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Chapter 2
Introduction to Graphics

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Introduction to Graphics __________________________________

Section Objectives
This section is the beginning of an ongoing discussion about graphics in FIX. There are many
aspects of the graphics package, however, all of these fall within two applications: Draw and
View. The Draw program provides the display designer with graphic text, animation, and
charting tools to create displays that are easy for the operator to understand. The View program
provides the operator with commands and means to interact with displays for actions such as
acknowledging alarms and changing process set points.
This section discusses the following Draw features:

Object drawing tools

Dynamic properties

Data link

More features of the graphics package will be introduced in subsequent sections.

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File
New
Open
Save
Save As
Close
Print
Report
Resolve
Import PCX
Import ADF
Delete
Exit

Tools
Tool Box
Color Box
Cursor Position
Fill Style
Line Style
Selector
Rectangle
Oval
Line
Polyline
Polygon
Text
Link
Tool Box Setup

Edit
Undo
Cut
View
Copy
Quick View
Paste
Zoom in
Delete
Zoom out
Duplicate
Zoom to
Select All
Default view
Copy Bitmap
Fit in Window
Paste Bitmap
Refresh
Picture
Dynamic Properties
Search and Replace
Environment

Arrange
Send to back
Bring to front
Group
Ungroup
Align
Horiz. Spacing
Vertical Spacing
Flip Horizontal
Flip Vertical
Reshape
Add point
Delete point
Snap to grid
Grid
Database
Add
Modify
Delete
View
Options
Database Save

Dynamos
Paste from Set
Create Dynamo
Convert to Objects
Open Set
Close Set
Window
Cascade
Apps
Database Builder
Tag Group Editor
Macro Editor
Historical Assign
Historical Display
Recipe
System Config.
Login
Font!
Help

Figure 2-1: Draw Menu Commands

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A. Picture Dialog Box

Located in the Edit menu

The Picture dialog box is used to modify display size and settings

Key features of the Picture dialog box:


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Refresh Rate

Security Area

executes command language script

Previous and Next Pictures

standard, subpicture, and popup options

Commands on Open/Close

allows access to the picture only if the user has access to the
security area

Picture Types

determines update time of all links

ties pictures together to form a logical sequence

Tag Group Name

allows a tag group file to be passed to previous and next pictures

tag groups allow generic pictures to represent multiple

lines/equipment

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Figure 2-2: Picture Dialog Box

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B. Environment Protection

Located on the Edit menu in Draw

Allows the developer to create a secure environment for View

Settings:
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disable <Ctrl><Alt><Del>

cannot reboot PC while running View

disable Task Switching

cannot switch to another program using the following:


<Alt><Tab>
<Ctrl><Esc>

disable Menu Bar

menu bar in View is not available

command language will be needed to maneuver within View

disable Title Bar and Menu Bar

disable Popup Menu

program title and command bar do not appear in View


right mouse button menu is not available in View

Changes made in the Environment Protection affect all pictures in View on


this node

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Figure 2-3: Environment Protection Dialog Box

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C. Tool Box

The Tool Box can be used instead of pull-down menu commands

Open and close the Tool Box from the Tools menu
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Objects can be created using the Tool Box or from the Tools menu
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See Figure 2-4 for an example of a typical Tool Box


See Figure 2-6 for a list of the most common draw objects

Tool Box Setup:


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located on the Tools menu

can be configured to contain commonly used Draw commands

see Figure 2-5 for the Tool Box Setup dialog box

Figure 2-4: Typical Draw Tool Box

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Figure 2-5: Tool Box Setup Dialog Box

Object Type
Line

Tool

To Create...
Click once and drag.
Stop at desired length and release mouse.

Polyline

Click once for each point.


Double-click to finish.

Polygon

Click once for each point, and double-click to finish.


Closes itself, no need to match start and finish.

Rectangle

Click once and drag.


Release at desired size.

Oval

Click once and drag.


