Using Quick Data

The quick Data main form displays groups of Process Tags in the grid and allows navigation via the tree control.  Select the group in the tree to view it's Process Tags in the grid.

First you must configure the TagServer that will contain the Source Tags for Quick Data.  Right-click for a popup, use the"Configure/Tag Server" menu item or click on the TagServer toolbar button to access the UI for configuring the Source Tags.  See the section titled " Using the Tag Server " for the details of configuring source tags.

Once you have source tags in the Tag Server you can add Process Tags.  Select the "Process Tags" item in the tree and either add a new tag or a Process Tag Group which can contain any number of tags.  You can also create groups under groups to any depth that you wish.  When you select "Add New Process Tags..." you will be able to select multiple source tags from the Tag Server.  QD will create a new Process Tag for each source tag.  You may also select a Source Tag multiple times which will create multiple Process Tags having the same source.

Add a Process Tag Group by giving it a name.

Add Process Tags.

When creating new process tags browse the available source tags in the Tag Server and add them to the "Selected items"  section at the bottom of the form. You may add source tags multiple times to accommodate different "views" of the device data.  Once you press "OK" a Process Tag for each selected source tag will be created for you with the same default name as it's source.

For Additional Process Tag Details:

View array values on the main form by clicking on the array tag in the grid which will display the data in a real-time tooltip.

To disable or enable item, simply select it and right-click to choose the desired state.  Disabled items are indicated by the slashed circle in the tree and the unchecked Enabled column check box in the grid.

Error or informational messages will be displayed in the output window at the bottom of the form. The three levels of severity are Error, Warning and Information.  The following is an example output of the QD watchdog detecting an OPC server failure.

Select the Configure/System menu item to configure the system.

Screen Period - Choose the update rate for the screen (grid) refresh of tag values in milliseconds. The minimum value is 100 ms.
Send to Windows Logger - Select the messages to send to the "NT logger" based on their level of severity.  Note that the OS used must support the "NT logger" functionality.

These settings are stored after each session along with the form position information in the "Quick Data.dat " file.  If you have problems starting the system and suspect an error in the sessions settings you can delete the .dat file to start with default settings.

Use Save, Save As, New and Open to manage your tag configurations. These are available on the toolbar and under the File menu item.

You change the display radix of integral types to decimal, binary or hex by using the drop button on the toolbar.  Values are displayed using the IEC prefixes of 16#nnnn or 2#nnnn.  The display format applies to the grid, array tooltips and the process tag data sheet.  You may also use these formats when writing data.

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