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METREL PowerView v2.

0 Manual

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METREL PowerView v2.0 Manual
by © 2010 Metrel, d.d., Slovenia, www.metrel.si [http://www.metrel.si/], metrel@metrel.si

Published 07-Sep-2010 (r761)


Table of Contents
Welcome to Metrel PowerView Help ............................................................................. vii
1. What is PowerView? ................................................................................................. 1
1.1. What is PowerView? ....................................................................................... 1
1.1.1. User interface ...................................................................................... 1
1.1.2. Interoperability ..................................................................................... 1
1.1.3. Connectivity ........................................................................................ 2
2. What is new in this version? ....................................................................................... 3
2.1. What is new in version 2 ................................................................................. 3
2.1.1. User interface ...................................................................................... 3
2.1.2. Reporting ............................................................................................ 3
2.1.3. New instrument features ........................................................................ 3
2.1.4. Automatic updates and better troubleshooting support .................................. 3
3. End-User Licence Agreement ...................................................................................... 5
3.1. Important Notice ............................................................................................. 5
3.1.1. Licence grant ....................................................................................... 5
4. Program Installation ................................................................................................... 6
4.1. System Requirements ...................................................................................... 6
4.2. Installing the software ..................................................................................... 6
5. Getting started .......................................................................................................... 7
5.1. Quick guides and tutorials ................................................................................ 7
5.1.1. Introductory Guides .............................................................................. 7
5.1.2. Troubleshooting ................................................................................... 7
5.2. Downloading records from instrument to PC ........................................................ 7
5.2.1. Step-by-step procedure for downloading records to your computer ................. 7
6. Data Organization in PowerView ................................................................................ 11
6.1. Introduction to data organization in PowerView .................................................. 11
6.1.1. Data nodes in PowerView .................................................................... 11
7. User Interface Components ........................................................................................ 13
7.1. Introduction .................................................................................................. 13
7.1.1. First contact with PowerView user interface ............................................. 13
7.1.2. Window management in PowerView ...................................................... 14
7.2. Menu Strip ................................................................................................... 17
8. Analyzing recorded data ........................................................................................... 23
8.1. Data Explorer ............................................................................................... 23
8.1.1. Arranging and grouping data ................................................................. 24
8.2. Record Analyzer ........................................................................................... 27
8.2.1. Basic operations ................................................................................. 27
8.3. Analyzing the data ........................................................................................ 33
8.3.1. Record Information view ...................................................................... 33
8.3.2. Trend Chart view ................................................................................ 33
8.3.3. Waveform Scope view ......................................................................... 34
8.3.4. Table view ........................................................................................ 35
8.3.5. Meter view ........................................................................................ 35
8.3.6. Vector Diagram view .......................................................................... 36
8.3.7. Voltage Quality view ........................................................................... 36
8.3.8. Voltage Events view ........................................................................... 37
8.3.9. Voltage Alarms view ........................................................................... 37
8.4. Creating an EN 50160 analysis ........................................................................ 37
8.4.1. Editing the criteria list ......................................................................... 37
8.4.2. Adding new criteria rows ..................................................................... 38
9. Annotations ............................................................................................................ 39
9.1. Using annotations .......................................................................................... 39
9.1.1. Adding annotations to Charts ................................................................ 39
9.1.2. Adding annotations to Tables ................................................................ 40
9.2. Using View snapshots .................................................................................... 40

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10. Printing record data ................................................................................................ 42


10.1. Printing recorded data .................................................................................. 42
11. Reports ................................................................................................................ 43
11.1. Reporting tools in PowerView ....................................................................... 43
11.2. Creating your first Report ............................................................................. 43
11.3. Creating Reports from View snapshots ............................................................ 43
11.4. Editing Reports ........................................................................................... 44
11.4.1. Editing text and other content .............................................................. 44
11.4.2. Adding individual Views to an existing Report ....................................... 44
11.4.3. Copying data between Reports ............................................................. 44
11.4.4. Saving and Printing Reports ................................................................ 44
12. Online analysis ...................................................................................................... 45
12.1. Online view ................................................................................................ 45
12.1.1. Using the online view ........................................................................ 45
13. Exporting data ....................................................................................................... 47
13.1. Available export options ............................................................................... 47
13.2. Exporting data to other applications ................................................................ 47
14. Repairing record data .............................................................................................. 49
14.1. Repairing record data ................................................................................... 49
14.1.1. Modifying recorded date and time ........................................................ 49
14.1.2. Modifying signal scale factors ............................................................. 50
15. Updating application and firmware ............................................................................ 51
15.1. Updating application and instrument's firmware ................................................. 51
15.1.1. Checking for application updates ......................................................... 51
15.1.2. Checking for firmware updates ............................................................ 51
15.1.3. Troubleshooting ................................................................................ 53
16. Troubleshooting ..................................................................................................... 54
16.1. Introduction to troubleshooting ....................................................................... 54
16.2. Quick guide to instrument connection configuration ........................................... 54
16.3. Connection troubleshooting ........................................................................... 54
17. Online support information ...................................................................................... 55
17.1. How to get support? ..................................................................................... 55
17.1.1. Contact us directly ............................................................................ 55
17.1.2. Use the online contact form ................................................................ 55
Index ......................................................................................................................... 56

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List of Figures
1.1. PowerView workspace with an open sample data file .................................................... 1
5.1. Before downloading, select the correct connection type and communication settings for
your connection ............................................................................................................ 8
5.2. PowerView will first try to detect the instrument type .................................................... 8
5.3. If the instrument detection was successful, PowerView tries to download a list of records
................................................................................................................................... 9
5.4. Clicking an entry in the record list will select it for download ......................................... 9
6.1. Typical record nodes structure in a PowerView file ..................................................... 11
6.2. Structure of a single expanded record (left), and the appearance of the same tree when
channels are selected ................................................................................................... 12
7.1. PowerView workspace with an open sample data file ................................................... 13
7.2. Two states of a tool window: visible (left) and hidden (right) ......................................... 15
7.3. Floating content windows ....................................................................................... 16
7.4. Docked content windows ........................................................................................ 17
7.5. Chart with "Split data to multiple panes" checked (left) and unchecked (right) ................... 19
7.6. Chart with "Show min/max area as filled area" checked (left) and unchecked (right) ........... 20
7.7. Chart with "Show data markers" checked (left) and unchecked (right) ............................. 20
7.8. Chart with "Show EN 50160 criteria as chart regions" checked (left) and unchecked
(right) ........................................................................................................................ 21
8.1. Data explorer, with main components numbered ......................................................... 23
8.2. Example of a simple PowerView file ........................................................................ 28
8.3. Double-clicking a record node opens the Record analyzer window .................................. 28
8.4. Selecting a channel opens a record, and displays the appropriate view ............................. 29
8.5. Opening a second record adds a new Record tab to the Record tab strip area ..................... 30
8.6. To undock the Record analyzer, or dock it to a different part of the window, drag the tab
using your mouse button .............................................................................................. 31
8.7. Using the guide diamond control, windows can be docked to fill one of four sides of the
target window ............................................................................................................. 32
8.8. Record has been docked to the lower half of the window .............................................. 32
8.9. Appearance of the Record Information view ............................................................... 33
8.10. Appearance of the Trend Chart view ....................................................................... 34
8.11. Appearance of the Table view ............................................................................... 35
8.12. Appearance of the Meter view ............................................................................... 36
8.13. Appearance of the Meter view ............................................................................... 36
8.14. Appearance of the Voltage Quality view .................................................................. 37
8.15. Voltage Quality Criteria window ............................................................................ 38
9.1. Custom Annotations added to a Trend chart ............................................................... 39
10.1. Print document dialog .......................................................................................... 42
11.1. Custom Annotations added to a Trend chart ............................................................. 43
12.1. Online window, with several channels selected ......................................................... 45
13.1. Export task dialog, showing available export options .................................................. 47
14.1. Record Repairing tools window ............................................................................. 49
14.2. Time shifting window .......................................................................................... 49
14.3. Signal rescaling window ....................................................................................... 50
15.1. Metrel Updater utility connecting to Metrel server ..................................................... 51
15.2. Metrel Updater while downloading data ................................................................... 51
15.3. Metrel Version Checker utility ............................................................................... 52
15.4. Metrel Updater while downloading firmware ............................................................ 52
15.5. Flash programmer ................................................................................................ 53

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Welcome to Metrel PowerView Help
Use the Contents, Index or Search tabs on the left side of the window to select or search for a topic.
You can also select one of the following Quick links to start learning about PowerView.

• What is PowerView?

• Getting started

• Online support information

• End-User Licence Agreement

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Chapter 1. What is PowerView?
1.1. What is PowerView?

Metrel PowerView is a powerful tool for downloading, analyzing and printing recorded data for Metrel
PowerQ, PowerQ+ and PowerQ4 family of instruments. Through a simple but powerful interface,
PowerView helps you find your data quickly, while allowing you to easily make complex analysis
and comparations.

1.1.1. User interface

Figure 1.1. PowerView workspace with an open sample data file


• Interface has been organized to allow quick selection of data using a Windows Explorer-like tree
view

• Selected data is instantly displayed in different views, which are simultaneously available and
organized into multiple tabs

• By dragging, docking and resizing the window tabs, user can customize the environment in
numerous ways - data can be quickly compared by displaying multiple records and views side by
side

• User can easily download recorded data, and organize it into multiple sites and different sub-site
locations

• Logged data can be checked for compliance with custom or predefined EN 50160 Power Quality
criteria, and easily printed

1.1.2. Interoperability
Effort has been made to allow additional data analysis in different tools.

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What is PowerView?

