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Version: 8.1

Report Component - Timeseries Chart

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Timeseries Chart

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The Timeseries Chart, while similar to the XY Chart, uses a datetime value for the Domain Axis instead of a numerical value. This chart is ideal when trying to display Tag Historian data in a Report.

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Property Inspector - Chart Options Tab

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Data KeyUnique identifier or placeholder to the data source that will populate the chart.
Domain KeyThe data key that should represent the X axis on the chart. The Timeseries Chart expects a timestamp, while the XY chart can use any numeric value as the domain key.
PensPens represent a series of data. There are several properties for each pen exposed on the Chart Options tab:
  • Range Key: The key the pen should retrieve data from.
  • Pen Name: The name of the pen that should appear on the chart.
  • Preview: Visual representation of how the pen will be rendered. The trend is simply a preview, and does not take the data from the range key into account.
  • Add Pen " "Adds a pen.
    Edit Pen " "Opens Pen Configuration area for editing.
    Remove Pen " "Deletes a pen.
    AxesThere are several properties for each axis exposed on the Chart Options tab:
  • Name: The name of the axis.
  • Label: Text next to the axis. Commonly used to describe what the values of each pen represent.
  • Auto?: Determines if the axis should automatically adjust the upper and lower bound of the axis to include all data from each pen. When enabled, the High and Low properties are ignored. When disabled, High and Low will be used.
  • Low: The low range value the axis will use when 'Auto?' is disabled.
  • High: The high range value the axis will use when 'Auto?' is disabled.
  • Add Axis " "Add an axis.
    Edit Axis " "Opens Axis Configuration area for editing.
    Remove Axis " "Deletes an axis.
    Scripting EnabledEnables the script for this component to run.
    Edit ScriptAllows the chart to be modified via Python scripting before the report is rendered.

    Property Instpector - Properties Tab

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    Data KeyData key of the dataset that drives this chart.
    Axis Label FontFont to use for axis labels.
    Axis Tick FontFont to use for axis tick marks.
    Bar WidthThe width of any bar dataponts, specified in milliseconds.
    Date FormatOptional format string to override the domain axis date format.
    Domain KeyKey name of the column inside the dataset that contains the domain (x) value.
    Gap ThresholdMultiplier for the average space between data points to be considered a data gap for the "line with gaps" render style.
    No Data MsgMessage to show when no data is available.
    Plot BackgroundColor to use for chart background. See Color Selector.
    Show LegendIf true, show a legend for the chart.
    OpacityHow opaque the fill color is, between 0 and 1.
    Stroke StyleWhat style of stroke or border to use: Hidden, Shape Outline, Border, or Double. To learn more about stroke styles, refer to Stroke and Fill Properties.
    StrokeDetails for the chosen stroke. Each Stroke has its own properties depending on the Stroke Style chosen.
    RollNumber of degrees this shape is rotated clockwise.
    Scale XAmount to scale the width of this shape. 1 is scale to 100%.
    Scale YAmount to scale the height of this shape. 1 is scale to 100%.
    New in 8.1.19
    A link to attach to this reporting component. Will be a clickable hyperlink if the report is exported as a PDF. You can use the values below to link to internal pages.
  • Page:Next - Navigates to the next page.
  • Page:Back - Navigates to the previous page.
  • Page:Number - Replace "Number" with a numeral. Navigates to the specified page.
  • VisibleIf true, the shape will be visible.
    WidthWidth of this shape in pixels.
    HeightHeight of this shape in pixels.
    XHorizontal distance in pixels between the left edge of this shape and the left edge of the page.
    YVertical distance in pixels between the upper edge of this shape and the top edge of the page.
    Show X-AxisIf true, show the x-axis.
    X-Axis LabelLabel text for the x-axis.


    Dynamically set the range on your chart in the report. This script includes a minimum and maximum boundary so you can set operating ranges. It will throw out values that don't land in the correct range, like if you don't want to display oven temperatures below 500 degrees.

    This code should be placed in the configureChart function definition of your chart. You can access it by clicking the Edit Script button at the bottom of the Property Inspector.

    # set boundries to throw out 'bad' values that land outside this range
    minBoundary = 50
    maxBoundary = 100

    from import DatasetUtilities
    # get the chart, axis, data
    plot = chart.getPlot()
    rangeAxis = plot.getRangeAxis()
    ds = plot.dataset

    # Find the initial range of the dataset
    rangeBounds = DatasetUtilities.findRangeBounds(ds)
    rangeMin = rangeBounds.getLowerBound()
    rangeMax = rangeBounds.getUpperBound()
    # working minimum and maximum values for dataset. these are swapped with the initial values on purpose
    currentMin = rangeMax
    currentMax = rangeMin

    # loop through the dataset to find desired min and max
    series = 0 # which pen to search
    numItems = ds.getItemCount(series)
    for i in range(numItems):
    val = ds.getYValue(series,i)
    # find lowest value that is above the minBoundary
    if val > minBoundary and val < currentMin:
    currentMin = val
    # find highest value that is below the maxBoundary
    if val < maxBoundary and val > currentMax:
    currentMax = val

    # calculate 10% padding
    padding = (currentMax - currentMin) * 0.1

    # set bounds in chart
    rangeAxis.setLowerBound(currentMin - padding)
    rangeAxis.setUpperBound(currentMax + padding)

    # for troubleshooting: look in the console after going to the preview pane to see real values
    # comment these lines when done with testing
    print "Min: ", currentMin
    print "Max: ", currentMax
    print "Padded Min: ", currentMin - padding
    print "Padded Max: ", currentMax + padding