Tech Notes

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: 079

How to install Microsoft Loopback Adapter on different operating systems

Wonderware Industrial Application Server uses the Suitelink protocol (a proprietary TCP/IP wrapper) and the NMX protocol (Network Message Exchange) to communicate with I/O devices and platforms/objects in the application galaxy. The Archestra Integrated Development Environment (IDE) uses the NMX protocol to communicate with and deploy objects to platforms in the galaxy (this requires a valid network connection for development and testing operations). In the absence of a network adapter or valid network connection, Microsoft's Loopback Adapter may be installed to satisfy the Archestra IDE's requirement for a valid network connection.

The Microsoft Loopback Adapter will prevent the Archestra IDE from closing...

Tech Note: 077

How to resolve Language Switching Dictionary XML Import errors

The release of Wonderware InTouch 9.5 Service Pack 1 added a comprehensive Runtime Language Switching feature. This Runtime Language Switching feature gives developers the ability to create applications where the displayed language can be changed at runtime based upon the requirements of the user.

In addition, Wonderware released the Language Switching Translation tool: a Microsoft Excel file that can be used to export or import an application's text fields to and from an XML file for easier translation.

Developers may not have access to Microsoft Excel during application development or may use a text editor to add the text translations to...

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...

Tech Note: 075

How to Automate the Update Function Feature in Wonderware ActiveFactory IndustrialWorkbook

This Tech Note provides the procedures necessary to automate the Refresh Function on every function in the Wonderware ActiveFactory IndustrialWorkbook.

This procedure is beneficial when working with Excel spreadsheets that contain many ActiveFactory functions. By default the Refresh Sheet function of Wonderware ActiveFactory IndustrialWorkbook does not refresh new cell population. Because of this users would need to select and refresh every individual function in the workbook.

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Tech Note: 074

How to configure Wonderware DASABCIP for unsolicited message handling

For certain classes of critical alarms, it may be best to allow the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) to notify the data clients immediately rather than waiting for a polling interval to update the alarm point at the HMI (Human Machine Interface). For this type of event, certain Allen Bradley PLCs (i.e. ControlLogix family) have the ability to send unsolicited messages to clients. This tech note provides the procedure to configure a Wonderware DASABCIP topic to accept unsolicited messages.

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Tech Note: 071

How to bridge DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) protocol to Suitelink protocol using Wonderware FactorySuite Gateway

With the release of newer operating systems from Microsoft, such as Windows Vista, support for NetDDE (Network Dynamic Data Exchange) is being discontinued. This poses a problem for legacy I/O communication servers which are DDE based, as newer clients may not be able to directly communicate with them.

A workaround exists, which will translate DDE to Suitelink protocol and give legacy DDE servers the ability to communicate with the most recent client operating systems. This workaround involves configuring Wonderware FactorySuite Gateway (FS Gateway) on the DDE IO Server node for protocol translation.

FS Gateway is capable of translating DDE, Suitelink,...

Tech Note: 069

How to Centralize and Acknowledge Alarms Across a Distributed SCADA System Using the Wonderware InTouch Alarm Hot Backup Manager

When working with distributed SCADA systems the need may arise to centralize alarms for single alarm acknowledgements and alarm provider redundancy. Wonderware InTouch provides such a method through the use of the Wonderware Alarm Hot Backup Manager utility. This document will list the steps necessary to configure the Wonderware Alarm Hot Backup Manager, and will discuss routinely inquired information.

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Tech Note: 068

How to Automate Wonderware InTouch Alarm Printing

The Wonderware Alarm Printer Utility can be used for the printing of alarms and events from your InTouch application. The utility was primarily designed for dot-matrix type printers, and with default settings may not work properly with laser or networked printers. It is common practice to configure the Wonderware Alarm Printer Utility to log the alarms and events to a CSV file to cut down on the information printed, and easier reporting capabilities. However, to print a hard copy the user must print the information from a CSV editor like MS Excel.

This document will list the procedures necessary to...

Tech Note: 067

Wonderware Historian Database Import/Export Utility — How to use the import feature with a manually created Industrial Data Acquisition Service (IDAS)

It may become necessary for a developer to create an IDAS in Wonderware Historian that views many data points without having an InTouch HMI application to import tags from. This document provides the procedure necessary to utilize the Import Tags feature of Wonderware Historian without an existing Wonderware InTouch application, as well as how to use the Wonderware IndustrialSQL Server database export/import utility for archiving or troubleshooting.

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