Welcome to the JumpStarts tutorials!

Jump Start documents are designed to give a detailed introduction to the key features of AspenTech Inmation. Using worked examples, these tutorials aim to get you up and running with the product features as soon as possible.

Using Lua Scripting

An introduction to using the Lua scripting engine in AspenTech Inmation. The Lua API is an incredibly powerful tool that allows you to completely customize your system, access external datasources, perform custom calculations and much more. Includes the use of embedded Lua scripts in AspenTech Inmation objects, script libraries, and using Lua to access SQL databases and HTTP web services.

Installing Visual KPI

This Jump Start document takes you through all the necessary steps to install Visual KPI alongside AspenTech Inmation and start to display KPI data on Visual KPI web dashboards. The tutorial shows you how to configure different Microsoft Windows operating systems and install a MS SQL Server instance.

Using .NET API

The .NET API or Simple Call Interface allows you to access the system through .NET applications. Both stateful and stateless interfaces are available and this tutorial aims to provide you with the tools you need to start developing your own .NET applications with AspenTech Inmation.

With 1.82, the Simple Call Interface (SCI) API, has been deprecated and will be removed in a future version. Users are advised to use WebAPI’s REST API directly.
Working with a MySQL Database

AspenTech Inmation can connect to ODBC data sources including the widely used MySQL. This document is aimed at administrators and power users who wish to set up a connection between system:AspenTech Inmation and a MySQL database. This document will provide step by step instructions on how to set up an ODBC connection and also how to utilize Lua scripting within AspenTech Inmation to create, read, update and delete data in the database.

Working with Rule Objects

Rule objects in AspenTech Inmation allow you to control the browsing of OPC datasources and the subscription to I/O items. This tutorial will give you an introduction to how to effectively use Rule objects in your own system and provide practical examples of how to customize your OPC server browsing.

Using In-Memory Aggregation

AspenTech Inmation allows you to create real-time aggregate values from raw data by buffering values in memory. This introduction to the memory aggregation features available will enable you to utilize this powerful feature in your own system and calculate real-time aggregates without having to make history calls.

Using the Dropzone Datasource

The Dropzone data source is used to import file based data into AspenTech Inmation. This Jump Start document will take you through the different configuration options and get you started with the automation of importing Excel, CSV, JSON (and more) file data into your system.

Using Reporting

Using AspenTech Inmation’s reporting functionality, custom reports can be produced using data from any objects in your system. This Jump Start shows you how to use the Report Designer display and the integration of the reporting tools with the Lua scripting engine to make custom reports containing real-time and historical data values, tables and trends.

Using the TCP Stream Datasource

This Jump Start introduces the TCP stream Datasource object and gives instructions on the initial setup and configuration of the object. This datasource allows you to stream data from any available TCP and use that data within AspenTech Inmation.

system:inmation and BI tools

This Jump Start will guide you through a few of the most popular business intelligence, analytics and data visualization tool usage in combination with the AspenTech Inmation. Tutorials will start with a small tool introduction and installation guide, followed by a list of connectivity and data import options. Each section will end with a few examples.

Using History Transfer Objects

The History Transfer Objects in AspenTech Inmation are used to transfer historical data from external historian systems into the MongoDB repository and/or other external historians. This Jumpstart introduces the history transfer objects and gives detailed instructions on how to configure the objects to make transfers and how to manage the transfer process for large scale transfer operations.

Working Cloud Sink

This Jump Start shows you how top connect AspenTech Inmation to the Microsoft Azure Event Hub (through a Kafka interface) and the Azure IoT Hub (through a MQTT interface) enabling transfer of textual data to these cloud services.

Working With System Security

This Jump Start gives an overview of the security in AspenTech Inmation, using Profile objects in the Access Model to grant access to different parts of the system. There is a worked example showing how to configure a basic security setup as an administrator that highlights the correct use of permissions and security references.

Pas-X AspenTech Inmation MSI Integration

This JumpStart describes how the PAS-X MES system can be integrated into the system to allow messaging from MES to Shopfloor. The system uses specific endpoints in the Web API to facilitate communication between the OT and IT layers.