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Aspen Manufacturing Suite

Advanced Process Control

Release Notes
V9
Version Number: V9
May 2016
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Contents
About These Release Notes .....................................................................................1
General Information .........................................................................................2

New Features ..........................................................................................................3


Impact of V9 on Other Versions .........................................................................3
Changes in Program Behavior ............................................................................3
All Products .....................................................................................................5
Aspen DMC3 Builder Replaces APC Builder...........................................................5
Aspen DMC3 Builder APC Workspace Improvements .............................................6
Aspen DMC3 Controller Supports Double Precision Gain Multipliers .........................6
Ideal Case Solution for Calibrate Mode and Robust Control ....................................6
Achieve Traditional Control Behavior When in Calibrate Mode ................................7
Support Multiple Subcontrollers Using the Same Optimization Priority in Smart Tune 7
Change Smart Tune MV Optimization Preference Directly from PCWS .....................7

Software Fixes ........................................................................................................9


Aspen DMCplus ................................................................................................9
Aspen Inferential Qualities (IQ)........................................................................ 10
Aspen Nonlinear Controller .............................................................................. 11
Aspen Process Controller ................................................................................. 11
Aspen Process Recipe Manager ........................................................................ 14
Aspen Production Control Web Server ............................................................... 14
Aspen SmartStep ........................................................................................... 15
Aspen Watch ................................................................................................. 15

Known Issues........................................................................................................17
All Products ................................................................................................... 17
Aspen DMCplus Builder ................................................................................... 18
Aspen Nonlinear Controller Builder ................................................................... 18
Aspen DMC3 .................................................................................................. 18
Aspen Process Controller ................................................................................. 19
Aspen Process Statistical Analyzer .................................................................... 20
Aspen Production Control Web Server ............................................................... 20
Aspen Watch Server ....................................................................................... 25

Third Party Licenses ..............................................................................................27


DockPanel Suite ............................................................................................. 27

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes iii


About These Release Notes

This document contains a detailed summary of issues concerning the Aspen


Manufacturing Suite (AMS) Advanced Process Control products, version V9.
These products include:
 Aspen DMCplus Controller (with Aspen SmartStep technology)
 Aspen DMC3
 Aspen Inferential Qualities (Aspen IQ)
 Aspen Nonlinear Controller (formerly Aspen Apollo)
 Aspen Process Controller
 Aspen Process Recipe Manager
 Aspen Process Statistical Analyzer (formerly Aspen IQmodel Powertools)
 Aspen Production Control Web Server
 Aspen RTO Watch Performance Monitor (Aspen RTO Watch)
 Aspen Watch Performance Monitor (Aspen Watch)
This document includes:
 General information regarding AMS Advanced Process Control products,
version V9 and these release notes
 New features for version V9
 Software fixes for version V9
 Known issues

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 1


General Information
The following items provide general information regarding the AMS Advanced
Process Control products, version V9, and these Release Notes.
 The Release Notes for all AMS Advanced Process Control products are
contained in this document.
 Installation instructions for AMS Advanced Process Control products are
contained in the Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control
Installation Guide. This installation guide is available as a .PDF document
from the "Welcome..." page of the Aspen Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Installation Browser (click the "Installation Guides" link) or the AspenTech
Support web site.
 Installation instructions for Aspen Process Recipe Manager are contained
in the Aspen Process Recipe Manager and Aspen Process Sequencer
Installation Guide, which is also available from the software installation or
AspenTech Support web site.
 You should read these Release Notes in conjunction with the installation
and configuration manuals that were supplied with the AMS V9 release. All
Aspen Manufacturing Suite Release V9 product documentation is available
after products installation or located on
https://support.aspentech.com.
 For information regarding previous releases of AMS Advanced Process
Control products, see the corresponding Release Notes on the AspenTech
support web site, https://support.aspentech.com.

2 Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes


New Features

The following new-features and program changes are introduced in Aspen


Manufacturing Suite (AMS) Advanced Process Control V9.

Impact of V9 on Other Versions


This version installs enhanced security certificates for APC products that use
WCF communication. It requires that compatible updates be applied on all
sides of the communication channel. This includes same version and older
version APC products that use WCF communications. Therefore, it is
important that V9 be installed consistently for all APC Online, APC Builder,
APC Performance Monitor and APC Web Server machines.
Older Online versions that communicate with APC Web Server or Aspen Watch
must also apply the appropriate version communication updates to continue
functioning.
Updated files for older product versions (prior to v8.8 CP1) can be found on
the AspenTech Support site.
Solution ID 145290 - Emergency Patch APC (Multiple Versions) for
SHA-1 Deprecation.

Changes in Program Behavior


The following differences in program behavior or results should be noted with
V9:

Aspen DMCplus Model and DMC3 Builder


CQ00690299
 The model uncertainty and model grading have been adjusted to be
consistent with earlier versions of DMCplus (V7.1). This also insures that
identification results are identical between DMCplus Model and DMC3
Builder.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 3


Aspen DMCplus Build
Robust and Smart Tune features for DMCplus-based DMC3 applications are
now available for DMCplus applications. (See the Aspen DMCplus Entry
Dictionary for ROBUST and SMTWZRD entries.) The Options dialog in
DMCplus Build now adds a SMTWZRD entry checkbox that enables the
Update CCF with Smart Tune Configuration menu in APC Builder. This
feature allows importing a CCF and MDL3 model into DMC3 Builder, where
running the Smart Tune Configuration feature is available, and then updating
the original CCF with the new tuning values.
Additional validation checks have also been added in Build to avoid an invalid
Smart Tune configuration in the CCF. This includes checking for naming
conflicts between Subcontrollers and Test Groups. All of these names must
now be unique in order to import the application into Aspen Process
Controller Builder.
Additional changes include the following:
 Default value for LPCRIT was change from 0 to 1.
 Default value for CST was changed from 1 to 0.
 Default value for CSTRANK was changed from 1001 to 9999.
 The controller engine now automatically treats CST of 0 as Minimum
Movement.

