Quick Start Guide

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Quick Start Guide

The following section guides the user through a typical data collection process. These steps may vary depending on the process your company uses.

 

Step 1: Setup Instrument

This Wizard guides the user through a typical process on how to set a M.O.L.E. Profiler up for performing a MEGARIDER™ PTP® data run.

Important Information

This is available when in Engineer Mode.

To set an instrument up:

1)Connect the M.O.L.E. Profiler to the computer. Refer to the Communications Setup topic for your specific M.O.L.E. Profiler for more information.
2)Connect the M.O.L.E. Profiler to the MEGARIDER™ PTP® using the Wire Harness Adaptors.
3)Set an Environment related for the type of experiment that is being performed. Either open an existing Environment Folder or create a new one.

Tip

If the desired Environment is not displayed on the Environment Sidebar, the user can use either the Open Environment Toolbar button or select the Open Environment Folder command from the File Menu.

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3)On the M.O.L.E. menu, click Setup Instrument and the workflow wizard appears.

Important Information

When navigating through the wizard, the step list on the left uses a color key to inform the user of the current step, steps that have been completed and remaining steps.

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Current

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Completed

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Remaining

4)Select the desired instrument from the dialog box. If there is none displayed, select the Scan for Instruments command button to detect all connected instruments.

Important Information

If the software does not detect a M.O.L.E. Profiler, using the communication cable connect it to the computer and click the Scan for Instruments command button to search again. M.O.L.E.® MAP software allows multiple instruments to be connected to a computer at one time. Selecting the Scan for Instruments command button will detect all instruments and display them in the dialog box. If no instrument is detected the software displays all of the Demonstration thermal profilers to select from.

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5)Select the Next command button.
6)Set Instrument Name and then Sensor Platform button.

Tip

For additional settings such as Start and Stop Parameters, select the Advanced check box. Refer to topic Start and Stop Recording Parameters for detailed information for each setting.

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7)Select the OvenRIDER® NL 2+ process pallet then the OK command button to proceed.

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8)Confirm the settings and then, select the Next command button to send the data listed in the dialog box to the instrument.

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9)Confirm the assembly information such as Part Number, pallet size, sensor locations and a image. This assembly information can then be loaded and saved from/to a an  (*.XMA) file.

Load: This command buttons loads an existing assembly (*.XMA).

Save: This command button saves the current sensor locations and image to an  (*.XMA) file that is then available to be loaded for future data runs.

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Tip

If the user specifies a product image, clicking the Enlarge command button displays the Set Sensor Locations dialog box where the user can specify the locations of each sensor. To move sensor locations, drag the sensor markers to the approximate location where the sensors are attached.

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10)Click the Next command button.
11)Verify the instrument status. This dialog box displays the health of the M.O.L.E. Profiler such as battery charge, internal temperature, thermocouple temperatures. If the user selects the Show Critical command button the dialog box will only display items that will prevent the user from completing a successful data run.

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12) Select the Finish command button to complete the Setup Instrument wizard.

Step 2: Data Collection

1)To start collecting data with the MEGARIDER™ PTP®, set the width of the conveyor to match the width of the MEGARIDER™ PTP®. (The width is engraved on the back of the pallet).
2)Set the oven as you normally would for a common product (i.e. zone temperatures and conveyor speed etc…).
3)Make sure the M.O.L.E. Profiler is properly connected to the MEGARIDER™ PTP®.
4)Press the M.O.L.E. Profiler "ON" button.
5)Place the M.O.L.E. Profiler in the Thermal Barrier and press the "Record" button.
6)Close the lid and latch securely.

Caution

Never permit the equipment to exceed the absolute maximum warranteed internal temperature, as permanent damage may result. The warranty will not cover damage caused by exceeding the maximum specified internal temperature.

7)Place the MEGARIDER™ PTP® and Thermal Barrier on the oven conveyor making sure it is lying completely flat and is moving in the proper direction.

Tip

It is highly recommended that protective gloves are used when retrieving the MEGARIDER™ PTP® and Thermal Barrier from the oven.

8)Once the MEGARIDER™ PTP® and Thermal Barrier have traveled completely through the oven, they will be HOT. Use protective gloves to retrieve them from the oven. The best way to handle the equipment after it comes out of the reflow oven is to place one hand under the MEGARIDER™ PTP® pallet and use the other hand to grab the Thermal Barrier.
9)Open the Thermal Barrier and if the Activity LED is still flashing this means the M.O.L.E. Profiler is still logging and it must be turned “OFF”.
10)Remove the M.O.L.E. Profiler from the Thermal Barrie and wait a few minutes for it to cool. Handle it carefully, as the case may still be warm.

Data Collection Tips:

The MEGARIDER™ PTP® must be at approximately the same temperature at the start of every run for the data to be consistent. Prior to data collection allow the process sensors to either cool down or warm up to room temperature. This will ensure that the data collected will start from a nominal temperature.

Let the MEGARIDER™ PTP® and/or M.O.L.E. Profiler cool down after every data run. Performing multiple runs without sufficient cooling time may cause the internal temperature of the M.O.L.E. Profiler to exceed the operating temperature specification. Refer to topic Specifications for operating temperature specifications.

If the M.O.L.E. Profiler is disconnected from the MEGARIDER™ PTP® before it has been turned “OFF”, the data might become distorted

Step 3: Download Data

1)Connect the M.O.L.E. Profiler to the computer. Refer to the Communications Setup topic for your specific M.O.L.E. Profiler for more information.
2)Select the New (Start) button Start on the toolbar. The Start dialog box appears with the five workflow wizard options.

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3)On the Start dialog box, click the Download Data command button and the workflow wizard appears.

Important Information

When navigating through the wizard, the step list on the left uses a color key to inform the user of the current step, steps that have been completed and remaining steps.

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Current

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Completed

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Remaining

4)Select the instrument from the dialog box that was used with the MEGARIDER™ PTP®. If a M.O.L.E. Profiler has already been selected during a different process, the software automatically selects the M.O.L.E. Profiler connected to the COM Port previously used.

Important Information

If the software does not detect a M.O.L.E. Profiler, using the communication cable connect it to the computer and click the Scan for Instruments command button to search again. M.O.L.E.® MAP software allows multiple instruments to be connected to a computer at one time. Selecting the Scan for Instruments command button will detect all instruments and display them in the dialog box. If no instrument is detected the software displays all of the Demonstration thermal profilers to select from.

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5)Click the Next command button.
6)Select the desired data run and then click the Finish command button to complete the wizard and read the data run from the M.O.L.E. Profiler.

Tip

This step of the wizard allows the user to remove a selected data run from the M.O.L.E. Profiler by either selecting the Delete After Reading check box or selecting the Delete command button and removing it before downloading. This feature is not available for the SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold Thermal Profiler as it does not have the ability to store more than one data run.

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Tip

The software allows the ability to download multiple data runs at one time. For consecutive data runs, click the first data run in the list, press and hold down the SHIFT key, and then click the last data run in the list. For data runs that are not consecutive, press and hold down the CTRL key, and then click each data run that you want to import.

 

7)When the data run has been downloaded, the software prompts the user to specify new file name (*.XMG).

Important Information

If a data run (*.XMG) is saved in a different Environment Folder other than the currently selected, the software automatically activates the new Environment Folder. This process does not delete any data run files in the previously set Environment Folder and can be quickly accessed using the Recent Environment Folders on the File menu.

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8)When finished, click the Save command button to complete the process.

 

The information is automatically saved in the data run file (.XMG) and the experiment data can now be analyzed with the software tools.