• Native file data format is XML, readable in any text editor

• PowerView supports exporting or copying data to other applications (e.g. spreadsheets) for further
analysis

1.1.3. Connectivity
• Supports multiple instruments, PowerQ, PowerQPlus as well as the new PowerQ4 generation.

• USB and RS-232 ports supported with download speeds up to 1Mbit/sec

Note

Please note that some parts of program can be changed without notice in new software
versions, and therefore might differ from the information in this manual. If you encounter
such differences, we will gladly accept your e-mail with your suggestions and include
or change the neccessary information in our next hotfix or update.

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Chapter 2. What is new in this
version?
2.1. What is new in version 2

This version of Metrel PowerView brings several useful featurs and improvements for analyzing
recorded data, creating reports, and simplifying everyday tasks.

2.1.1. User interface


• Unlimited undo/redo support. Moving, renaming or deleting records in PowerView is now fully
undoable. New Report editor also implements full undo/redo support for editing documents.

• Visual annotations and view snapshots. User can now add custom annotations (text boxes, arrows,
baloons) to the charts, and save their arrangement together with the data. Annotations can be
customized with different fonts, colors, line types and widths, to allow you to create various effects
in your reports. Tables can also be annotated by marking and naming multiple regions.

Apart from that, user can create multiple "snapshots" of annotations and chart arrangement (chart
zoom position, selected channels, etc.), and give each of those snapshots a meaningful name. This
allows easier sharing of data and collaboration, because points of interest can be easily emphasized.

2.1.2. Reporting
• Creating and editing Reports. Reports can be created automatically from the selected views and
view snapshots, by inserting specific views and data, or by inserting and editing third party text
and images.

Once created from an initial set of data, reports can be further edited directly in PowerView, without
the need for an external word processing application (such as Microsoft Word), and saved to the
widespread Rich Text format (RTF) for interoperability with other applications.

2.1.3. New instrument features


• New record types. This version adds support for downloading and analyzing new features in
new versions of PowerQ4, such as interharmonics, signaling, transient records and fast (triggered)
waveforms. Specific views have been added for each new record type, further simplifying data
analysis.

• Full EN50160 compliant analysis. Voltage quality analysis has been extended to include signaling
and interharmonics, making these reports fully compliant with the EN50160 standard.

2.1.4. Automatic updates and better troubleshooting support


• Application updates. PowerView can now download updates from the Internet automatically. This
allows you to stay up-to-date with trends and standards in power quality analysis.

• Instrument firmware updates. On a less frequent occasion, there may be a firmware update
available online. This updates require connecting to your instrument using a dedicated tool and
updating the instruments firmware to a new version. Firmware updates are released to improve your
instrument's performance and stability, or to add a new feature.

• Instrument memory dump. For troubleshooting purposes, instrument flash memory dump feature
has been added to allow you to download complete contents of your instrument's memory and send
it to our support team for recovery.

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What is new in this version?

If you feel that there is a potential problem with your instrument, this will also help us investigate
the problem, and improve the firmware by provoding an update.

• Integrated news feed. To provide you with up-to-date information on sofware and firmware
updates and bring you latest news from the field of measurement and voltage quality, we have added
a news feed to the Welcome page.

Welcome page was restructured to allow access to most common tasks, recently accessed files and
links to detailed news on the Internet.

Note

Please note that some parts of program can be changed without notice in new software
versions, and therefore might differ from the information in this manual. If you encounter
such differences, we will gladly accept your e-mail with your suggestions and include
or change the neccessary information in our next hotfix or update.

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Chapter 3. End-User Licence
Agreement
3.1. Important Notice
Read this License Agreement carefully before using this Software. BY USING THIS SOFTWARE IN
ANY WAY YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE
TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO
NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE IN ANY WAY, AND PROMPTLY RETURN IT OR DELETE ANY
COPIES OF THIS SOFTWARE IN YOUR POSSESSION.

3.1.1. Licence grant

By installing the software (hereinafter "the Software" or "Software"), you are accepting the following
License Agreement.

LICENSE AGREEMENT. This is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or an entity)
and Metrel, d.d.. By installing the software you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this agreement.
If you do not agree to the terms of this agreement, promptly return the uninstalled software to the
place you purchased it.

1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Metrel, d.d. grants to you as an individual or entity a non-exclusive license
to make and use copies of the SOFTWARE in the manner provided below. The rights granted under
this Agreement are only effective upon payment of license fees and possession of the appropriate
License Agreement (if applicable). The software is licensed, not sold.

2. COPYRIGHT. The SOFTWARE is owned by Metrel, d.d. and is protected by international


copyright laws. Therefore, you must treat the SOFTWARE like any other copyrighted material (e.g.
a book or a musical recording) except that you may either (a) make one copy of the SOFTWARE
solely for backup or archival purposes; (b) transfer the SOFTWARE to a single hard disk provided
you keep the original solely for backup or archival purposes or (d) you may store or install a copy of
the Software on a storage device, such as a network server, used only to install or run the Software
on other computers over an internal network; however, you must acquire and dedicate a License
for each separate computer on which the Software is installed or run from the storage device. A
License for the Software may not be shared or used concurrently on different computers.

3. NO WARRANTY. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, THE


PROGRAM IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR
CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT,
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Each Recipient is solely
responsible for determining the appropriateness of using and distributing the Program and assumes
all risks associated with its exercise of rights under this Agreement, including but not limited to
the risks and costs of program errors, compliance with applicable laws, damage to or loss of data,
programs or equipment, and unavailability or interruption of operations.

4. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS


AGREEMENT, NEITHER RECIPIENT NOR ANY CONTRIBUTORS SHALL HAVE ANY
LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS),
HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN
ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OR DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROGRAM OR THE EXERCISE
OF ANY RIGHTS GRANTED HEREUNDER, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF
SUCH DAMAGES.

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Chapter 4. Program Installation
4.1. System Requirements

Before installation, you should check that your system meets the following requirements:

Supported Operating Systems:


• Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (Professional or Server Edition)

• Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later

• Windows Server 2003 Editions

• Windows Vista

Installed System Memory (RAM):


• Windows 2000: 128 MB (512 MB recommended)

• Windows XP / Server 2003: 256 MB (512 MB recommended)

• Windows Vista: 512 MB (1024 MB recommended)

Hard Disk Space:


• at least 25 MB of free space for the installation files and documentation

• additional 280 MB (x86) or 610 MB (x64) if you don't have Microsoft .NET Framework previously
installed

• additional disk space is needed for downloading and saving PowerView data files (even a single
PowerView data file can have up to 10 Mb in worst cases, when downloading complete instrument
memory with many channels and events); note however that good compression results can be
achieved when compressing PowerView files to Zip or a similar format (native PowerView file
format is textual XML)

4.2. Installing the software


To install the software, run the installation application from the CD (setup.exe). The wizard will
guide you through the process.

Note

You may need administrative rights to perform this installation.

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed in order to run this software. If this
version of .NET is not installed, setup will install it.

If your installation files are placed in a different drive from your CD-Rom drive, please
make sure that these folders are not placed on a virtual (substed) or mapped network
drive. During installation, PowerView Setup will try to elevate its privilege level to get
administrative rights, and therefore might have problems locating these setup files if they
are placed in such a folder.

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Chapter 5. Getting started
5.1. Quick guides and tutorials

5.1.1. Introductory Guides


Before starting to use PowerView, it would be good to get some information about the basic features.
Following articles will explain the way data is organized in PowerView, show you how to use advanced
window management capabilities to arrange your workspace efficiently, and guide you through the
download process step by step.

• Introduction to data organization in PowerView

• First contact with PowerView user interface

• Downloading records from instrument to PC

5.1.2. Troubleshooting

In case that you encounter connection problems when configuring both PowerView and instrument to
connect for the first time, we have provided a couple of links to help you troubleshoot your problems
quickly.

1. Quick guide to instrument connection configuration

2. Connection troubleshooting

3. Online support information

Note

If our troubleshooting tips didn't help you solve your problem, please use the provided
Online support information to contact our support directly.

5.2. Downloading records from instrument to PC

5.2.1. Step-by-step procedure for downloading records to your computer


This lesson will show you how to download several records into a PowerView file, and save it to your
disk. If you don't have an instrument at this moment, you can skip this section and continue to the next
lesson. A sample PowerView file has been provided for that reason, which will be used throughout
the lessons.

1. Start PowerView by clicking the PowerView icon on your Start menu or desktop.

2. Using your Serial or USB cable, connect the instrument to your PC. You can check your
instrument's manual if you additional help regarding the physical connection.

3. Go to Tools menu and click Options to check if your communication settings match the instrument
settings. In the Main Settings window (shown in figure below) activate the Connection tab and
select Connection type, Port name and Baud rate for this connection. Depending on the selected
connection type, different parameters will become available in the Main Settings window.

It is important to be sure that selected settings match the instrument's settings. To set up
your instrument connection settings, consult your instrument's manual or check Quick guide to
instrument connection configuration.

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Figure 5.1. Before downloading, select the correct connection type and
communication settings for your connection

If you are using the serial port for communication, then you must select the port number (COM1,
COM2 etc.) which refers to your actual serial port.

If you are using USB, port name will match the instrument's name.

4. Apply the settings and close the Main Settings window when you are done.

Note

If you are using the same port every time, there is no need change the settings every
time. Settings are saved to disk and reused on next application start. During everyday
use, you will use only the following steps when downloading your data.

5. If connection settings are correct, you are ready to download. Open the download window by
pressing F5, or by clicking on the Download button in the toolbar, or by selecting Download from
the Tools menu.

6. Download window will be displayed, and PowerView will immediatelly try to connect to the
instrument, to detect the instrument model and firmware version.

