iTools Features

Installing iTools

Devices Supported

Changes since Version 9.73

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Possible Problems with this Release

OLE for Process Control (OPC)

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iTools Features

iTools is available with different features enabled according to the level of functionality required.

The following features may be specified, in any combination, when obtaining iTools:

  • Configuration Software
  • Open OPC Server - allows 3rd-party client access to the OPC server
  • OPC Scope trending and logging
  • Standalone Programmer Editor
  • View Builder

It is possible to upgrade the set of available features by purchasing a new Product Key from Eurotherm.

Notes: -

The Configuration Software option is not charged for. However, it may be disabled by Product Key where it is specifically not required.

Whenever the Configuration Software option is specified, all other options (where not ordered) will operate in a demo mode as appropriate.

If OPC Scope trending and logging has not been specified, the OPC Scope program will still be available as a simple OPC client offering live textual displays.


Installing iTools

iTools is supplied only on CD-ROM, or as a download from the Eurotherm web site.

Product Key

During iTools installation you will be asked for a Product Key. The key is a 20-character value in the format 01234-56789-ABCDE-F0123. You will find this number on the back of the CD case. The Product Key determines which iTools features are enabled. iTools version 5 and later are also compatible with 10-digit Product Keys supplied with earlier versions of iTools.

If you enter no Product Key, or an incorrect Product Key, iTools will install with Configuration Software available, as well as other features in Demo mode. This will apply where iTools was downloaded from the Eurotherm web site.

A new Product Key may be entered after installation, by selecting 'Registration Information...' from the Help menu in iTools.

System Requirements

The minimum requirement is:

  1. The PC must be running Windows 7, Windows 8*, Windows 8.1*, Windows 10*, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012* or Windows Server 2012 R2* (* consult support).
  2. The PC must be set to at least 65536 colors.
  3. At least 1 GB RAM is required (or the minimum specified by Microsoft if greater).
  4. iTools will use no more than 1 GB of disk space, but it is recommended to have a minimum of 4 GB free prior to installation.

Note: Installation must be performed by a user having Administrator privileges.

Note: the iTools FDT/DTM Library requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 be enabled/installed. For further information on installing the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, please see Microsoft's page on 'Installing the .NET Framework 3.5'.


Devices Supported

The following devices and versions are fully supported by iTools. Where a device is of the same type but a different version from those listed here, much of the iTools functionality may be expected to work correctly, but no support will be provided.

2116, 2132

Versions 1.20, 1.30, B1.40, B1.41, 1.43, A1.82

2108i, 2116i, 2132i

Version 1.00

2204, 2208, 2216

Version 1.30

2204e, 2208e, 2216e

Versions 2.06, 3.02, 3.03, A3.52, A3.53, A3.55, A3.56, 4.01, A4.02, A4.15 (FM unit)

2301

Version 1.30

2404, 2408, 2416

Versions 3.01, 3.05, 3.06, A4.05, 4.09, 4.10, 4.11 (also versions 3.51, 3.55, 3.56, 4.29, 4.30, 4.31, 4.32, 4.59, 4.60, 4.61)

2408i

Versions 1.00, 1.01, 2.00, 3.00, 3.02

2500

Versions 1.04, 1.06, 2.08, 2.09, 2.10, 2.22, 3.07, 3.26, 3.27, 3.30, 3.43, 3.56, 3.60, 3.62, 3.70, 4.00, 4.10, 4.21, 4.30

2604

Versions 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 2.01, 2.04, 2.05, 3.00, 5.00, 5.05, 5.07, 5.09, 6.20, 6.30, 6.36

X26

Version 5.20

2704

Versions 2.01, 2.04, 3.03, 3.10, 4.00, 5.00, 5.05, 5.07, 5.09, 6.00, 6.10, 6.30, 6.40, 6.51, 6.55, 6.60

3116, 3216, 3208, 32h8, 3204

Versions 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.07, 2.08, 2.09, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.24, 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.31, 2.32, A2.83, A2.84

3216i, 32h8i, 3204i

Versions 1.02, 1.03

32h8e

Versions 1.00, 1.10, 1.20

3504, 3508

Versions 1.04, 1.12, 1.21, 1.23, 1.30, 2.18, 2.19, 2.21, 2.30, 2.32, 2.33, A2.47, 2.60, 2.70, 2.80, 2.90, 3.10, 3.20, 3.30

5000B, 5100E, 5100V, 5180V

Version 1.5 or later

6100A, 6180A, 6100XIO, 6180XIO

Version 1.0 or later

EPack

Versions 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05, 2.07, 3.00, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04, 4.00, 4.02. V4.04

EPack 2 Phase/EPack 3 Phase

Version 5.00, V5.02

EPower

Versions 2.00, 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 3.00, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05, 3.06, 3.07, 3.08, 3.09, 3.10

Mini8

Versions 1.04, 1.20, 2.00, 2.01, 2.10, 2.30, 2.40, 2.50, 2.60, 2.70, V2.82

nanodac

Versions A535, 2.00, 2.10, 2.20, 2.30, 3.01, 4.02, 4.20, 5.10, 5.50, 6.06, 7.04, 7.05, A5.40, A5.46

piccolo P104, P108, P116

Versions 1.01, A1.10, A1.21, A1.22, A1.30

piccolo P304i, P304c

Version 1.0 or later

T630

Versions 2.01, 2.02

versadac

Versions 2.24, 2.30, 2.33

EPC3000

Version 2.03


Changes since Version 9.73

This version incorporates the following changes:

  • Support added for nanodac V8.10

  • Support added for Piccolo A1.50

  • Issue with Parameter Explorer's "Wired From" now resolved

  • Issue with EPack firmware upgrade tool unable to access upgrades through web proxies resolved


Changes since Version 9.72

This version incorporates the following changes:

  • Support added for EPack V4.04

  • Support added for EPack V5.02

  • Support added for EPack 2 and 3 Phase V5.02

  • Issue with saving clone file for a specific 3500 clone file/simulation configuration - this has now been resolved

  • Mini8 Clone File templates with pre V2.70 firmware versions compatibility issue with V2.70 and later versions - this has now been resolved


Changes since Version 9.71

EPC3000 Controller

iTools now supports the EPC3000 V2.03

Other

Various bug fixes and enhancements


Changes since Version 9.70

EPower Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPower V3.10


Changes since Version 9.69

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack V3.04 and V4.02.

piccolo

iTools now supports the P104, P108 and P116 controller version A1.40.


Changes since Version 9.68

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack 2 and 3 Phase version 5.00.

FDT/DTM Container Support

iTools now supports FDT/DTM container integration, allowing selected devices to be instantiated into compatible FDT/DTM containers.

The iTools FDT/DTM Library requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 be enabled/installed. For further information on installing the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, please see Microsoft's page on 'Installing the .NET Framework 3.5'.


Changes since Version 9.67

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm EPack version 4.00.

iTools now supports the Eurotherm nanodac version 7.05.


Changes since Version 9.66

nanodac Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm nanodac version 7.04.

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm EPack version 3.03.

EPower Power Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm EPower version 3.09.

