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Troubleshooting the Series 4000/4020/4040

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

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The Environics® Model 4000 are a trio of units that can automatically mixes up to seven individual gases in a balance gas or dilute up to 10,000:1 (or higher, dependent on your setup). The gas mixes can be used in generating precise gas calibration standards, creating gaseous atmospheres or producing gas mixes for analytical research or production purposes. The units can produce gas concentrations from percent to ppb levels for single or multi-point calibration, allowing you to use fewer cylinders.

All 4000/4040/4020 consists of two components: the instrument and the user's personal computer. The user interface is a Microsoft® Windows application that communicates with the Environics system via a USB (now standard) or RS232 serial interface. Check out of video series on using the Windows 7/8/10 software.

We will be looking at some common questions for the Model 4000.  Let us know if you have a specific issue you'd like us to cover!

Note: There are two versions of the Series 4000/4040/4020. You confirm which version you have by checking the order or the serial number label on the rear of the unit. 4000/4040/4020 are the original revision, have a PC401 and PC402 board and have RS232 standard. N4000/N4020/N4040, which have USB standard, are the more recent revision and have a single board, the PC405. 

 

Unit Not Communicating with the Computer

If you cannot get the unit to communicate with the computer software, or if you are losing connection when you attempt to start the system, here are some things to check. Customers who work on their units accept the risks of working on machinery and are responsible for taking all proper safety precautions. If in doubt, contact our service department!

1. Make sure the RS232 or USB are connected completely both to the unit and the computer. Verify the unit is powered on and that the correct COM port is selected in the software. We recommend only using the connectors and adapters provided with the unit.

2. Check to see if the green status light is blinking. If it is not, you can check to make sure the boards are getting power.

If the unit has a PC401/402, the test points to check the power are on the top edge of the PC402 (mounted on the left side panel when looked at from the front):

If the unit has a PC405 (mounted on the right side panel when looked at from the front), the test points are labeled:

You can also verify that the battery is at least 2.7V. This is checked on the PC401 only as below (units with a PC405 (N4000/4040/4020) do not have a battery).

If the board is getting proper power and the battery is good, you might have an issue with your PC401 (4000/4040/402) or PC405 (N4000/N4040/N4020). We recommend contacting our service department for more guidance.

3. If the light is blinking, the instrument's configuration data may be corrupted. You will want to reinitialize the system using Tech107. This procedure will let you confirm that the calibration data is in error, and show you how to restore it.

If the unit still will not communicate after these checks, we'd suggest giving us a call (860-872-1111) or sending a service request.


Next time we will cover what to do if you are having issues related to flow! Subscribe to the blog (look up and on the right) so you don't miss a thing!

 

 

Tags: Service, Troubleshooting, S6000, troubleshooting6100, troubleshooting6103

In the News : Hypoxia Training with the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Several Air Force bases in the United States have recently unveiled their new Reduced Oxygen Breathing Devices (ROBD). The ROBD simulates altitude exposure and can be utilized for both research and training purposes. The U. S. Armed Forces use the ROBD 2 to train aircrew to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoxia and to perform the appropriate emergency procedures. Congratulations to these sites on their new facilities!

Scott Air Force Base

"The ROBD will be used by Airmen assigned to 375th Air Mobility Wing, 932nd Airlift Wing, and 126th Air Refueling Wing who routinely fly at altitudes requiring supplemental oxygen."

(375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs; U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Daniel Garcia)

 

Tags: USA Emissions, EPA, Air Pollution, Emission Standards

Join our Team!

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

environics-logo.jpgWe are happy to say that our current VP of Sales is gearing up to retire. That means you have a chance to join our team. We are looking for a new Director of Worldwide Sales. We would like to find someone who has technical experience with gas flow management and an interest in sales. To apply, send your resume to rstansel@environics.com

 

Position Function:

Develop sales activity and provide leadership towards the achievement of maximum profitability and growth in line with the company vision and values. Target current customers and markets as well as develop additional markets to increase sales. Provide feedback to management, manufacturing and engineering to ensure customer requirements are met.

