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Specifications Specifications 8/2/2017
Products: Support Tools
Functionalities: Engineering
Product version: 1.8, 1.9

Expert Tool

Expert Tool

Expert Tool

Introduction

Expert Tool is a PC-based software application designed to help visualize the configuration of the SmartStruxure servers. The tool enables a design, commissioning, or support engineer to see the relationship between the objects in the folder structure and generate documentation to support the commissioning or support process.

Expert Tool enables an engineer to review and troubleshoot the internal bindings in a SmartStruxure server. By connecting directly to the target server or by using an export of all or part of the folder structure, the engineer can check for missing or duplicated bindings. When connected to the target server, the engineer can view real-time values as they pass through the server application. In addition, Expert Tool provides features to assist with reporting and troubleshooting such as binding reports and database comparisons.

Simplified connectivity

Expert Tool can connect directly to the target SmartStruxure server or Project Configuration Tool (or Project Configuration Server). There is no need for export files. Simply enter the login information of the target system and connect. A server upload manager allows the engineer to quickly access the exact part of the system to be viewed.

Server Upload Manager

Server Upload Manager

Features

Commissioning and support tool

Expert Tool is a valuable addition to an engineer’s toolkit. Engineers can use the tool for testing and troubleshooting before an application is deployed, and for supporting an existing installation.

Flow diagram of bindings

In the Flow View, I/O modules, variables, programs, and graphics are displayed in a 2-D flow diagram with the bindings that link them clearly displayed. Selecting an object highlights all of the associated bindings so the connected objects can be clearly identified.

Flow View

Flow View

System Tree structure

The Flow View also displays the System Tree structure in exactly the same way it is organized in the SmartStruxure server. To display a specific portion of the System Tree in a 2-D flow diagram, the engineer can select specific objects and drag and drop them to a new Flow View. Clicking on an object in the tree structure makes the object flash in the flow diagram so it is easy to locate.

System Tree

System Tree

Binding report with analysis

The Binding View displays a report of all the bindings, including the object type, direction, binding type, and path to the object. Bindings that might cause a problem are highlighted to assist with troubleshooting.

Binding View

Binding View

Live data values

Expert Tool can connect to the SmartStruxure server using either a direct connection through the API or using EcoStruxure Web Services. Once the engineer has logged on, the target folders are selected and then live values can be requested. Once communications have been established, live values are available for all bindings and represented objects. Objects that are in a forced or error condition are highlighted in the Binding View.

Live Data Setup

Live Data Setup

Support documentation and reports

The engineer can save both the Flow View and the Binding View in a variety of formats suitable for operation manuals or further manipulation. In addition, a Report View can be created leveraging the properties of any object from the target system. Preset or custom reports can be generated containing any combination of objects and properties.

Report View Setup

Report View Setup

Troubleshooting with database comparison

Use Expert Tool to compare the data in a system at two different points in time to highlight changes or identify differences. An engineer can easily create a compare data file to use for comparison and quickly generate a comparison report that compares two different files. The comparison report identifies deleted, added, or modified objects.

Compare Data Reports

Compare Data Reports

Specifications
Server side
SmartStruxure servers
Building Operation v1.6 and later
For more information, see Enterprise Server, Automation Server, AS-P, and AS-B specification sheets.
Project Configuration Tool
Building Operation v1.8 and later
For more information, see the Project Configuration Tool specification sheet.
Project Configuration Server
Building Operation v1.6 to v1.8
Client side
Hardware requirements
Processor
Minimum: Intel Core i5 @ 2.0 GHz or equivalent
  
Recommended: Intel Core i5 @ 3.0 GHz or better
Memory
Minimum: 4 GB
  
Recommended: 8 GB or higher
Hard disk space
Minimum: 20 GB
Display
Minimum: 1,024x768 pixel resolution
Other devices
Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device is required.
Software requirements
Operating systems
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
The following Microsoft Windows 7 editions are supported: Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
The following Microsoft Windows 8.1 editions are supported: Pro, Pro N, Enterprise, and Enterprise N.
The following Microsoft Windows 10 editions are supported: Pro and Enterprise.
The following Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 editions are supported: Standard, Web, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium.
The following Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 editions are supported: Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation.
Required additional software
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.6
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