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Configuring the Unison Architectural Processor Application and Light Manager software version 1.65

 
You configure the architectural processor for your system using the Unison (Architectural) menu. This menu lets you load the provided configuration, enter the Unison local control settings and other information used by the control processor.

Each Unison control system has one architectural processor.

If your system has an External Processing Rack, its control module will contain the architectural processor.
If your system does not have a processing rack, the architectural processor is in the control module of one of your Unison Dimmer Racks.

Note: You can tell which dimming rack control module contains the architectural processor by looking at the label on the right side of the faceplate. CMBd, CMEd and CMEi control modules contain an architectural processor. CMd modules do not.

From the dimming rack

Access the Unison menu and scroll to [ARCH] with [] or [] and press [Enter]. The Unison menu will be displayed.

From the external processing rack

Access the Unison menu and scroll to [ARCH] with [] or [] and press [Enter]. The Unison menu will be displayed.

 


To load a Unison Light Manager configuration into the control processor

The Light Manager configuration provides system parameters such as number of rooms, number of zones in each room, number of presets and type and placement of stations.

  1. Open the rack door and find the 3.5" disk drive slot on the right side of the Control Module.
  2. Insert the disk containing the configuration into the drive.
  3. Access the Unison menu and scroll to [Load from Disk] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  4. Scroll to the desired configuration name with [] or [] and press [Enter].
Note: Reading a configuration will overwrite the configuration currently in the processor. Save to disk before reading in a new configuration if you are unsure.
  1. Loaded displays when the configuration is loaded from the 3.5" floppy disk. Press [Enter] to return to the Unison menu.
Note: It is recommended that you reset the system after loading a configuration to save your internal flash memory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To bind control stations to the architectural processor

Before the architectural processor can identify signals from the wall stations, it has to link each control station to its ID number. This process is called "binding". Systems with a single station of a particular type (preset, fader, LCD) will automatically bind with the associated ID number.

  1. Access the Unison Menu, scroll to [Setup] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
Note: Refer to the Control Station ID Chart to find the station ID number of the control you wish to bind.
  1. From the Setup display scroll to [Stations] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  2. From the Stations display, scroll to [Connect] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  3. The Choose Room display shows a list of rooms with unbound control stations. Scroll to the desired room with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  4. The Choose Section display shows the sections available in divided rooms. Scroll to the desired section with [] or [] and press [Enter].
Note: If the selected room is not divided, this display is skipped.
  1. The Choose Station display scrolls the names of unbound control stations in the section. Scroll to the desired control station with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  2. When a control station name is selected, the Connect to display shows a list of the station IDs available on the network for that type of station. Scroll to the correct ID with [] or [] and press [Enter].
Note: When you are in the Connect menu, pressing a control button on the station you choose in Step 6 will display the ID number of that station. You can use this feature to bind stations if you lose your Control Station ID Chart.
  1. The LCD will display [Connected] when the station is bound. The control station is now ready. Press [Enter] to show the next room or section with unbound control stations. Press [Exit] to leave the Connect menu.

Note: After binding stations, ETC recommends saving the configuration

To unbind control stations (optional)

When you need to remove or change a station, follow this procedure to unbind a control station from the architectural processor.

  1. Access the Unison Menu, scroll to [Setup] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  2. Scroll to [Stations] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  3. Scroll to [Disconnect] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  4. In the Choose Room display [] or [] scrolls the names of rooms with bound control stations. Press [Enter] to select the desired room.
  5. In the Choose Section display [] or [] scrolls the names of sections with bound control stations. Press [Enter] to select the desired section.
Note: The Choose Section display is skipped for undivided rooms.
  1. After you select the section, the display shows a scrolling list of linked stations in that location. Scroll to the desired station with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  2. The message "Disconnected" displays when the control station has been unbound. Press [Enter] to move to the next section or room with bound control stations. If there are no remaining bound control stations in the configuration, the display reverts to the Stations Connect menu.
  3. Press [Exit] to move back through the Stations submenu until you return to the Unison menu.
 

To enter the Date and Time local control settings

Follow this procedure to set the date and time in the astronomical time clock in the architectural processor.

  1. Access the Unison Menu, scroll to [Setup] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  1. Scroll to [Date/Time] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  1. The Year display scrolls dates from [1995] to [2099] with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct year.
  1. The Month display scrolls all 12 months with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct month.
  1. The Date display scrolls days from 1 to 31 with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct date.
  1. The Hour display scrolls 24 hours in a 12 hour AM/PM format with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct hour.
  1. Date/Time Set appears when the Date/Time menu is complete. Press [Enter] to return the display to the Unison menu.
 

To enter your location settings

The Location menu allows you to enter the installation latitude, longitude, elevation, and time zone into the Unison astronomical time clock. Refer to the Location Map on page 37.

