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Institute Mihailo Pupin
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Automation & Control Systems Ltd
The Automation & Control Systems Ltd is the core division of the Institute Mihailo Pupin, and the owner of the projects: ATLAS Systems and ATLAS-MAX.

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ATLAS-MAX Setup & Configuration


ATLAS-MAX system operation is determined by its configuration database.  The initial configuration data are set to “factory default” values, which could be overwritten automatically (“plug-and-play” compliant) during the first system start-up, or manually in the SETUP mode.  Practically, it means that during a regular system operation, between two SETUP modes, the configuration database remains unchanged saved in non-volatile system memory.

An overview of assumed configuration updates (meaning plug-and-play or manual changes) includes:

Setup List


To illustrate better the ATLAS-PT SETUP procedure, few setup details follow.  Upon a successful user/operator’s login and by selecting the terminal setup mode of operation, the Setup Menu appears:

Setup Menu

The Setup Menu offers following configuration choices (from left to right): RTU Parameters, Communication Parameters, Digital Inputs, Digital Programmed Inputs, Analogue Inputs, Counter Inputs, Controls /Digital Outputs, Master/Slave and Process Interface Racks.

For example, the basic process interface setup means to specify active PI racks and modules.  Essentially, this setup procedure is based on the built-in “plug and play” characteristics of ATLAS modules, and technically happens automatically.  However, an automatic rack configuration is allowed only the first time upon the system installation, or on a special request.  Later PI racks handlings are manual and always monitored by the user/operator.  For that purpose, a special program tool named Rack Configurator was developed.

Rack Configurator

Rack Configurator allows manual configuration changes and additions, enabling/disabling of plugged modules, disabling of bad modules and implementation of non-standard specific module.  It manages up to five 14-slots PI racks displayed in five columns named ATP1 – ATP5.  A pop-down menu with a list of module options is assigned to each slot field.

Most of the configuration job is related to the process interface – each individual PI input and output is a subject of some kind of setup.  The following example addresses analogue input data setup.

AI Setup Menu

Analogue input data are identified by their sequential numbers.  For each listed analogue input, whenever applicable, the following parameters (displayed in subsequent columns from left to right) could be specified: analogue input type, range, filtering, thermocouple type, transfer criteria, AD conversion type, bottom and top offset, amplification rate and data transfer enable flag.

For controls (this example addresses two-steps controls) the setup procedure consists of three major parts: identification, authorization and timing.

CO2 Setup Menu

The pop-down menu offers a selection of the control type among (up to down): direct controls, single-step and two-steps controls, AGC controls and analogue outputs.  Control outputs are listed in the first column, identified by the sequence numbers.  Other column fields specify authorization parameters (up to three remote control centers, and local PLC control), control time parameters and data transfer enable flag.