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Introduction to using types

A type is a pre-configured template for an asset. Assets take on the properties of the type on which they are based. Within the type, you can define which aspects are integrated into the template.

With a type you can create a template, for example, for several wind turbines and then link them to your aspects. When creating a new asset, you can use the created type.

To make it easier to identify your type, you can import images up to 5 MB in size. You can select all images uploaded to the tenant from an image list.

"Types" user interface

The "Asset Types" screen displays the list of all the asset types created within that tenant. To view this screen, click "Library" from the left navigation and click "Asset Types". The following graphic shows the user interface of "Asset Types" screen.

Create Type

① Creates a new type

② Search field entry

③ Selected type

④ Hierarchy of the selected type

⑤ Detailed view of type

⑥ Options available for the selected type:

  • Edit type
  • Add derived type
  • Delete type

Type variables

Within types, you can also define and use variables. With the type variables, you can store and use asset values which are not time series specific. The following list shows examples of the possible asset values:

  • Serial number of the asset
  • Date of installation
  • Date of last maintenance
  • Color
  • Width, length and height
  • Revision-number of the asset

The type variable can be used as an additional identifier for your asset. You will see the type variable in the asset basic settings of the "Asset" tab. In the basic settings, you can set a new value or reset to the default value by clearing the set value.

Th following image shows the variable input field in the asset basic settings:

Variable Type

Instances of a type

You can use types in various assets. In order to check all created asset instances of a type, you open the "Instances" tab. Here all created asset instances are listed and can be deleted immediately. All delete restrictions (locks, child assets, active sharings) are taken into account and will be displayed accordingly.

Last update: June 11, 2024