Aspen Production Control Web Server


 The CurrentSchedule entry information no longer appears on the
Overview and Controller views for RTE-based applications. This
information is still available from the controller detail pages.
 The Overview view for RTE applications now shows Delta CPU, Delta
Time, and Why Off Message columns (similar to DMCplus applications).
The Type column now shows the model type (FIR, MIMO, MISO) instead of
just APC.
 The Operations view now adds Ideal SS Target and Ideal Constraint
columns for MVs and CVs when running in Robust and Calibrate modes.
 The Strategy view is now available for DMCplus DMC3 controllers that
have Smart Tune enabled.
 The Strategy view now allows changing the MV optimization direction.
 The ROBUST control feature is now available for DMCplus based DMC3
applications. This causes the Robustness factor to appear in the Settings
table at the top of the Operations view when in Control mode.
 When using Smart Tune, a Calibration Ratio factor is shown for each Test
Group. Otherwise, only a single Calibration Ratio is shown for the entire
application.
 If Smart Tune is enabled for an application, the tuning values for Cost, LP
Criteria, and Cost Rank can only be entered in either the Smart Tune
wizard in Aspen Process Controller Builder or the Strategy view in Aspen
Production Control Web Server. Consequently, if Smart Tune is enabled
for an application, you will find that entry of the aforementioned tuning
values is disabled in the following places: the Online views in Aspen
Production Control Web Server, and the Tune Optimizer dialog and
Simulate views in Aspen Process Controller Builder.

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All Products
APC Configuration Guide provides the after-
you-install procedures for all APC products
The APC Configuration Guide, an online help system, contains instructions and
procedures that previously were published in the "After You Install" and
"Upgrading" chapters of the Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process
Control Installation Guide. Now, you can find the instructions more easily in
this online guide, which is displayed in your computer's default web browser.
After you finish installing (or upgrading) APC products, and you reboot the
computer, the Introduction to the APC Configuration Guide topic displays
automatically to convey the guide's importance.

IMPORTANT: The “Introduction to the APC Configuration Guide”


automatically displays only once after installation and rebooting are complete.
You will need the guide to complete all steps necessary after you install or
upgrade.
To view the APC Configuration Guide again, do one or more of the following:
 Add the currently displayed page to your web browser's Bookmarks or
Favorites list.
 Make your own shortcut that opens the APC Configuration Guide from the
following file:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\AspenTech
Shared\APCConfigurationGuide\default.htm
Print this Help topic as a reference so you can locate and open the starting
topic of the APC Configuration Guide. (In your web browser, press CTRL + O
to locate and open the above-listed file.)

Aspen DMC3 Builder Replaces


APC Builder
Aspen DMC3 Builder provides the same features and capabilities as Aspen
Process Controller Builder, but with an improved user interface and an
emphasis on development of FIR model-based applications.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 5


Aspen DMC3 Builder APC
Workspace Improvements
Aspen DMC3 Builder replaces the APC Workspace with a ribbon-style user
interface for application development.
The screen layout in Aspen DMC3 Builder takes advantage of a tabbed,
ribbon-style user interface, making it easier to work with different areas of
application development, without multiple open windows.

Aspen DMC3 Controller


Supports Double Precision Gain
Multipliers
The DMC3 Controller now supports double precision Gain Multipliers in all of
the controller calculations. This feature requires a DMC3 token. If a DMC3
token is not available, Gain Multipliers (GMULTs) are stored using single
precision. Support for double precision includes those controllers with a
DMC3 license that are participating in a Composite application. Gain
Multipliers are still stored in AspenWatch as single precision.

Ideal Case Solution for


Calibrate Mode and Robust
Control
When running in Calibrate Mode or using Robust Control, an additional
solution is now provided for comparison purposes. The Ideal Case solution is
the calculated MV/CV targets and their active constraint indicators should the
controller run in the traditional Control Mode (when no Cost Function trade-
off is applied).
The Ideal Case Target and Ideal Constraint Indicator are displayed
alongside the actual values currently used by the controller. Note that for a
ramp CV, the displayed Ideal Case value is the same as the actual value since
its steady-state value is determined by the dynamic move plan.

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Achieve Traditional Control
Behavior When in Calibrate
Mode
When in Calibrate Mode, if the Calibration Ratio is set to 0, the controller
will behave exactly the same as in the traditional Control Mode.
If a Test Group is set to Control or its Calibration Ratio is set to 0, then
this Test Group will behave the same as traditional Control Mode if:
1. There is no MV in this Test Group acting as a ramp handle of another CV
which is in another Test Group still in step testing.
2. No CV is in another Test Group who is still step testing.

