The user interface of Wonderware’s Application Server, called the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), provides users with a graphical picture of their Galaxy from a number of different perspectives and works well with small to medium-sized applications.
When dealing with large numbers of complex objects, however, Flexware and its customers wanted an environment that could more easily speed the process of creation and maintenance of objects, as well as I/O assignments of object instances.
The Galaxy Object Manager provides a means to create and maintain a galaxy—templates, instances, scripts, UDAs, field attributes, etc. for both standard and client developed objects. The core features are:
The Galaxy Object Manager is much more than a DBDump / DBLoad for System Platform. It provides capability to import / export but the import files include commands to create, modify and delete object libraries, templates and instances. It works not only with the standard objects but also with custom developed objects.
Flexware has used the Galaxy Object Manager on many System Platform projects. For galaxy development, the amount of time that can be saved over using the IDE depends on how large the galaxy is and how much repetitive activity there is in development. But the savings is often huge. Two examples:
The benefits for galaxy maintenance are virtually always large. Recently just before the commissioning of a new large production line, one of the equipment vendors unilaterally made a change to the interface between their PLCs and many of our MES objects. By using the Galaxy Object Manager, Flexware’s engineers made the changes in hours, rather than days to allow the commissioning to proceed without delay.
See our White Paper: Flexware’s Galaxy Object Manager (GOM) – Why Our Customers Should Care
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