Release mouse at desired size.
Figure 2-6: Common Draw Objects

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D. Color Box

The Color Box command shows or hides Draw's color box

Open and close the Color Box from the Tools menu

The Color Box is your tool for manipulating color and style properties

The Color Box can only be used with a pointing device

Can support up to 256 colors

if appropriate video driver is installed

64 colors can be custom

Color settings are saved to a palette


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files are stored in the PIC directory with .PLT extension

recommended to use only one palette throughout system

color of objects will change with different palette configurations

E. Fill and Line Properties

Change Fill Style and Line Style from Tools menu


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Line Style defines the edge thickness of the object

Fill Style defines the fill pattern of the object

Change edge and fill color from the Color Box

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Click here to
modify the
foreground of
the object

Click here to open a


saved custom color
configuration called
a palette

Click here to
modify the edge

Click here to save


the custom color
configuration

Click here to
modify the
background

Click here to create


your own color

Figure 2-7: Color Box Features

Pattern defined with


Fill Style command
on the Tools menu

Edge thickness modify


with Line Style command
on the Tools menu

Figure 2-8: Fill and Line Properties


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A. Notes:

Located in the Edit menu

Object attributes that change based on changes in the process database

Selections available are based on the object type


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unavailable selections are gray

B. Dynamic Properties Overview

Color
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Fill Percentage
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object appears or disappears based on a comparison of current value to


target value

Commands
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executes a command script when object is selected

options for when button is pressed, while button is held, and when button
is released

Position
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can fill an object up or down, left or right, or in combination

Visible
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change colors based on alarm condition or current value from the process
database

move, rotate, or scale objects based on values from the database

Object Name
-

use with the command language to quickly select the object

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Figure 2-9: Dynamic Properties Dialog Box

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C. Color Threshold Definition

Color by radio buttons - three choices for color change:


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Current Value - default

Latched Alarm - most severe unacknowledged tag alarm

Current Alarm - current tag alarm status

Thresholds
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default - shows values in range of 0.00 to 100.00

if tag has a different EGU range, thresholds should be changed

see Figure 2-11 for list of default threshold values

Alarm selections
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defaults for alarms are based on Analog Input tag

can select alarm conditions from a list when Modify is used

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Figure 2-10: Color Threshold Dialog Box

Value/Alarm

Range of Values

0.00

<= 0

1.00

0.01 - 1

10.00

1.01 - 10

20.00

10.01 - 20

80.00

20.01 - 80

90.00

80.01 - 90

100.00

90.01 - 100

Figure 2-11: Default Thresholds

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D. Horizontal Position Definition

Tagname
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used to read value from database to move object across screen

Low/High Limits
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defines the range of values to use for movement

does not have to correspond to the tag's Engineering Units

using Fetch Limits pulls in the EGU values from the tag

Minimum/Maximum Offset
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number of inches to move from starting point to reach the limit

use positive or negative numbers to indicate the direction

Allow input properties


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allows writes to the tag as the object is dragged on screen

usually used in conjunction with an output tag

tag must be on scan to receive the value (for input tags)

E. Field Select Dialog Box

Use to select the information without having to remember syntax

Use to select N:T.F throughout the FIX software

NODE:TAG.FIELD (N:T.F)
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node - SCADA node where the database resides

tag - the name of the database block

field:
F_ - for Numeric information
A_ - for Text data

all fields for that tag type will be displayed

Can use the asterisk wildcard in combination with the Filter field

To search for a tagname, type the search specification in the Filter field and select
the Filter button

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Figure 2-12: Horizontal Position Dialog Box

Figure 2-13: Field Select Dialog Box

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A. Notes:

Located in the Tools menu and on the Tool Box

Used to display real-time information from the database

See Figure 2-14 for a description of link types

Link Selections

Description

Data

ASCII or Numeric database information.

Time

Current system time.

Date

Current system date.

Alarm

Alarm Summary Display.

