPC.<servername>'' where servername is the name of your machine. Next, open a DOS command prompt, change to the ION Enterprise\system\bin directory, and run

      vip -Service N<vipname>

      where you replace <vipname> as described above. This will register a new VIP on your system. You will start this new server after completing step 2.

      (2)In this step you will modify the new VIP startup parameters.Go to the ION Enterprise management console.Open the Tools menu. Select System and then VIP Setup.A small applet will open that will let you configure your VIPs.For the new one make the following changes:

      a.Under Global Parameters change the Module Update Period from 100 to 1000ms. (This reduces CPU loading and does not affect the end results.)

      b.Under Global Parameters change the Client Polling Frequency from LOW to MEDIUM. (This means the VIP competes equally with VISTA clients and the LogServer for communication bandwidth to the ION devices.)

      c.Under Modbus Network select Slave ports.Click the 'ADD COM Port' button and add select a com port.Once the port has been added you can also adjust the Unit Id and/or Baud Rate.

      d.Save the changes.

      (3)Start the new VIP. (Control panel, Services ... locate the new ION VIP service and start it.)

      (4)Start up ION Designer and open the new VIP for editing.

      a.For each ION device that the OPC client needs data from, create a Modbus Slave module.

      b.Link the modules inputs to the parameters you want from the meter (use the ION button just under the menu bar.)For example, you can link to the kW from an ION device.

      c.Edit the new slave modules setup registers. For example suppose the device is measuring a large power system where the power flows in both directions.You can set the data type to Signed32 (to allow for negative numbers) and set the scaling registers to scale the large MW values down by a factor of 1,000.Set InFull/InZero to plus/minus one billion and set OutFull/OutZero to plus/minus one million. Or course, the use of scaling depends on the application. To get started it is best to not use scaling and keep the setup simple.

      d.Edit the new slave modules Base Address register and set it to something that suits. For example, the first meter/slave module could use 41000.The next could use 41050. The next 41100. And onward.This way you have 50 x 16-bit Modbus registers per meter/slave module. This provides 25 x 32-bit data points per meter.

      (5)Physically connect the ION Enterprise serial com port to the OPC ModbusRTU server.(Note these could be on the same machine and you could use a NULL Modem cable to connect COM1 to COM2.)

      a.If the OPC ModbusRTU Server needs to be located more than 50 feet from the ION Enterprise server then obtain a UDS10-IAP from Lantronix (Power Measurement resells these devices).The UDS10-AIP can convert serial to Ethernet and it converts the Modbus RTU (serial) to Modbus TCP (Ethernet).

      (6)Configure the OPC Server.

      If you have further questions please call Power Measurement or send email to




        Original article#9825 (SWKB-0252)

        Last Modified: 11 June 2008

        Applies To: ION Enterprise 5.5 and beyond


        All content © 1992-2007 Schneider Electric

      Legacy KB System (APS) Data: RESL190087 V2.0, Originally authored by KBAdPM on 12/04/2007, Last Edited by DaMi on 06/12/2008
      Related ranges: ION Enterprise V5.5

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