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EZ Data Software SystemOperating ManualCHEMINSTRUMENTS510 COMMERCIAL DRIVEFAIRFIELD, OHIO 45014(513) 860-1598www.cheminstruments.comRevision 1.2January 17, 2017

CONTENTSOVERVIEW . 3SPECIFICATIONS. 3INSTALLATION . 3OPERATION . 4MAIN SCREEN - MENU BAR . 5TOOLS . 5ADMIN . 8HELP . 10MAIN TAB . 11DATA REVIEW TAB. 13GRAPH SCREEN. 15TABULATE DATA . 19OVERLAY DATA . 20TEST METHODS . 21ADHESION RELEASE . 23HIGH SPEED RELEASE. 25HIGH SPEED UNWIND . 27180 DEGREE PEEL ADHESION . 2890 DEGREE PEEL ADHESION . 29COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION . 302 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

OVERVIEWThe EZ Data software system is designed to enhance your model 2000ChemInstruments test platforms. This document describes how to use the EZ Datasoftware. Should you have any problems or questions, please contactChemInstruments at nal computer operating Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8,or Windows 10.Pentium processor, 1 GHz or higher.Minimum screen resolution: 1366 x 7681 available USB port.50MB of hard drive space.INSTALLATION1. Insert the EZ Data USB flash drive into the computer.2. Run the EZDatavXX-setup.exe file from the flash drive. XX represents theversion number of the software.3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation.4. The installation should have installed an “EZ Data Lab – 2000” program groupand desktop icon on your computer.5. It will also create a folder on your C: drive named EZ Data. The EZ Data Systemrequires this folder and its sub-folders in order to operate correctly. Please donot delete.6. Connect the provided USB cable from the test platform’s USB connector to theappropriate USB port on your computer.3 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

OPERATIONThe EZ Data software system can work with either a machine connected or not. With amachine connected, EZ Data will automatically detect the connected machine. If amachine is connected then only that type of machine’s test data files can be reviewed,graphed, and tabulated.If there is not a machine connected then EZ Data is used to analyze test data for anytype of model 2000 ChemInstruments test platform.The main screen is designed to provide all the necessary instructions on your computerscreen. We will cover the areas that are common to all machines. For machine specificinformation, please refer to the machine’s area at the back of this manual.4 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

MAIN SCREEN - MENU BARTOOLSCALIBRATE LOAD CELLIn order for the load cell to measure forces correctly, it is necessary to calibrate thesystem. The following procedure describes the calibration process.1. Select the “CALIBRATE” button in the Setup section of the Operating Screen.2. Follow the on-screen instructions exactly. (See Figure 3 – Calibration Screens)3. Grams are the unit of measure for the calibration process.4. The calibration process requires 2 known weights – a lighter weight and aheavier weight. The lighter weight can be no weight at all.5. Make sure to hang the appropriate weight on the load cell grip when entering thelow and high calibration values.6. Make sure that the weight is not moving before pressing “OK”.7. Verify the calibration by hanging some other known weight on the load cell gripand checking the display in the “Current Load” field.5 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

Figure 3 – Calibration ScreensOPEN SAVED TABULATE LISTAllows for opening a previously saved tabulate lists.OPEN SAVED OVERLAY LISTAllows for opening a previously saved overlay lists.SAVE EXCEL FILE TO COMPUTE WORKAllows for saving an excel file in order to verify work calculation in EZ Data. Theprocedure is as follows:1. Use the Tools\Save Excel File to Compute Work utility to save the selected testdata to an excel spreadsheet.2. The test data written to excel will be in the following format:a. Column A will contain the distance measurement per data point in meters.b. Column B will contain the test data measured in newtons.3. The user will need to type the following formula in cell C3:a. ((B3 B4)/2)*(A4-A3)4. Copy and paste the formula to all cells in column C except for the last data point.5. Type the following formula to compute work:6 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

a. SUM(C3:Cxx)where xx last cell that contains data in column C6. This cell will contain the work in joules.7. To calculate work in in-lb:a. Work(in-lb) Work(joules) * 8.850746CALIBRATE TOUCH SCREENAllows for calibrating the touch screen display in the machine. Follow the directions onthe touch screen for calibration. After the calibration data has been saved, the touchscreen will go blank. The machine will need to have its power recycled.7 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

ADMINCOMPANY NAMEAllows the user to change the company name that is printed on all reports.USER FIELD NAME SETUPAllows the user to customize the data that is saved with tests. There are up to 5customizable fields.8 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

VIEW RAW DATA ON GRAPH SCREENAllows the user to turn ON or OFF viewing raw test data on graph screen. If there is alot of test data, then viewing the raw data on graph screen slows loading and croppingof the graph. If this item is checked, then the raw data will be viewable on the graphscreen.EXPORT OPTIONSAllows the user to either export test data to Microsoft Excel or to a text file. The actualexporting of test data can be performed in the Data Review screen or the Graph screen.9 PageEZ Data System Operating Manual

