PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Tool Demonstration: Software Setup (1:50)

Jul 6, 2016 10:41:29 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in General, Products, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiCaptain, ProfiCore Ultra, ProfiTrace 2, Scopeware, software, Technical Support

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At this point, the ProfiCore Ultra should be connected to the training kit and the ProfiTrace 2 software is ready to launch. On the computer being used, go to “Programs,” then select “ProfiTrace V2.7,” which is the latest version. Once the options within this folder are available, select “ProfiTrace V2.7” again. Do NOT select the one that says “ProfiTrace V2.7 for COMbricks,” it is for a different product. The blue start screen for ProfiTrace 2 will launch once it is clicked and it will then automatically redirect to the main screen for ProfiTrace. Across the top of the screen, there will be the typical drop down menu that is in most Windows applications. The buttons and screens specific to ProfiTrace can be found directly underneath this.

ProfiTrace has several optional components in the software. However, every package includes the main “ProfiTrace” page. Across the top of the screen the different optional components can be found. Another included component is the tab called “Network Manager.” “ScopeWare” and “Bar Graph” are sold as a single license together. Other optional components include “Topology Scan” and “ProfiCaptain.” The PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Toolkit Ultra Plus being used for this tutorial does not include ProfiCaptain, so it will not be covered in this walk-through.

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For product information and to purchase, visit http://gridconnect.com/industrial-protocols/profibus.html

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PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Tool Demonstration: Hardware Setup (0:00)

Jun 29, 2016 10:33:03 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in General, hardware, how to, PLC, Products, PROFIBUS, Profibus network, Profibus Troubleshooting Toolkit Ultra Plus, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiCore Ultra, ProfiTrace, Technical Support, tutorial, USB cable

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This is a brief tutorial on how to operate the Procentec PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Toolkit Ultra Plus. For this tutorial, the PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Toolkit Ultra Plus is used. The PROFIBUS Training Kit will also be utilized; this is used for our troubleshooting and maintenance training using the ProfiTrace tools. In the PROFIBUS Training Kit, there is a PLC in the bottom of the case as well as five devices in the inner lid of the case. The last thing we will use is a Windows PC that is running ProfiTrace software.

Inside the toolkit, there is a ProfiCore Ultra, which is the black hardware module. This is the only piece of hardware needed. There are a couple of cables included to help interface this hardware to a PROFIBUS network. The tool kit also comes with a tap cable that connects to the ProfiCore Ultra. In addition to this, there is a USB cable that connects from the other side of the ProfiCore Ultra into a PC or laptop. The last thing included in the training kit is a user’s manual that explains how to use the software.

In order to connect the ProfiCore Ultra to a PROFIBUS instillation, attach the tap cable to the ProfiCore Ultra. Then take the USB cable and plug it into the other side of the ProfiCore Ultra, which will then be plugged into a PC or laptop. Once this is set up, simply take the tap connector and put it on the back of an existing connector on the instillation. In our example, the existing connector is a piggyback (PG) connector attached to the cable coming out of the PLC. Attach the ProfiCore Ultra to the back of that connector. In this case, we want to make sure that the terminating resistor is in the off position.

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For product information and to purchase, visit http://gridconnect.com/industrial-protocols/profibus.html

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT: ProfiSwitch X5

Jun 20, 2016 9:28:22 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in General, Products, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS repeater, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiSwitch X5

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profiswitch-x5-_d-rgb_1500x1500The ProfiSwitch X5 is a multiple baud rate, multi-channel PROFIBUS Repeater with 5 channels. This device is a powerful package that ensures reduced installation complexity, increased time utilization, and better deployment of project resources. Having 5 channels of communication on 1 unit requires less repeaters and connectors to purchase. Quick connection of channels, auto baud rate detection, and unit termination reduces installation time and costs. Better maintenance control is obtained by spur line isolation, DB9 and pin connectors for operational troubleshooting and maintenance measurements, and notification capabilities of failure.

When network designs require optimal speeds, the X5 ProfiSwitch will operate with multiple baud rates on 1 PLC without any special programming. This capability solves some legacy system issues which occur from numerous project upgrades. Wireless systems can also be connected without sacrificing speed of the communication on the rest of the network.

