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How do you determine how many containers the machine has accepted?

How do you slow down the machine so it doesn't unlock the customer doors so quickly?

How do you adjust the aluminum sensor?

How do you use a wildcard barcode table so the RVM will accept any barcode?

How do you delete a barcode from the RVM?

How do you determine what RVM software version is in the RVM?

How do you determine the version of RVM software that is on the laptop/husky?

How do you configure a machine as an XMT3200 RVM?

How do you configure a can RVM with a can softdrop side cabinet?

How do you configure a machine as can/PET plus a softdrop glass side-cabinet?

How do you configure a PET RVM with a glass softdrop side cabinet?

How do you configure a machine as a PET RVM with a side-cabinet glass crusher?

How do you configure a machine as a can/PET RVM with a side-cabinet glass crusher?

How do you configure a machine as can/PET but sort not on commodity, but by barcode

How do you configure the machine to accept containers, but not pay for them?

How do you configure a machine to run in softdrop mode, i.e. w/o a crusher or shredder?

How do make the machine go out of service as soon as one bin goes full?

How do you change the bin full count or use the bin full sensor?

How do you enable the can machine’s "random drop" feature, i.e., fill up both bins at an even rate?

How do you collect the non-participating barcode list from an RVM?

How do you collect the error log from an RVM?

How do you configure a can RVM to use a wave compactor?


 

How do you determine how many containers the machine has accepted?
[added 5/3/13]

There are several ways to get this info:

The RVM's mechanical counter indicates the total number of containers the machine has accepted.
When you open the RVM's cabinet door and press any key on the keypad, the RVM's LCD will indicate "TOTAL: n", where n is the total number of containers the machine has accepted.
Keypad command #4,02 will print a "total counters ticket" which indicates the total counts by commodity
Keypad command #9,05 shows the total counts by DEPOSIT value
Keypad command #9,06 shows the total counts by commodity
Using a PC or Pocket PC, download the RVM data via WinRVM's button, which will create a Q file in \bb containing many different counters, including individual barcode counts.
If a site controller/interactive PC is connected to the RVM:
- You can configure it to collect the Q file and send it in to an FTP server periodically via a scheduled data collection.
- You can enable the "NexCycle daily report" feature to have the PC email you a daily report. Requires WinRVM 3.4.3 or later.

How do you slow down the machine so it doesn't unlock the customer doors so quickly?

[added 11/25/08] There are two ways to do this, we usually use option 1:

1. You can increase ACCEPT_DELAY, the default value is 10 = 1 sec. Set ACCEPT_DELAY=25 and the doors won't unlock until 2.5 seconds after the previous bottle was accepted.

2. You can increase BAIL_DELAY, the default value is 20 = 200ms. If you set BAIL_DELAY=200 the bail will stay at the left/right for 2 seconds before returning and unlocking the door. The side effect to this is that this delay will occur for a rejected bottle also.

How do you adjust the aluminum sensor?
[added 9/30/08] See section 6.4 of the Service and Maintenance manual.

How do you use a wildcard barcode table so the RVM will accept any barcode?
[added 10/15/04] Note: wildcard barcodes should only be used for testing purposes, they are not for use in the field. 
Download the following three wildcard barcode tables contained in wildcard.zip:
- wildcard can.tbl
- wildcard glass.tbl
- wildcard pet.tbl
Copy these files to the \CF1500 folder. Run WinRVM or PCRVM and erase the RVM's current barcode table by selecting "Advanced | Clear | RVM's barcode counts and meter". 

Note: all barcode accounting data will be erased! Download the RVM data first if you need it. 

Load one of the three appropriate wildcard barcode table to the RVM using "Send | Barcodes (individual file)". Hold the shift key while doing this to force WinRVM to prompt for a filename (or use the options to always force a prompt for barcode files, or click the "prompt" box in pocket winrvm).

Be careful when using a wildcard barcode in a glass RVM as the machine will accept cans and PET unless it has an aluminum and PET sensor installed. To get around this, you could load a large barcode table containing can and PET barcodes

Details:
A wildcard barcode is AAAAAAAAAA (or 13 A's in EAN versions of RVM software), and it must be on the very last line of the barcode table.
When a barcode is inserted into the RVM, the RVM searches the table for a barcode match. If not matched, but a wildcard barcode is on the last line in the table then the container will be accepted if the container type matches the container type as determined by the RVM's sensors.

