fpControl View

PC service tool for generator control

fpControl View user interface
fpControl View user interface

If you are new to fpControl View, start your tour right here. If you already know fpControl View, but you would like to know more about some features, use the index.

About fpControl View

fpControl View is a PC service tool that offers you to monitor, control, configure and analyse Fischer Panda generators with Fischer Panda CAN bus. You can use fpControl View for the following use cases:

Monitor
  • Watch several bus sharing units at the same time in separate windows.
  • Monitor all operating data of the generator live.
Control
  • Start and stop the generator.
Configure
  • Activate and deactivate the automatic start function.
  • Select the number of start attempts for the automatic start.
  • Switch the digital outputs of the generator control on and off, for example for initial operation and for fault diagnosis.
  • Configure and parameterise the function of the universal outputs.
  • Set the generator type.
Analyse
  • Read out the event log of the generator control and export its entries to a file.
  • Import the event log of a customer generator for fault diagnosis.
  • Record the CAN traffic and export it to a file. Filter which values should be recorded.
  • Import a log of the CAN traffic of a customer generator to analyse.

fpControl View is available for Windows®.

Languages of the user interface: German | English | Chinese | Spanish | French.


Installing and first starting

You can start fpControl View without installation from USB stick or hard disk.

Requirements
  • PC with Windows® 7 or higher.
  • The device driver of the CAN-USB adapter must be installed on the PC.
Steps for the first start
  • Unzip the zip file.
  • Execute file “FPBUS tools”.
  • Result: fpControl View is startet.

Connecting to PC

In this section you will connect your PC or laptop to the Fischer Panda CAN network.

Requirements
  • CAN-USB Adapter
  • Network Adapter D-SUB 9 pin to RJ45
  • T-Adapter
  • Bus Termination Adapter
NOTICE
Communication failures due to missing bus termination.
If the CAN bus is not terminated, it may cause failures in the bus communication.
► When connecting the Fischer Panda CAN network to the CAN-USB adapter, always use the T-Adapter with connected bus termination.
  • Connect the hardware components as shown.
Connecting the Fischer Panda CAN bus to PC
Connecting the Fischer Panda CAN bus to PC

Result: Your PC is connected to the Fischer Panda CAN network. Now you can use fpControl View to monitor, control and configure your Fischer Panda generator.


Basics

See what’s possible with fpControl View

To give you a quick introduction to fpControl View, you will learn about the most important elements of the user interface, first.

Orientation on the fpControl View interface

fpControl View user interface
fpControl View user interface
1Menu bar:
– Open new window
– Starting BusScan
– Filter
– RTF (Rich Text Format file)
– Language selection
2Window of a bus sharing unit (here the window of the generator control fpControl)
3Contents of the received CAN messages (SPNs):
– Physical values
– States
– Buttons for commands
4Status bar

Introduction to the handling

Scanning the bus

You can identify all bus sharing units and view the operating data of each unit in a separate window. This is useful, for example, if you don’t know which units are on the bus. Scanning the bus is a good introduction to get to know fpControl View.

  • Click [BusScan] in the menu bar to start the scan.
  • Result: You see the contents (SPNs) of all received CAN messages.
  • fpControl View displays the SPNs from each identified bus sharing unit in a separate window.
  • The displayed elements are physical values, states or buttons for commands.
Result of the bus scan
Result of the bus scan

What you can do next

Starting and stopping the generator

You can start and stop the generator with fpControl View.

Requirement
General warning WARNING
Risk of injury due to movement of machine parts.
Working at a running generator can result in severe personal injury.
► Before starting the generator, make sure that no one is working at the generator.
  • Click [Start].
  • Result: The generator starts.
  • Click [Stop].
  • Result: The generator stops.

Software concept

PGNs and SPNs

In the J1939 specification, a PGN (Parameter Group Number) groups parameters that are in a similar context. For example, the basic AC values of a phase are grouped to a PGN. The parameters of a PGN are called SPNs (Suspect Parameter Numbers).

Each element in a window of fpControl View represents an SPN from a CAN message. These elements can be physical values, states or buttons for commands.

Software concept
Software concept

Customizing the user interface

You can customize the windows of fpControl View so that the selection, arrangement and appearance of the elements fit exactly to your use case. After this you can save your customized window as a file with the extension *.dev.

Adding and removing elements

You can add elements to a window or remove elements that are no longer needed.

