What is an Arch ID?
An Arch ID serves as a globally unique identifier for an object within ArchFX Cloud and within Arch applications such as the Global KPIs Solution. Sites, Areas, Lines, Machines, sensor Devices such as IOTile PODs, Access Points, and ArchFX Connector software connectors are all assigned Arch IDs.
Where do I find Arch IDs in the Global KPIs Solution?
- Arch IDs are shown in lists of Areas, Lines, and Machines near the object's name.
- You can find a Line's or Machine's Arch ID on its Details tab.
- A Machine's Details tab also shows the Arch ID of the Machine's Site, Area, Line, and Devices or Connectors.
How does an Arch ID help me?
The Arch ID makes it easy to specify which object you're referring to.
- When you're filing a Change Request or help ticket about an IOTile POD, Machine, or Line with Arch Support, please include the Arch ID of the IOTile POD, Machine, Area or Line if you know it. That will make sure Arch Support knows which object you're referring to.
- For example, if you change the head on an SMT Machine, you may need to update the Machine's Target to match the derated Target for the new head. Open a Help ticket and make sure to include the Arch ID of the Pick and Place Machine whose Target needs to be updated as well as the date at which the change took effect (even if that date is in the past).
- In ArchFX Cloud and the Global KPIs Solution, you can search for an object by entering the object's Arch ID into the search box.
- IT administrators use Arch IDs when using the ArchFX Setup Desktop App to set up Access Points, GPIO Kits, PLC Kits, or Beam Break Kits.
- When a developer is getting data from the ArchFX Cloud API, they use the Arch ID to specify which object they want data for. (See ArchFX Cloud Tutorial: Getting Machine Data via API for more information.)
What does an Arch ID look like?
An Arch ID has a prefix that indicates the type of object it represents, followed by a series of hexadecimal numbers. For example:
- Sites: Factory sites are represented with a
- Areas: Factory areas within a site are represented with a
- Lines: Factory lines within an area (or within a site) are represented with a
- Machines: Factory machines are represented with a
d--0000-0001-0000-1234). Machines all start with
- Devices: A device, which represents an IOTile POD hardware sensor or an ArchFX Connector software connector, is also represented with a
d--, but devices always use
d--0000-0000-. For IOTile PODs and Access Points, the Arch Device ID is also the device's serial number, and represents the UUID that is programmed into the device Firmware. The Arch ID is marked as "UUID" for "Universally Unique IDentifier" on the physical device.
Note that Machines and Devices share the same
d-- prefix, but machines will always have a non-zero in the first 16 digits (
d--0000-0001-) while Devices always have zeros (
For more information