TechTip: ArchestrA Graphic Development Guidelines

ArchestrA Graphics empower the developer with advanced graphic creation and animation tools that allow for intricate, stunning visualization. The graphics, being vector-based, also allow for “resolution-neutral” symbols that do not distort when changing sizes. Custom Properties and scripts provide a way to make graphics modular and further enhance functionality. Because the graphics are so flexible

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System Platform 2012 R2

With Galaxy to Galaxy Integration, Increased Historian Capability and a New Overview Tool for Information Server, this is not your standard R2 release. The new R2 release includes several significant enhancements that expand the power of the Wonderware System Platform. The new ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 addresses the key business needs of today’s companies

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TechTip: Renaming an InTouch Managed Application

Once a Managed InTouch application is created, how can you rename the application so a different name appears within the InTouch Application Manager? The purpose of this Tech Tip is to walk you through the steps required to rename the Managed InTouch Application in all the locations the name can be used. For example, when

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TechTip: Optimizing ArchestrA Graphics

Wonderware ArchestrA graphics allow developers to create vivid, powerful visualization tools that can be embedded into InTouch applications. However, the new vector based graphic tools can be more taxing on runtime memory than standard InTouch graphics, and in some cases can take longer to bind to the tag/object attributes set to be displayed. The following

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TechTip: Starting the Alarm DB Logger Manager from System Platform for Alarms

The InTouch Alarm DB Logger utility is used to log alarms and events from InTouch or System Platform to a Microsoft SQL Server database. Once this information is saved to the database, you can use a set of database views to easily query past and current alarm and event occurrences for a variety of reports.

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TechTip: Debunking the Base Template Library: Part II

Last issue’s TechTip explained the Wonderware Base Template Library (BTL) and how it can be configured to assist in the automatic referencing of I/O in your Wonderware Application Server system. This issue’s TechTip will discuss a common architecture challenge and how the BTL can be applied in those situations. If you have not read the

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TechTip: Debunking the Base Template Library: Part I

If you have dealt with a Wonderware System Consultant when first developing a System Platform implementation, you may be familiar with the Base Template Library. The library is a set of objects, developed by the North American System Consultants group, that allows the developer to set up automatic addressing with a few simple UDA settings.

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TechTip: Troubleshooting Wonderware System Platform I/O Communications

The Wonderware System Platform provides the user with a robust IO communication system that allows the user to connect to a myriad of different PLCs from both Wonderware-provided and third party device integration products. However, to the user unfamiliar to the System Platform it may seem difficult to troubleshoot this I/O communication if a problem

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TechTip: Calculating Total Number of Items on a DI Object

When designing, implementing, or troubleshooting a system, it is always useful to have the total number of items being polled from a given DI Object. The total number of I/O being polled by a DI Object, if excessive, can lead to system instability/poor performance. As many implementations of System Platform, including those using the Base

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TechTip: Removing Custom .NET libraries from Industrial Application Server 3.0

Wonderware’s Industrial Application Server allows the developer to import and install custom .NET libraries developed in Microsoft Visual Studio to be used by objects in the galaxy. There may be occasions where a developer would want to remove the libraries they installed from the galaxy repository. The following article explains two ways to do this,

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