This is useful, for example,

  • to individually select the elements for a new blank window,
  • to adjust an existing window to current requirements,
  • or to reduce the number of elements actually needed after a BusScan.
Adding elements
  • Right-click to any position in the window.
  • Select the adapter to which the bus sharing unit is connected from the context menu.
  • Select the physical value, state or button you want to have in the window.
  • Result: The selected element is displayed in the window.
Removing elements
  • Right-click to the element you want to remove from the window.
  • Select the option “Delete” from the context menu.
  • Result: The selected element has been removed.

Rearranging elements

You can rearrange elements within a window. This is useful, for example, if you want to arrange certain elements next to each other or to get the elements clearly arranged.

Moving a single element

Use [Ctrl] if you want to move a single element during your normal work with fpControl View.

  • Hold [Ctrl].
  • Click the element you want to move and press and hold the mouse button to drag the element into the new position.
Moving several elements

Use “Move Elements” from the context menu if you want to move several elements directly one after the other.

  • Right-click to any position in the window and select “Move Elements” from the context menu.
  • Click the element you want to move and press and hold the mouse button to drag the element into the desired position.
  • Move further elements in the same way.
  • Disable “Move Elements” from the context menu.
Moving an element to a new position
Moving an element to a new position

Customizing elements

You can adjust the size of the buttons in three stages (small, medium or big size). And you can display physical values as analog instruments. This is useful, for example, when you need to quickly identify trends, such as a temperature change.

  • Right-click the element you want to customize.
  • Select an option from the context menu.
  • Result: The element gets the desired view.
Customized Elements: Medium and big sized Buttons and different gauges
Customized Elements: Medium and big sized Buttons and different gauges

Advanced features

Configuring devices dialog

In this section you will open the configuring dialog and select the generator control to configure.

Open configuration dialog

  • Select “Options” > “Config Devices”.
  • Result: The configuration dialog is open.

Selecting a device to configure

In the head of the configuration dialog you find a list containing all available bus sharing devices. Not all devices are configurable and therefore not selectable in the list. Left-Click the list item “FP-Control MCU” opens the configuration dialog for the generator control.

Entering the service password gives you access to features of the service level.

Configuration dialog with generator control selected
Configuration dialog with generator control selected

Configuring generator control

In this section you will learn how to configure a generator control using fpControl View. But first of all we will give away a second fast option to open the configuration dialog for generator control.

Open configuration dialog

  • Right-click the button [Start] and select the option “Config”.
  • Result: The configuration dialog is open.
Open configuration dialog
Open configuration dialog
Detail from the configuration dialog
Detail from the configuration dialog
Configuration options

If the generator to be configured is a battery charger generator, you can adjust the parameters for the battery charger.


Automatic start

You can activate and deactivate the automatic start with fp Control View. This is necessary, for example, before you start the generator with fpControl View.

Activating automatic start
General warning DANGER
Danger for life. The generator can start automatically.
Working at a running generator can result in severe personal injury.
► To avoid an unexpected starting of the generator, the starter battery must be disconnected before working at the generator.
  • Activate the radio button [active] in section “Autostart”.
  • Result: The automatic start is activated.
Deactivating automatic start
  • Activate the radio button [not active] in section “Autostart”.
  • Result: The automatic start is deactivated.

Setting the number of start attemps

You can set the number of start attempts for the automatic start with fpControl View. Up to 5 start attempts are possible.

  • Select the number of start attempts from the drop-down list in section “Number of start attempts”.
  • Result: The number of start attempts is set.

Switching digital outputs

You can switch the digital outputs of the generator control on and off using fpControl View. This is useful, for example, at the initial operation or in case of service.

Dialog for the digital outputs
  • There is a button for each digital output of the generator control.
  • Left-click a button to switch on the corresponding output.
  • Click the button again to switch off the output.
Switching on the starter
General warning WARNING
Risk of injury due to movement of machine parts.
When the starter is switched on, machine parts begin to move. As a result, people may be seriously injured.
► Before switching on the starter, make sure that no one is working at the generator.
NOTICE
Damage to property due to continuous operation of the starter.
If the starter is operated continuously, it may overheat. This can damage the starter.
► Operate the starter for a short time only.
  • Click [starter].
  • Result: The starter is switched on.
  • Click [starter] a second time.
  • Result: The starter is switched off.

Selecting profiles for universal outputs

Selecting profile for universal output
Available profiles
always offThe output is always switched off.
always onThe output is always switched on.
gen runningThe output ist switched on when the generator is running.
AC okThe output ist switched on when the output voltage is stable.
on errorThe output is switched on when the generator control is in an error state.
on startThe output is switched on when the generator is started.
The output remains on until the generator is stopped.