Other

 

Previous versions of iTools were unable to load Setpoint Program (UIP) files saved by an early version of iTools (V6) for a 2704 controller - this is now resolved

 

 

V9.66 was unable to detect multiple devices of certain types connected to the same RS485/422 MODBUS or MODBUS/TCP network - this is now resolved

 


Changes since Version 9.65

nanodac Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm nanodac version 6.06.


Changes since Version 9.64

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8 version 2.80 with PT100/PT1000.

Piccolo SSi Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Piccolo SSi and SSi FM controllers.

Piccolo ERO Replacement Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Piccolo ERO replacement controller.

nanodac Recorder

Corrected following issue with existing nanodac device support:

  • Opening Graphical Wiring Editor (GWE) would sometimes display warning about unavailable blocks - this is now fixed

 


Changes since Version 9.63

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack power controller version 3.02.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8 version 2.70 with EtherCAT.

nanodac Recorder

Corrected following issue with existing nanodac device support:

  • Previous version of iTools was missing the nanoDAC V5.50 Standalone Program Edtior template files - this is now fixed

 

versadac Recorder

Corrected following issue with existing versadac device support:

  • The iTools Clone File format for versaDAC devices has been improved
  • Previous version of iTools was missing the versaDAC V2.33 parameter helpfile - this is now fixed

 


Changes since Version 9.62

nanodac Recorder

iTools now supports the nanodac Recorder version 5.50, A5.40, A5.46.

Corrected following issues with existing nanodac devices support:

  • OEM Entry list incorrectly displayed Invalid Address
  • "Encrypted" parameters wrongly displayed

 

3500

Corrected following issue with existing 3500 devices support:

  • Updating GWE when connected via Serial MODBUS comms, including via Config Clip, fails

 

3200

iTools now supports the 3200 controller versions A2.83, A2.84.

piccolo

iTools now supports the P104, P108 and P116 controller version A1.10.


Changes since Version 9.60

versadac Recorder

iTools now supports the versadac Recorder version 2.33.

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack power controller versions 2.07 and 3.00.


Changes since Version 9.59

versadac Recorder

iTools now supports the versadac Recorder version 2.30.

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack power controller version 2.04, and includes improvements to the EPack Firmware Upgrade tool.

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.08.

Programmer Editor

Previous versions of iTools had an issue where, if the computer's locale defined the decimal point separator as anything other than ".", reloading of the program segment RampRate data would fail. This is now resolved.

Non-ASCII characters in Clone Files

Previous versions of iTools included several issues relating to character sets used in clone files, which are resolved in this release.


Changes since Version 9.57

piccolo P304i, P304c

Support is added for P304i and P304c Melt Pressure indicator and controller.

versadac

Previous versions of iTools included a problem where access to versadac devices from iTools could fail on systems using some non-European locales. This is now resolved.

Standalone Programmer Editor

The standalone Programmer Editor now has its own help file.

View Builder

iTools 9.55 introduced several problems with View Builder which are now resolved.


Changes since Version 9.56

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack power controller version 2.03.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2704 controller, version 6.60.

iTools 9.55 introduced a problem that prevented custom linearization tables from being included in clone files saved from 2604 and 2704 controllers. This is now resolved.

Terminal Wiring Editor

iTools 9.56 introduced a problem whereby the Terminal Wiring editor would show the wrong pinout for a single relay in module 3 of 3504 controllers. This is now resolved.


Changes since Version 9.55

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.07.


Changes since Version 9.00

versadac Recorder

iTools now supports the versadac Recorder version 2.24, including support for the versadac security model and new editors for versadac Security and Batch configuration. See the versadac User Guide for full details.

Localization

The mechanism for setting the runtime language of iTools has been modified. As before, the default is to use the locale defined for Windows, but this may now be overridden through the Localization tab of the server settings dialog in the iTools OPC Server.

iTools Remote DCOM connection to OPC Server

This little-used feature of iTools Engineering Studio has been removed. The feature has become increasingly difficult to set up correctly due to changes in Windows, and would not have performed will with more feature-rich instruments such as versadac.

DDE server in OPC Scope

This little-used feature of OPC Scope has been removed. DDE has long been deprecated by Microsoft and has become increasingly difficult to support reliably. Alternative transports based on OPC should be used.


Changes since Version 8.76

EPack Power Controller

iTools now supports the EPack power controller version 2.02, including a new discovery protocol for rapid network location of EPack devices. This discovery protocol uses Bonjour zero-configuration networking.


Changes since Version 8.74

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 5.10.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, version 6.36, and model 2704 controller, version 6.55.

EPower Remote Display Unit

iTools now supports the 32h8e remote display unit version 1.20 for EPower.

Fix for nanodac programmer file errors

Previous versions of iTools had an issue whereby program files saved onto the PC via the iTools Programmer Editor did not contain the program name parameters. This caused an issue when programs were later loaded via FTP or a USB stick, as the device program retained the same name as it had prior to loading. This is resolved in iTools 8.76.

Clone file changes for 3216

Changes were made to the default clone file templates for 3216 to prevent the OP3 list erroneously appearing on the simulated device panel.


Changes since Version 8.73

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 4.20.


Changes since Version 8.70

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 3.30.

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 4.11.

Fix for nanodac programmer file errors

Previous versions of iTools had an issue that meant that programmer files saved from a nanodac device's UI could not always be loaded properly in the iTools Programmer Editor, and vice versa. This applied only where the decimal separator character on the computer was set to be something other than the point (.) character. This is resolved in iTools 8.73.

In addition, previous versions of iTools had an issue that could prevent values in the Program Parameters list from being set when loading a program in the Programmer Editor. This is resolved in iTools 8.73.


Changes since Version 8.68

piccolo

Support is added for P104, P108 and P116 controllers, version 1.00.

Fix for possible comms errors

iTools 8.68 introduced a problem whereby occasional non-critical communications errors could occur leading to loss of information such as layout data used by the Graphical Wiring Editor. This is resolved in iTools 8.70.


Changes since Version 8.65

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 2.60.


Changes since Version 8.60

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 4.02.

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.06.

Fix for 3500 series panel view

iTools 8.60 introduced a problem whereby the iTools remote panel view of 3500 series controllers was slightly corrupted. This is resolved in iTools 8.65.


Changes since Version 8.46

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 3.01, including Programmer and Terminal Wiring editors.


Changes since Version 8.44

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 3.20.

Fix for cloning problem

iTools 8.44 introduced a problem whereby the process of cloning to a device could erroneously be reported as having failed. This was seen particularly with 2604 and 2704 controllers. This is resolved in iTools 8.46.


Changes since Version 8.40

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 2.30.


Changes since Version 8.30

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 2.20.


Changes since Version 8.25

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.05.


Changes since 8.18

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 2.50.


Changes since Version 8.02

OPC Scope

OPC Scope has been enhanced with new features. Any item may now be assigned a custom Display Name (or alias). Trend charts support a new Vertical Trend mode, in addition to the existing horizontal mode.

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 2.10.


Changes since Version 8.00

Signed/Unsigned Integers

iTools 8.00 introduced a problem whereby Modbus scaled integer registers were, under some circumstances, rendered into unsigned rather than signed values. This has now been resolved.


Changes since Version 7.70

nanodac

Support is added for the nanodac controller/recorder version 2.00.