HELPMACHINE MANUALThis will open a pdf version of the connected machine’s operating manual.EZ DATA MANUALThis will open a pdf version of this operating manual.ABOUTThis will list EZ Data’s software version. It will also list the connected machine type andits software and hardware version. It will report the number of demo tests still availableor that the authorization code has been entered.10 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

MAIN TABThe main tab of the main EZ Data screen will show the current load being measured bythe connected machine’s load cell. The load cell value is shown as both a numeric valueand graphically. The graph’s data will clear every 5000 seconds.The connected machine’s test parameters are also displayed.BUTTONS Change Test Parameters – will allow the user to change the test setup for themachine.Test Methods – will allow the user to store up to 25 test methods for easy setupat a later time. This is only available in the HSU-2000.CHANGING FORCE UNITS FROM MAIN TAB1. Click the box that shows the currently selected force units.2. The following screen will appear.3. Select the units and click OK.11 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

Force units can also be changed from the Change Test Parameters screen.12 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

DATA REVIEW TABThe Data Review tab of the main EZ Data screen will show all test data saved in thegiven data path. Data review will default to the connected machine’s test data directory.The data can be sorted by any of the columns as either ascending or descending.Clicking on the column header once will sort that column ascending. Clicking on thesame column header again will sort that column descending.BUTTONS Change Data Path – will allow the user to select another test data path. If amachine is connected, then the data path selected must contain data files of thesame type with the attached machine.Graph – will graph the selected file. See section Graph for more information.Export – will export all selected files’ test data to an Excel file or a text file. AnExcel or text file will be created for each test data file. See Export Options underthe Admin menu on the main page.Tabulate Data – will tabulate all selected files. See section Tabulate Data formore information. The maximum number of files to tabulate is 100.13 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

Overlay Data – will overlay all selected files. See section Overlay Data for moreinformation. The maximum number of files to overlay is 20.Change Units – will allow the user to change the force units. The data grid willbe updated to reflect the new units selected.Normalize Data – will allow the graph’s y-axis to be displayed as “Force/Width”.The sample width is entered prior to saving a test. The saved test data filecontains the actual measured forces. If the “Normalize Data” feature is disabledand the graph is displayed again, the y-axis will display “Force” values.14 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

GRAPH SCREENEZ Data will automatically display this screen after a test upload has been completed.This screen will also appear when the user selects a test from data review and selectsthe graph button. The graph screen will graph the measured forces versus time ordistance, depending on the test platform. It will display the test information, test results,and raw data for the given test.When this screen is displayed after a test upload has been completed, the user musteither save the test or abort the test before leaving this screen. The machine will notallow the user to run another test until the current test is either saved or aborted.The user can edit the following fields in the Test Information frame before saving a test:all of the user fields, sample length, sample width, sample thickness, and notes. Thedate/time and operator name fields are loaded automatically and cannot be changed.The filename field will be loaded after the user saves the test. After the test is saved, allof the fields are locked and cannot be changed.If all of the text in a field is not visible, simply move the mouse over the field and all ofthe text will be displayed in a separate box.If loading or cropping of the graph is slow, then use the Admin menu “View Raw Dataon Graph Screen” to turn OFF viewing raw data which will speed up loading andcropping.15 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

SAVING A TESTWhen saving a test, the following screen will appear. Click the mouse in the “Filename”box and type a filename. To automatically increment the filename, check the “Auto FileIncrement” box. It will add the suffix, “-001” to the entered filename. The next test’sfilename will automatically be entered as “filename-002”. If the “Auto File Increment”box is checked, then you cannot enter a new filename.All test data is automatically saved in the EZ Data folder listed. The user may also savethe data to another location. They must check the box labeled “Also Save in thefollowing Directory” and then enter a folder below the checkbox.Checking the box next to “Save Test Data to Excel” will automatically write the test datato excel with the entered filename.Checking the box next to “Save Test Data to Text File” will automatically write the testdata to a text file with the entered filename.CROPPING GRAPHSThe graph screen provides a cropping feature. A graph can be cropped up to 3 times.Note: Cropping a graph will not erase the data saved from the original test.16 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

Use the following procedure to crop the graph:1. Click on the graph at the first end point for the crop. A vertical red line willappear as shown below. You must click on the test data graph line.2. Click on the graph at the second end point for the crop. A second vertical redline will appear as shown below.3. Select “Recalculate” from the context menu that can be accessed by rightclicking on the graph.GRAPH CONTEXT MENURight clicking on the graph will bring up another menu. Available options include copygraph, display original graph, go back after cropping data, auto scale the y-axis, andenable/disable a minor grid. Copy Graph – will copy the graph to the clipboard and can then be pasted intoother documents.Clear Markers – will erase one or both “crop” markers.Recalculate – will “crop” the graph to the marker location.Display Original Graph – will go back to the original test graph after cropping.Back – will undo the last change made to the graph when cropping.Auto Scale/Full Scale – will change the scale of the y-axis of the graph. Thisfeature allows for an enhanced view of the graph.17 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