Support Multiple Subcontrollers


Using the Same Optimization
Priority in Smart Tune
It is no longer required that subcontrollers need to be in different optimization
priority groups; multiple subcontrollers can now use the same priority group.

Change Smart Tune MV


Optimization Preference
Directly from PCWS
You can now directly change the MV optimization preference from the LP
Strategy View. You can choose between Maximization, Minimization and
Minimum Movement, in addition to setting the optimization priority.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 7


Software Fixes

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 includes a number of


software fixes that further improve the product. Numbers at the beginning of
the description indicate a corresponding AspenTech support incident.

Aspen DMCplus
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen DMCplus.
CQ Number Description

CQ00578249 1455302 / DMCplus calculation doesn't work with constants


CQ00583518 1468894 / Fatal Error: Unable to open message file:
$ACODHOME/cfg\message.dat
CQ00583635 1467305 / Possible to save DMCplus variables with tag name longer
than 12 characters in DMCplus Model
CQ00585779 1476534 / Administrator account should not be required for APC
Desktop Workstation
CQ00587826 1480617 / Smart Step User Target message misleading
CQ00590408 Provide ideal case active constraint indicators when Robust Control
is used
CQ00592567 1488243 / PWLN transform issue with Low (SS & Dyn) ECEs
CQ00593497 1490966 / Inconsistent value displayed for SSSTEP in the controller
messages
CQ00596458 1496889 / Add minimum system requirements and
recommendations to install guide
CQ00602749 Frequent MV moves due to inconsistency between CV Test Margin
and Transition Zone
CQ00602899 1507244 / DMCplus Simulate and Online dmcp_manage crash when
loading a particular CCF
CQ00606761 1513100 / Calibrate does not balance levels even when Calibrate
Ratio is 0 or Test Group in Control mode
CQ00608303 1517183 / Performance Monitor Data Service should use same
account as Aspen InfoPlus.21 Task Service
CQ00608695 Adaptive cases and plots fail if model file name contains extra
periods
CQ00610764 1516281 / Last Run time showing different timestamp in PCWS
controller view and Manage (after an I/O failure)

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 9


CQ Number Description

CQ00611341 1524715 / Build crashes after model reorder and double-clicking a


re-ordered GMULT entry
CQ00611766 Ramps and ramp handle MVs cause bump upon switching from Off
to On in Calibrate mode
CQ00615351 1538601 / DMCplus engine overwrites the cost when negative in
MIN MOVE LP strategy
CQ00684644 1543756 / Ramp imbalance does not shed controller when
RSHEDSUB is 1 but no Subcontroller exists
CQ00687960 Ramp stays between Limit and Limit+TestMargin without correction
in Calibrate and SmartStep
CQ00688679 1547790 / Unexpected give up on ETs in composite
CQ00690299 1550821 / Model Uncertainty Analysis is Suspect in DMCplus Model
V8.7 CP2
CQ00691715 1554376 / DMCplus Model Crashes with "not enough contiguous
data" while running a case
CQ00697128 1562204 / Simulate crashes when trying to create a new simulation
using a dbg file

Aspen Inferential Qualities (IQ)


This section describes the software fixes to Aspen IQ.
CQ Number Description
CQ00573297 Recommend leaving this one out as it was tracked down to IO errors
at the customer site
CQ00574944 1449293 / IQ Internal Calculations with read/write: Wrong CimIO
Device gets added instead of Default device after saving iqf
CQ00575199 1453531 / Prevent setting P1OFFSET greater than P1PERIOD
CQ00578211 1455654 / IQConfig Runtime error occurs using Excel for IQ
Calculations
CQ00584521 1471540 / IQ Model fails to open a large file ~475Mb
CQ00587870 1480572 / Data not imported from lab text file
CQ00593915 1490174 / Validation variables with labels longer than 40 characters
causes IQ application to crash
CQ00608920 1518592 / IQConfig is unable to recognize the connected IQR file
even though it is present in the same folder
CQ00612982 1527466 / Model gains do not update online on redeploy with new
mdl
CQ00613164 1527764 / Need additional details in help documentation for
PREDITVL and PREDOFST
CQ00613613 1528259 / IQConfig crashes when reading a svr file in V8.7

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Aspen Nonlinear Controller
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen Process Controller
(supersedes Aspen Apollo).
CQ Number Description

CQ00603817 1493928 / Initializing predictions does not reset the model


predicted values if Gain Multiplier is used

Aspen Process Controller


This section describes the software fixes to Aspen Process Controller
(supersedes Aspen State-Space Controller).
CQ Number Description

