The Wonderware Communications course is a 2-day, instructor-led class ideal for anyone responsible for development and maintenance of Wonderware technology including all aspects of internal and external data communications to InTouch, Application Server and Historian.

Target Audience:

Ideal for anyone responsible for development and maintenance of Wonderware technology including all aspects of internal and external data communications to InTouch, Application Server and Historian.

Prerequisites:

None

Duration:

2 days

Venues:

Classroom, on site, online

Price:

$1400

Learning Objectives:

The student will leave this course with enhanced skills enabling them to design, implement and maintain data communications for core Wonderware components like InTouch, Application Server and Historian. This course covers vital communication concepts including integration to devices such as PLCs, DCS and other types of devices including those utilizing the OPC protocol via Wonderware Data Access Server technologies. Students will learn software configurations, networking essentials, data flow troubleshooting and techniques to create highly available/redundant systems.

Course Content:

  • Real-time Communication Data Flow
    • Industrial Communications (protocols, networks, devices)
      • Modbus (RTU/TCP)
      • CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) – Allen Bradley
      • Ethernet/IP
      • GE SRTP – GE Fanuc PLC
      • OPC, SuiteLink, DDE, FastDDE
    • Understanding how it all fits together
      • Field Devices (Pumps, Valves, Motors, Meters)
      • Control Systems (PLC’s, DCS, RTU’s)
        • Topics, Device Groups (Scan Groups)
        • Device Items
        • Scan Times
      • Types of Control Signals and Status Information (Analog, Discrete, Messages)
      • HMI\SCADA Interfaces (WindowViewer, Historian, Application Server Objects)
  • Component Architecture Options/Best Practices
    • When choosing a control device
      • Consistency with what is in place (One type versus many types)
      • Protocols supported (Open or common protocols versus proprietary protocols)
      • Item Addressing and Referencing (Is it flexible or too restrictive)
      • Supportability
    • What communication medium maybe best for you (Serial, TCP/IP Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit)
      • Pros and Cons
      • Instances where one may be better than the other
      • Planning for the future
    • Single node I/O versus multimode distributed I/O
    • The importance of acceptable item naming conventions
  • Device Communications
    • Data Access Servers (Finding/Installing/Licensing/Configuring)
    • OPC Servers and FSGateway
    • Sourcing of Data Servers (WW, Device Vendor, 3rd party)
    • Networking Essentials
  • Configuring Wonderware Client Communications
    • InTouch (Access Names/IO Type Tags)
      • SuiteLink and OPC
    • Application Server (Comms Objects/Object Attribute References)
      • SuiteLink and OPC
    • Historian (IDAS)
  • Using Data Access Servers as OPC Servers
    • Configuring OPC Clients
  • Configuring Redundant Communications
  • Terminal Services Considerations
  • Troubleshooting Data Flow
    • Using the Diagnostic Tools
      • Using LogViewer
      • Using ObjectViewer
      • Understanding the Data Access Server Diagnostic Interface
      • Using the Wonderware SLSPING (SuiteLink Service Ping) utility
      • Using the wwClient utility
      • Using Wireshark to view Wonderware Communications
      • 3rd Party Tools such as OPC Clients and Modbus tools (Optional)