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Mark VIe HMI Color Changes
How to change the colors for HMI Mark VIe with active point

Have a Mark VIe with active point. The valves and motors are grey off/closed blue on/open. I am hoping someone has the knowledge to tell me how to change this to red/green. None of the CROs like it this way.

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I haven't had to modify any ActivePoint based screens to know how they are setup in CIMPLICITY, but generally you would edit the smart object definitions to the colors you want and linked objects would be updated. Not sure though if they are using linked objects in the current standard.

That said, I really don't recommend changing the colors, at least without a serious look at why the standard uses the colors it does. I've been in enough Red=On/Green=Off Green=On/Red=Off arguments to know how religious the topic is and how little operators like change. However, ActivePoint was developed holistically--no color choices were arbitrary, and lots of research, customer feedback, and usability testing went into it. If you change one piece, you have to realize the impact on the rest.

For example,ActivePoint standardizes red to always be a Priority 1 alarm which requires action by the operator. If you start using red for simple on/off state, you lose that instant ability to see problems that require action.


Is all of this holistically developed methodology documented in a GE publication?