Changes since Version 7.69

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 3.10.

View Builder

Versions 7.68 and 7.69 included a problem that sometimes prevented view files from being successfully edited if they were created with earlier iTools versions. This is now resolved.


Changes since Version 7.68

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.90.

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.04.


Changes since Version 7.62

Changes in supported Windows versions

Usage on Windows 7 is now supported.

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.03.


Changes since Version 7.60

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.02.


Changes since Version 7.55

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.01.

Check for Updates

A facility to check for a newer iTools version is now available from the Help menu in iTools Engineering Studio. This relies on the presence of an Internet connection.

OPC Scope

OPC Scope is enhanced with new two options allowing: (i) log files to record item quality and timestamp data, and (ii) charted data points to be connected using stepped lines rather than ramps.

View Runner

Recent versions of View Runner included a problem that prevented use of custom enumeration strings in DropDown components when linked to Boolean parameters. This is now resolved.

Serial Ports

iTools now recognizes serial ports up to COM16 by default. This change is needed because USB-connected serial ports now frequently appear at positions above COM8 (the previous default maximum).


Changes since Version 7.51

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.80.

3200 Configuration Wizard

Versions 7.50 and 7.51 of iTools included a problem that prevented Message editing within the 3200 series Configuration Wizard. This is now resolved.


Changes since Version 7.50

3200 Series Devices

Support is added for 3200 series controllers version 2.13.


Changes since Version 7.30

Model 2704 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2704 controller, version 6.51.

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 3.00.

Copy/Paste between Parameter Lists

iTools 7.30 included a problem which prevented copy and paste of values between parameter lists in iTools Engineering Studio. This is now resolved.

2200 Series Faceplates

iTools 7.30 included a problem which caused the wrong instrument faceplate to be displayed for certain 2200 series controllers. This is now resolved.


Changes since Version 7.20

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 2.03, plus 32h8e remote display unit version 1.10.

Terminal Wiring Editor

Previous versions included a problem whereby the Terminal Wiring editor would show the wrong pinout for an RS422 module on 3216 controllers. This is now resolved.

Programmer Editor

Previous versions included a problem in the Programmer editor with handling of GoBack settings for 3500 series dual sync mode. There was also a problem with setting up of Call segments during 2400 series off-line configuration. These issues are now resolved.


Changes since Version 7.10

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 2.02, plus 32h8e remote display unit version 1.00.

View Builder Support for Additional OPC Servers

iTools View Builder may now be used to create Views for any OPC Data Access 2.0 server. This selection is made from the Edit menu for a newly created View, before any components have been placed. Each View still operates in the context of a single OPC server only.

Resolution for Mini8 Multi-dropping Issue

Versions 7.00 and 7.10 of iTools included a problem whereby a scan operation would find only one out of multiple Mini8 controllers on a multi-dropped communications link. This is resolved in iTools 7.20.

Fix for Windows Registry Problem

A fault in the iTools setup program for versions 7.00 and 7.10 sometimes led to a Windows Registry key being deleted in error during uninstallation or upgrade of iTools. This Registry key is "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders". This issue is resolved in iTools 7.20. However, installing iTools 7.20 may still expose the problem when upgrading from iTools 7.00 or 7.10. A workaround is to manually backup this Registry key prior to the upgrade, and restore it when the upgrade is complete.

Fix for Copy/Paste problem in iTools View Builder

iTools 7.10 introduced a problem which prevented copy and paste of components within View Builder. This is resolved in iTools 7.20.

Graphical Wiring Editor

Several minor problems with the iTools Graphical Wiring Editor have been resolved.


Changes since Version 7.00

EPower Controller

iTools now supports the EPower controller version 2.00.

3200 Series Devices

Support is added for 3200 series controllers versions 2.12 and 2.32 (VP).

Clearer Display of Device Synchronization State

The device list panel of iTools Engineering Studio now shows a specific icon for devices which are not yet synchronized. This information is useful because some iTools editors are not available until synchronization is complete. Note: a synchronized device is one for which iTools has extracted all key configuration information into its internal parameter database.

OPC Scope Decimal Places

OPC Scope now provides an option for controlling the number of displayed decimal places, similar to that found in iTools Engineering Studio.

Text String Parameters in Watch/Recipe Editor

The ability to write to text string parameters using recipe data sets has been added.

Resolution for Multi-dropping Issue

Version 7.00 introduced a problem whereby iTools may not successfully connect to all instruments on a multi-dropped (e.g. RS485) communications link. This is resolved in iTools 7.10.

Resolution for Graphical Wiring Editor Copy/Paste Issue

Version 7.00 introduced a problem with the Graphical Wiring Editor. Graphics copied and pasted into other programs (e.g. Microsoft Word) sometimes suffered from font scaling problems, making the copied diagram difficult to interpret. This is resolved in iTools 7.10.

Resolution for 2704 User Pages Editor Issue

Version 7.00 introduced a problem with the 2704 User Pages Editor when running on Windows XP or Windows Vista. The faceplate view within this editor would frequently not highlight the available and selected fields. This is resolved in iTools 7.10.


Changes since Version 6.52.2

Graphical Wiring Editor support for Compounds

Within iTools Engineering Studio, the Graphical Wiring Editor now allows wiring diagrams to be split across multiple nested pages. This concept is known as Compounding: within the main page, a selected group of blocks and wires may be converted into a Compound. This causes them to subsequently appear as a single block on the main page, with the contents of the Compound being 'pushed down' to a subsidiary page.

OPC Compliance

iTools OPC Server has been tested successfully by Eurotherm using the OPC Data Access 2.05a Compliance Test tool. This suite of tests includes stress and performance testing, as well as validation of compliance with the relevant OPC DA 2.05a standard. The self-certification test results are available on the OPC Foundation web site: -

http://www.opcfoundation.org/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?RI=8808

OPC Scope Readout Cursor

OPC Scope now includes a readout cursor facility, allowing for precise review of item values within the chart display. The readout cursor is activated by double-clicking in the chart whilst in review mode.

Changes in supported Windows versions

Usage on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista is now supported. Support for Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows NT 4.0 is now withdrawn.

Theming support on Windows XP and Windows Vista

Most iTools programs will now make use of the theming support built into Windows XP and Windows Vista, where enabled. As a result, small changes have been made to the layout of some iTools screens.

View Builder

A problem has been resolved that caused iTools View Builder to generate access violation errors on some systems.

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.70.


Changes since Version 6.52.1

Model 2604 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, version 6.30.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 2.30.


Changes since Version 6.52

3200 Series Devices

Support is added for 3200 series controllers versions 2.11 and 2.31 (VP).


Changes since Version 6.50

This release corrects a small number of problems which existed in the previous version.

Model 2704 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2704 controller, version 6.40.

3200 Series Devices

Support is added for 3200 series controllers versions 2.10 and 2.30 (VP).

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.60.


Changes since Version 6.44

This release corrects a small number of problems which existed in the previous version.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.70.

Model 3216i/32h8i/3204i Indicators

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3216i/32h8i/3204i indicators, version 1.03.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 2.10.


Changes since Version 6.42

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

3200 Series Devices

Support is added for 3200 series controllers versions 2.09 and 2.29 (VP).


