Wonderware InTouch Wizard – Features and Functions

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Hello, Wonderware InTouch Users. In order to add more functionality and cool features in your InTouch application read this post thoroughly. This post covers various features available in Wonderware InTouch Wizard. Each feature of this wizard has a different role. In light of this each feature is explained separately. A screenshot of windowmaker showing each function is also shown in order to have better understanding of the function. Before discussing each function we take a look on the list of functions available in Wonderware InTouch wizard.

  1. ActiveX Controls
  2. Alarm Displays
  3. Buttons
  4. Clocks
  5. Frames
  6. Lights
  7. Meters
  8. Panels
  9. Runtime Tools
  10. Sliders
  11. SmartSymbol
  12. Switches
  13. Symbol Factory
  14. Text Displays
  15. Trends
  16. Value Displays
  17. Window Controls

Note – This list may vary depending upon the components you installed during Wonderware InTouch Installation.

Let us discuss each function now.

ActiveX Controls –

ActiveX Controls contains following

  • AlarmViewerCtrl
  • AlmDbViewCtrl
  • AlarmPareto
  • AlarmTreeViewerCtrl
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ActiveX
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Alarm Viewer Ctrl
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Pareto

One very good thing about all these functions is – Feature Explanatory names. As you can see each function name apparently explains the tasks it performs. To support this point let’s compare two ActiveX Controls viz. AlarmViewerCtrl and AlmDbViewCtrl . AlarmViewerCtrl helps in viewing the alarms generated in a process in simple tabular form. AlmDbViewCtrl shows the database view of the alarm logs. Db stands for Database. So we can see that both these functions are self- explanatory. Similarly, AlarmPareto and AlarmTreeViewerCtrl can be understood. Pareto charts are the vertical bar graphs hence AlarmPareto shows vertical bar graph displays of alarms. Whereas, AlarmTreeViewerCtrl shows tree like structure of the alarm displays.

Alarm Displays –

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Alarm Display is similar to AlarmViewerCtrl. It helps in seeing the logs of alarms that occurred in a process.

Buttons –

I don’t think this needs any explanation. Various type of buttons available are

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Buttons
  • Set/Reset Display
  • Up/Down Buttons
  • Value Buttons (Up/Down)
  • Left/Right Buttons
  • Button with light
  • Button with LED
  • Check Button
  • And many more

Clocks –

Various types of clocks available are –

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Clocks
  • Digital Time/Date with frame
  • Digital Time/Date without frame
  • Analog square clock
  • Analog round clock
  • Digital time clock

Frames –

List of frames available are –

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Frames
  • Single Embossed Frame
  • Sing. Raised frame
  • Single routed frame
  • Sing. inset frame
  • Double raised frame
  • Double inset frame
  • Etc

Lights –

Lights present in Wonderware InTouch Wizard are as follows –

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  • Tube Light
  • Light Panel
  • Round Siren
  • Top-Hat Siren
  • Rectangular Light
  • Circular Light

Meters –

Meters available are –

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  • Speedometer Dial
  • Panel Meter
  • LED meter
  • Thermometer

Sliders –

Sliders are used for controlling action or values in various processes. There are two types of sliders available in Wonderware InTouch Wizard viz. Vertical slider and Vert Mouse Rel Slider. However, slider function is also available inside the functions of Wonderware InTouch Functions.

 

To know more about all Wonderware InTouch Function visit this link.

SmartSymbol –

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SmartSymbol Wizard

This is one very crucial function of Wonderware InTouch Wizard as it is itself a wizard. It contains SmartSymbol wizard. We can convert any component to a symbol. Right click on any component and click SmartSymbol tab. Click on Generate SmartSymbol option to make it a SmartSymbol. By making any component smart symbol we can use it easily as other symbols. However, only make those components smart symbol which are used very frequently in an application. Or this should be done as per the requirements. See pictures below to understand more clearly.

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Last step

Switches –

Switches in Wonderware InTouch Wizard are used for switching operations. Various switches present in this wizard are –

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Switches
  • Fixture Switch
  • Rocker Switch
  • Knob Switch
  • Key Switch
  • 3 Position Dime
  • 3 Position Knob

Symbol Factory –

Symbol Factory as the name suggests is the factory of symbols that are crucial from Industrial point of view. Some categories that are available in Symbol Factory are –

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Symbol Factory
  • 3-D Pushbuttons
  • Air Conditioning
  • Architectural
  • Blowers
  • Buildings
  • Chemicals
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Keys
  • Containers
  • Conveyors
  • Any many more

Symbol Factory is an additional component that is installed with Wonderware InTouch during Wonderware InTouch Installation. It contains every component which is required for making applications related to Industrial automation. As this feature is very vast I will discuss this in a separate post.

Text Displays –

Text Displays are used for displaying text on window during development and runtime. Various text displays present are –

  • Static 3D Text
  • Message Tag Display
  • I/O Message Display
  • Password Input
  • Message Expression Display

Trends –

Trend is one of the most important feature of Wonderware InTouch. This is used for the dynamic analysis of a process. Various trends available in Wonderware InTouch Wizard are –

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  • Historical Trend with Scooters and Scale
  • Trend Zoom/Pan Panel
  • Trend Pen Legend
  • HisData Legend

Value Displays –

Various value displays features available are –

  • Analog Tagname display
  • Ana. Expression display
  • Analog tagname display with tagname text
  • I/O Analog Display

Window Controls –

Apart from all these features window controls are also available in this wizard. Window controls include –

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  • TextBox
  • ListBox
  • CheckBox
  • ComboBox
  • RadioButtonBox

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