Step 2. Configure General Alarm Printer Properties

  1. Enter specification using the following check boxes.

Log Events

Check to log events to the printer.

Log Alarms

Check if you want to log alarms to the printer.

Note: If you clear this check box, the Alarm loggingare dimmed.

Alarm Logging Options

These options are available only when you select the Log alarms check box.

Use these fields to specify the types of alarms, and alarms classes that will be printed on this alarm printer:

Generated alarms

Check to log messages when alarms are generated.

Acknowledged alarms

Check to log messages when alarms are acknowledged.

Reset alarms

Check to log messages when alarms are reset.

Deleted alarms

Check to log messages when alarms are deleted.


Important: You must either check All alarm classes or select an Alarm Class.

All alarm classes

Check to log messages for all alarm classes. When you do, the Alarm Class field will be dimmed.

Alarm Class

This field is available when you uncheck the All alarm classes check box.

If you want log alarms for a particular Alarm Class, enter that class name in this field. You can also:

Display the Select Alarm Class browser and use it to select the Alarm Class.

Click the Popp Menu button to create a new Alarm Class, edit the current Alarm Class, or browse for an Alarm Class.

  1. Enter the device name for the alarm printer in the Output field. You can do any of the following:

Enter the name of a local port on the project's computer (e.g. LPT1 or COM1) where you have attached the alarm printer.

Note: If you are connecting to serial port COM10 and above,
the format is \\.\COM<n>.

Enter a file name to write alarms to a file. If you wish, you may also enter a period followed by a three character file extension (e.g. alarms.fil).

If you do not enter a file extension, none is automatically provided. The file is placed in the project directory (not in the project's log directory) .


If a project name is systest, the file is placed in the systest folder:


Enter the path for a network printer (e.g. \\M_005ad4\d5prn1).

Note: If the printer is connected locally on your computer, use the local port name instead of the network path.

Enter the path for a file on a network disk (e.g. \\nt001\proj1\alarms).

Tip: You can associate more than one alarm printer with a network printer or file on a network disk. If you use a network printer or file, clear the Print header field in the Layout tab of the Alarm Printer dialog box.

More information

Steps to configure alarm printers.