CQ00571605 1443848 / Out of memory exception when importing large CLC files
in APC Builder
CQ00580652 1461959 / Cannot delete global slices in APC Builder
CQ00580996 Predictions cannot be generated for CLC with lower case tag names
CQ00581512 Cannot see user entries defined under Subcontroller section in web
viewer
CQ00583221 1465786 / Increase maximum limit for number of subcontrollers
allowed for a CV
CQ00584261 Unhandled exception: Value of 3 is not valid for Value when running
FIR case identification
CQ00584776 1471849 / Constraint ID Gain Ratio does not work in certain
situations
CQ00585078 1465412 / Apply Gain Multiplier option not working for APC
controllers in Adaptive Model view
CQ00585894 APC Builder | Copy and paste breaks the reference from the case
CQ00586531 APC Builder | Calculations containing GMULTs are not updated
when new CVs are added
CQ00587440 Set Scaling in APC Builder should extrapolate and not rescale the
engineering space
CQ00587699 Model ID cases in APC Builder do not work with lowercase tag
names
CQ00587701 Plot order in APC Builder dataset does not respect the order of
vectors in vector list
CQ00587702 Slice tooltips are not working correctly in APC Builder dataset view
CQ00587705 Automatic scrolling in the Identify Structure dialog in APC Builder
causes problems
CQ00587709 The rotate operation should be used instead of the gain scale
operation after Collinearity repair.
CQ00587710 On the Edit Calculated variable in Dataset view, should show the
formula
CQ00593150 1489621 / User defined entry corruption causes unhandled
exception (An entry with the same name key already exists)
CQ00593331 1489530 / DMC3 controller Adaptive Modelling Case Model showing
AT Control error ("Server error in '/AtControlCharts' Application ...")

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 11


CQ Number Description

CQ00594448 1492267 / FIR model simulate does not provide the right solution
CQ00595838 1494701 / APC Builder crashes when opening projects (requires
kernelbase.dll 6.2.9200.17366 or later)
CQ00596584 1497109 / APC Builder crashes when trying to import a CLC file
with a certain timestamp format
CQ00596738 1497447 / APC Builder Simulation does not run properly when
transforms are added to the controller
CQ00596983 1497821 / Cannot import certain dpv file into APC Builder (files
were exported out from APC Builder)
CQ00596989 1497209 / Variable naming inconsistency error when trying to
change variable name in APC Builder
CQ00597157 1498239 / Failure to remove curve operation in APC Builder
CQ00597347 1498091 / Improve merging capabilities for Calculations, User
Defined Entries and Tuning values
CQ00601418 1504352 / APC Builder Curve Operation does not support "Add" and
"Subtract" operations
CQ00601869 1504673 / Case editor crashes in APC Builder when deleting CV
with non-zero deadtime
CQ00601871 1504345 / Case template does not get listed in cases that were
built before the template was created
CQ00602011 1505667 / Page up / Page down button not enabled to look at all
plots in dataset
CQ00602121 1495788 / Calculation errors from InputCalcs: <Name> Could not
set entry <Name> to value " because: Cannot convert object to
Double
CQ00602189 1498730 / Nonlinear application crashes when deleting MV and CV
CQ00602804 1507204 / Minor annoyance cannot use delete key for the rename
of the model and dataset
CQ00604447 1509210 / APC Builder Case Editor loses some master model curves
CQ00604475 1506535 / Aspen APC Builder V8.8 crashes when the dataset is
deleted
CQ00606773 1513948 / APCPlatform timeout getting collected data
CQ00607673 1515518 / APC Builder shows in Case Editor "Error: Cannot load
instance"
CQ00607686 1516122 / APC Builder IO Source Cim-IO Maximum list size issue
CQ00609129 1520110 / Calculation writes a strange value of 0 in test mode
CQ00609933 1521599 / Add warning that a vector with a name longer than 12
char will be truncated to be a 12 char Variable name
CQ00610102 APC Builder based Collect doesn't fetch Description and Engineering
Units (compared to legacy Collect)
CQ00611432 APC Builder | Calculations/User Entries | Exception | Deleting user
entries for a CV and adding it back to all CVs
CQ00611457 1502511 / Getting an error "Invalid Rank List:error at rank 30"
when trying to turn on DMC3 controller built in V8.8 Smart Tune
CQ00611460 1521488 / Model Identification Discrepancy: V8.5 DMC Model/V8.8
APC Builder
CQ00612026 1525582 / Deploying the dmc3 application makes the application
create and delete again

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CQ Number Description

CQ00612274 1511939 / APC Builder should not write IsTuningValue entries


during Redeploy
CQ00612429 1526685 / APC Builder crash occurs when editing variables from
the Case Editor after simulating
CQ00612431 1526684 / Several calculations are not translated into Aspen APC
Builder from DMCplus
CQ00612606 1527080 / Protect against composite simulation of controller names
with brackets
CQ00613382 1528048 / IO Tags are not updated using Find and Replace in
Configure Connection for String Variable Types
CQ00613546 1524499 / The movement calculated in Collinearity Analysis is
incorrect
CQ00613842 1528161 / APC Builder fails to import calculations with disabled
Output calculations
CQ00614052 1528583 / Model switch causes application internal error
CQ00614569 Unable to deploy DMC3 app in ACOBase platform is showstopper for
some customers
CQ00637974 1539410 / Cannot update Master Model - gives unhandled
exception error
CQ00651070 1540844 / Filtered variable remain "BAD" on reconnection after loss
of connection to DCS
CQ00685747 1529105 / MISO RTEApplication.exe freezes if no models exist for a
column or row
CQ00688716 1548642 / Collinearity option window shows a gray zone that does
not let you see the values
CQ00688720 1549183 / Collinearity repair parallel groups fails with different
pivots.
CQ00689057 1549561 / APC Builder not capturing missing data when datasets
merged
CQ00689715 1550496 / Simulation fails for variables with lowercase names
CQ00690268 1551067 / Copy/Paste does not work in the Deadtime tab in the
case editor
CQ00690875 1552232 / Controller disappears and reappears every cycle from
the Web interface
CQ00690918 Add missing states to the CCF_TO_STATUS formula
CQ00691259 1552176 / Cannot run MQA analysis for this application
CQ00691271 1553488 / Allow multiple subcontrollers to have the same rank in
Smart Tune
CQ00692676 1555222 / Creating Nonlinear model failed when using the default
setting
CQ00698045 1564616 / Calibrate ignores programmed imbalance (MXNIMB = -
1) when ramp violates a limit
CQ00698871 1566228 / Cannot copy and paste a curve operation model
CQ00699002 1564410 / APC Builder simulation freezes due to bad calculation
result