Figure 5.2. PowerView will first try to detect the instrument type
7. After a moment, instrument type should be detected, or you will receive an error message with the
appropriate explanation. If you can not connect, check if your connection settings are correct and

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the cable is properly connected. If it still doesn't help, check detailed help for how to troubleshoot
connection problems in the Troubleshooting section.

Figure 5.3. If the instrument detection was successful, PowerView tries to


download a list of records
8. When the instrument model is detected, PowerView will download a list of records from the
instrument. In this list you can select one or more records by simply clicking them. Selected records
entries will have a green background.

Before downloading, you can also define the destination site node for each record. Each entry in
the list contains a drop-down list of all sites in all currently open documents in PowerView. If you
don't have any documents open, all records will be downloaded to a new file.

Figure 5.4. Clicking an entry in the record list will select it for download
Figure above shows that first two records are relected. To start downloading, click the Start
downloading button.

9.

Immediatelly after download, a new document window will be shown in PowerView, with the
selected records placed inside a new site node. A backup PowerView file is always created at this

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Getting started

point, compressed into a .zip file and saved inside your MyDocuments/Metrel/PowerView/Backup
folder. This backup copy is made every time a file is created or opened, to make sure that you can
recover all your downloaded data in case that you accidentally delete it or change it. However,
note that those records that were not selected in the Download window, are not downloaded and
therefore not saved to disk, so check that you have downloaded all relevant records before deleting
them from your instrument.

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Chapter 6. Data Organization in
PowerView
6.1. Introduction to data organization in PowerView

6.1.1. Data nodes in PowerView

Being a tool for analysis of measured and logged data, PowerView has a way of organizing its data
hierarchically, into tree nodes.

There are several types of nodes in PowerView: site (or customer) nodes, location (or sub-site) nodes,
record nodes, and actual data nodes within a single record node (channel nodes, event nodes, etc.).
Nodes are shown in a tree-like view, similar to the way folders are organized in Windows Explorer.
The figure below shows a typical organization of record nodes in a single PowerView file.

Figure 6.1. Typical record nodes structure in a PowerView file

This example shows a PowerView file with one site node, named "Site node", which contains two
location nodes, "Location node 1" and "Location node 2". Each location node contains several record
nodes, which can be displayed by expanding their location nodes (clicking on the icon next to the
node name). By expanding the record nodes, user can access the individual channels, as shown in the
next figure.

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Data Organization in PowerView

Figure 6.2. Structure of a single expanded record (left), and the appearance of
the same tree when channels are selected
Expanding the nodes reveals a list of channels that were selected at the time of recording. In the
example above, "Recorded trend 1" contains only "U/I/f" (voltage, current and frequency) group node,
which includes Voltage, Current, Frequency and Crest Factors.

Channel nodes are always the leaf-nodes in a tree structure. They contain no other nodes below them,
and contain a check-box next to the channel name. By clicking each of the check boxes, user can select
multiple channels at once to analyze them simultaneously. In the right picture above, 4 channels were
selected by clicking on their check-boxes.

Tip

Whenever a channel node is checked, all its parent nodes' names are displayed in bold.
When you select multiple channels in several records, and then collapse their nodes, it
can become difficult to track all the nodes that were selected in each records. This way,
whenever you see a bolded node text, you can be sure that some of its child nodes are
active in the current record analyzer view.

As soon as record is downloaded from the instrument, it becomes a new record node, and is placed
inside a new (or predefined) site node. All downloaded records must therefore have a "parent" node,
which can be a site, or a location node. Actual meaning of site and location nodes is left to you and
depends on your needs - you can have each customer have a single site node, and use location nodes for
individual locations that were used for a customer. On the other hand, your site nodes may represent
customers' orders, and location nodes all measurements taken under for a single customer's order.

When displayed in the PowerView tree, each node is displayed using its icon and its name. Different
types of nodes are displayed using different icons, to help you differentiate them quickly. To see all
types of nodes in PowerView, check the PowerView data nodes help link.

Record and site nodes can be copied and moved between different files, and record nodes can be easily
duplicated or reassigned to a different site or location node. These operations can be performed in
several ways in PowerView, which will be explained in next lessons.

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Chapter 7. User Interface
Components
7.1. Introduction

7.1.1. First contact with PowerView user interface


PowerView utilizes a multiple document interface with docking support and drag/drop capabilites.
Getting familiar with the way windows and nodes are handled in PowerView may simplify your
everyday tasks significantly.

Default PowerView workspace is organized as shown on the picture. Just below the standard Windows
menu strip and a toolbar, you can find the Document tab-strip , which shows the names of all open
documents. The highlighted tab ("D:\Metrel\Samples\SampleData.pwv" in the sample
below) shows the name of the currently active file. Within this tabbed window, you can find the Data
explorer window (shown on the left side by default), which contains the hierarchical data structure
of your document. Data explorer window is docked and always shown by default, but can be undocked
or hidden just as any other window.

Figure 7.1. PowerView workspace with an open sample data file


Center of the window is by default the data view area, which is used to display one or more record
windows at the same time, organized into tabs. When a record node is double-clicked in the Data
explorer window, center area of the window will display a new Record tab. Record tabs are placed
side by side in a Record tab-strip . Just like the Data explorer window, all record windows are
dockable and can be docked to a different part of the workspace. Dragging a tab outside of the Record
tab-strip area will undock it, or dock it to a different position within a document window, depending
on the drop position.

Each record, when activated, contains multiple data views (trend chart, tabular data, list of events),
which are also organized into tabs . These tabs all belong to a single record and are therefore fixed

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User Interface Components

to a single record window, and can not be undocked. Depending on the type of nodes selected in the
Data explorer, Record tab will contain different data views.

For example, the sample image above shows that voltage channels U1, U2 and U3 were checked in
the Data explorer for the first record. As soon as they were selected, the views were updated to display
the chart (Trend view) and the table (Tabular view). Besides that, whenever a data node is checked,
all its parent nodes will be displayed in bold, which allows you to quickly identify all active nodes,
even if the tree is collapsed.

On the right side of the workspace is the Properties window by default, docked to the right side but
hidden. This window is bound to the selected node in the Data explorer, and shows a list of advanced
properties defined for that node. Using this window, you can edit Site and Location properties, add
record or instrument descriptions, or view advanced measurement and instrument settings which were
active during the recording.

7.1.2. Window management in PowerView

PowerView environment provides various tools and options to help you position and move among
document and tool windows. PowerView uses a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) to handle
multiple documents, meaning that multiple documents can be opened and placed inside the main,
parent container.

7.1.2.1. Window types

There are two basic Window types in PowerView, tool windows and content windows.

7.1.2.1.1. Tool Windows

Tool windows are listed in the View menu, and can be shown or hidden as appropriate. Closing a tool
window actually only hides it to increase your working area for other windows, but it can be easily
reopened at any time. For example, Data explorer and Properties window are tool windows.

Tool windows can be configured to:

• Auto-hide when you move your mouse away

• Dock against the edges of their parent windows

• Float as separate windows, allowing you to drag them to other monitors

7.1.2.1.2. Auto Hide

Tool windows support a feature called Auto Hide. Auto Hide allows you to enlarge your Record view
area by minimizing tool windows along the edges of the application environment when not in use.

Next figure shows the appearance of the Data explorer tool window when it is visible and hidden
using Auto Hide .

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Figure 7.2. Two states of a tool window: visible (left) and hidden (right)
Left picture shows the docked Data explorer tool window. When docked, a tool window is fixed inside
the container (parent) window.

By clicking on the pin button , user can turn on the Auto Hide feature. When an auto-hidden window
loses focus, it automatically slides back to its tab on the edge of the parent window. While a window
is auto-hidden, its name and icon are visible on a tab at the edge of the parent window ( ). To display
an auto-hidden window, move your cursor over the tab ( ). The window slides back into view and
is ready for use.

To turn off the Auto Hide feature, click on the pin button again while the window is active.

Tip

Tool windows in Auto Hide temporarily slide into view when the window has focus.
To hide the window again, select an item outside of the focused tool window. Once the
window loses focus, it will slide back out of view.

7.1.2.1.3. Content windows

Content windows are containers for actual data. When docked inside a parent window, content
windows are shown as tabs, stacked one on top of the other in the order in which they were opened.
They can be undocked to float in the same way as tool windows, but they have a wider range of
docking possibilities than tool windows.

PowerView uses two levels of content windows, document window, which serves as a container for
single file (document) data, and record analyzer window, which is used as a container for single
record data. This allows for hierarchical arrangement of windows based on their relationships, which
combined with docking functionality allows arranging of different records and document windows to
allow various workspace scenarious.

Whenever you open a file or download records in PowerView, a new document window is created,
containing (by default) Data explorer tool window, Properties tool window, and (optionally) a
Welcome window (quick links to common tasks). If there is more than one record shown in Data
explorer in this document, opening each of those records will create a new record analyzer window,
docked inside the document window.

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Content windows can have two basic states:

• Floating windows, which can be moved and resized independently, as well as dragged to other
monitors

• Docked windows, which occupy the main application window area, and are constrained to their
parent window

Figure below shows the two levels of content windows, which are dragged to float outside of the main
application window to emphasize their differences.

Figure 7.3. Floating content windows

It can be seen that all the content windows are floating outside the parent PowerView application
window . There is a single document window which encapsulates all data related to the opened
PowerView file, and represents a parent container window for all record analyzer windows ( , and
). Each document window can have as many record analyzers as there are records in that PowerView
file. By arranging the document and record analyzer windows, user can easily compare different
records and views.

Note

Even if all content windows are in floating state, their relations are still enforced by their
relative window depth. This means a parent window will always be below its analyzer
windows, even if it has the focus. In other words, by clicking on the document window
in the figure above , it will become the active (focused) window, but analyzer windows
, and will remain above the document window.

