Red Lion Controls – Crimson 3 Database Conversion

Red Lion Controls – Crimson 3 Database Conversion

Hey everybody thank you for joining me. You and I both know there are a ton of application chores
out there that are considered by any standard to be complex, difficult, time-consuming and costly. Well listen up… use a Red Lion Data Station Plus, a Modular Controller, or a G3 Operator Interface panel
coupled with Crimson 3.0 Software and let’s make this simple. In this video, I’ll show you how to use Crimson 3’s database
conversion utility to convert a database written for one type of
Red Lion interface product to another. That is to say, if I have a database written
for a Data Station Plus and I now need a local display or control, I can use this utility to convert my database to
one suitable for download to a G3 Operator Interface. Or if I now need to add some type of I/O to the application, I can convert it to a Modular Controller database. In case this hasn’t struck you yet, we are talking about a potentially huge time-saving bonus
over your rewriting entire database to satisfy a different target device. The conversions that can be made do depend on the original target device, but just about any combination is supported. Let’s have a look at how works. In this example, I’ll start with a database configured to work with the Data Station Plus GT set for a resolution of 640 x 480. The conversion process starts by dropping
the File menu. And about a third of the way down we’ll select “Save Conversion”. This opens a list from which we will select a new target device. I’ve decided my operator needs local display
and control of the process at hand, so in this case, I’m going to select the G315 as my new target device. Click Convert, give the new file a name, and Save it. And it let’s me know that this conversion, was indeed, a big success. So let’s look at this. The database is now configured for a G315 and all of the fuel for the time-saving fire is here on the left. Communication Devices – Assigned! Data Tags – Mapped! Display Pages – Intact! Web Server – Enabled! Data Logger – Logging Data! The only thing left to do is connect and download to a G315,
and I have a new target device up and on its way. Now let’s tell a different story. This time I’ve decided I want to add some type of I/O to my application. I don’t need a local display, but I do still need remote access and data logging. This time we’ll convert our Data Station Plus database
to a Modular Controller database. We repeat the process by dropping the File menu, select “Save Conversion” and this time we select the Modular Controller SX Model, which you’ll notice has a lower resolution on the virtual display than the 640 x 480 resolution Data Station we’re converting from. This will present us with a few adjustments to make this time around, but Crimson 3 has a fairly deep bucket
of tools to make the process a smooth one. So now our database is configured for a Modular Controller, and I can add the I/O I need to suit the application. Again the Communications devices, the Data Tags, the Web Server, and the Data Logger have all come along for the ride. And so did the virtual Display Pages, but you’ll
notice Crimson 3 has flagged a few errors for us to address. Because this time we converted from a higher resolution
down to a lower resolution, some of the objects on the display may not be sized properly. In some cases, it may simply be a matter
of resizing the text box by a pixel or two, like these selector switch labels. When I try a resize on these navigation
buttons, I soon figure out the font is just too big. So, I get a look at what font is being used, and
then navigate to Crimson 3’s Font Manager, a utility that allows you to swap one font
for another, throughout the database. Highlight Pages, select the Fonts tab, and then click on “Manage Font Database”. Since the font being used is a system or resident font,
I click Show System to add the system fonts to the list. Select the one I want to replace, click Replace, select the font I want to replace it with and say OK. It tells me the Undo list will be cleared,
is that ok? I say Yes. And we just swapped one font size for another. Now when I resize this button, the smaller
font makes the resize more palatable. Let me show you how to save some more time
with a few other tools as well. If I multiple select the other three buttons
while holding the shift key, right click, select Same Size As, and then point to the home button resizing is complete. Then there are couple of ways to line these buttons up. See the guidelines that appear there? That’s one way. Or you can right click again, go to Align, With Top Of, and point to the home button again. Done! Now let’s get them evenly spaced. Select them all, right click, go to Arrange, and select Equally Space Horizontally, done again! This button here I’m just going to make bigger
to accommodate the text, line it up with the top of these buttons. And there you have it guys and gals,
this conversion is complete! And so with just a few minutes time, a couple
of point-and-click maneuvers, and of course, some of the slickest hardware
and software on the planet, Red Lion takes another dirty job and
cleans it up with simplicity. To learn more about Red Lion’s interface products
and Crimson 3 software please visit us at and thank you for letting
us share this exciting product information with you.

Daniel Ostrander

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