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HART Driver for Micro TRACE MODE 6 to Connect HART Devices and WinCon 8000

AdAstrA Research Group, Ltd made available an external driver for Micro TRACE MODE 6 industrial controller programming system. This driver is designed to connect WinCon 8000 controller to sensors and flowmeters using a popular HART protocol.

HART Master driver connects WinCon 8000 controller running Micro TRACE MODE 6 to the HART-modems and MUX.

The HART communication driver is designed as a t11 driver. Each controller's COM port accommodates one HART-modem or one HART-MUX. The number Driver HART for Micro TRACE MODE and WinCon 8000of the connected sensors varies depending on the modem type.

The driver enables the operations below:

  • communicate with up to 16 HART-devices at 1 COM port at up to 1200 baud rate;
  • read currently measured values using the requested units;
  • read existing current values in mA;
  • read range percent;
  • receive HART-sensors data, such as serial number, sensor unit code, measurement range and minimum sensor interval;
  • read blocks of dynamic variables.

The driver combines all individual modem requests in a single batch, ensuring that several parameters from one group can be received in a single request. HART Driver in SCADA HMI TRACE MODE. WinCon 8000

The driver can be setup in an easy and intuitive TRACE MODE integrated development environment.

The new driver is available in the electronic form only, however it includes a Quick Start Guide and a HART driver setup sample for the WinCon 8000 controller.
HART flowmeters at Moscow Kristall Distillery. WinCon 8000 with Micro TRACE MODE 6.

Kristall factory in Moscow was one of the first facilities to deploy the HART driver for WinCon 8000. Previously, Micro TRACE MODE 6 for WinCon 8000 was shipped only with the integrated drivers for Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP, DCS, etc.


A New Free Driver for OMRON Sysmac PLC

omron plc

AdAstra Research Group (Moscow, Russia) has released a new version of the free TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI driver for the OMRON programmable logical controller. The new driver is built in the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI 6.09 release and above.

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI logoAlthough the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software had drivers that enable data exchange with OMRON PLCs over network as well as via serial interface, the new driver operates over UDP and it is much faster, easier and more functional than the previous ones.

So, for example, the new TRACE MODE OMRON PLC driver has the following important features:

  • the new driver is multithreaded. It is possible to allocate up to three additional priority threads;
  • it offers quering the control group using CALL.ChGrReq channel;
  • in case of communication failure with the PLC, the new OMRON driver automatically switches to a special low-priority thread and also switches it back automatically as soon as the communication is restored;
  • no configuration file has to be manually created in order to configure an OMRON PLC from the TRACE MODE IDE 6.09;
  • the new driver allows setting timeouts for each device.

A more detailed description of the driver, as well as a video tutorial demonstrating the technology of OMRON PLCs connecting over the network via UDP using the free built-in driver, is given in the section located in the section "Free PLC and I/O drivers list" of site

The new OMRON driver can be tested in real time in the TRACE MODE free development system. The free TRACE MODE 6.09 development system is available for the free download.

The wide library of free controller drivers , IO'sc and meters, covering more than 2586 devices distinguishes TRACE MODE 6 from other SCADA/HMI softwares.

For more information please see a complete list of controllers and IO’s supported in TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI.

New free of charge drivers for TOSHIBA TOSVERT Added in TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI

New free of charge drivers for TOSHIBA TOSVERT series frequency converters are added to the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software and published at the AdAstra Web site for download:

via RS485/RS232C interfaces.

A frequency converter (inverter) is an integral part of the frequency regulated electric driver and is used for electric motor control. Modern frequency converters allow to implement complicated control algorithms, perform motor protection, adjust the efficiency, optimize operating conditions depending upon load and perform other functions. Now these capabilities become accessible for TRACE MODE SCADA users.

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI (unlike other HMI softwares) features a huge library of free controller drivers covering about 2586 devices . The use of commercial drivers or OPC-servers normally makes a SCADA project more expensive by $300-800 whereas the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI drivers are provided to the user free of charge.

Actually TRACE MODE supports PLCs produced by best world manufactures: Siemens Simatic S5 and S7, Allen Bradley, Schneider Electric, GE Fanuc, Advantech ADAM, ICP/DAS i7000 and i8000, OMRON, Mitsubishi as well as PLCs made by leading Russian manufacturers: Techonic, Lomicont, Remicont, KR-300, Sh9327, etc.

