Getting Started – Tags

Tags are used to define data source communications, alarm limits, and other real-time signal properties like Time On and Counts for keeping track how long a point has been on and how many times it has transitioned in a given period. Tags are common data sources to all clients. Data Sources can be setup to communicate with Modbus, Allen Bradley, Siemens controllers, MQTT, and OPC Servers.

To use data directly from a Visual Studio application use the default data source of Value as a fixed value that can be changed using the OPC Controls Data component. Tags can also be used to setup Calculations from other local and remote Tags.

The following section is how to manually add and define Tags using the Configure OAS application. Tags can also be added and modified using the CSV Import and Export selections using the Configure-Tags application to use Excel or other third party Comma Separated Variable editor.

To learn how to programmatically add or modify Tags from your own Visual Studio application refer to the Programmatic Interface – .NET Programmatic Configuration – Programmatic Access CSV Import and Export on how to add and define multiple tags with one method.

For a complete list of all Tag properties refer to the OAS Configuration – Tags section in this help file.

Step 1

Getting Started-Tags 1Start Configure OAS application from the program group Open Automation Software.

Step 2

Select Configure-Tags.

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Step 3

Select the Local OAS Service by selecting the Select button or the Local node in the service tree to the left.

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Note: The Configure application can be used to connect to remote systems using the network node name or IP address of the remote node the OAS Service is running on.  Simply enter the IP Address or network node name of the remote OAS Service you wish to connect to and click on the Select key.

Note: When selecting a service if you receive a warning dialog that the service cannot be retrieved make sure the OAS Service, OAS Data Service, and OAS Database Service are started as described in Start Service.

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Step 4

If you already have the default Demo Tags loaded you can right in the list of tags to the right to Delete All Tags.

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Right-Click on the Local OAS Service and select Add Tag.

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Note
You can also add organizational Groups as many levels deep as you prefer and add tags to groups.  To do this first add a Group to the root level, then right click on the Group in the right window to add additional Groups or Tags.

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Step 5

Enter the Tag name Ramp in the Add Tag dialog box.

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Step 6

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with Tag name Sine.

Step 7

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with Tag name Random.

Step 8

Select Tag Ramp in the right Tag window.

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All Tag properties will appear in the lower window.

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Step 9

For the Value Parameter set the Data Source to OPC Item.

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Step 10

Use the OPC Browse button at the right of the OPC Item to browse OPC Servers.

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Step 11

Expand Local to expand EEI.OPCSimulator and select SimDevice.

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Step 12

Select Ramp from the list of OPC Items and select OK to enter the OPC Item EEI.OPCSimulator\SimDevice.Ramp.

Step 13

If you plan to use trending on this point enable the Trend Point option in the upper right of the Tag Properties window.

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Step 14

Set the Description field to Ramp.

Step 15

Select the High High Parameter and set the Value field to 80 and enable the High High alarm.

Step 16

Select the High Parameter and set the Value field to 60 and enable the High alarm.

Step 17

Select the Low Parameter and set the Value field to 40 and enable the Low alarm.

Step 18

Select the Low Low Parameter and set the Value field to 20 and enable the Low Low alarm.

Step 19

Select the Apply Changes button in the lower right corner.

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Step 20

Select Tag Random and the Value Parameter.

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Repeat Steps 8 through 14 and Step 19 substituting Ramp for Random as Tag name and OPC Item name.

EEI.OPCSimulator\SimDevice.Random.

Step 21

Select Tag Sine and the Value Parameter.

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Repeat Steps 9 through 19 substituting Ramp for Sine as Tag name and OPC Item name.  Use 0.9 for High High Value, 0.8 for High Value, 0.2 for Low Value, and 0.1 for Low Low Value.

EEI.OPCSimulator\SimDevice.Sine.

Step 22

Select the Save button on the toolbar at the top.

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Step 23

Create a directory on the local C:\ drive with the name OPCSystemsDemo.

Save the file DemoTags.tags in the directory C:\OPCSystemsDemo.

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Step 24

Under Configure – Options set the Default Tag Configuration File so when the computer restarts the tag file will automatically be loaded.

More:

Save and Load Tags

Save Tags

Save TagsIf modifications are made to the current Tag configuration for the Service, make sure to save the changes if you want the changes to be retentive when the Service restarts.

Use Configure – Options to specify the default Tag configuration to load on the start of the Service.

Load Tags

Load TagsUse this selection to load a previously stored Tag configuration. This option is not available is the Service is in Runtime mode.

Use Configure – Options to set the default Tag configuration to load when the Service first starts.

Delete Group

Delete Tag 1

To delete a Group of the selected Service select the desired Group and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Group and select Delete.

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  • Use the Delete key on the Keyboard.

To delete all Tags and Groups in the configuration select the top Tag or Group and right click on the top object and select Delete All.

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Delete Tag

Delete Tag 1

To delete a Tag of the selected Service select the desired Tag and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Tag and select Delete.

Delete Tag 2

  • Use the Delete key on the Keyboard.

To delete all Tags and Groups in the configuration select the top Tag or Group and right click on the top object and select Delete All.

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Add Tag

Add Tag 1

To add a Tag to the Service at the Root Level select the Service and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Service and select Add Tag.

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  • Or select the Add Tag Button on the Menu Bar.

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To add a Tag to a Group select the desired Group and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Group and select Add-Tag.

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  • Or select the Add Tag to Group Button on the Menu Bar.

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Add Group

Add Group 1

To add a Group to the Service at the Root Level select the Service and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Service and select Add Group.

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  • Or select the Add Group Button on the Menu Bar .

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To add a Group to a Group select the desired Group and perform one of the following:

  • Right click on the Group and select Add-Group.

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  • Or select the Add Group to Group Button on the Menu Bar.

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