April 4, 2017
One of the unique features of ETC controllers and sensors is the ability to connect them to a PC. This allows for some advanced features not available in most other controllers and sensors. Vision software can be used to upgrade device firmware, access configuration and status information, and unlock special monitoring capabilities. The recent development of the Link Device Connection allows ETC devices to be seamlessly connected to a PC running Vision without cumbersome cables or batteries.
Vision can be used with Cyclops and Sasquatch to monitor plunger arrivals in real time at site. With Vision, operators can view the raw signals used for Geomagnetic Sensing. The sensors are put into a Full Debug Mode where the magnetic field readings are streamed to Vision. This is displayed in a graphical format so the user can see exactly how and when a plunger moves the earth’s magnetic field. As the plunger nears the sensor, Vision will indicate when an arrival has occurred and what the measured velocity (from Sasquatch) is. Seeing this in real time allows the operator to adjust the position of the sensor or the sensitivity to see how the sensor performance is affected.
Vision is also used to manage the software that is running on ETC’s devices. It automatically checks ETC’s server for new versions of software when connected to the internet. The software files are made available for on-site download to any controller or sensor. You are never stuck with the version of software that came with your ETC device.
Vision now supports connecting to Modbus devices such as Sasquatch to get real time configuration and status information. This allows an operator to install and interact with Sasquatch without having to connect it into an RTU. Soon Vision will also support interacting with ETC controllers via Modbus as well.