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    Global Control and Dashboard

    Posted by Robert Ward | 11/25/2020

    Updated by Robert Ward | 1/16/2021

     

    The WXS comes default with Global buttons and other features on the Dashboard screen.

    • Global Start
    • Global Stop
    • Global Reset
    • Global Emergency Stop
    • System Status
    • Inbound Throughput
    • Outbound Throughput
    • Lane Full
    • Jams
    • Shift Active

    Each of these buttons contains a .Enable and .Active tag.

    Therefore, the user can/should create a UDT for the base tags in the WXS. After which, create a tag called “wcs” and assign it this UDT.

    The buttons should have a sub-UDT of two BOOLs, .Enable and .Active. This often called “wcsPushbutton” and contains .Active and .Enable; both are BOOLs

    Explanation of Tags:

    • wcs.GlobalStart.Active
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: This bit will go True when a user clicks on the Global Start button on the WXS; returning to False 500ms later
    • wcs.GlobalStart.Enable
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: Set this bit True when you want to allow the user to click the Global Start button on the WXS. Set it to False to disable the user from clicking this button.
    • wcs.GlobalStop.Active
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: This bit will go True when a user clicks on the Global Stop button on the WXS; returning to False 500ms later
    • wcs.GlobalStop.Enable
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: Set this bit True when you want to allow the user to click the Global Stop button on the WXS. Set it to False to disable the user from clicking this button.
    • wcs.GlobalReset.Active
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: This bit will go True when a user clicks on the Global Reset button on the WXS; returning to False 500ms later
    • wcs.GlobalReset.Enable
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: Set this bit True when you want to allow the user to click the Global Reset button on the WXS. Set it to False to disable the user from clicking this button.
    • wcs.EmergencyStop.Active
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: This bit will go True when a user clicks on the Global Emergency Stop button on the WXS; returning to False 500ms later
    • wcs.EmergencyStop.Enable
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: Set this bit True when you want to allow the user to click the Global Emergency Stop button on the WXS. Set it to False to disable the user from clicking this button.
    • wcs.SystemStatus
      • Data Type: STRING
      • Use: Write a general overview as to what the system as a whole is currently doing. Some examples would be:
        • “System Ready”
        • “System Starting”
        • “System Running”
        • “System Running – Partial”
        • “System Alarm”
    • wcs.InboundThroughput
      • Data Type: COUNTER
      • Use: This can be used to log the system inbound throughput in total to the main dashboard.
        • Reset this based on shifts and days as project requirements dictate
    • wcs.OutboundThroughput
      • Data Type: COUNTER
      • Use: This can be used to log the system outbound throughput in total to the main dashboard.
        • Reset this based on shifts and days as project requirements dictate
    • wcs.LaneFull
      • Data Type: INT
      • Use: Display the current number of Lane Full conditions, or keep a running tally of the day’s Lane Full conditions.
    • wcs.Jams
      • Data Type: INT
      • Use: Display the current number of Jam conditions, or keep a running tally of the day’s Jam conditions.
    • wcs.ShiftActive
      • Data Type: BOOL
      • Use: The WXS has a shift builder that allows the user to create shifts that will write True when active and False when inactive. It is worth noting that the shift will go inactive if the user enters in break times. Therefore, if it is planned to use to reset the day’s tallies such as Lane Full, Jams, etc., there should be additional time restrictions in the PLC to ignore the inactive status during breaks, or have the end user restrict the adding of break times in for the shift builder.

     




     

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