How do you delete a barcode from the RVM?
[added 5/28/04] Send a barcode table to the RVM that doesn't contain the barcode you want to delete. The RVM will still keep the barcode and count in memory, but it will be flagged as deleted and no more containers with that barcode will be accepted.

How do you determine what RVM software version is in the RVM?
[added 4/20/04] Turn the RVM off and back on. The RVM will briefly display "MON 1500" followed by a date. This date represents the version of MONITOR ROM software. The RVM will then briefly display "RVM 1500" followed by a date. This date represents the version of RVM software.

How do you determine the version of RVM software that is on the laptop/husky?
[added 9/12/03] The date of the file c:\cf1500\cf1500.img is the same as the version.

How do you configure a machine as an XMT3200 RVM?
[updated 9/11/03] For more info, see XMT Software Updates Sep 05 '02, Sep 20 '02Oct 04 '02, May 08 '03
Obtain the latest version of XMT RVM software (copy files included with software update to c:\cf1500); click here for a list of the current software versions. 
Note: regular RVM versions do not support the XMT features, a special version of RVM software is required.
It is not recommended to run a non-XMT RVM with XMT software.

For stand-alone RVMs:

After loading the RVM software using PCRVM or WinRVM, for the 'RVM type' choose "AP", choose "S" as the 'crusher type'. 

Load the bin-definition table SILOS.APX  (choose "Load table to RVM..." then HOLD the shift key while selecting "Bin Definition Table", you can now manually enter the file name).
If the SILOS.APX file is missing, download the latest copy of the CF1500 installation disk (it is contained the \cf1500 folder of the zip file).

Apply CONVEYOR.OPT to enable the XMT-related RVM parameters. Choose "Load table to RVM... / Individual Parameter (options)", then select "CONVEYOR.OPT" from the list.
If the CONVEYOR.OPT file is missing, download the latest copy of the CF1500 installation disk (it is contained the \cf1500 folder of the zip file).

For site controller sites:

Read all steps carefully before proceeding.

Exit the Site Controller program by pressing F10.

If all can/PET combi RVMs at this site are XMT RVMs:
1. copy the file SILOS.APX to SILOS.APS (via the DOS command "COPY  SILOS.APX  SILOS.APS")
2. copy the file PARMSDIF.APX to PARMSDIF.APS (via the DOS command "COPY  PARMSDIF.APX  PARMSDIF.APS")
If the SILOS.APX or PARMSDIF.APX file is missing, download the latest copy of the CF1500 installation disk (it is contained the \cf1500 folder of the zip file).
Do not perform step 7 below.

Edit the TEMPLATE.LST file so that a different RVM program is sent to each RVM. See the SCSETUP documentation for details.

Run SCSETUP.

Set the appropriate RVM's type to "AP" and the crusher type to "S". Exit SCSETUP 

reboot the PC, the SC should automatically configure the RVM.

If at least one can/PET combi RVM at this site is not an XMT RVM:
Do not perform step 2 above! If you have, then you'll need to obtain a good copy of parmsdif.aps and start over.
For each XMT RVM:
- perform the following DOS command: "COPY  SILOS.APX SInnnnnn.TBL", where nnnnnn=XMT's 6-digit RVM serial number
- add all parameters from CONVEYOR.OPT into PAnnnnnn.TBL, where nnnnnn=XMT's 6-digit RVM serial number (this is much easier from Windows where you can use copy-paste feature). I recommend creating a backup copy of one of these new PAnnnnnn.TBL files named PARMS.XMT.
Note that rerunning scsetup will erase these changes and you'll have to perform this step again! You can save a lot of time by copying the backup file PARMS.XMT to  PAnnnnnn.TBL.

Note: to tweak individual settings for an RVM, edit the appropriate bin table "SInnnnnn.tbl" or parameter table, "PAnnnnnn.TBL", where nnnnnn=6-digit RVM serial number. Note that rerunning scsetup will erase these tweaks.

How do you configure a can RVM with a can softdrop side cabinet?
[added 11/15/06] You must use 11/15/06 or later RVM software. When loading the RVM software, configure the RVM as a can RVM.
Load bin configuration file silos.ac3 or silos.as3 which configures bin 3 for softdrop.
Set the following RVM parameters:
SIDE_CABINET=2
USE_DIVERTER=2   (lower diverter)

Each softdrop barcode must have bit 3 in the barcode option byte set.