Figure below displays the same document as the previous figure, but with all windows docked.

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Figure 7.4. Docked content windows


Although the workspace appears different from the one in the previous figure, it represents the same
file with the same record analyzers, but arranged differently - simply by dragging the windows and
docking them in their parent containers.

Main application window ( ) now contains a single docked document window ( ), which again
contains three docked record analyzer windows ( , and ). By clicking each of the record tabs ( ,
or ) in the record tab-strip area, user can bring each of the desired records to front.

It can be also seen that the currently selected record analyzer window contains three views, Record
Information view, Trend Chart view (which is currently selected and displayed) and a Tabular Data
view. If this was a record of a different type (a Waveform snapshot, or a EN 50160 compliant record),
it could have had other views displayed (Vector Diagram, EN 50160 analysis, etc.). By expanding
a record node in Data explorer and selecting different data nodes within a record, record analyzer
window will update its views to show the selected data.

7.2. Menu Strip


File menu

Contains commands related to file management, printing, data exporting, and application closing.

• New: Creates a new, empty PowerView document. Records can then be copied or moved from other
records using the Edit menu, or by dragging and dropping them to the Data explorer tool window.

• Open: Opens an existing PowerView document for analyzing and editing.

• Close: Closes the currenly focused PowerView document. If the document contains unsaved
changes, user will be prompted to save or discard the changes.

• Close All: Closes all open PowerView documents. For each document that contains unsaved
changes, user will be prompted to save or discard the changes, or cancel the operation.

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• Save: Saves the currently focused file to the disk. If the file has not been saved yet (data was
downloaded from the instrument, or user created a new file), user will be prompted to define a
location and name for the file.

• Save As...: Saves the currently focused document under a new name.

• Export: Exports the data to a common file format for sharing with other applications, such as
Microsoft Excel.

• Print: Opens the Simple report dialog, which prepares the currently selected document for printing.
User can then select and preview individual views for printing, modify the printer and page
properties and print the document.

• Exit: Closes the application.

Edit menu

Edit menu contains commands related to data editing, copy/paste operations (similar to other Windows
applications), and other common data operations. These commands are also available in the Data
explorer's context menu, which is displayed using a mouse right-click. Depending on the node selected,
different menu items which apply to that type of a node will be displayed.

• Cut: Cuts the selected data. If Data explorer is the currently focused window, currently selected
node will be cut. If one of the record analyzer views is selected which supports data cutting, the
appropriate data will be cut.

• Copy: Copies the selected data. If Data explorer is the currently focused window, currently selected
node will be copied. If one of the record analyzer views is selected which supports copying (for
example, Tabular data), the appropriate data will be copied.

• Paste: Pastes the selected data into the currently focused view. This item will be disabled if no data
was copied, or if the current selection does not allow pasting. For example, if a Record node is
copied using the Copy command, then this menu item will be available only when the user selects
a destination site or location node.

• Delete: Deletes the currently selected data. If Data explorer is currently focused, and a node is
selected, it will be deleted.

• Rename: Renames the currently selected data. If a node is selected in Data explorer, it will be
renamed.

• Change default color: Changes the default chart display color for a channel node. This command
is useful when multiple similar channels are selected for display in the same Trend view, on the
same axis, with the same color (for example, simultanous trends for several Voltage harmonics for
a same phase). In that case, user can change the default channel color to differentiate between those
channels.

• Properties: Shows the properties window for the selected data node. If the properties window is
closed, it will be opened and docked to its default position. If it is in Auto Hide mode, it will be
activated for a short period of time, and then collapsed back.

View menu

View menu contains commands for displaying or hiding parts of the user interface (show or hide
menus, toolbars, tool windows, etc.) and customizing various data display options (change chart
appearance, filter displayed data, etc.)

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• Toolbar: If checked, application toolbar will be displayed; otherwise, it will be hidden. By hiding
the toolbar, user can slightly increase the height of the working area.

• Status bar: If checked, application status bar will be displayed; otherwise, it will be hidden. By
hiding the status bar, user can slightly increase the height of the working area.

• Data explorer: If checked, Data explorer tool window will be displayed; otherwise, it will be hidden.
Apart from hiding it using this menu option, Data explorer (as well as other tool windows) can be
set to Auto Hide mode to increase the size of the PowerView workspace, while keeping it visible
at the window side for quick access when needed.

• Properties: If checked, Properties tool window will be displayed; otherwise, it will be hidden. Check
the Auto Hide feature for additional tool windows options.

• Chart options: Contains several sub-menus with chart-related options:

• Show tabular data: If checked, a small table is displayed below the chart. Table is linked to the
chart so that when chart data is hovered with a mouse, the appropriate element is also highlighted
in a table, and vice versa.

• Show chart toolbar: If checked, a toolbar is shown above the chart with additional chart display
options.

• Split data to multiple panes: If checked, multiple quantities are grouped to different chart panes
based on their quantity type. For example, if user selects one voltage channel and one current
channels, voltage channel will be displayed in a separate pane from the current channel, and the
chart area will be divided to accomodate two separate charts. If this menu item is not checked,
all data will be displayed in a single pane.

Figure 7.5. Chart with "Split data to multiple panes" checked (left) and
unchecked (right)

• Show min/max range as filled area: If checked, chart data for trend (logging) records containing
minimum and maximum values for each saved interval will be displayed with a filled area
between minimum and maximum curves. If this item is not checked, each interval type will be
displayed the same, as a single data series.

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Figure 7.6. Chart with "Show min/max area as filled area" checked (left)
and unchecked (right)

• Show data markers: When checked, chart series are displayed with markers at the recorded
intervals. If not, series are displayed as plain lines.

Figure 7.7. Chart with "Show data markers" checked (left) and unchecked
(right)

• Use transparency: If min/max range is displayed as filled area and this menu item is checked,
then the filled area will be semi-transparent, allowing other series to be seen through it partially.
If this item is not checked, then this area will be completely opaque.

• Show EN 50160 criteria as chart regions: If checked, tolerance regions according to EN 50160
criteria will be displayed in the trend chart, for each quantity specified in the criteria list. Axis
limits will also be expanded to fit the criteria region.

Figure below shows the appearance of the chart with this option checked (left) and unchecked
(right). You can notice that the left example contains two regions (two shades of green), to indicate
that there are two defined limits for this quantity (one defined for 95% intervals, the other one
for 100% intervals). Since all intervals are well inside those limits, axis iz zoomed out noticeably
when compared to the right example.

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Figure 7.8. Chart with "Show EN 50160 criteria as chart regions" checked
(left) and unchecked (right)
• Filter Trend data by Interval type: Allows user to show or hide different interval types when a record
is displayed in a chart or tabular data view. For example, a general logging record can contain 4
measured values for each interval: minimum value, maximum value, average value, and average
value while the channel was active. Using this menu, user can select only those intervals which are
of interest to him, allowing him to analyze the data faster.

Action menu

Action menu contains commands for adding new site/location nodes, modifying record data, merging
records, repairing record data, and e-mailing the data directly from PowerView.

• Add new site: Adds a new, empty site node to the currently selected document. After a site node
has been added, user can rename it by selecting Rename from the Edit menu, or by modifying its
properties in the Properties window.

• Add new location within site: Adds a new location inside the selected site node. Any records which
were previously placed in a site node are automatically moved to the child location node. This way,
a site node can either contain only record child nodes, or only location child nodes, which then
contain actual records.

• Change EN 50160 criteria: Opens a new window with a list of Voltage quality criteria, which can be
applied to any general Trend record. Using this feature, you can analyze records that weren't saved
with an EN 50160 configuration, or change the criteria for an existing EN 50160 record.

• Merge records: This command merges two or more trend records into a new record. To use this
command, several conditions must be met:

• At least two trend records must be selected; if only one trend record is selected, or one of the
selected records is a waveform snapshot record, records will not be merged

• All selected records must have identical measurement settings. Before merging, records are
checked to determine whether they have the same number of channels, and if they were recorded
using same voltage and current ranges and ratios, in same time intervals.

• Repair record data: Opens the Record repairing tools window, which contains tools for repairing
the record data on your PC. Using these tools, it is possible to adjust record's times if the instrument
time was not correct, modify the signal's scale factors if the voltage and current ratios were not
configured correctly, or swap the signal phases if input channels were not connected properly.

• Send to: Sends the currently selected nodes to a mail recipient, or to a new document. Depending
on the type of nodes selected, this command will act differently:

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• If one or more site nodes were selected, a new document will be created with a copy of selected
sites, with all the records contained in those sites. If Send to mail recipient command was clicked,
then the new document will be automatically compressed to a .zip file, and inserted in a new
e-mail message using the installed e-mail sender.

• If one or more record nodes were selected, a new document will be created with a new, empty
site, containing the copy of the selected record nodes. If Send to mail recipend was clicked, then
the document will be compressed to a .zip file and inserted in a new e-mail message.

Tools menu

Using Tools menu, user can modify application settings (connection, troubleshooting) and download
the data from the instrument.

• Options: Opens the Main settings window, which can be used to configure connection, environment
and troubleshooting settings.

• Download: Opens the Download window and connects to the instrument to download a list of saved
records.

Help menu

Help menu allows the user to access these help topics, help contents, or search the help.

• Contents: Shows the help Contents.

• Index: Shows the help Index.

• Search: Shows the help window and activates the Search tab to allow user to search the help.

• About: Shows the PowerView application information window, which displays the application
version and build number, and Metrel support information.

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8.1. Data Explorer

Data explorer tool window represents the central document management window in PowerView.
As soon as the records have been downloaded, or an existing file has been opened, a new document
window is displayed with a docked Data explorer, showing the document hierarchy.

