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Implementation and Maintenance 217

Replacing the Main Chassis Batteries

This procedure explains how to replace the Main Chassis batteries, which are located on the
backplane next to the I/O expansion ports. If a total power failure occurs, these batteries can
maintain data and programs for a cumulative time period of six months.
Each battery has a shelf-life of 8-10 years. Triconex recommends that the batteries be replaced
either every 8-10 years or after they accumulate six months of use, whichever comes first. You
should replace the batteries during scheduled, offline maintenance periods by using the
following procedure.
For specifications and part numbers, see Appendix E, Recommended Replacement Parts.

Replace a battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by

WARNING the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Size C

Batteries on Chassis

Locking Tab Large
Locking Tab

Access Cover

Tricon Main Chassis

Figure 88 Battery Location and Access Cover

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1 Before starting, ensure you have a screwdriver.
2 Remove the battery access cover by squeezing the left side of the cover with your hand
to detach the small locking tab.
3 Noting the orientation of the batteries, remove each one with your hand. If necessary,
use a screwdriver to detach each battery from its position, then remove with your hand.
4 Insert the replacement batteries in the same orientation as the originals—with the
positive terminal facing the top of the chassis. Snap each battery firmly in place.
5 Replace the battery access cover by:
• Inserting the large locking tab under the right edge of the battery cut-out.
• Squeezing the left side of the battery access cover with your hand and inserting the
small locking tab into the left edge of the battery cut-out.
• Pressing the cover firmly to ensure it is locked in place.

Enabling “Disabled” Output Voter Diagnostics

This procedure explains how to enable “disabled” Output Voter Diagnostics (OVD) used by
Digital Output Modules. In some systems, these diagnostic can cause glitches that affect the
controlled process. If OVD has been disabled, it should be enabled periodically.

For safety programs, disabling the Output Voter Diagnostics is not

WARNING recommended; however, if it is required due to process interference
concerns, it can be done if, and only if, the DO is proof tested every three
to six months.

1 Ensure the controlled process is shut down. (Do not stop the TriStation application from
2 In TriStation, go to the Controller Panel and enable the disabled OVD modules.
3 Leave OVD enabled for several minutes to verify the stability of the modules.
This action provides 100 percent failure detection for all components, particularly those
that remain in a single state for long periods of time. For example, if an output is always
On, OVD cannot determine if faults are present that would prevent the output from
being turned Off.
4 If required, disable OVD.

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