System

Information about a SCADA node.

Button

Perform command language script.

Multi-Pen Trend

Plot of trend information.

Multi-Bar Trend

Information in Bar Chart format.

Xbar

Used with Statistical Process Control (SPC) tags for XBAR analysis.

Rbar

Used with SPC tags for R-BAR analysis.

Sbar

Used with SPC tags for S-BAR analysis.

XY Plot

Displays one process variable against another.

Histogram

Frequency distribution.
Figure 2-14: Description of Link Types

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Multi-pen Trend
Alarm Summary

Histogram

Data

Time

Date

XY Plot

Push Button
System

Multi-bar Trend

Figure 2-15: Available Links Dialog Box

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B. Data Link

Located in the Link dialog box and on the Tool Box

Displays ASCII or numeric information from the database

Format Fields

numeric data must be 7 digits or less, can do exponential

text defines number of lines and characters per line

Dynamic Coloring
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to color link based on alarm or current value

similar to Dynamic Properties coloring

Configure Data Entry


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dialog box for selecting method of data entry

clicking on each selection allows limits to be set on input

see Figure 2-17 for Data Entry dialog box

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Figure 2-16: Data Link Dialog Box

Figure 2-17: Choose Data Entry Method Dialog Box

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Draw & Data Links


Lab Exercise 2

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Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this lab exercise the student, using the appropriate
procedures, will be able to:

Display information in Draw and View.

Create objects in Draw.

Retrieve and manipulate existing objects using Dynamos.

Add and modify data links.

Configure an object to exhibit dynamic properties.

References:

The FIX for Windows On-line Help

The FIX for Windows Electronic Documentation

Introduction:
This lab exercise covers the steps involved in creating a picture. The student will build a
graphical depiction of a tank, piping, and a valve using several features in Draw. In addition,
the student will use Data Links to connect the picture to the database. View will be used to
monitor the data in real-time.

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Lab Information
In our lab example we are monitoring a tank, or reservoir, that supplies concentrate to several
mixing stations. Tags to monitor the tank level and the flow out of the tank through one
conveyor, are pre-loaded into your database. You will create a picture to display this
information in both graphical and numerical formats.
Several of the tank connections displayed on the picture are contained in Dynamo sets. Use
the commands in the Dynamo selection of the Draw menu bar to add these Dynamos. Other
equipment, such as the tank and a section of the piping, use the rectangle and polyline tools.
Once you have created the graphics, the data links will be added.
At the completion of the lab your drawing should look similar to Figure 2-18. Use this
picture as a guide to your screen layout.

Figure 2-18: CONC.ODF Picture

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A. Open a New Picture
Create a new picture to display information using the following steps:
1. Double click the Draw icon in the Intellution FIX group.
The Draw window appears.
2. From the File menu, select New.
The New dialog box appears.

3. Select Luge and click OK.


The following template appears on the screen:

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B. Using Dynamo Sets
Use the following steps to add symbols to the picture that graphically represent some of
the equipment.
1. From the Dynamos menu select Paste From Set.
The Open Dynamo Set dialog box appears:

2. Scroll down the list to highlight isa-s55c and click OK.


The isa-s55c Dynamo set appears.

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B. Using Dynamo Sets (continued)

3. Click on the object called SCREW CONV.


The stamper appears.
4. Place the stamper in the lower right quadrant of the picture and click the mouse
button.
The screw conveyor symbol appears with object handles.

5. While the object is still selected, select Flip Horizontal from the Arrange pull-down
menu.
This places the outlet at the left side of the conveyor.
6. From the Dynamos menu select Close Set.

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C. Adding Additional Dynamos
Use the following steps to add additional symbols to the picture that graphically represent
some of the equipment:
1. From the Dynamos menu select Paste From Set.
The Open Dynamo Set dialog box appears.
2. Scroll down the list to highlight pipes1 and click on OK.
The PIPES1 Dynamo set appears.
3. Click on the object called DetailPipe6.
The stamper appears.
4. Place the stamper just below the conveyor and click the mouse button.
The pipe symbol appears with object handles.
5. While the object is still selected, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to center the
pipe on the conveyor outlet, as shown below.