Figure 8.1. Data explorer, with main components numbered

Figure above displays the Data explorer window (marked with a red rectangle), docked inside a parent
document window. Data explorer is a tool window (see ??? section for general information about tool
windows), which is docked to the left side of the document window by default.

Below the window caption, there is a Grouping drop-down selector ( ) which defines the way
quantities are grouped inside Data explorer tree. Two types of grouping are available:

• grouping by quantity, which groups channels with same quantity types together;

• grouping by phase, which groups channels with same phase number together.

After the grouping selector, there is a Search box , which is used to filter the nodes in the Data
explorer's tree view accordig to a user criteria. Filtering is done instantly, on the fly, as soon as the
user starts typing into the Search box.

The lower, central part of the Data explorer window is the tree view user control , which displays
the document hierachy, and allows to user to change it, add new nodes, copy or move records, and
analyze the data.

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8.1.1. Arranging and grouping data

8.1.1.1. Data explorer context-sensitive menu

Right clicking a node in Data explorer opens a context-sensitive menu, which contains menu items
related to that node.

For example, if a Site node is clicked, this menu can contain an option to add a new location within
that site, which is not meaningful for a Record node. Likewise, a Record node context menu might
contain an option to repair a record, while a Channel node context menu might contain an option to
change the chart display color for that item. All these commands are available from the PowerView
main menu strip, but are duplicated in a context menu for quick, more convenient access.

Context menu shared items

Right clicking a node displays a context menu with node-specific commands. However, some items
are shown for all nodes, so they will be explained here separately.

• Select all items: Selects all channels which are placed within the selected node. If a node is a Site,
then multiple records will be displayed, and each of them will have all their channels selected. If
the selected node was a record, or a group of channels, then only child nodes will be selected. This
command allows you to quickly select multiple items, although displaying a large number of items
in a chart might decrease its readability.

• Deselect all items: Deselects any previously selected channel within the selected node. Allows you
to quickly deselect multiple items under a single node.

• Properties: Shows the Properties tool window, if it was previously closed or hidden. Properties
windows is docked to the right side of the Document window by default, so it can also be focused
without using this command.

Other menu items from the context menu are also displayed in Edit menu and Action menu menus
when the appropriate node is selected, so they will not be explained here again.

8.1.1.2. Arranging the nodes using the menu commands

Using the Clipboard commands (Cut, Copy, Paste), nodes can be arranged similar to the way files and
folders are handled in Windows Explorer. Following sections explain some basic operations that you
can perform using Clipboard.

Duplicating a record ("copy/paste" operation)

To duplicate a record in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a record node to select it. Record nodes are always placed inside a parent Site or Location
node.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Copy command to copy the record node to the Clipboard.

4. Now that the record has been copied, select a site or a location node for the duplicated record. This
can be the same site/location as the copied record, a different site/location node, or even a node
in a completely different record.

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5. Right-click the the target (site or location) node to invoke the context-sensitive menu. Again you
can use the Edit menu.

6. Select Paste to paste a copy of the original record.

Moving a record to a different parent node ("cut/paste" operation)


To move a record in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a record node to select it. Record nodes are always placed inside a parent Site or Location
node.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Cut command to cut the record node to the Clipboard. Node will remain in the original
position, but the record icon will become semitransparent to indicate that the next Paste command
will remove it.

4. Now that the record has been copied, select a new site or a location node for the record.

5. Right-click the the target (site or Location) node to invoke the context-sensitive menu. Again you
can use the Edit menu.

6. Select Paste to paste the original record to its new place.

Duplicating a site node ("copy/paste" operation)


To duplicate a site in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a site node to select it.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Copy command to copy the site node to the Clipboard.

4. Now that the site has been copied, select a new destination for the duplicated site. Since site nodes
don't have parent nodes, you cannot select a record node and paste the site there; you can either
click on an empty area inside Data explorer to deselect all nodes, or click on a site node to paste
the new site node next to the selected one.

5. Right-click inside Data explorer to invoke the context-sensitive menu. Again you can use the Edit
menu.

6. Select Paste to paste a copy of the original site.

Moving a site node ("cut/paste" operation)


To move a site in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a site node to select it.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Cut command to cut the site node to the Clipboard. Node will remain in the original
position, but the site icon will become semitransparent to indicate that the next Paste command
will remove it.

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4. Now that the site has been copied, select a new destination for the site. Since site nodes don't have
parent nodes, you cannot select a record node and move the site there; you can either click on an
empty area inside Data explorer to deselect all nodes, or click on a site node to move the new site
node next to the selected one.

5. Right-click inside Data explorer to invoke the context-sensitive menu. Again you can use the Edit
menu.

6. Select Paste to paste the site to its new place.

Renaming a site or a record node


To rename a node (site/location/record) in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a node to select it.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Rename command.

4. A textbox will be displayed over the node. Use it to change the node's name.

5. When you are finished, press Enter or click outside the textbox to accept changes, or press Esc to
reject the changes and restore the original name.

Deleting a site or a record node


To delete a node (site/record) in Data explorer, you need to do the following:

1. Click on a node to select it.

2. Right click the node to get the context-sensitive menu. Alternatively, click on the Edit menu in
the main menu strip.

3. Click on the Delete command.

8.1.1.3. Arranging the nodes using mouse drag and drop operations

By dragging the nodes (clicking them and moving the mouse with the mouse button pressed), you can
quickly arrange them in the same way you can with the Clipboard (cut/copy/paste) commands.

To move a node:
1. Click on a node to select it.

2. Drag the node to its new location. For record nodes, this can be a parent site/location node. Site
nodes can only be moved to the blank space in a document (they don't have a parent node).

3. After releasing the mouse button, node will be moved to the new location.

To copy (duplicate) a node:


1. Click on a node to select it.

2. While holding the Control (or Ctrl) button, drag the node to its new location. While the Control
button is pressed, a "plus" sign will appear next to the dragged icon to indicate that a copy will
be created.

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3. After releasing the mouse button, node will be copied to the new location. Note that copying a site
also creates a copy of all child nodes (all locations and records within that site).

8.1.1.4. Creating new Sites and Locations

To arrange your records within a document, it is good to assing them to different Site and Location
nodes. Creating a new site/location node is easy.

To create a site node:

1. Click on a blank (white) area inside Data explorer window, so that no node is selected.

2. When no node is selected, you can either right-click on the blank area to display the context-
sensitive menu, or use the Action menu in the main menu strip.

3. Select the Add new site command. New site node (named "Unknown site") is added to the
document.

4. After adding the site, you can use clipboard commands or drag/drop mouse operations to copy or
move your records to the new site node.

To create a location (sub-site) node:

1. Click on a site node where you want to add a new location.

2. Right-click on the node to display the context-sensitive menu, or use the Action menu in the main
menu strip.

3. Select the Add new location within site command. New location node (named "Unknown location")
is added to the selected site node.

Note

If the site previously contained record nodes, they will be moved to a new location node.
In other words, a site node can contain either only record nodes, or only location nodes
which contain record nodes. If a site node contains one or more location nodes, record
nodes can only be moved and copied to location nodes within that record.

8.2. Record Analyzer

8.2.1. Basic operations

8.2.1.1. Displaying records

Figure below shows a sample PowerView file which contains a single site node ("Factory 1") and
two location nodes ("Location 1" and "Location 2"). First location contains 3 trend records, while the
second one contains 2 trend records.

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Figure 8.2. Example of a simple PowerView file


When nodes are expanded as shown on the picture, a record can be opened for display by double-
clicking the record node. This will open the appropriate Record analyzer window (marked with a
red rectangle in the figure below), docked in the central area of the Document window.

Figure 8.3. Double-clicking a record node opens the Record analyzer window
When a Record analyzer is open, a tab with the record's name ("TS-11, Cabinet A1" in this example)
is shown in the Record tab strip ( ). The View tab strip shows currently available views. When

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a trend record is opened for the first time and no channels have been selected, this area will contain
a single Record Information view tab.

Alternatively, Record analyzer can be opened by expanding the record node and checking any of its
leaf nodes (channels), which will also open the appropriate view and focus it immediately.

Figure 8.4. Selecting a channel opens a record, and displays the appropriate view

As seen on the picture above, clicking the checkbox next to the "U1" node not only opens the Record
analyzer, but also adds two new View tabs to the View tab strip area ("Trend Chart" and "Tabular
Data" views).

Double-clicking the next record ("TS-11, Cabinet A2" in this example) will open a new record tab in
the Record tab strip. This time we will select the "I2" channel.

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Figure 8.5. Opening a second record adds a new Record tab to the Record tab
strip area

8.2.1.2. Arranging Record analyzer windows

After the second record has been opened, new Record analyzer is created and displayed in front of the
previous one. Using the advanced docking capabilities of PowerView, it is possible to arrange these
windows side by side, in order to compare them at once.

Using your mouse, it is possible to drag the Record analyzer window outside the central docked area
and dock it to a different part of the Document window. To do that, click on the Record analyzer tab
("TS-11, Cabinat A2" in the picture below), and, while holding your mouse button pressed, drag the
tab in any direction until a blue semitransparent target rectangle is displayed, as shown on the figure
below.

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Figure 8.6. To undock the Record analyzer, or dock it to a different part of the
window, drag the tab using your mouse button

As soon as you start to drag the window, a guide diamond control appears in the middle of the target
window that is closest to your mouse pointer. Guide diamond allows you to quickly dock a window to
one of the four sides of the target window, so that the space previously occupied by the target window
is split in two parts to accomodate the newly docked window.

To split the target window in two parts and dock the Record analyzer, without releasing the mouse
button, move the mouse cursor to one of the arrows on the guide diamond until the semitransparent
target rectangle "snaps" to the corresponding area in the target window.

