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  1. Hi, I'm wanting to know from anyone using Citect 7.X and above, about how your systems are set up when using a primary/secondary redundant server setup. With the advice from some consultants I've changed from a couple of stand alone units to a redundant server setup and multiple clients plant wide. There's about 8 PLCs currently with more coming. However it was recommended to split the IO server of Citect over the two physical servers, so that 1 physical server is the Primary IO server for 4 PLCs and secondary server for the other 4, then the other physical server has the same setup just opposite Primary/Secondary setup for the devices of the first physical server. I get that it splits the work load, but our engineering team is updating the servers multiple times a day most days and we will be for at least the next year, I'm finding that this system isn't very friendly constantly shutting down and restarting etc interrupting trending also, and want to switch from this split IO Server setup, to just one server that's primary, one server that's secondary. My Question, is it fine for one physical server to be primary and for how many PLC's? Server is a 6 Core Intel 2011 socket CPU (Not sure on exact specs at this stage). System INFO TAG count is about 5000, and Manufacturing is a slow process so no need for split second updates on anything. about 500 Trends polling every 1 second. Cheers.
  2. Hi All, I'm adding a system to my current project which is used to keep product labels correctly moving around the plant (On Screen) and then end up in their correct destination silos and stay there until manually cleared. The labels are determined by referring to an INT in the PLC DM register for that particular part of the plant and then references that to a preset String Variable Tag to display. Now I've made a Genie that is to be attached to each Silo which opens up a small super genie which will just have - a Title, - the label of the current product in the silo(Var Tag), - a label of the previous product to be in that silo (Var Tag), - and a button with a function that I've written to clear that particular label and then store the current label value into the previous product label. The function in the button works fine on it's own but the problem is I'm trying to have it so that I can just pass through the arguments to it from the original genie, but I have had no luck trying to do this. The function in the button is as such: Previous_Label(INT Current_OilCode_tag, STRING Previous_OilCode_tag) <these are the correct data types for these tags as set in citect. Which when I Set it up in the SG is: Previous_Label(?INT 1?, ?STRING 2?) In the genie Itself im using AssMetadataPopUp() and I'm just setting it up in the Metadata Section as: - Name: 1 Value: %Current_OilCode% - Name: 2 Value: %Previous_Oilcode% As said it works if i just set the button up on the Silo Page (Outside of the SuperGenie) and use it there, but having the button in the SuperGenie and trying to pass the Variable Tags into it has been a Nightmare. I should note that I went to the lengths of just Duplicating the button 20 different times and the function also was tweaked to just work for one silo each, then set the Hidden When field to: ?INT 3? <> 1 (For Silo 1 for example) then just having all of the buttons on top of each other in the SG, but much to my frustration this also did not work as all the buttons were hidden, I believe that this is because for ?INT 3? I was simply just typing in 1, not an actual variable tag so I am yet to test this. Hopefully someone here can perhaps spot something I'm doing wrong. Also I can upload the actual codes, I just don't have them on me right now. Many Thanks.