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LibraCELL Update File V3.23

14/03/2017

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LibraCELL Update File V3.23

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Elevation 1+ Firmware V6.18

07/11/2016

Firmware for the Elevation 1+. For information on how to upload new firmware to an Elevation 1+ please see document within ZIP file

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KInesys Personalities

04/07/2016

Kinesys personality file, this will overwrite the personalities installed with either K2 V1.3.x or Vector and upgrade them to the latest versions.

This installer will display a warning message if an attempt is made to install an earlier version of personalities over a later version.

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KInesys Personalities

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Vector 2.1.0.54 Installer

17/05/2016

If you are the owner of a Vector license or licenses then please make sure that all your systems are upgraded to this new version.

If you are an operator of Vector systems then please ensure that any system you are working with has been upgraded to this version. You can see the version number by going to the Help menu and then clicking on About.

This is a free upgrade for all existing Vector users.

If you are using Elevation 1+ units we recommend also upgrading to the latest version of firmware released, which is available here.

Licensing

Once Vector is installed on your machine you have 3 days to license it , when that period is over you will not be able to use Vector until it has been licensed. 
There are 2 types of license available.

Demo - Free


To obtain a demo Vector license you can use the link presented in the Vector Licensing Window, which will auto generate an email with the correct details in.
Alternatively you can email unlockcode@kinesys.co.uk
, please include the unlock code presented in the Vector Licensing Window.

The key you are given to unlock Vector is only valid for the machine that the unlock code was generated from. It is not possible to use the same Vector license key on multiple machines. To do this you will need to obtain multiple licenses.



Full – Paid For
To obtain a full Vector license please contact your nearest Kinesys distributor.

 

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Vector 2.1.0.54 Installer

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LibraPRO v2.22 update

23/06/2015

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LibraPRO v2.22 update

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Kinesys Media Server Packet Format

13/05/2015

Information on using K2 and Vector with media servers

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Kinesys Media Server Packet Format

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LibraWATCH Installer v4.0.4

25/06/2014

Now featuring a standalone installer for Windows machines.

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LibraWATCH Installer v4.0.4

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LibraSYSTEM What’s New

26/09/2013

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LibraSYSTEM What’s New

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LibraVIEW 1.6 Installer

02/04/2013

The latest version of LibraVIEW, designed to work with a LibraBASIC or LibraPRO.

This update adds two new fields in the Cell Setup window, Tare and Load Factor.

Tare
Tare enables a tare value to be set on a cell by cell basis. By default set to 0.

Load Factor
Load Factor will multiply the weight from the cell by the load factor entered. This may be useful if you are using double reeved motors. By dafault set to 1.

            The LibraSYSTEM manual has also been updated to v1.05 to reflect these changes and can be downloaded here.

 

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LibraVIEW 1.6 Installer

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Vector How to find the log files

21/03/2013

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Vector How to find the log files

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DigiHoist System Diagram

17/09/2012

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DigiHoist System Diagram

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K2 Integration with Coolux Pandoras Box

21/08/2012

Coolux have included K2 integration in their Pandoras Box media server via their Widget Designer software.

You must use Coolux Widget designer V4.0 Rev 382 or later, and K2 V1.2.219 or later. You must also select Mode 2 as shown in the screen shot below.

You can now select Kinesys as an input node which allows K2 construct position and speed data to be used for logic programming.

Kinesys Widget Designer Image

For more information on Pandoras Box or to for technical information relating to using the Kinesys input node please contact Coolux.

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K2 Integration with Capture visualisation software

21/08/2012

Capture are the latest company to integrate K2 with their software. This integration requires version 1.2.219 of K2 and Capture Polar 2.8. Capture have produced a video which explains how to configure K2 and Capture Polar to communicate via the multicast positional information sent out via K2.

For more information and any technical support on Capture please go here.

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K2 Integration with Martin P3 System Controller

21/08/2012

Our K2 software can now integrate with the Martin P3 video processor via the multicast positional information sent out via K2. In order for this integration to work you will need version 1.2.219 or above of K2 and version 2.1.0 of the P3 System Controller. Using these two systems together enables mapping (position and rotation) of video onto panels that can be tracked in real-time, without user-intervention or programming.

Martin have written up a very comprehensive guide on their web site covering setting up the P3 and K2 which can be viewed here.

Any questions relating to the setup or operation of Martin software or equipment should be directed to Martin support.

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Using Socapex Multicore Cables for Hoist Control

22/03/2012

An explanation on why Kinesys do not produce hoist controllers using a single Socapex† connector for combined power and control.

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Using Socapex Multicore Cables for Hoist Control

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K2 Keyboard Shortcuts

01/03/2012

K2 has built in keyboard shortcuts to speed up operation, allowing anything from saving a show to programming a cue to be operated from the keyboard.

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K2 Keyboard Shortcuts

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K2 Console/Wing Layout

28/02/2012

This document outlines the layout of the buttons and indicators on the K2 Console and Wing

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K2 Console/Wing Layout

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An Elevation 1+ shows the error ENC2

22/07/2011

Enc2 Image

The ENC 2 error means that the Elevation 1+ is receiving encoder pulses in the wrong order.

This could be due to:

  • The encoder being wired incorreclly.
  • The encoder has developed a fault.
  • There is a fault in the Harting connector or it is wired incorrectly.

 

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Emergency Stop System Diagram

16/06/2011

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Emergency Stop System Diagram

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EVO System Diagram

16/06/2011

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EVO System Diagram

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Smart 8 System Diagram

16/06/2011

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Smart 8 System Diagram

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Elevation 1+ System Diagram

16/06/2011

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Elevation 1+ System Diagram

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Linking Array Mini PD-ES units with different E-Stop connectors

07/04/2011

Array Mini PD-ES units come with either a 9pin or a 22pin emergency stop connector. When using multiple units that have different connectors, an adapter cable needs to be used to link them together.

We offer two adapter cables to resolve this issue:

STP-00-0130  22 pin Socapex Female - 9 Pin Female

STP-00-0140  22 pin Socapex Male - 9 Pin Female

For further information on these cables or to order one please contact your nearest Kinesys distributor.

