What are some "Best Practices" when for using EBPro and Maple Systems HMIs?
When starting with EBPro, we recommend that you implement these Best Practices:
- Store your project files on your local hard drive. If you must store your projects on a networked drive, copy the project to your local hard drive, make your changes, then copy it back to the networked drive.
- Use the Compress utility to archive and share projects. This bundles your project file with the library files that are linked to it. When you uncompress it, the library files are extracted to the library folder and you won't get the missing library files warning.
- If you hide the System Toolbar Arrow in your project, provide a window in the project that displays the IP address (LW-9129 through LW-9132), Subnet Mask (LW-10750 through LW-10753), Gateway (LW-9125 through LW-9128) and DNS information (LW-10804 through LW-10807).
The Numeric Displays can have input enabled if the end user needs the ability to change the IP address (use LB-12041 to refresh the HMI Ethernet information).
At the very least, put a label on the back of the HMI with the IP address of the unit.
- Consider including the software version number (or at least the main part) in the file name so you know what version was used to create the project.
- Open the Preferences window in EBPro (File menu > Preferences) and on the Project tab select "Automatically save and compile the project when download and simulate" and "Generate backup of project file before save." With these options selected, when you open the Download window or the Simulator, the project will be saved and compiled automatically before downloading or launching the simulator, and each time you save your project, a backup file will be created (*.emtp.bak1). Up to three backup files will be preserved where the oldest one is deleted as new ones are created.
- Always keep a backup of your project files.
- When editing a project, save it frequently.
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