PARAGON CONTROLLER RAMP PROGRAM

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This is an explanation of how I have it programmed my Paragon Controller.  I wrote it up for another beadmaker who asked for some help with their Paragon.  I am posting it in case it might be useful to someone else.  I do not know if it will work with any other Paragon model.   

THE PROGRAM 

Program #1   Ramp Up - Anneal - Ramp Down Slow Med Fast

Segment

Description

Rate Of Cooling  rA1

Target Temperature  F

Hold Time  Hld1

1

Heat as Fast as Possible

9999     (+)

950

9:00     

2

Heat to Annealing Temp

9999     (+)

960

1:00

3

Slow Cool

400       (-)

650

0:00

4

Med Cool

500       (-)

500

0:00

5

Fast Cool

9999     (-)

350

0:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATION OF PROGRAM:

 In this program, (which is the one I use)  the kiln is heated as quickly as possible to 950F and then stays at 950F for up to 9 hours because that is about the longest I will sit and make beads

  When I get done making beads,  I skip to the next segment by pressing key #9.

 The kiln then heats to the final annealing temperature 960F and holds it for an hour.  I anneal for an hour based on the size of the beads I make.  The hold time could be 2 hours or whatever.

 After an hour, the controller starts a very slow cool down at a rate of 400 degrees an hour until it reaches 650 which is past the strain point.  I think I selected this slow cool rate based on James Kervin’s Book "More that you ever wanted to know about Glass Beadmaking" .

  When the kiln reaches 650, then the Medium Cool down starts at a rate of 500 degrees an hour until the kiln reaches 500 degrees. 

Then I go to fast cool – 9999 means it cools as fast as possible.  When it reaches 350 it shuts itself off.

  You could probably create 2 programs – one to ramp up and one to ramp down – I just find this easier.  Also since I always use the same program, it is very easy to start it.

 

ENTERING THE PROGRAM

 This may help you if you are trying to enter the program described above.  If you do not own a Paragon controller, this will make no sense at all so just go to the bottom of the page to continue on the Studio Tour. 

You Do

It Does

What is going on

Apply Power

ErrP

Controller Speak – that’s what it says. I don't know why 

Press Enter

Idle

Controller Speak – that’s what it says I      dont know why.

Press Enter

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Controller  Happy Speak  the line means it is ready to go

Press Key #4

USEr/1

You press 4 to tell it  you want to enter a Ramp Hold program

Press 1 

1

You press 1 if you want to call  this program 1.  If you wanted to call it 2, you press 2.  It displays the program number you have entered

Press Enter

SEG

It wants the number of segments in the program

Press 5

5

The program I gave you above has 5 segments

Press Enter

RA1

It wants the ramp rate for Segment 1

Press 9999

9999

 

Press Enter

F1

It wants the target temperature for Segment 1

Press 950

950

 

Press Enter

HLd1

It wants the hold time for Segment 1

Press 900

9:00

 

Press Enter

RA2

It wants the ramp rate for Segment 2

Press 9999

9999

 

Press Enter

F2

It wants the target temperature for Segment 2

Press 960

960

 

Press Enter

HLd2

It wants the hold time for Segment 2

Press 100

1:00

 

Press Enter

RA3

It wants the ramp rate for Segment 3

Press 400

400

 

Press Enter

F3

It wants the target temperature for Segment 3

Press 650

650

 

Press Enter

HLd3

It wants the hold time for Segment 3

Press 0

0:00

 

Press Enter

RA4

It wants the ramp rate for Segment 4

Press 500

500

 

Press Enter

F4

It wants the target temperature for Segment 4

Press 500

500

 

Press Enter

HLd4

It wants the hold time for Segment 4

Press 0

0:00

 

Press Enter

RA5

It wants the ramp rate for Segment 5

Press 999

999

 

Press Enter

F4

It wants the target temperature for Segment 5

Press 350

350

 

Press Enter

HLd4

It wants the hold time for Segment 5

Press 0

0:00

 

Press Enter

ALAr

It wants the temperature to set off an alarm

Press 1000

1000

I think this sets alarm to go off if tem reaches 1000

Press Enter

Cpl  IDLE Temp

It flashes the temperature in the kiln which should be room temp

Press Enter

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Press Enter

-On_

Only press enter if you want to turn the kiln  on.

 

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