Step 1. Plan a Class

Planning your class first is critical before beginning configuration. This is because as a class developer you are, in one configuration, providing the foundation for, possibly, several objects and processes. As a result, you need to anticipate the range of requirements, even if the objects or processes have similar characteristics.

A class will be most effective when its application supports multiple objects or processes that have similar or identical characteristics..

Important: A class cannot be changed dynamically. The project must be stopped to make modifications.

General planning includes:

Step 1.1

Determine the application in the production facility.

Step 1.2

Determine the specific data to be collected.

Step 1.3

Map out the layout of how memory is stored in the devices from which data is collected.

Step 1.4

Determine the basic calculations needed for the data.

Step 1.5

Determine the CIMPLICITY features required to collect and calculate data.

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Class configuration steps.