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Figure 8.7. Using the guide diamond control, windows can be docked to fill one
of four sides of the target window
When you have reached the desired window position, release the mouse button to dock the window
to its place.

Figure 8.8. Record has been docked to the lower half of the window
Using the drag and drop docking capabilities, it is possible to quickly arrange your workspace to
examine more data at once.

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8.3. Analyzing the data

Depending on the selected record type, different views will be available in Record analyzer window.
This section explains how to use these views to make most of your data.

8.3.1. Record Information view

This view is displayed for every record type. It displays the record name, type, description, and
various information related to the record.

Figure 8.9. Appearance of the Record Information view

Note

Using the Record Information view, user can quickly rename the record and add a custom
desription. To do that, simply click the record name or description and start typing. When
you are finished, click anywhere outside the editable area to update the changes. Tree
view will be updated to reflect the changes immediatelly.

8.3.2. Trend Chart view

This view is displayed for Trend records. It shows a graphical trend of the selected channel, in a
chart with several axes or panes.

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Figure 8.10. Appearance of the Trend Chart view


Each quantity is displayed using a different axis, according to the quantity type and unit. By default,
axes are separated into panes, but can be configured to be displayed in a single pane also.

This view also contains a small table showing the actual trend data. Table is synchronized with the
chart so that it highlights the recorded value whenever user pauses the mouse pointer over a data point
in a trend. When mouse pointer is paused over a trend line, a tooltip is also displayed which descripes
and identifies the channel, and contains the actual recorded value and timestamp for that point.

Using copy/paste commands for the Edit menu, it is possible to copy the chart as a Bitmap (in raster
format), or as a Metafile (vector format).

8.3.2.1. Using the Chart efficiently


Charts in PowerView have several helpful features. Getting familiar with them will enable you to use
them more efficiently.

Zoom tool: Using the Zoom toolbar button you can toggle the Zoom/Pan mode. When this mode
is activated, parts of the chart can be Zoomed in and then Panned using your mouse.

• To zoom a part of the chart, make sure that the Zoom/Pan mode is enabled by clicking the Zoom
tool button. Click the chart using your left mouse button, and select a part of the chart. A dashed
rectangle will be displayed as you select the area to indicate the part that will be enlarged. When
you release the button, chart will zoom in on the selected area. You can repeat this action several
times to enlarge the chart even more.

• To pan the chart while it is zoomed in (i.e. to move the visible viewport over the enlarged chart),
press the right mouse button and drag the chart while holding the button. Chart will be moved as
you move the mouse.

• To zoom out one level, click the right mouse button (without dragging the chart). You can zoom
out several times until you have the desired part of the chart visible.

• To zoom out completely, disable the Zoom/Pan mode by clicking the Zoom tool button.

8.3.3. Waveform Scope view


This view is displayed for Waveform snapshots ("Scopes"). It is a graphical Scope chart, and behaves
exactly the same as the Trend Chart view.

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8.3.4. Table view

This view is displayed for all records which contain values recorded over a period of time (Trend
records, Waveform snapshots, EN 50160 compliant records, etc.). It show data in a tabular format,
similar to a spreadsheet application.

Figure 8.11. Appearance of the Table view


By looking at the figure above, you can notice that each channel (U1, U2, etc.) contains three
measurements: Min , Avg and Max , defining minimum, average and maximum values in each
interval, respectively.

As you probably know from the instrument's user manual, during trend recording, for each recorded
time interval, multiple values are be saved - minimum, maximum, average, and other signals -
depending on the actual instrument type and recorder settings. By selecting the desired interval types
in the application toolbar or Action menu, user can filter these measurements in both Table and Trend
Chart views. Both views are updated immediatelly when interval types are filtered. See the ??? for
more information on interval filtering.

Using copy/paste commands, it is possible to quickly copy the table from this data to another
application (like Microsoft Excel). To do that, you can use the Edit menu, or right-click the table and
copy the table data. After you have done that, open Microsoft Excel and select Paste from the Edit
menu to paste the copied values into your spreadsheet.

Note

Values are copied in textual, tab-delimited format, so they can be easily pasted to
numerous applications, not only Microsoft Excel. If you have a specific application
which you would like to use to analyze your data, consult the manual for that application
for supported data formats.

8.3.5. Meter view

This view is displayed for Waveform snapshots ("Scopes"). It contains RMS and other recorded and
calculated values, similar to the Meter view in an instrument.

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Figure 8.12. Appearance of the Meter view


This view shares similar copy/paste functionalities with Table view.

8.3.6. Vector Diagram view

This view is displayed for Waveform snapshots ("Scopes"). It shows two vector diagrams, phase
diagram and symmetry diagram, similar to the screens on your instrument.

Figure 8.13. Appearance of the Meter view


By moving the central vertical slider to the left or right side, you can easily enlarge one of the diagrams
for detailed analysis. Actual calculated values are show below the diagrams.

8.3.7. Voltage Quality view

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This view is displayed for EN 50160 compliant trends, but can be shown for any Trend record for
which a custom EN 50160 criteria is applied. It shows a chart with a bar for each quantity included in
the analysis, normalized to indicate the relative error for the observed number of intervals. When user
pauses the mouse pointer over the bars, a tool-tip is displayed which explains the EN 50160 analysis
results for that quantity.

Figure 8.14. Appearance of the Voltage Quality view

8.3.8. Voltage Events view

This view is displayed for Trend records, if they contain recorded events, or for Voltage events
records (some instruments support separate events recording).

8.3.9. Voltage Alarms view

This view is displayed for Trend records, if they contain recorded alarms.

8.4. Creating an EN 50160 analysis

When you download a record that has been created using EN 50160 configuration, voltage quality
analysis is automatically enabled for that record.

However, you can specify voltage quality criteria for any downloaded Trend record, which will then
be analysed to see if it conforms.

8.4.1. Editing the criteria list

Voltage quality criteria is specified using the Voltage Quality Criteria window. To open the window,
select a Trend record node in Data explorer, and select the Change EN 50160 criteria command from
the Action menu or from the context menu when you right-click the record node.

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Figure 8.15. Voltage Quality Criteria window


Picture above shows the Voltage Quality Criteria window. You can notice that it contains four tabs,
for three groups of criteria.

• Specified percent of intervals - used to add criteria which must be satisfied for a specified percent
of intervals

• 100% of intervals - used to add criteria which must be satisfied for all recorded intervals

• Harmonics - used to add criteria for voltage harmonics.

• Events - used to add criteria for voltage events. This tab also contains the user-defined time threshold
used to differentiate between short and long interruptions. Default threshold is 3 min.

Each row represents a single criteria. To change a parameter in existing criteria, select the row, and
then click the cell containing the parameter. After you are finished with editing, press Enter or click
outside that cell to accept changes.

8.4.2. Adding new criteria rows


Right-clicking a row opens a context menu with options to add a new row, or delete the existing one.

When you are done, click the Ok button to accept changes.

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Chapter 9. Annotations
9.1. Using annotations

In order to emphasize points of interest in the analyzed data, especially when sharing and collaborating,
it is often necessary to add notes and simple graphics to the charts. They can serve as a simple reminder,
or as an indicator for important events during recording when sending your records to other people.

Figure 9.1. Custom Annotations added to a Trend chart


Using PowerView, you can simply add custom annotations (text boxes, arrows, baloons) to the charts,
and save their arrangement together with the data. Annotations can be customized with different fonts,
colors, line types and widths, to allow you to create various effects in your reports. Other views, such
as tables, can also be annotated by marking and naming individual regions.

Apart from that, user can create multiple "snapshots" of annotations and chart arrangement (chart zoom
position, selected channels, etc.), and give each of those snapshots a meaningful name. Snapshots are
also saved along with the original data, so that your clients can easily restore a specifically arranged
view. This chapter describes how to create and edit annotations, and manage multiple snapshots.

9.1.1. Adding annotations to Charts


To add a custom annotation to a chart, make sure that a record is opened and at least one channel is
selected for display. With chart visible, right click on a point you wish to annotate to get the chart
context menu. Click the Add custom annotation menu item, and then click on the actual annotation
type in the submenu to add it.

Selected annotation will be added to your chart, in its default form, as shown on the picture below.

Note

Annotation coordinates are saved relative to the clicked axes quantity. In other words,
whenever a new channel is selected for display, annotation will be automatically moved

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according to the new axis range. For example, if you add an annotation to the U1 channel
pointing at the value of 400V, then deselect channel U1 and select a different channel
U2 which contains much smaller values, your annotation will go out of scope and will
not be visible. Selecting the channel U1 will show the annotation again.

9.1.1.1. Editing annotations

After adding an annotation, you can simple edit it, change its properties, move it, resize it, or delete it.

• Changing annotation text: To change the annotation text (for text boxes and balloons), move the
mouse over the annotation until cursor changes its shape to an I-beam and click the annotation.
After you have finished, click anywhere on the chart to accept changes.

• Moving annotations: To move the annotation to a different location, first select it by clicking the
annotation border. Make sure that sizing grips will be displayed around the edge, indicating that the
annotation is selected. Once selected, you can drag the annotation using the mouse pointer.

• Resizing annotations: To resize the annotation, first select it by clicking the annotation border.
Make sure that sizing grips will be displayed around the edge, indicating that the annotation is
selected. Once selected, click and drag any of the sizing grips (black rectangles at corners and egdes
of the annotation) to set the new size.

• Changing annotation properties: Annotations can have custom fill colors, fonts, line styles,
widths and line colors. To change one of these properties, right-click the annotation's border to open
the annotation context menu. To change a property, select one of the following menu items:

• Fill Color: Changes the fill color of the annotation.

• Line Color: Changes the border color of the annotation.

