TagRefreshFB Function Block

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The TagRefreshFB Function Block asks a tag to refresh data from its data source.

The function block refreshes data by sending a Refresh Tag Command to the tag. The function block provides status information to:

Functions and Function Blocks

The TagRefreshFB Function Block is intended for use in a Program Tag that runs on the Fernhill SCADA Server. A Program Tag uses a continuous execution model, where the program code runs at a fixed interval. The function block samples the state of the tag command as it executes.

To refresh a tag from an Operator Action, use the TagRefresh Function.


The TagRefreshFB Function Block has this syntax:

        ERRORMSG=>Variable-Reference );

Note: All parameters are optional.


The TagRefreshFB Function Block has these parameters:

Parameter Type Direction Description
REQ BOOL R_EDGE Input A rising edge starts the Refresh Tag Command.
TAGNAME STRING Input The name of the tag to send the Refresh Tag Command to. For more information see TAGNAME Parameter in the remarks section.
BUSY BOOL Output Set to TRUE while the Refresh Tag Command is in progress.
DONE BOOL Output Set to TRUE for 1 execution after the Refresh Tag Command has completed.
ERROR BOOL Output Set to TRUE if the Refresh Tag Command failed.
ERRORMSG WSTRING Output If ERROR is TRUE, the reason why the Refresh Tag Command failed.


TAGNAME Parameter

The TAGNAME parameter is the full name of the tag that runs the Refresh Tag Command. The value of this parameter can be an absolute tag name or a relative tag name. A relative name tag name is resolved relative to the program tag that runs the function block.

The tag should be one of the types listed in the Applies To list of the Refresh Tag Command.

Timing Diagram

Once the Refresh Tag Command begins, additional requests from the input signal REQ are ignored until the tag command completes.

These timing diagrams show the relationship of the REQ, BUSY, DONE, and ERROR signals processing two requests. The first request completes with an error, the second request completes normally:

        +--------+     +-+ +------+
  REQ   |        |     | | |      |
      --+        +-----+ +-+      +------

        +------+       +------+
 BUSY   |      |       |      |
      --+      +-------+      +----------

               ++             ++
 DONE          ||             ||

ERROR          |       |
      ---------+       +-----------------

The BUSY signal is TRUE while the tag command is in progress. The DONE signal is TRUE for 1 execution after the completion of the tag command.

Debug a Function Block

To monitor the state of a function block as it executes:

  1. Open the program in the Configuration Tool.
  2. Right click the program editor and select Watch Global Variables.
  3. Expand the variables on the left until the function block member variables are visible.

Use the ERROR and ERRORMSG member variables to check the tag command is executed correctly.


  1. Refresh a data source when a digital tag changes to TRUE:
    Program MAIN
            (* The function block declaration *)
            RefreshFB : TagRefreshFB;
            (* The tag used to trigger the data refresh
               Note: Uses a relative tag reference to 'Digital Trigger Tag' 
                     located in the same folder as this program *)
            TriggerTag AT %".Digital Trigger Tag" : BOOL;
        (* Call the TagRefreshFB function block *)
            TAGNAME:="Tag to refresh data" );
        (* The DONE output is active for one cycle when the function block completes *)
        IF RefreshFB.DONE THEN
            (* Was there an error ? *)
            IF RefreshFB.ERROR THEN
                (* Handle any error *)
                (* Any additional work on successful completion *)

Further Information

Refresh Tag Command

To learn about the Refresh Tag Command.

Tag Command Function Blocks

To learn about other tag command function blocks.

IEC 61131-3 Expressions

To learn about the different types of expression to use as function parameters.

Elementary Data Types

To learn about the different types supported by Fernhill SCADA.

Common Elements

To learn about other IEC 61131-3 Common Elements.


For the meaning of terms used in Fernhill SCADA.