Changes since Version 6.40

This release corrects a small number of problems which have been present since iTools 6.00 or earlier. See the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file for more information.

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.30.


Changes since Version 6.20

Terminal Wiring Editor

The Terminal Wiring Editor in iTools Engineering Studio now supports Mini8.

iTools Wizards

iTools Wizards now support report generation at the end of the configuration process. This facility is identical to that included within iTools Engineering Studio.

iTools OPC Service

This new Windows NT service allows the iTools OPC Server to run at system startup time, and at any time when no user is logged in. See separate readme file for more information.

Model 3216i/32h8i/3204i Indicators

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3216i/32h8i/3204i indicators, version 1.02.

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.21.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 2.00.


Changes since Version 6.00

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Programmer Editor

The Programmer Editor is updated for 3500 version 2 release, including dual programmer modes.

The standalone Programmer Editor now optionally allows device scanning; to expose this feature, the editor must be started with the /EnableScan command line option.

User Pages Editor

The User Pages Editor is updated for 3500 version 2 release.

3200 Series Devices

Within iTools Engineering Studio, the 3200 series Flash Memory editor now allows Recipe editing. Similarly, Configuration Wizards for 3200 series devices now include a new tab allowing Recipe editing.

The new horizontal format 32h8 controller is fully supported, including the Device Panel and Terminal Wiring views.

Support is added for 3200 series controllers versions 2.07 and 2.27 (VP), including the new horizontal format 32h8 controller.

3500 Series Devices

Support is added for 3500 series controllers version 2.18 (and 2.19).

iTools Report Wizard

The iTools Print facility (iTools Report Wizard) now allows access to 'hidden' device lists, such as those included in the 3200 series Flash Memory editor.

Installation

iTools icons on the Windows program menu are now positioned in a "Eurotherm" folder rather than a "Eurotherm iTools" folder.


Changes since Version 5.66

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Terminal Wiring Editor

iTools Engineering Studio includes a new Terminal Wiring Editor. This shows rear terminal connections for the following device types: 2200 series, 2400 series, 2604, 2704, 3100 series, 3200 series, 3500 series.

Configuration Wizards

The opening screens of the iTools Configuration Wizards have been redesigned for improved ease of use. In addition, the Configuration Wizards are now available from within the iTools Engineering Studio application.

Graphical Wiring Editor

This editor now offers full support for 2604, 2704 and X26 controllers, version 5.00 and later.

A number of other enhancements have been made, including:

  • New color scheme which matches the LINtools defaults wherever possible.
  • Wires now have a curve at each change of direction so that it is easy to see the difference between two wires which cross and two wires which meet at a corner.
  • 'Hide Unwired Connections' on block context menu - useful for the loop where there can be many inputs and outputs shown which have no wire.
  • All changes undoable and redoable. The undo information is cleared on saving to a 3508, 3504 or Mini8.
  • Wire tags can now be moved so that multiple wires from a single output can be shown using tags.
  • 'Find Start' and 'Find End' added to wire context menu to make finding where a wire comes from or goes to easy.
  • Hint for a wired input shows the name of the parameter it is wired from.
  • Hint for a wired output shows the names of all the parameters it is wired to.
  • When placing new wires the auto wire routing is improved.
  • New 'Show Wires Using Tags' item on the block context menu. Toggles the tags state of attached wires.
  • Major performance improvements.
  • Mouse drag while holding the spacebar or the shift key scrolls the diagram.
  • If there is a parameter help window open, mouse over a monitor changes the help to that parameter's help.
  • Monitors now have a parameter help context menu entry.

Note: 2604/2704 patch wiring should not be changed using the parameter lists or the instrument front panel when the GWE is open. This may lead to unreliable operation.

Programmer Editor

A number of minor usability enhancements have been made. These include automatic scaling of multiple 2604/2704 plots so that all plots can be shown simultaneously to best effect.

Help File and Manual

iTools includes a comprehensive new help file. The same information is also included in a new manual: this document is available in Acrobat PDF format on the iTools CD-ROM.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, version 6.20, and model 2704 controller, version 6.30.


Changes since Version 5.64

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.30.


Changes since Version 5.62

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2704 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2704 controller, version 6.10.

Model 3116/3216/3208 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3116/3216/3208 controllers, versions 2.04 and 2.24 (VP).

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.23.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 1.20.

Fix for use with MODBUS TCP Gateways/Talk-through

This version of iTools, and all new controller versions identified above, include a modification to the MODBUS communications code. This ensures safe communications between iTools and the controller when operating via a MODBUS TCP gateway, or any other situation where there is a potential for multiple simultaneous MODBUS masters.

See Technical Information Bulletin 1024, 'iTools Communicating With 3500 Via MODBUS TCP Gateway/Talk-Through', for more information. This document is included on the iTools CD-ROM.

Address Display for 3504/3508 and Mini8

For new versions of the 3504/3508 and Mini8, the default parameter address display in iTools has been modified. The change means that the iTools Parameter Explorer view and Parameter Information dialog now show the address of the parameter in the instrument's SCADA table, where applicable. For parameters which are not present in the SCADA table, no address is shown.

The advantage of this approach is that the SCADA table address is generally invariant between instrument versions, whereas the addresses used internally by iTools are subject to change.

The parameter addresses used by iTools may be shown in place of the SCADA table addresses by changing the 'Address Display...' option on the Explorer menu in iTools.

This change applies to 3504/3508 version 1.23 onwards and Mini8 version 1.20 onwards, when used in conjunction with iTools 5.64 or later.


Changes since Version 5.60

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 3116/3216/3208 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3116/3216/3208 controllers, version 2.03.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.21.


Changes since Version 5.58

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 3116/3216 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3116/3216 controllers, version 2.02.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.20.

Mini8 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm Mini8, version 1.04.

View Builder / View Runner

iTools Views now allows any document to be opened or command to be executed on a button press.


Changes since Version 5.56

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.62.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.12.

Programmer Editor

The Programmer Editor now includes full support for 3500 series controllers, version 1.12.


Changes since Version 5.55

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.10.

Graphical Wiring Editor

An error message was previously generated when placing the Loop block in the editor window in the case where the Programmer feature was disabled. This is now resolved.


Changes since Version 5.50

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Graphical Wiring Editor / Programmer Editor

A problem was corrected which could occasionally lead to iTools freezing while loading or saving in the Graphical Wiring and Programmer Editors.

Performance of the Programmer Editor has been improved for 3500 series controllers, and additional minor corrections have been made to both editors.

New Dedicated Cloning Utility: iClone

iClone is a new utility which allows cloning to and from instruments. It does not allow any other form of direct editing.


Changes since Version 5.00

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Most of the changes in this version are to the iTools Engineering Studio application.

Graphical Wiring Editor

For configuration of the 3504 and 3508 controllers, iTools 5.50 offers an advanced Graphical Wiring Editor. The Graphical Wiring Editor (GWE) is the default editing view for these devices, and we recommend users work through this view rather than the Parameter Explorer.

The GWE groups the instrument parameters into function blocks. A function block type is a definition of those parameters which make up a unit of instrument functionality; examples are a control loop and a mathematical calculation. In most cases a function block includes all the parameters in an iTools list and it's sublists.

