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SCADA TRACE MODE 6 in Control System of European Nuclear Power Plants

Сontrol board of the nuclear power plant BoguniceTRACE MODE SCADA/HMI logo

A Moscow-based SNIIP-SISTEMATOM company has set up an automated system to control the neutron current in reactors of the 3rd and 4th power units at Bogunitse nuclear power plant (Slovakia). The new control system has been developed using Russian made SCADA/HMI software TRACE MODE 6.

The information system provides the following features:

  • real-time data acquisition and history logging for the neutron current physical parameters;
  • protections control;
  • alarm reporting on protections status;

TRACE MODE in neutron flow control system of the Bogunice nuclear power plantAn intuitive TRACE MODE 6 based HMI helps the Bogunitse nuclear power plant operators in following:

  • to view the real time data easily (HMI);
  • to make logs of analog and digital signals in the SCADA TRACE MODE built-in database (without using external databases);
  • to navigate the logged data using trends and alarm reports;
  • to convert data archives for the set time period to the open format for creating protocols and graphs in MS Excel.

TRACE MODE in neutron flow control system of the Bogunice nuclear power plant

The system is based on industrial Pentium M 1.8 and 15” LCD workstation WS-855A from ICP Electronics with a pre-installed SCADA TRACE MODE runtime software RTM+. The RTM communicates with I/O via OPC server

The overall system cycle for the nuclear power plant control system is within 100 ms, meeting the technical requirements for this class of systems.

The Bogunitse nuclear power plant has deployed this control system  rapidly within the nuclear power plant equipment upgrade program. To ensure quick and quality execution of the project, the SNIIP-SISTEMAATOM engineers had training on developing control systems using SCADA at the Authorized TRACE MODE Training Centre.

A similar project has been also developed for Mokhovtse nuclear power plant (Slovakia). 

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Controls Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Fire Safety System

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI logoSCADA TRACE MODE Tianwan Nuclear Power PlantSKB Tensor company (Russia, Moscow region) has developed and successfully commissioned an automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India (Tamil Nadu).

Built by Russian companies in the south of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, the Kudankulam nuclear power plant has been in operation since 2014. Kudankulam nuclear power plant has two power units with VVER-1000 reactors, having a power output of about 1 GW each. With the commissioning of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India 50% increased power generation at its nuclear plants.

The automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India runs under control of TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI (AdAstrA, Russia) and provides the following features:

  • automatic, most early detection of fire and smoke in the fire-risk areas and on the escape routes;
  • informing the on duty staff about the origin of the fire for subsequent decision-making and the possibility of alerting staff of the nuclear power plant;
  • automatic and remote control of the fire extinguishing equipment (water, gas, powder);
  • control of the process equipment and fire extinguishing systems generating information on the progress of the quenching;
  • control of ventilation systems, smoke and air overpressure in the stairwells;
  • fire doors closing control;
  • staff information support;
  • hardware diagnostic and alarming when it is not ready for operation;
  • information logging;
  • providing generalized information to the upper level automation systems.

At the hardware level, the automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India  under the control of SCADA TRACE MODE uses SKB Tensor made controllers, as well as third parties sensors, detectors and light and sound alarms.

The operator interface of the automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India  is made in the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI development system. TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI performs the following functions:

  • RS-485 field bus control;
  • combining multiple devices into a single top-level system;
  • automated and remote (by the operator) control for fire extinguishing equipment from the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI operator PC;
  • centralized processing and information display to the operator of the SCADA;
  • provision of information about the state of the fire safety protected premises, about the process parameters and operation of fire extinguishing systems, about the status of the equipment of fire extinguishing systems on the screens of the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI;
  • maintaining the current and historical database;
  • data exchange with the top-level APCS of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant to enable a single log creation.

The automated fire safety systems for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, (India) under control of TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI are well-proven in commercial operation since 2014.

Currently the automated fire safety systems for power units №3 and №4 are being developed for Kudankulam NPP.

TRACE MODE at Nuclear Power Plants: New Results

The new TRACE MODE  based project was implemented by the specialists of Kola nuclear power plant (Murmansk Region) in atomoc industry. It is the second case of the TRACE MODE launching at nuclear power plants.