When using multiple Array Mini PD-ES units, each one needs a unique IP address. This is set via dip switches on the unit, information on how to do this is here.

 

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Axis Explained

26/01/2011

A pdf explaining the X, Y, Z, Pitch, Tilt and Rotate axes used in K2.

 

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Axis Explained

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Setting The IP Address For A Transform 485

07/12/2010

If you are using multiple Transform 485 (or any Kinesys product with a Transform 485 in it) units in a system they each need a unique IP address, this is set via the dip switches on the rear of the unit.
This pdf document explains how to do this and recommended IP address ranges for Kinesys products.

 

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Setting The IP Address For A Transform 485

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Setting The IP Address for a Mini Array PD-ES

07/12/2010

If you are using multiple Array or Mini Array PD-ES units in a system they each need a unique IP address, this is set via the dip switches on the rear of the unit.
This pdf document explains how to do this and recommended IP address ranges for Kinesys products.

 

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Setting The IP Address for a Mini Array PD-ES

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Setting The IP Address for an Array PD-ES

07/12/2010

If you are using multiple Array or Mini Array PD-ES units in a system they each need a unique IP address, this is set via the dip switches on the rear of the unit.
This pdf document explains how to do this and recommended IP address ranges for Kinesys products.

 

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Setting The IP Address for an Array PD-ES

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Elevation 1+  Motion Parameters

03/12/2010

Elevation 1+ units contain a set of 7 motion parameters, these parameters help to define the movement charastics of the attached motor.

NOTE: Only adjust these parameters if you are confident of your abilities to tune the system. The Elevation 1+ is supplied with a default set of parameters which are designed to work in the vast majority of situations and environments. When tuning the drive be sure that the device and load are free and safe to move and that there is physical room to allow for unexpected movement and behaviour.

The 7 parameters are:

1. Proportional Gain (Default 25000)

The proportional gain in the system creates an output that is proportional to the position following error (the difference between its current location and its ideal location). This gain is not affected by speed and ramps and provides the majority of the feedback require to keep the system working correctly.

2. Integral Gain (Default 1500)

The integral gain creates an output that is proportional to the sum of the errors that have occurred during the system operation. Its effect is to reduce small steady-state position errors. Integral gain has most effect in ensuring that the desired speed is followed as accurately as possible and therefore applies most during the cruise phase of a move profile.

3. Derivative Gain (Default 00250)

The derivative gain is a function of the measured velocity and improves the high frequency closed loop response. Derivative gain is the most volatile of the three settings. Its effect is most pronounced during the acceleration and deceleration phases of a move profile. An incorrect value for this setting can lead to instability during movement and potentially erratic behaviour.

4. Min Drive Speed (Default 50)

The minimum raw speed value that can be sent to the drive. This value is measured in units of 0.02Hz. Used to set the minimum drive speed required to obtain movement. This value is used with the max speed output parameter to limit the range of the PID loop. The Elevation 1+ Firmware only uses the lower 16 bits as an unsigned integer.

5. Max Drive Speed (Default 5000)

The maximum raw speed value that can be sent to the drive. This value is measured in units of 0.02Hz. Used to set the maximum drive speed that may be permitted. This value is used with the min speed output parameter to limit the range of the PID loop. The Elevation 1+ Firmware only uses the lower 16 bits as an unsigned integer.

6. Pos Trip Difference (Default 300)

The PID servo control generates the correct move profile in software which the PID loop attempts to follow as closely as possible. Should the position leading or following error distance exceed this setting an over speed or under speed error will be generated and the move stopped. Firmware only uses the lower 16 bits as an unsigned integer.

7. Brake Delay (Default 0)

If for any reason an Elevation 1+ looses it's motion parameters or you wish to check to ensure an Elevation 1+ unit has the correct set of motion parameters, this can be done from the Channel Setup window in Vector. Under the Motion Parameters heading select each motion parameter from the drop down and the value will appear. Changing any of these values from the default (set by the motor personality) can cause unexpected behaviour by the motor and should not be done without prior consultation with Kinesys.

Lost Motion Parameters

If for any reason an Elevation 1+ looses it's motion parameters or you wish to check to ensure an Elevation 1+ unit has the correct set of motion parameters, this can be done from the Channel Setup window in Vector. Under the Motion Parameters heading select each motion parameter from the drop down and the value will appear. Changing any of these values from the default (set by the motor personality) can cause unexpected behaviour by the motor and should not be done without prior consultation with Kinesys.

The signs that an Elevation 1+ has lost it's motion parameter settings are that it will loose it's address and once the address has been reset any attempted movement will cause an underspeed error.

This can be fixed either by using Vector as indicated above or via the front panel of the Elevation 1+, under the Setup/Parameters/ P1- P7 menu.

Ensure that you reset the offset parameters (Up and Down) back to 0, as these can also become corrupted if an Elevation 1+ has lost it's motion parameters.

 

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Linking PD-ES units with different E-Stop connectors

03/12/2010

PD-ES units come with either a 9pin or a 22pin emergency stop connector. When using multiple units that have different connectors, an adapter cable needs to be used to link them together.

We offer two adapter cables to resolve this issue:

STP-00-0130  22 pin Socapex Female - 9 Pin Female

STP-00-0140  22 pin Socapex Male - 9 Pin Female

For further information on these cables or to order one please contact your nearest Kinesys distributor.

When using multiple Array PD-ES units, each one needs a unique IP address. This is set via the dip switches on the back of the unit, information on how to do this is here.

 

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Installing K2 as an Administrator

01/12/2010

When installing K2, it is important that this is done when logged in as the administrator of the computer. If you do not have full administrator privileges then this can cause problems with certain aspects of K2, including logging and running a tracking backup.

 

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Encoder Scaling

01/12/2010

What is it?

Encoder scaling is the number that is used to ensure that the distance an object (with an encoder attached) physically travels matches the distance that our software thinks that it has travelled. For example if an encoder scaling is incorrect moving an object in our K2 software 1m could result in the object only physically travelling 75cm. 
Each different type of encoder will have a different encoder scaling, this can also vary by manufacturer and model.

How do I work it out?

