TruIDL Dashboard: How It Works
Because of its small size, the TruIDL module does not have a built-in display, or keyboard. It communicates with your PC via a Mini USB cable. The TruIDL Dashboard serves as the portal and is an Excel-based file that displays information used for defining sampling parameters and retrieving logged process data.
The TruIDL logger has two modes: Access and Logging. Access mode allows loading configuration files or retrieving data after a run. Logging mode occurs when the unit is armed and collects process data.
Access Mode - Configuration:
- Plug in Mini USB cable
- Start Microsoft Excel and open TruIDL Dashboard
- Click on "Configure a Run" tab; Under the Values Column fill in each of the completes. Drop down choices, like voltage sensor locations, are provided for some of the parameters (customized location names can be created as well).
- After all the fields are completed, press the "Save Configuration Data" button
- Upload configuration file to the TruIDL module
The TruIDL can be installed before the pretreatment system by using the Voltage Harness Extension cable to raise the unit above liquid level. It can withstand elevated temperatures and will only start recording once inside the E-coat bath.
Once configured and disconnected from the computer, the logger is carried to the ware, all sensors are attached to the ware and the sensor wiring harness is connected to the TruIDL. Tilt the logger once to Arm it. The green and blue LEDs will now begin to blink, about once every 4 seconds. The logger is looking for live voltages. Once a measurement over 8 volts is found, the green LED goes off and the logging begins with the blue LED flashing every 4 seconds. TU10 users can employ a liquid contact sensor that will initiate logging. Recording continues until the last voltage sensor falls below 8 volts and the Inter-Zone Delay has timed out.
At the end of the run, the green LED should be back On, the blue LED turned Off and the amber LED blinking indicating the status of the run. Remove the TruIDL and Voltage Sensor Harness from the ware; rinse and clean the module and sensors with DI water and clean with isopropyl alcohol.
Access Mode - Viewing the Data:
- Return to the computer - connect the module to the computer with the Mini USB cable
- Download the run data file to the computer
- Open the saved Excel spreadsheet
- Click on the "Import Data from Run" button on the "View Data" page
- Click on the "Chart" tab to see the possible performance issues. Note - exterior sensor readings will always rise sooner and higher than interior/recessed readings