GE ge multilin Electronic Accessory User Manual

EPM Software Components
There are four major components of the EPM software. The Network Builder,
ION Designer, Communications Server, and ION_LINK DDE Server each
interact to support the EPM 7700, EPM 7600 and EPM 7500 Meters. When you
selected the “PMCS with EPM 7700 Components” selection during the PMCS
installation routine, these software components were installed automatically.
The four components and their functions are described below.
Network Builder: Building the Network
Configuration File
The Network Builder presents a graphical view of the EPM 7700, EPM 7600
and EPM 7500 devices in your network, allowing you to easily add, remove or
configure sites, services and meters. Network Builder creates a central network
configuration file that holds information for the workstation, the network
connections, and every connected device. You may want to restrict access to
Network Builder or the network configuration file, since if the file is tampered
with, EPM 7700, EPM 7600 and EPM 7500 components may be rendered
ION Designer: Programming Devices and
Software Nodes
The ION Designer component allows you to customize the operation of an
ION-compliant node, such as 7000-series meters and 3000-series meters. Be
aware that misuse of ION Designer can adversely affect the operation of your
IMPORTANT: For purposes of PMCS network compatibility, it is CRITICAL
that any EPM 7700, EPM 7600 and EPM 7500 meters be configured with the
GE PMCS standard configuration. Using ION Designer to customize EPM
7700, EPM 7600 or EPM 7500 functionality can compromise compatibility with
the PMCS client applications attempting to access the device.
Communications Server: System
The Communications Server is the core communications component for EPM
7700, EPM 7600 and EPM 7500 meters. The Communications Server manages
all communications between the meters connected to your network and the
GE77GTWY and ION_Link DDE Server software applications.
ION_LINK DDE Server: Communication with
Windows Applications
The ION_LINK DDE Server uses Dynamic Data Exchange to share
information with applications such as Microsoft Excel or the CIMPLICITY
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