The monotoring system of nuclear power plant units has been developed by specialists of VNIIEF-Volgogas (Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod Region) and for the first time implemented at the Kalininskaya NPP. The success of the first project has become the basis for subsequent implementations. At the present time, the TRACE MODE based project on Kola NPP is at the stage of commercial operation. Beginning from 2003-2005, it is planned to implement the monitoring system on three more power-generating units.

The project hardware part has been developed on the basis of Schneider-Electric and Omron controllers, TRACE MODE 5 RTMs are used on operator servers. The information archiving is carried out by a global register, one of the best high-performance process data acquisition systems in the industry branch. The report generation is performed by a TRACE MODE global documenting server.

This implementation also has another interesting result. The automation systems at all industrial enterprises located at the Kola peninsula are operated under the TRACE MODE control. The first  TRACE MODE based system in this region appeared at the Severonickel Industrial Complex (Monchegorsk, Russia) in 1998. Then it was implemented at Pechenganickel, Kovdor mining and processing complex, Apatite Industrial Complex, Kandalaksha Aluminium Plant and, at last, Kola NPP.

All above-listed enterprises are going to further develop TRACE MODE based systems.

TRACE MODE in Nuclear Industry

Under the program of modernization in Russian nuclear industry, VNIEF Volgogas (Sarov, Russia) has developed a new TRACE MODE-based control system for the first power unit of Kalininskaya nuclear power plant (NPP). This system has been also equipped with Octagon System (USA) PC-based controller. The new control system was successfully launched in January 2002 and since that  it showed the stable and safe operation.

"The modernization resulted in substantial grows in reliability and in power output of the Kalininskaya NPP first unit" – informs the nuclear ministry press-center.

Now the 1-st power unit's attained 1020 MwtThe operating conditions are normal. The radiation level does not exceed the natural level.


TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Controls Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Fire Safety System

SKB Tensor company (Russia, Moscow region) has developed and successfully commissioned an automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India (Tamil Nadu).

The automated fire safety system for units №1 and №2 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India runs under control of TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI (AdAstrA, Russia).

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI performs the following functions ...


TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Controls Ventilation in a Riga Commercial and Office Center

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI in climate control of the shoping center RD Holding, Riga, LatviaA Riga city based Sia Rameda company (Riga , Latvia) has used russian made TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software to develop a control system for ventilation, heating and cooling equipment in the RD Holding commercial and office center in Riga (street Maskavas 240, Riga , Latvia).

The main purpose of the work is to connect all ventilation machines, chillers and heating units to a centralized computer, supervisory control system to ensure round the clock equipment monitoring from a single center.

The Sia Rameda engineers have replaced an old ....

SCADA TRACE MODE In Process Control of The Biggest European Oil Shale Chemical Company


Viru RMT Ou (Estonia, EU), Authorized System Integrator of AdAstrA Research Group fulfilled reconstruction of control system for the 1000 tones gas generator retort at the main technological process of VKG oil shale company.

VKG Oil is the biggest oil shale chemical industry in Europe, the main field of activity of which is thermal processing of oil shale. 1.4 million tons oil shale is reprocessed per year. The company produces various fuel oils, which are characterized by low viscosity and a setting point below -25ºC, oil coke and pitch, summary oil shale phenols, antiseptic wood impregnation oil and bitumen.

The return of investment in reconstruction of SCADA TRACE MODE based gas generator control system was achieved within...

Intel Chooses TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI for Office Building Automation

SCADA TRACE MODE in Intel Office AutomationProtect Company deploys a TRACE MODE 6 SCADA/HMI based building management system across Intel's new office building.

Covering all of Intel's high-tech office, this advanced automation system is in charge of the main and redundant power supply, uninterruptible power supply, sewerage, leakage control, fire retarding valves and smoke removal, climate.

The dispatcher control system builds upon hardware from Advantech, Sauter and S+S Regeltechnik, Jola, York, SAT 4TM power meters, and Schneider Electric frequency converters.


Nationwide retail group PARK HOUSE has selected SCADA HMI TRACE MODE 6 for use in their building automation systems.