• Line Width: Changes the border line width.

• Line Style: Changes the border line style (solid, dashed, dotted, etc.).

• Font: Changes the annotation font.

• Deleting annotations: To delete the annotation, first select it by clicking the annotation border.
Make sure that sizing grips will be displayed around the edge, indicating that the annotation is
selected. Once selected, press the Delete key, or right-click the annotation and select Delete from
the context menu.

9.1.2. Adding annotations to Tables


Points of interest in long data tables can be emphasized by using Table annotations. Table annotation
consists of a table range, a name of the annotation, and optionally a color to visually identify
different annotations. When creating reports, each Table annotation is inserted as a separate table, with
annotation name as table caption.

To create a table annotation, switch to the Table view and select a range of cells that is of interest to
you. Right click the range to show the context menu, and select the Add annotation menu item.

To delete an existion annotation, right-click the annotation and select Delete annotation from the
context menu.

9.2. Using View snapshots

With many recorded channels and custom annotations added to the chart, it is convenient to have a
way of organizing these annotations somehow. To organize the annotations, user can create multiple
"snapshots" of annotations and chart arrangement (chart zoom position, selected channels, etc.), and

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give each of those snapshots a meaningful name. These snapshots are called "View snapshots" in
PowerView and are saved as meta-data together with the actual records.

Organizing snaphots in this way allows easier collaboration and sharing of data, and helps you easiliy
emphasize points of interest.

Adding a View snapshot is easy. To add a snapshot, you only need to have a record open with at least
one channel selected for display, and click the Create snapshot menu item in the Action menu. This
will create a View snapshot describing the state of the currently open views and selected channels.
Likewise, if a chart contains annotations, their properties (position, appearance) will be also saved in
a View snapshot.

After a snapshot is created, new View snapshot node will be added to the currently selected record.
It will be automatically selected as the currently active snapshot, and the name of the snapshot will
appear bold in the Data explorer.

When a snapshot is selected, any changes to the Chart (selecting/deselecting channels, adding,
removing or formatting annotations etc.) are immediatelly reflected in the snapshot. This means that
you can easily edit any View snapshot that has been selected.

Operations related to View snapshots are straightforward:

• Adding new snapshots: To add a new snapshot, simply click the Create snapshot menu item in the
Action menu. You can do this as many times you want.

• Switching between snapshots: To select a snapshot for display (or editing), double click the
snapshot node in the Data explorer window.

• Editing snapshots: To edit a snapshot, double click the snapshot node in the Data explorer window
to select it, and then make the necessary changes. All changes are automatically reflected in the
snapshot.

• Deleting snapshots: To deleta a snapshot, select the snapshot node in the Data explorer window
and press the Delete key. You can alternatively use the Delete menu item in the Edit menu or the
context menu.

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Chapter 10. Printing record data
10.1. Printing recorded data

Recorded data can easily be printed using PowerView. Before printing, you can open and customize all
the views for the analyzed record in the way that you want them to be printed. For example, you might
want to select several channels of interest and zoom in on a part of the chart to have it printed that way.

When you have adjusted the views, open the Print dialog in the Action menu menu.

Figure 10.1. Print document dialog


The print dialog, as seen in the figure above, shows a list of views that are available for printing, for
the currently selected record. All views that are currently open in PowerView will be displayed here.
By checking or unchecking each of the items, you can define which views will be included in the
printed document.

After you have selected the views, you can change the page setup, open a preview window to see the
appearance of the document, or actually print the document.

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Chapter 11. Reports
11.1. Reporting tools in PowerView

PowerView contains tools for creating and editing rich report documents. Reports can be created
automatically from the selected views and view snapshots, by inserting specific views and data, or by
inserting and editing third party text and images.

Once created from an initial set of data, reports can be further edited directly in PowerView, without
the need for an external word processing application (such as Microsoft Word), and saved to the
widespread Rich Text format (RTF) for interoperability with other applications.

11.2. Creating your first Report


To create a Report, open a record in PowerView and, while it is active, click the Create report menu
item in the Action menu. Depending on the amount of selected data, it may take a couple of seconds
before the report is generated, after which a new tab will be displayed in the Record Analyzer, as
shown in the picture.

Figure 11.1. Custom Annotations added to a Trend chart

11.3. Creating Reports from View snapshots


View snapshots are a convenient way to organize multiple views of your data and save these
configurations together with the data. When you have multiple View snapshots, it is easy to quickly
create a Report for each of the snapshots.

To do that, simply right-click the View snapshot node in the tree and select the Create Report from
Snapshot menu item. New report tab will be added to the Record analyzer.

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11.4. Editing Reports


11.4.1. Editing text and other content
After a report is created, it is displayed in a simple to use Report editor, similar to MS WordPad. To
edit the contents of the Report document, simply select the Report tab and click inside the report. Using
the Report editor toolbar, you can simply format your text as you would do it in any other text editor.

11.4.2. Adding individual Views to an existing Report


To add a different view to your report, or to insert a specific Chart, you can easily switch to the desired
view and use the context menu to add more content. For example, you may just have created a report
from a View snapshot, edited some text, and then realized you have to insert an additional Chart. To
add contents of a single view to the Report, select that View's tab (Trend chart, in this example), and
right click it to open the context menu. Then select the Add to existing report menu item and select
the actual report you want to insert into. Alternatively, you can use the Action menu to execute the
same command.

11.4.3. Copying data between Reports


Report editor support common clipboard (cut/copy/paste) operations between other Reports and other
applications. You can easily copy portions of formatted text with images and paste it inside your
Report.

Since Reports use the Rich Text Format to save formatting, Report documents can be easily opened
and edited in other word processing applications, such as MS WordPad or MS Office Word.

11.4.4. Saving and Printing Reports


Reports are saved separately from the data files. This means that, by saving the changes done to your
Records (copying, moving, deleting records, or adding custom annotations), you don't save the Report
documents as well. Each report has to be saved manually, to a separate Rich Text Format (RTF) file.

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Chapter 12. Online analysis
12.1. Online view

Using PowerView, it is possible to connect to the instrument while it is measuring, and examine
the data online. As usual, Data Explorer tool window is shown, which allows selection of individual
channels. When selected, data is displayed using same views as Waveform snapshot records.

Note

Some instruments do not support this feature. In that cases, a message box will be
displayed to notify you that online connection is not supported.

12.1.1. Using the online view


To use the online view, first ensure that connection settings are setup correctly. Help on configuring
the connection settings can be found in Downloading records from instrument to PC tutorial.

If connection settings are correct and instrument is connected to your PC, click the Online view toolbar
button to open the Online window. A new document window will be opened, as shown on the picture
below.

Figure 12.1. Online window, with several channels selected


The picture above shows an online window, with several channels selected. While online view is
active, data is automatically updated while you are working. Updating speed will depend on you
connection speed, and each new update is initiated as soon as the previous one has been downloaded,
to ensure fastest possible refresh rate. While the data is refreshed, the Online view button is displayed
in green, to indicate that the connection is active.

Depending on your connection speed, it may take a couple of seconds until the instrument is detected
and first online scope is downloaded. All tree nodes will be completely expanded when the record is

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first shown, to enable easier channel selection. You may also notice that the downloaded record node
will not be located within a site node, like in other records, but rather placed in a special instrument
node. However, this record can be saved as any other, which will place the record in a default unnamed
site for you to rename when the record is opened next time.

To close the online view, click the Online view toolbar button again, or close the online window.

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Chapter 13. Exporting data
13.1. Available export options

In order to open and analyze downloaded data in other applications, PowerView supports several
common export file formats:

• Excel (.xls) format: can be opened in Microsoft Excel versions XP or newer. Underlying format
is textual (xml) excel data, which can be also opened in a text editor such as Notepad. This type of
export is convenient because it places data from different views into different excel worksheets.

To avoid having Microsoft Excel installed as a condition, xml excel format is used, which produces
larger files than binary xls format. It is therefore recommended to save the file into the binary xls
format after it has been opened in Excel for the first time, or compress the file if you intend to send
it over e-mail.

• Comma-separated values (.csv) format: values are written into a textual file one by one, separated
using a comma (or a different list separator, depending on your regional settings). Since this format
doesn't support multiple sheets, each table is saved into a separate file. Comma-separated files can
be imported to Excel as easily, and are smaller than xls files produced by PowerView.

• Tab-delimited values (.txt) format: data is saved in a textual file and separated using the TAB
character. This type of file can be opened in most applications such as Word and Excel. This format
is also used in PowerView when you use Copy/Paste to transfer the data to other applications.

13.2. Exporting data to other applications


To export the data, first select the record node in the Data Explorer window, and then select the Export
menu item from the File menu. Export task dialog will be displayed, as shown on the figure below:

Figure 13.1. Export task dialog, showing available export options


To export the data, click on one of the export types. You will be asked to specify the target file name
which will contain the exported data.

Note

Some export formats (csv, for example), create multiple files during export, in
order to save all available data. In these cases, depending on the file name
specified, destination files will be modified to include each views name. For

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example, if you chose "MyFile.csv" as the target file, PowerView will create
files "MyFile.RecordInformation.csv", "MyFile.Table.csv", "MyFile.Events.csv", etc.,
depending on available data.

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Chapter 14. Repairing record data
14.1. Repairing record data

In some situations, you might download a record from your instrument and realize that some of the
settings were not correct. To assist in these situations, PowerView includes Record Repairing tools.

To open the Record Repairing tools window, simply select a record node in the Data explorer tool
window, and click the Repair record data menu item in the toolbar or Action menu. Record Repairing
tools will open, displaying currently available tools.

