If one single device (or several identical devices) are selected in the Tree View or the List View, you can access the parameter settings by clicking on the "Parameters" tab in the lower bar of the list view.
Display of Parameters
The selection options for the device properties are dependent on the manufacturer and vary according to the application program used. There are two types of displays for parameters (or better, display variants).
|ETS Standard Dialog||
The default parameters or possible additional functionalities (available via DCAs) are displayed embedded in the ETS main window. The display is controlled entirely by ETS in this case.
The left aligned parameter tree view can be analogous to the tree view - expanded/collapsed.
|Plug-in Dialog||The parameters are displayed in a separate plug-in window. The display is controlled entirely by the plug-in in this case. Details on plug-ins and the existing plug-in types can be found here.|
Parameter settings can be edited in the Parameters tab in the List View. Three important functions are included for this in the context tool bar.
Please refer to the manufacturer documentation for details on individual device parameter settings.
When this option is enabled, ETS highlights with yellow all parameters that differ from their default (manufacturer defined) values.
- This indicator is shown for each individual parameter and also in front of the title of the parameter page.
- Moving over the parameter name with the cursor displays the actual default parameter in a tooltip.
This resets all parameters to the manufacturer’s default values. A warning is given before execution*.
Default Values are the parameter values which the manufacturer defines for every parameter in the product catalogs as defaults. This means that after importing a catalog and inserting a product from this catalog into a project, the inserted device contains always these default values for every parameter (as long as they have not been changed by the user). These parameter default values also define the visible Group Objects at the same time.
Parameters & Group Object Visibility
A parameter change may influence the visibility of Group Objects and/or the availability of Group Objects in functions. After a parameter change (e.g. to the default configuration), any Group Addresses which may be linked to the Group Objects that have been hidden, are lost. In such a case, ETS displays a corresponding warning*.
The parameter configuration behavior is principally determined by the product manufacturer.
*The warning cannot be deactivated via the ETS settings.
ETS6 supports parameters with floating point values, which can also be formatted, e.g. using two decimal places (if the manufacturer uses these options in his products). When making entries in the parameter dialog, this can lead to inaccuracies due to rounding when such formatting is used. If there are more decimal places in the value than the formatting string allows, the value is cut off and rounded up, if needed.
- Format: 00.00 (i.e. two places in front and two places behind the decimal point)
- Entry: 55.555
- Display: 55,56 (with "," as the decimal separator)
Possible formatting on time parameters follow the scheme hh:mm:ss:ffff, whereas ffff stands for the number of fractional digits per second. When a floating point value is displayed with a slider (i.e. no direct value entry), each step equals 1% of the parameter value range.