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The SCADA/HMI TRACE MODE based Zirconium Electrolysis Control System Demonstrates High Reliability and Fast Payback

Chepetsk Mechanical Factory  (Glazov, Udmurtiya, Russia) is the biggest Russian manufacturer of pipes from zirconium alloys for fuel elements of nuclear reactors. The main requirement for nuclear fuel element materials is the purity. In order to provide the needed quality, the unique production of reactor-purity zirconium by electrolysis of melted salts has been established at Chepetsk Mechanical Factory. The electrolysis process requires strict monitoring of the technological process, which can be ensured only by means of a modern control system.

The zirconium electrolysis control system has been developed by the engineers from Chepetsk Mechanical Factory using PC-based controllers by Octagon Systems (USA), industrial PCs by Advantech and the integrated SCADA and SOFTLOGIC-system TRACE MODE by AdAstra Research Group. It is interesting, that TRACE MODE has been used both on operator PC (SCADA/HMI) and in controllers (SOFTLOGIC). The development of the whole project has been carried out within a single development system according to the through programming technology.

As a results of implementation of the control system:

- melt temperature fluctuations have been reduced by 5 times;

- electrolyte chemical composition fluctuations have been reduced by 3 times;

- argon consumption has been reduced by 1.5 - 2 times;

With the control system costs in the amount of 2. 43  million US dollars, the process parameter stabilization has allowed to gain the total economy for 1999-2003 in the amount of 2.5 million US dollars. The actual payback period for a control system of each electrolyzer series has been equal to 1 - 1.5 years. An important role in reaching a high control system effectiveness has been played by control algorithms developed by specialists from Chepetsk Mechanical Factory and implemented in SCADA TRACE MODE software.

The SCADA & SOFTLOGIC TRACE MODE based control system has shown a high reliability. The system availability factor and the use factor have been equal to 0.984 and 0.978 respectively.

The experience gained during the use of the zirconium electrolysis control system based on the integrated SCADA/HMI and Softlogic software TRACE MODE has once again proved the effectiveness and reliability of PC-based control system.

Based on the article by V.P. Baklanov et al. "Experience of development of a control and monitoring system for the process of electrolytic production of zirconium using a Trace Mode development package. Industrial control systems and controllers, 6, 2004, p. 13-15.

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

TRACE MODE SCADA/HMI

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 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 ...

 

SCADA For GSM/GPRS-based Remote Control Now Released

Doc GSM RTM+ TRACE MODE

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
  • TOSVERT.VF-S9
  • TOSVERT.VF-P7

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.

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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 ...

TRACE MODE SCADA Employed in Automated Control System for 2nd Power Unit at Krasnodar Heat and Power Plant

The Krasnodar heat and power plant launched an automated control system for the 2nd power unit that was developed using SCADA TRACE MODE system and the RK-131/300M controllers.

Within the shortest time-frame, a team of four engineers from Yuzhniy Engineering Power Center, YugOGRES, successfully deployed the control system during overhaul at the 2nd power unit.

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.

New Circutor CVM Driver for SCADA HMI TRACE MODE 6

Circutor CVM-NRG96 in SCADA/HMI TRACE MODE

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.

New TRACE MODE 6 SCADA Clients with Group Licensing

SCADA TRACE MODE 6 NetLink Light

AdAstrA has issued a new TRACE MODE SCADA runtime module - NetLink Light with group licensing.  Belonging to  to the family of the NetLink Light client HMI modules, the new software requires no dongle on every PC.

SCADA HMI TRACE MODE 6

Current TRACE MODE release 6.10.2. Upgrade now for free!



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