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This page covers most of the basic setup changes needed to get your HQ controller working. It is suitable for configuring a new controller or setting the controller up for a new tool.

If your controller has already been configured for a tool and the tool has been changed, or the controller has been moved to a different machine, it is a good idea to first save your current setup.

Manage Zones
Step 1: Set the number of cavities and manifolds.
This should match the information on the controller identification plate on the side of the controller.


Step 2: Set the Manifold Settings

  • Manifold Power Limit. 90% is the default.
  • Manifold Maximum Temperature. The controller will trigger an alarm if this temperature is exceeded.
  • Manifold Rest Temperature. This is the temperature of the manifolds when the rest button is pressed.
  • Manifold Pre-Heat. This is off by default.
Note that because this is an HQ system, there are no temperature sensors or thermocouples for the cavities.
Zone Setup
Step 3: Manifold PID Settings.
A good initial value is "Slow".

Once you get the tool into production, you can tune these settings in order to achieve better control. Do this in conjunction with the graphs.



If desired, you can select the "Autotune" feature for the manifolds.
Be aware however, that the Autotune feature can delay the heating-up time, which is particularly noticeable when applied to manifolds.
You cannot select the "Autotune" option during production - the controller must be stopped before this is a selectable option.






General Setup
Step 4: Manifolds Before Cavities.
Enable or disable this setting appropriate to the tool and conduit wiring.

Step 5: Thermocouple Type.
Select Pt-100 (default),  J-Type or K-Type as appropriate to the tool and conduit wiring.

Step 6: Temperature Units.
The controller works in Celsius, but can display temperatures in Fahrenheit.



The controller is now ready.

We recommend that you run the tool Diagnostics and save the results.

You should give your zones some names.

If you have water-zones fitted, you should configure them

Additionally, you will want to set some alarm trigger levels and actions, once you have established stable production conditions.