FAQ: 7v Firmware

FAQ – Technical Update for 7v Firmware

Published: 15 May 2017

Alicat Scientific has developed a new firmware version (7v) that provides a more user-friendly menu structure. Please contact us at 888-290-6060 or info@alicat.com with any questions.

Which instruments are affected by this change?

All Alicat-branded instruments manufactured on or after May 24, 2017, will ship with 7v firmware, with the exception of no-change customers who have not yet approved this update.

Can I update my existing instruments to 7v?

Alicat’s 7v firmware update is compatible with most Alicat instruments that have serial numbers of 135,000 or higher. Some instruments with serial numbers between 80,000 and 135,000 may also be compatible with 7v. Upon request, we can update your firmware to 7v during your instrument’s next annual recalibration at no charge. Alternatively, we can update instruments outside of the recalibration process for a firmware update bench fee of $80 (USD).

Will my new 7v Alicat communicate the same as my existing 6v Alicats?

Yes. Communications protocols and commands have not changed in the move from 6v to 7v, so your command set will remain the same, no matter which protocol you have been using.

Which changes will I notice?

The new menu map is reproduced on the following page. Below, you will find a listing of changes to the menu structure. Please see your new operating manual for more details.

  • A new BASIC CONFIG menu allows easy access to GAS SELECT, DEVICE UNITS and STP/NTP options. The GAS menu option also displays the currently selected gas.
  • A new TARES menu gives you access to flow and pressure tares, plus AUTO TARE.
  • A new ABOUT menu collects DEVICE INFO, DEVICE STATE and MFG INFO in one place.
  • The contents of the old MISC, MISC1 and MISC2 menus can now be accessed via the ADV SETUP menu, with the exception of STP/NTP, which is now in BASIC CONFIG.

 

FeatureNew Menu Location (7v Firmware)Old Menu Location (6v, 5v or 4v)
AUTO TAREMENU > TARESMENU > CONTROL SETUP
CONTROL SETUPMENU > CONTROLMENU > CONTROL SETUP
DEVICE UNITSMENU > BASIC CONFIGMENU > MISC
DIAG TESTMENU > ABOUT > DEVICE STATEMENU > MISC > MISC2 > DIAG TEST
FLOW AVGMENU > ADV SETUP > SENSOR SETUPMENU > MISC > MISC1
GAS SELECTMENU > BASIC CONFIG > GASMENU > GAS SELECT
LCD CONTRASTMENU > ADV SETUP > DISP SETUPMENU > MISC > MISC1
MFG DATAMENU > ABOUT > MFG INFOMENU > MFG DATA
MODEL INFOMENU > ABOUT > DEVICE INFOMENU > MFG DATA > MODEL INFO
PRESS AVGMENU > ADV SETUP > SENSOR SETUPMENU > MISC > MISC1
ROTATE DISPMENU > ADV SETUP > DISP SETUPMENU > MISC > MISC2
RS232 COMMMENU > ADV SETUP > COMM SETUPMENU > RS232 COMM
STP/NTPMENU > BASIC CONFIGMENU > MISC > MISC2
TARE P w/BAROMENU > TARES > TARE PRESSMENU > MISC > MISC2 > TARE P w/BARO
ZERO BANDMENU > ADV SETUP > SENSOR SETUPMENU > MISC > MISC1

 

 

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