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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 56045514, Entry date: 10/14/2021
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What options do you have for displaying and editing archives (WinCC Runtime Professional and WinCC V7 Runtime)?

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This article introduces you to the various access options to WinCC archives by means of tools and software systems developed for this purpose as well as their functionalities.

Configuration Notes
The following table gives an overview of the options for displaying and editing archives in WinCC Runtime.

Note

  • All the configuration tools listed here (WinCC functions or options) provide read access to the archive data.
  • "w" write access
    If the "w" column of a configuration tool has a cross in it, this indicates that this tool supports write access to the archive data.
  • "csv" option to export data as a text file
    If the "csv" column of a configuration tool has a cross in it, this indicates that this tool supports data export in test format (CSV file, for example). 

Configuration toolwcsvDescription
Process pictures 

The following controls are used to display runtime data directly in the WinCC screen. There you also have the possibility to print the data or to export it as a CSV file using the "Export data" function:

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Alarm View / AlarmControl
Using the Alarm View you can list messages and alarms in tabular form in the process picture. This control provides options to lock, comment and acknowledge messages. It also includes functions for sorting and filtering (selection).
All messages displayed in the control can be exported to the Runtime as a CSV file: Message list, short-term archive list, long-term archive list, lock list, hit list, list of messages to hide.

Further information about this is available in the corresponding manual, for example:

 

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f(t) trend display / OnlineTrendControl
Using the f(t) trend display, you can have process values displayed graphically in the form of a trend (archive and online values) in the process picture.
You can export the curve data as a CSV file to the Runtime for the time period specified in the control.

Further information about this is available in the corresponding manual, for example:
WinCC Professional V17: f(t) Trend Display
WinCC Professional V17: Output Tag Values in Trend Form
WinCC 7.5: Process Value Output in Trend Form in Process Pictures
Detailed information about CSV export is available in the entry entitled How do you export as a CSV file process values displayed in WinCC Online Trend Control?

 

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Table Display / OnlineTableControl
Using the table display you can display process values in tabular form (archive and online values) in the process picture. You can export the Runtime data as a CSV file for the period displayed in the table or a range selected from it.

Further information about this is available in the corresponding manual, for example:
WinCC Professional V17: Output Tag Values in Table Form
WinCC 7.5: Process Value Output in Table Form in Process Pictures

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Recipe Display / UserArchiveControl
The recipe display offers you the following options in particular for recipe data (user archive data):

  • Tabular display of data, including sorting and filtering (selection)
  • Data editing
    • in individual cells/fields (value input)
    • in a complete line (delete, cut, copy and paste) 
    • copy of the whole table
  • Reading or writing the variables (fields) from or to the controller.
  • Export and re-import of a complete archive including table structure

Further information about this is available in the corresponding manual:
Logs  

With the "Logs" or "Report Designer" function you can create reports and logs which can be used to clearly print tag and alarm logging data in Runtime

Note
The Report Designer also enables you to use data from ODBC data sources in the report or log.

Detailed information about this is available in the corresponding manual, for example:
WinCC Professional V17: Working with Logs
WinCC 7.5: Runtime Documentation

Logging Object (VBS)  

Using the "Logging Object" you can reconnect swapped-out archive segments to the Runtime or disconnect previously swapped-in archive segments.

Further information about "Logging Object" is available in the corresponding manual, for example:
WinCC Professional V17: Programming Reference > Logging
WinCC V7.5: Logging Object

Runtime APIxx
In WinCC Professional, the option "WinCC/Runtime API" describes the open programming interface of WinCC (Application Programming Interface). Via the API functions, you use the internal functions of WinCC in your own applications and access data from HMI variables or archive data.
More information is available here:
WinCC Professional V17: Programming Reference > Runtime API

With WinCC V7, the "Runtime API" is part of the additionally orderable option WinCC/Open Development Kit (ODK), for example:
Technical Data SIMATIC WinCC/ODK V7.5 SP2
OLE DB  

Using the option "WinCC/Connectivity Pack" you have licensed access to WinCC databases via OPC or WinCC OLE DB provider

Within the TIA Portal, the WinCC OLE DB Provider (W.OLEDB) provides the functionality of the WinCC Connectivity Pack and is integrated into the basic software in WinCC Professional.

Further information about the functions of this option is available here:
WinCC Professional V17: Access to Archive Data via OLE DB Provider
WinCC/Connectivity Pack V7.5 System Manual

Industrial Data Bridgex

The option "WinCC/Industrial Data Bridge" provides read and write access to recipes/user archives. Furthermore, it enables the analysis and storage of process values in Office formats and data exchange also with other applications, for example via CSV or XML files.

More information about this is available in the application example entitled WinCC/IndustrialDataBridge: Writing data from SIMATIC WinCC or from SIMATIC controllers to Office files 

DataMonitor 

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With the option "WinCC/DataMonitor" you can display and evaluate current process statuses and historical data via the intranet/internet. 

Detailed information is available the corresponding manual, for example:
WinCC Professional V17: DataMonitor
WinCC V7.5: DataMonitor

SIMATIC Process Historian  

The "SIMATIC Process Historian" option is used to create a central and scalable long-term archive for the entire plant. With this system it is possible to store data across systems and independent of version from any number of SCADA systems in one database.

Further information about "Process Historian" is available in these manuals:
WinCC Engineering V17 - Options > Process Historian and Information Server
Process Historian System Manual

SIMATIC Information Server
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The web-based "SIMATIC Information Server" option provides continuous reporting from manufacturing to management, based on archived data. It is used to call data of the "WinCC Process Historian" and process it for the user.

More information about the "SIMATIC Information Server" is available in the Information Server System Manual.

Here you should refer also to the entry entitled What should you watch out for when installing SIMATIC Information Server 2014 SP2 when WinCC is already installed?


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