Who made changes in the project?
When a KNX project is finished, the installation company will usually handover the ETS project to the customer. Which implies that any third party can change configuration parameters afterwards. When this leads to a malfunction, the system integrator has of course every right to decline warranty. The system integrator had however so far no way to proof that a third party caused the malfunction, this situation is now rectified thanks to the ETS App "Project Tracing". This feature is activated via a password, thereafter ETS automatically lists all possible changes made for projects, all in chronological order. This App can also serve to monitor the progress of projects under construction.
The Reconstruction tool can be used to read out devices in the installation and then create a new ETS project or update an existing project. You may also compare the data from the installation against an ETS project.
This allows to work on projects where the ETS database has been lost or is out of date. This will also work for installations which were created with a previous version of ETS.
These items can be reconstructed: topology, devices with individual address, application program, parameter settings and group object flags, priority and assigned group addresses. You need bus access and same product data which were used to program the devices.
Building or trade structure as well as name and description texts of areas, lines, devices and group addresses will not be reconstructed because they were not programmed into the device.
Note: Devices with plug-ins can only be read out / reconstructed, if supported by the manufacturer of the plug-ins. In case of doubt please contact the manufacturer or our support.
Devices which product data cannot be used in the current ETS can not be reconstructed.
For more info see http://www.it-gmbh.de Products - KNX-Software - ETS Apps
Exchange Devices, but keep their configurations!
One of the benefits of using KNX electrical installations, is their flexibility and the possibility to realize cost-effective enhancements. Because it usually only concerns parametrization. And even this can now - at least partly – be optimized. This is thanks to the ETS App "Replace Product", which replaces KNX devices while keeping their parameter settings. If one exchanges e.g. a four-fold actuator with an eight-fold actuator, the parameters of the first four channels are automatically configured. This is possible for devices with similar functionality, regardless of the manufacturer. Even when devices need to be repaired, users benefit from this ETS App.
Shift Addresses helps you to re-structure Group Addresses and Individual Addresses in an ETS project, e.g.
- Shift addresses to make room for a new function but still keep an established addressing scheme
- Create gaps between addresses to allow for future extensions or to produce a clean and logical addressing scheme
Users can program the individual address of a KNX device by using the KNX serial number. Siemens offers selected products with removable labels printed with the unique KNX serial number on. In practical work the installer of a KNX device can fix the label to the device in the installation plan. So later on the ETS expert can program the KNX device without pressing the programming button. Therefore the KNX serial number is labeled as bar-code, it is possible to use a bar-code scanner.