Each function block has inputs and outputs. Any parameter may be used as an output, while there are some restrictions on which parameters may be used as a block input.

Blocks are placed in the editor by dragging them from the tabbed 'Blocks' view on the left side of the main iTools window. In the same way, textual Comments and Monitor points may be dropped into the diagram. Monitors show live values of parameters and may be used for diagnostic purposes. A monitor may be 'wired' to any block input or output, or directly to a wire.

Changes made through the GWE are not downloaded to the instrument immediately. The instrument may be updated at any time by clicking the 'Download Wiring to Instrument' button on the GWE toolbar (this is the button with an icon of an instrument on it).

For setting values on blocks, a Function Block View (similar to the Parameter Explorer) may be launched by double-clicking the header of any block.

3500 User Page Editor

A new editor is included for configuring the User Pages capability of the 3504 and 3508 controllers.

Device Recipe Editor

A new editor is included for configuring the Device Recipe capability of the 3504 and 3508 controllers.

In-place Editing

Most of the iTools Engineering Studio editors, including the Parameter Explorer, now allow in-place editing of parameter values. This removes the need for launching an edit dialog, and is therefore quicker and more convenient.

Device Information View

A new dialog shows summary information about a device. This includes its firmware version and any clone file associated with it, as well as communications parameters. For Ethernet enabled devices, information such as the device's IP address and physical Ethernet (MAC) address are also shown.

View Builder

The View Builder now allows the number of displayed decimal places to be set for floating-point numeric values. This is controlled via a property of the form - it is not currently possible to control the displayed decimal places on a 'per parameter' basis.

A new TimeEdit component type allows time type values to be displayed and edited in a more representative manner.

Model 3504/3508 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3504/3508 controllers, version 1.04.

Model 3116/3216 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3116/3216 controllers, versions 1.10 and 1.11.


Changes since Version 4.21

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Configuration Wizards

For configuration of the 3116 and 3216 controllers, iTools 5 offers new Configuration Wizards. iTools Configuration Wizards guide the user through the device configuration process, providing interactive help text and graphical demonstrations of configuration options.

View Builder

iTools View Builder is a new product option, providing the ability to create custom displays to run on the PC.

Programmer Editor

The Programmer Editor now supports the asynchronous programmer option of the 2704 controller version 6.00. This applies both to the integrated and the standalone versions of the editor.

iTools Engineering Studio

The main iTools program, now known as iTools Engineering Studio, has been substantially rewritten to enhance usability and productivity. Improvements include:

  • new tabbed Parameter Explorer views
  • a Views toolbar
  • separately launchable Device Panel views
  • improved device help integration
  • an expanded help file
  • editor updates for expanded capabilities of 2704 version 6.00

'Flash Memory' Editor for 3116/3216

Certain capabilities of the 3116 and 3216 controllers are configured by downloading blocks of data to flash memory in the intrument. iTools supports this capability with a new Flash Memory Editor incorporated into iTools Engineering Studio. The features of the instrument which are configured in this way include Text Messages, Recipe Definition, and Parameter Promotion.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.60, and the model 25F0 controller, version 4.30.

Model 2704 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2704 controller, version 6.00.

Model 3116/3216 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 3116/3216 controllers, versions 1.05 and 1.06.

Configure by Ordering Codes

This utility has been removed from iTools 5.


Changes since Version 4.20

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.56, and the model 25F0 controller, version 4.21.

MODBUS TCP Slave

The MODBUS TCP slave capability is now incorporated into the Open OPC Server feature of iTools. For security reasons, this feature is not turned on by default, but can be enabled through the OPC server's 'Server Settings' dialog.


Changes since Version 4.10

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2204e/2208e/2216e Controllers

iTools now supports 2200e series controllers, version A4.15 (FM approved unit).

Model 2408i Indicator

iTools now supports 2408i indicator, version 3.02.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.43, and the model 25F0 controller, version 4.10.

Model X26 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model X26 temperature and humidity controller, version 5.20.

User Pages Editor

iTools now includes an editor for the User Pages feature of 2704 devices. This is accessed from within the main iTools program, as an additional device view.

Parameter Properties

The Parameter Properties dialog in iTools is now modeless, meaning that the dialog may be left open while navigating around iTools. Throughout most of iTools, when a particular parameter is selected, the Parameter Properties dialog will be updated accordingly.

Option for Faster Cloning

When cloning to or from a device, the first step taken by iTools is normally to upload values for all device parameters. This is to ensure that iTools is working with a completely up-to-date set of data. This operation can be lengthy, and greatly adds to the overall time to complete the cloning operation.

A new option has been added to speed up cloning. This takes advantage of the fact that, in general, iTools remains fully synchronized with connected devices at all times. If this assumption is made, it is not necessary to perform the upload of all parameter values as the first step of the cloning operation.

The user can choose whether or not to assume that iTools is always synchronized with connected devices, or whether to ask prior to each cloning operation. The option is accessed by selecting 'Cloning...' from the iTools Options menu. Note that for certain device types, notably 2604 and 2704 series, iTools is not able to take advantage of this option.

Automatic Naming of Devices

The iTools OPC Server now provides options for the automatic naming of devices found during network scans. These options (available from the Server Settings dialog), allow for the device version, or version and type, to be omitted from the generated device name.

MODBUS TCP Slave

The iTools OPC Server now includes a MODBUS TCP slave capability, further extending the options for using Eurotherm products in networked environments. This option is disabled by default, and must be purchased separately.

Note: all copies of iTools include MODBUS TCP master functionality.

Programmer Editor

The performance of the Programmer Editor has been enhanced when handling 2400 series programs which include sub-program calls.

iTools Terminal (iTERM)

A new iTools Terminal utility (iTERM.exe) is included, allowing greater control of the iTools OPC Server from batch files and scripts. iTERM is a tool for controlling the behavior of the iTools OPC Server, and is not an OPC client.

For example, iTERM could be used to launch the OPC server and start network scanning from a particular MODBUS address. It might also be used as part of a solution to automate cloning operations.

Please note that iTERM is aimed at experienced users of iTools, and is not needed for general use.


Changes since Version 4.00

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2204e/2208e/2216e Controllers

iTools now supports 2200e series controllers, special versions A3.53, A3.55 and A3.56.

Model 2408i Indicator

iTools now supports 2408i indicator, version 3.00.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.30.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, version 5.00, and model 2704 controller, version 5.00.

Models 5100e, 5100V, 5180V Graphic Recorders

iTools now supports version 1.6 of these Recorders and Data Acquisition Units via Modbus TCP communications. It is expected that future versions of these products will implement Modbus TCP in a way which is entirely backwards compatible with version 1.6, so that these too should be supported by this iTools version.

Access/Edit Support for 2400 Series Controllers

A problem which prevented cloning of these parameters in iTools 4.00 has been resolved.

Cloning Problem with 2200e Series Controllers

Corrected a problem with cloning of alarm values when a device's temperature units were set to Fahrenheit or Kelvin.

Series 2000 Programmer Editor

Some usability improvements have been made. In particular, a Save operation on an individual program will now always show the 'Save As...' dialog. Help for the Programmer Editor is now included in the main iTools help file.

