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Thermal Trending Step by Step

Step 1:Select Function

Select Trending Function

Step 4:Selection Step 1

trend select 1

Step 7:The Trend Plot

Trend Plot

Step 2:Select Thermal DB

Select Thermal DB for Trend

Step 5:Selection Step 2

Trend Select 2

Step 3:Initialize Database

Init Trend DB

Step 6:Plot Options

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Step 1:Select Function from Main Toolbar

Select Trending Function

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From the main toolbar, hit the ďLong Term TrendingĒ button.  This can be done whenever the button is enabled. If the button isnít enabled, it will appear grayed out.

Step 2:Select your Thermal Database

Select Thermal DB for Trend

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Next step, select your Thermal Database. The Thermal Database is special type of EXCEL file that has been built by the Thermal Analysis Database Utilities.

The selection window will show you every EXCEL file in a given directory. If you choose one that isnít a valid Thermal Database, an error message is ask to you find another one.

Step 3: Initialize the Database

Init Trend DB

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Step 4:Select the Category

The database will now initialize, which means that the program is reading the values and trying to figure out what data is stored there. Once it does that, it calculates dailey values for each category.

Depending on the size of your database, this could take a few minutes.  Donít give up!

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The category is a general group of equipment, just select which group that you think your value will appear in.

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Step 5:Select the Value

Trend Select 2

Now Select your value. If you donít see what you want, go back and select a different category.

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Step 6:Plot Options

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trend options

You may now choose a couple of settings for your plot. Data styles refers to if the maximum or average values for each day are plotted.  e.g. If the max values are plotted for a hoist motor, then you will see the maximum temperature the motor reached for that day. If average is plotted, then the average.

Plot Span refers to the chart window.  In all cases, the entire Database time span is plotted. Everything may be acessed by moving the plot window back and forth.  However your data view will be determined by plot span setting.  Use 1 month for maximum resolution and 1 year for the best long term picture.

The plot options can be changed at any time, even when there is an active plot.  After you change the settings, just hit the plot button.

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Step 7:The Plot

Trend Plot

A long term trend is shown above using a 6 month window. The Title show the value you selected and the Maximum Value means that was the option selected.  It would save Average Values if that option was selected.

All Temperature values are in degrees Celcius, the scale is on the lefthand side of the chart. Note: that the scales changes with the data to give the best view, so please look at your scales.

The viewing window may be adjusted by grabbing and dragging the time scale on the bottom of the chart.

The chart may be printed, saved to a file, or put on the clipboard (for pasting to another program) by using the toolbar buttons directly above the chart.

You may change the values plotted by repeating the selection or options process at any time.

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