The Save MES Object Block creates one or more actual MES Objects from the row or array selected in its Target property. It can be placed inside an iteration loop to create one MES Object per loop, or be placed after the completion of looping, to create all aggregated items from a specified B2MML-type Chart Parameter.

MES Compatibility

The Business Connector module is available for use alongside both the Sepasoft MES 2.x modules and the MES 3.x modules. However, when used with MES 2.x, the functionality related to manipulating MES Objects, such as the Verify MES Object and Save MES Object blocks, will not be available for use.


Two connections are required (one or two additional input data source connections are allowed):

Input — (input) Receives execution control from the previous Block in the sequence. Unlimited input connections are allowed (spread across up to three available edges).

Done — (output) Passes execution control to the next Block in the sequence.


The optional Name and Description fields are included on most Blocks for clarity and documentation benefit.

The source of the data to use for creating the MES Object is set in the Target field via a drop-down list of the currently-populated Blocks on the Design Grid. All available data sources will be listed in the drop-down.

Saving Duplicate Material Objects

If there exists more than one Material Class or more than one Material Definition with the same name (ID) in a B2MML structure or B2MML chart parameter, only the first instance encountered will be saved. Subsequent instances will be skipped.

Users can observe B2MML material parsing by turning on B2MMLMaterialParser in the gateway logger.


Connecting the Save MES Object Block

  1. Drag a Save MES Object Block onto the Design Grid (position it to be the next Block in the chart sequence).
  2. Click on the previous Block in the sequence and draw a Connector to the Save MES Object Block (any available edge). Repeat for any additional input Blocks, if applicable (unlimited connections are allowed on up to three edges).
  3. If there will be a second or third input data source, click and draw a Connector from the source Block to the Save MES Object Block (any available edge).
  4. Click on the Save MES Object Block and draw a Connector (from any available edge) to the next Block in the sequence.

Configuring the Properties

  1. Select the desired source of data from the Target drop-down list (all available data sources will be listed).

Iteratively Create Material Definitions

This example chart collects a list of Material Definitions from an SAP database and creates an MES Material Definition object for each.

Start Block

A Chart Parameter called maxRows is used to limit the number of SAP entries to fetch from the SAP database. The number will be input into the chart during the chart execution function executeChart(chartPath, chartParameters, returnChartParameters).

Sample SettingDescription
maxRowsInteger. Used to pass in to the chart the number of rows to fetch from the database.
b2mml_materialsB2MML array. Used to hold the entries aggregated by the Aggregation Block (one row per loop).
rows_aggregatedInteger. Used to return the count of how many rows were aggregated by the Aggregation Block.
rows_verify_noInteger. Used to return the count of how many rows failed the Verify MES Object Block (row data was not a proper MES Object).
rows_decision_noInteger. Used to return the count of how many rows failed the Decision Block (equation was False, so decision is "No").

SAP BAPI Action Block - Properties

This block fetches the Material Definitions from the specified SAP database. It is configured as follows:

A Destination called My SAP Server was previously configured in the Interface for SAP ERP section of the Global area in Designer:

The Remote Function Call section is configured to filter down to just the BAPI_MATERIAL_GETLIST module where the Material Definitions are stored:

PropertySample SettingDescription
NameGet MaterialsName of the Block (available, if needed, for local use within the chart by other Blocks).
DestinationMy SAP ServerSelected SAP Connector Destination (created in the Interface for SAP section of the Global area in Designer).
SAP BAPI Options
(tree of available BAPI options)
Alphabetical checkbox and
The two checkboxes decide how the tree of available SAP BAPI options below is sorted. Alphabetical is usually chosen if you know the name of the BAPI you want, else drill down to find it in Hierarchical mode.
Selected BAPI(shows the selected BAPI)Display only. Shows (and remembers) the selected BAPI after the Select button is pushed.
RFC TypesRFCSynchronous Remote Function Call (expects an immediate answer from the receiving system, else an error will be reported).
Queue NameN/A

SAP BAPI Action Block - Mapping

The Input tab of the SAP BAPI Action Block includes mapping for the Chart Parameter maxRows to be passed into the BAPI function call that the block makes to the SQL database (limits the number of entries fetched). There is also a requirement that MATNRSELECTION in BAPI_MATERIAL_GETLIST be restricted to positive integer values only.

The Output tab of the SAP BAPI Action Block includes mapping for MATERIAL → ID and MATL_DESC → Description. Note that it must first include a mapping connector at the parent level, to provide the block with a means of knowing the array sizes on both sides so it can map the connections properly. Each member of the BAPI_MATERIAL_GETLIST will be mapped into a B2MML array that includes Material Definition properties of ID and Description. These are collected, one at a time by the Aggregation Block in the iteration loop (into the Chart Parameter b2mml_materials), and then turned into MES Material Definition objects by the SAVE MES Object Block.

