Software Programs

By: Vital-sim  09-12-2011
Keywords: Visual Basic, Data Loggers, Programming Languages

SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

1) is a WINDOWS® 2000/XP based software and graphics package which allows signal engineers to test vital and non-vital application logic programs generated by a wide variety of development systems. At present, VSLS is capable of Microlock I & II /Genisys®, VPI/CSEX®, VHLC and ALC®, Microtrax® and Electrocode/Electrologic® programmable devices. VSLS includs Layout Screen Customizer and Relay Equivalents capabilities

2)

the ROUTE LOCKING LIST program permits the user to print several lists essential to cutover testing. The program furnishes a format list. Customized list formats can be installed by Vital Sim, or can be created by the user. These lists are:

  1. All Possible Routes
  2. All Switches in Each Route
  3. All Switches With Their Normal and Reverse Positions For Each Route
  4. All Parallel Routes
  5. All “Locked” Switches in Each Route That Could Permit A Conflicting Route
  6. Sectional Clearing/Fleeting Options (future development)

Also the ROUTE LOCKING LIST program permits the user to print pictorials of each route, permitting visual review and analysis prior and during cutovers.

(Requires Router Software Module) allows the user to print a list of downgrade sequences for each aspect in all user-selected routes, for use during cutovers. The program furnishes a standard format list. Customized list formats can be installed by Vital Sim, or can be created by the user. Note: it is necessary to provide detailed railroad standard downgrade sequence information in a Microsoft Access 2000 ® data base file prior to delivery of this program.

CUSTOMIZED ACCESS TO AUTOMATIC TESTING – Allows a very knowledgeable programmer with considerable signal knowledge to write his own customized test routines for the Automatic Test program. Typically C++, C# ® or Visual Basic ® programming languages are used to write the customized routines. Router and Automatic Test programs are prerequisites for the use of Customized Access to Automatic Testing to be successful.

1) DOS HLC ®and VHLC®

(Does not do ACE)

2) VSLS Compiler for GE ACE®, EC-5, Electrologixs, IWP, VHLC® and HLC

(Requirements:  ACE Compiler Ver. 3.0, or later plus Validator or reports from GE generated by Ace Compiler and Validator - Does not do DOS VHLC) 

3) VSLS Compiler for US&S Microlok I® and Genisys 4) VSLS Compiler for US&S Microtrax®, 5) VSLS Compiler for US&S Microlok II ® and Genisys

6) VSLS Compiler for EC-IV and E-P Electrologic® 7) VSLS Compiler for Alstom VPI/CSEX® 8) VSLS Compiler for GE® PTC - BETA VERSION

In addition to the above items, if specific nomenclature requires development, there is a variable Pre-Shipment Programming Charge that will be charged based on the time required for this development. This set-up charge is assessed only if such nomenclature file has not been previously generated.  To this point nomenclature files exist for AMTRAK, BNSF, CP, CSX, FEC, LIRR, Metro-North, NS and UPRR.  Frequently, one of the above closely matches a railroad nomenclature file not on the list, resulting in a minimal charge, if any. If it is necessary to create such a file, the following material will be required to accurately quote on the set-up charge, and program the new file:

1.  Aspect Chart.
2.  Rule Book.
3.  Circuit Nomenclature (tag names) for switch controls and indications, track circuits, code rates, signal types, lamp out detection, etc.
4.  Sample location plans and programs, if available.

DDAT is an analysis tool which aids the user in analyzing data which has been downloaded from data loggers. It is designed to plot or visually display data that has been downloaded from one of several supported data loggers or from VSLS.

Before using the program, the user must first connect the PC to a data logger and then download the data from the data logger. Once the data has been downloaded into a properly formatted computer file, the DDAT program can plot the data graphically so it can be used as a visual aid in analyzing the data.

The currently selected parameters (tags, magnification, window size, cursor position and custom filters) can be saved into one or more SETUP files for quick recall. These are also called ".ini" files (the files end in .ini). Any number of SETUP files can be saved with any file name the user chooses.

Pre-determined filters can be used or created and run your own user-defined filters to quickly find "pumping" or "bobbling" tags. Filters can also be used to investigate the possible causes of incidents.

Note:

The DDAT program does not download the data from the data logger(s). This is the user's responsibility. Various data loggers have different methods for performing the download. Please refer to the instructions for the specific data logger you are using, or contact the manufacturer of the data logger for information on how to perform the download.

The files which you download from the data loggers must be saved as plain-text ASCII files.
Word or WordPerfect format files are not acceptable.
Saving with Wordpad may add extra binary characters to the file, which will cause DDAT to lose data.

Data before Jan. 1, 2000 cannot be plotted and must be changed to a date after Jan. 1, 2000.  A maximum of 40 years of data may be displayed at one time and be between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2099.

Keywords: Data Loggers, Graphics Package, Programming Languages, Test Programs, Visual Basic

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