Tech Notes

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: 097

How to create a connection between Wonderware Data Access Server (DA Server) and Matrikon OPC Explorer

The Wonderware Data Access Servers (in short: DA Servers) all have the ability to serve clients using three built in protocols: DDE, SuiteLink, and OPC. The Matrikon OPC Explorer is a free product from Matrikon (provider of many IO OPC Servers) and can be useful in verifying connectivity and displaying values when troubleshooting communications to a Wonderware DA

Server using OPC protocol. The way to connect to the different Wonderware DA Servers is the same, only the name of the server and the tags you are looking for may change. This document lists the steps necessary to connect to the...

Tech Note: 089

How to Implement Time Considerations with AVEVA Historian and IDAS Systems

When working with Wonderware Historian and IDAS, it is important to take time into serious consideration. With IDAS historical data storage there is a term called the "Real-Time Window", which is a period of time behind and ahead of the Wonderware Historian system time, where values coming into the system are considered "valid" and will be stored properly. With Wonderware Historian the real-time window can be any value coming into the system between -30 seconds and +999 milliseconds. Time offset and discarded data can be a result of improper time synchronization. The purpose of this document is to help identify...

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
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Tech Note: 082

Resolving slow WindowMaker load times for Wonderware InTouch managed applications

Default Wonderware InTouch application settings can result in long waits opening ArchestrA IDE managed applications containing a large number of windows with embedded ArchestrA Graphics. Each window is programmatically opened to complete the initial load of all ArchestrA graphics in the development environment. Adding a setting to the application's INTOUCH.INI file can vastly improve the initial load times in Wonderware InTouch WindowMaker for instances when this delay adversely affects the speed of development. This document lists the steps necessary to locate and add the LoadAllActiveXOnStartup flag set to zero in the managed application's INTOUCH.INI file.

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