AUTOSOL Announces Autosol Communication Manager (ACM) Major Updates

AUTOSOL is announcing the newest features to roll out to the SCADA software Autosol Communication Manager (ACM). Updates cover specific protocols as well as to the software itself.  Protocols affected include: 

  • ABB Totalflow: Low Bandwidth mode
  • Spirit IT Flow-X
  • Allen Bradley ControlLogix: TCP/IP
  • Hex Repeater
  • Emerson (Fisher) FloBoss: 1000, 2000 & 3000 series
  • GE Ethernet: TCP/IP
  • Schneider Electric SCADAPack Liquids

The newest version of ACM loads faster and offers a “fast filtering” option.   

An added server directory allows easy access to multiple ACM instances. It also makes finding objects easier by not having to remember exactly which instance an object is configured in. 

A multiple server search filter box can be used to quickly narrow results.  Any rows can be double-clicked to select an object. The client will automatically connect to the server and open the object for editing. It also selects the object in the database tree. 

ACM’s new metadata feature allows system engineers to associate operational attributes with devices.  This greatly enhances reporting by making use of filters to target data content based on intended recipients. 

Enhanced reporting offers real-time reporting without a client. You can create reports based on real-time items without having to use a separate client to advise items. Items can be advised internally using ACM’s alias group feature.   

After items are added and groups are assigned to devices, the items will update according to the device’s configured schedule. The items’ values are then available in the ACM database by making use of the Persistent Item Data feature. This data is available for reporting.  

It is also possible to create additional reports to those that are available on the report tab in the ACM Configuration Client. Reports can be customized to include data content based on the needs of the organization.   

Reports are more useful if they can be automated. A new scheduled reporting feature provides this option. 

  • Any report can be scheduled
  • Reports can be saved to a folder
  • Reports can be emailed
  • Emailing of reports is accomplished via SMTP server
  • Reports can be generated at intervals and by day of week

Archive management is a feature that provides a way to view various types of archive data. A summary process runs periodically to crunch data on a subset of hourly and daily records. 

  • Shows which devices are behind
  • Detects and displays gaps in history
  • Provides a way to view raw archive history
  • Easily view meter characteristics
  • Helps to troubleshoot history collection issues

Summary data is made available on an interval basis for the last 45 days of hourly and daily data. The summary has powerful sorting and grouping features to get the most out of analytics. The summary process can be invoked manually if needed to get the latest data on demand. A right-click menu provides options for viewing different archive types.  

History details are displayed in a matrix format with a master-detail relationship. All data that is collected by ACM is shown including internal tokens. Gaps are displayed in sequence where they are missing or can be sorted to float them to the top of the grid. Another option allows viewing of missing records only. 

An ACM Mobile App will soon be released that will work on both Android and iOS platforms and features a multiple server search. Security components include a Device ID, PIN and encryption.  

We recommend upgrading to this latest release to take advantage of these important improvements. For questions regarding any new feature rollouts in ACM, please contact your AUTOSOL representative for answers.