Minimizing the Effort & Expense of Building ArchestrA Graphics

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jun 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Although Wonderware has many powerful tools with wizards and other time-saving capabilities, designing visually dynamic and attractive graphics can still be an intimidating, time-consuming task for many reasons, especially when you aren’t a graphic or CAD designers. Given the typical level of customization required (with the resultant time/effort involved), creating graphics can eat up a big chunk of a project pretty quickly with respect to both time and budget.

And, even over time, if you're an integrator (or even a user with a larger enterprise) focused on a vertical industry where a lot of the same graphics could be reusable, having the ability to avoid rework and additional effort is key to reducing costs and maximizing revenue.

If you're nodding and interested in a more efficient method of generating ArchestrA graphics for your Wonderware systems, keep reading to learn how to reduce your efforts and the resultant cost of creating ArchestrA graphics by leveraging existing graphics sources.

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Topics: Wonderware, software, graphics, Archestra, Galaxy Toolbox

Connect Your HMI/SCADA to Barcode Scanners

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 28, 2016 1:59:16 PM

Barcode scanners are one of those types of devices that are extremely common in a variety of industries, whether it's for use in a manufacturing process or for cataloging inventory or a multitude of other possible uses.  But how do you go from scanning a barcode to making that barcode data available to your monitoring applications such as an HMI or a SCADA?

Over the years of working in the automation software realm, I've seen dozens of clients have this seemingly basic need to bring barcodes up into various software packages.  Regardless of the make/model of the scanner, the process is almost identical.  For example, you could connect to a DataLogic scanner in under five minutes. (Click for How-To Video)

This post will cover the steps for bridging that gap between your scanners and your client applications.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, software

Four Benefits of Designing Process Graphics in MS Visio

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 22, 2016 11:53:23 AM

Designing visually dynamic and attractive graphics for use in your HMI or SCADA can seem like a daunting task to many who aren’t graphic or CAD designers. Speaking from personal experience, using packages like Adobe Illustrator or AutoCAD to create something from scratch that I’d actually want to use on a control screen is not an easy feat – I have a degree in marketing, not graphic design.

And it’s not always practical or cost-effective to farm out such tasks to the professionals when you maybe only need one or two graphics. So you’re probably saying “What’s the alternative, then?”

For those who’ve been in this position before (and even those who haven’t – please keep an open mind), consider the benefits of using Microsoft Visio as a “design” tool for creating your graphics.

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Topics: Wonderware, software, Archestra, Galaxy Toolbox

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