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Tech Note: 116

Adding Auto Reconnect Functionality to Device Integration Objects

When a Device Integration object gets disconnected from its data source (e.g. an AVEVA OI Server), it must be manually triggered to reconnect when the source becomes available again.  This tech note will instruct you on how to set up an auto reconnect feature and add additional diagnostic information that will indicate the number of disconnects the object has experienced since it last went on scan.

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Tech Note: 099

Getting Started with the Wonderware Remote Response Objects

The Wonderware Remote Response Object is an email and text message notification solution for Wonderware Application Server 3.0 or higher. The Remote Response Object is a set of fully functional ArchestrA Objects that integrate with a System Platform Environment, and can be customized by the user to deliver alarm notification via e-mail or text message to cell phones via SMS (Simple Messaging System). Remote users can view alarm information, acknowledge alarms, and enter comments all from a remote device.

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Tech Note: 088

How to Modify Default Actions for ArchestrA Graphics

It may become useful to use an ArchestrA graphic for a purpose other than the original design. For example, say you like the look of the ArchestrA graphic titled "ButtonGlossyDotMomentaryOrange", but you want to use it for both a direct type action and then use the same graphic for a toggle type action. This document will relay a general procedure to accomplish this by using the preceding example.

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Tech Note: 087

How to use the ArchestrA Bulk Import utility to import Wonderware InTouch Tags

With the release of the ArchestrA Bulk Import Utility, it is possible to directly convert Wonderware InTouch tagnames into the ArchestrA IDE (Integrated Development Environment) as application objects. This tech note details the basic procedure required to perform this task with a select set of Wonderware InTouch tags under a single alarm group. Specifically, this example involves importing discrete and analog tags used to represent pumps and PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) control loops.

Please note that the procedure for larger applications or 3rd party HMIs may be more involved. For further details on using the ArchestrA Bulk Import utility please...

Tech Note: 084

How to use the aaTrend .NET control in Archestra Symbols and Wonderware Application Server 3.0

This tech note details the procedures necessary to embed the Wonderware ActiveFactory 9.2 aaTrend .NET control in ArchestrA symbols and Wonderware Application Server 3.0. Using the aaTrend .NET control gives end-users the flexibility to create context sensitive trends associated with templates and instances. This results in graphical trends (Wonderware ActiveFactory) which automatically reference tags (from a Historian database) that have been created by object instances.

This document consists of three parts:

  • Part 1 - shows how to use generic ArchestrA Trend Symbol in Wonderware InTouch
  • Part 2 - shows how to use generic ArchestrA Trend Symbol in the ArchestrA IDE
  • Part 3...

Tech Note: 80

How to use the $PingNode Object Template in Wonderware Application Server

This tech note describes how to use a custom $PingNode object template created for Wonderware Application Server. Object based on that template provides ping status for a given machine (node).

The $PingNode object template includes the Ping script that can be customized to provide additional features. By default the enabled object will ping the configured node every 10 seconds and report general status and reply time. It also can be configured to alarm if a ping timeout is incurred.

This type of information should be useful for monitoring system health of network hardware and other machines that are not part...

Tech Note: 076

Configuring the DDESuitelink Client Object in the ArchestrA IDE

This tech note details the procedure used to configure DDE (Data Dynamic Exchange) and Wonderware Suitelink client connections using Wonderware Application Server and the ArchestrA IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The DDESuiteLinkClient object available in Archestra IDE provides a client connection to DDE or Suitelink servers so that data can be read and written to external data sources such as a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller).

This tech note consists of three parts:

  • Part 1 - details the process of configuring and deploying a new instance of the $DDESuiteLinkClient template for communication with a data source
  • Part 2 - details testing of the...