Adding to legacy systems no longer require creating a separate network. Just install the ProfiSwitch X5 as a spur line extender. Monitoring is done with the utilization of a ProfiTrace PROFIBUS testing unit on a DB9 connector located on the X5.

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*NEW SESSIONS ANNOUNCED* PROFIBUS Training & Maintenance Classes

Oct 19, 2015 2:41:13 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Events, General, Nashville, New Orleans, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, training

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PROFIBUS Classes

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Grid Connect is a World Class Manufacturer

Aug 17, 2015 8:59:54 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 900MHz, BLE, Bluetooth, CANbus, chips, connection, Custom, development, DeviceNet, Ethernet, firmware, General, Grid Connect, hardware, I2C, Illinois, manufacturer, manufacturing, modbus, modbus tcp, modules, Naperville, network, NRE, packaging, private-labeled, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, software, SPI, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, wifi

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Grid Connect Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, world-class quality manufacturer. Our chips, modules and products are used by thousands of companies around the world to provide a network connection to their devices. All of our products are designed, assembled, programmed and tested in Illinois, USA. All final tests, firmware loading and packaging is done at Grid Connect in Naperville, Illinois.

All Grid Connect products can be customized and private-labeled to a specific customer’s requirements. It can be as simple as a software change to increase buffer sizes or as complex as a new hardware and software design. In all cases, Grid Connect will provide your company with a fixed price quotation for the NRE/development work and the production cost for the final product. We are happy to private label your product and ship it to you with the correct labeling and documentation.

Some networking and protocol technologies that Grid Connect specializes in, include:

  • Ethernet
  • Ethernet/IP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • ZigBee
  • 900MHz
  • PROFIBUS
  • PROFINET
  • CANbus
  • DeviceNet
  • Modbus
  • Modbus TCP

Grid Connect also specialized in all serial standards, including:

  • RS-232
  • RS-485
  • RS-422
  • SPI
  • I2C


For more specific detailing of the various hardware and software options we provide, call the Grid Connect office at +1 (800) 975-GRID or fill out the form here.

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Seats are Limited! New PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Classes Available this July!

Jun 16, 2015 8:28:54 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Atlanta, Chicago, class, ComBricks, Events, General, Grid Connect, grounding, OLMs, oscilloscope, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiCaptain 2, ProfiHub, ProfiTrace, ProfiTrace 2, ProfiTrace 2 Analyzer, RS-485, Scopeware, shielding, Technical Support, topology scan, troubleshooting

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PROFIBUS Troubleshooting and & Maintenance Classes - July 2015

May 4, 2015 8:00:25 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Atlanta, cabling, Chicago, ComBricks, Dennis van Booma, Events, General, Georgia, Grid Connect, grounding, Illinois, oscilloscope, PROCENTEC, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiCaptain 2, ProfiHub A5, ProfiHub B5, ProfiTrace 2, Scopeware, shielding, signal analysis, training, troubleshooting, Warrenville

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PREFABS Class Dates

Having problems with your PROFIBUS network? This is the class for you! Learn the skills you need to find and isolate problems fast. At the end of the training, you will be able to maintain, strategically isolate, analyze and solve problems in PROFIBUS installations.

Grid Connect has teamed up with PROCENTEC and renowned teacher, Dennis van Booma, to provide this unique training opportunity. The workshop is designed for those who install and maintain PROFIBUS installations. The class provides a mixture of theory and hands-on experience to give you both the skill set you need, and the ability to put it into practice immediately. Attendees will learn how to analyze, localize and solve PROFIBUS problems. The theory covered includes details about cabling, shielding, and grounding. The practical hands-on examples show you how to use various tools to find and fix your problems fast.

PROFIBUS TrainingAt the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of PROFIBUS concepts, components, cabling, grounding and shielding for both PROFIBUS DP and PA installations. You will also be able to understand and handle troubleshooting and maintenance tools, such as the ProfiTrace 2 with its built-in oscilloscope software Scopeware, and ProfiCaptain 2.

Attendees will be offered special pricing for ProfiTrace 2 Kits, ProfiHub A5/B5, ComBricks and more!

