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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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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