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 13


Aspen Process Recipe Manager
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen Process Recipe Manager
and Aspen Process Sequencer.
CQ Number Description
CQ00543686 1391109 / History report returns changes for all Master or Control
recipes
CQ00550139 1405747 / Incorrect error message pops up when Recipe Name in
Control exceeds 25 characters
CQ00584401 1471211 / Transition Reports being generated but not showing data
CQ00586534 1477192 / Problems scheduling APS transitions from PCWS clients
with non US English settings
CQ00594116 Operator request node with a numeric recipe value is shown
properly in Process Recipe Run view but not (undefined) in the Web
interface (PCWS)
CQ00599751 1502076 / Not possible to input value from web-interface into an
operator request node
CQ00614394 1537631 / APR v8.8 history is retrieving incorrect data into excel
report

Aspen Production Control Web


Server
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen Production Control Web
Server.
CQ Number Description

CQ00583523 1469091 / Controller name and site information should be


highlighted on Web Displays
CQ00585045 1468438 / Inspector page fails for apps with fractional TTSS when
web server uses comma-as-decimal
CQ00585789 1473445 / Test Agent shows Not Supported if too many past
modeling cases exist for an application
CQ00588004 1480680 / Opening the PCWS Plots view page for a controller
results in multiple error message pop-ups
CQ00591295 1486159 / PCWS doesn’t show DMCplus Model if one variables Eng
Units is " (inch symbol)
CQ00591620 1486874 / PCWS SmartStep Wizard doesn’t keep Description
changes
CQ00591741 1486392 / Problems with Aspen Watch plot files
CQ00593461 Cannot change GMULTs online using In-Cell data entry method
CQ00594109 1492255 / Online adaptive does not warn user that it will turn OFF
the controller on deploying a new model
CQ00602774 1501835 / Group Definition not working in PCWS (it freezes)
CQ00602806 1507206 / Test Agent schedule documentation changes needed for
Slicing and ID case intervals

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CQ Number Description

CQ00605226 1502723 / PCWS Logon failures and performance issues


CQ00608716 1518950 / Issue with Strategy view when logged in with only
operator privilege
CQ00609509 1518594 / Service switch filter on Operations/Engineering page
does not work
CQ00611459 1521314 / Why is changing Application mode is now available to
operators in V8.8?
CQ00611576 1520087 / PCWS stability issues when running large number of
applications
CQ00612581 1526133 / Webservice crashing on V8.8 PCWS on virtual machine
CQ00684653 1542362 / PCWS V8.8 EP1 shows login issues after installing
Windows Updates
CQ00689737 Smart Tune does not allow to change the optimization direction
from LP Strategy View
CQ00699094 1564210 / Incorrect token consumption for History plot in DMC3

Aspen SmartStep
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen SmartStep.
CQ Number Description
CQ00587448 Step Timers are reset to values too close to each other
CQ00602139 1495165 / SS Target not equal to the limit but limit shown as a
constraint

Aspen Watch
This section describes the software fixes to Aspen Watch Performance Monitor
(Aspen Watch).
CQ Number Description
CQ00556316 1415842 / Wrong Daily and Hourly average Calculation (Follow-up
CQ00545382 Wrong KPI Calculation)
CQ00583376 1467692 / Add ABB Infi90 Equations in PID Watch
CQ00583901 Miscellaneous tags do not work in report plot sections
CQ00586386 1477217 / Improve decimal formatting in KPI Reports for small
values
CQ00586983 1478503 / CCF export from Aspen Watch Inspector generates
corrupted CCF files
CQ00605636 1511553 / APC Installation Guide does not list the need to upgrade
IP21 snapshot before running IDC
CQ00608447 1516806 / Transformed ETMECEL/ETMECEU entries show a value of -
Inf/+Inf
CQ00610288 1522154 / CCF snapshots exported from Watch Inspector are corrupt
CQ00613400 1525310 / AW Maker not showing pop-up to select KPI Library when

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 15


CQ Number Description
starting collection for a redeployed APC controller
CQ00615406 1529201 / What-If Simulation fails for v8.8 and later upgraded
database
CQ00658746 1541168 / Baseline values reported in KPI reports for a tag group do
not seem to be correct
CQ00684413 1543539 / Reordering tags using the Tag group configuration wizard
in AWMaker corrupts the tag group KPI calculations
CQ00684646 1543874 / Discrepancies in the calculated aggregate KPIs for tag
groups
CQ00684818 1542133 / Baseline behavior when a new tag is added to a Tag Group
CQ00688462 1548848 / What-If simulate hangs without any error message (or log)
if no licenses are available
CQ00688464 1548820 / Aspen Watch Historian File Set Size documentation
correction
CQ00691272 1553489 / GLO / GLI Tag Group KPI algorithm
CQ00691863 1554637 / TSK_MSC1 crashes for Misc Tag KPIs in Tag Group with
email notification list
CQ00692898 1555447 / Aspen Watch No analysis on new or renamed values.
CQ00693200 1548919 / Maker crashes when load from library button pressed
when creating a new KPI
CQ00695957 Colon in IOTAG prevents MQ or ID cases from completing

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Known Issues

This section describes the Known Issues in Aspen Manufacturing Suite


Advanced Process Control V9.

