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  • USERS GUIDE

    vLog 4.5Vaisala Veriteq vLog Software

    M211334EN-A

  • CopyrightCopyright 2011 Vaisala Canada Inc. All rights reserved.

    TrademarksVaisala Canada Inc, Vaisala Veriteq, Vaisala Veriteq vLog, and Vaisala Veriteq Spectrum are trade-marks of Vaisala Canada Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.All other trademarks referred to are the property of their respective owners.

    Disclaimer and Limitation of LiabilityVaisala Canada Inc and its subsidiaries assume no responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the use of this manual.Vaisala Canada Inc and its subsidiaries assume no responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties which may arise through the use of this software. Vaisala Canada Inc and its subsidiaries assume no responsibility for any damage or loss caused by deletion of data as a result of hard-ware malfunction. Be sure to make backup copies of all important data to protect against data loss.Vaisala Canada Inc makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, regarding Vaisala Veriteq data loggers or software, its merchantability, or its fitness for any particular purpose. The exclusion of implied warranties is not permitted by some states. As such, the exclusion may not apply to you.Vaisala Veriteq vLog has been tested using a variety of network systems. However, the large num-ber of possible hardware and network configurations makes testing under every circumstance impossible. If you have trouble using Vaisala Veriteq vLog software, contact Vaisala Canada Inc.

    Technical SupportFor technical support in North America, please call 1-866-861-3388, or for customers outside North America, see Getting Help on page 9. Email: veriteqsupport@vaisala.comDocument part number: M211334EN Release date: July 2011

    No copying, distribution, publication, modification, or incorporation of this document, in whole or part, is permitted for commercial purposes without the express written permission of Vaisala Can-ada Inc.Vaisala Canada Inc13775 Commerce ParkwayRichmond, BC V6V 2V4Canada

  • Vaisala Veriteq vLog 4.5 i

    Chapter 1: Introducing vLog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    vLog SP or vLog VL? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Preparing to use Vaisala Veriteq vLog Software . . . . . . . . . . 3Understanding the vLog Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Using Menus & Keyboard Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Using the Tool Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Conventions Used in this Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Chapter 2: Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Installing vLog Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Setting Up and Using vLogOverview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    Ensuring Loggers are Calibrated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Validating Loggers (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Connecting Loggers to PCs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Logging on to vLog SP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Logging on to vLog VL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Setting Audit Trail Options (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Setting Security Levels (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Working with User Accounts (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Setting up PC Communication Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    Configuring Loggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Linking Loggers to an Audit Trail File (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . 31Configuring Logger Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Setting Logger Sample Timing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Setting the Sample Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37Enabling and Disabling Logger Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39Configuring Channels to Work with Transducers . . . . . . . . 39Configuring Warm Up Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Configuring Logger Channels to Work with Thermocouples 43Clearing Logger Samples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    Contents

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    Configuring Loggers: Batch Setup (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . .46Mounting Loggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48Using External Temperature Probes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49Caring for Relative Humidity Sensors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

    Chapter 3: Transferring Logger Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Transferring Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

    Setting Transfer Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52Configuring the Default File Name Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Transferring Logger Data to the PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

    Logger File Creation Report (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60Logger File ID Number (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63Setting System Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

    Batch Transfer of Logger Data to the PC (vLog VL) . . . . . .64

    Chapter 4: Working with Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67Displaying and Creating Graph Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

    Inserting Logger Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Inserting Multiple Logger Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70Removing Channels from a Graph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70Scrolling Through Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71Pinpointing Graph Values and Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71Changing the Time Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72Adding Graph Titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72Selecting a Graph Font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Zooming In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Zooming Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Formatting Measurement Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77Specifying the Y-axis Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Changing the Decimal Place Precision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    Changing the Temperature Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78Setting Sample Smoothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79Adding Horizontal Lines to Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80Verifying a Graph (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

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    Copying and Pasting Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83Exporting Graph Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83Saving Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Printing Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

    Printing Line Numbers on Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85Printing Footers on Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Print Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Printing Graphs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

    Chapter 5: Viewing Reports and Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87Historical Data Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

    Adding Statistics to Historical Data Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . 89Customizing Headers, Footers and Font Sizes in Historical Data Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

    Audit Trail Reports (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94Viewing and Filtering Audit Trail Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94Configuring Date and Time Columns in Audit Trail Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97Customizing Headers, Footers and Font Sizes in Printed Audit Trail Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

    Batch Setup Reports (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98Customizing Headers and Footers in Printed Batch Setup Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

    Graph Security Problems Reports (vLog VL) . . . . . . . . . . 100Copying and Pasting Report Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101Saving Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

    Printing Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

    Appendix: FAQs and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103Software Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

    Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

    Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

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  • Vaisala Veriteq vLog 4.5 1

    Chapter 1: Introducing vLog

    The vLog 4.5 Users Guide includes the information you need to install, configure and operate vLog. You can also review the vLog Quick Guide for an overview of vLog installation steps. This chapter