Responsibilities: To include but not limited to the followin

  • Develops annual sales plans to that ensure attainment of company goals for sales and profitability.
  • Drives sales growth through direct effort and support of the sales organization particularly related to quote generation and product training.
  • Initiates and coordinates development of action plans to penetrate new markets.
  • Manage internal sales, manufacturer representatives and direct account responsibility for distributors of worldwide sales.
  • Provides timely, accurate, pricing reviews, and submittals, while striving to maintain maximum profit margin.
  • Maintain and develop existing and new customer relationships through planned individual account support, liaison between engineering and appropriate distributors and representatives and with inside sales.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of marketing plans and new product opportunities

Requirements and Specifications:

  • 5 to 7 years of experience in sales management.
  • Technical knowledge and experience within the gas flow management systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Team player who can work with any level in the organization.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required.
  • Knowledge of database, spreadsheet and document development in MS Office.
  • Local candidates preferred.

 

Tags: Environics Inc, Team

Using with Program Mode - Win 7/8/10 Software for the Model 4000

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

While many customers are accustomed to our operating software for the Series 4000/4020/4040, most are now beginning to use to our newest software as they upgrade to new computers with Win 7/8/10. To help you get started, or as a refresher if it's been awhile, we will be posting some short how-to videos that will help you get set up and running your unit like a pro in no time.

The software can be downloaded here. We recommend making sure you have the most current version by bookmarking the download page. You can also sign up for automatic notices of new versions by submitting a request through our contact page.

Today, we look at program mode. ProgramModeProgram mode allows the three basic run modes (Concentration, Flow and Divider) to be grouped together into a "Program," or sequence of operations. Each step in the program is executed in sequence until all steps have been completed. So, before you can set up a program, you will need to have set up all of the necessary concentration, flow or divider modes. You can check out our earlier videos to learn how to do that.

To check out the earlier videos and to be notified as we post the other videos in this series, subscribe to the blog (above) or to our YouTube Channel!

 


 

 

Tags: Series 4040, Series 4020, Series 4000 Software Video Tutorials, Series 4000

Using with Divider Mode - Win 7/8/10 Software for the Model 4000

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

While many customers are accustomed to our operating software for the Series 4000/4020/4040, most are now beginning to use to our newest software as they upgrade to new computers with Win 7/8/10. To help you get started, or as a refresher if it's been awhile, we will be posting some short how-to videos that will help you get set up and running your unit like a pro in no time.

The software can be downloaded here. We recommend making sure you have the most current version by bookmarking the download page. You can also sign up for automatic notices of new versions by submitting a request through our contact page.

Today, we look at divider mode. Unlike flow and concentration mode, not all units are configured to be able to use divider mode. If you aren't sure, feel free to ask us!

To check out the earlier videos and to be notified as we post the other videos in this series, subscribe to the blog (above) or to our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

Tags: Series 4040, Series 4020, Series 4000 Software Video Tutorials, Series 4000

This Week in the News : Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 08:31 AM

This week, the US House of Representative's Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee discussed H.R. 806, known as the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. HR 806 was introduced on February 1, 2017 by Pete Olson, the Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district and cosponsored by Mr. Flores, Mr. Latta, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. Scalise, Mr. Costa, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Long, Mr. Jenkins of West Virginia, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Renacci, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Bucshon, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Weber of Texas, and Mr. Babin. CT AT.jpg

According to the bill, the goal is "to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes." One of the key changes is in the timeline for review the guidelines for all criteria air pollutants of the national ambient air quality standards. Currently, the standard must be reviewed every 5 years. This bill aims to change this to every 10 years. Another change which reflects the overall theme heard from EPA Administroator Pruitt is within the "plan submissions and requirements for ozone non attainment areas" section. The phrase "and economic feasibility" is proposed to be added. This parallel's the new administration's statements that they want to remove the burden on businesses to meet regulation standards.

