RSCAD FX 2.0 is now available for user download! This latest version of software for the RTDS Simulator includes Runtime FX: our new and
improved HMI module for real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Thanks to some significant upgrades to look, feel, and functionality, Runtime FX makes it easier and faster than ever before to build custom HMIs, interact with the simulation, collect data, and automate the entire process.
Alongside Runtime FX are some exciting general updates that will change the experience for users, so download RSCAD FX 2.0 today to take advantage of the enhancements.
With the release of RSCAD FX 2.0, we’re introducing a new integrated case file format: the .rftx file. The .rtfx file is an archived case file that includes both Draft (.dfx) and Runtime (.rtx) components.
In RSCAD FX 2.0, when the user opens files from previous versions of RSCAD (.dft files from RSCAD V5, or .dfx files from RSCAD FX 1.0), they will be automatically prompted to update the case file format to .rtfx. The conversion program automatically converts the case’s Runtime file to a Runtime sub-tab in RSCAD 2.0, which will be populated with the user’s existing Runtime objects and graphics. The user might have to do a bit of manipulation to ensure the new Runtime canvas is laid out correctly, but the majority of the work is done by the tool.
The auxiliary files that are created when compiling a case, such as the .dtp and .map files, are now located in a build subfolder which is available in each case folder.
One of the main advantages of the new integrated case file is that it there are now tighter dependencies between the Draft and Runtime components of a case.
This clearer link between Draft and Runtime allows for an improved user experience when using the software (reducing instances of “broken” Runtime objects) and will also make the exchange of cases simpler.
Any images placed on the Runtime canvas are embedded as part of the .rtfx file for convenience.
Another exciting feature of Runtime FX: for the first time ever, the user can now add plots, meters, sliders, push buttons, and other Runtime objects directly on top of the Draft canvas. We call this feature the Draft Overlay. The overlay feature can save users considerable time in replicating their circuit for an HMI using the drawing tools in Runtime (although they can still choose to use this approach in the Runtime sub-tab if they wish). It also allows the user to monitor key quantities, such as real and reactive power transfer at various points in the network, at a glance from the Draft canvas.
In RSCAD FX 2.0, we’ve introduced a few new Utility Tabs. Utility Tabs make the RSCAD FX interface very customizable: tabs can be added to or removed from the user’s GUI, moved around the main RSCAD window, and undocked as their own window.
The Runtime Signals tab makes it much easier and faster for the user to visualize the available signals in a case and add them to the case as Runtime objects. Signals can be easily filtered by type (plot, meter, slider, push button, etc.). Single or multiple signals can be dragged and dropped onto the canvas and easily moved around and grouped. A dropdown menu within the Runtime Signals tab allows the user to easily toggle between the available signals for multiple open cases.
The Rack Status tab allows users to conveniently view the status of available RTDS Simulator hardware, lock and unlock racks, and set rack security. The Scripting tab serves as the mechanism to run and record script files in RSCAD FX. This tab includes an integrated text editor for convenience