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

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI logoAdAstrA Technical support department announces a new release of the company's 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.

The new TRACE MODE 6.06 includes a real-time system that has been optimized to improve a variety of TRACE MODE runtime module dynamic parameters. This resulted in faster performance of TRACE MODE RTMs, enhanced thread management capabilities, reduced screen refresh time, and faster navigation between the screens. The SIAD/SQL TRACE MODE database now works faster and provides extended functionality for making data available to any external applications. The new release boasts of improved capabilities for modifying your control system in real time, providing more control over trend axes and curves, while providing a neat feature that allows to switch between any data sources to display them interactively. The Real-Time Monitors in TRACE MODE now include enhanced features for managing SIAD/SQL 6 archive volumes. The new release features a special mechanism that enables you to interactively select archive copies (volumes) for real-time visualization. The documentation system in TRACE MODE also incorporates new advanced features. The TRACE MODE RTMs now include enhanced capabilities for launching external applications.

The latest TRACE MODE release features new free drivers for controllers and electricity meters, and also a single mechanism for communication with controllers and meters via phone and GSM modems. The new software includes an updated BacNet IP protocol tailored to support Daikin air conditioner interface. TRACE MODE now provides features and technologies that make it possible to rapidly develop energy accounting systems. The functional block (FBD) library has been extended to include new blocks for integrated device (shutters, valves, etc.) control. TRACE MODE now supports GPRS protocol for communication between system nodes, servers, and controllers. By reducing the time, it takes to export (compile) an RTM project, TRACE MODE now increases your efficiency with large distributed systems.

The 6.06 release also features a variety of other updates and improvements listed below.

The 6.06 release includes a number of new TRACE MODE runtime modules:GPRS based remote control

  • Micro TRACE MODE GSM+ for WinCon 8000 controllers with GPRS support. GSM RTM+ now also supports GPRS;
  • OPC RTM+, Real-Time Monitor including an integrated OPC server;
  • DocOPC RTM+, DocRTM+ including an integrated OPC server;

The 6.06 release includes updates for virtually all software available in the TRACE MODE system:

  • Integrated development environment (development system);
  • Real-time servers – RTM, RTM+, DocRTM+, Double Force RTM+;
  • NetLink Light console;
  • Micro TRACE MODE for Windows CE;
  • Global documentation servers;
  • Global loggers;
  • TRACE MODE Data Center;

CAUTION! Micro TRACE MODE modules for DOS will be available later. Therefore, you will be able to convert your projects that include Micro TRACE MODE DOS nodes to 6.06 version only when the updates for such modules are available. We will provide an additional announcement when Micro TRACE MODE modules for DOS are available.

New Features in Integrated Development Environment (Development System)

The development system now features reduced time to export (compile) a custom RTM project. To this end, the system now supports 2 CPUs on multi-CPU platforms. We have also added a neat feature that enables you to compile just a part of your project if you have made only minor modifications, which dramatically reduces waiting time for large system developers.

CAUTION! Make sure that you check and change initial settings in your development system (Export Parameters on the Save for RTM tab). Otherwise, some modifications will not export after editing.

  • To the HMI Editor the Center command is added that automatically centers any full screen size items.
  • The HMI Editor also includes a new feature that makes it possible to select how your color attributes will blink.
  • The improvements made to the Document Template Editor include: 
    • Improved table formatting;
    • New display styles for trend curves;
    • Restored capability to export integer data into an archive table;
  • Faster connection between SQL Request Wizard and MS SQL Server.
  • Modified models for the first level object, valve/shutter, and motor.
  • Modified LALR, PRIOR, ZDV, KLP, IREG, MOTOR, and SBRK functional blocks.
  • New PW, UPW, TSR, BSR, and VLV functional blocks.
  • The argument editor now includes a new field, Encoding.