  1. Access the Unison Menu, scroll to [Setup] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  1. Scroll to [Location] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  1. The Longitude (deg) display scrolls from 0 to 179 degrees East and West with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct value.
  1. The Longitude (min) display scrolls from 0 to 59 minutes of longitude with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct value.
  1. The Latitude (deg) display scrolls from 0 to 89 degrees North and South with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct value.
  1. The Altitude display scrolls elevation values in increments of 100 feet (28.5m) with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the correct value.
  1. The Time Zone display scrolls from 1 to 12 hours before (+) or after (–) Greenwich Mean Time. Scroll to the correct Time Zone with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  1. The Daylight Savings display scrolls from [Observed] to [Not Observed] with [] or []. Press [Enter] to select the desired daylight savings setting.
  1. Location Set displays when the Set Location menu is complete. Press [Enter] to return to the Unison menu.
 

Working in the Setup menu

All of the following Setup menu options will allow you to access, change or set information about your Unison system. See "Appendix E: Architectural Menu Flow Chart" , for help on maneuvering through the menus.

Stations
Use this menu to connect (bind) or disconnect stations to the Unison processor. See page 12.

Zones
Use this menu to change a zone’s level, add a dimmer, remove a dimmer, or change the DMX input mode.

Presets
This option will let you activate, deactivate, record and change the fade time of a Preset.

Walls
Use this menu to open or close a wall.

Load net backup
Loads configurations over the network in special Master Controller applications.

Date/Time
Allows you to display or change timeclock information about the system. See “To enter the Date and Time local control settings.

Location
Allows you to display or change astronomical timeclock information about the system. See “To enter your location settings."

Format disk
 See Format disk for more information.

Processor/Address
Sets the Processor IP address for all applications.

Note: If you change this address, you must reset the control module for the changes to take affect.

Information
This menu option gives you detailed information about your configuration, including: numbers of stations and connectors, numbers of rooms and sections, numbers of zones and dimmers, presets and their levels, and processor addresses. See “Working in the Setup Information Menu"


Working in the Setup Information Menu

The following Setup menu options will allow you to access, change or set information in the Setup Information menu.

▼ Number of stations and number of connected stations in the configuration. "Stn:" indicates number of stations in the Light Manager configuration. "Con:" indicates number of bound physical station on the Union Link Power (ULP) network.
▼ Number of rooms and sections in the configuration
▼ Number of zones and dimmers in the configuration
▼ Number or presets and levels in the configuration
▼ Job or configuration name
▼ Job or configuration number
▼ Job location
▼ Job engineer
▼ Number of good Unison Serial Access Protocol (USAP) commands received
▼ Number of USAP commands with bad objects

▼ Number of premature start bit
▼ Number of commands that were the wrong length
▼ MAC address in Hex
▼ IP address
▼ IP Mask number
▼ IP Gateway number
▼ CID number
 

Working in the Diagnostics menu

As with the Setup menu, the Diagnostics menu will allow you to access advanced information about your configuration.

Run Macro
Runs selected Macro.

Stop Macro
Stops selected Macro.

Dimmers
This menu option gives you the specific DMX level information for the selected dimmer.

Note
This screen in the [Dimmer] menu shows you the current EDMX and DMX levels going in and out of the processor.

Stations
Use this menu to find out which stations (and their ID numbers) are connected to the network.

All Zones Off
Turns off all zones that are currently on.

Initialize Flash
Clears and resets the current flash memory. This will erase the internal system memory.

Reset Stations
By selecting this option you will be performing a power-only reset on the AUX and Unison Link Power (ULP) lines.

Send Object Model
Used in specialized networked systems to send information about controls and wall stations.

The write-enable tab must be in the "Write" position to format a disk

 The write-enable tab must be in the "Write" position to format a disk
Figure 2: Write tab position

To format floppy disk (optional)

If you have an unformated double-sided, high-density disk, you can format it in the Control Module’s disk drive.

  1. Insert the disk into the disk drive on the right side of the control module. The write- protect tab must be closed. See Figure 2.
  2. Access the Unison Menu, scroll to [Setup] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  3. Scroll to [Format Disk] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
    Formatting disk... displays while the Control Module is formatting the disk. Formatting may take a few moments.

"Disk Formatted" displays if formatting is successful.
The disk is ready to record a configuration.


Formatting failed! displays if there is a problem formatting the 3.5" floppy disk.
You should check the write-enable tab or use another disk.

 

To save the installed configuration

You should keep a copy of your installed Unison configuration to another 1.44 MB IBM DS HD format 3.5" floppy disk (not your original configuration disk.) Saving the installed configuration records binding and location information entered while binding stations and setting up the system.

  1. To use the Save to disk submenu, insert a correctly formatted disk (see Preparing a 3.5" floppy disk, above), access the Unison menu, scroll to [Save to disk] with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  2. The Choose Save Name display scrolls the nine name options used by the Control Module processor for saving configurations. Names begin with Unison and are numbered from 1 to 9. Scroll to the desired name with [] or [] and press [Enter].
  3. Saved displays when the configuration is saved to the 3.5" floppy disk. Press [Enter] to return to the Unison menu.
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