Posts Tagged ‘Faceplates’

Multi-Touch features in zenon 7.20

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The way we interact with computers has changed in recent years and since then most people are used to directly manipulating interfaces by using gestures. Also with zenon Multi-Touch features the user literally stays in touch with what is going on in the work process. In zenon 7.20 we equipped the operator with new Multi-Touch features, which can easily be adapted.


In zenon 7.20 you can use freely definable frame shapes for movable screens, as the Demo login screen shows.


Frames can be moved without having a title, a system menu or a min/max button. Also freely definable frame shapes can be used for native interaction. To illustrate how to create such frames, let’s have a look at the login screen of the zenon Supervisor demo project as an example:

Create a new frame with a freely definable frame shape and give it any shape you like. In the demo, a rectangle and a polygon with rounded corners was used. After creating a freely definable shape, position the frame where you initially want to have it in the RT.


In the frame’s property settings you can individually define position settings and movability.

Now, to make the login frame movable, go to the frame’s property settings, activate “always in the foreground” and set the following positioning settings: Opening size as “frame size”, no limitation minimum and restrict the movability to display borders. The property “minimum frame margin” defines, how many pixels of a frame have to remain on the RT monitor and cannot be pushed outside the screen (however, in the case of free shapes only the bounding rectangle is considered). In the demo project, 70 px were defined as margin.

Afterwards, create a screen with this frame. Now comes the “creative” part: Fill the screen with elements (rectangle, templates, adapted tem¬plates, symbols…), align them and link functions and variables as usual, until you have your desired screen result.


When creating a faceplate screen with different screen containers such as an Alarm Message List, a Chronological Event List or trend elements, you now can use it as worldview as well. For instance, this feature could become interesting if you want to have an overview of a whole site containing several alarm or trend screen containers within one (touch) screen. The other way round, you can also use the screen container for displaying a worldview, e.g. when you want to display a touchable menu slider.


The configuration of worldviews can also be used for faceplates and screen containers.


Faceplates – part 2

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

When using Faceplates, the first step in the zenon Editor is to create the screens you want to use (e.g. an Alarm Message List), just like any other zenon screen. You then create a screen of the type Faceplate, where you can set up so called “screen containers”. Within these containers you link your previously created screens, so that they can be centrally managed. These screens now behave like a linked symbol, you can see the contents and you can also replace links at each screen container.

Within the screen switch function to the Faceplate screen you can configure the whole Faceplate in one place (including the linked sub-pictures).

Faceplate - Screenshot FilterThere are two types of filters: “common” filters (like time filters) that can be applied to screens of different types, for example to an Alarm Message List and a Chronological Event List. And there are “screen type specific” filters, like a Report Viewer filter.

You can create one or more filters of each type, whatever your current application demands. You can e.g. use one single time filter for all sub-screens for easier configuration, or you can use a separate time filter for each sub-screen to allow comparison of data.

And last but not least, you can replace links and/or indices for the whole Faceplate including the sub-pictures, like for all other zenon screens.

Faceplates – Part 1

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the current zenon version, we are proud to introduce a new concept in zenon: Faceplates. This means that you have the possibility to display several different zenon screen types within one single screen which then can be configured as one.

Imagine the need for displaying multiple different data sources on one click. For example: You want to see all temperature related alarms of a motor. Pretty easy in zenon, let’s have a look at the Alarm Message List and filter for that variable. Now you want to see if the set point value for the speed of that motor has been altered manually. Ok, let’s switch to the Chronological Event List and filter for that one. Well, no entry to be found there, then let’s try the archived values, and for easier recognition of abnormal behavior you want to see a nice curve. So, let’s switch to the Extended Trend screen and filter.

Wait, let’s try that again:

In your zenon process screen you click on the symbol of the motor in question. A Faceplate screen is opened, already filtered to that part of the Equipment Model. In your embedded Alarm Message List you see only motor-related alarms and easily find the last occurrence. In the parallel opened Chronological Event List, which is also already pre-filtered, you see at one glance that no unusual events are recorded there. One section below you have the embedded Extended Trend where you only need to adjust the timeline to the right time frame and easily see that the cooling liquid level was just right above the lower minimum. In the Faceplate screen itself you also have the necessary controls at hand to immediately react. It is one central and ergonomic interface for the machine operator.

Faceplate Screenshot

Within a zenon screen of the type Faceplate you can link the zenon screen types:

  • Alarm Message List
  • Equipment Model
  • Chronological Event List
  • Extended Trend
  • HTML
  • Report Generator
  • Report Viewer
  • Standard

Furthermore, the zenon filter screen types are supported as well and the filters can also be applied to a specific Faceplate sub picture:

  • Alarm Message List – Filter
  • Chronological Event List – Filter
  • Equipment Model Filter
  • Time-Filter

Faceplate screens are available under Windows CE too, but not all of the supported screen types are available there.