EngineerMarket company (Samara City) has commissioned the control systems of two PARK HOUSE malls in Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti Cities.

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI in Control System at Kazanorgsintez Polyethylene Pipe Production

Kazanorgsintez Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) is one of the biggest chemical enterprises in Russia and Tatarstan. It produces more than 43% of the whole Russian polyethylene and is its biggest exporter.

The Kazanorgsintez OJSC's polyethylene pipe production has recently been automated. Specialists from the Centre company (city of Kazan) have developed and commissioned a control system for the polyethylene pipe production based on NEAT-460 controllers under the control of TRACE MODE Micro RTM, distributed ADAM (Advantech)  and  TRACE MODE 5 SCADA/HMI system modules (AdAstra Research Group, Ltd). 

The implementation of this control system based on TRACE MODE SCADA has enabled Kazanorgsintez OJSC to automate the record-keeping process for the products being manufactured and raw materials being used, monitor the polyethylene pipe production process, detect accidents and prevent them.


Teknofeed Uses TRACE MODE HMI in Fodder Additives Plant Batching Control

A Belgorod based AIT company (South of Russia) has successfully used TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software to develop and to implement a batch control system for manufacturing of fodder additives. The control system has been installed in facility of TeknoFeed (Tshebekino, Belgorod area, Russia).

The main task of the TeknoFeed control system consists in the most precise batch dosing of fodder additives. The control system maximizes batch dosing accuracy of loose and liquid components (acids) according recipes. 

The TeknoFeed batch control system includes ...

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI In Control of The Biogas Fuel Production Plant in Poland

The Test company (Poland) used the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software to build the control system for the plant of biogas fuel production from the sewerage - Elbląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji w Elblągu Sp. z o.o., situated in Elblag city in north-eastern Poland.

The Elblag city is a Polish leader in energy production from renewable sources, including biogas and biomass.

According to the developers of biofuel production systems, the use of SCADA TRACE MODE has reduced the overall cost of the project in two-three times (compared to the same level SCADA software). 

The system monitors the following values ...

The Brodsky Refinery (Bosnia) Implements TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI for EURO 5 Gasoline Production

Brod Refinery automated with TRACE MODE SCADA/HMIIn Bosnia, the Bosanski Brod refinery launched a second production line, which was repaired by the Russian company Zarubezhneft. Now the plant is able to produce the gasoline conforming to the Euro 5 standard.

The operator control systems for the gasoline production at the Bosanski Brod refinery were developped and implemented by several Russian system integrators. All integrators used Russian SCADA-software TRACE MODE 6 (AdAstra Research Group, Moscow) for process control of gasoline production.

New Brodsky refinery control system consists of the following parts ...

TRACE MODE 6 SCADA/HMI In Control Of City Water Supply Utilities

The Iron–Technik company (Ust -Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan), an AdAstra authorized system integrator, has launched into commercial operation an automation system for municipal public utility named "Oskemen" (Ust -Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan ).

The new control system is build with TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software and embraces 14 plants of the "Oskemen water utility" enterprise, e.g...

Pakistan Students Study Industrial Automation Technologies with SCADA TRACE MODE

A new laboratory practice on Supervisory control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) system development is launched for undergraduate students of Electrical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila (Punjab, Pakistan). University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila commonly referred to as UET Taxila is among the best engineering universities in Pakistan. The new practice is based on the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software.

The laboratory work was developed by  Director Technical, Creative Electronics & Automation in his MSc Research work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Choudhry using the Omron's latest CJ1 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), the Device-Net field bus and the latest version of TRACE MODE 6 SCADA/HMI software.

The author can share the experiments the files of SCADA as well as PLC and complete Experimentation & Training documentation. Please contact ...

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Controls Peat Product Production in Poland

peat production TRACE MODEThe Elblag city based Test company (Poland) launched a process control system for the production line of peat products at the „Rucianka” factory belonging to Hollas Sp. z o.o. company - the Poland's biggest peat products manufacturer.  

The new control system was developed using TRACE MODE software and Advantech ADAM IO modules. It has been implemented in FBD programming language, it includes...


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