Real Time Graphical User Interface. OSI Software, Inc.ook has the characteristics of a real time process monitoring display system. Graphical process symbols, live trend displays, bar graphs and other dynamic data represent the plant process in a Microsoft Windows environment. The user can page through multiple windows of process displays to find the source of a process issue, scroll back in time to look at past process behavior, trigger alarms based on process values and view live videos of the process.
Development Environment. OSI Software, Inc.ook is also a development environment that enables users to interactively build their own displays while viewing process data.
Industrial Desktop for the Enterprise. OSI Software, Inc.ook provides a unified platform for monitoring process data and performance metrics from PI Data Servers and relational databases across the entire enterprise.
Ease of Use. OSI Software, Inc.ook offers easy deployment, outstanding integration, innovative tag and text searching capabilities, as well as the reliability, scalability, and security necessary to maintain an enterprise-wide monitoring program.
OSI Software, Inc.ook is a Graphical User Interface for Plant Information
OSI Software, Inc.ook is a premium graphical user interface for monitoring the plant information needed to operate critical plant processes. Major features include:
High Reliability Positive Connection to PI Data Server. To ensure reliable client-side triggers, OSI Software, Inc.ook uses a positive connection data transfer service to the PI Data Server that includes an acknowledgement. This ensures that client-side triggers will receive all the server data at the correct timing to trigger all alarms and warnings. An error will be raised when OSI Software, Inc.ook data is no longer being updated because of a broken connection to the server. Also the data server executes a "sign-up for updates" process which prepares the data for each client to pickup and knows when the pickup is made thus ensuring faster, more efficient, screen data updates.
Integration with Microsoft Office. OSI Software, Inc.ook is fully compatible with Microsoft Office 97/2000, enabling a user to cut and paste between OSI Software, Inc.ook and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Logo Certification. OSI Software, Inc.ook has passed rigorous testing to enusre that it takes advantage of the new features of Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0. OSI Software, Inc.ook carries three logo certifications: Designed for Windows NT and Windows 95, Microsoft Office 97 Compatible logo, and the Featuring Visual Basic Technology logo.
OSI Software, Inc.ook is an ActiveX Control Container
OSI Software, Inc.ook is an ActiveX control container allowing ActiveX controls from third party suppliers to be easily integrated ProcessBook displays. Features include:
Direct Data Access. These ActiveX controls have access to process data, tag names, descriptions, and all the data available to OSI Software, Inc.ook so special display graphics provided by ActiveX controls can be updated just like built-in active display elements.
Support for ActiveX Controls Events. OSI Software, Inc.ook enables developers to write scripts that respond to events from ActiveX Controls, so they can make calculations and gather input and put that information back into the PI Data Server.
Event Triggers. OSI Software, Inc.ook enables developers to write scripts that execute when new data arrives. These triggers, or events, inform ActiveX Controls that new data has arrived, and are used in cross-control system alarming.
3D Graphics and Live Video. Since OSI Software, Inc.ook is an ActiveX control container process displays to include graphic displays such as 3D graphics and live video.
Advanced Applications. The functionality provided by ActiveX Controls ranges from simple graphical data displays to graphical displays that include sophisticated, application-specific logic such as quality tracking, specification management, product management, laboratory information management, waste tracking and uptime tracking.
Building Advanced Applications Embedded VBA in OSI Software, Inc.ook
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the popular scripting used in Microsoft Office 97/2000, is embedded in OSI Software, Inc.ook. There are more than 3 million developers using Visual Basic worldwide today. Embedded VBA enables OSI Software, Inc.ook to be used as customizable solution tool that address a wide range of user needs. VBA can be used to tie in ActiveX controls to data sources in OSI Software, Inc.ook, to create logic for cross-control system alarms, to develop manual input screens and a host of other applications.
Examples include the following:
VBA Scripting. Using VBA scripting in OSI Software, Inc.ook the user can trigger events or scripts based on the data update of a OSI Software, Inc.ook monitored variable. Examples of using DataUpdate events in OSI Software, Inc.ook include setup alarm scripts, pop-up process displays, trigger alarms, re-position cameras, or execute any other script when a process variable changes value.
Customizing applications. Example: creating custom toolbars and menus that automate common tasks such as arranging windows and creating a new wizard that saves a display on a Web server in HTML format
Extending applications. Example: adding a custom " Save As" utility and creating electronic forms in a OSI Software, Inc.ook, and creating intelligent business applications such as a cost report
Integrating applications. Example: Creating a plot plan for a plant that automatically tracks energy consumption of each unit and creates entries in an accounting system
Key Features of Visual Basic for Applications 5.0 (VBA 5.0)
VBA 5.0 is a professional-quality development tool that includes the following features:
OSI Software, Inc.ook is used in a Wide Range of Applications
Applications for OSI Software, Inc.ook range from plant information console to troubleshooting tool. Here are several application examples:
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