To work out an encoder scaling use the following forumla:

New Encoder Scaling = Old Encoder Scaling x Distance Physically Travelled ÷ Distance Computer Says You Have Travelled

This will typically give you a four digit number.

When working out encoder scaling, first mark or note the physical starting position of the object you are moving. Then move the object 1m in K2 or Vector and measure how far the object as actually travelled. These measurements combined with the encoder scaling you were using to carry out the test provide you with all of the information that you need to work out the new encoder scaling.

An example of this would be:

5360 (New Encoder Scaling) = 4895 (Old Encoder Scaling) x 1095mm (Distance Physically Travelled) ÷ 1000mm (Distance Computer Says Travelled)

Resources

Excel Spreadsheet

The Excel spreadsheet has predefined fields that will work out the above calculation for you.

Mac Dashboard Widget

The Mac Dashboard widget is compatible with OS X 10.4 and above.

 

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K2 Example Show Three - Media Servers

11/10/2010

The Zip file contains an example K2 show and a pdf document detailing how to create that K2 show and the basics of using K2 with a media server.

The example show consists of 4 constructs, 3 with a Z axis of movement and 1 with X, Y and Z axis of movemnt.

This example is a good starting point for those looking to use K2 with a media server.

If you have any questions or issues with the example show file please contact support@kinesys.co.uk

Recommended for versions 1.2.213 and above.

 

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K2 and DMX

07/10/2010

To get DMX into K2 you need to use a K2 DMX dongle, which can be purchased through one of our distributors.

DMX can only be used for controlling the position and speed of an individual axis on a construct, you can assign each axis a unique address if you wish. There is no way to trigger a cue using DMX.

Each axis of movement requires 3 DMX channels, the first two channels are a 16 bit position value and the third channel is 8 bit speed.

To control an axis via DMX you first need to assign it a universe and a base address, the universe is always 1. In the Programer select the Preset field and select either DMX True Position or DMX Scaled Position.

True Position takes the 16 bit value (0 - 65535) and runs the axis to whatever value in mm is sent via the DMX.

Scaled Position treats the 16 bit values as 0 - 100%, with 0% being the lower construct limit and 100% being the upper construct limit.

 

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Vector USB Keypad

24/09/2010

The Vector USB Keypad is an external USB keypad that is specifically designed to operate with Vector. 
Specific keys are available for manual movement, group movement, moving between channels and cues and colour coded cue playbacks. 

The only software required to operate the keypad is Vector. 

The Vector USB Keypad can be purchased as part of a Vector license or individually, from your nearest Kinesys distributor.

 

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Triggering Cues Via DMX on an Elevation 24

24/09/2010

The “DMX cue” mode allows pre-programmed cues to be triggered by a DMX signal acting as a “Remote Cue GO”. Three consecutive DMX addresses need to be allocated for this feature.

The first of these DMX addresses is called the DMX Base address. To trigger a cue by DMX the cue number (1 – 25) should be set in DMX base address + 3. The “GO” signal is then achieved by writing 165 decimal to the DMX base address and 90 to the DMX base address + 1. As long as these values remain in the DMX base address and the DMX base address + 1 the cue will run (until it completes). If these values are changed the “GO” signal is removed and the cue will stop running.

 

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Changing the IP address of an Elevation 24

24/09/2010

If multiple Elevation 24 units are connected to the same network they must each have a unique IP address.

To change the IP address of an Elevation 24 unit use the controls on the front panel of the unit and navigate to the Options menu and Set IP Address.

The default IP address of Elevation 24 units is 61, which means the complete IP address is 192.168.18.61. The IP address can be set to any address between 61 and 80, allowing for up to 20 Elevation 24 controllers on the same network.

 

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Encoder Types Supported by Elevation 24

24/09/2010

The Elevation 24 supports a number of different types of encoders. These can be accessed via the SET <XXX> menu.

Quad – Quadrature encoder with A and B pulse lines, The direction of travel can be sensed from the encoder. The direction can be inverted from the Vector software program by setting the Encoder Direction Invert check box.

Dummy – No encoder is fitted and the Smart8 simulates an encoder pulse every 10ms. Moving for a count of 500 would move a hoist for a time of 5 seconds. This simulates a motor speed of 100mm/s.

Pulse – A pulse encoder which produces pulses to indicate movement but has no direction information. The direction of movement is inferred from the front panel manual switches in manual mode, and the requested direction of movement in Vector control mode. An example of a pulse encoder is a Skjonberg Lodestar pulse encoder.

Quad – This is essentially the same as the QUAD mode described above. A clockwise rotation of the encoder shaft will produce an increasing encoder count. This mode ignores the Encoder Direction Invert set by the Vector software.

Quad Inv – This is the same as the Quad mode described above except the direction of count is inverted. A clockwise rotation of the encoder shaft will produce a decreasing encoder count. This mode ignores the Encoder Direction Invert set by the Vector software.

 

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Encoder Types Supported by Smart 8

23/09/2010

The Smart 8 supports a number of different types of encoders. These can be accessed via the SET <XXX> menu on the Smart 8.

Quad – Quadrature encoder with A and B pulse lines, The direction of travel can be sensed from the encoder. The direction can be inverted from the Vector software program by setting the Encoder Direction Invert check box.

Dummy – No encoder is fitted and the Smart8 simulates an encoder pulse every 10ms. Moving for a count of 500 would move a hoist for a time of 5 seconds. This simulates a motor speed of 100mm/s.

Pulse – A pulse encoder which produces pulses to indicate movement but has no direction information. The direction of movement is inferred from the front panel manual switches in manual mode, and the requested direction of movement in Vector control mode. An example of a pulse encoder is a Skjonberg Lodestar pulse encoder.

Quad – This is essentially the same as the QUAD mode described above. A clockwise rotation of the encoder shaft will produce an increasing encoder count. This mode ignores the Encoder Direction Invert set by the Vector software.

Quad Inv – This is the same as the Quad mode described above except the direction of count is inverted. A clockwise rotation of the encoder shaft will produce a decreasing encoder count. This mode ignores the Encoder Direction Invert set by the Vector software.