The Senate is considering a bill in parallel that states the same changes. This is S. 263: Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, introduced by ShelleyMr. Flake, Mr. Manchin, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Cornyn, and Mr. Inhofe. Also introduced on February 1, the bill was considered by Clean Air and Nuclear Safety on May 23rd.

To learn more about the health effects of ozone, check out the US EPA's ozone page or the Health Effects of Ozone published by the European Environment Agency. To follow these bills, you can request email alerts for either HR 806 or S263.

 

Tags: USA Emissions, EPA, Air Pollution, Emission Standards

This Week in the News : US EPA Budget Hearings

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 09:14 AM

This week, the US House of Representative's Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings to discuss President Trump’s 2018 budget request for the EPA. Newly appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruit testified before the subcommittee regarding the proposed 30% cut to the EPA budget and the impact this might have both in terms of funding for various projects as well as the workforce reduction. The hearing lasted about two hours, with Representatives from both parties asking Administrator Pruitt questions about the cut. The main focus was the impact such cuts would have on the local and regional air, water and land pollution protection/cleanup programs that exist within their districts.

What are your thoughts?

Tags: USA Emissions, EPA, Air Pollution, Emission Standards

Using with Flow Mode - Win 7/8/10 Software for the Model 4000

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

While many customers are accustomed to our operating software for the Series 4000/4020/4040, most are now beginning to use to our newest software as they upgrade to new computers with Win 7/8/10. To help you get started, or as a refresher if it's been awhile, we will be posting some short how-to videos that will help you get set up and running your unit like a pro in no time.

The software can be downloaded here. We recommend making sure you have the most current version by bookmarking the download page. You can also sign up for automatic notices of new versions by submitting a request through our contact page.

We started with how to initially add your instrument to the software and then moving to step two, adding cylinders. With that behind you, you were ready for the next step, which was adding your profile to the software.

These basic steps are all you need to start using the unit in one of 3 modes: concentration, flow and divider mode. The last video focused on Concentration Mode, and today we take a look at using Flow Mode.

To be notified as we post the other videos in this series, subscribe to the blog (above) or to our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

Tags: Series 4040, Series 4020, Series 4000 Software Video Tutorials, Series 4000

Working with Concentration Mode - Win 7/8/10 Software for the Model 4000

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

While many customers are accustomed to our operating software for the Series 4000/4020/4040, most are now beginning to use to our newest software as they upgrade to new computers with Win 7/8/10. To help you get started, or as a refresher if it's been awhile, we will be posting some short how-to videos that will help you get set up and running your unit like a pro in no time.

The software can be downloaded here. We recommend making sure you have the most current version by bookmarking the download page. You can also sign up for automatic notices of new versions by submitting a request through our contact page.

We started with how to initially add your instrument to the software and then moving to step two, adding cylinders. With that behind you, you were ready for the next step, which was adding your profile to the software.

These basic steps have you ready to start using the unit in one of 3 modes: concentration, flow and divider mode. These can then be used in program and schedule modes. Over the next few videos, we will take a look at the best way to set up these modes, beginning with Concentration Mode.

To be notified as we post the other videos in this series, subscribe to the blog (above) or to our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

Tags: Series 4040, Series 4020, Series 4000 Software Video Tutorials, Series 4000

Creating Profiles - Win 7/8/10 Software for the Model 4000

Posted by Rachel Stansel on Mon, Jun 05, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

While many customers are accustomed to our operating software for the Series 4000/4020/4040, most are now beginning to use to our newest software as they upgrade to new computers with Win 7/8/10. To help you get started, or as a refresher if it's been awhile, we will be posting some short how-to videos that will help you get set up and running your unit like a pro in no time.

The software can be downloaded here. We recommend making sure you have the most current version by bookmarking the download page. You can also sign up for automatic notices of new versions by submitting a request through our contact page.

We started with how to initially add your instrument to the software and then moving to step two, adding cylinders. With that behind you, you are ready for the next step, which is adding your profile to the software.

To be notified as we post the other videos in this series, subscribe to the blog (above) or to our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

Tags: Series 4040, Series 4020, Series 4000 Software Video Tutorials, Series 4000