All Products
32-bit Windows Operating Systems Not
Supported
Effective as of V9, 32-bit versions of Windows Server and desktop operating
systems are not supported.

Side-by-side (multiple versions)


installation of APC products is no longer
supported
The V9 upgrade installation for APC products automatically detects and
removes previous versions before installing the current version.

Installation does not configure inbound


rules for TCP/IP ports if the Windows
Firewall Service is not started
CQ00460414
Prior to installation, ensure the Windows Firewall Service is STARTED.
If the Windows Firewall Service is NOT started, the installation completes.
However, the installer does not configure needed port exceptions in the
Windows Firewall.

Note: The requirement is that the Windows Firewall Service must be


STARTED. The Firewall, itself, does not need to be turned ON.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 17


Aspen DMCplus Builder
Loss of precision occurs when copying a
ramp curve
CQ00040936
When you copy a ramp curve from an output model into an assembled model,
there is some loss of precision in the final slope. This issue is similar to a
previous known issue that was fixed in 2.0 (WPAN46NUSW), but it only
affects ramps, and, in this case, the loss of precision is not as severe.

Aspen Nonlinear Controller


Builder
Changing physical limits changes tuning
CQ00054585
Tuning parameters that are in Engineering Units, such as Equal Concern
Errors, are internally stored as a percentage of the Physical Range. Changing
Upper or Lower Limits will change the values of these tuning parameters.
Physical limits should be set up at the beginning of the project and represent
the lowest and highest values that can possibly be achieved by the variable.

Aspen DMC3
On server shutdown, RTE Service does not
perform normal shutdown
CQ247359
When multiple APC controller applications are running and a Windows
shutdown is performed, there is a chance that some application snapshots
and might not be saved to disk, or that a snapshot or history file might be
corrupted (because they are incompletely saved). If a corrupted file has been
created during Windows shutdown then the RTE Service may not successfully
start when the system is restarted, or if started, one or more applications
may be missing.
During a Windows shutdown the Windows system allows a maximum of 30
seconds for any active Windows service to terminate. If a Windows service is
still active 30 seconds after Windows has asked it to stop, then Windows will
kill the Windows service process, abruptly interrupting whatever it was doing.
The RTE Service can take more than 30 seconds to stop, particularly if there

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are many APC controller applications running or if there are large APC
controller applications running. If the RTE Service process is killed while in the
middle of writing a file, then that file might be partially created and corrupted.
When the RTE Service is started again that file corruption may prevent the
startup process from succeeding or from loading all the APC Controller
applications.
To prevent the possibility of a corrupted application snapshot or history file
during Windows shutdown, you should manually stop the RTE Service prior to
initiating the shutdown.

Aspen Process Controller


MasterOnOffRequest may be turned OFF by
controller
There are certain conditions where the MasterOnOffSwitch and
MasterOnOffStatus can be set to OFF by the controller:
 If the MasterOnOffStatus is ON and there is no MV in 'Control' (due to
service request, service status, or loop status), then the
MasterOnOffRequest switch will be turned OFF and an appropriate error
message logged.
 If the MasterOnOffStatus is OFF and the MasterOnOffRequest is ON, the
controller will not turn ON unless there is at least one MV that can be
controlled.

System memory limitation of History


Retention on Aspen Process Controller
Server when many large applications are
deployed
CQ00579707
On an Aspen Process Controller Server with many large applications deployed,
the default History Retention setting of 2 days leads to excessive
consumption of system memory, which, over time, causes the RTE Service to
fail.
To avoid this failure, the RTE Service monitors memory use, and it
automatically reduces the History Retention period to 4 hours when it
detects that memory use is too high. If this occurs, an engineering message
is issued, which can be seen in the Messages view of APC Web Viewer.

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Aspen Process Statistical
Analyzer
Q Stat and T Square features fail to work
after outlier deletion
The Q Stat and T Square features can fail to work after the Clean button has
been executed in the multivariate statistical analysis.

Workaround
To circumvent this, save the file (after cleaning) by using File | Save Data to
MATLAB File menu command, and then reload. Then run the multivariate
statistical analysis feature again.

Aspen Production Control Web


Server
Slow log-on and navigation performance
If the logon time when accessing PCWS seems slow, see AspenTech Support
solution 120891.

Java™ (JRE) prerequisite for Web Server


installation
Installation of Aspen Production Control Web Server V9 requires that the
following third-party software be installed as a prerequisite:
 32-bit (i.e., Windows x86 or i586) Java version 8 or later version.

Workaround
1 From www.java.com, click "Free Java Download."
(For offline environments, where no Internet connection is available, see
Notes below.)
2 For downloading, select the 32-bit (Windows x86 or i586), latest version.

Notes:
 During installation, always clear check boxes that include "Optional 3rd
Party Installations."