Figure 14.1. Record Repairing tools window


Record Repairing tools window allows you to select one of the following tools:

• Modify recorded date and time: allows you to modify the recorded date and time, in case the
instrument clock was not configured correctly.

• Modify signal scale factors: allows you to rescale the input signals, in case that some measurement
settings were configured wrong.

14.1.1. Modifying recorded date and time


If you selected the Modify recorded date and time tool, Time shifting window will open.

Figure 14.2. Time shifting window

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Using this window, it is possible to change the record's start and stop time. To set the new time, you
can either by enter it in the New start time: or New stop time: text boxes, or you can enter the offset.
Whenever you change one of the input boxes, other will update automatically to reflect the new time.

Click the Apply or Ok button to accept the changes, or the Cancel to cancel them.

14.1.2. Modifying signal scale factors


If you selected the Modify signal scale factors tool, Signal rescaling window will open.

Figure 14.3. Signal rescaling window


Using this window, it is possible to rescale input signals, by specifying the scale factors for each
instrument channel.

For example, if the recorded values are 2 times smaller then they should be, you should enter 2.0 to
rescale them. If they are 2 times larger than they should be, you should enter 0.5.

By changing voltage or current channels' ratios, all dependent signals will also be rescaled. For
example, if you entered 5 for voltage channels, and 3 for current channels, all power channels (P, Q
and S) will also be rescaled by 15.

Note

By unchecking the "Use same ratio for all channels" tick mark, you can change each
of the channels separately, but in that case some calculated signals will no longer show
their correct values (since the record contains average values over a interval in time, it
is impossible to calculate exact values for some quantities which depend of two or more
phases in that case).

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Chapter 15. Updating application and
firmware
15.1. Updating application and instrument's firmware

PowerView can check for new versions of the application and download updates from the Internet if
necessary. This allows you to get the latest performance and stability improvements, as well as stay
up-to-date with trends and standards in power quality analysis. On a less frequent occasion, there may
also be a firmware update available online. Firmware updating requires connecting to your instrument
using a dedicated tool (a "Flash programmer") and sending the updated firmware to the instrument.
Firmware updates are released to improve your instrument's performance and stability, or to add a
new feature.

15.1.1. Checking for application updates

To check if there is an available application update on the Internet, click the Check for PowerView
updates menu item in the Help menu. This will open the Metrel Updater utility.

Figure 15.1. Metrel Updater utility connecting to Metrel server

Note

To start Metrel Updater, you will need administrator rights. If you are using Windows
Vista or Windows 7, Windows User Account Control (UAC) might block this operation
and ask the administrator to confirm it. If you are the adminstrator, simply click Allow
to continue with the update.

Metrel Updater will then connect to the Internet to check if there is an updated version of PowerView.
If you have a valid internet connection, a message will be displayed indicating whether you need to
make an update or not. If you don't need to make an update, you can still choose to download the
complete installation to your PC, to have it saved for later.

Figure 15.2. Metrel Updater while downloading data


Once the update has been downloaded, PowerView will close and new version of PowerView will
be installed.

15.1.2. Checking for firmware updates

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To check for instrument firmware updates, it's first necessary to connect the instrument to the PC.
Since not all versions of instruments are compatible, it is important to know the exact version of the
instrument in order to detect and download the proper firmware. Programming your instrument with
a wrong firmware version might make it inoperable.

The procedure for downloading the correct firmware and programming the instrument is divided into
several steps. No changes are done to your instrument until the last part of the procedure, after the
actual firmware is downloaded and Flash programmer utility is started.

Note

Important! Before updating the firmware, it is necessary to remove the batteries from
your instrument and connect it to a power source. After that, connect the instrument to
the PC.

Next, open the Help menu in PowerView and click the Check for Firmware updates menu item.
Metrel Version Checker window will appear, allowing you to adjust instrument connection parameters
before connecting. Make sure that the instrument is connected to a power source and powered on,
with batteries removed as desribed earlier. Click Start to connect to the instrument and download the
instrument information. No changes will be done to the instrument at this time.

Figure 15.3. Metrel Version Checker utility

After the instrument information has been read, Metrel Updater will immediately try to connect to
the Metrel website in order to check the latest firmware version compatible with your instrument's
hardware. If there is an updated version, you will be prompted to download it. If it seems like you
don't need to make an update, you can still choose to download the firmware files to your PC.

Figure 15.4. Metrel Updater while downloading firmware

Once the update has been downloaded, Flash programmer utility will be started. This utility makes
actual changes to the instrument by sending the firmware data to the instrument.

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Figure 15.5. Flash programmer

Note

Upgrading the instrument's firmware will delete all records from your instrument. Make
sure you download all important data from your instrument before continuing with next
step.

Check if the connection settings are valid, and press Start to begin programming. Your instrument's
screen will go blank, and it may flash a several times during programming. When the programming
has finished, message will be shown and your instrument will reboot.

15.1.3. Troubleshooting
15.1.3.1. Connection problems

If you experience connection problems, check that your Internet connection is functioning properly.
You can, for example, try opening a web page using your web browser. If you are using a proxy, check
that the proxy settings are configured correctly in the Settings window.

15.1.3.2. Instrument won't turn on

In case of a problem during firmware upgrade (faulty connection, loss of power supply) it is possible
that the firmware upgrade doesn't finish successfully. If the instrument is connected to a power source
ans cannot be started after programming, use Flash programmer to program it one more time. To do
that, simply press the Start button without closing the Flash programmer.

If you have closed the Flash programmer utility, it can also be started as a separate program
(it is located in the same folder as Metrel PowerView installation (typically the Program
files\Metrel\PowerView folder on your system drive). To start the Flash programmer in
Advanced mode, which will allow you to manually choose the firmware file for upgrade, start it from
the command prompt with the parameters:

Metrel.PowerView.Flash.exe -mode:Expert

To enable detailed logging, use the --debug option:

Metrel.PowerView.Flash.exe -mode:Expert --debug

If you still have difficulties, contact us at <metrel@metrel.si>. By examining the Flash


programmer log file, we will be able to troubleshoot the problem.

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Chapter 16. Troubleshooting
16.1. Introduction to troubleshooting

This chapter contains information that might be helpful if you encounter problems while working with
PowerView. If you don't find the help necessary to troubleshoot your problems, you can contact us
directly. Check the Online support information for information on how to reach us.

Your remarks will help us improve our product and update the manuals with the necessary information.

16.2. Quick guide to instrument connection configuration


In order to download your data to your computer, it is necessary to make sure that instrument settings
match the settings in PowerView. If you are reading this section, it is presumed that you already know
how to change the PowerView connection settings and start the download procedure. If not, please
check Downloading records from instrument to PC before continuing.

Following text contains hints on where to find the configuration settings in the intrument menu. It is
general information, but you might find it useful for troubleshooting.

Note

This text should be used only as a reference - for detailed help, consult the actual
instrument's manual. Also note that the instrument used in this text may also be different
from the instrument you are using, since it is used only to quickly demonstrate the general
principles.

• Make sure that your instrument is powered on, and navigate to the main menu.

• While in main menu, select SETUP and press the Enter key to enter the Setup screen.

• Navigate to the COMMUNICATION menu item and press Enter to enter the Communication
screen.

• Make sure that all parameters (type of communication, baud rate) in this screen match the settings
in PowerView settings window.

• When finished, exit the Communication screen and select Yes when prompted to apply the settings.

16.3. Connection troubleshooting


If instrument settings are configured correctly, and the communication still does not work, there is
should check the following:

• Make sure that the cable is not broken and that the connectors are inserted properly. If you have
another device which can be connected using the same cable, consider testing the cable using that
device to make sure that it works.

• Make sure that you close all other applications that might be using the port. You can also try
restarting Windows to make sure that all such applications are closed.

• If none of this helps, there might be a problem with the device driver for the port you are using.
Depending on the version of Windows you are using, you might have to use the Device Manager
in Windows Control Panel to reinstall your drivers.

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Chapter 17. Online support
information
17.1. How to get support?

17.1.1. Contact us directly

Metrel d.d. Slovenia


Ljubljanska cesta 77>
Horjul, SI-1354 Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 7558 200
Fax: +386 1 7549 226
E-mail: <metrel@metrel.si>

Web site: www.metrel.si [http://www.metrel.si/]

17.1.2. Use the online contact form


You can also contact us using our online contact form [http://www.metrel.si/company/contacts.html].
That web page also contains a map describing the route to our Company's headquarters.

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EULA
Index End-User Licence Agreement, 5

A M
Action menu, 21 Meter view, 35
analyzing records, 27
annotations O
GUI, 39 Online view, 45
application description, 1 opening records, 27
application update, 51
arranging windows P
docking printing records
content windows, 30 reports, 42

B R
backup file record analyzer
revert file changes, 9 analyzing, 33
Record Information view, 33
C repairing records
changes rescuing data, 49
What is new, 3 reporting
Clipboard rich text
node cut/copy/paste/delete/rename, 24 exporting to word, 43
content windows, 15
context menu, shared, 24 S
searching
D filtering, 23
Data explorer, 23 support
data organization online support
data explorer, 11 Metrel, 55
downloading data, 7 System requirements, 6

E T
EN 50160 Table view
voltage quality, 37 tabular data, 35
Export tool windows, 14
excel, 47 Tools menu, 22
Trend Chart view, 33
F troubleshooting, 7, 54
File menu, 17, 18
firmware update, 51 U
update
G automatic updates, 51
getting started, 7 user interface
grouping GUI, 13
channels grouping, 23
V
H Vector Diagram view, 36
Help menu, 22 View menu, 18
View snapshots
I annotations, 40
installation views, 33
setup, 6 Voltage Quality view, 36

L W
licence welcome

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Index

Quick links, vii


window management
window types, 14

Z
zoom
pan, 34

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