 

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Triggering Cues Via DMX on a Smart 8

23/09/2010

The “DMX cue” mode allows pre-programmed cues to be triggered by a DMX signal acting as a “Remote Cue GO”. Three consecutive DMX addresses need to be allocated for this feature.

The first of these DMX addresses is called the DMX Base address. To trigger a cue by DMX the cue number (1 – 25) should be set in DMX base address + 3. The “GO” signal is then achieved by writing 165 decimal to the DMX base address and 90 to the DMX base address + 1. As long as these values remain in the DMX base address and the DMX base address + 1 the cue will run (until it completes). If these values are changed the “GO” signal is removed and the cue will stop running.

 

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Vector Simulation Mode

23/09/2010

Vector Simulation Mode

Vector can be switched into simulation mode, which stops Vector communicating with the outside world. Whilst in simulation mode, no commands will be sent to any connected hoists, allowing cues to be run and tested without any real world movement taking place.

Any channels that are requested to move will not have the request sent to the device but instead will recreate the position change information internally to provide position changes on the screen as if the channel was moving. The position changes as it would in the real world at the speed that has been requested. Ramp information is ignored however so timed cues may show as completing in slightly different times in simulation mode.

Simulation mode is turned on and off in the Tools menu. It can only be changed in editing mode. Position updates are not performed in simulation mode so the current position displayed on the screen will not refresh until simulation mode is turned off. If Vector is running in simulation mode the background colour of the channel Status column will change to yellow. The status bar at the bottom of the screen will also display “Vector : Simulation”.

 

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Vector Keyboard Shortcuts

23/09/2010

Vector has built in keyboard shortcuts to speed up operation, allowing anything from saving a show to running a cue to be operated from the keyboard.

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Rigger Standard and Auto Address Modes

23/09/2010

Rigger remotes have two different ways of addressing Elevation 1+ units, standard addressing and auto addressing. You can switch between these two modes via dip switches 1-3 on Rigger unit, full dip switch settings are available here.

Standard addressing assigns addresses sequentially, starting with channel 1 and finishing with channel 8 or 16 depending on the controller type. The start address is determined by the setting of DIP switches 2 and 3.

Auto addressing scans all the available addresses from 1 to 999 and assigns them to channels on a first found, first assigned basis. The scan of all addresses occurs on power up and as a consequence the unit can take up to 5 seconds to complete its scan before operation of the discovered controllers can begin. When using auto addressing care must be taken to ensure that all the chain hoists controllers are powered up before the Rigger starts it scan. If this is not the case then units may be assigned in an unexpected order and therefore hoists may not appear on the channels numbers as expected.

 

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Rigger Self Test Mode

23/09/2010

Rigger 8, 16 and 32 units have a built in self-test mode, which is activated when they are powered up.

If the Rigger is powered on with the control Key switch in the spring loaded Limits position and any channel select switch not in the OFF position, self test mode will be entered a short time after the software version number has been displayed.

The unit will exit this mode when all channel select switches are in the OFF position. Any channel select switch that is not in an OFF position will illuminate either the up or down indicator
to show that the system has read the switch correctly. The Speed Control will illuminate the Status indicators, and the GO button will invert these indicators.

 

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Elevation 1+ Fast Menu Item

23/09/2010

Navigating the Setup menu on the Elevation 1+ unit shows a Fast option and a value in mm/second/second. This option is the rate at which the unit will decererate if it detects an internal fault such as "Overspeed" or "ENC1".
When using Vector to programme Elevation 1+ units this value is automatically set to the maximum deceleration rate, specified in the motor profile.

 

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Power 8 Declaration of Conformity

23/09/2010

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Power 8 Declaration of Conformity

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Smart 8 Declaration of Conformity

23/09/2010

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Smart 8 Declaration of Conformity

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Running an Elevation 1+ at 230/400 volts at 60hz

23/09/2010

Running power to Elevation 1+ units at 60hz will cause issues at 400v and above. If you are using a transformer, get it tapped to 380v and the Elevation 1+ units should run with no issues.

 

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K2 Example Show Two - A Tilting Truss

23/09/2010

The Zip file contains an example K2 show and a pdf document detailing how to create that K2 show.

The example show consists of 1 x 5m truss on 2 x Liftket hoists with a Z axis of movement and tilt.

For users new to K2, we recommend that you look at K2 Example Show One first, before tackling this one.

If you have any questions or issues with the example show file please contact support@kinesys.co.uk

Recommended for versions 1.2.213 and above.

 

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K2 Example Show One - Z Axis

22/09/2010

The Zip file contains an example K2 show and a pdf document detailing how to create that K2 show.

The example show consists of 1 x 5m truss on 2 x Liftket hoists with only a Z axis of movement.

This example is a good starting point for beginners or people new to K2, as it covers the basics of creating constructs, channels and simple movements.

If you have any questions or issues with the example show file please contact support@kinesys.co.uk

Recommended for versions 1.2.213 and above.

 

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LibraVIEW Unable To Modify FTDI Latency Parameters Error

08/09/2010

When installing and running LibraVIEW for the first time, ensure you are logged in as an administrator in order to avoid any issues with user permissions. 

If you are not running in administrator mode the first time you connect to a Libra controller via USB you will see the following error message.

 

FTDI Warning

This error means that the USB connection is not running at full speed and needs administrator privileges to do so. This error will appear every time you launch the application, until the latency settings are automatically changed, by logging in as an administrator.

 

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Transform 485 Firmware 4.01

08/09/2010

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Transform 485 Firmware 4.01

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Smart 8 Firmware 2.1.13

08/09/2010

Firmware for the Smart 8. For information on how to upload new firmware to a Smart 8 please see this support article.

 

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K2 Installer

08/09/2010

When K2 is installed on your machine you need to obtain a license before K2 will function.

Demo - Free


To obtain a demo K2 license you can use the link presented in the K2 Licensing Window, which will auto generate an email with the correct details in.
Alternatively you can email unlockcode@kinesys.co.uk
, please include the unlock code presented in the K2 Licensing Window.

The key you are given to unlock K2 is only valid for the machine that the unlock code was generated from. It is not possible to use the same K2 license key on multiple machines. To do this you will need to obtain multiple licenses.



