I have a new panel that we will be installing in the future. I will be creating an Ignition project to interact with the panel.
I’ve added my PLC to the gateway as a device connection. However, I do not have physical access to the components yet, but the program has been written and I know all of the tags that Ignition will need access to.
How can I create all of my tag connections without physical connection to the device so that those connections exist once the panel is started up?
For anyone still wondering about this, I did find a decent solution (for AB systems anyway).
There’s the L5K Parser (Ignition Exchange | Inductive Automation) that allows you to import tags and UDTs directly from a project L5K backup file. You can also export all tags (with expanded UDTs) to a CSV and use that for a simulation device. I now have 2 OPC devices, one the physical device, and the second a simulator. By renaming/swapping the names for the physical device and the simulator I can quickly switch back and forth between the CSV (for testing) and the physical device connection (for deployment).