Configure by Ordering Codes

This prototype application now supports some additional devices: 2116i and 2132i indicators, 2408i indicator version 3.00, and 2416 controller version 4.09. Handling of the optional pricing files has also been improved. This includes a fix for a problem whereby some prices were omitted, in the case where the option to fill in fields using default values was selected.

iTools OPC Server Startup

The server may now be started with a particular address space file (.UIS) loaded, by opening the file from the Windows Explorer.


Changes since Version 3.00

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2204e/2208e/2216e Controllers

iTools now supports 2200e series controllers, version 4.01.

Model 2404/2408/2416 Controllers

iTools now supports 2400 series controllers, versions 4.09, 4.29 and 4.59.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.27, and the model 25F0 controller, version 4.00.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, version 3.00, and model 2704 controller, version 4.00.

Model T630 Process Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model T630 process controller, versions 2.01 and 2.02.

Models 5100e, 5100V, 5180V Graphic Recorders

iTools now supports these Recorders and Data Acquisition Units via Modbus TCP communications.

Series 2000 Programmer Editor

A new Programmer Editor is included. This provides support for programmer editing for the 2400 series, and 2604 and 2704. It may be launched as a separate application, or as a View within iTools.

For more information see the help file provided with the standalone copy of the Programmer Editor.

User Authorization (Optional)

It is now possible to set passwords to protect access to iTools. This is done through the iTools applet in the Windows Control Panel. If set, the Operator (Level 1) password must be entered in order to run iTools, OPC Scope, or the OPC server. The Engineering (Level 2) password must be entered in order to perform operations in iTools which require switching instruments into their Configuration Access Level.

Passwords are cleared by either setting them to empty strings, or when iTools is reinstalled.

Configure by Ordering Codes

A prototype application is provided which allows clone files to be generated by entering a standard Eurotherm Product Ordering Code. This facility works only with certain device types and versions, and has not been fully validated against Eurotherm's product qualification procedures.

Parameter Help

iTools now provides help information for individual parameters. This is accessed as a separate tab of the Parameter Properties dialog in iTools, accessible from the Browse panel or Parameter List windows.

Help text is currently provided only for some versions of the 2500 controller.

Improved Support for Custom Linearizations

When cloning from a device, the user may now choose to include the contents of the device's Custom Linearization table(s) in the clone file. This operation requires switching the instrument into its Configuration Access Level, so should not be done while controlling a live plant.

When cloning to a device, any Custom Linearization tables included in the clone file will be downloaded to the device.

The option of including Custom Linearization data in clone files is not supported for all device types. If the option is not offered when cloning from a device, it is not supported and the clone file will contain no Custom Linearization tables. In this case, the user may still choose to upload the device's Custom Linearization table(s) as a separate operation.

Improved Display of Parameter Register Addresses

The Parameter Properties dialog in iTools now shows the actual communications address for the parameter, as well as the parameter's canonical address. For most Eurotherm devices, the 'canonical' address equates to the value represented as a scaled integer, while the 'actual' address returns an IEEE floating point value.

OPC Scope allows Grouping of Item Writes

This optional facility allows new values to be set up for multiple items in OPC Scope, with all of them being flushed to the device as a single operation.

Restyled iTools HMI

The iTools HMI has been slightly modified. In particular, the default position for the Panel Views display is now at the bottom of the main iTools window. The user may override this and restore the previous display style by choosing Panel Views Position from the Options menu in iTools.

iTools OPC Server Startup

The iTools applet in the Windows Control Panel may now be used to specify an address space (.UIS) file to be automatically loaded by the iTools OPC Server when it starts up.


Changes since Version 2.51

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2408i Indicator

iTools now supports 2408i indicator, version 2.00.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.26.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, versions 2.05 and 2.06, and model 2704 controller, versions 3.03 and 3.10.

Access/Edit Support for 2100 and 2200 Series Controllers

Editing of these parameters has been greatly simplified.

Parameter List Copy and Paste

Copying and pasting values between parameter lists is now supported through the iTools Browse view. This allows the configuration of an entire loop, module, channel, etc. to be duplicated in a single operation.

Better Support for User-supplied Comments

iTools now allows a descriptive comment to be attached to a device or clone file. This facility is accessible via the 'Device Comment' command from the main Device menu or a device's pop-up menu, and the comment will be automatically copied into the device's 'Description' field within the iTools Report Wizard.

A new command has been added: 'Load Comments From File' overlays the current configuration with parameter Comments from the selected clone file.

Cloning Performance

The default behavior has been modified so that all parameter list updates are suspended during clone operations, with the intention of speeding up cloning; the user may override this setting using the 'Update Rates' command from the Options menu.

A number of other changes have been made with the aim of speeding up cloning, including support for Modbus block writes.

Toolkit Blocks Performance

A new option has been added to prevent loading of parameter enumeration strings within the Block Wiring view of the Toolkit Blocks editor. The default setting prevents these strings from being loaded, resulting in much faster opening of this editor.

Support for Vacuum Applications

Parameter values may now be shown using scientific notation, or using the display format specified by the actual device (where available).

In addition, OPC Scope now supports logarithmic scaling of the chart's Y axis as an option .

Modem Support

The iTools OPC Server now allows serial ports to be configured to connect to instruments remotely via a modem link. The port configuration dialog allows modem setup and dial commands, and other parameters, to be specified.

iTools OPC Server Startup

The startup behavior of the iTools OPC Server has been modified: it will no longer automatically reload its last saved address space (.UIS) file upon being restarted. As before, the user may specify an address space file to be loaded. This is done by naming the file as a command line parameter when starting the server explicitly.

Improved Windows 2000 Compatibility

iTools may now be run by 'Restricted users' (i.e. members of the 'Users' group) on Windows 2000, as well as by 'Standard users' (i.e. members of the 'Power Users' group).

Chart Colors in OPC Scope

OPC Scope now allows the colors used for the Chart display to be customized according to user preferences.

Diagnostic Utility

A new utility is included to help diagnose some of the most common problems with iTools installations. This is accessible under 'Advanced Tools' on the iTools program menu, or from the Help menu within iTools. You will be asked to run this program if you report a problem while installing or running iTools.


Changes since Version 2.30

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Model 2116/2132 Controllers

iTools now supports 2100 series controllers, versions 1.20, 1.30, B1.40, B1.41 and 1.43. Communication with these devices is only possible via the Series 2000 Configuration Station unit.

Model 2108i/2116i/2132i Indicators

iTools now supports 2100 series indicators, version 1.00. Communication with these devices is only possible via the Series 2000 Configuration Station unit.

Model 2500 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2580 controller, version 3.07.

Model 2604/2704 Controllers

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 and model 2704 controllers, versions 2.01 and 2.04.

Access/Edit Support for 2200 Series Controllers

The Access/Edit facility (hide/promote/read/alter) of all 2200 series controllers is now fully supported by iTools. The accessibility of each parameter is governed by a further pair of parameters (Access Bit 1 and Access Bit 2) within the Access_Edit_Mode lists. This feature is only available when communicating via the Series 2000 Configuration Station unit.

Configuration Station Features

iTools now provides a range of features equivalent to many of those supported by the earlier Series 2000 Configuration Station software. This includes the use of a dongle for enabling additional-cost software features of controllers. Contact Eurotherm for further information.


