ProfiTrace 2 is the most powerful analyzer for PROFIBUS fieldbus networks available. The ProfiTrace 2 PC software with the ProfiCore Ultra PROFIBUS interface module combine to create the
best solution for:
Use the ProfiCaptain feature to test slave devices and look for cabling problems (grounding, shielding, termination) before the PLC/DCS/Master programming is complete. ProfiCaptain can also be used to test various PROFIBUS bus speeds prior to start-up, to identify problems if speeds are changed in the future. Installation & Commissioning:
Use the Overview, busmonitor, Scopeware and BarGraph features to find configuration, cabling, protocol and device related issues. Use the reporting feature to create Preventative Maintenance baselines so that minor issues are identified before they become a major problem. Troubleshooting and Maintenance:
Use the message recording feature to aid in the design and development of PROFIBUS devices, to identify protocol issues, and to insure proper communications. Development:
The ProfiTrace 2 software package consists of base features and optional features, organized into “tabs” in the software. The hardware consists of the ProfiCore Ultra PROFIBUS interface module, and the optional tap cables (both DB9 and M12) to connect to PROFIBUS DP segments, and an optional “PA Probe” to connect to PROFIBUS PA segments.
The advanced ProfiCore Ultra is internally equipped with a high speed digital oscilloscope and is able to capture bus signals running up to the maximum PROFIBUS speed of 12 Mbps. It connects to the PC / laptop running the ProfiTrace 2 software via a USB cable.
The software is available for free download and can be freely installed on any Windows PC, but the features within ProfiTrace 2 are activated through the use of a “license file”. The license file is tied to the serial number of the ProfiCore Ultra, so in this way only the person in possession of the ProfiCore will actually be able to utilize the software features.
ProfiTrace Feature Tabs
ProfiTrace busmonitor tab and Overview tab are the base features included with all purchases.
Scopeware and Bar graph tabs are available with the Scopeware option. In addition, the Network Manager tab is useful with the Scopeware feature since its primary purpose is measuring multi-segment PROFIBUS networks to create a seamless network report.
Topology tab draws a network topology diagram of the PROFIBUS Network for 500kbps and 1.5Mbps networks, and is available with the Topology Scan option. In addition the Network Manager tab can be used to create the topology for the entire network when measuring multi-segment networks.
ProfiCaptain tab provides the PROFIBUS Class 2 Master tool. This can be used for installation and commissioning networks, as well as for bench testing devices and advanced troubleshooting. It is available with the ProfiCaptain 2 option.
Money Saving “Kits”
There are 2 money saving “kits” available with bundles of features at a discounted price.
Ultra Plus kit combines the ProfiTrace base package (ProfiTrace, ProfiCore Ultra, USB Cable, Carrying Case) with Scopeware and Topology Scan options, and adds the DB9 Tap Cable. This kit is the starting point for most ProfiTrace users.
Ultra Pro kit is also available and it includes all of the features in the Plus kit, and adds ProfiCaptain 2, the PA Probe cable, and adds in the OPC Server optional software.The OPC Server software makes it possible to gather PROFIBUS device information and present it to OPC Client software. This feature enables the live status of the PROFIBUS network to be reported directly to a SCADA system (or other OPC Client), allowing maintenance engineers and operators to react quickly to any PROFIBUS related alarms or irregular events coming up on the HMI screen. This data can also be used for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications. Available Training
Grid Connect offers
onsite training and onsite troubleshooting to customers across the USA using ProfiTrace 2 with the ProfiCore Ultra and other great PROCENTEC products. As a PROCENTEC Gold Distributor, we have the product expertise and PROFIBUS knowledge to help customers with all aspects of PROFIBUS fieldbus networks. VIDEO