How do you configure a machine as can/PET plus a softdrop glass side-cabinet?
[updated 7/15/03] Configure RVM as an "LS" RVM (all-commodity, softdrop). Set the following RVM parameters:

SIDE_CABINET=2
REJ_SENSOR=0
USE_DIVERTER=3   (upper + lower (reject/side) diverter)

If no side cabinet full sensor is installed, set SIDE_OVERFLOW=0 to prevent "side cabinet overflow" errors on startup.
Check the bin full levels in SILOS.LS.

How do you configure a PET RVM with a glass soft-drop side cabinet?
[added 2/10/00]  RVM software prior to 3/13/2000 was never tested for this RVM configuration and must be tricked into thinking it has two diverters as follows:

  • jumper the upper diverter harness (pins 5 and 7 on connector I) so that the RVM thinks the upper diverter is at the right limit position (use diagnostic 62 to verify).

  • Download these files (parmsdif.gp*, silos.gp*, rvm_mstr.ini) and copy them to C:\CF1500 (unzip first!). This will configure the following parameters: SIDE_CABINET=2, USE_DIVERTER=1 (hack to get the reject chute diverter to work); the SILOS.GPC enables bin 2 as steel as a hack to get the reject chute diverter to work.

Site Controller: Run SCSETUP and choose "GP" as the RVM type.
PCRVM: Run SCSETMAS once. When installing the software, choose "GP" as the RVM type.

How do you configure a machine as a PET RVM with a side-cabinet glass crusher?
[updated 11/17/03] With PCRVM/SC/WinRVM configure the 'RVM type' as "GP" and the 'crusher type' as "C".
Note: requires setup files SILOS.GPC and PARMSDIF.GPC dated 11/14/03 (or later) and RVM software 10/6/00 or later, click here for a list of the current software versions. 
If you recently acquired SILOS.GPC and PARMSDIF.GPC: for PCRVM run SCSETMAS to create PARMS.GPC, for WinRVM click "File | Create generic RVM parameter files" to create PARMS.GPC.
Note: WinRVM versions prior to 1.1.6 don't easily support PET+glass RVMs.

Details:

SILOS.GPC looks like this:
SILO01=12,200 ;bin 1 (main cabinet)=mixed PET, full volume (0=use bin full sensor)
SILO03=16,200 ;bin 3 (side cabinet left bin)=clear glass, full volume (0=use bin full sensor)
SILO04=96,200 ;bin 4 (side cabinet left bin)=green & brown glass, full volume (0=use bin full sensor)

PARMSDIF.GPC sets:
SC_GLS_CRUSH=1 to enable the side-cabinet glass crusher.
USE_DIVERTER=6 to enable the lower and side cabinet diverters for a pet flat + side glass crusher RVM.

How do you configure a machine as a can/PET RVM with a side-cabinet glass crusher?
[updated 11/14/03] For more info, see Software Updates Vol. 7 No. 5 and Vol. 8 No. 9.

For stand-alone RVMs:

Use RVM software 10/6/00 or later, click here for a list of the current software versions.

After loading the RVM software using PCRVM, for the 'RVM type' choose either "L" for a can/glass/PET RVM or "G" for a glass-only RVM, choose "C" as the 'crusher type'. 
If the correct RVM software is already loaded, simply choose "Set/modify RVM identification" from PCRVM and enter the the new RVM and crusher type info.

For a 3-way (can/glass/PET RVM): if the setup files SILOS.LC and PARMS.LC are dated 7/21/03 (or later) skip to step 5.

Otherwise, load either the bin-definition table SILOS.LC4 for a can/glass/PET RVM or SILOS.GC4 for a glass-only RVM (choose "Load table to RVM..." then HOLD the shift key while selecting "Bin Definition Table", you can now manually enter the file name).
If the SILOS.GC4 file is missing, download the latest copy of the CF1500 installation disk (it is contained the \cf1500 folder of the zip file).

Apply SCGCRUSH.OPT to enable the side-cabinet glass crusher parameters. Choose "Load table to RVM... / Individual Parameter (options)", then select "SCGCRUSH.OPT" from the list.
If the SCGCRUSH.OPT file is missing, download the latest copy of the CF1500 installation disk (it is contained the \cf1500 folder of the zip file).

