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FIN Weekly #23 - 2016

FIN Stack 4.0 - Logic Builder - Basic Alarms

With FIN 4.0, we have now introduced a brand new Logic Builder application that utilizes block-style programming to help users create logic in FIN Stack. In this example we going over how to create a basic alarm program that will run on multiple equipment.

How it works:

Since everything in FIN Stack is context sensitive, the first thing you'll need to do is navigate down the architecture to any equip (or site/floor/point) that you would like to create logic for. Once the logic builder is launched, a wizard will appear with a few setting options and data  thats automatically filled out based on your navigation's context. This wizard allows you to name your program, choose exactly what tags it will run on, and also allow you to select which points/tags/variables should be brought into the program.

After you've completed the wizard a new program will be created. As soon as you open the program, you will have your chosen variables automatically added into a list of variables, and a library of blocks to combine and create your alarm logic with. Once your done setting up your logic, you can create and customize an alarm block with a title, description, instructions, priority, tags and cost.

As soon as you save the program your done! The logic will instantly begin running on multiple equipment based on the tags that the program was automatically/manually set to run on. 

Pay off:

FIN Stack automatically does almost all of the work for you. Below are just a few benefits of creating a site graphic using the Graphics Builder: 

  • One Program for Multiple Equipment: All you have to do is create 1 program, and it will run on any tags that are set it to. The 'programOn' tags are automatically filled in when creating the new program through the context-sensitive wizard. (example: One alarm program could potentially run on all your VAVs, so you never have to set up multiple programs to do the same thing!)
  • Block Programming: The popular 'block-programming' style of setting up your logic has been implemented and improved in so many ways, making alarms that much easier to set up.
  • Alarm Badges & Notifications: After you create your Alarm logic, the program starts up instantly. If anything goes into alarm, a notification pop-up will appear on the top left of the page indicating an alarm just went off. Additionally,  a 'badge' will appear on nearly all levels in the navigation menu indicating how many alarms are currently active under that level.

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FIN Weekly #22

FIN Stack 4.0 - Graphic Builder - Floorplan

With FIN 4.0, we have now introduced a brand new Graphic Builder app that is included within FIN Stack. The Graphics Builder app is entirely HTML5 and utilizes context-sensitive wizards to help the user build their graphic quicker than ever before. This week we'll be showing you how to use the Graphics Builder to create a typical floorplan graphic in FIN 4.0.

How it works:

Since everything in FIN Stack is context sensitive, the first thing you'll need to do is navigate down to the floor you'll be creating a graphic for. Once the graphic builder is launched, a wizard will appear with questions and data based on your context equipment. From there you can select which sample equipment and what point from that equipment you want to bring in and represent on the floorplan. You also have the option of picking a "comparison" point to compare against your default point. Typically you would chose your Room Temp and have the Room Temp Setpoint set as your comparison point to get the delta value. The second part of the wizard allows you to select exactly which equipment are going to be brought in and what range you want your color gradient to be.

After you've completed the wizard a new graphic will be created allowing for you to open and edit the content. A gradient legend and Smart Labels representing each equipment & point will automatically be created based on your selections from the wizard. The first thing you'll need to do is bring your floorplan image. Once the image is in all you have to do now is draw out your zone poly's and then in a single click you can match up all of the labels to their corresponding zones and your done! 

Pay off:

FIN Stack automatically does almost all of the work for you. Below are just a few benefits of creating a floorplan graphic using the Graphics Builder: 

  • Context Sensitivity: Allows users to set up a majority of their graphic before they even open it up.
  • Themed Design: The Smart labels are all modeled to look great and work with any of the selected FIN Stack themes
  • Automatic Zone Coloring: Poly zones automatically change colors based on points selected and range set on the gradient legend. 
  • Related Bubbles (Hyperlinks & More): Clicking on any poly brings up related bubbles that allow you to hyperlink from the floorplan to any of your Equipment instantly. No extra engineering required, these are completely automatic!

