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Corrosion Data Management Software

Version 3.1.


Metal Samples Corrosion Monitoring Systems

A Division of Alabama Specialty Products, Inc.

152 Metal Samples Road, Munford, AL 36268

Phone: 256-358-4202 Fax: 256-358-4515

E-mail: msc@alspi.com Internet: www.metalsamples.com

Houston Office: 8811 Kensington Court, La Porte, TX 77571

Phone: 281-471-2777 Fax: 281-471-3405

Table of Contents

Setup 1

System Requirements 1

Installing The Software 1 Uninstalling The Software 2 Introduction 4 Instrument Download Center 5 Selecting A Serial Port 5 Selecting An Instrument 6 Downloading Data 6 Saving Data 6 Printing Data 6 Charting Data 6 Data Analysis 7 Loading A Data File 7 Data Table 7 Printing Data 8 Creating A Chart 8 Printing A Chart 8 Exporting A Chart 8 Chart Tools 8 Statistical Data 8 Finding A Data Points Value 9 The Tools Menu 9 LPR Alloy Multiplier Worksheet 11 Calculating An Alloy 11 Saving A Worksheet 11 Add To Data File 11 Save To Text File 12 Printing A Worksheet 12 Corrosion Coupon Worksheet 13 Calculating Corrosion Rate 13 Unit Selection 13 Saving A Worksheet 13 Add To Data File 13 Save To Text File 14 Printing A Worksheet 14 Support 15 Warranty 16 License Agreement 17 Setup This section will guide you through the process of installing the Corrosion Data Management Software on your PC. Before installation, make sure that you have read and accepted the License Agreement found in the back of this manual.

System Requirements To run the Corrosion Data Management Software, you need a PC

that meets the following requirements:

• Pentium® class processor

• Windows® 95 or higher operating system • 16 MB of RAM • 10 MB of available hard-disk space

• VGA monitor with 800 × 600 or greater resolution

• Mouse or pointing device recommended

• Available 9-pin or 25-pin serial port (for instrument download)

• CD-ROM drive for software installation (software available on 3.5" diskettes by request) Installing The Software

To install the Corrosion Data Management Software:

1. Remove any previous installations of the software.

2. Insert the setup disk. If the setup program starts automatically, you may proceed to step 6.

From the Start menu, select Run. The Run dialog box 3.

should appear.

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6. You will be prompted to close any open programs. After you have done so, click OK to continue.

7. You may change the directory that will contain the software by clicking the Change Directory button. To install the software in the default directory, click the Install button.

8. After clicking the Install button, the software will be installed on your PC. If any errors occur during software installation, you should uninstall, then reinstall the software.

9. When the software installation is complete you should remove the setup disk, then reboot your computer.

Uninstalling The Software

To uninstall the software:

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Open Add/Remove Programs.


3. Select “Metal Samples CDMS” from the list.

Click the Add/Remove button.


5. Follow the prompts.

Introduction Metal Samples Corrosion Data Management Software (CDMS) is a collection of utilities designed to assist the corrosion analyst in gathering and analyzing corrosion data. It includes tools for downloading and charting data from Metal Samples data loggers, calculating LPR alloy multipliers for 2-electrode probes, and for calculating corrosion rate from corrosion coupons.

The Main Menu can be used to launch all of the utilities of the CDMS package. To close the program, click the EXIT button at the bottom of the Main Menu.

Instrument Download Center The Instrument Download Center is a simple tool for retrieving data from Metal Samples ER and LPR data logger instruments.

To download data from an instrument:

• Connect the instrument to an available PC serial port (see the instrument manual)

• Run the Corrosion Data Management Software

• Open the Instrument Download Center

• Select the serial port and instrument

• Click the Download button

• Select the computer upload function on the instrument Data will begin to transfer from the instrument to the PC, and will appear in the data window of the Instrument Download Center. If the data appears garbled, the wrong instrument type has been selected. Select another instrument type and try again. If data

does not appear in the data window at all, verify that:

• The instrument is connected to a valid serial port

• All cables are securely connected

• The message “Port Status: On” appears in the status bar

• There are no errors on the instrument Selecting A Serial Port Use the Serial Port option box, or the Serial Port option in the Settings menu to select the port to which the instrument is connected.

Selecting An Instrument Use the Instrument option box, or the Instrument option in the Settings menu, to select the model of Metal Samples instrument being downloaded. This sets the appropriate communication parameters, which will be displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the window (“9600,N,8,1” for an MS1500, “2400,N,8,1” for an MS3500).

Downloading Data To toggle the selected port on and off, click the Download button, or click Start/Stop in the Download menu. Toggling the port on and off will also clear the data window.

Once a valid serial port and instrument have been selected, click the Download button to turn the port on and enable the computer to receive data. If a valid serial port has been selected, the status bar

at the bottom of the window will display the message “Port Status:

On”. If an invalid serial port has been selected, an error message will appear, and the status bar will display the message “Port Status: Off”. If this happens, another serial port should be selected.

