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Diagnostics and PROFINET Webinar- Q&A

A few weeks ago we hosted a webinar together with the PIC (PROFI-Interface Center) about PROFINET Diagnostics. We had many attendees and several of them had very interesting questions during the webinar. As a recap and a way to sum up most of the questions, we have answered them below. Q&A 1.-Is there a generic…

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Motor Diagnostics

We often brag about PROFINET’s diagnostic capabilities and we brag about PROFINET’s role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. PROFINET excels at device to controller communications. But not all communications needs to go to the controller – there is some data it just doesn’t need. There are many articles in the…

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PROFI Diagnostics

A real, measurable benefit of using PROFIBUS and PROFINET is the diagnostic tool set.  For an introduction see the InTech article “PROFIBUS and PROFINET Troubleshooting, Comprehensive Guide.”  Additional depth is provided in the resources here: PROFIBUS PROFIBUS PA relates to NAMUR recommendations; get the details here. A Guide to Troubleshooting PROFIBUS PA Networks This one-hour…

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PROFIBUS PA – Diagnostics Made Easy

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Fieldbus communication has brought about a paradigm shift in automation technology. Communication used to be one-way and each line carried only a single analog signal. Fieldbus communication uses digital technology and it is bi-directional. As…

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PROFINET Diagnostics Rock

Day one of the PI North America General Assembly Meeting sessions concluded with PROFINET presentations: one on diagnostics and one on the net load test tool. To open his session with a “wow,” Hunter Harrington of the PROFI Interface Center (PIC) reminded us of the importance of diagnostics… on a starship, with an edited version…

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Hanover Fair – Diagnostics

PROFINET diagnostics are a huge differentiator for PROFINET.  Building on the concepts pioneered by PROFIBUS (at the device, module, and channel level), PROFINET adds diagnostics for the Industrial Ethernet network.  Because PROFINET is just Ethernet, it leverages IT protocols to prevent or quickly find problems.  How does that help?  This short animation, introduced at the…

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PROFINET IO Device Diagnostics – An Overview

PROFINET IO Device Diagnostics – An Overview.  Read this overview of PROFINET diagnostics.

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§2.3 – Diagnostics

PROFINET offers an unprecedented level of diagnostics capability, both locally and remotely using standardized displays. Diagnostic overviews provide levels of detail according to your needs, showing device, module, channel and interrupt activity. Current fault events can be acknowledged and PROFINET’s I&M (Identification and Maintenance) functions are facilitated at the same time. Comprehensible naming conventions mean…

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Raleigh Report: Needed – a Diagnostic Tool for Idiots

Isn’t it just always the case?  You brag about something and it completely turns around.  Phoenix temperature was 110 when I blogged on Monday; now on Friday we may get all the way up to 70… and rain – very unusual for this late in May.  Ok, back to PROFINET.  The final point I wanted…

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Fieldbus vs 4-20 mA

This blog post explains one of the most dramatic evolutions in Industrial Automation: The transition from 4-20 mA to digital Fieldbuses. It compares the two and highlights key benefits and new business models arising from the implementation of fieldbuses. The Difference Between 4–20 mA and Digital Fieldbuses The factory floor has evolved dramatically over the…

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