Parameters for the battery charger

min. voltage [V]Battery voltage at which the battery loader is started automatically.
absorption voltage [V]Constant charging voltage until the charging current has dropped to the minimum value (parameter min. current).
float-voltage [V]After charging the battery, the float-voltage ensures that the fully charged state of the battery is maintained for the duration of the “float-timeout”.
min. current [A] If the charging current goes below its minimum value, the battery is fully charged. At this point the hysteresis starts until the switchover to the float voltage.
max. current [A]Maximum charging current flowing to the battery.
hysteresis [ms]After this time is switched to the maintenance voltage.
battery guard [On/Off]“On” – enable battery guard, automatic generator start / stop is enabled. The generator is started automatically when the battery voltage drops below its minimum (parameter min. voltage).
“Off” – disable battery guard, automatic generator start / stop is disabled.
float-timeout [min]After termination of the float-timeout, the generator is stopped automatically if the battery guard is activated.

Filtering for CAN messages and events

The filter dialog

With the filter dialog of fpControl View you can

  • filter for received CAN messages,
  • filter for events in the event log,
  • export the results of a filtering to a file.
Dialog: Filtering for events and CAN messages
Dialog: Filtering for events and CAN messages
1Determines whether to filter for CAN messages or events.
2Adapter: Sets the CAN-USB adapters used for filtering.
You can select multiple adapters.
3Sender: Sets the bus sharing units used for filtering.
You can select multiple units.
4Events or SPNs to be displayed.
The content of the list depends on the selection in “1”.
You can select individual SPNs/events.
“Clear” resets your selection.
5Timeline and amount of data:
In this section, you can set the period from which the selected SPNs are displayed in the “Entries” area (6). A time slot from the start of the program to the present time is possible. In addition, you can choose at which time interval the SPNs are displayed. This is usefull, for example, to reduce the amount of data for export.
Apply changes in this section by clicking on “refresh list”.
6Output of CAN messages or events.
7Upper and lower progress bar:
The upper bar shows the total progress of the data export of the adapter.
The lower bar shows the progress of the export per SPN.
8Buttons for exporting CAN messages to and importing from a CAN stream file.
9Buttons for exporting CAN messages or event log entries to a CSV or Excel file.
Starting the filter dialog

There are two ways to start the filter dialog:

  • select “Filter” in the menu bar of fpControl View or
  • right-click the element you want to filter for and select the option “Filter” from the context menu.

Filtering for CAN messages

You can record the CAN traffic and export it to a file. You can specify which SPNs should be filtered.

The numbers in parentheses refer to the illustration of the dialog.

  • In section (1): Select “Messages”.
  • In section “Adapter” (2): Select the CAN-USB adapter. Choose the adapter that connects to the hardware whose CAN messages you want to filter.
  • In section “Sender” (3): Select the sender from the list, for example the generator control.
  • In section “SPNs” (4): Select one or more SPNs you want to filter for.
  • In section “Timeline and amount of data” (5): Set the period and the time interval
    from which the selected SPNs should be displayed in section (6).
  • Results of the filtering: In section (6) you can see all entries of the selected SPNs from the period determined in section (5).
Exporting CAN messages to a file

Now you can export the results of the filtering to a file. fpControl View offers 3 file formats for exporting SPNs:

Export StreamExports the SPN entries to a file with the extension *.canstream, which can be imported by fpControl View
CSVExports the entries to a file with the extension *.csv
EXCELExports the entries to an Excel file with the extension *.xlsx
Result of exporting SPNs to a CSV file
Result of exporting SPNs to a CSV file

Reading out the event log

You can read out the event log of the generator control and export its entries to a file. If you are looking for the cause of a problem, for example, it is helpful to know the events of the past operating hours of the generator.

The numbers in parentheses refer to the illustration of the dialog.

  • In section (1): Select “Error log”.
  • In section “Adapter” (2): Select the CAN-USB adapter. Choose the adapter that connects to the hardware whose event log you want to filter.
  • Section “Sender” (3): Select the generator control from the list of senders.
  • Section “Error codes” (4): Select one or more events you want to filter for.
  • Result: You can see all entries of the selected events in section (6).
Results of filtering for events
Results of filtering for events

Double-clicking a line from the list of entries in section (6) will open a description of the event in your default browser. Alternatively, you can open a list of all event codes.

Exporting the event log to a file

Now you can export the event log entries to a file. fpControl View offers 2 file formats for exporting log files in section (9):

CSVExports the entries to a file with the extension *.csv
EXCELExports the entries to an Excel file with the extension *.xlsx
Result of exporting event log entries to a CSV file
Result of exporting event log entries to a CSV file

Index