How do I use the Scheduler on the Micromate?
The scheduler is used to increase the flexibility of the Micromate and Matheson Mining Consultants recommends using the scheduler for all remote monitoring applications. Please note that the scheduler can be setup using Blastware or THOR. THOR is recommended, please refer to the THOR - Scheduler section on this page. This may be done locally or remotely.
The scheduler is accessed by first connecting to the Micromate using Blastware. Then choose Compliance Setup>Special Setups. At the top of the Special Setups tab you will see an Edit button for the Monitor scheduler. Click Edit to access the Monitor Scheduler.
This will bring up the scheduler that is currently on the Micromate, keep in mind that this may be blank if the scheduler has not be configured previously on your Micromate. If you get an error such as "Timeout Waiting on Response from Unit!", you will need to exit out and reload the Compliance Setup.
For single day or single week monitoring you will choose either the Day or Week radio button at the top of the Scheduler window. These situations are not typical for remote monitoring.
For remote monitoring - 7 days per week, choose the Repeat check box in combination with the Day radio button. This setup is typically used for projects where monitoring will continue during the weekend or where background data is being taken 7 days a week.
For remote monitoring - 5 days per week, choose the Repeat check box in combination with the Week radio button. Note that this disables monitoring on the weekends, i.e. Saturday and Sunday.
The following example shows a 7 day repeat blank scheduler template.
To activate a cell, click on a yellow cell that corresponds to the time you would like to activate.
Start Monitor - Start Monitor will start the Micromate in Monitor Mode. You must choose a Compliance Setup(.mmb) file that has been previously saved to your local or remote drive. If you have not saved a Compliance Setup file exit the Scheduler by clicking on the Cancel button in the Monitoring Schedule Events window and then clicking the Cancel button in the Monitor Scheduler window. If you have already setup the Compliance Setup on the Micromate click the Setup Files tab under Compliance Setup and then click To Disk under Save Setup. If you have not already setup the Micromate Compliance Setup how you want, go back to the Micromate Recording Setup tab and configure the Recording Setup, then configure the Notes tab and the bottom half of the Special Setups tab before returning to the Setup Files tab to Save the Setup to Disk.
Once you have the Compliance Setup file saved to disk, you will be able to browse for the setup file and select it so that it shows in the Start Monitor file selection box.
Click OK to load the Start Monitor command into the cell. Keep in mind that if you make a mistake you can clear an inidividual cell by clicking the cell and choosing Clear Cell, then click OK.
If you are doing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Histogram or Histogram Combo Monitoring your setup is done. All you need is one Start command in the scheduler. Each day at the Start time the Histogram file from the previous day will be closed out and a new Histogram file will be started. The Micromate will perform an AutoCall Home before the new Histogram file is started which will upload the previous Histogram to the server and clear the Micromate's memory.
To save the scheduler to the unit, click the Send to Unit button in the top right corner of the Monitor Scheduler window. It is a good idea to save the scheduler(.sch) file as a backup and/or for future use.
Stop Monitoring - If you are only monitoring during the day, for example 6am-6pm, you will also want to include a Stop time in your scheduler. To do this, double click on the cell corresponding to 6pm and then choose Stop monitor. The Micromate will also perform an AutoCall Home at this time if you have choosen to Call Home After an Event under Remote Access>AutoCall Home>Setup Unit in Blastware. This feature designates all Scheduler Events as AutoCall Home Events, not just vibration or microphone triggers.
AutoCall Home - The AutoCall Home command in the scheduler is really only for Histogram only monitoring where you will not have waveform events during your monitoring period to trigger an AutoCall Home session. The Start and Stop commands will trigger an AutoCall Home for most situations other than Histogram only monitoring.