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Old September 19th, 2018, 04:08 PM   #1
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IFIX DI tag to open picture

Is there a way to have a DI tag open a picture?

I want to make a confirm/abort pop up, but I'm stuck.
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Old September 19th, 2018, 04:08 PM   #2
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Also i don't know VBA if relevant.
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Old September 19th, 2018, 06:49 PM   #3
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Well it took me an hour, but i was able to copy and paste some scripts from other objects to make it work. I really need to learn VB.
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Old September 20th, 2018, 02:07 AM   #4
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I was going to say that this can probably be done with a scheduled action triggered by that DI.

I wouldn't do it this way though. Why not open the pop up, put text in box, click confirm, have a msgbox come up asking if the person is sure about it and then execute. Much simpler to do and doesn't rely on PLC comms and state (which can cause havoc on a SCADA when done like this).
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Old September 20th, 2018, 12:58 PM   #5
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I'm going to have to try your way.

The confirm/abort pop is for after machine has started moving. The engineer wants the operator to have to confirm they want the machine to continue to move every foot of travel.
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Old September 21st, 2018, 04:54 AM   #6
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I don't know the application, but that sounds like a nightmare.

How long does that foot of travel take? A lot of people assume that by putting more confirm buttons, that the operator will read more... when in fact is the opposite.

Just today I had the same discussion where I was asked to put such a pop-up and when asked if the function itself could be interlocked, no one even considered that as an option.
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Old September 24th, 2018, 10:25 AM   #7
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Use an EVENT object in iFix, either in the scheduler or in a pic that is always open, like a menu bar. Does just what you want.
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Old September 24th, 2018, 10:59 AM   #8
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Cardosocea, a foot will take a over a minute. The PLC was programmed to require acknowledgement every foot. I can't change the PLC logic at this time since its coming from a contractor.

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Old September 25th, 2018, 02:20 AM   #9
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That sounds excruciating... 8 hours, assuming production goes smooth and it takes on average 2 minutes to confirm is 240 clicks.

Hope no one makes a mistake in the future and someone decides that it now needs to be double click to confirm.
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Old September 25th, 2018, 07:21 AM   #10
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Luckily itís something that doesnít get adjusted much. It can go days without changes.
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