SiloTrack™ Inventory Management
Software Version 3.5 is the next evolution of Monitor’s
popular PC-based application software that provides users with
an unsurpassed, flexible graphical interface for our industry-standard
Model SMU inventory monitoring sensors and our Flexar® guided
wave radar continuous level measurement sensors. Refer to bulletins
343P (SMU) and 353P (Flexar) for more information.
SiloTrack software includes a Server and Client version. Together SiloTrack Server and Client provide inventory monitoring and management capability to a virtually unlimited number of users. Users can be internal and external to your facility, allowing you to easily implement remote inventory monitoring and vendor managed inventory.
The SiloTrack Server software is the master operator interface for our SiloPatrol SE and Flexar “smart” sensors. This software is installed on the PC in which the RS-485 communication sensor network(s) will be connected. All application setup and configuration is done with the Server software.
The SiloTrack Client software provides remote users access to the inventory monitoring system and can be installed on PC’s that can interface with the SiloTrack Server PC via LAN, WAN/Internet or Dial-up modem. Security is established in the SiloTrack Server software. The type and method of connection is established in the SiloTrack Client software. The SiloTrack Server software allows you to establish security for access by any Client user.
Auxiliary Output Enclosures (AOE) and Remote Display Units (RDU) can be added to make any SiloTrack system a true management and control system (RDU’s can not be used with Flexar level sensors). Relay action and analog outputs are easily setup in the SiloTrack Server software.
START-UP AND OPERATION SiloTrack software,
like other Windows® based programs, offers simple and intuitive operation.
There are multiple ways to access and change setup parameters, or perform
system functions. You can activate functions from the drop down lists of
the Menu Bar topics, or by left-clicking the mouse on the Tool Bar icons.
It is very easy to build vessel graphics using the unique
Setup Wizard in the Server software. SiloTrack also includes
a self-explanatory tab structure system, which makes it simple
to configure alarms and relays, select sensors, select units
of measurement, etc. The Setup Wizard in the Client software
makes it simple to connect to the Server PC, subscribe to
silos, and receive measurement updates.
With no prior experience, and with minimal help from the Installation & Operation manual that comes with the software, you should become comfortable with the operation of SiloTrack within 30 to 60 minutes – its that simple.
LANGUAGE SiloTrack Server
and Client software incorporate both English and Spanish languages. The primary display
and configuration text is English. Conversion to Spanish is easily accomplished. All Help files are only in English.
The main display screen for the SiloTrack Server
and Client software allows the operator or user to graphically view the last
status condition of each silo and its material contents. Using your PC’s
mouse you can highlight a silo (left click on the image) and display the detailed
information for the selected silo in the Silo Details screen (left panel in
main display as shown below).
the ability to have up to five sensors per vessel. Very
large vessels, or vessels that may have multiple inlet
and/or discharge points may require more than one sensor
for higher precision in the distance measurement. The total
distance measured by all sensors is divided by the number
of sensors to derive the average distance to the material
in the silo. The distance measurement can then be used
to calculate the level, volume and weight of material.
Measurement units can be selected from a wide variety of
English or Metric units. Sensor status condition and diagnostic
messages are displayed for each silo ("Ready";
or a specific error message will be shown in red).
to four alarms can be established for each silo and can
be individually named and set to activate as a high or
low level alarm, sensor error or material reorder alarm. Changing alarm or relay set points is easy. Just "click and drag" alarm and relay indicators to change their respective set points. It's that simple.
Each alarm can be set so that specific actions are taken
when alarm conditions exist. Alarm notifications can be sent to: up to two e-mail addresses(or Text messages to cell phones), up to two fax numbers, and up to two pager numbers.
The material reorder alarm is a low level alarm that can provide notification to a selected vendor that this specific silo is in a reorder condition, thereby informing your vendor to take action based upon your pre-arranged instructions.
number of silos that can be setup and displayed on a single
page is limited by the size of each silo and the arrangement
that you create. You can size and locate vessel graphics
using the “click and drag” function with your
mouse. Multiple pages can be used to organize your graphics
by material type, location or any other logical method
you might want to use.
easy-to-use Menu Bar at the top of the main display allows
you to quickly setup the software for your specific application.