Changes since Version 2.09

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. Further changes may be listed in the 'Release Notes' section of the iTools help file.

Globalization

iTools has now been localized for English-, French- and German-speaking markets. All three languages are supported by a single build of iTools, with translation performed at runtime. This is the first version of iTools with formal support for the French and German languages, and this aspect of the product has not been thoroughly tested at this time.

Model 2604 Controller

iTools now supports the Eurotherm model 2604 controller, up to version 1.04.

Toolkit Blocks

A number of changes have been made to improve support for the Toolkit Blocks feature of the 2500 and 2604 devices:

  • The time taken to start the Toolkit Blocks editor has been greatly reduced.
  • Block wiring can now be performed through iTools Parameter Lists via either the ...Src or the associated wireable (value) parameter. This can be achieved by double-clicking in the 'Wired From' column, using the main menu or popup menu, or by dragging and dropping a parameter from the Browse view.
  • The 'Wired From' column of iTools Parameter List windows is automatically made visible when working with 2500 and 2604 devices.

Options Menu

The 'Parameter Availability Settings' dialog has been simplified for ease of use. A single option now controls visibility of both parameters and lists which are not relevant to the current configuration.

Message Log

It is now possible to save the contents of the iTools Message Log window to file, as well as printing it. This window is shown during cloning, and the new facility may be useful for making a permanent record of the results.

Status Word Parameters

Many of the device parameters which represent Status Words are now also shown in iTools as collections of individual items. For example, DigF (Digital Function Mask) parameters in 2400 series devices are also shown broken out into AL1 (Alarm 1 Enable), AL2, etc. Each of these new items represents a single bit (binary digit) of the status word.

OLE for Process Control (OPC)

The iTools OPC Server is now compatible with the OPC Data Access version 2 specification.

ActiveX Controls

An additional ActiveX Control has been added. This Control represents a single parameter list, and uses the same style of view as iTools itself. See the iTools help file for usage information.


Changes since Version 1.x

This section identifies the major changes to iTools. The iTools help file contains a more complete listing.

Configuration Station

Connection to all 2200, 2200e, 2301, 2400 and 2408i devices is now possible via the Series 2000 Configuration Station unit.

To connect to a device through the configuration station, select 'Configuration Station Connect...' from the Device menu. To disconnect, simply Remove the device in the usual way, i.e. using the Remove toolbar button or by selecting Remove from the Device menu.

Note: having connected to an instrument via the Configuration Station, the instrument must not be physically disconnected from its clip until its has been 'Removed' from iTools.

Toolbar Changes

iTools Version 2 provides two new toolbar buttons:

  • Print - starts the new iTools Report Wizard (equivalent to File | Print...);
  • Access - toggles the Access Level of the selected device between Operator and Configuration (similar to Device | Set Access Level).

Also, the button which starts/stops the process of scanning for new devices has been renamed for clarity. The button's caption now shows 'Start Scan' or 'Stop Scan' according to the action which will result from pressing the button. When scanning is currently active, the status bar shows the Modbus device address currently being scanned.

iTools Report Wizard

The iTools Report Wizard has been provided to allow device configurations and clone files to be documented. The following facilities are provided:

  • output of parameter lists in a tabular form similar to the iTools on-screen display;
  • columns to be included in the report are selectable, as with the on-screen parameter lists;
  • the user may select a subset of a device's lists for inclusion in the report;
  • the report may optionally be annotated with information such as user's name and company, product name and number, and a description;
  • support for two output formats: HTML or CSV; HTML reports are previewed on-screen and may be printed immediately (where Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or later is installed).

The iTools Report Wizard is started using the 'Print' toolbar button, or by selecting 'Print...' from the File menu, or from a device's popup menu.

Parameter Find Facility

The more complex Eurotherm instruments contain several thousand parameters, divided into many separate lists. To make navigation easier, iTools now permits parameter searches. Simply specify all or part of the name or description of the parameter you wish to locate, and iTools will list all matching parameters. You may also search for matching comments, in cases where user-defined comments have already been supplied.

The 'Find' facility is located in a tabbed view adjacent to the Browser on the left side of the iTools main window.

Custom Linearization Files

Custom Linearization Files may now be downloaded to devices which support this facility. This is achieved by:

  1. selecting 'Load Values From File' from the File menu or a device's own popup menu (right-click on a device faceplate to activate this);
  2. changing the file type to 'Custom Linearization Files (*.mtb)' in the file dialog, and opening the desired file.

iTools ships with a library of pre-defined linearization files. By default, these are installed into the 'linearizations' sub-folder of the main iTools program folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Eurotherm\iTools\linearizations).

The 2500, 2604 and 2704 devices support three separate custom linearization tables. When downloading, you will be prompted to select which of the three tables to write to.

Note: the contents of custom linearization tables are not copied when devices are cloned.

OPC Scope

iTools Version 1 included the OPC Explorer as an unsupported utility for device and application commissioning. This utility is now called OPC Scope, and is a fully supported component of iTools.

OPC Scope allows parameters from any connected device to be monitored, plotted on a simple trend chart, or logged to file. This data logging capability supports output to CSV or tab-separated files. Both formats have been optimized for loading into Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications.

OPC Scope may be launched from within iTools (e.g. from the View menu), or else from the Eurotherm iTools program group on the Start menu. OPC Scope may also be launched from the toolbar of any Watch/Recipe view; in this case it will automatically be set up to show the same set of parameters which had been configured in the Watch/Recipe window.

Eurotherm Project Studio Integration

iTools will take advantage of facilities in Eurotherm Project Studio 2000 (where installed) to automate certain operations:

  • A new Eurotherm iTools Clone file may be created using the Windows Explorer. When this file is opened, iTools will normally prompt the user for the type of instrument which this clone file represents. However, if the folder containing the clone file corresponds to an iTools device within Eurotherm Project Studio, then the clone file will automatically be set up for that device type.
  • Similarly, when the user selects 'Send To Device' for a clone file, iTools will indicate the correct target device in bold text, if the clone file's folder corresponds to a particular device within Eurotherm Project Studio.

Contact your local Eurotherm representative for more information about Eurotherm Project Studio 2000.

Globalization

iTools Version 1 was available as an English language application only. As of Version 2, iTools may be localized for non-English markets. As well as iTools and the OPC Scope, parameter descriptions for all devices may be translated. Please contact your local Eurotherm representative to find out whether iTools has been localized for your market.

User Wiring renamed to Toolkit Blocks

This editor, for use with 2500 devices, has been renamed to reflect the provision of a Toolkit of Analog and Logic Calculation Blocks, as well as the ability to wire parameters point-to-point.

Serial Ports used by iTools

During execution of the iTools Setup program, the user is asked to specify which of the computer's serial (COM) ports will be used by iTools. This selection may now be modified after installation through a new 'iTools' applet in the Windows Control Panel. The Control Panel may be found by opening the 'My Computer' icon, or by selecting 'Settings' on the computer's Start menu.

Warning when using Unsupported Devices

For each supported device type, iTools supports a number of different device versions. For example, iTools supports most version 3.xx 2400 devices, but does not fully support version 2.xx or version 1.xx 2400s. When using iTools with instrument versions which are not fully supported, a small number of operations may not complete successfully; in particular, a number of errors may be expected when cloning such devices.

