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SA ActiveX Component Version 2.0 and Demo Version 3.0
Last updated 20 May, 2010  

The information on this page refers to the latest release version of ATI's ActiveX component and demo for the Stand-Alone F/T System.  

Downloading any of these items constitutes agreement to the following:  

  1. Understanding that the software is not necessarily compatible with past or future releases.
  2. The software is to be used at your own risk.
  3. This software will only be supported until the earliest of one of the following events: a) the next release software version is available, b) the next official software release
  4. You agree to provide ATI Industrial Automation with feedback regarding the software upon request.
  5. ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
  6. You agree not to share this software or information about ATI Industrial Automation and its products outside of your organization or with any ATI Industrial Automation competitors.

Contents

Downloading and installing the software
Storing a calibration matrix
Collecting F/T Data Using the New Software


Downloading the Stand-Alone software  

The Stand-Alone ActiveX component allows you to easily communicate with the stand-alone controller from Windows.  You can collect data at high speed using the StartStreaming, ReadStreaming, and StopStreaming methods.  You can download a calibration matrix using the DownloadMatrix method.  For more information see the help file ATIFTSA.hlp after installing the software.  

  1. For Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7 you must be logged on as the administrator.
  2. Download the zip file sasetup.zip, which contains the setup files.
    Click here to download the ZIP file
  3. Extract the file sasetup.zip you just downloaded to a directory on your computer.
  4. Install the software using the steps below:
    1. Use the Windows "Add/Remove Programs" function in the Control Panel to remove any existing ATI Stand-Alone software.
    2. Run the program "setup.exe" that you extracted in step 3. If the program asks if it should replace any files whose name begins with "ATI", answer yes.
    3. In Windows 2000/NT/XP, you have to restart before using the software
NOTE:   When you first start the program, it may tell you that calibration information could not be found and ask if you have the calibration (dat) file for the transducer.  If you have the calibration file, select "Yes" and specify the location of the file.  If you do not have the file, the program will ask you to manually enter information about your transducer.  You can get all the information from the manual that came with your transducer.  The only thing that may not be clear in the manual is the "Distance Units" field.  The distance units are always the distance component of your torque units.  So if your torque units are "lb-in", your distance units will be "in".


Storing a calibration matrix

You may need to download a calibration matrix to the controller if the controller's memory was corrupted or you buy a new sensor.  Follow these instructions to download the matrix.

  1. Download and install the software as described in the previous section. 
  2. Execute "ATIFTSADemo.exe" (The demo program included with the software).
  3. If your memory was corrupted, the program should automatically prompt you to specify a calibration (dat) file automatically.  If it does, proceed to step 6, otherwise continue to step 4.
  4. Pull down the "File" menu.
  5. Select the "Load Calibration" menu item.
  6. Select the calibration (dat) file that contains the calibration matrix for your sensor and press "Open"
  7. The calibration download will take about three minutes.
NOTE:   If your sensor appears to be giving inaccurate results after downloading the matrix, you can verify that the calibration was downloaded correctly by selecting the "Options" menu and selecting the "Settings" item.  Another window will appear with a button labeled "Verify Calibration."  Click this button and select the calibration file you downloaded from.  The program will test the calibration file against the controller's memory and inform you if anything was improperly stored.  If the verification fails, attempt to download the matrix again.

Collecting F/T Data

The demo program included in this software allows you to collect streaming data to a file.  You can collect data for a specified number of seconds, you can collect a specified number of records, or you can collect data indefinitely until you tell the program to stop.
  1. Execute the demo program.
  2. Pull down the "Options" menu.
  3. Select "Collect Data".
  4. On the window that appears, select your collection method (number of records, number of seconds, or indefinite), the type of data you wish to collect (gage or f/t counts), and any threshold conditions that must be met before data collection begins.
  5. Select the file that you wish to store the data to.
  6. Hit the "Start" button to start collecting data.
  7. No matter which collection method you chose in step 4, you can stop data collection at any time by pressing the "Stop Collecting Data" button.

 



 
 
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