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VCM II Customer Flight Recorder
Operator's Manual
Version 2.0
9/4/2012
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  • Page 1 VCM II Customer Flight Recorder Operator’s Manual Version 2.0 9/4/2012 - 1 -...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Trigger Setup ............................... 11 Download to VCM II - CFR ..........................12 Hook-up to Vehicle .............................. 12 Control of VCM II – CFR / Recording Data ......................14 User Interface (Pendant) ............................15 Pendant Events and Indicators ..........................16 VCM II - CFR Upload to IDS ..........................17 File Naming .................................
  • Page 3 Standard Corporate Protocol The VCM II - CFR will go into a Low Power/Standby Sleep Mode if the vehicle communications network becomes inactive for a certain period of time (typically 60 seconds). Any communication on the vehicle network being monitored, or depressing the Pendant button, will wake the CFR from Sleep Mode.
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Ford IDS Training Courses. The CFR is an application that is designed to be installed and run on the VCM II. The VCM II - CFR tool is intended to be used for capturing and storing vehicle communications network data, without needing to have a continuous connection to the IDS PC.
  • Page 5: Safety

    WARNING: If the VCM II - CFR is being used in a moving vehicle, ensure that the VCM II - CFR and cables do not distract or interfere with the driver, or form a hazard in anyway.
  • Page 6: Equipment Precautions

    DO keep the VCM II - CFR away from devices that generate radio interference. NOTICE: Do ensure the VCM II - CFR is not subjected to extreme temperature or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight that may cause heating of the VCM II - CFR.
  • Page 7: Using The Vcm Ii - Cfr

    VCM II - CFR Setup from IDS VCM II - CFR Setup is a menu option selectable within the toolbox top tab after Vehicle Identification is complete. The VCM II - CFR setup will only be available on supported vehicles.
  • Page 8 Setup and NOT save the recordings. • If a later version of VCM II - CFR software is available, IDS will prompt the user to install the latest application on the VCM II. 3. Select vehicle system or module to record data from.
  • Page 9: Cfr Application Management

    VCM II Customer Flight Recorder Operator’s Manual b) Anytime IDS connects to the VCM II, the CFR application will suspend and return the VCM II to IDS mode. When this occurs, all recordings will remain in memory until uploaded and the CFR will restart when disconnected from IDS.
  • Page 10: Recording Time Setup

    Recording Time Setup The VCM II - CFR can record up to 200 seconds of data. The number and duration of recordings as well as the pre/post trigger times will be available by selecting the Stopwatch icon located on the right side of the Parameter screen.
  • Page 11: Trigger Setup

    2. Set Recordings/Duration time. − Recording duration options are 25, 50, 100, and 200 seconds. Since the VCM II - CFR can store up to 200 seconds, the number of recordings will vary based on the duration selection. 3. Set Pre/Post Trigger time.
  • Page 12: Download To Vcm Ii - Cfr

    Tick. The configuration will be retained by the VCM II - CFR until the next download. An audible tone will sound for at least 20 seconds when the VCM II - CFR is disconnected from the power source. Press the Trigger Button on the Pendant to stop the tone.
  • Page 13 DLC. Failure to do so may result in a DLC fuse failure. WARNING: If the VCM II - CFR is being used in a moving vehicle, ensure that the VCM II - CFR and cables do not distract or interfere with the driver, or form a hazard in any way.
  • Page 14: Control Of Vcm Ii - Cfr / Recording Data

    ON. If the lights are OFF, Press Trigger Button on Pendant to wake up device and activate lights. Recorded data will be retained by the VCM II - CFR until it is overwritten or the user selects VCM II - CFR Setup.
  • Page 15: User Interface (Pendant)

    VCM II - CFR and the DLC connection on the vehicle. If all the connections are good and secure, the ignition key is in the ON or RUN position and the VCM II - CFR still does not wake up, see VCM II - CFR Support Section for instructions.
  • Page 16: Pendant Events And Indicators

    An audible tone will sound once when the VCM II - CFR is powered up and when a recording is triggered. This audible tone will also sound for at least 20 seconds after power to the VCM II - CFR is lost. To stop the tone from sounding following power loss, press the Trigger Button on the Pendant.
  • Page 17: Vcm Ii - Cfr Upload To Ids

    VCM II - CFR Upload to IDS VCM II - CFR Upload/Playback is used to retrieve recorded vehicle data from the VCM II. Upload can be initiated from VCM II - CFR Upload/Playback in the tool box menu, or by selecting VCM II - CFR Upload from the Vehicle Identification Page.
  • Page 18: File Naming

    File Naming After all files have been uploaded from the VCM II - CFR, a dialog box will appear to name the recordings. File management procedures and any necessary data transformations will also be done at this time.
  • Page 19: Playback

    Playback will immediately be displayed upon completion of File Naming. For recordings previously saved, follow these steps to view: 1. Select VCM II - CFR Upload/Playback from toolbox. 2. Select Playback sub-tab. 3. Select a saved recording to view. Each recording will display the PID data, as well as any associated DTCs that were retrieved during that recording.
  • Page 20 VCM II Customer Flight Recorder Operator’s Manual Figure 11.0 Parameters can also be temporarily removed from the current display. This feature only temporarily removes the parameter from the display; it does not remove the parameter from the recording or delete the data for that parameter.
  • Page 21 VCM II Customer Flight Recorder Operator’s Manual To redisplay a parameter: 1. Select the Parameter Selection from right margin, as shown in Figure 12.0. 2. Select a parameter to highlight and redisplay that parameter. The DTC screen is also available to view any DTCs that were present before or after the recording was made.
  • Page 22: Technical Specifications

    Please refer to VCM II Hardware Manual for information regarding VCM II connectors. Updating VCM II Firmware VCM II firmware updates will be automated using the IDS software. Please refer to the IDS User Manual for information regarding this procedure.
  • Page 23 VCM II and retry, (refer to IDS User Manual). • If VCM II - CFR fails to power On after making all the checks above, contact your regional technical support • VCM II - CFR powers On, but Cycle (remove/reconnect) power to the VCM II - CFR •...
  • Page 24: Vcm Ii - Cfr Support

    Please select VCM II - CFR Setup from the IDS menu to resolve this condition. VCM II - CFR Support If the VCM II is still inoperable after performing these checks, contact your regional technical support for assistance. Version 2.0...