Hi... I need to access the alarm data from the WinCC databases (used here with the PCS-7 system). I've been in contact with the Siemens Hotline. They told me that the alarm data exists partly in the Configuration database and the Runtime database. The data would be as an alarm ID in one and as the alarmtext in the other under a table called MSArcShort. I have the databases from a project but I can't find these fields there, I can however find a field named MSArcLong - but I haven't found any textstrings for the alarms there. I have used ODBC in order to read the databases in Microsoft Access. The Siemnes Hotline also refered me to a dll file named MSRText.dll that would get the alarmdata and put it in a textfile. Now - this dll is not for free - you have to buy it. I am making this application as a final year thesis work - so the idea is not to buy a ready made component - I have to make it myself. The Siemens homepages (about WinCC) are bragging about how open the WinCC is to other applications but there isn't one example anywhere on how to access it. I've seen that they sell the ODK-packet (Open Developement Kit) which to my understanding says how to access data in WinCC (among other things). Is buying this packet the only way for me to get my hands on any instructions, or do I have any other options (because again the ODK-packet isn't for free either). So, if anyone could please help me in finding out how to access the data (for free) or tell me about where I can find instructions (for free) - then I'd be very thankful. Thankyou in advance, Conny Karlsson.