General information

The KiRoad plugin enables DEWESoft to acquire data from the Kistler KiRoad Performance measurement system. There are four operation modes: a) No DEWESoft hardware: KiRoad is running as stand-alone. b) Master clock: KiRoad acts as clock provider for DEWESoft hardware. c) Soft sync: KiRoad and DEWESoft hardware each run with their own internal clock. d) Demo mode: When no KiRoad system is connected, DEWESoft will create a virtual one.

Current plugin version: 3.0.0

Minimum DEWESoft version: X3 SP4 NOTE: For plugin version 1.x.x at least DEWESoft X3 SP2 must be used!

For plugin version 2.x.x at least DEWESoft X3 SP3 must be used!

For plugin version 3.x.x at least DEWESoft X3 SP4 must be used!

Latest supported Visual C++ redistributable packages for Visual Studio 2017 is required before registering the addon: https://support.microsoft.com/bn-bd/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads

Licensing

Extension registration

Hardware plugin

The sensors are connected to the measurement PC (e.g. S-BOX) via the LAN port (TCP/IP for data transfer). The clock and trigger lines of the sensor are connected to the corresponding clock and trigger pins of the sync connector on the DEWE-43 or SIRIUS measurement slice. If more than one KiRoad system is connected, it is recommended to use an Ethernet Switch. Clock and trigger are daisy-chained between KiRoad systems.

Sync connector

KiRoad synchronization wires (clock and trigger) must be connected to Sync connector of the DEWESoft® measurement device (i.e. SIRIUS, DEWE-43): The clock output of the KiRoad is connected to CLK (Pin 1) on the DEWESoft® Sync connector. The trigger output of KiRoad is connected to Trigger (Pin 2) on the DEWESoft® Sync connector. The ground is connected to GND (Pin 4) of the DEWESoft® Sync connector.

Ethernet configuration

KiRoad is connected to the measurement unit via ethernet cable for data exchange. To establish communication between KiRoad and the measurement system, the ethernet interface on the PC and the ethernet interface/s on KiRoad/s must be configured to use the same IP address range (i.e. the subnet mask must match).

Configuration of the measurement units Ethernet interface:

  • Define the IP address (here 192.168.160.1)
  • Define the Subnet mask (here 255.255.255.0)
  • Click OK to confirm the settings

Configuration of the sensors Ethernet interface:

  • Once the network connection is working, open the web browser and enter the IP address of your KiRoad Performance into the URL command line, for example http://192.168.160.70. After an initialization screen (loader), the KiRoad Performance GUI will appear showing the System Status window.
  • The KiRoad Performance GUI is optimized for the Google Chrome web browser.
  • The usage of other web browsers can lead to minor differences in appearance IP address of KiRoad is shown on the device display when it is powered up.

NOTE: **For more information please refer to the Kistler KiRoad Performance quick start installation guide.** IMPORTANT: KiRoad needs to be configured, to send data through the Ethernet data interface. On the web interface, go to Digital output settings and select interface Ethernet.

Hardware setup

After you have installed and enabled the plugin, start DEWESoft® and go to the Hardware Setup:

Master clock mode

In Master clock mode, KiRoad system acts as the clock master, providing clock and trigger for DEWESoft® measurement units. In Master Mode it is important to set the DEWESoft® synchronization settings to External – Clock/Trigger:

Soft sync mode

KiRoad can also be used without hardware synchronisation between devices. In this case synchronized data cannot be guaranteed and will be in the in the range of <10ms.

Demo mode

When no KiRoad system is found, DEWESoft® will create a virtual system denoted as “Demo device”. This is only to show the basic plugin functionality. A sine signal is simulated on every channel.

Channel setup

In the channel setup of the Kistler KiRoad plugin, you can activate/deactivate channels of the connected sensors.

  • Dynamic acquisition rate: This is the sample rate and can be chosen between 100 Hz and 1250 Hz. Please note that the set sample rate will be valid after switching to measurement mode (e.g. overview).
  • IP:192.168.xxx.xxx: If more than one KiRoad system is connected, you can switch between the channel lists of each system.
  • Channel list: The channel list of each system is divided into sub-groups (Wheel channels, Hub channels and Analog input) for easier navigation. It is possible to alter each channels name, colour, unit and scaling directly in the channel list.
  • Load setting from device – channel properties (unit, min and max value) can be read from the device.