Approach

The creation of reports is based on Microsoft Excel. The report configuration, the graphic design and the report output are done by means of Excel.

The report configuration follows simple steps:
• Definition of the PLCs to read data from
• Creation and design of a report definition file
• Report settings
• Definition of the variables to be read from the PLCs
• Definition of archives for storage of historical tag values
• Definition of the reporting functionality in the form of a clear-text instruction list
• Definition of the report time scheduling.