Full – Paid For
To obtain a full K2 license please contact your nearest Kinesys distributor.

 

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K2 Installer

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Smart 8 Firmware Upgrade Instructions

08/09/2010

The following guide explains how to upgrade the firmware on a Smart 8

 

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Smart 8 Firmware Upgrade Instructions

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Elevation 1+ Cable Specification

08/09/2010

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Elevation 1+ Cable Specification

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Elevation 1+ Firmware Upgrade Instructions

08/09/2010

Instructions on how to update the firmware of an Elevation1+

 

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Elevation 1+ Firmware Upgrade Instructions

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Vector Minimum System Requirements

08/09/2010

Vector will run on Windows XP, Vista or 7 and requires one Ethernet port to send out communications. If you wish to connect the external Vector keyboard you will need a USB port. 
The recommended minimum screen resolution is 1024x768.

 

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Using an Elevation 1+  with RCDs

07/09/2010

The Kinesys Elevation 1+ is designed to comply with European legislation for variable speed drives, which require that an RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) filter is included to prevent the noise generated by the drive from interfering with nearby computer systems, radio equipment etc. The inverter drive within the Elevation 1+ is an independently manufactured product widely available within Europe and the US which incorporates the filtering required to comply with the European EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) directive 89/336/EEC. One of the consequences of including such a filter is a small current leakage to ground within each Elevation 1+.

The total ground leakage for a typical Elevation system may be in the region of 60-300mA, which will be more than sufficient to trip the 30mA RCD (Residual Current Device) fitted to many house rigging supplies within Europe. A single Elevation 1+ may also trip a sensitive RCD on power-up due to the charging of the internal capacitors - this is a common situation when using any variable speed drive.
As most moving lights, video screen power supplies etc. will also have a inherent earth leakage due to internal RFI filters nuisance tripping may increase when other equipment is turned on.

RCDs are set at a default level of 30mA as this has been found to be the point at which an RCD will trip before a current high enough to cause physiological damage will flow through the human body in the event of accidental contact - refer to IEC publication 479 "effects of currents passing through the human body" for further information.
Where a system has an inherent leakage, some protection may still be provided by setting the RCD at a level approximately 30mA higher than the system's base leakage current - this will overcome the problem of nuisance tripping and yet still provide a degree of personnel protection.
Kinesys have addressed this issue by providing an adjustable RCD within the Array PD-ES power distribution. The adjustable RCD should be set to a point approximately 30mA higher than the point at which a full system trips on powerup - 100mA would be a good starting point. The time delay should always be set to minimum (30ms).

To set the RCD to 100mA the second DIP switch should be set to the "I∆ x 0,1" position; set the top left potentiometer to 1 to set a trip current of 100mA. Make sure the fourth DIP switch is in the "tx1" position and the right hand potentiometer is turned fully counterclockwise to set a minimum time delay of 30mS.

In any large power distribution system, for example a venue power supply which is distributed to various departments such as lighting, automation, sound etc, the ideal situation is for each service to be protected by its own RCD, set to provide the required level of protection. An overall RCD on the generator or incoming supply should be set to a current value higher than any of the downstream devices, and should also incorporate a time delay. With this system, a fault on a final circuit such as a hoist controller or video screen will still result in disconnection of the final supply but will not cause disruption to other departments.

 

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PAT Testing an Elevation 1+

07/09/2010

These notes are intended to give experienced personnel additional information regarding PAT testing of Elevation 1+ controllers. They are not intended to form a complete guide to PAT testing of the equipment – consult your PAT tester instruction manual for further information. 

Before testing 

Make sure that the Elevation 1+ is disconnected from the supply and all other equipment (hoists, control systems etc.). Only qualified personnel should PAT test equipment – PAT testing can be hazardous and can result in equipment damage if not carried out correctly. The Elevation 1+ is a class 1 appliance. 

Earth Bond Continuity Test 

Do not apply the wander lead to any pins of the multipin hoist connector except pin 1 (earth), or to any part of the XLR control or data connectors. 

A 25A earth bond continuity test may be carried out to any part of the case, and to the mains link out connector (“Ceeform”) earth. The earth connections to the multipin hoist connector (shell and pin 1) are only rated to 16A and may be damaged by a 25A test – use a 100mA test for these points. Do not apply the test probe to any other pins on the multipin connector. 

Recommended test points: 

  • Earth bolt above mains link out connector (main case) 
  • Mains link out connector earth pin (output connector) 
  • Strap handle fixing screw (upper case) 
  • Multipin connector chassis or pin 1 (hoist connection) – 100mA ONLY 

Insulation Resistance Test 

When the Elevation 1+ is powered down the mains contactor disconnects the variable speed drive and EMC filter from the system – this means that leakage through the EMC filter will not cause erroneous measurements, but also that the insulation test does not include all internal mains voltage wiring. It is recommended that a visual inspection of the internal wiring from the contactor to the drive, and from the drive to the hoist connector is carried out occasionally – this inspection interval will be determined by the environment in which the Elevation 1+ is operated. It is possible to manually override the contactor to extend the test to include all internal wiring, however high leakage between phase conductors and earth through the integral EMC filter will result in misleading test results. Contact Kinesys for further information if required. 

Disconnect all cables and external equipment, and switch on both the control and drive circuit breakers before commencing the test. A 500V test voltage may be used provided the mains contactor is not bypassed. 

Operation and Earth Leakage Testing 

Connect a hoist to the Elevation 1+, and enable the unit by connecting an e-stop cheater plug, µTransform or Array PD-ES. Select manual operation mode by simultaneously pressing the MENU and ENTER buttons. 

The integral EMC filter in the Elevation 1+ will cause an earth leakage current of approximately 40mA between phases and earth. Due to the high-frequency switching supply within the variable speed drive erroneous earth leakage current measurements may result with some PAT testing equipment. 

Flash Testing 

Flash testing may cause permanent damage to the Elevation 1+ and is not recommended. Contact Kinesys for further information if a flash test is required.