Saving Data To save the data in the data window, click the Save button, or click Save in the File menu. The data is comma-delimited ASCII text.

It can be saved to a standard text (.txt) file, or it can be saved to a comma-separated values (.csv) file, which greatly simplifies the process of importing the data into some spreadsheet programs such as Excel® or Quattro Pro®.

Printing Data To print the contents of the data window, click the Print button, or click Print in the File menu. A print dialog box will be displayed to allow printer selection and setup.

Charting Data To chart the contents of the data window, click the Chart Data button, or click Chart Data in the File menu. If the data has not yet been saved, the user will be prompted to do so before the charting process begins. For more information on charting data, see the Data Analysis section.

Data Analysis The Data Analysis utility is a convenient tool for charting data from Metal Samples ER and LPR data logger instruments. The Data Analysis utility can be opened from the Main Menu, or it can be opened directly from the Instrument Download Center.

If the Data Analysis utility is opened from the Instrument Download Center, the contents of the data window will be loaded into the chart. However, if the Data Analysis utility is opened directly from the Main Menu, a valid data file must be loaded. The Select File box will open to allow selection of a data file.

Loading A Data File After selecting a data file (or clicking the Chart Data button from the Instrument Download Center) a status window will display the progress of the file being opened, along with the Instrument Type, Probe Type, and Probe ID for the data file.

Data Table After a file has been successfully loaded, the data will be displayed in the Data Table for review. By default, all data points will be included in the chart. However, data points can be turned off, or excluded, from the chart. If the “Excluded” flag appears in the status column for a data point, that data point will not appear in the chart. To toggle the exclude/include status of a data point, doubleclick the data point, or select the data point and click Exclude/Include in the Options menu.

Printing Data The data table can be printed by clicking Print in the Options menu. A print dialog box will be displayed to allow printer selection and setup.

Creating A Chart To chart the selected data, click the Chart Data button, or select Chart Data from the Options menu. The chart will be displayed in a new window.

Printing A Chart A chart can be printed using the Print Chart option in the File menu. A print dialog box will be displayed to allow printer selection and setup.

Exporting A Chart A chart can be exported to other applications using the Copy Chart option in the File menu. This will copy both the chart and the raw data to the Windows® Clipboard. The chart can then be inserted into other applications using the Paste function. Note: In some applications, using the Paste function will insert the raw data instead of the chart. In this case, use the Paste Special function, then select Picture to insert the chart.

Chart Tools

• Statistical Data The Statistical Data tab at the bottom of the Data Chart window will display a page with statistical information about the chart data. If the Statistical Data page is visible, this information can be printed by clicking Print Statistical Data in the File menu.

• Finding A Data Points Value While viewing the chart, the value of any data point can be determined by simply clicking it. The value will be displayed in the charts tool-tip box (a small text box that is displayed near the mouse pointer). If the tool-tip box does not appear immediately after clicking the data point, hold the mouse pointer stationary over the chart background for a moment.

• The Tools Menu The Tools menu contains a collection of utilities for viewing and manipulating the chart. The Tools menu can be accessed by clicking Tools on the menu bar, or by right-clicking anywhere on the chart.

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Data Series Color o Data Series Color displays a color selection box, which allows the user to select the brush color for the plot line. The default color for the plot line is Blue.

Zoom In o Zoom In allows a region of the chart to be enlarged so that it may be viewed in greater detail. To enlarge a region of the chart, click on the two data points that define the left and right boundaries of the region.

In zoom mode, the mouse pointer will change to a cross-hair. When zoom mode ends, the mouse pointer will return to its normal state.

To cancel zoom mode, click Cancel Zoom In from the Tools menu, or simply press the Esc key.

Zoom Out o Zoom Out restores the initial view of the chart, which displays the full data set.

Calculate Corrosion Rate o If the chart contains ER data, the Calculate Corrosion Rate option will become available under the Tools menu. This option allows the corrosion rate to be calculated between any two data points on the chart. To calculate the corrosion rate click Calculate Corrosion Rate, then click two data points.

The corrosion rate between those two data points will be displayed.

In calculate mode, the mouse pointer will change to an arrow/question mark. When calculate mode ends, the mouse pointer will return to its normal state.

To cancel a calculation, click Cancel Calculate from the Tools menu, or simply press the Esc key.

LPR Alloy Multiplier Worksheet The LPR Alloy Multiplier Worksheet simplifies the process of calculating alloy multipliers for use with the 2-Electrode LPR system.

Calculating An Alloy To calculate an alloy multiplier, the alloy must be “built” by adding each of its elements to the Alloy Composition list. An element is added to the list by selecting it from the drop-down menu, entering its percentage in the Percentage field, then clicking the Add button. To add the remaining percentage to an element, select that element, then click the Balance button. If it is necessary to remove an element from the list, highlight that element in the list, then click the Remove button.

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