RollMechanic is a software application aimed at reducing the set up times for large system installations and optimizing the maintenance of those systems once operational. Designed as an aid to engineering maintenance and installation personnel, RollMechanic is capable of cloning a single module’s settings to multiple modules on the network reducing the need to adjust each individual module’s control parameters. Once operational RollMechanic can provide a rapid backup and restore facility for multiple stored settings as well as producing a full system inventory and logging the history of RollMechanic operations.
IQ Modular Series with Centra RollMechanic V2 - your gateway to more efficient network operations and an easier life.
Sample Application: Rapid Re-configuration in OB and Studio Environments
A significant generator of workload and stress for engineers is the continual need to re-configure systems and equipment to settings that are specific to a particular recurring project. This is most acute in an Outside Broadcast (OB) environment where the settings will be specific to a certain broadcast, but also they are significant within a studio setting too.
The combination of IQ modules with Centra RollMechanic V2 instills intelligence within the production infrastructure. As a result, changeover time is significantly reduced along with engineer workload and hence the stress associated with this whole process is minimized.
Using Centra RollMechanic V2 in combination with IQ modules, it is child’s play to create back up points throughout your production system associated with any particular project. Then restoring these settings can be achieved by a single engineer in a fraction of the time normally taken.
Centra is the most powerful control and monitoring system available today. With the capability to integrate 3rd party products, Snell stand-alone products, and over 400 Snell IQ Modular products, the system offers the widest range of functionality and integrated operational requirements. The result is a broadcast production monitoring and control system that is elegant, powerful and easy to use. Snell is continually developing the IQ Modular and Centra systems, so whatever develops in the broadcast world you will be able to keep abreast of any new functions and facilities. The vast majority of the development work carried out by Snell’s team is as a direct result of customer feedback and innovation.
Key Operations – What Can You Do With Centra RollMechanic V2?
1 - Back Up
Backing up is an extremely important capability that enables users to backup every parameter of every device on their network to a PC, providing a snapshot of the system at that moment in time. Users can make use of this snapshot in future when adding additional units to ensure the correct parameters are set. Also offers operations peace of mind.
2 - Restore
The restore function enables customers to copy their device settings from a PC to the modules. This capability can be considered as being the opposite of back up, however it is much more powerful than that. Users can store multiple back ups to allow restore to previous roll back settings. This is especially useful in studio and OB truck applications where quick re-configuration of hardware is essential in order to meet the demands of different program genres. Despite this advanced operating capability, Centra RollMechanic V2 represents very good value for money when compared with other systems on the market.
3 - Cloning
Centra RollMechanic V2’s advanced cloning facilities are ideal when initially setting up a system. This capability enables a user to set the parameters on a module and batch copy across similar modules within the network, for example when setting up system frame syncs. Centra RollMechanic V2’s unique filtered clone capability provides even greater flexibility, allowing the user to select a subset of parameters to clone from one device to a group of compatible devices. This allows rapid configuration updates of desired parameters without overriding other parameters previously adjusted by the user.
4 - Inventory
This function offers a consistent and reliable means of collecting data relating to each module, including:
- Serial number
- Hardware version
- Software version
- User name
- Unit type
This facility lends Centra RollMechanic V2 to asset management applications as the data can be imported to Excel and other databases. It simplifies the process of identifying individual modules from a maintenance / service point of view.
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