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WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BY TAG? A tag database consists of records called tags.

(A tag is similar to a symbol in PLC programming terminology.) In the tag database you define the data you want RSView32 to monitor. You can organize tags into groups using folders. This speeds up database creation because you can duplicate a folder and its tags in a single operation. For example, if you have several similar machines that require the same tags in the database, you can create a folder called Machine1 and define its tags. To create the tags for Machine2 you would use the Duplicate Folder command and specify Machine2 as the folder name. This creates a folder called Machine2 containing all the tags that are in the folder Machine1. The three types of tags you can create are: Digital - stores simple on/off information Analog - stores numerical values String - stores alphanumeric characters

The data sources for a tag can be: Device - receives its data from a programmable controller through a direct driver via RSLinx or a DDE server or an OPC server. It can also receive data from another Windows program through a DDE or OPC server. Memory - data comes only from the value table rather than a programmable controller or another program. A third type of tag, the system tag, is created by the system when you create a project. They are stored in a folder called System. All parts of the system use tag values. Graphics uses tag values to control the animation in a display or update a trend graph; Alarming monitors tag values and compares them to "acceptable" limits; Data Log stores tag values to create a historical record. Tag values are stored in a value table, rather than in the database. Use the Tag Monitor to see current tag values, or design a graphic to display them. To record tag values permanently on disk, you must specify that you want the tag's value logged to the data log file. What are alarms? Use alarms to indicate to the operator when something goes wrong. An alarm can signal that a device or process has stopped operating within acceptable, pre-defined limits or it can indicate breakdown, wear, or a step out of sequence.

What do you understand by Recipe? A recipe lets you use different sets of values for the tags in a graphic display. You can create a recipe with the Recipe editor or any text editor that produces an ASCII text file. You can also create a recipe at runtime by saving the values in input fields in a graphic display, to the file name specified in the Recipe field. The operator uses a recipe to send values to the programmable controller for all input fields in a graphic display, rather than one value at a time. Data can also be uploaded from the programmable controller into input fields in the graphic display.