Use PCRVM or WinRVM to send barcodes to the RVM.

For site controller sites:

Exit the Site Controller program by pressing F10.

If all 3-commodity RVMs at this site have side-cabinet glass crushers and the setup files SILOS.LC and PARMSDIF.LC are dated 7/21/03 (or later) skip to step 4.

Otherwise, If all 3-commodity RVMs at this site have side-cabinet glass crushers and the same bin configurations, copy the file SILOS.LC4 to SILOS.LC (via the DOS command "COPY  SILOS.LC4  SILOS.LC").

If all 3-commodity RVMs at this site have side-cabinet glass crushers, copy the file PARMSDIF.LC4 to PARMSDIF.LC (via the DOS command "COPY  PARMSDIF.LC4  PARMSDIF.LC"). 

Run SCSETUP.

Set the appropriate RVM's type to "L" and the crusher type to "C". Exit SCSETUP 

reboot the PC, the SC should automatically configure the RVM.

Note: if you have multiple 3-commodity RVMs that are to be configured differently, edit rvmtbls.db and change the appropriate 3-commodity RVM's reference to "SInnnnnn.tbl" to "SILOS.LC4", "PAnnnnnn.TBL" to "PARMSSCG.TBL" (you must manually create PARMSSCG.TBL by copying).

How do you configure a machine as can/PET but sort not on commodity, but by barcode
[added 6/24/11] Normally the machine sorts by commodity, but it's possible to sort on the “softdrop” flag in the barcode table instead. This would let you mix cans and PET in both bins, but specify which bin each container goes in by setting the softdrop flag in the barcode. Steps:

1. Create a bin configuration file such as SILOS.APS, using the optional "N" and "S" fields to designate which bin is the "softdrop" bin and which is the non-softdrop bin.
Note: if using an RVM software version prior to 6/24/11, the commodity mix must be different for each bin such as the following example where we configure the machine for alum+PET on the left and alum+steel+PET on the right. The machine will not accept steel cans unless you've defined steel cans in the can barcode table. Example SILOS.APS file:
;Alum/PET shredder full levels
SILO01=13,0,N ;bin 1 (left) = alum+PET, full volume (0=use binfull sensor), non-Softdrop
SILO02=15,0,S ;bin 2 (right) = alum+steel+PET, full volume (0=use binfull sensor), Softdrop

;Container type values:
;aluminum = 1
;steel = 2
;green PET = 4
;clear PET = 8
;mixed PET = 12
;aluminum+PET = 13
;aluminum+steel+PET = 15

2. Modify your can and PET barcode tables to indicate which containers are "softdrop" containers by setting bit 3 of each barcode's option byte such as: barcode,0,0,c,8 where c is the commodity (0 for alum, 2 or 3 for PET). These containers will go into the right bin.
The non-softdrop containers do NOT have bit 3 set in each barcode's option byte such as: barcode,0,0,c,0 where c is the commodity (0 for alum, 2 or 3 for PET) and will go into the left bin.

3. Change the RVM configuration via WinRVM's "Advanced | Set/modify RVM configuration" to a "can+PET, shredder" machine which should automatically send the bin configuration file SILOS.APS to the machine. Click the "i" toolbar button to verify the bin configuration is:
Bin 01 (type 13), using bin full sensor
Bin 02 (type 15), using bin full sensor

4. Send the barcodes to the RVM by clicking the yellow up arrow toolbar button.

5. Set the RVM's BIN_TOGGLE parameter to 0.

6. Run some test containers to verify it's taking them to the proper side.

How do you configure the machine to accept containers, but not pay for them? 
There are two ways to do this: 1. If you want to take all containers that are not in the barcode table and not pay for them, set the "TAKE_UNREAD" parameter to 1. The DEPOSIT0 parameter must be set to 0 to prevent payout. 2. If you want to only accept certain containers and not pay for them, set the "value" field of the barcode to correspond to a DEPOSIT value of 0. For example, the barcode:

1224567890120,3,0,0,1

has a value of "3" (the first digit after the barcode). This corresponds to the DEPOSIT3 parameter in the parameter table, which is typically set to 0000, which means don't pay for this container.

