LIMS Output

The following information applies to the : CAL3K-AP , CAL3K-A, CAL3K-U, CAL3K-F.


The LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) output must be enabled on the D1 port via the PORT DEFINITION.

The data port D1 has the following specification: RS232, 8 bit, no parity, 1.2 to 115.2Kb

The following items must be set to affect a LIMS output :

A) Set the RS232 port D1 baud speed to match the receiving (Printer or PC) speed. If a "wireless bridge" is used then the output MUST be 115.2KB.

B) Enable one of the four output formats in the "Port Definition" :

D1 LIMS Form F Full output, not printer friendly
D1 LIMS Form X Short output, printer friendly
D1 LIMS Form Y Short output, printer friendly
D1 LIMS Form Z Long output, incl. Temperature Rise data, not printer friendly

Note : The output formats may change with time. The output formats can be tested by looking at the "HEADER". This is text (ASCII) output describing each data point. See below.

TESTING LIMS

The LIMS support output can be tested from the PC and the USB port. Locate the ADMIN section and locate the fields:

  • LIMS HEADER OUTPUT
  • LIMS SIMULATED DATA OUTPUT

Both items, when activated, and when a LIMS port is enabled, will output a Comma Separated Variable (.csv) string on the selected port.

The following header will not be transferred during ACTUAL DATA TRANSFER!

Date ;Time ;Status ;Group ID ;Sample ID ;Result ;Mass ;Version ;Vessel ;Cal.Date ;Cal.Num ;Cal.Temp ;FireTemp ;Sulphur Correct ;Cotton Correct ;Spike value ;Spike Mass ;PressDiff ;3.0 Rise ;

The following data are SIMULATED. Real data will follow the same format!

15/05/11;08:03:17;4;SIMULATION GID;SIMULATED SMPLID; 25.555500; 0.666600;;3KAP;00/00/00;;;; 0.111111; 0.222222;;;1.11; 3.000006;

The data sequence is an arbitrary choice. It may change!

For details on the D1 LIMS output consult the factory.

Note : The D1 port is also used for :

  • REAL TIME PRINTING
  • STATISTICAL OUTPUT

LIMS DETAILS

The LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is a global term describing that you need to collect all the data and manage, correlate, reject and compute the results. Whoa! A more practical approach is that you need to connect the calorimeter to a computer and get the data in to computer with a minimum of fuzz.

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PORTS

The operations of the RS232 ports #1 and #2 can be restricted via the USB port. In addition the PORT D1 can be assigned to printing or LIMS output only. The DATA# 1, 2 ports are meant to be connected to REMOTE devices. The restrictions apply to the ‘operational powers’ of these ports. A good example is the ability to RESET the CAL3K: If the unit is reset from a remote device during the main period then the determination is aborted and the result is lost.

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SYSTEM CONNECTIONS

This overwhelming area of ports is required to connect to the real world. The USB port has unrestricted access (with password!) to the CAL3K and it can restrict the other RS232 ports functionality. The two RS232 ports are functionally the same. Both can be used with the PC software if your PC has a RS232 port. Most PCs don't have RS232 ports and for this reason both ports can connect to a BLUETOOTH bridge which requires a USB (virtual) port on the PC.

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