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FIN Weekly #21 - 2016

FIN Stack 4.0 - Graphic Builder - Equipment

With FIN 4.0, we have now introduced a brand new Graphic Builder app that is included within FIN Stack. The Graphics Builder app is entirely HTML5 and utilizes context-sensitive wizards to help the user build their graphic quicker than ever before. This week we'll be showing you how to use the Graphics Builder to create a typical equipment graphic in FIN 4.0.

How it works:

Since everything in FIN Stack is context sensitive, the first thing you'll need to do is navigate down to one of the equipment you'll be creating a graphic for. Once the graphic builder is launched, a wizard will appear with pre-filled out data based on the context equipment. From there you can select template for the background, and then chose the points & components to bring in. 

After you've completed the wizard a new graphic will be created allowing for you to open and edit the content. Ductwork, Smart Labels and graphical components will automatically appear based on your selections from the wizard. All you have to do is snap the components into the ductwork and then in a single click you can match up all of the labels with their corresponding components. Graphic Builder also offers an amazingly simple "Create Overview Box" magic button which allows you to select from any of the available points and then automatically group them into a nice looking Overview box. 

Pay off:

FIN Stack automatically does almost all of the work for you. Below are just a few benefits of creating an equipment graphic using the Graphics Builder:

  • Context Sensitivity: Allows users to set up a majority of their graphic before they even open it up.
  • Themed Design: The Smart labels and overview boxes are all modeled to look great and work with any of the selected FIN Stack themes
  • Overview Boxes: Quick and easy overview boxes that allow you to display your point label and value. 
  • Related Bubbles (Points): Clicking on any point brings up related bubbles that allow you to reach multiple point-specific properties.

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FIN Weekly #20 - 2016

FIN Stack 4.0 - Navigation / Mini-App / Menu

With FIN 4.0, we took a mobile-first strategy meaning you get an HTML5 browser-based application suite that works as seamlessly on a tablet and smart phone as it does on a desktop. 

We adopted a responsive web-design approach and updated the user experience to include a whole new side panel which provides a Smart Navigation, Mini-App view, and Smart Menu. 

How it works:

The Navigation button launches the Smart Navigation so you can select a Site, Floor or Equipment for your 'context'. In addition, we've introduced summary badges that roll up the number of alarms & overridden points for each level.

The Mini App button launches the Mini-App view which brings up a selected application. The content of that app is dynamically generated based on your 'context'. The Mini-App view is conveniently combined to the bottom of the Smart Navigation making it easy to scroll between the two. 

The Menu button launches a Smart Menu with quick access to a full range of applications grouped by the user's role. Selecting an application from this menu will either bring up the mini app view or provide a sub menu for the selected app. There are also context-sensitive badges that show summary information for each application.

Pay off:
  • Context Sensitivity: FIN Stack automatically knows what your trying to do or see based on the context of your navigation
  • Mobile-First design: All Applications are designed to provide the full functionality independent of whether you're using a browser on a mobile device or on a desktop.
  • Responsive Web Design: Automatically scales the user experience and adjusts the layout to match the browser size. 
  • Fully HTML5: No more flash or java plug-in browser issues!
  • Summary Badges: Shows dynamic content based on your context.

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FIN Weekly #19 - 2016

Snapshots (Backup)
We've all heard the saying "better safe than sorry" and those who have worked hard on setting up a job server know just how important it is to have a backup of all that hard work. FIN Stack offers the ability to backup your entire project with one amazing feature called a 'Snapshot'. Snapshots can be much more than a backup, they can also be a great way to transfer a FIN Stack project between different FIN Stack Servers so engineers can comfortably work from their own local server. 

How It works:
Snapshots are simple to create. The snapshot menu is located in the FOLIO app. Once you've reached the Snapshot menu you can  to take a new snapshot, restore an existing one, delete a snapshot, compact the database, upload a snapshot zip, or download a snapshot from your current list. Anything and everything you need for backing up your project, or transferring it to another server is right there!

Pay off:
  • Instantly create a complete backup of the entire project with 1-click
  • Download snapshots as a zip for extra safe-keeping 
  • Upload an existing snapshot onto any server and engineer the project comfortably without having to VPN or be on the actual job site!

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