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2 Axis Installation Overview

The Tracker IPm is designed for use in industrial environments and is flexible enough to interface seamlessly to all Tracker control systems. This user manual covers the aspects of hardware installation and maintenance for the VT-IPm2m- 113 SPA. For software features and capabilities please refer to the Help system in the  I/O Tool Kit software.

You should already have received your registration & software package by email from IC Systems support.
Following these steps will make installation and start-up easier.

  1. Wiring Diagrams 
  2. Power Supply Sizing
  3. PC Set Up
  4. Connecting to the Tracker IPm
  5. Set Operating Parameters – Position Feedback
  6. Set Location Parameters
  7. Set Operational Limits
  8. Set Sunset Storage Position
  9. Calibration
  10. Auto Calibration
  11. Manual Control & Calibration

 

Calibration using WebControl

This assumes that all Location and both axis Motor set up has been completed, wiring is completed and you are ready to track the sun.

  1. Connect  your Tracker to the Internet via the Ethernet port on the top of the module.
  2. Make certain that your network supports DHCP and allows browsing. If not see your network administrator.
  3.  Log on to your Web Control Account
  4. In the dash board, select the Tracker IPm you wish to set up and make certain it is ONLINE. If not check that you have plugged your CAT5 Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the top right and not the RS232 port on the left. (Common mistake).
  5. The CURRENT STATUS (HOME) page should open automatically. If not email support@trackeripm.us with the Serial Number stating “Home Page will not open”.
  6. Below the main section there should be the navigation buttons. Select Control & Calibration.
  7. Make certain that you have hard wired a switch or jumper wire between terminal 5 and +17. The Tracker will not run without this circuit closed. Success is indicated by DI 9 LED lit on the controller faceplate and “Tracker Enabled” on the web page.
  8. Make sure AUTO is off for both Azimuth and Altitude
  9. If you intend to install Min. Limit Switches and want to enable Auto Cal turn on AUTO CAL for both Azimuth and Altitude.  Caution if you are not installing Min. Limit Switches or do not intend to use Auto Cal then we recommend using the Standard Calibration found in Toolkit. Go to   Standard Calibration      
  10. For each axis enter a value for the current position in the Force Pv Present Value field.  For azimuth 90 degrees is due East and 270 is due West. For Altitude 0 degrees points at the horizon and 90 degrees straight up.
  11. Locate the Altitude solar collector so that it is pointing straight up and it is plumb using a digital level,  enter 90.0 It is OK to estimate the position if you do not have a way to measure position accurately.
  12. After the value in this entry field is passed to the Pv it will return to -99 but the Pv will now reflect the new value of 90.0 degrees.
  13. For Azimuth, you may be pointing due South so enter 180.0
  14. Now that your Present Values Pv approximates the tracker actual position, move the Azimuth motor East until the lower limit switch changes state and the motor stops. You may adjust the limit switch position to reach desired settings by toggling East and West.
  15. Note the Pv for Azimuth and enter it into AZI01_ZERO.
  16. Put Azimuth into AUTO , it should begin tracking.
  17. If Azimuth is not On Sun then enter a plus or minus value in degrees in the AZI01_CORRECTION field until there is no error. Azimuth calibration is complete.
  18. Move the Altitude motor Down until the lower limit switch changes state and the motor stops. You may adjust the limit switch position to reach desired settings by toggling Up and Down.
  19. Note the Pv for Altitude and enter it into ALT01_ZERO.
  20. Put Altitude into AUTO , it should begin tracking.
  21. If Altitude is not On Sun then enter a plus or minus value in degrees in the ALT01_CORRECTION  field until there is no error. Altitude calibration is complete.

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  3. Accessories

1 Axis Installation Overview

The Tracker IPm is designed for use in industrial environments and is flexible enough to interface seamlessly to all Tracker control systems. This user manual covers the aspects of hardware installation and maintenance for the VT-IPm2m- 113 SPA. For software features and capabilities please refer to the Help system in the I/O Tool Kit software.

You should already have received your registration & software package by email from IC Systems support.
Following these steps will make installation and start-up easier.

  1. Wiring Diagrams
  2. Power Supply Sizing
  3. PC Set Up
  4. Connecting to the Tracker IPm
  5. Set Operating Parameters – Position Feedback
  6. Set Location Parameters
  7. Set Operational Limits
  8. Set Sunset Storage Position
  9. Calibration
  10. Auto Calibration
  11. Manual Control & Calibration