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI users can download the new drivers at the "Technical Support" section of the Web site


Authorized System Integrator of AdAstra Research Group, Ltd, the Samara city based Engineermarket company (Russia), has commissioned a new building automation system for engineering equipment at new Tolyatti Park House mall that offers sports, entertainment, and retail services. The new building automation system is SCADA TRACE MODE 6 controlled.

Today, PARK HOUSE in Tolyatti is the largest and most trendy mall across the Volga region. The mall building is based on the project by Italian architects Studio Bartoli. Director of architect design company, Giovanni Bartoli has developed building design and managed construction as the General Architect. The project has been developed by Vremya Company Group specializing in mall group expansion across the largest Russian cities.
“By opening PARK HOUSE in Tolyatti, we have set another successful landmark for both the Volga region and Russian development market, creating a seamless business concept and adhering to the best mall development practices worldwide,” says Sergey Garanin, Director General of Vremya Company Group.

When developing the building automation system at new Tolyatti PARK HOUSE mall, the team has used the following SCADA TRACE MODE 6 software modules:

  • SCADA TRACE MODE 6 development system for 2048 I/Os;
  • Real Time Monitor+ (RTM+);
  • Micro TRACE MODE 6 for WinCon 8000 SOFTLOGIC runtime for 255 channels; 

The system also features the following equipment:

  • WinCon 8000 industrial controllers by ICP DAS;
  • TWIDO LCTA 24DRF industrial controllers by Schneider Electric;
  • ADAM-6000 remote input/output modules by ADVANTECH;
  • CE6822 electricity meters by Energomera;

SCADA TRACE MODE 6 is a heart of the mall's building automation WinCon 8000system. TRACE MODE was used both for developing operator interface (SCADA), and for programming WinCon 8000 controllers (Softlogic). For these purposes, the engineering team installed Micro TRACE MODE 6 for WinCon 8000 onto WinCon 8000 controllers.

When programming Micro TRACE MODE for WinCon, they have leveraged a powerful TRACE MODE 6 integrated development environment for Windows using 5 IEC 6-1131/3programming languages. The ready user developed programs were uploaded to WinCon 8000 controller directly from TRACE MODE editors. The same editors were used to run, stop and edit logical programs online, without affecting the WinCon 8000 controller operation.

Basically, the new SCADA TRACE MODE 6-based building automation system includes 6 elements:

  1. Power accounting and billing system for internal power consumers;
  2. Light dispatch and automatic control system;
  3. "Control of the Main Distribution Board parameters and status” system;
  4. Central boilers and hot water control system;
  5. Mixing units 1 control system;
  6. Power accounting and billing system for investors and tenants consuming power.

The building automation system is accountable for the following functions:

  • visualization of real time data from the mall building engineering equipment: valves and pumps status and alarms;
  • logging trends of building engineering equipment parameters;
  • trends view and analysis;
  • sound alarms;
  • valves and pumps control (both automatic and manual);
  • asset management of the mall engineering equipment.

A similar building automation system is in control of the largest mall across the Urals region – PARK HOUSE shopping centre in Yekaterinburg.

"By 2010, PARK HOUSE mall group will include ten large and modern mixed-use retail and shopping centers across the most prominent Russian cities,” the representatives of Mall Management Company say.


SCADA HMI TRACE MODE Supports BACnet Protocol


The fourth release of SCADA TRACE MODE 6 includes support for the BACnet/IP protocol widely used in building automation and hi-tech house systems.

Currently, the BACnet protocol is supported by a number of industry-leading building automation hardware manufacturers, including such brands as YORK, Siemens, Honeywell, etc.

SCADA TRACE MODE 6 system has a proven track record of building automation implementations offering a robust and reliable tool for designing, monitoring, dispatch, energy and home subsystem control functionality. The BACnet support means that TRACE MODE users has now more flexibility in developing new powerful building automation solutions.

YORK with TRACE MODE 6 SCADA software demo

A TRACE MODE 6 project featuring connection of YORK TDC9E to SCADA TRACE MODE 6 using the BACnet/IP is available for free download at the SUPPORT section of, both in professional and basic software versions.