 

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The Elevation 1+ DrvCAN Error Explained

07/09/2010

DrvCan or Drive CAN as the expanded message would read is the processor stating that it cannot communicate with the inverter drive via its CAN data bus.  This is the primary means of communication between the two items and without it an Elevation 1+ cannot function.

Possible Cause Check…
Drive not powered up, indicated by neither the red or green LEDs on the top of the inverter being illuminated or flashing
  • The 3 phase breaker is turned on
  • The emergency stop contactor is engaged, 12v must be present on pin 6 of  either of the XLR7 data connections
  • The power plug for the inverter drive is properly inserted
  • 3 phase voltage is present at the drive power connector

No terminating resistor

There is a resistor fitted between LO and HI on the CAN module

Faulty CAN module

The pin header is correctly and fully inserted through the CAN module and into the inverter

Bad cable between inverter and PCB

  • All terminals are tight on the CAN module and no wires have worked loose from the ferrules
  • The cable is plugged into the PCB correctly
  • There is no damage to the cable

Inverter incorrectly programmed

  • The following parameters are set using a keypad
  • CO350 = 1 (unit address)
  • CO351 = 1 (baud rate - 250kbit/s)
  • CO352 = 0 (slave)
  • CO358 = 1 (momentary reset)

Faulty PCB

Swap with a working board to see if the fault moves with the board or stays with the inverter

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How do I make a 20m-min Liftket run at 30m-min?

07/09/2010

To make 500kg 24m/min (max variable speed) hoists run at 30m/min the following two parameters will need to be adjusted

  • Using Vector or a Lenze keypad you need to change Parameter 11 in the Lenze inverter drive, normally it will read 70 0000 and you simply need to change it to 100 0000.  This will allow you to run up to 100Hz
  • In the Elevation 1+ you will need to increase the Max Clamp Speed up to 500 from the usual 400mm/s.  This can be done via the on-board menu system or via Vector.

When running at 500mm/s or 30m/min the hoist motor will be running at roughly 75Hz, which is 50% higher than its design speed. 

Due to the increased dynamic stresses on the chain and hoist, especially under emergency stop conditions and the potential loss of torque in the motor we recommend you de-rate the hoist by 50%

 

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Elevation 1+  seeing encoder counts even though the motor is not moving

07/09/2010

If you are seeing encoder counts into the Elevation 1+ even though the hoist is not moving then the probable cause is a encoder that has been incorrectly wired. This issue can occur even after a hoist has been working with apparently no issues for a period of time.

Liftket Motors
Depending on how old the product is the wiring colours for the multicore will be different.

  Multicore Multicore Encoder
A Grey Green Green
B Blue Red Yellow
0v White White White
+V Brown Black Brown

The grey wire from the encoder SHOULD NOT BE CONNECTED.

The common fault when the encoders are installed incorrectly is the grey wire being connected to the 0v line.
If the encoder is wired incorrectly the encoder will continue to produce pulses and count seemingly correctly when run over short distances. When running over longer distances the problem will be easier to spot. You will see the incorrectly wired hoist produce a lower than expected number of encoder counts.

The reason the grey cable is present but not used, is due to the presence of a 0 or Z pulse being produced by the encoders that we use. This pulse (in addition to the A and B pulses) is commonly used in industrial applications to produce a pulse when one rotation of the motors shaft is completed. If the hoist is stopped at the point on the motors shaft where the pulse is counted then this can trip the encoder and cause extra pulses to be produced, despite the shaft not moving.

The quickest solution to stop these extra pulses is to bump the motor up or down to move it off of the position when the 0 or Z pulse is enacted. Hence the reason a hoist can seemingly function perfectly normally and then all of a sudden start producing extra pulses, the 1/100 chance of stopping it at the precise point the pulse is generated.
If a hoist is seeing this type of error remove the end of the motor (with the multicore) and check the wiring of the encoder.

 

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An Elevation 1+ shows the error ENC 1

07/09/2010

The ENC 1 error means the encoder is not counting. This can be caused by two conditions:

  1. The motor is moving and the encoder is not producing counts (possible encoder fault)
  2. The motor is not moving and the Elevation is expecting it to move, obviously no encoder counts would be produced in this case as the motor is not moving.

Check to see if the issue is related to the Elevation by using it with another motor, if this works fine, then it is related to the motor.

Check the following items on the motor:

  • Both Motor fuses are ok
  • All Relays are seated in their holders correctly
  • No wires are trapped in the Motor lids
  • If one of the brakes is not operating, checking that the Brake PCB is not burnt out or damaged.
  • One of the motor contactors is operating, when the elevation is enabled and ready to move the motor.
  • Both motor brakes are releasing.

 

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Elevation 1+  and K2 Troubleshooting

07/09/2010

An Elevation 1+ works with no problems using a Rigger remote, but when it is run with K2 shows motor alarm disabled

Steps to resolving the issue:

  1.   Is it just that one Elevation box or do others have the same problem?
  2.   Is the enable LED on the front of the PDES on?
  3.   If not then is the keyswitch on the front panel set to Disabled?
  4.   If all these are OK do both XLR7 outputs on the back do the same thing?

This is usually a result of the unit not receiving the enable signal down the 7 pin XLR. The signal is generated by the PD-ES when the keyswitch on the front of the unit is turned to enable. If the keyswitch is removed then a red light will appear on the front of the Elavation units, but no error will appear on the screen. If this does not solve the issue and both XRL7 outputs on the PD-ES are displaying the same fault, there could be an issue with the communications boards or the keyswitch itself.

 

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Rigger Dip Switch Settings Explained

07/09/2010

Eight DIP switches are available to the user. To access them unscrew the protective blanking plug on the back of the unit. Through the hole the switches are numbered one to eight from left to right. The switches are OFF when they are in the down position and ON when they are slid to their top position.

Address Mode – DIP 1

Two addressing modes are available, Standard and Auto Addressing.
Standard addressing assigns addresses sequentially, starting with channel 1 and finishing with channel 8 or 16 depending on the controller type. The start address is determined by the setting of DIP switches 2 and 3.