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 To complete the JRE installation in an environment where there is no
Internet connection, you can obtain the "Windows Offline (32-bit)"
installation file for Java on a separate computer that has an Internet-
connection. Look for the offline installation file in the www.java.com page
for "Java Downloads for All Operating Systems."
 When the JRE installation is complete, verify that it is installed by
inspecting the Windows Control Panel. The Windows Control Panel should
include a Java (32-bit) applet.

Permission denied message when saving a


plot
When using the High Performance Trends (HPT) to save a plot, you may
receive a "permission denied" message if your logon account does not have
write permissions to the folders where plot files are saved on the web server.

Workaround
The APC Web Server administrator must configure folder security permissions
for the following two file folders on the APC Web Server:
 C:\inetpub\wwwroot\AspenTech\Web21\Plots
This Plots folder is visible to all APC Web Server users. It is automatically
created during APC Web Server installation so that HPT plot files can be
saved here.
Right-click the folder, and from the Properties dialog box, Security tab,
change the folder security to allow Full Control for either a group of
users or specific users as needed.
You can also allow Full Control for the "Authenticated Users" group.
This provides folder access to a wider range of users, but is less secure.
Note: The "Authenticated Users" group can be added to the Group or
user names list if you click the Edit... button under the Group or user
names list, and access the Advanced dialog boxes to search for the
"Authenticated Users" group in the Location that is the local machine.
 C:\inetpub\wwwroot\AspenTech\Web21\WebControls\Plots
This file folder, and the subfolders automatically created within it, are
visible to individual APC Web Server users.
You will need to create this particular Plots folder before you can set the
folder security permissions.
After you create the folder, set its folder security permissions as described
above.

Important: If you perform the above steps locally on the APC Web Server
machine, then use the Run as administrator command to start the web
browser before you try to verify the success of adding the Plots folders
security permissions.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 21


Some applications with the same name do
not appear
If different types of applications are identically named and hosted on the
same online applications server (for example, an Aspen IQ application and an
Aspen DMC controller both named "ABC"), then only one of the applications
will appear in Aspen Production Control Web Server pages.
This is a limitation of the web repository, which uniquely identifies
applications by host and name. Therefore, only the first application reported
is displayed, and the second one is ignored.

Workaround
 Ensure that all applications hosted on a single online applications server
are uniquely named, regardless of application type.
 If identical naming is necessary, then place the applications on separate
servers.

No search results from High Performance


Trend (HPT) search feature
If no results are shown for the Type-ahead or Search features of the High
Performance Trends (which is used in various History tab dialogs for Aspen
Watch plots), the search database may need populating.
 See the procedure in the Aspen Production Control Web Server WebHelp
topic "Configuration Tab" | "Supporting Dialog Boxes" | "IP.21 HPT
Search Data Management - Dialog Box".

Plots not showing when "Enforce single-


window environment" is enabled
The User Preferences option to Enforce single-window environment in
Aspen Production Control Web Server supports environments where pop-up
windows are not allowed. (The option is a new feature, added in V8.4.)
When the Enforce single-window environment option is enabled, Aspen
Production Control Web Server uses hovering frames within the main window
to display all pop-up content.
A conflict occurs when the Compatibility View feature of Internet Explorer
(IE) prevents certain combinations of plot type and single window mode
settings from functioning correctly.
The conflict may also occur when the User Preferences option to Use High
Performance Trends (HPT) is enabled. (The option is a new feature, added
in V8.4.1 to improve the display of graphic plots in history and history details
pages that originate from Aspen Watch Performance Monitor applications. It
represents an advancement over the legacy method of using ActiveX plots.)

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Workaround
The following table shows valid combinations of enabling or disabling Enforce
single-window environment, Use High Performance Trends (HPT), and
the Compatibility View browser setting:
Enforce single-window Use High Performance
environment Trends (HPT) IE Compatibility View

ON ON (HPT plots) OFF only


ON OFF (ActiveX plots) ON only
OFF ON OFF or ON
OFF OFF OFF or ON

Internet Explorer display issues and


resolutions
The following display issues may occur when using Internet Explorer 10 (or
later version) to view Aspen Production Control Web Server web pages and
WebHelp:
ISSUE: If Compatibility View is enabled, then proper formatting of plotting
web pages is lost.

Workaround
Verify that Compatibility View is disabled for the Aspen Production Control
Web Server web site:
1 From the main menu of Internet Explorer 10, click Tools | Compatibility
View Settings.
2 In the Compatibility View Settings dialog, ensure the check box is
cleared for Display intranet sites in Compatibility View.
3 Also, in the Compatibility View Settings dialog, ensure the Aspen
Production Control Web Server web site is not listed in Websites you've
added to Compatibility View.

If APC Web Server is on Windows Server


2012, History plots from Aspen Watch
applications may not display
If Aspen Production Control Web Server V9 is hosted on Windows Server
2012, History plots do not display if the following situations exist:
 The client web browser is an earlier version than Internet Explorer 9
(IE9).
-or-
 The client web browser is IE9 (or later), but the Use High Performance
Trends (HPT) option is disabled in the User Preferences page of Aspen
Production Control Web Server V9.
Note: By default, the HPT option is enabled when Aspen Production
Control Web Server detects a compatible web browser.

Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control V9 Release Notes 23


In the Windows Server 2012 environment, the Remote Data Server (RDS)
component, traditionally used to receive data for rendering Aspen Watch
History plots, is no longer supported by the operating system.
To address this issue, High Performance Trends (HPT) functionality,
introduced in V8.4.1 of Aspen Production Control Web Server, replaces the
RDS and ActiveX method formerly used for rendering History plots.

