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FAQ – VPVision

In this section, you can find most answers to common questions about VPVision- the energy managment software platform from VPInstruments. Do you miss somthing? Other questions? Please contact us and we will be happy to help you further.

What type of connections are possible with VPVision?

VPVision offers 8 analog inputs & 1 modbus RS485 input,  to connect 1 daisy chain up to 8 sensors hard-wired directly to the VPVision main cabinet. When VPVision is part of an industrial Ethernet network, you can connect additional sensors using our I/O modules. This saves you significantly on installation and wiring costs.  You can choose from the following I/O modules:
• Modbus extension module with power supply
• Modbus to Ethernet converter with power supply, for RS485 based sensors
• Analog to Ethernet module with power supply, for 4 … 20 mA sensors
• Modbus and analogue to Ethernet module with power supply, to combine both 4 .. 20 mA and modbus based sensors

The Ethernet based I/O modules enable you to overcome great distances in the factory without a lot of wiring. The main VPVision unit also offers 4 LAN ports on the PC. Lan 1 is used to configure the system. The Other LAN ports can be used to connect to the company network, to connect a 3G module or to connect a subnet with I/O modules.

What are the benefits of VPVision Energy Monitoring?

VPVision is unique in it’s class. The Web-Based software offers real-time monitoring of all utilities.
You can view your energy consumption live on anywhere, anytime. On PC, Tablet or smartphone

  • SQL Database
  • Flexible and scalable
  • Easy to use interface
  • Limitless in amount of connected sensors
  • Virtual channels
  • Alarms and reports send by email
  • Third party data base connection (SQL)
  • Open for third party sensors
How can I access VPVision?

VPVision energy management software can be accessed in multipe ways: Ethernet, 3/4G, Wi-Fi, VPN. Your energy data is available anytime, anywhere. In Real-time.

Ethernet
Connecting the VPVision system to a client’s Ethernet will enable everyone, provided they connect to the same network, to access VPV by using the fixed IP-address with any laptop, tablet or smartphone.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.
This will enable users to access the VPVision system from anywhere in the world with a username & password. This is also a very fast and easy way to provide remote support.
Via 3/4G module
Connect a 3/4G module to the VPVision will allow you to access the system from anywhere in the world. The difference between this method & VPN connection is that this does not require the VPVision system to be connected to the customers Ethernet. Additional costs will occur due to use of local network.
Via Wi-Fi
Connect a Wi-Fi module to the VPVision system allows you to access the VPVision software wirelessly within close range of the WiFi module. Please note this would also be possible when connected to the Ethernet of the customer and you are connected to the same network with WiFi. Use the exisitng infographic in leaflet!”

How can i integrate VPVision with the exisiting BMS/PLC/SCADA?

VPVision can be integrated with your exisiting system with the optional SQL module, offering you the last hour data to your master system.

How can I download data from VPVision?

With the CSV widget you can extract data in CSV format. The CSV export wizard can be pre-configured, which makes easy, consistent download of data a very easy task.

How can I expand the VPVision energy management system?

VPVision is easy to expand. We can add sensors to your existing or new hardware and the software can also be easily expanded with optional items and additional sensors. We can update the software remotely. You can also use existing sensors with 4 … 20 mA signals. VPVision grows and adpats according to the needs of your company.

How do I connect the VPFlowScope to a Modbus RS485 network?

All VPFlowScope mass flow meters are equipped with a Modbus RTU interface. This makes connecting to a modbus RS485 network very easy, provided that you are an experienced modbus user. If not, please visit modbus.org to read more about the basic principles. Or read this application note.

 

Is modbus RTU always included in your flowmeters?

Yes, of course! Modbus RTU is included. All our flow meters are equipped with Modbus RS485 and use the Modbus RTU protocol. The new VPFlowScope M even has Modbus/TCP. So why use old-school 4 … 20 mA when you can have all parameters at once via Modbus?

Further reading on how to connect to a modbus network can be found here.

What type of connections are possible with VPVision?

VPVision offers 8 analog inputs & 1 modbus RS485 input,  to connect 1 daisy chain up to 8 sensors hard-wired directly to the VPVision main cabinet. When VPVision is part of an industrial Ethernet network, you can connect additional sensors using our I/O modules. This saves you significantly on installation and wiring costs.  You can choose from the following I/O modules:
• Modbus extension module with power supply
• Modbus to Ethernet converter with power supply, for RS485 based sensors
• Analog to Ethernet module with power supply, for 4 … 20 mA sensors
• Modbus and analogue to Ethernet module with power supply, to combine both 4 .. 20 mA and modbus based sensors

The Ethernet based I/O modules enable you to overcome great distances in the factory without a lot of wiring. The main VPVision unit also offers 4 LAN ports on the PC. Lan 1 is used to configure the system. The Other LAN ports can be used to connect to the company network, to connect a 3G module or to connect a subnet with I/O modules.

What are the benefits of VPVision Energy Monitoring?

VPVision is unique in it’s class. The Web-Based software offers real-time monitoring of all utilities.
You can view your energy consumption live on anywhere, anytime. On PC, Tablet or smartphone

  • SQL Database
  • Flexible and scalable
  • Easy to use interface
  • Limitless in amount of connected sensors
  • Virtual channels
  • Alarms and reports send by email
  • Third party data base connection (SQL)
  • Open for third party sensors
How can I access VPVision?

VPVision energy management software can be accessed in multipe ways: Ethernet, 3/4G, Wi-Fi, VPN. Your energy data is available anytime, anywhere. In Real-time.

Ethernet
Connecting the VPVision system to a client’s Ethernet will enable everyone, provided they connect to the same network, to access VPV by using the fixed IP-address with any laptop, tablet or smartphone.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.
This will enable users to access the VPVision system from anywhere in the world with a username & password. This is also a very fast and easy way to provide remote support.
Via 3/4G module
Connect a 3/4G module to the VPVision will allow you to access the system from anywhere in the world. The difference between this method & VPN connection is that this does not require the VPVision system to be connected to the customers Ethernet. Additional costs will occur due to use of local network.
Via Wi-Fi
Connect a Wi-Fi module to the VPVision system allows you to access the VPVision software wirelessly within close range of the WiFi module. Please note this would also be possible when connected to the Ethernet of the customer and you are connected to the same network with WiFi. Use the exisitng infographic in leaflet!”

How can i integrate VPVision with the exisiting BMS/PLC/SCADA?

VPVision can be integrated with your exisiting system with the optional SQL module, offering you the last hour data to your master system.

How can I download data from VPVision?

With the CSV widget you can extract data in CSV format. The CSV export wizard can be pre-configured, which makes easy, consistent download of data a very easy task.

How can I expand the VPVision energy management system?

VPVision is easy to expand. We can add sensors to your existing or new hardware and the software can also be easily expanded with optional items and additional sensors. We can update the software remotely. You can also use existing sensors with 4 … 20 mA signals. VPVision grows and adpats according to the needs of your company.

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