Enable/Disable Minor Grid – will either enable or disable the minor grid of thegraph.RAW DATA CONTEXT MENURight clicking on the raw data grid will bring up another menu. The copy data option willallow the user to copy the x and y data to the clipboard. It can then be pasted intoMicrosoft Excel.BUTTONS Save Test – will save the displayed test. This button is only enabled when thegraph screen is displayed because a test has just completed.Abort Test – will abort the displayed test. This button is only enabled when thegraph screen is displayed because a test has just completed.Save Zoom – will save the cropped data as a new file with the same file name asthe original but add the suffix “-RevA”. For example, “Test-001” becomes “Test001-RevA”. Only one “-RevA” file per original test can be saved. Anytime theuser selects the “Save Zoom” button, “-RevA” will be saved. If the “-RevA”already exists when the “Save Zoom” button is pressed, EZ Data will prompt theuser if they want to overwrite the existing file.Export – will save the test’s raw data to Microsoft Excel or a text file. See ExportOptions under the Admin menu on the main page.Print – will allow the user to use any printing feature available on their computerin order to print a graph test report.Test Details – will display some test setup data for the given test.18 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

TABULATE DATAThe Tabulate Data Screen summarizes the data from a group of tests. It will calculatethe average, standard deviation, and variance of the average, high, low, and workvalues computed during the tests. The maximum number of files to tabulate is 100.BUTTONS Save List - will save the table for easy recall at a later time. Follow the onscreen prompts to select a location to save and name the table.Export to Excel – will save the table to Microsoft Excel in the same format asdisplayed on the screen. This allows the user to use any of Excel’s features tofurther analyze the test data. After selecting the export to excel button, follow theon-screen prompts to select a location and filename to save.Print – will allow the user to print the table using any print feature available onthe computer.19 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

OVERLAY DATAThe Overlay Data Screen creates a single graph with test data taken from up to 20different tests.The file names of the graphed tests will appear in the box to the right of the graph.BUTTONS Save List - will save the overlay for easy recall at a later time. Follow the onscreen prompts to select a location to save and name the overlay.Statistics – will open a new window and display the average, high, low, standarddeviation, variance, and work for the test files on the overlay graphPrint – will allow the user to print the overlay using any print feature available onthe computer.20 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

TEST METHODSIndividual test parameters must be selected for each test that is to be conducted.These parameters can be saved as a unique test method. This test method can thenbe accessed at any time by identifying and selecting it for use at a later time. Thesesaved test methods assure consistent and repeatable machine operation from one testand operator to the next. The following procedure explains how to use the TestMethods feature of EZ Data.Note: The High Speed Unwind is the only test platform that provides the ability tosave Test Method Parameters.1. Select the “Test Methods” button on the Main screen.2. You will now see the Test Methods screen which allows the user to either selectan existing test method or create a new test method.21 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

TO CREATE A NEW TEST METHOD1. Select the “Add” button. This will open the HSU-2000 parameter setup screen.2. Enter all parameter values for the test method.3. Click on the “OK” button to save the test method for future use.4. You will be prompted to enter a test method name. Enter the test method nameand select “OK”.TO SELECT AN EXISTING TEST METHOD1. Highlight a test method in the list and press the “Select” button.The parameters from the selected test method will be programmed into the machine.22 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

ADHESION RELEASERUNNING A REMOTE TESTSelecting the “Start Test” button automatically starts a test regardless of sled position.To stop the test, move the sled past the “STOP” switch on the AR-2000 or press the“Stop Test” button in EZ Data. The motor must be running to use this feature.23 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

AR setup for constant speed mode:AR setup for ramp speed mode:See AR machine manual for details on the setup parameters.24 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

HIGH SPEED RELEASERUNNING A REMOTE TESTSelecting the “Start Test” button automatically starts a test.25 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

HSR setup for constant speed mode:HSR setup for ramp speed mode:See HSR machine manual for details on the setup parameters.26 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

HIGH SPEED UNWINDSee HSU machine manual for details on the setup parameters.27 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

180 DEGREE PEEL ADHESIONSee PA180 machine manual for details on the setup parameters.28 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

90 DEGREE PEEL ADHESIONSee PA90 machine manual for details on the setup parameters.29 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

COEFFICIENT OF FRICTIONSee COF machine manual for details on the setup parameters.30 P a g eEZ Data System Operating Manual

EZ DATA MANUAL This will open a pdf version of this operating manual. ABOUT This will list EZ Data's software version. It will also list the connected machine type and its software and hardware version. It will report the number of demo tests still available or that the authorization code has been entered. 10 Page EZ Data System Operating .