So that the user is fully aware whether particular devices are fully supported, iTools now generates a warning message when adding a device for which full support is not provided. In such a case, the user proceeds at his own risk. If desired, this warning message may be suppressed by running iTools with the '/NoWarn' command line option.

Visibility of OPC Server

The iTools OPC Server, responsible for all iTools device communications, is now made invisible by default. This is because there is normally no need for an iTools user to interact with this program directly. In case this is desired, the server can be made visible by either:

  • starting the iTools OPC Server before starting iTools; the iTools OPC Server is found on the Start menu under Programs | Eurotherm iTools | Advanced Tools
  • selecting Options | Advanced | Show Server from the iTools main menu

Possible Problems with this Release

We are aware of the following issues. Please notify us of any problems you may experience with this release of iTools.

Device Handling Issues

  • For some device types, the contents of custom linearization tables are not copied when devices are cloned. If required, the correct linearization file(s) will need be downloaded separately when cloning to a device.
  • When cloning a 2500 device, the following restrictions apply to the cloning of calibration information: neither the 'user calibration' of analog inputs, nor the 'reference calibration' for analog outputs, will be cloned.
  • DigF (Digital Function Mask) parameters of 2200e devices will not be cloned successfully when communicating via Modbus. For accurate cloning of these devices, connection to iTools should be made via the Series 2000 Configuration Station. This problem is due to an issue with the device itself.
  • DigF (Digital Function Mask) parameters of 2200 version 1.x and 2301 devices may not be cloned successfully using iTools. Where used, these parameters will need to be set separately. This problem is due to an issue with the device itself.
  • The LCHi (Load Current High Scalar) parameter of 2200e version 3.03 devices is not accessible from iTools. This problem is due to an issue with the device itself.

Issues Specific to the Model 2604/2704 Controllers

  • Communications between iTools and the 2604 version 1.0x controllers may fail for a period which depends on the instrument baud rate: 30 seconds at 19k2 baud, 1 minute at 9600 baud, 2 minutes at 4800 baud. There are two known manifestations of this problem:
    • the communications may stop for the above period with no message from iTools, or
    • you may observe messages similar to the following during cloning:
      Warning: Unsuccessfully retried 101 times to read Modbus tag ... (address ... - length ...) from device ... on port COMn
  • When an instrument is saved to a clone file, page promote parameters are written to the file. However, page promote parameters are only loaded from a clone file to a 2604 controller if the controller version is 1.04 or higher. In addition, when setting page promote parameters using iTools on controllers prior to version 1.04, a write error is reported but the value is correctly written to the device.
  • After using a version 1.0x clone file to clone to a version 2.0x instrument the Target SP and Target Output values in each loop will not be alterable in the loop summary pages. After Cloning, these parameters should be manually promoted to the loop summary pages.
  • Some parameter enumerations have text which does not match version 1.0x instruments. These differences are most noticeable in the programmer.
  • 2604 devices do not support the Remote Instrument Protocol, therefore the iTools device faceplate is not active.
  • Communications with a 2604 or 2704 controller may be routed either via the instrument's H Module or via its J Module. However, when using the J Module, it is not possible to transfer custom linearization tables to/from the instrument. This applies both to upload/download of individual tables, and the ability to perform a full clone operation.

Other Issues

  • It is possible that iTools may exhibit display problems when used with a very small number of types of graphics card: in particular, the toolbar icons may be corrupted. This is due to a well-known compatibility issue with some display driver software versions. If this should occur, you will probably be able to resolve the problem by either:
    • obtaining an updated version of the driver software,
    • changing the color depth setting of the driver (i.e. increasing or decreasing the number of available colors in the color palette), or
    • reducing the graphics hardware acceleration; this is accessed from the Performance tab of the System applet in the Control Panel.
  • The Remote Instrument Protocol functionality does not work with version 1.00 of the 2408i indicator product. In other words, iTools faceplates for this type of instrument will not show live values. This is due to a minor fault in the indicator itself.
  • User-supplied comments added to parameters in the Access_Edit_Mode lists of 2400 devices are not retained when saving to a clone file.
  • With OPC Scope, trend charts may display incorrectly when using the Review mode to zoom in to a very high magnification.
  • Under certain circumstances, the iTools OPC Server application (EuroMBus) may impede the opening of certain types of document from the Windows Explorer. In some cases, the document may take several seconds to open. In others, the document may not open at all and Explorer will appear to hang. In this case, closing the iTools OPC Server should bring Explorer back to life.
  • If any part of iTools should terminate with an error, it is possible that the iTools OPC Server and other elements of iTools may still be in memory. This may prevent iTools running successfully until the problem is resolved. If you suspect that this may have happened, you should use a Task Manager or Process Viewer application to ensure that neither EUROMBUS.EXE, IAUTHSRV.EXE, nor any application named ID*.EXE is still running.

OLE for Process Control (OPC)

iTools Open OPC Server is required in order to use the following OPC functionality. Without the Open OPC Server these features may be evaluated for a limited period, as long as the iTools Configuration Software is enabled. See iTools Features (above) for more information.

All published OPC specifications are available from the OPC Foundation, which owns all trademarks related to OPC.

OPC Servers

The iTools OPC Server may be used as a general purpose OPC Data Access server, supporting all required features of the OPC Data Access Custom Interface Specifications 1.0 and 2.0. This OPC server is identified by the ProgID 'Eurotherm.ModbusServer.1'.

iTools also includes an OPC Automation server, supporting all required features of the OPC Data Access Automation Interface Specification 2.0. This server would typically be used with Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 or later, and is identified by the ProgID 'Eurotherm.OPCAutomation.1'.

A small demo application, developed with Visual Basic 6.0 and using the Automation server, is installed as part of iTools by default. It may be found in the 'examples' sub-folder of the main iTools program folder.

OPC Clients

iTools OPC Scope is a general purpose OPC Data Access client program, supporting many of the features of OPC Data Access versions 1 and 2. OPC Scope includes simple trending and logging facilities (OPC Scope trending and logging is a separately orderable option).


Feedback

Eurotherm is committed to continual improvement of the iTools product, and encourages feedback from users. If you have access to e-mail, please send details of any problems or suggestions to iTools.Support@Schneider-Electric.com. Alternatively, contact your local Eurotherm representative.

When submitting a problem report or suggestion, please supply the following information, where applicable:

  • run the iTools Installation Diagnostics utility; this is found under 'Advanced Programs' on the iTools start menu, or may be run from the iTools Help menu; you may either save the output to file or e-mail it directly to the iTools support team at Eurotherm;
  • instrument type and version;
  • details of your instrument communications setup:
    • are you using RS232, RS485 or Configuration Station?
    • what baud rate are you using?
  • any other information which you think might be relevant.

Additionally, the iTools OPC Server maintains a log file during execution. This file is called EUROMBUS.LOG, and is located in either the Windows folder, or the system temporary folder. If you experience a problem with iTools which you wish to report, please take a copy of your EUROMBUS.LOG file immediately after experiencing the problem, and either attach it to your e-mail message, or fax or post with your report.

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