Iteration Block

This block increments a pointer to one row of data at a time in the data array selected in the Array Path field. For each row pointed to, control passes to the Block connected to its Next output. It accepts a return trigger input (Next Trigger) to increment the pointer to the next row. When there are no more rows in the selected data array, it will pass control to the Block connected to its Done output.

In this example, the path is to MaterialDefinition in the B2MML array, MATERIAL, which contains the ID and Description properties that the Aggregation Block will append, one row at a time, to Chart Parameter b2mml_materials (which the Save MES Object Block will later use to create the MES Material Definition Objects).

On each loop through the Iteration Block, the row pointer is incremented and control passes to the Decision Block that is connected to its Next output Connector.

Once all rows have been iterated through, control passes to the Save MES Object Block connected to its Done output.

Decision Block

In this example, the expression used to arrive at a 'True' decision is simply whether the last character in the ID property in the row currently being pointed to (by the Iteration Block) is equal to "8" (the asterisk is a wildcard that ignores all the preceding characters). If the ID ends in "8", control passes to the Verify MES Object Block connected to its True output. Otherwise, control passes to the Script Block connected to its False output.

Verify MES Object Block

This Block is used to test whether an array of data (or a row of data pointed to by an Iteration Block) contains appropriate information to successfully create an MES Object. It does not create the object. 

In this example, if the row contains appropriate information required to successfully create an MES Object, control passes to the Aggregation Block connected to its Yes output, to be appended to the end of the current b2mml_materials array. If not, then control is passes to the Script Block connected to its No output.

Aggregation Block

This Block appends iteratively-collected data values, one per pass, into a user-created Chart Parameter. 

In this example, b2mml_materials was created in the Start Block to hold the aggregated data. Chart execution control only passes into the Aggregation Block after it has successfully passed through the Decision Block (ID property ends in "8") and the Verify MES Object Block (data is determined to be sufficient to successfully create an MES Object).

After the row has been 'aggregated' (appended to the end of b2mml_materials), control passes back to the Iteration Block and the loop  repeats with the next row.

Script Block - Connected to Decision Block

This script increments the Chart Parameter rows_decision_no any time the expression in the Decision Block resolves to False (which passes control to this Script Block).

Script Block - Connected to Verify MES Object Block

This script increments the Chart Parameter rows_verify_no any time the Verify MES Object Block resolves to No (which passes control to this Script Block).

Script Block - Connected to Aggregation Block

This script increments the Chart Parameter rows_aggregated immediately after the Aggregation Block completes its task (appending a row to b2mml_materials).

Script Block - Connected Last in the Iteration Loop

This Block has no scripting inside except for the pass instruction (which is a non-operation), so it does absolutely nothing! It is placed in the chart at its current position simply to make the Connectors exiting the three other Script Blocks flow nicely. Otherwise, they end up auto-routing strangely, making the chart more difficult to understand. Feel free to sprinkle empty Script Blocks as needed to keep your 'wiring' neat and self-explanatory.

Save MES Object Block

This block creates an MES Object for each entry in the selected RFM (the drop-down list Target will list all of the Action Blocks in the chart. The filtered RFM in the selected Action Block will be used to create the list of MES Objects). For this example, one MES Material Definition object will be created for each entry in the RFM selected in the "Get Materials" SAP RFM Action Block (up to the limit defined by the Chart Parameter maxRows).

PropertySample SettingDescription
TargetGet Materials

"Get Materials" is the data source selected from the drop-down list of blocks with available data (it's the only choice in this example).

Executing the Chart

This example chart is being executed from a script within a Button component on an Ignition Designer window:

If "10" is entered into the Rows to Fetch text field, then when the Button is pressed:

  • The number in the text field is loaded into numRows.
  • The chart is executed, passing in numRows to the Chart Parameter maxRows in the Start Block, and listing three Chart parameters to include in the resulting object when chart execution concludes. Unlike the other two variants of .executeChart, the function will wait for chart execution to conclude so it can return a Python dictionary containing the Chart Parameters specified (in this example: rows_aggregated, rows_verify_no and rows_decision_no).
  • The various counts are retrieved from the returned chart parameter object and printed to the Output Console.

The result of the chart execution is that ten rows are fetched from BAPI_MATERIAL_GETLIST in the SAP database and six MES Material Definition objects are created (those that have an ID that ends with "8", per the Decision Block expression):

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