WEBfactory 2010

Connector Section

The Connector section is active when a connector is selected in the Signals menu. The Connectors view displays the signal groups containing the available signals for the selected connector. The Connector view is identical for all the connectors available in WEBfactoryStudio.

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UI Option

Description

Active

If the Active check-box is marked, the signal group is taken into account when the WEBfactoryserver is started.

Name

Signal group name.

Description

Optional description.

Read Write Mode

Signal variable read/write mode. Can be:

  • Read

  • Write

  • Write, Read

  • Write (unsecure)

  • Write, Read (unsecure)

Update Time (ms)

The time interval for the transmission of current process data between connectors and WEBfactory servers.

Load Balancing

  • Activated: Only process data with signal variables that are:

    1. used during the visualization process

    2. intended to provide notification of alarm data

  • Deactivated: Each existing process data is taken into account.

Tree menu actions (contextual menu)

Right-clicking on a Connector in the Signals tree menu will open the contextual menu. The Connector contextual menu provides options such adding or deleting signal groups, browsing the connectors for signals or validating signals.

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UI Option

Description

Expand/Collapse

Expands/Collapses the Server view menu item, hiding or displaying the available connectors.

New Group

Allows the user to add a new signal group to the connector.

Delete

Deletes the selected connector.

Browse Connector

Opens the Browse Connector dialog, allowing the user to add the signals available to the connector to the Studio project.

Validate Signals

Opens the Validate Signals dialog, allowing the user to view the invalid or unused signals.

Refresh

Reloads the list of connectors.

IMPORTANT

The contextual menu of the SIMATIC connector in the Signals tree menu provides different options!

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UI Option

Description

Expand/Collapse

Expands/Collapses the Server view menu item, hiding or displaying the available connectors.

New Group

Allows the user to add a new signal group to the connector.

Delete

Deletes the selected connector.

Open Configuration Tool

Opens the SIMATIC connector configuration tool (ACCON-AGLink V4 Configuration).

Generate XML Configuration

Generates an XML configuration based on the settings applied to the SIMATIC connector in WEBfactoryStudio.

The XML configuration is saved in the database. The WEBfactory Server passes the configuration from the database to the connector.

When any change has been applied to the SIMATIC connector in WEBfactoryStudio, an exclamation mark icon is displayed on the SIMATIC connector in the Signals tree menu. This means that the XML configuration must be generated using the SIMATIC connector contextual menu!

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The XML configuration must be generated each time a setting is changed in  Studio  for the SIMATIC connector!

Refresh

Reloads the list of connectors.

Main panel actions (contextual menu)

Right-clicking on the signal groups listed in the main panel while the a connector is selected will open the contextual menu. The contextual menu allows the user to edit the cell from where the contextual menu was opened, set the read/write mode for the signal group, set the update time for the signal group. It also allows the user to create a new signal group, delete the selected one and refresh the list.

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UI Option

Description

Edit (context-sensitive)

Edit the property from the currently selected grid cell.

Read/Write Mode

Set read and write mode for the signal group. Can be:

  • Read: Signal variable process data can only be read.

  • Write: Process values can be written into signal variables.

  • Read and write: Process values can be read and written into signal variables.

  • Write (unprotected): Process data can be written into signal variables without user login.

  • Read and write (unprotected): Process data can be read and written into signal variables without user login.

Update Time (ms)

Select the time interval for process data transmission (50 - 60000 ms).

New Group

Create a new signal group.

Delete

Delete a signal group.

Refresh

Update the current view.

Browse Connector Window

The Browse Connector dialog allows the user to select one or more available signals for the current connector and import them in the WEBfactory Studio and place them into the selected signal group. The Browse Connector dialog also allows the user to create a new signal group to add signals in by typing the name of the new signal group directly into the Destination group field.

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Browse Connector dialog

Tree menu

The Browse Connector tree menu displays the connector and the available signal structure from the connector.

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Filter panel

The filter panel allows the user to filter the available signals using the values of the Name column (of the main view grid) in combination with wildcards.

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Main view

The main view of the Browse Connector dialog displays the list of available signals and allows the user to select the desired signals for importing. Multiple selection is supported.

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UI Option

Description

Name

The name of the signal in the connector

Alias

The name of the signal in the OPC server.

Group

The group to which the signal belongs. This column is visible only when the Browse all sub items button is pressed.

Destination group

The Destination group drop-down box allows the user to select the signal group in which to add the selected signals. It also allows the user to create a new signal group, by simply typing the name of the new signal group in the text area. The signal group will be created and the selected signals will be automatically added to it when the Add button is pressed.

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Additional functionality

The Browse Connector dialog allows the user to quickly browse all the connectors items, select all available signals from the main view and invert the current selection. Also the user is able to import the signal description.

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UI Option

Description

Browse all sub items

Automatically displays all the available signals and the groups to which they belong in the main view.

Select All

Selects all the signals available in the main view.

Invert Selection

Inverts the current selection.

Import description

Imports the signals description along with the signals.