The free SCADA TRACE MODE 6 drivers library covers 2586 I/O and PLC devices of different manufacturers.

New Release of TRACE MODE 5.15 Will Be Issued in May

New 15th release of the integrated SCADA- and SOFTLOGIC-system TRACE MODE 5  will be issued by AdAstrA on 20th May 2004.

In the release, a GSM-Activator has been updated and the following elements have been added:

- DSR signal control disabling (to operate with non-standard COM-ports).

- support of modems operating under the GSM phase 2+ specifications (GSM-modems of the latest generation).

TRACE MODE 5.15 will contain new free drivers. The drivers are available free in the section PLC Support list!

In addition, some bugs have been corrected. 

TRACE MODE users can prder a CD-ROM with TRACE MODE 5.15 in the offices of AdAstrA and its partners beginning from 20th May, or download the programs in the Web-site section of TRACE MODE Technical Support  beginning from 30th April.

Free Drivers for Siemens And Allen-Bradley PLC

Adastra technical support announces the relaese of new built-in drivers for the following PLC's:

April 2002 – PLC Allen-Bradley - protocol DF1 (serial interface);
April/May 2002 – PLC Siemens S5, S7 - protocol 3964R (RK512) (serial interface);
April/May 2002 – PLC Siemens S5, S7 - protocol Profibus DP (field bus);
July 2002 – PLC Allen-Bradley – protocol DH+ (field bus DH+).

The new drivers will be included in TRACE MODE 5.11. Now the drivers are available free in the section Support!


The New TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Release 6.10.2 Available For Download


AdAstra Research Group, Ltd (Moscow, Russia) has announced a new release of integrated SCADA- and SOFTLOGIC- system TRACE MODE 6.10.2.

The release is now available for all registered users of TRACE MODE 6 SCADA/HMI for free (it is free for download  from the  User's Personal Account).

In accordance to increased security requirements of unauthorized access and user authentification in the process control software, new means of user rights management have been introduced. In the 6.10.2 some new features added, bugs detected fixed.

The new release 6.10.2 offers new software products and some improved features ......

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 ...


DPTA Corp is TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI Software Dealer In Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)

DPTA TRACE MODE SCADAThe Ho Chi Minh City based (Viet NamDuc Phong Technology and Automation Corporation (DPTA) has the status of AdAstrA Authorized Dealer. The corporatin has the experience and qualifications to sales and customer support for TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI software.

Viet Nam FlagTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AND GERMAN STYLE AUTO was established in 2006, with a team of professionals, engineers, management staff are formally trained, motivated and experienced customers always trust.

TRACE MODE 6.09.2 New Release Available to Users

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI release 6.09.2

Adastra Technical support team announces a new release of an integrated and SCADA- SOFTLOGIC-system TRACE MODE 6.09.2.

The new release has successfully passed Microsoft certification tests fTRACE MODE SCADA/HMI is Windows 8 compatibleor compatibility with the Microsoft operating system Windows 8.1.

The new release 6.09.2 offers new software products and some improved features ...


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 ....

Training Video: Connecting Mitsubishi FX3U PLC to TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI via Melsec Protocol

Melsec FX3U and SCADA/HMI TRACE MODELearn how to connect a Mitsubishi Melsec FX3U PLC to TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI through built-in driver with our new free online video training.

To run the film just ....



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 ...

Adastra Releases TRACE MODE 6 RTM for Linux

RTM TRACE MODE 6 for LinuxAdAstra Company (Russia) announced the release of real-time monitor (LinRTM) for the operating system Linux.

TRACE MODE RTM is the main runtime module of the integrated TRACE MODE 6 SCADA/HMI software, designed to operate on operator workstations.

The new LinRTM provides ...

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 ...

A New Free Driver for OMRON Sysmac PLC

omron plcAdAstra Research Group (Moscow, Russia) has released a new version of the free TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI driver for the OMRON programmable logical controller. The new driver is built in the TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI 6.09 release and above.

video tutorial demonstrating the technology of OMRON PLCs connecting over the network via UDP using the free built-in driver, is available.OMRON Logo

The new driver is much faster, easier and more functional than the previous ones. The new TRACE MODE OMRON PLC driver has the following important features...

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...


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