Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ZOOMS v2.2 shipped!

Wow, what an exciting week.

ZOOMS version 2.2 is shipped! The Top 3 features in this release are:
  • Wildcard tag search
  • Digital States now rendered; Step=1 recognized
  • Full-text search on units

Wildcard Tag Search

Wildcard tag search was a feature that was added back to ZOOMS. This feature originally left behind because the idea behind ZOOMS is that users want to search metadata, not tags. As it turns out, there's a delay between when the tags get added to the data archive and when the ZOOMS metadata gets updated, and in between that time, these tags aren't findable on ZOOMS. Well, we listened to our customers and it's back in there.

ZOOMS detects if there is a wildcard in the query; if there is, ZOOMS will do a tag search and show the results asynchronously.  This way, the slowness of the data archive does not impact the speed of the page load.

Digital States and Stepped Tags

Up until now, ZOOMS interpolated all values - which is great for a majority of numerical tags that come in at high frequency. But what about the tags that don't change in value... or are monotonic in nature (like setpoints or OFF/ON)? Well, the glitch in ZOOMS prior to this release is that they'd be plotted as interpolated and didn't make much sense.

 This glitch is fixed.  In the above image, the magenta tag is stepped.

Full-Text Search on Units

This was another great suggestion from one of our best customers. Prior versions of ZOOMS could identify the name of the unit; and therefore suggest it as a user typed it and combine it with parameters to produce a trend. The problem is users often know about the unit by its description or where it is in the equipment hierarchy... not necessarily by name. With this upgrade, any word that appears in the description or hierarchy of the unit gets recognized by ZOOMS and will show up in the SERP.

In the image below, you can see that the user is interested in the 12,000-liter bioreactors in the plant and has typed in his colloquial search term, "12kL."

ZOOMS will return the units T440 through T447 as that "12kL" string appears in the descriptor (but not the name).

Incidentally, in the above query, user could have searched on "ZYM", "CCP1", or "Fermentation" and gotten results.  Now, the user has to know even less about the equipment to get a search result.

Previously added features: