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Acquire must be in Config mode to perform these steps.

When setting up a new Acquire system, the first task is to create a Station:

1. Enter Station Details

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Acquire displays the ‘System Name’ and ‘System Location’ based on the information provided when the order is placed. This information is embedded in Acquire’s software key.

Enter the fields as follows:

Station Name Enter the name used to identify the station.
Flowcomputer Type Select the type of flowcomputer that will be used for the station. Only one type of flowcomputer can be used, although a PLC can be added later.
Meter Type This is the default meter type that will be used when creating the station. The contents of this menu will change based on the ‘Flowcomputer Type’ selected. Note: If you leave the ‘Meter Type’ as “Custom”, Acquire will create a blank P&ID and screens. Selecting a different station type will configure the screens accordingly.
No. of Flowcomputers Select the number of flowcomputers that are to be used on this station (up to a maximum of 8 flowcomputers on a station).If you have an even number of flow computers then an extra checkbox will be added to allow Duty/Standby flow computers.
Duty / Standby This checkbox is only shown when there are an even number of flow computers. See the ‘Duty / Standby’ section for more details.Note: The Duty / Standby checkbox is only available if the Acquire server has a Duty / Standby licence installed.
No. of Streams Select the number of streams that are associated with the station. Up to 8 streams can appear on a single station.Note: Adding more than 4 streams will cause the P&ID to scroll.
Station Totals Select “Handled by Flowcomputer” from the ‘Station Totals’ menu if the station has a common header and the station totals are handled by one of the flowcomputers.
Prover Type If the selected metering station has a configuration that supports proving then Acquire will insert extra options that allow a prover to be added to the station.Select the type of prover used. Options include: “No Prover”, “Four Switch Bi-Directional Prover”, “Two Switch Bi-Directional Prover”, “Welker Prover”, “Uni-Directional Prover” and “Compact Prover”.

Note: The Prover menus are only available if the Acquire server has a Prover licence installed.

Prover If a prover has been chosen in the ‘Prover Type’ popup menu, then an extra popup menu will be added to set how the prover flow computer is configured. The options are: “In Each Flowcomputer” and “Dedicated Prover Flowcomputer”.Only choose “Dedicated Prover Flowcomputer” if there is a separate flow computer responsible for doing the proving.
Batching Type If the selected metering station has a configuration that supports batching then Acquire will insert extra options that allows batchig to be setup for the station.Select the type of batching used. Options include: “No Batching”, “Pipeline”, “Ship Loading” and “Classic”.Use Pipeline batching when there is continuous flow and Ship Loading when flow starts and stops for a batch.Classic batching must be used for the following Omni configurations:

  • 20.74.17 and below
  • 21.74.0 and below
  • 22.74.5 and below
  • 23.74.18 and below
  • 24.74.15 and below
  • 26.74.9 and below
  • 27.74.17 and below
  • Any configuration starting 25 (Metric Liquid Orifice)

Note: The Batching menus are only available if the Acquire server has a Batching licence installed.

Batch Mode If a batch mode has been chosen in the ‘Batching Type’ popup menu, then an extra popup menu will be added to set how the batching should be configured. The options are: “Station” and “Stream”.If more than 1 flow computer has been added then the batch mode will be restricted to “Stream”.

Note: These settings must be match the settings in the flow computer. Acquire will ensure these match the batch mode when the system starts up.

2. Click the ‘Next’ button

A diagram of the Acquire server and connected flow computers will be displayed. The selected flow computer is highlighted in red.

There are two different screen layouts depending on whether the flow computer is connected via Ethernet using Modbus TCP or Serial using Modbus RTU.

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Ethernet Communications

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Serial Communications

2. Enter the Flow Computer communications details

Enter the fields as follows:

Name Enter the tag name used to identify the flowcomputer. It is recommended to keep the name as short as possible.
Protocol The Protocol can be set to either “TCP” or “Serial”. See the Serial settings below if “Serial” is selected.Note: If the redundant server option is being used then only the TCP option is available.
IP Address This is the IP address of the flow computer.
This option is only available for flow computers connected using TCP.
Port This is the TCP communications port for the flow computer. It is normally 502 for an Omni flow computer. It could also be 5001 or 5002 for an S600 or S600+.This option is only available for flow computers connected using TCP.
Comm Port This is the serial port that the flow computer is connected to.
This option is only available for flow computers connected using Serial.
Speed This is the baud rate of the serial port. It is normally set to “9600″ or higher. This option is only available for flow computers connected using Serial.
Data Bits This is the data bits of the serial port. It is normally set to “8″.
This option is only available for flow computers connected using Serial.
Stop Bits This is the stop bits of the serial port. It is normally set to “1″.
This option is only available for flow computers connected using Serial.
Parity This is the parity of the serial port. It is normally set to “None”.
This option is only available for flow computers connected using Serial.
Slave Address This needs to match the slave address set on the flowcomputer. It is normally set to “1″.
Connection 2 If the flow computer has two Ethernet cards installed then enter the IP Address and Port for the second network connection. If the connection 2 details are left blank then only the first connection will be used.Note: The settings for Connection 2 are only available if the Acquire server has a Redundant Network licence installed.
Config Flowcomputers handle their configuration in different ways as follows:

  • Omni 3000 / 6000 – The config is hard coded based on the firmware installed. Select the Config that match the Omni’s firmware. If the Omni is online then Acquire will automatically set the Config and the Firmware version once the connection details have been entered.
  • Daniel S600 – The configuration is dynamic and must be downloaded from the flow computer. Enter the communications details and then click the ‘Import’ button.
  • Daniel S600+ – The configuration is dynamic and must be downloaded from the flow computer. Enter the communications details, user name and password and then click the ‘Import’ button.
Streams Select which streams apply to the flowcomputer. This setting is useful for single stream flow computers where flow computer 1 is handling stream 1 and the second flow computer is handling stream 2 etc.If the streams cannot be set this may be because the flow computer has already had it’s streams allocated.

Note: All streams must be allocated.

3. Click the ‘Next’ button

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each flow computer connected to the station

Once all the flow computers have been set up, a configuration summary screen will be displayed:

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5. Click the ‘Setup’ button

Acquire will create the Station and open the default P&ID:

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