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This function makes it possible to replace existing devices in a project with devices which are identical in construction or similar in function in such a way that important device properties are not lost*. The most important use cases are:
•Expansion (an existing device function must be expanded, for example, by two additional channels).
•Replacement (an original device is no longer available, so it must be replaced with a functionally equivalent device from the same manufacturer or from a different one).
|*||Otherwise, you would just insert the new device, set the parameters for it to match the original and connect it with GAs and then, when finished, delete the original device.|
The ETS App must reconfigure an existing functionality (or, more precisely, a group object on the desired replacement page) in such a way that when completed, the identical functionality is reestablished, although at least one GO has been replaced by that of another device. This must be performed for all GOs, which requires the assignment (also called mapping) of the functionalities.
Consequently, the deciding criterion in this exchange is knowing the individual functionality of every group object between the original and the replacement device. If, upon completion, the exchanged group object behaves like the original, this is invisible for the GO on the other end of the functionality (e.g. for the existing receiving GO when the sending GO is replaced). It doesn’t notice the replacement, so to speak, which is the objective of the procedure.
The replacement is not limited to devices of one manufacturer. It is also possible to replace devices of manufacturer X with those of manufacturer Y. But this requires attention to one significant detail.
The object number for GOs is not normed; even within the context of a single manufacturer, there is no mandatory requirement that a GO of the Switching type must always have the object number 0 (the number is displayed in the Number column). For ETS and ETS App users, this means:
•ETS makes the assignment in the original device automatically if the following elements match in both GOs (original/replacement):
Of course, the assignments can be changed later.
•If automatic assignment cannot be carried out correctly, the user must do this manually.
The function can be called up via the Extras menu. The ETS App is designed to be an assistant and guides you through the replacement process step by step.
The device properties of a device that is to be replaced (original device) are replaced by the properties of a new device (replacement device, template).
The following device properties are taken into account during the replacement:
•Product, including comments and installation notes
•Building/Trade (if they exist)
•Line and PA/IA; the address flag is reset
•Visible group objects, including properties (priority, DPT) and associated or connected GAs
Parameter settings are not included here because the sheer number of possible parameters for a device does not allow for meaningful assignment (or for the user to be able to do so manually). This can be done later automatically using the Parameter Transfer function available in ETS.
If the assignment of GOs to the GAs of a plug-in device (e.g. via the functionConnect With or using drag & drop) is possible in ETS itself (and does not happen in the plug-in dialog), then it is also possible to replace devices with plug-ins (different manufacturer). The deciding factor for the ETS App is simply that a GA/GO assignment - as in ETS itself - can be carried out outside of the plug-in.
1.Select the device to be replaced
At least one device to be replaced must be selected (= original device).In order to be able to perform a replacement for several original devices at one time, all the device applications must be identical. If this is not the case, then the process must be repeated analogously.
2.Select a template
Open the assistant and first select a new device from a list (= replacement device, template). This will be used to replace the original devices selected under point 1 with the replacement device.
3.Define the assignments (mapping)
Make the assignment of group objects between the original and the replacement device in the wizard and confirm.
The two most important steps will be explained in detail.
All the devices contained in the project selected above and which is open in ETS are displayed here. These can serve as a template for the replacement (target devices). The project can be switched using a toggle. A search field makes it possible to search for target devices in the same manner as in the Catalogs window. The following logic is used for the display of the list:
•The original device selected is also displayed (the destination and the source are identical; use case: swap channels A çè B)
•Devices without an application are not shown (e.g. power supplies)
•Devices with collection objects are not shown
•If source device(s) have GOs, the replacement devices must also have GOs
•If source device(s) have no GOs, replacement devices can either have or not have GOs (if they have them, they will not be connected)
All GOs are listed here for which mapping is required in this configuration (visible GOs). It is mandatory, of course, that these GOs also have a GA assignment, otherwise there is no functionality connected. Two GOs which exist but are orphaned have no connection.
•The assignment can be activated by selecting the corresponding “available” object and clicking (clicking on the X symbol in the selection deletes the current assignment). The following conditions apply:
oEvery original GO can be linked with a maximum of one replacement GO.
oThe original and the replacement GO must have the same bit width.
•An assignment which has been made can also be saved at the device level (Save...) and directly loaded later as a template (Load...).