InduSoft is always busy improving the tools that make developing applications easier and quicker, and we want to share our efforts with you! We’re working on creating one new symbol each week that you can employ in your applications. Please feel free to modify and share these symbols, and tell us what you want to see! We’re always interested in hearing from you what symbols or symbol libraries you’re looking for.
Here’s this week’s symbol, an I/O template:
Custom Properties: Labels for points 00-15, TagNames for points 00-15, Line1 and 2 label, Module Type Label
Description: An I/O template that can be used to show the status of any I/O point on a module in the PLC rack. The LEDs not only change from black to green, but show ON/OFF as a way to help if the operator is color blind.
Notes: This will help Engineers and Maintenance staff save time by not having to open the control cabinet. View the I/O status right on the HMI Screen. One way to use this would be to create a screen that shows the entire I/O rack, and make each module open up a new screen that shows this symbol.
Ideas for improvement:
- Add other configurations for Analog, or 8 point or 4 point modules
- This symbol uses only IWS native objects. You could add a faceplate picture for more “realism”.
Got better ideas for this? Let us know!
Copy the .sym files into your Symbol folder of where InduSoft Web Studio is installed. This is usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Symbol” or similar. Either create a new folder or copy it into an existing one, such as “IO_Faceplates”.
Want to let us know what symbols you need, or offer some good ideas on how to use the ones we’ve shared?