The InsightCM Manual refers to various nodes within the order of the InsightCM system. To orient you at any stage during setup, learn the components of the InsightCM system and how each component functions in relation to the others.

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System Component



The asset whose health you are using the InsightCM System to monitor.


InsightCM supports a variety of sensors that collect data from fixed points on your equipment.

Wireless/Continuous Devices

The monitoring devices are used to relay data from the sensors to the InsightCM server.


The server with InsightCM is installed.

Client Computer

The computer uses the InsightCM web application - a browser-based tool for configuring monitoring devices and visualizing data - to access the InsightCM server.

User Interface Quick Reference

Use the diagram and the terms below to learn how to navigate the web application.

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Navigation bar

Links to pages users require most frequently.

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When present, provides page-specific actions and information.

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Dashboard page

Contains an overview of the system.

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Asset and Device Configuration pages

Enables you to configure your assets, sensors, and devices.

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Data Viewer page

Enables you to explore and analyze the data collected from your equipment.

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Help button

Links to help for the current page or tab.

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Navigation menu

Links to additional content not shown in the Navigation bar, such as the Options dialog and System page.

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Action menu

When present, contains additional actions for the current page or tab.

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View menu

When present, links to additional views for a device.


Setup Process Overview

Setup will generally follow the same order for all new InsightCM systems. Refer to the Setup Process Overview as you set up to ensure that you are addressing all system dependencies.

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Reserved Characters

InsightCM has several configuration files that use the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format. Some characters are reserved by the JSON format and cannot be used in InsightCM configuration files.

Below are some of the reserved characters in InsightCM configuration files that cannot be used.




Left curly brace


Right curly brace


Quotation mark

Below is a list of characters that have been tested and are supported.




Grave accent


Exclamation mark


At sign


Number sign, Hash


Dollar sign


Percent sign


Circumflex accent






Left parenthesis


Right parenthesis


Low line


Plus sign




Equal sign


Left square bracket


Right square bracket










Full stop


Less-than sign


Greater-than sign


Slash (Solidus)


Question mark


Degree sign


Vertical bar


Inverted Question Mark




Greek acute accent


Latin Small Letter N with tilde


Latin Capital Letter N with tilde


Diaeresis (Umlaut)


Inverted Exclamation Mark


Options and Features Requiring a Password Configuration

  • Active Directory: If Active Directory is used to login to the server.

  • Mongo Configuration: Optional, it can use the default password.

  • SMTP: Optional, if needed.




The act of a Cutsforth Monitoring System obtaining measurements from sensors connected to device channels.


An automatic process that discards some data files after configurable conditions are met. Aging is useful for conserving space on disk while maintaining a desirable collection of data.


The equipment whose condition you monitor using the InsightCM system.

CompactRIO (cRIO)

The product family to which the controller and chassis in a Cutsforth Monitoring System belongs.

connection information file

A text file that contains connection-related properties, such as a device IP address and credentials. If a device is offline, you can transfer this file to the device via USB drive to bring the device online.

Cutsforth Monitoring System

The CompactRIO-based system, configured via the InsightCM web application, that acquires sensor data, monitors alarms, and more.

data event

An event that leads to the collection of a data set or only a trend point. Events include alarms, periodic acquisitions, and force triggers.

data set

Data containing calculated trend points and the associated waveform.

Data Viewing page

The page on the InsightCM web application where you can load data acquired from assets or to watch live data streams.


The monitoring hardware that receives and sends data from the sensors on the asset to the web application.

device application

Software that runs on Cutsforth Monitoring Devices and causes them to perform operations such as calculating feature values from sensor data. Each device type has a unique application.

device configuration

The collection of properties that controls how a device operates, including how and when it acquires data, from what sensors, and so on. Defined on the Device Configuration page of the InsightCM web application.

device type

The arrangement of I/O modules within the device chassis into a specific pattern. Devices run unique application software according to their device type.


A value calculated from a specific measurement that Cutsforth Monitoring Devices acquire, often for the purpose of trending. For example, RMS is a feature whose value InsightCM Server can calculate from a standard periodic acquisition that occurs for a multiple-second interval.

feature set

A customizable group of features and spectral bands that by default, the InsightCM web application configures all sensors with a sensor type and measurement type to calculate.


The permanent software on the device that performs lower-level operations than the device application.

high rate feature

For vibration data, this is a feature that the device calculates once per second on each one second data set that the device collects. When you view data in the web application, the server calculates all high rate features on the full file length of data. By default, high rate features are time domain calculations such as RMS and True Peak.

low rate feature

For vibration data, this is a feature that the device calculates based on the file length you set for an operating state. By default, the device calculates low rate features every 4 seconds. Since low rate features are more processor intensive than high rate features, the device only collects and processes data sets for low rate features when the device has enough resources to calculate them. The server calculates low rate features that the device cannot process. When you view data in the web application, the server calculates all features on the full file length of data. By default, low rate features are frequency domain calculations such as 1x Magnitude and 1x Phase.


A collection of data acquired from an individual sensor by a Cutsforth Monitoring device.

periodic data

Data from any acquisition that is not part of a stream, such as acquisitions triggered by time interval or delta EU settings, an alarm, or a force trigger.

PI point

A timestamped value stored in the PI System software. InsightCM Server uses the unique name of a PI point to write values to the PI System software.

PI point mapping

The mapping of a source tag in InsightCM Server to the name of a PI point. In other words, InsightCM Server interfaces with PI System points via point mappings.

settings file

See connection information file.

spectral band

A spectral band is the calculation of values within a window.


A group of measurements that a Transient, Periodic, and Event Recorder device (CMS-9036) acquires when the equipment it is monitoring enters certain operating states. A stream associates all the acquisitions in one group so you can quickly visualize all the data acquired during a stream-enabled operating state. You can view streams live or playback recorded streams.

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See device application.


A container that InsightCM Server uses to get and set the value of a specific property. InsightCM Server uses these pre-defined tags to maintain property values for both devices and internal services. Each tag has a unique path, delimited by vertical bars, that identifies it. For example, the srv|prv|dev|DevNameconfigStatus tag contains an OK and Error value.


A flag that, when enabled, instructs InsightCM Server to log messages about when particular events occur. For example, the Storage.MajorOps tracepoint reports about events related to file I/O, such as when InsightCM Server receives a file from a device and saves it.


Values of a feature plotted over time and displayed in the Trend viewer.

trend point

Contains a single point value.

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