I’m just wondering how everyone else creates their tags, especially when they have large numbers? I’m talking about both your standard tags and your tags part of templates. I have just created a new template which is substantially large, at around 200 tags, and most of it I’ve created manually… I now have the task of going through each tag and applying scaling, engineering units, documentation, etc. where required, however such an arduous and boring task lends itself easily to distraction and mistakes which I don’t want to make, especially when I already have a table of these values already.
I wrote a somewhat crude Excel tool to do a basic job, but the setup of it is rather manual and it relies on copying and pasting an existing tag’s XML etc etc… It doesn’t handle multiple data types, it doesn’t import existing tags, and it doesn’t easily let you add properties like engineering units, scaling values, etc… It would need at least a day’s work to get it somewhere more useful. Is there something out already created there that I should be using?
In other SCADA systems I’ve always been able to simply fill out a table in Excel as a csv and then import it. XML, while it provides more structure and coding facilities, it’s quite difficult to use it for auto-generation of code without putting in the effort to code to the specific XML structure you’re working with…
Am I alone in this?