** Hear what people are saying about this popular and informative class by clicking here! **

About the Course:

  • Theory Topics Covered
    • PROFIBUS DP and PA
    • RS 485 and MBP-IS properties
    • Cabling techniques
    • Grounding and shielding
    • DP/PA segment couplers, repeaters and OLMs
    • Fault finding strategies
    • Measurement tools
  •  Hands-On Exercises
    • Protocol analysis with the ProfiTrace 2 Analyzer
    • Signal analysis with ScopeWare (oscilloscope)

Audience: This workshop is intended for anyone who is responsible for PROFIBUS installations. For example:

  • Service personnel and operators.
  • Installation companies.
  • Industrial PROFIBUS users.
  • Engineering companies.
  • Hardware and software

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HURRY! Seats are limited! Sign up now by clicking here or call the Grid Connect office at +1 (800) 975-GRID.

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Grid Connect is PROFINET!

Nov 14, 2011 1:59:21 PM / by Adam Justice posted in General, hardware, Products, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, PROFINET

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Above you will find the latest video from PROFIBUS International starring our own Mike Justice.

Grid Connect is committed to PROFINET and we provide an expanding selection of PROFINET products and services.  Our engineering staff have deep expertise and knowledge in all things PROFINET and are able to help deliver leading edge solutions.

Have a PROFINET challenge that is not solved by hardware out on the market today?  Contact us to discuss custom engineering and other PROFINET solutions.

You can find our full line of PROFINET products available at https://gridconnect.com/industrial-protocols/profinet.html

For more information on PROFINET check out All Things PROFINET and the PROFIblog

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Surprising PROFINET Market Share Numbers!

Aug 11, 2010 6:21:19 PM / by Mike Justice posted in Events, General, PI, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS Trad Organization, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, PROFINET, PTO

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Just last week I attended the PROFIBUS Trade Organization’s (PTO) annual meeting.  It was two days of great presentations and networking with other members.

The first major announcement was that the PTO is changing its name to PROFIBUS & PROFINET International North America (PI).  They also announced a new website for PROFINET information and application examples.  You can visit the new site today at allthingsprofinet.com.

As you can see in the pie chart above PROFINET is making some impressive gains in market share amongst the other Industrial Ethernet based protocols.

Another big announcement made at the annual meeting was that GE’s Intelligent Platforms Division and several other semiconductor companies have committed to using PROFINET going forward.

While many companies who are in full production are using PROFIBUS today, those who are working on new designs are looking closely at PROFINET for future Ethernet implementations.  PROFINET seems to have addressed the levels of performance needed and the real-time issues found in basic Ethernet, Real-time Ethernet, and Isochronous Real Time Ethernet.  The first two types of PROFINET (Basic and Real-Time Ethernet) can be implemented using standard Ethernet controllers.  The isochronous version of PROFINET requires special Ethernet MAC controllers that can guarantee packet delivery.  We believe that most applications out there can be accomplished using standard Ethernet controllers.

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PROFIBUS Guides Available, One-Day Training Classes Coming to a City Near You!

Aug 2, 2010 2:03:03 PM / by Adam Justice posted in General, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS Guide, PROFIBUS Training, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, PROFINET, PROFINET Training

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If you are a company who uses PROFIBUS networks in your automation environment, the PROFIBUS Trade Organization (PTO) was set up to help people like you.  The PTO can provide you with a wealth of information on planning, setting up and installing your PROFIBUS network.

Now available from the PTO are a full set of Guides for Planning, Installing Cabling and Assembly and Commissioning your PROFIBUS network.

Visit the PTO Website, to download all of their installation Guides.

In addition to these great guides, the PTO also puts on one-day training classes throughout the USA and Canada.  We at Grid Connect are PTO members and sponsors of these classes.  We generally attend most of the classes and talk with customers about our great selection of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products including PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Kits, PROFIBUS Hubs, and More.

Below is the class schedule for the remainder of the year:

August 17, 2010            PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Tulsa, OK

August 26, 2010            PROFINET One-day Training Class Cleveland, OH

September 2, 2010        PROFINET One-day Training Class Denver, CO

September 14, 2010      PROFINET One-day Training Class Toronto, ON Canada

September 16, 2010      PROFINET One-day Training Class Montreal, QC Canada

September 22, 2010      PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Baltimore, MD

October 6, 2010             PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Omaha, NE

October 21, 2010           PROFINET One-day Training Class Dallas, TX

November 9, 2010         PROFINET One-day Training Class Detroit, MI

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