The following are instructions on how to convert Parker’s TS8000 HMI touchscreen's DSI3 configuration files to work with Red Lion Control's Crimson® 3.1 software, and their CR3000 HMIs.
For converting DSI8000 configuration files to CR3.1 see the adjacent FAQ in the sidebar.
If your project included Firewire or LINKnet, your project will have more required modifications to work properly.
‘Red Lion Controls’ Crimson® 3.1 HMI software, installed on a PC.
- Crimson® 3.1 can be downloaded from here: https://www.redlion.net/red-lion-software/crimson/crimson-31
Procedure for converting Parker’s DSI3 configuration files to operate with Crimson® 3.1:
- Download and install the ‘Red Lion Controls’ Crimson® 3.1 HMI software on a computer.
- On the computer go to the Start menu (located in the lower left-hand corner of the screen) and type in CMD. A DOS window will appear as shown in Figure 1 down below.
- From here we need to navigate to the utils directory of the Crimson folder and we need to run the expcd3 utility. At the prompt type in cd \
- Then type in cd Program files
- Then type cd Red Lion Controls
- Then type cd Crimson 3.1
- Then type cd utils
- Now you need to run the expcd3 utility which will decompress and expand the TS8000 file. Type expcd3 and the path name and file name including the extension of the TS8000 file that you are converting. It may look something like this: expcd3 c:\TS8000\DSI3configuration.ds3
- (In this example the file is in the folder TS8000, and the file name is DSI3_configuration.ds3). See Figure 1 below.
- Once the TS8000 file has been expanded, the file name will go away as shown in the last line of Figure 1 above.
- Now change the file extension name from ds3 to txt.
- Click on the file to open it with a text editor.
- On the 4th line down, where it says Config (as in Figure 2) change the name from “SSD Drives” to “Red Lion Controls”. It is case sensitive. When finished it should look like Figure 3.
- Click File / Save As and change the file extension from txt to cd3
- Launch Crimson® 3.1 and select File / Import and select your cd3 file and then select Open.
- A window will appear stating Crimson 3.0® is not supported in Crimson® 3.1
- Select the Model of HMI being used and press OK. There may be several options available. If the target device's display resolution does not match that of the original device, you may be offered several options relating to how display pages will be converted.
- Options labeled as Scaled take each display page and resize its contents to the new display format, adjusting font sizes where possible.
- Options labeled as Centered leave the display page contents unchanged but center them within the new display size, leaving either vertical bars or a frame around them.
- Options labeled as Emulated switch the target device's display into a mode where it scales its display output to emulate the original device's resolution.
- Where the scaling is by an integral factor, this will typically produce a clear display but with larger and thus more noticeable pixels.
- Where a non-integral factor is used, you should assess the results to see if you consider the resulting display quality to be acceptable.
- Then select File / Save As and name your configuration with the extension cd31, which will re-compress the file which Crimson® 3.1 supports.
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