Property Binding Functions
The EAM adds its own binding functions to the standard property binding functions, allowing you to quickly add agent information to a component such as a table. The following binding functions are available:
- Agent Status: reports some basic information about each agent, such as platform version, connection status, and the last time a message was received from the agent.
- Agent History: reports agent events from the the agent_events table in the controller’s configured database. Agent events include Gateway task results, abnormal health statistics, and agent communication status events.
There are several scripting functions that are included in the system.eam package:
- system.eam.getGroups(): returns a String list of all agent groups configured in the controller
- system.eam.queryAgentHistory(): returns a Dataset of agent events from the controller's configured database
system.eam.queryAgentStatus(): returns a Dataset with some basic information about each agent, such as platform version, connection status, and the last time a message was received from the agent
- system.eam.runTask(): Takes the name of a task as an argument as a string (must be configured on the Controller before hand), attempts to execute the task.
Tag Distribution for Development Servers
With the EAM installed, you unlock more than just Agent tasks as a way to send data between gateways. When you are using a pair of servers for Development/Production, you can take advantage of the EAM to send Tags between Gateways much like you can send projects by using an Agent Task.
From your Controller, you can right-click on any Tag and send it to another Gateway in the Gateway Network. Since it is unlikely that you have identical PLC devices connected to multiple Ignition Gateways, this will only be useful for Development/Production server pairs or for memory Tags.