Auto addressing scans all the available addresses from 1 to 999 and assigns them to channels on a first found, first assigned basis. The scan of all addresses occurs on power up and as a consequence the unit can take up to 5 seconds to complete its scan before operation of the discovered controllers can begin. When using auto addressing care must be taken to ensure that all the chain hoists controllers are powered up before the RIGGER starts it scan. If this is not the case then units may be assigned in an unexpected order and therefore hoists may not appear on the channels numbers as expected.

Address Banks – DIP 2 and 3


When used in standard addressing mode the start address for channel 1 can be set via DIP switches 2 and 3. This can be set to either 1, 9, 17 or 25 using a combination of the two switches as outlined in the table above.

Maximum Speed – DIP 4 and 5


The RIGGER control units can control a variety of chain hoists at the same time. As each chain hoist type will have its own maximum speed, sending the position of the speed control as a percentage 0 - 100% would result in the different hoists running at different speeds. The speed is therefore sent to the units as a value in millimetres per second. The speed range is determined by the maximum speed set by DIP switches 4 and 5.

Note

In versions of rigger software prior to 1.5 the maximum speed settings were 100, 200, 300, 400 this has now been changed to 100, 200, 400, 800 to allow for a wider range of control.

Ramp Rate – DIP 6 and 7


DIP switches 6 and 7 are used to set the rate of ramp rate for moves normally a rate of 100mm/s/s is adequate for most situations, but faster motors may require higher ramp rates.


The Ramp rate can only be set in Rigger firmware 1.5 or greater, in earlier versions of the software the Ramp rate was fixed at 100mm/s/s. In earlier versions of the firmware these switches should be left in the off position.

Programming Mode – DIP 8


Development of RIGGER controllers is an on-going process and as new features and facilities are added to the software you may wish to take advantage of these by upgrading your controller. This can be done very simply and full details of how to do this will be supplied with any software upgrades. The software can be downloaded from any personal computer that has an available serial port. When programming new software into the controller DIP switch 8 is set to the ON position. At all other times and for normal operation this switch should be left in the OFF position.

 

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Can 2 Rigger 8s be linked together to form a Rigger 16?

07/09/2010

No, you can set the start address of one Rigger 8 to be 1 and the second to be 9. That way each one will look at different sets of hoists but you can't get them to both talk down the same cable at the same time. There can only be one master on the line at a time, be it Vector, K2 or a Rigger handset.

The DIP Switch setting (which adjust the start address) can be found here. You could cable the Elevations so they were in two loops of 8 (but on 16 different addresses), so if you wanted to run them from a computer you would plug each loop into one of the two outputs on a uTransform or if you wanted to run them from a Rigger you would plug each loop into one Rigger.

 

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License Issues with Network Cards

07/09/2010

K2 'locks' itself to the machine using the unique MAC address of a network card. If the machine K2 is installed on has multiple network cards it will lock itself to the one with an active network connection. If no active network connection is present then it will pick the first one assigned by Windows.
A problem can arise if the network adapter K2 has been licensed to is disabled when launching or running K2.
An example of this would be a machine with a wireless and wired network connectivity, where K2 was licensed using the wireless internet connection, which is then disabled when using K2. If this happens K2 will start up in Demo mode.
In versions of K2 above 2XX it is possible to change the license details and network adapter using the About window in K2.
In versions of K2 below 2XX it is not possible to change the network adapter once licensed. There are two options to remedy this situation.

  • Upgrade the K2 installation to a version of K2 higher than 2XX
  • Uninstall, unlicense, reinstall and relicense the existing version of K2. To do this follow the instructions below.
  • Go to the Run command in the Start Menu and type in regedit and click OK
  • In the registry editor go to My Computer/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Kinesys/K2 and look for the line in the right hand pane called ActiveLicenceCode
  • Right click on this and select Delete
  • Start K2 (ensuring you are using have the appropriate network connection enabled), you will be presented with a license screen asking for K2 to be licensed, follow the instructions to relicense K2.

 

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Multicasting & Media Servers

07/09/2010

K2 has the ability to broadcast positional information via a multicast network transmission to a number of different video and show control systems. These systems can then use that data to track movement and program their systems to respond accordingly.
One example of this are Green Hippo media servers, they can take the positional information broadcast by K2 and manipulate their video output to match the movements of the automation system. For instance to move an image projected on a screen, as the screen is moved via K2 to ensure the image and screen are locked together.

 

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K2 Multicast Data Format

07/09/2010

Data is sent in UDP format to a multicast address that can be changed as required in the K2 software. The data will be coming from a dedicated network card that can be set to any appropriate IP address and subnet mask.

 

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What is a Construct?

07/09/2010

K2 uses the notion of Constructs when dealing with moving and controlling objects. In Vector and other similar motion control applications, you are always working with the hoists that are attached to an object and manipulating them to produce the desired effect. This works well for controlling simple shows and moving objects in linear ways. However, for more complex or intricate movements this soon becomes a headache for the operator and is often very time consuming involving a lot of trial and error.


This is where the notion of dealing with a construct (the object suspended from the hoists) rather than all of the hoists attached to it becomes so appealing. The operator simply moves the object (using the 3D programmer) and K2 works out how far and at what speed the hoists need to travel in order to accomplish that.
K2 has the ability to import .3DS (3D Studio) files allowing constructs to be correctly allowing K2 to more accurately represent the real world.

 

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What’s the difference between a Page and a Template?

07/09/2010

A page is a pre-stored arragement of cue-lists on playbacks.  Each Page can be given a name and can be recalled at any time.  Pages can be 'built' to reflect a certain section of a show, to reflect the types of devices being moved or a combination of both.

Example:
Page 1: Cuelist 1 is loaded onto Playback A, Cuelist 2 on Playback B and Cuelist 3 onto Playback C.  Playbacks D, E and F are all empty.
Page 2: Cuelist 4 is loaded onto Playback D, Cuelist 5 on Playback E and Cuelist 6 onto Playback F.  Playbacks A, B and C are all empty.
Page 3: Cuelist 99 is loaded onto Playback F.  Playbacks A, B, C, D and E are all empty.

If you select Page 1 then you will have instant access to Cuelists 1, 2 and 3 but nothing else, if you select Page 2 then you will have access to Cuelists 4, 5, 6 only.  Page 3 will clear all the playbacks except F which will have Cuelist 99 loaded in.
Template Pages allow you to select a Page that will always be available to the user as long as it is not overwritten by the current Page.