    New Features in Real-Time Monitors

    Real-time graphical interface

    • You can now interactively save your graphical screen to a file in real time (via the 254 attribute of the channel that calls such screen), which allows you to make screenshots of screens and trends whenever you want.
    • The Trend graphical item (GI) now enables you to bind the time axis limits to INPUT type arguments, increasing your flexibility in terms of managing trend parameters by enabling you to adjust them to the changing process parameters.
    • The RTM EVENT WINDOW now allows you to view the Fault Logger.
    • The RTM menu now features the commands below:
      • Re-bind active screen arguments to various node channels, enabling dynamic and interactive capability to switch between any data sources to display them;
      • Create and manage archive copies. Interactively select archive copies (volumes) and display parameters.
      • Hide all hidden layers;
    • You can now control layer visibility, which provides context management capabilities for graphical object layer visibility;
    • The EVENTS GI now provides enhanced capabilities:
      • You can now transmit any message acknowledgement event from the EVENTS table to the Alarm Report (file and GI);
      • You can now transfer events via HEX and FLOAT channels (without stacks) to the EVENTS table.
    • The system now provides enhanced features for displaying on-screen values. In addition to existing option that displays your values by intervals, you can now assign colors and status to any TRACE MODE graphical indicators, if any parameters in the masked bits associated with such indicators have the specified values.
    • The system now provides new capabilities for controlling multi-GI overlay point. You can now specify the control mode when RTM starts: all GIs or the upper GI only.

    Real-Time System

    • The RTM thread structure and channel recalculation have been modified.
    • We have added new threads and split several existing threads. RTMs now include a special thread for monitoring other threads. These new capabilities empower you to streamline RTM dynamic resource distribution and use additional tools to monitor RTM usage.
    • RTMs now includes new and improved channel recalculation period types:
      • OWN THREAD recalculation period – Enables you to run large applications in background;
      • New CALC EXE, FAST EXE, IDLE EXE recalculation periods – Reduce computational resources used to process the OUT channels that have high reactivity, but run rarely;
      • FAST recalculation period – Can be applied to any channel now;
    • The system now provides more keys for you to choose from when configuring a *.cnf file. The additions include, in particular, capabilities to control computational thread intensity, how functions associated with the Alarm Report are buffered, resources, and current diagnostics.
    • TRACE MODE now provides enhanced startup synchronization features for your client nodes in the client-server complexes. The Synchronization flag automatically synchronizes the Alarm Report buffers and EVENTS channel stacks across the NetLink Light nodes during startup.
    • RTMs can now automatically read additional arguments from the remote nodes using the RemArg and EvReg channels.
    • The User channel improvements include:
      • New “Disable viewing archive data” attribute;
      • New “Access to all GI and screens with access code 0” attribute;
      • New feature that allows you to remotely control the current user rights;
    • The Event channel improvements include:
      • New feature that allows you to save channel messages (in addition to the Event channel generated messages) into the Alarm Report bound to this channel;
      • New feature that summarizes events associated with a group channel that includes the channels combined by common fragments of ENCODING attribute
    • CALL channel improvements:
      • CALL.8:
        • New feature that allows you to generate a standard or advanced Modbus function set;
        • Extended list of capabilities for diagnosing internal threads, network interface, and node status;
        • New feature that allows you to control pop-up screens;
        • New additional capabilities for re-binding screen arguments;
        • New feature that allows you to export data from a SIAD/SQL archive to various format files. You can convert a SIAD/SQL archive to the following formats:
          • TXT (text);
          • AVB (binary) – For viewing with the Event logger;
          • HTML;
          • XML;
          • SIAD.9.2 archive format;
          • Without outputting into a file (sampling into the memory).
            CALL.10-11 – Now supports operations with the “bit pair”, “nibble”, and “byte” attributes.
      • CALL.12-14 – Now provides a feature that allows you to automatically control the bound channels for any invalid data;
      • CALL.15:
        • New feature that allows you to analyze invalid data while summing up any items;
        • New features that allow you to sum up vectors;
        • New logical processing features.
      • CALL.16 – Extended list of filters for channel batch processing;
      • CALL.33 – New feature that allows you to use vector operations with channel attributes;
      • CALL.47-48:
        • Enhanced features that allow you to automatically generate a time interval for requesting an individual archive;
        • New filter that you can use to assign archives deployed in a group;
        • New time-out mechanism that makes group archive deployment more reliable.
      • CALL.50 – New features that allow you to dynamically manage and control how the program sequence is executed.
      • CALL.57:
        • New export file formats:
          • HTML and XML. New feature that allows you to export data from an archive using a generated fault model.
      • CALL.58 – Enhanced capabilities for calling an external application from TRACE MODE RTMs. Includes new features that allow you to generate a command line and use any run keys specific to each external application.
      • CALL.59 – Includes a new mechanism for storing and displaying any vector archives on your archive trends.
        Enhanced features for diagnosing and managing threads in real time (@RTM_Parameter). 
    • New features that allow you to manage how your sound files play – @Sound_File with or without clearing a queue.
    • Enhanced features that allow you to use TRACE MODE RTMs in combination with any modem-based telemechanics systems. RTMs now include a capability to capture a node when connecting using multiple modems.
    • New features that allow you to generate and manage SIAD/SQL 6 archive copies (volumes) (@q_SIAD_Q and @Copy_SIAD).
    • New feature that allows you to manage how document templates reload in real time.
    • You can now save any Alarm Report messages associated with a numeric channel into 254 attribute.
    • You can now save a screenshot whenever you want and also generate an event file.
    • Enhanced features for real time diagnostics:
      • The Show Profiler Components window now includes more information;
      • Statistical analysis of the Modbus TCP/IP traffic by devices is now available;
      • Multi-channel diagnostics when connecting using multiple modems is now available;
    • You can now diagnose the real cycle of processing different channel threads.
    • Enhanced feature that allows you to diagnose communication with your distributed control system nodes.