6. From the Dynamos menu select Close Set.

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D. Add Valves and Piping to the Picture
Use the following steps to add objects to the picture that represent the valve and piping
into the conveyor:
NOTE: Remember that any object, symbol or dynamo can be resized and relocated to
accommodate your screen layout.
1. From the Tools menu (or from the Tool Box ), select Rectangle,.
2. Draw a rectangular pipe to the conveyor inlet as shown in the figure below.

Rectangular
Pipe

3. From the Dynamos menu select Paste From Set.


The Open Dynamo Set dialog box appears.
4. Select valves! and click OK.
The VALVES! Dynamo set appears.
5. Click on the object named Valve16.
The stamper appears.
6. Place the stamper atop the pipe created in steps 1 and 2 and click.
The Dynamo Properties box appears prompting you to Enter Digital Tagname

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D. Add Valves and Piping to the Picture (continued)

7. Enter SCADA?:TNK1V1STAT (Tank1 Valve1 status), and click OK.


Where SCADA? represents your local node name.
The following dialog box appears stating that the tag does not exist:

8. Click on Use Anyway. (You will create the block in a subsequent lab.)
The valve symbol appears with object handles.
9. From the Dynamos menu select Close Set.
10. From the Dynamos menu select Paste From Set.
The Open Dynamo Set dialog box appears.
11. Select pipes2 and click OK.
The PIPES2 Dynamo set appears.
12. Click on the object named Funnel1.
The stamper appears.
13. Place the stamper atop the valve and click the mouse button.
The funnel symbol appears with object handles
14. While the object is still selected, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to center the
funnel on the valve.
15. From the Dynamos menu select Close Set.

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E. Grouping and Manipulating Objects
Add additional objects using the rectangle and the polyline tools to represent a tank as
illustrated below:
1. From the Tools menu (or from the Tool Box ), select Rectangle,.
2. Draw a rectangle to represent the tank contents as shown below.
3. With the rectangle selected, select Line Style from the Tools menu.
The Line Style selection box appears.

4. Select the leftmost box (zero line thickness) and click on OK.
The tank fill appears as a rectangle of foreground color without an outline.
5. With the rectangle selected, select a foreground color from the Color Box that, to you,
represents orange concentrate.
6. From the toolbox, or from the Tools menu, select Polyline.

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E. Grouping and Manipulating Objects (continued)

7. Draw a tank outline around three sides of the tank contents as shown below.
Make the top of tank extend beyond the top of the rectangle that represents the tank
contents.

Polyline

Rectangle

8. Use the Reshape command from the Arrange menu to align the tank sides with the
rectangular fill.
9. With the polyline selected, select Line Style from the Tools menu.
The Line Style selection box appears.

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E. Grouping and Manipulating Objects (continued)

10. Select a line thickness for the thickness of your tank and click OK.
The tank cross-section appears as three sides of the tank holding the concentrate.
11. With the polyline selected, choose, from the Color box, the edge color that is to be the
color of your tank.
12. While the polyline is selected, hold down the Shift key and click on the tank fill
rectangle.
Both objects are now selected.
Note: You can also use the Selector from the Tools menu to select multiple objects
within an area. Move the pointer to the upper left corner of the area and hold the
mouse button while dragging the mouse. Expand the area to include the objects to be
selected and release the mouse button.
13. Relocate the selected objects together so that they are centered over the funnel.
Use the mouse or keyboard arrow keys to adjust the two selected objects.

