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Elevator Configuration - Setting up the I/O

Overview

In the second part of the Elevator Configuration tutorial, we will be creating the needed Outputs, Readers and Control Points. We will also take  look at how to configure Inputs to provide selection feedback to the System.

We strongly recommend using the Retain and Save + New Feature. When configuring an Elevator there is typically a high amount of repetition and these features will help you save time and get a more accurate configuration.  

Create Inputs

Depending on the needs of your Customer you may choose to decide to forgo creating the Elevator System with Feedback. This is a cost saving choice that many decide to pursue. Well the security implication are the same whether you choose to or not but there is a considerable hit when it comes to reporting. If the System is able to recognize the selected Floor it will be displayed in the Reports and more accurately in the Events screen. We will talk about about how to configure the Inputs needed and how to configure them but ultimately the choice is between you and your Customer. 

  1. Navigate to Inputs. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Input
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Input.

Create Input

  1. Pick the Controller that manages the Input.
  2. Pick the SIO Board or the Controller the Input is physically attached to.
    • Note: If the Input is connected directly to a Controller the Controller and SIO Board fields will have the same name.
  3. Next, choose a Name for the Input.
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Input Number that corresponds with where the Input is connected to on the SIO Board.
    • Note: The physical board should be labeled with these numbers, if not use the official board documentation.
  5. Choose the Input Normal State from the dropdown menu.
  6. Set the Debounce.
  7. Set the Hold Time.
  8. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button or because of the nature of this job we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.
    • Note: There are many more way to configure a Controller the More...downArrow.png option will expand these options. These option should only be explored by trained technicians. 

Repeat this process as many times as needed to create all of the Inputs needed for the elevator system. Keep in mind the retain feature is a great way to speed this process up. 

Create Outputs

Unlike Inputs, Outputs are absolutely required. It is important to remember that a relay-based system will use the Output to physically enable or disable the button inside the elevator. 

  1. Navigate to Outputs. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Output
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Output.

Create Output

  1. Pick the Controller that will used to manage the Output.
  2. Then select the SIO Board the Output is attached to.
    • Note: In some cases the SIO Board and Controller will be the same.
  3. Next, choose a Name for the Output.
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Output Number that corresponds with Output. 
    • Note: This is the number that corresponds with which connection is used on the board.
  5. Click on either the Relay Energized or the Relay De-Energized button for the Online Output Mode. This will determine how the Output should behaves during normal operation.
    • Ex. A magnetic lock would "Relay De-Energized" to cause the magnet to become inactive and release the door. 
  6. Click on either No Change, Relay Energized or Relay De-Energized button to set the Offline Output Mode. This will determine how the Output behaves when it is unable to communicate with the Controller and is unable to verify credentials.
  7. Select the type of the Output from the Output Type drop down menu. 
  8. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button, alternatively, we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.

Repeat this process as many times as needed. 

Create Control Points

Technically, you don't have to create Control Points but you should. Control Points help the Output report it's current status. The Control Point status is then reported to the Elevator Control screen. Without configuring the Control Points you will have no way to observe the status of the Elevators. For more on Control Points click here.

  1. Navigate to Control Points. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Control Point -> Create
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Control Point.

Create Control Point

  1. Choose the Controller that is being used to control the Output.
  2. Choose the SIO Board or Controller that Output is attached to.
  3. Select a Name for the Control Point.
  4. Then, indicate the duration of the Default Pulse Seconds, this will determine how long the Output is active.
  5. Next, you will choose the Output you wish to control using the drop down menu.
  6. When finished use the shortCreateBtn.png button to finish.

Repeat this process until you have added a Control Point to all of the Outputs being used for the Elevator System.

Create Readers

Of course we still need to add Readers to the Elevators. This process is identical to creating Readers for Portals. You will need to configure at least one Reader per elevator car.

  1. Navigate to Readers. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Readers
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Reader.

Create Reader

  1. First, pick the Controller that will manage the Reader.
  2. Select the SIO Board the Reader is attached.
    • Note: In some situations the SIO Board and Controller will be the same.
  3. Enter a name for the Reader in the Name text field. 
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Reader Channel that corresponds with the Reader port on the SIO Board or Controller.
    • Note: This is the number that corresponds with which connection is used on the board.
  5. Choose the Reader Configuration.
  6. Choose the Reader Setting from the dropdown menu.
  7. Choose the Keypad Mode.
  8. Select the appropriate LED Drive Mode and Default LED Mode.
  9. Click in the Card Data Format Flags field to bring up list of applicable Format Flags.
  10. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button or because of the nature of this operation we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.

Summary

In this part of the tutorial we went through creating all of the separate pieces that will be used to operate and secure the elevators. In the next step we will start grouping them the pieces together to define the equipment that is used in each of the Elevators. 

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