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B6. Reports and Alarms

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Now the basic setup of your VPVision is completed, it is time to turn your data into useful information. This is where the Report Module and the optional Alarms module come into play.

6.1 Create reports and configure modules

6.2 Configure alarms


1. Report module

In this chapter, we will show you how to create and configure your reports, which VPVision can send autonomously to selected users.

TIP iconBe aware that the new version of VPVision has just released, for more information about VPVision 5.2 can be found in the user manual

1. Overview

VPVision reports menu

In the overview page, the reports that are defined are listed. In the overview page, there are different options such as:

Report nameOpen report
Edit report
(De)activate report
Delete report
add icon VPVIsionAdd report

2. Create a report

The report option gives you the opportunity to create a new report document that shows the data of a specific time-span. This data will be sent to you every day, week or month by with a built-in e-mail functionality. The steps below describe how a new report can be created and how to configure the right data.

A report is made in the following way:

1. Click the add report icon.

2. Give the report a name.

3. A blank page will appear. This page can be filled with report modules. Click the ‘module’ button.

Blank report page from VPVision





4. Modules can be added in two Modules for Report VPVisiondifferent ways by:

  • Click the existing ones on the list.
  • By adding a new module.


5. All modules can be dragged and dropped in order to change the order in which they appear on the page.

VPVision report overview module




6. Scroll down and press the save report button in the right corner.


Click here to view a sample report.

3. Create a new module

Modules differ from widgets: Modules can only be used in reports. Widgets are used on pages, for real-time visualization.

When you want to create a new module there are several options. When one of these options is selected, it will provide an explanation about what the module can be used for and how it should be used. Once added to your report, a preview will be provided:

  • Summary. Shows min, max, and the average value for the selected inputs.
  • Compressor analysisShows total consumption, the number of starts, load/unload cycles and the usage/cost per stage.
  • Energy usage and cost. Shows total consumption, cost per m3n and specific power.
  • Pie chart. Shows flow or electricity counter of values during the period and compares to the exact previous period. It also shows a year to date total from January first until now.
  • Consumption. Shows selected input or electricity counter of values during the period and compares to the exact previous period, Also shows a year to date total from January first until now.
Once a module is created it will be shown on the list when you add a new module.

4. Report configuration

VPVision Report configuration set-up

By clicking the configure button, different options for your report will be shown:

  • Adjust the name of the report.
  • Optional: Add a location.
  • Click browse to adjust the logo (by default the VPVision logo is used, a custom logo can be entered, replacing the VPVision logo).
  • Adjust the auto report by setting a time and period.
  • Enter up to 5 email addresses that will receive the rapport. If you do not receive the report by email, the e-mail port is probably blocked. Ask the IT department for a relay host. See B5.2.2 e-mail.

If at least one report is generated, a menu item for reports will appear in the user view. All generated reports will be listed there. It is possible that the generation of a report takes a couple of minutes, depending on the type of report, the selected period and the amount of data that has to be processed.

2. Alarms

The alarm module continuously monitors the real-time data and looks for anomalies, which you can define yourself. It compares one or more measurands with a pre-set threshold value and informs you in various ways when the measurand is exceeding that threshold value.

1. Alarm overview

In the overview page, all the alarms that have been defined can be seen. Here you can activate, snooze, delete or edit the alarm. The alarms will compare the sensor output with a pre-set boundary value. When the sensor value passed the pre-set boundary it will notify you by e-mail.
alarm overview page VPVision

2. Add alarm

Step 1: 

  • Click the icon to create an alarm
  • Give the alarm a name and click ‘OK’

Step 2:

  • Click edit the alarm for the alarm you just created
  • The alarm option screen is opened

For the alarm, there are 2 options

Step 3: Basic alarm: has a minimum and/or maximum boundary.

  • Select the right sensor, input, and unit.
  • Set a minimum and/or maximum boundary.

Example: Pressure monitoring. We want an alarm when the sensor signal is below 7 and above 9 bar. Use 7 bar for min., and 9 bar for max.

Step 3 advanced alarm: When a minimum and a maximum boundary is not sufficient. You can describe the logic of the alarm with different nodes.

  • Add nodes. There are different node’s available:
    • Operator: add, subtract, divide, multiply (+, -, *,/ – )
    • Comparator: equal, not equal, bigger, bigger or equal, smaller, smaller or equal (=, /=, >, >=, <, <=)  
    • Logic: and(&&), or (||)
    • Variable: a constant number of your choosing
    • Endpoint: the alarm output itself
    • Sensor input
  • Connect the nodes via click and hold a node output and drag the line.
  • Dubble clicks on the node to change, delete or cancel.

VPVision alarm configuration panel

Step 4 Alarm configuration: Click the Configure button.

  • Edit the name of the alarm
  • Set a filter. This will indicate the period of time the alarm conditions need to appear before the alarm will be triggered.
  • Set a priority where 1 is high and 3 is low. This will change the color of the icon that is shown in the alarm widget.
  • Click OK

Step 5 Email: Click the email button

VPVision e-mail configuration screen

  • Set the subject of the e-mail
  • Set the content of the e-mail
  • Add up to 5 addresses to receive the e-mail

Sending e-mails is only possible if the system has Ethernet access.

  • Click ‘OK’

Step 6 Snooze: Click the snooze button

  • Set the amount of time to snooze the alarm. When the period has expired, the alarm will enable again reminding you of the situation.
  • Click ‘OK’


Updated on August 5, 2020

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