Workaround
If you require display of Aspen Watch Performance Monitor applications (and,
particularly, the History plots), then do the following:
 Ensure that Aspen Production Control Web Server is V9, client web
browsers are HPT-compatible (IE9 or later), and client web browsers have
the Use High Performance Trends (HPT) option enabled in the User
Preferences page.
-or-
 Ensure that Aspen Production Control Web Server is installed on Windows
Server 2008 R2.

Note: This issue only applies to Aspen Production Control Web Server V9. It
does not apply to Aspen Watch Performance Monitor Server V9, which
operates correctly on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows Server 2012
R2.

Adaptive Modeling Dataset Viewer displays


previous version cases incorrectly
In version V8.0.1, the format of the historical data used for Adaptive Modeling
Identification (ID) cases was changed. As a result, after a cumulative patch
or later version (V8.0.1, V8.0.2, V8.4, V8.5, V8.7, V8.8, or V9) is installed,
the Dataset Viewer page (which is accessed from the Modeling page in the
History tab) displays incorrectly when it is used to display data from
previous-version Adaptive Modeling ID cases.

Workaround
If you are working with historical data that was recorded with version V8.0 or
earlier, then, after installing a patch or version that is V8.0.1 or later, rerun
all existing, previous-version Adaptive Modeling Identification (ID) cases.

Adaptive Modeling Model Viewer, DMCplus


Model display ramp rate differently
CQ00487084
In the History tab, Adaptive Modeling, Model Viewer page, the plotted
model gain for ramp variables is expressed in (CV Units / MV Units) *
ControlInterval. This is different from DMCplus Model, where it is
expressed as (CV Units / MV Units) * Minutes. This may cause confusion
when the control interval for the application does not equal 1 minute. This
plotting behavior, in the Model Viewer window, is by design. It follows the

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current convention used in most Aspen APC tools, which use the
ControlInterval factor when plotting ramp variables. Only DMCplus Model
uses the Minutes factor.

WARNING: Network Card Configuration


issues
The most common cause of intermittent communication loss between the
machine hosting Aspen Production Control Web Server and the online
applications servers is an incorrectly configured Network Interface Card (NIC).

Workaround
 For V7.2 and later, leave the default setting for duplex/speed (Auto or
AutoDetect). It is best to let the NIC negotiate the duplex/speed settings.
Check this on both the Aspen Production Control Web Server computer
and on all Online host computers that connect to it.
 For multiple NICs, use "Teaming" mode. Also ensure that the teaming
software uses a "virtual NIC" configuration, so that the team appears as a
single MAC address and IP address. If a Network Connection needs to be
disabled, use the Network settings in Windows to disable it (don't just
disconnect the cable).
 Disable the option for Windows to "allow the computer to turn off the
device to save power."
 If you are seeing strange behavior that appears to be network-related, try
re-installing or updating the network driver software for your computer.
This simple step has solved many unusual issues that have been
encountered by Aspen Support. If the APC software runs on a Virtual
Machine (VM), then upgrade the VM Host machine's network driver
software.

Aspen Watch Server


Unique application names requirement for
Aspen Watch
CQ00566180
Applications monitored by Aspen Watch must be uniquely named in order to
be included in the Aspen Watch database and have historical data collected.
This requirement applies to all applications, even if they originate from
different development platforms (for example, from Aspen DMCplus or Aspen
Process Controller), or they operate from different online applications servers.
In Aspen Watch Maker, if a duplicate application name is detected, the new
application will not be added to the database (for Aspen DMCplus
applications), or it will not appear in the available list of APC applications (for
Aspen Process Controller applications).

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TSK_IQn task fails to start
You may receive an error when starting a database for one of the TSK_IQn
tasks.

Workaround
Use Windows Task Manager to check for one of the following processes, and
terminate it:
 PerformAnalysis.exe
 SimDriver.exe
 PIDWatch.exe
Then restart the database.

Simulation task may fail to complete and


block any new request
CQ00102496
The Model Verification simulation task may fail to complete in some
situations. These situations include:
 The computer is rebooted before the Model Verification job is completed.
 The CCF is corrupted and cannot be loaded.
 The CCF content does not match the MDL content.
When this occurs, the status of the current simulation case will show
Running and will remain that way. As the result, the case will not be
completed, and no new case can be requested.

Workaround
Perform the following steps to restore the functionality:
1 Access the Windows Task Manager dialog box (press CTRL + ALT +
DEL, and then click Task Manager...).
Then stop the following, related processes:
o simulate.exe
o SimDriver.exe
2 Change the case status from Running to Aborted by following these
steps:
o Open InfoPlus.21 Administrator.
o Locate the definition record AW_MDLSIMDEF.
o Find the record corresponding to the hung case.
o Change the value of AW_RECORD_STATUS to Aborted.
3 Resubmit the case using the Aspen Production Control Web Server
History tab.

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Third Party Licenses

The Aspen Manufacturing Suite Advanced Process Control products


incorporate open source code from several sources. Copyrights and licenses
for those sources are listed below.

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Copyright (c) 2007 Weifen Luo (email: weifenluo@yahoo.com)
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to
use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of
the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do
so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT
HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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