WEBfactory 2010

Server Section

Abstract

This article describes the WEBfactory 2010 Studio Server section when the user can see the list of current project's connectors.

The Server section displays the list of connectors from the selected server. When a native connector is selected, the Connector Configuration panel is available at the bottom of the main panel.

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The Server section

The main panel displays the available connectors in a grid form, having the following columns:

UI Option

Description

Active

Check-box that allows the user to activate or deactivate a connector.

Name

The name of the connector.

Remote Host

The name of the connector's host. The dot . represents the local host.

Timestamps

Combo-box that allows the user to select the desired timestamp:

  • System timestamp: the host’s system time as the timestamp

  • OPC timestamp: the connector’s system time as the timestamp

  • Optimized transmission: after a time cycle, an event is transmitted. Events within the cycle are not transmitted.

  • Secured transmission: each event is transmitted with the current time stamp.

Right-clicking on the Server item in the Signals tree menu will open the contextual menu. The Server contextual menu provides options such adding or deleting connectors, browsing the server for connectors or refreshing the connectors list.

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The Server section contextual menu

UI Option

Description

Expand/Collapse

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

New Connector

Allows the user to add one of the following connectors to the server:

  • Custom connector

  • Beckhoff ADS Connector

  • BACnet Connector

  • Ennovatis Smart Box Connector

  • Modbus Connector

  • SNMP Connector

Delete

Deletes the selected server.

Browse Server

Opens the Browse Server dialog, allowing the user to add the connectors available on the local server to the Studio project.

Browse Remote Server

Opens the Browse Server dialog, allowing the user to add the connectors available on a remote server to the Studio project.

Signal list

Opens the Signal Browser window, allowing the user to view the available signals for the selected server.

Refresh

Reloads the list of servers.

Right-clicking on a server listed in the main panel will open the contextual menu, providing the user with the options to edit the column in which the contextual menu is opened, add or delete servers, open the Signal Browser to view the signals from the selected server and refresh the server list.

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The selected Server contextual menu

UI Option

Description

Edit

Edits the cell in which the contextual menu has been opened (where the user right-clicked).

New Connector

Allows the user to add one of the following connectors to the server:

Delete

Deletes the selected connector.

Refresh

Reloads the list of servers.

The Connector Configuration panel pops up when a native connector is selected. The Connector Configuration panel content varies depending on the selected connector. By default, the available native connectors with Connector Configuration panels in WEBfactoryStudio are:

The custom connectors (non-native connectors) have a different Connector Configuration panel that provides the option of connecting the connector to an OPC server using an URL:

Browse Server window
Abstract

Check out this article and learn how to add or remove multiple connectors in your projects, with just a few simple clicks.

The Browse Server window allows the user to select one or more available connectors and add them to the Studio project. The user can also remove existing connectors from the project.

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To add/remove a connector to the project, check/uncheck the corresponding check-box and click the Update button.