General Information

This technical notice describes the changes included in 8.14.6. The software is available now.

 

53xE and 6601 Firmware Version compatibility table

Customer Guidance

6601 upgrade recommendations: It is recommended that 6601 I/O modules have their firmware upgraded to 1.80.6 or 1.80.10 and bootloader upgraded to 1.80.6 or 1.80.10. If extended over-range is required, a return to a Schneider Electric facility is needed to recalibrate the analog inputs.

6601 minimum firmware version: 6601 I/O modules shipped from the factory with 1.80.6 firmware or later should not be downgraded to versions earlier than 1.80.6.

6601 bootloader upgrade mechanism: The command line command “restart iofirm <filename> <module address>” is provided for 6601 firmware upgrades. The 6601 firmware upgrade command can be used to upgrade the 6601 bootloader. This is only supported on RTU firmware 8.12.6 and later and 6601 firmware 1.80.6 and later. “restart iofirm bl6601.bin <module address>” will apply bootloader file bl6601.bin. The filename bl6601.bin is the only filename that is accepted for the bootloader. Other file names will result in an attempt to patch the 6601 firmware and not the 6601 bootloader. The 6601 bootloader version is not reported on the command line.

53xE minimum firmware version: If there is an attached 6601 or a built in 6601 (535E) the device firmware version should be 8.12.6 or later.

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NOTICE

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loss OF SENSOR ACCURACY

If you use firmware versions that are incompatible with extended over-range capabilities on 6601 analog inputs, 6601 analog inputs may report values 10% lower than the actual value.

Use only firmware versions that are compatible with extended over-range capabilities. Do not use a 530E or 535E 8.12.5 firmware in conjunction with a 6601 1.80.6 or later with extended over-range. They are not compatible. Do not use 6601 firmware 1.77.131 or earlier with an extended over-range calibration. They are not compatible

Failure to follow these instructions can result in equipment damage.

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A new version of 6601 I/O module firmware and bootloader was released in tandem with 8.12.6. A new calibration format for 6601 analog inputs was added to support extended over-range capability. Interoperability of various versions of firmware and calibration is described below.

  SP53xE Firmware 6601 Firmware 6601 Calibration 6601 AI Value Over-range Comment
8.12.5 or earlier 1.77.131 or earlier 0 to 20mA Reported normally Always active at 20.05mA  
8.12.6 or later 1.77. 131 or earlier 0 to 20mA Reported normally Always active at 20.05mA  
8.12.5 or earlier 1.80.06 or later 0 to 20mA Reported normally Always active at 20.05mA 6601 I/O modules upgraded to 1.80.6 from earlier versions will leave calibration unchanged. Recommended for upgrading systems that do not require extended over-range.
8.12.6 or later 1.80.06 or later 0 to 20mA Reported normally Always active at 20.05mA  
8.12.6 or later 1.80.06 or later 0 to 22mA Reported normally Always active at 22.00mA Recommended choice for new installations
X 8.12.5 or earlier 1.77. 131 or earlier 0 to 22mA AI report. 10% lower values Always active at 20.05mA NOT RECOMMENDED. Should only occur when a 6601 is mistakenly downgraded from 1.80.6 to an earlier version.
X 8.12.6 or later 1.77. 131 or earlier 0 to 22mA AI report. 10% lower values Always active at 20.05mA NOT RECOMMENDED. Should only occur when a 6601 is mistakenly downgraded from 1.80.6 to an earlier version.
X 8.12.5 or earlier 1.80.06 or later 0 to 22mA AI report. 10% lower values Always active at 20.05mA NOT RECOMMENDED. When adding new 6601 I/O modules to existing systems, RTU firmware should be upgraded to 8.12.6 or later. If this is not practical, contact technical support.

SCADAPack E 8.14.6 Release Notes

SCADAPack E 8.14.6 is a maintenance release, first available in November 2018.

Application and Firmware Versions

SCADAPack E Configurator application version is 8.14.6.3059

Firmware version is 8.14.6.2436.

6601 I/O module firmware version 1.80.10

6601 I/O module bootloader version 1.80.10

New Features (8.14.6)

  • Feature Affected: System Points

Issue: Battery voltage is not available as a system point on SCADAPack 300E RTUs.

Resolution: Battery voltage is available as system point 50061 on SCADAPack 300E and SCADAPack 500E RTUs. It is not available on SCADAPack ES and ER.

Engineering reference: FE-4005

Improvements (8.14.6)

  • Feature Affected: Modbus master

Issue: On SCADAPack 300E, the limit of 500 DNP3 points associated with a Modbus master is too small for some applications with many digital points.

Resolution: Digital points are counted as one-half of a point towards the limit. The limit is now 1000 digital points or 500 analog points. Any combination of the two adding up to 500 is allowed.

Engineering reference: FE-3993

Fixed Issues (8.14.6)

  • Feature Affected: Modbus/TCP and DNP3/TCP communication

Issue: Modbus/TCP connections on SCADAPack ES and 300E Series RTUs may experience a DCU (memory) exhaustion under some network conditions. SCADAPack 53x RTUs are not affected. This will prevent devices from making connections to the RTU.

SYN packets sent from a broadcast source IP no prevent the establishment of new DNP3/TCP connections.

Resolution: Used DCUs are returned to the memory pool when no longer needed. SYN packets sent from a broadcast address are ignored.

Engineering reference: FE-3909

Known Issues/ Known Customer Difficulties (8.14.6)

Known issues are unchanged from 8.14.5. Please see the information below.