To start working with the program you should first copy the monicor.exe file from a floppy disk to a user-created catalog on your computer (E.g. MONICOR). For ease of use, we recommend to create a monicor.exe shortcut on the computer desktop (right-click to select the operation from a drop down list).
At the first launch of the program answer "YES" to the program inquiries concerning a creation of files - the program is creating a new Database in the DATA catalog. We recommend backing up the copies of this catalog from time to time in order to prevent casual deletion of data.
The measurement database can be sorted based on the following criteria:
- Name of a corrosion control point
- Name of an object being monitored.
- Installation date
- Removal date.
The program has a four-window interface, which allows viewing table and graph data for each measurement simultaneously. Window size can be optionally changed with a mouse-click.
The graph represents measurement results from all channels. The table represents the results of processing of the graph by a minimum, maximum and average corrosion rate values (situated under the graph in the table):
- To display a detailed graph for a certain time interval you'll need to select this interval with the help of vertical rules and mouse-click on a button with an image of a correspondent graph. Another click on the same button will restore the graph to its original form
- In order to disable displaying one or more channels click on a correspondent channel in the "Display" cell of the table situated under the graph
- The graph can be saved to a graphic file and copied to a clipboard, which allows inserting (Shift+Ins) it into MS Office or other documents. Vertical rules can be moved by a mouse-click (right or left correspondingly) over a required position of the graph. The same manipulation can be done with horizontal rules. Clicking on a graph button (for horizontal rules) in the downmost position of a horizontal rule constructs a graph with a corrosion rate zero coordinate
- A "table" button above the graph allows inputting the following table data to a graph field: name of a device, installation location and date
Table data of measurements can be printed out ("Print" button), exported ("To file" button) to a text file (*.txt) and copied directly to MS Excel ("To Excel" button). Data with values over 20 mm/year are not displayed in the graph, and are marked in red color in the table. The fact is that if the initial electrodynamic resistance of a cell exceeds 50 mV, the measuring device shows a digital value that is interpreted by the program as a very big number. Besides, such values are unreal for oilfield media.
If the data is inputted for the first time, a number of a device and its location should be inputted in the "Settings" menu before receiving information from the device. It can also be done in a data import dialog window by use of "Add" buttons.
To receive information from the device activate "file" - "receive" menu and input the device location information. Then select "receive automatically" and click on the "Receive" button in RE-2 mode of the device. After connecting a cable to a COM1 port and before starting to import the data tick off the corresponding box. The tick is set in the COM-2 port box by default. In case "Error 5: no access" is indicated, you'll need to check in the Windows settings whether the selected port is used by another hardware device - a mouse, a modem, etc.
All tables can be edited in the program in a common manner. Information is memorized by moving a cursor up or down from the field being edited, and a "c" sign, which notifies that the information is being edited, is removed from the leftmost gray column. To delete lines press Ctrl-Del. When new lines are inserted into the table the measurement number should be corrected, as the date of measurement is set automatically according to its number.
If data import failed (due to a wrong key combination on the device or in the program, cancellation of import from the program, disconnection of a cable, etc.) restore it by resetting the device. Then switch to RE-2 mode again.