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Wonderware ArchestrA Object Basics: Creating Efficient and Powerful Objects

In a recent project, I found myself having to create standard devices for Wonderware ArchestrA Objects.  This particular application used Wonderware InTouch Modern 17.1. In a previous blog Rockwell FactoryTalk Studio Basics: Global Obj...


Advantages & Disadvantages of Siemens' TIA Openness

Siemens’ TIA Openness is an API that allows you to interact with TIA Portal using a custom application. Although it is included with TIA Portal, Openness has not seen wide usage, as many programmers don’t see the use of learning a new pro...


GE Proficy: Quickpanel+ Alarms

I recently worked on a project using a GE PACsystems Rx3i PLC and a QuickPanel+ HMI. Throughout the course of the project, we learned some tricks to alarm handling in GE Proficy that I'd like to pass along. I'll first walk you through so...


Getting Started with WinCC OA: Part 2 - Folder Structure & Gedi Layout

Welcome back to “Getting Started with WinCC OA”! If you aren’t familiar with the series’ previous topics, it’s recommended that you read the respective installments before proceeding: Part 1: Creating and Opening a...


Data Logging with Panasonic GT Series HMIs

If you're interested in storing production, sensor, or other data from your automation system, Panasonic GT series HMIs provide a flexible method for logging data from one or multiple PLCs to any standard SD card. Logs are stored in CSV file...


How to Make a Dynamically Linking Faceplate in Siemens' TIA Portal

Thanks to TIA Portals development environment, laying out and linking a few objects on an HMI screen doesn’t take very much time. Though, this process starts to become tedious when there are many objects with many individual tag connections for...


Getting Started with WinCC OA: Part 1 - Creating & Opening a Project

“OA is a beast of a program.” One of my fellow DMC engineers made this remark when I began learning how to program using SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture (OA for short). Indeed, for someone just getting started with OA, the SCADA software ...


Configuring a WinCC Professional Trend to Update Start and End Times based on DateTime Tags

I was recently working on a project with a tricky trending feature: display a trend over the course of a batch while the batch is running. No matter how long the batch had been running, we wanted to show the process value for the length of the trend....


Setting Up a New Allen-Bradley PLC and HMI: Tips and Tricks

In this blog, I’ll walk you through the basic commissioning steps to get a brand-new Allen-Bradley PLC and HMI up and running. All the information covered here is also available in Rockwell’s help documentation, but I tried to distill out...


Using Digital Inputs and Command Data Set 1 to Control a Siemens G120 CU240

I was recently on site with a client to commission a Siemens G120 VFD. This particular VFD was being used to drive a blower motor and inflate an airbag. The client required hard-wired manual control of the motor, in addition to controlling it from th...


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