If you now set Page 3 as the Template and then select Page 1 you will see Cuelists loaded onto Playbacks A, B, C and F.  This is because Page 1 gives you A, B and C and the template gives you F. 
If you select Page 2 however then you will only see Cuelists 4, 5 and 6 on D, E and F respectively.  This is because Page 2 has its own Cuelist assignment for Playback F and so this overrides the Template assignment.

If you think of the Template Page as being written on paper and all the other pages being written on a transparency then when you select a Page you are laying that transparency over the Template.  If there is nothing assigned to a particular Playback in a Page then you can see through to the Template below and the Template's Cuelist will be available on that Playback instead.  Any Playbacks with Cuelists assigned in the current page will obscure the view of the Template below for that Playback therefore overriding the Template's Cuelist with the current page's Cuelist instead.

 

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How do I set up Lookup Tables in K2?

07/09/2010

In K2 go to the Show Contents menu and then to Lookup Tables.  Click on New and then select the Lookup Table file you have previously created.  Click on Open and if the file has been correctly formatted a box will pop up to tell you the table has been successfully imported.  In the row that appears you can give the Lookup Table a name to easily identify that table.

To add the path data to a channel go to the properties of the construct that owns that channel and then go to the Links section of the properties.  In the Length Calculation section click on the Table cell and select the Lookup Table you want to work with.  The only other column to be concerned with is the Input Column which tells K2 which of the data columns in the table to use for this particular channel/link.


 

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What are Lookup Tables?

07/09/2010

K2 uses Lookup Tables when there is a particular path that you wish a channel to follow and it is too complex, unique or precise to be able to program it via the position of the construct.  K2 needs Lookup Tables to be stored in a comma delimited file format (csv) in order to read them in.  Once loaded the data is stored internally in the show file and access to the original file is no longer required.

 

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What file format are Lookup Tables stored in?

07/09/2010

Lookup Tables are stored in a comma delimited (csv) format.  The easiest way to create the table is using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.  The rest of this answer assumes the use of a spreadsheet program.

The first column represents the distance along the programmed path.  This is shown in percentage points.  There can be as many or as few points as you wish although the more points that are entered the smooth and more accurate the motion will be.  The points do not have to be evenely spaced e.g. every one or two percent. If it is important that a particualar section of the path is very accurate then points can be added closer together at this section in order to ensure precise path following.  The only requirement is that the first row is 0% and the last row is 100%.

NOTE:  It is important to remember that the millimetre value is the length of chain/wire paid out from the winch as opposed to the height above the ground.  See the explanation of Zero Height

Add one column for each channel that will be following a path in the show and fill in the position in millimetres that the channel should be at for each percentage way point (i.e. a position in every row in the spreadsheet from 0 to 100%).
Save the completed sheet as a comma delimited file with a file extension of .csv. An example file is attached to this answer.
Lookup Format Example.csv

 

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What is ‘Zero Height Reference?

07/09/2010

Take the example of a simple chain hoist hanging from a point 20m above the stage. K2 works by calculating how much chain is hanging out of the hoist at any point.This is the opposite of what the controller needs to know as it is interested in how high above the ground the end of the chain is.

Zero Height Reference is the length of the chain at the point where the operator would consider the flown item to be at zero height.  In our example above this means that 20m of chain would have be hanging from the hoist in order for the end of the chain to touch the floor and therefore be at zero height.  The Zero Height Reference would therefore be 20,000.
In the vast majority of cases the ZHR is the same value as the Z value of the link End position in the Construct Setup (i.e. the point where the hoist is attached to the roof)

 

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What is ‘Save Version Copy’ ?

07/09/2010

You would use 'Save Version Copy' (SVC) when you want to save the show file in an older file format.  This is useful if you upgrade K2 to a version that incorporates a file format streaming change which means that the file is no longer back compatible.

If you later want to downgrade your K2 version for whatever reason then any changes made to the file since you upgraded would be lost as the older version of K2 won't open the newer file.  If you use SVC then you will have a compatible file format for your older version.

Which version it saves back to changes as the K2 software evolves in order to ensure that there is no chance of downgrading too far and using a version which may have bugs that are fixed in later versions.

 

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Active Backup

07/09/2010

When using an Active Backup, how long does the temporary master last before it reverts back to an active backup only license?

The automatic 'upgrade' from Tracking Backup licence to Live licence lasts 2 days.  After that the Tracking Backup will either need upgraded to a Full licence (time-limited or unlimited) or it will need reconnected to a fully licenced K2 program in order to reset its full licence timer.

 

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Velocity Technical Specification (US Format)

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Vector Technical Specification

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Rigger Technical Specification

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Power 8 Technical Specification

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Elevation 24 Technical Specification

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Elevation 1+ Technical Specification

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Elevation 1+ Technical Specification (US Format)

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Array PD-ES Declaration of Conformity

02/09/2010

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Obtaining A Vector License

02/09/2010

Once the Vector installer has been downloaded and run a license is required for it to operate. This applies even if you planning to use it with a Demo license.

License Types
There are 2 types of license available:


Demo – Vector is fully functional, but will not output any data, meaning no hoists can be moved or controlled. Shows can be built and run in simulation mode.

Full – The full license with all features enabled.

Getting a license
Once Vector is installed on your machine you have 3 days to obtain a license before Vector will lock you out. In those 3 days Vector will be fully functioning, after that time Vector will not run without a license.



Demo - Free


To obtain a demo Vector license you can use the link presented in the Vector Licensing Window, which will auto generate an email with the correct details in.
Alternatively you can email unlockcode@kinesys.co.uk, please include the unlock code presented in the Vector Licensing Window.

The key you are given to unlock Vector is only valid for the machine that the unlock code was generated from. It is not possible to use the same Vector license key on multiple machines. To do this you will need to obtain multiple licenses.



Full – Paid For
To obtain a full Vector license please contact your nearest Kinesys distributor.

 

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Elevation 1+ Declaration of Conformity

10/08/2010

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