PME Elective Series - Getting Started with PME Designer

Length: 1 Day


As with all our elective series classes, this remote session will cover a specific task, tool or use case as it pertains to the PME platform. Topics will not only be covered with presentation and discussion, but also with practice through a hands-on lab session for the attendees.

This advanced virtual course provides an introduction the Designer interface in the PME software. Students will learn the architecture of the ION meter along with using the Designer interface to examine the default frameworks. Students will also be introduced to the Virtual ION Processor (VIP) navigation and features. Students will learn how to link the Vista application to Designer to display real-time values, status, and pass program variables to Designer. Best practices will be shown to use Vista to augment the Designer programming interface. By the end of the course, students will have learned how to open and navigate the nodes available to the Designer tool as well as best practices for programs creation and backup of .dcf and .cfg files to preserve the node environment.

Delivery Type

  • VILT

Who should attend

Anyone who is responsible for administering, maintaining, and/or supporting a PME system with ION meters who need to learn how to get the most out of their software. Examples include application engineers, system administrators (and possibly IT Admins), meter/instrumentation technicians, system engineers and system integrators who need to learn how to get the most out of their PME software and associated meters.


  • Working knowledge of PME software, especially experience using Vista

  • Working knowledge of the default capabilities of ION meters
  • General computer skills and basic working experience with Microsoft Windows
  • Completion of a PME Fundamentals or Overview course is recommended.

Students will be able to

  • Describe ION architecture and ION module properties
  • Examine configuration of meters installed in a PME system
  • Understand the VIP node and capabilities
  • Understand the procedure to backup and restore a meter template
  • Locate relevant documentation
  • Describe how Designer and Vista work together
  • Construct Vista Screens that Work with Designer Programs