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Summary/TLDR Users commonly want to duplicate Seeq created items (Value Search, Formula, etc.) for different purposes, such as testing the effect of different calculation parameters, expanding calculations to similar areas/equipment, collaboration, etc. Guidance is summarized below to prevent unintended changes. Duplicating Seeq created items on a worksheet Creates new/independent items that can be modified without affecting the original. Duplicating worksheets within a Workbench Analysis Duplicating a worksheet simply copies the worksheet but doesn't create new/independent items. A change to a Seeq created item on one sheet modifies the same item everywhere it appears, on all other worksheets. Duplicating entire Workbench Analysis Creates new/independent items in the duplicated Workbench Analysis. You can modify them without affecting the corresponding items in the original Workbench Analysis. Details Each worksheet in an analysis can be used to help tell the story of how you got to your conclusions or give a different view into a related part of your process. Worksheets can be added/renamed/duplicated, and entire analyses can also be duplicated: Worksheet and Document Organization Confusion sometimes arises for Seeq users related to editing existing calculation items (Value Searches, Formulas, etc.) that appear on multiple worksheets, within the same analysis. Often a user will duplicate a worksheet within an analysis and not realize that editing existing items on the new worksheet also changes the same items everywhere else they are used within the analysis. They assume that each individual worksheet is independent of the others, but this is not the case. The intent of this post is to eliminate this confusion and to prevent users making unintended changes to calculations. Working with the same item on a Duplicated Worksheet When duplicating worksheets, remember that everything within a single Workbench Analysis, no matter what worksheet it is on, is "scoped" to the entire analysis. Duplicating a worksheet simply copies the worksheet but doesn't create new/independent items. A change to an item on one sheet modifies it everywhere it appears (on all other worksheets). For some use cases, duplicating a worksheet is a quick way to expand the calculations further or to create alternate visualizations, and the user wants to continues working with the original items. In other situations, worksheet duplication may be a first step in creating new versions of existing items. To avoid modifying an original item on a duplicated worksheet, from the Item Properties (Detail Pane "i" symbol) for the calculated signal/condition of interest, click to DUPLICATE the item. You can edit the duplicated version without affecting the original. Duplicating worksheets is often useful when you are doing multiple calculation steps on different worksheets, when you want trends on one worksheet and tables or other visualizations on another, when doing asset swapping and creating a worksheet for each unique asset, etc. Working with Items in a Duplicated Workbench Analysis If you duplicate the entire Workbench Analysis (for example, from the Seeq start page, see screenshot below), new/independent items are created in the duplicated Workbench Analysis. You can modify the items in the duplicated Workbench Analysis, without affecting the original (corresponding) items in the original Workbench Analysis. This is often a good approach when you have created a lengthy set of calculations and you would like to modify them or apply them in a similar way for another piece of equipment, processing line, etc., and an asset group approach isn’t applicable. There is one exception to this: Seeq created items that have been made global. Global items can be searched for and accessed outside of an individual Workbench Analysis. Editing a global item in a duplicated analysis will change it everywhere else it appears. There are many considerations for best practices when testing new parameter values and modifications for existing calculations. Keep in mind the differences between duplicating worksheets and duplicating entire analyses, and of course consider the potential use of asset groups when needing to scale similar calculations across many assets, pieces of equipment, process phases, etc. There are in-depth posts here with further information on asset groups: Asset Groups 101 - Part 1 Asset Groups 101 - Part 2
FAQ: I have a CSV file that has the start and end times of some historical events and various information about the events that I would like to use in my analysis in Seeq. How do I go about getting these events and all of their associated information into Seeq? Solution: Use the Import from CSV tool and Seeq Formula to bring in a condition comprised of each of these events and assign the data in each column of the CSV as a property of the condition. 1. Ensure your CSV file is formatted correctly for import into Seeq. The first column should be the event start time, the second column should be the event end time, and all other data columns should be to the right of these. A list of acceptable timestamp formats can be found on the Seeq Knowledge Base in this article. 2. Use the Import CSV File tool to bring the condition into Seeq. Drag and drop your CSV file or navigate to your file through Windows (Mac) Explorer. Under "Import File as" select "condition". Choose the start-time and end-time columns in the "Choose columns" section. Specify a max capsule duration that is just longer than your longest event. 3. Once your condition is imported, use Seeq Formula to assign the data from the other columns of our CSV as properties of each capsule. Begin by using the item properties for the CSV imported condition to duplicate the condition to Formula. Once in Formula, add the column headers from your CSV to the query in line 1 of the code, separated by commas. Then use the setProperty() function to assign each of the columns of the CSV as a property of each capsule. Once executed, the output is a new condition that looks exactly like the original from trend view in the display pane. However, this new condition has properties, that can be added to the capsules pane using the gridded+ button.
I am having trouble when duplicating a worksheet within the same workbench. If I edit the formulas with a new signal for it to refer to to do the exact same analysis I previously did, but with a different tag, it automatically updates my original worksheet within the workbench to the new tag as well. What I am trying to do is run the same analysis to different tags in separate worksheets in the same workbench. P.S. if I duplicate the entire Seeq Workbench and update the tag in the duplicate then the tags in my original Worksheet in the original Workbench stay intact. However, this just creates too many workbenches to keep track of, when what I'd like to do is have all worksheets within one workbench by being able to duplicate the worksheets and update the tags. Thanks for any help.
We noticed today that if you duplicate a worksheet within a book, you cannot change the tags without affecting the 1st worksheet. Is there a way to separate the worksheets so we can have the same calculations but for a different base dataset? We are trying to make this report for all of our production lines.