    CAUTION! The re-mapping procedure has been removed from all RTMs, excluding RTM for DOS. If your RTM performed re-mapping in any node, you need to convert your SIAD using a relevant profiler procedure without graphics support.

    To check whether you need conversion:

    • Launch the node controlled by this RTM using the dllRTM32_e.dll debug library.
    • If your node protocol includes a string that contains words “Use remap”, you need to convert your archives.

    New Free Device Drivers

    The 6.06 release includes new free drivers for I/O devices (controllers, meters, gauges, etc.) and enhanced features for the embedded drivers:

    • Supports CE301, CE303, CE304 electricity meters from Energomera;
    • Supports TC210 and TC215 gas volume temperature regulators;
    • Supports PSC-3TM.05M and PSC-3TM.05D electric meters from Frunze Plant in Nizhniy Novgorod;
    • Supports A1200 ALFA and A100C electric meters from Elster;
    • Updated drivers for Hitachi H20, H200, H250, H252, H300, H700;
      You can now split the Modbus TCP/IP traffic into 3 threads to increase speed and reliability of communication over this protocol.
    • Updated BacNet IP protocol tailored to support Daikin air conditioner interface.
      New single mechanism for dial-up communication using conventional and GSM modems over DCS and Modbus RTU protocols, and T11-type drivers.

    New features in Data Center

    Web HMIWe assume the set of measures to increase safety of Data Center operation in Internet:

    • Adjusted time out  for proxy server disconnection in time of no data transmission was launched;
    • Protection from unauthorized access was improved;
    • Feature of data mapping on trends was added;

    All system requirements were revised. New system requirements are available in e-shop.
    TRACE MODE 6.06 release was fully tested by AdAstra QA department in compliance with ISO 9001:2000 standard. TRACE MODE 6.06 release was tested under OS Windows XP и Vista. In view of Microsoft company stopped sales of Windows 2000, beginning with release 6.06. TRACE MODE will not be tested under this OS. 

    All trace mode Users can download view release from Technical Support section of the site.

    Commercial versions 6.06
    Free version 6.06

    CAUTION! While upgrading TRACE MODE, do not forget to save a backup copy of the development system and your project in previous version format!

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    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 ......

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    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:
    • TOSVERT.VF-nC1

    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

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    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.

    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.

    New Circutor CVM Driver for SCADA HMI TRACE MODE 6


    AdAstrA has completed development of the new SCADA HMI TRACE MODE driver for CVM series Circutor power analyzers. 

    The driver supports specific Modbus protocol features for CVM series devices. The driver deployment provides easier control system development and uses approximately twice as less I/O points in the project.

    The new driver is available for free download from the support section.


    Current TRACE MODE release 6.10.2. Upgrade now for free!