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AdAstrA Releases Micro TRACE MODE 6 Controller Programming Software with Adaptive Control

Micro TRACE MODE Adaptive PID loop selftuningThe optimal control loop tunings may save a plant huge amount of money, rising the product quality and cutting energy and material expenses. However most of control loops in industry still remain non-optimized due to the wear of equipment or process or environmental changes that occur with time. A continuous or periodical control loop tuning is required to readjust the control system to the changing process. The problem is that the new control loop tunings should be done when the control system is in operation for several years and the system integrator may not be available.

New software product is now on sale - Micro TRACE MODE 6 with adaptive control offering model free automatic calculation of the optimal control loop tunings on the live process. Micro TRACE MODE is installed onto industrial controllers and provides data acquisition and direct digital process control. The Micro TRACE MODE 6 is programmed in the handy TRACE MODE 6 Integrated Development Environment in one of the IEC61131-3 programming languages.

The TRACE MODE 6 visual programming tools ensure easy development of control loop programs and the original adaptive control algorithms available in the Micro TRACE MODE 6 allow automatic calculation of the optimal PI, PID and PDD loops tunings on the live process. 

The adaptive control library available in TRACE MODE 6 contents the following algorithms:

  • Adaptive PID control (APID);
  • Adaptive PDD control (APDD);
  • Adaptive PID loop tuning at major setpoint change (RJMP);
  • Model identification (IDNT);
  • Identification based adaptive PID loop selftuning (CALC);
  • Modal control (MREG).

The TRACE MODE APID adaptive control algorithm is suitable for processes with proportional output devices (actuators), meanwhile the APDD algorithm is for the integral actuators with constant or variable execution time. Both algorithms operate in two stages: at the first stage a small amplitude test sinusoidal signal is added to the control output. The algorithm analyses the process response to oscillations and determines the control loop tunings that provide the desired phase lagging. At the second stage the oscillation generator and adaptive control switch off and the optimal tunings are applied to the loop. Such selftuning may be run periodically or even continuously, ensuring automatic tuning of control loops.

The TRACE MODE RJMP adaptive control algorithm provides automatic PID loop selftuning at every setpoint change on the live process. Usually 3-4 small setpoint changes are enough to tune the control loop to the optimum. This adaptive control algorithm is fast, easy and intuitive.

The TRACE MODE modal control loop available in the Micro TRACE MODE may operate in noisy environments and it is 2-3 times faster than a well tuned PID loop.  

All Micro TRACE MODE adaptive control algorithms may be emulated and debugged online in the TRACE MODE Integrated Development Environment editors.

The Micro TRACE MODE contents built-in drivers for several PLCs and has an open driver format for driver development in the C language.  

A PLC programmed in TRACE MODE, can be easily connected to the operator interface  PC run under TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI via the built-in I-NET and M-LINK protocols. In this case both PLC and SCADA databeses will be integrated, cutting engineering time and eliminating errors.   The Micro TRACE MODE can be also connected to the third parties SCADA/HMI via the OPC server.


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 ......

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 ....


SCADA For GSM/GPRS-based Remote Control Now Released


AdAstrA Research Group (Moscow, Russia) has launched a new SCADA/HMI class software product - TRACE MODE GSM RTM+ for GSM/GPRS-based remote control and alarming.

Utility, transportation, hi-tech house, water, gaz, fire-safety and agriculture remote control – the all-new SCADA/HMI software is designed for a range of applications that seek to receive real-time process data and communicate them to the mobile teams in a fast and reliable way. 

TRACE MODE GSM RTM+ is easily programmed on IEC 6-1131/3 visual languages in SCADA/HMI TRACE MODE 6 integrated development environment.

TRACE MODE Data Center Provides Remote Web Based And Mobile Access to Control Systems

AdAstrA Research Group has released a new SCADA TRACE MODE runtime module, TRACE MODE Data Center, providing remote access to real-time control system information using web-browser via Internet/Intranet or wireless networks (GSM, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth).

The all-new product from AdAstra is tailored to meet the needs of the corporate users of TRACE MODE looking to consolidate information from the various control systems across the plant, and provide access to this information for mobile employees, such as engineers, chief engineers, and plant management.


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:

SCADA TRACE MODE 6.05 Now Avaiable

On January 30, 2007, a new release of the integrated SCADA-system TRACE MODE 6.05 has been made available, both in Professional and Standard editions.

The 6.05 release includes new features and patches for the development system and runtime modules. The new SCADA TRACE MODE and MES-EAM-HRM software from the T-FACTORY system is available for free download from the support section.


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 ...

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 6.07.7 SCADA/HMI Now Released

AdAstrA's Technical Support team announces a new SCADA TRACE MODE 6.07.7 release.

The 6.07.7 release makes TRACE MODE 6 fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, while also introducing exciting new features...

AdAstrA Releases TRACE MODE 6.07

AdAstrA Support team announces a new SCADA TRACE MODE 6.07 release.

TRACE MODE 6.07  features new development tools for electricity metering systems and building automation.
Starting with 6.07 release, SCADA TRACE MODE offers an all-in-one driver that supports a variety of protocols used in different electricity meters.

Besides new TRACE MODE 6.07 releas includes new graphical elements for building automation amd electricity metering systems.

AdAstrA Reseases a New Milestone Release, SCADA TRACE MODE 6.06!

AdAstrA launched a new release of the integrated SOFTLOGIC-SCADA-MES-EAM-HRM system, TRACE MODE 6.06, available both in Professional and Base editions. The exciting new 6.06 release provides a host of new features and technologies to dramatically increase SCADA TRACE MODE performance and functionality.

New SCADA TRACE MODE updates are available free of charge at the Support section.

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.

The Kristall distillery in Moscow was one of the first factories 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.


Current TRACE MODE release 6.10.2. Upgrade now for free!