The Transaction Group Welcome page allows you to create any one of the four types of transaction groups. Each one of the transaction groups is basically a template to help you get started creating your transaction group. Once you select a Transaction Group, enter a name, and press 'create', and the specific transaction group template will open. All you have to do next is enter the tags for the values you want to collect. The Transaction Group Welcome tab will show you any recently modified transaction groups along with the date it was modified and who modified it. You can even double click on a recently modified chart and open it.
Each Item (Tag) in the Transaction Group consists of several properties, but the key properties are the Source/Latched Values and Target Name.
Source and Latched Value
The Source Value will be the value of the items source. This can be something like a Tag or a direct OPC Item if writing to the database, but can also be the value pulled from the database if in DB to OPC mode. This value can change in between executions, depending on the source type. When the source is a Tag, it will update as the Tag updates, depending on how the Tag Group for the Tag is set. However, if the source is an OPC Item, it will update only when the group executes, unless the OPC subscription rate is overridden in the group.
The Latched value will be the value that was written at execution. This can be the value that gets written to the database on execution in OPC to DB mode, or it can be the value that gets written to the Tag in DB to OPC mode. The value will only change on execution of the group.
In most cases, the Target Name is a column on the database table the Transaction Group is associated with. However, it is possible to have the Target Name 'Read-only'. When set to 'Read-only' the value of the item will not be tied to any columns in the database, but is still visible from the Transaction Group and can be used as a trigger.
Enabling Group Execution
In order for groups to be evaluated, they must first be enabled. This is done by selecting Enabled in the group title bar, and then saving the project. The group executing can be stopped by reversing the procedure and selecting Disabled before saving. If you want to quickly and temporarily stop the group's evaluation, toggle the Pause button. This will prevent execution until the group is enabled again, or until the system is restarted.
Editing Group Settings
Group settings may be modified at any time, regardless of whether or not the group is executing. Modifications will be applied when the project is saved, and the group will be started or stopped as required. Some changes such as modifying items may cause features like live values to appear to be incorrect. It is therefore important to notice the modified icon that appears next to the group, and to save often. If you would prefer to stop the group before making edits you can simply pause the group. Execution will begin again after the project is saved.