Micro Machine Setup
If you are using a Comco micro machine to add micro ingredients to your loads, Fusion can communicate with the micro machine and automate the batch making. In the Physical Computer Management window check the Micro Machine checkbox and then the Setup button to set it up.
- Helm IP Address. This is the address that Fusion needs to find the micro machine server on your network. It might be something like http://comco or a direct IP address like http://192.168.1.23. In either case, enter the address (without the HTTP:// portion) and make sure the address doesn't end with a forward slash (/).
- Helm Port. This is the port that the micro machine server is listing on. 3399 is the default port.
- Username. The user name needed to access the micro machine server.
- Password. The password needed to access the micro machine server.
- Destination. Refers to the batching machine itself so the micro machine server knows where to route the batch to.
- Product Code. The general name that will be used for each batch made from Fusion. It should always be FusionImport unless you are told otherwise.
- Drain Wait Time. This is how many seconds you want Fusion to wait after the micro machine says it is finished dumping. Depending on how your system is set up, it may take more or less time for the water to finish draining into the truck. So Fusion will wait this many seconds before it takes a weight and adds the water ingredient.
- Manually Start Communication Each Load. Normally when you start a load, Fusion will automatically communicate with the micro machine to detect micro ingredients and request the machine to start mixing them. In some cases you may want to wait until a particular time before this starts. If so, make sure this setting is checked. When it is checked, Fusion will show the micro machine status bar at the top of the Mix Load window, but it won't do anything until the user clicks it to begin the process.
- Log Communications. This option can be turned on when needed to log all communication between Fusion and the Helm server. The communication for each load is logged in a file named after the load ID and put in a folder on the Desktop labeled Micro Logging. Only use this when asked to by tech support.
Note that if you are unsure what any of the above settings should be, please contact Comco for more information. When you have entered the information in, you can use the Test Communication button to see if Fusion can communicate with the micro machine server.
There are some other things that need to be set up in Fusion to best work with the micro machine.
- Water Ingredient. It is important to let Fusion know which of your ingredients is water. You can do this by going to . Find (or create) the water ingredient and, while editing it, turn on the This ingredient is water checkbox. With this done, Fusion will calculate the weight dropped onto the truck from the micro machine and subtract the known micro's weight. From that it will know how much water was dropped on and automatically add this ingredient to the load so all weight is accounted for.
- Ration Formulation/Micro Naming. For rations that have micros in them, you will need to add them to the ration formulation. You will also want to make sure that you name the micro ingredients exactly the same in both Fusion and in the micro machine software. When you go to mix a new load, Fusion will first get a list of ingredients in bins from the micro machine server. If it sees any matches between that list and the list of ingredient in your ration, it will ask the micro machine to make a batch with those ingredients. If the names do not match or a micro is not added to a ration formulation, it will not be included in the batch.
- Turn the Track with extra precision option on. You will want to turn the Track with extra precision option on for each micro ingredient (see Commodity/Ingredient Edit Window). This ensures that Fusion tracks this ingredient to the gram instead of the pound or kilogram for inventory purposes. If this is not done, inventory will be incorrect due to rounding issues.
You can open this window by clicking the appropriate Setup… button in the Physical Computer Management window.