In addition, the "Tech Support" menu button can
be used to link to the Monitor website, view Installation & Operation
documents or to chat with a technical support specialist
if the PC is connected to the Internet.
Tool Bar buttons (including the button for the Set-Up Wizard)
are provided just below the Menu Bar. These buttons will
allow you to quickly initiate common Windows® commands
plus make a manual measurement for a single silo or all
silos. You can also view the selected silo history graph
and silo properties. SiloTrack Inventory
Management Software is truly the easiest to use and the
most flexible and capable operator-interface of its kind.
While you can use our unique SiloTrack Setup
Wizard as previously mentioned, silo graphics can also be established
by left-clicking on the "Add Silo" Tool Bar button
or by entering the "Silo" menu and clicking on the
menu item "Add" (shown at right). This will automatically
place a silo graphic on the main display screen. All the information
about the silo can then be easily entered in the "Properties" window,
which is accessed under the "Silo" menu or via the
convenient silo properties button.
The silo setup in the properties window includes Sensor Selection and Address, Silo Name and Material Contents, Display Default, Measurement Method (manual, auto or auto/manual),, Automatic Measrement Settings, Measurement Units (English and Metric), Silo Type, Dimensions and Material Bulk Density, Curve-Fit Weight Data Table Setup (if used), Alarm 1, 2, 3 and 4 Setup, %Display, Analog (one per sensor) and/or Relay outputs (up to four per silo), Material and Empty Space Colors, and External Silo Colors for 3D image.
Material volume and weight can be calculated and displayed if desired.
SiloTrack Inventory Management Software offers you the ability to display
volume/weight calculations based upon either geometric calculation using
the silo type, dimensions and bulk density information you have entered,
or based upon the data you enter in the Curve Fit Weight Table. The weight
table allows you to enter up to 100 data pairs, each consisting of a distance
measurement and a corresponding weight value. Actual distance measurements
between data points will result in a weight value displayed based upon
a standard curve fitting equation. The Curve Fit Weight Table is a tool
you can utilize if you wish to improve the precision of the weight calculation.
REPORT GENERATION/EXPORTING SiloTrack Inventory
Management Software can generate standard reports for
Measurements (silo history, silo last measurement, page
summary and all summary) and Sensor Diagnostics (Server
software only), which can be scheduled for transmission
via email or fax automatically. This feature can be used
to notify material suppliers of a replenishment need
or to provide management with necessary information reports
automatically at scheduled times or intervals.
user can export silo history data or alarm data into any
one of several available formats. This
allows you to save data files for
further manipulation and analysis.
addition, the silo history or alarm data can be viewed
in chart form. A selected date range is entered and the
silo measurement data (display default) is charted. The
history data chart can be printed and the data tabulated
in a report and exported and printed.
REMOTE INVENTORY MONITORING
The SiloTrack Inventory Monitoring Client Software can
be setup to access silo data from one or multiple SiloTrack
Server locations via direct dial-up, LAN or Internet/WAN
connections. This allows remote location applications
to be implemented including vendor managed inventory,
remote corporate access, and bulk transport monitoring
and scheduling. This improves communication and can eliminate
downtime and out-of-material conditions. The Set-Up Wizard
in the Client software can be used to create new pages,
set-up communications with the Server PC, set-up password
security, determine how to receive measurement updates,
and select the desired silos to monitor.
In addition, alarm alerts can automatically notify remote users or suppliers of material level via email and fax. Reports can also be automatically generated and sent.
Remote Access System Security
to the SiloTrack Server
software database is controlled by establishing a unique
user name and password for each Client. A virtually unlimited
number of individual Client/users can be established. User
groups can also be setup.
client can be restricted to have access to a limited subset
of the total number of silos connected to the SiloTrack
Server system. Each Client can also be restricted to “read-only” or
can be allowed to manually initiate measurements.
LAN/Internet/WAN applications, when requesting an update
or adding silos to the Client software, the Client can
be required to identify the name or IP address of the PC
which contains the SiloTrack Client software and transmit
that address along with the client’s unique user
name and password.
dial-up remote monitoring connections additional security
can be enabled by selecting the dial-back option. This
selection in the Server software requires entry of a phone
number that the SiloTrack Server software PC will call
in response to the dial-up request. This provides added
security to ensure that only the target remote user will
receive the update.
between Client and Server software is further protected
by a 56-bit encryption algorithm.