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F. Adding Text to the picture
Text labels provide you with an easy method of identifying information. Add text labels
to the picture using the following steps:
1. If it is not already on the screen, select the Tool Box from the Tools menu.
The Tool Box appears on the picture.
If the Tool Box covers an area in the picture that you need to modify, use the mouse
to move it to a more convenient location.
2. Select the Text icon from the Tool Box, or from the Tools pull-down menu.
3. Add the text as it appears in the figure below.
Align and Vertical Spacing (from Arrange menu) and Duplicate (from Edit menu)
can facilitate the formatting and addition of text labels.

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G. Adding Links to the picture
Links are the connection between the real-time process database and the pictures. Add
links to the picture, to display information about the tags, using the following procedure:
1. From the Tools menu, select Link.
The Available Links dialog box appears.
2. Click the Data Link icon.
The Data Link is the upper left selection in the Available Links dialog box.
The Link Stamper appears.
3. Locate the data link by placing the stamper as shown below and clicking.

Place
stamper
here

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G. Adding Links to the picture (continued)

The Data Link dialog box appears.

4. In the Tagname field, enter the following


TNK1LVL1.A_TAG
5. Click on the Controllable box.
6. Select Text Data in the format field.
The following dialog box appears:

7. Change the Character per Line to 10, then click OK.


8. Click the OK button of the Data Link.

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H. Add additional links to the picture
Add additional links to the picture using the following procedure:
1. Add data links to the picture as shown below and as defined in the table below.
NOTE: If a link occupies too much screen area select the link object, pull down the
Font! menu and choose a smaller font size. For instance, a 10 pt. character may be
more suitable for the 25 character description field.

Link2
Link3
Link4

Link6

Link5

Link7
Link8
Link9
Link10

Link
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
Link 5
Link 6
Link 7
Link 8
Link 9
Link 10

Tagname
TNK1LVL1.A_DESC
TNK1LVL1.A_EHI
TNK1LVL1.F_CV
TNK1LVL1.A_ELO
CNVY1SPEED.A_TAG
CNVY1SPEED.A_DESC
CNVY1SPEED.A_EHI
CNVY1SPEED.F_CV
CNVY1SPEED.A_ELO

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Text
Numeric
Text
Text
Text
Text
Numeric
Text

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NO
25
NO
6
YES
3.2
NO
6
YES
10
NO
25
NO
6
YES
3.2
NO
6

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I. Assigning Dynamic Properties
Dynamic Properties allow you to graphically represent changes in value and alarm state
using color, size and position changes in an object. This lab uses the tankfill rectangle to
show the changing tank level by changing the level within the tankfill, based on a level
measurement. The level is read by the tag TNK1LVL1 and its value is assigned to the
Vertical Fill property.
1. Click on the tankfill Rectangle.
Object handles appear around the tankfill.
2. From the Edit menu, select Dynamic Properties.
The following dialog box appears.

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I. Assigning Dynamic Properties (continued)

3. Click on the Vertical Fill Percentage box.


The following box appears:

4. In the tagname field, enter the following:


TNK1LVL1
5. Click the Fetch Limits button to get the high and low engineering limits.
6. Click OK twice to complete.

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J. Save the Picture
Save the Untitled picture as CONC using the following steps:
1. Check to make sure all the graphic objects have been added to the picture.
Use Figure 2-18 as a reference.
2. From the File menu, select Save As.
The Save dialog box appears:

3. Enter the following in the File name field:


CONC
4. Click OK when finished.

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K. View
The View program shows the graphics that were created in the Draw program. In
addition, the links will now be updated with the most current information from the
database. View the picture just created using the following steps:
1. Select QuickView from the View menu.
As FIX enters the View program, a Data Retrieval dialog box appears to remind us
that we have not yet built the block (TNK1V1STAT) that we assigned to the Valve16
dynamo.

2. Click on Skip One.


The screen is displayed in View.
NOTE: If question marks appear in the current value links for TNK1LVL1 and
CNVY1SPEED, the tags are not on scan. Turn the tags on scan by selecting the
current value link for the tag and selecting On Scan from the Commands menu.

End of Lab Exercise

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