Modbus Utility

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Manager Modbus Utility Icon.png The Modbus Utility is an application that allows you to easily setup repetitive polling read requests and monitor the performance and status of each request.

Each read request is defined with a repeat interval in seconds. The Modbus Utility internal scheduler will try to repeat the execution of each request as close as possible to the preset interval. It will also sequence all requests to the same Modbus I/O server so they never overlap.

You can optionally assign a variable to each request for conditional execution. If a variable is defined, it has to exist and have value “1” to activate the request polling. Requests that are not active are highlighted in grey.

Modbus utility.

The Modbus Utility tracks the actual repeat interval and compares it with the defined interval. If the difference is more than 25% from the target value, the request is marked as “slow” and highlighted in yellow. The difference between defined and actual interval is reported in the “delta” field.

Requests that return errors are also tracked and highlighted in red.

The minimum and maximum response time is also tracked for each request, and displayed in the “min. time” and “max. time” fields in the requests list.

You can reset the status, delta, minimum and maximum time using the “refresh” button.

You can use filters to only show a subset of requests in the user interface. Entering a text in the search field will only show requests having a data point name that contains the search text. You can also filter by status, selecting slow, skipped, errors, or successful requests.

Note that filters act globally, so if you set a filter all other users will also share the same view of the filtered list. Also note that, to reduce performance overhead, the status and performance data in the list of requests stops being updated after about 60 seconds of inactivity. This is also shared by all users. The refresh of requests’ data has no effect on the actual request scheduler, that runs independently and is never interrupted.

BACnet utility.

The Modbus Utility configuration is stored in a human readable file named modbus-scheduler.ini and located in HSYCO’s main directory. If you manually edit this file, it will be automatically reloaded within a few seconds after it is saved. In a high availability setup, the Modbus Utility is also automatically mirrored from the master to the slave server.