How do you enable the can machine’s "random drop" feature, i.e., fill up both bins at an even rate?
Set the ACCEPT_SIDE parameter to 1.

How do make the machine go out of service as soon as one bin goes full?
Set the RVM’s FAIL41BINFULL parameter to 1 (requires RVM version 7/15/97 or later).
If using a site controller, edit the file PAnnnnnn (where nnnnnn = RVM serial number).
If this is a stand-alone RVM, you can use keypad function #9,20 to change the parameter, or use the option file FAIL1FUL.OPT using PCRVM.

How do you change the bin full count or use the bin full sensor?
1. Edit the appropriate silos table file with a text editor such as MS-DOS edit:
edit SILOS.rt (r = A (can), G (glass), or P (plastic); t = C (crusher/flattener), S (shredder/soft drop). If using a site controller and you want to change a particular RVM’s count, but not change the other RVMs of the same type, edit SInnnnnn (where nnnnnn = RVM serial number).
The bins are numbered from left-to-right, so bin 1 is the left-most bin.

Example: to change the steel can full level from 500 to 400, change the line in SILOS.AC from:

SILO02=2,500 ;silo 2 = Steel, full volume
to
SILO02=2,400 ;silo 2 = Steel, full volume

If using a Site Controller, run SCSETUP, press F2, then re-run the SC.
Note: to use the bin full sensor instead of going full by count, set the full level to 0.

2. After making all the changes, run the PCRVM software, as described above.

3. Connect the PC to the RVM via an RS-232 cable.

4. Select the "Load Table to RVM" menu item with the arrow keys, then press "Enter".

5. Select "Bin Definition Table" from the menu with the arrow keys, then press "Enter".

How do you collect the non-participating barcode list from an RVM?
Note: this feature requires RVM software versions after 7/18/97.

  • If using PCRVM (stand-alone machines): Make sure that "GetNonPartBarcodes" is set to 1 in PCRVM.INI/PCRVM485.INI. Choose "Retrieve barcode data" from PCRVM. The non-participating barcode list will be saved in cf1500\upload\serno03.uld.

  • If using a site controller: Add the line "L,NONPART.LST,03" to the appropriate RVM list files, add the line "RV NP 03" to the file COPYLIST.CMD. The file "npssssss.q00" where ssssss = RVM serial number will be called in for each scheduled call.

How do you collect the error log from an RVM?
Note: this feature requires RVM software versions after 11/5/97.

  • If using PCRVM (stand-alone machines): Make sure that "GetErrorLog" is set to 1 in PCRVM.INI/PCRVM485.INI. Choose "Retrieve barcode data" from PCRVM. The error log will be saved in cf1500\upload\serno17.uld.

  • If using a site controller: Add the line "L,ERRLOG.TBL,17" to the appropriate RVM list files, add the line "RV ER 17" to the file COPYLIST.CMD. The file "erssssss.q00" where ssssss = RVM serial number will be called in for each scheduled call.

How do you configure a machine to run in softdrop mode, i.e. w/o a crusher or shredder?
[updated 10/22/04] For glass RVMs, set the crusher type as "S"/Shredder using SCSETUP, PCRVM, or WinRVM. This will use the .GS files, which are configured for softdrop. Note: this requires 3/11/97 or later setup files.
For can or PET RVMs, set the parameters as below:

Details: the SH_STALL_TIME parameter is set to 0 to ignore crusher stalls. If no diverter is used, set USE_DIVERTER to 0, ACCEPT_SIDE to 0, for SC installs change SILOS.GS to use 1 bin with mixed glass (SILO01=112,full level).
Note: the crusher/shredder contactor is still turned on (unable to disable this), but stalls are ignored by the software.

If all RVMs at a SC site are softdrop, set SH_STALL_TIME=0 in parms.tbl and set the crusher type to "S" for all RVMs in scsetup.

How do you configure a can RVM to use a wave compactor?
[added 5/17/11]

When configuring a new can RVM to use a wave compactor, select "shredder" as the compactor type. If you forget the above step then you can do any one of the following to fix:

  • Click "Advanced | Change RVM info" and select "shredder" as the compactor type.
  • Send the option file "can wave compactor.opt"to the machine, which sets CRUSHER_TYPE=2.
  • Manually change parameter CRUSHER_TYPE=2 using WinRVM’s "Retrieve from RVM | RVM parameters".
 

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