Use of Volume/Weight Calculations
The SiloPatrol® SE Model SMU and Flexar® guided
wave radar sensors make a direct measurement of the distance
between the sensor and the material surface. This equipment
does not measure the volume or weight of the material within
the vessel. The SiloTrack™ software can perform calculations
to display the volume and weight of the material. Volume calculations
are based upon the distance measurement and the vessel dimensions
entered by the user during set-up. Weight calculations can
be based upon the distance measurement, the vessel dimensions
and material bulk density. Alternatively, weight calculations
can be based upon the distance measurement and a Curve Fit
Weight Table described previously.
The distance measurement when material level is in the cone of the silo, is limited by the cable travel being stopped by contact with the material, contact with the empty cone section or the mechanical limit as determined by the length of cable supplied with the Model SMU sensor. SiloTrack™ Server software will provide the user notice of this condition when a distance measurement is made into the cone as determined by the vessel dimensions as entered by the user during setup.
NOTE: The calculated volume and weight values should be considered "estimates". Monitor Technologies LLC accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the calculated and displayed volume and weight values. The accuracy (not stated or warranted) of the volume/weight calculations are effected by the fluctuation and accuracy of various factors. These factors include, but may not be limited to, actual vessel dimensions, sensor mounting location, angle of repose (negative and positive), material bulk density, material flow properties (ratholes, bridging, etc.), material inlet/discharge locations, and material packing. Please consult the factory to discuss applications where volume/weight is of critical importance.
PC Recommended Requirements
PCI slots for RS-485 Communication Card(s) (one available slot required for up to 64 sensors / two available slots required for 65 to 128 sensors) or serial port used in conjunction with an RS-485 converter
SVGA with at least 4MB video memory
20 GB with 650 MB of available space
Windows® NT 4.0, 2000, Me or XP
(consult factory for other operating systems)
Internet Explorer® 4.0 Service Pack 4 for Windows® NT
4.0 or greater
CD-ROM Drive, 56K Modem, Soundboard and Speakers (may be integrated on CPU board), LAN if Multiple User on LAN or WAN, Internet Connection (full time for remote multi-user), Ethernet Card (if used with LAN)
UPS with AC Line Surge Suppression and Telephone Line Transient Suppression
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Technologies LLC warrants the licensed software media to
be free from defects in workmanship and materials. For a
period of ninety (90) days from the date of installation
Monitor Technologies LLC will replace the software media
without charge if determined to be defective. The Purchaser
must give notice of any defect to Monitor Technologies LLC
within the warranty period, return the software product intact
and prepay transportation charges. The obligation of Monitor
Technologies LLC under this warranty is limited to the replacement
of the software media. This warranty shall not apply to any
product that is repaired or altered outside of Monitor Technologies
LLC factory, or which has been subject to misuse, negligence,
accident or incorrect installation. Monitor Technologies
LLC reserves the right to change the design and/or specifications
without prior notice.
Mass Flow Measurement Systems
The QuantiMass in-line mass flow sensor measures the flow of quantities in pneumatic conveying & free-falling processes. The sensor is based on the latest Microwave Doppler Effect technology and provides fast, in-line / on-line measuring without the use of weight scales.
The sturdy, non-intrusive design of the sensor minimizes maintenance. In addition, the compact size of the sensor makes for easy installation into existing processes. Suitable for powders, dust, pellets, and granular up to 0.75 inch (2cm).
Ultra Series-Includes controller
PRO Series-Includes transmitter
A practical application for the QuantiMass would be to monitor material flow rates to verify blending mixture ratios.
Principle of Operation:
The QuantiMass Mass Flow Measurement Sensor / Meter is designed with the latest microwave technology and is used to continuously quantify the flow of powders & solids being conveyed in metallic pipes. The QuantiMass is based on technology that has been developed and proven over several years. The measurement process of the sensor is centered on the Doppler effect. The mass flow-rate is determined by evaluating the frequency and amplitude changes during the measurement process. Particles at rest, such as deposits, do not influence the measurement. All powders, dust, pellets and granules can be measured reproducibly, up to the size of 0.75 inch (2cm). The QuantiMass sensor is suitable for continuous in-line / on-line measurements in pneumatic conveying or in free-fall pipelines.