Are you new to PROFIBUS? Ready to start a new PROFIBUS project? Are you required to troubleshoot and maintain a PROFIBUS network? Here are some suggestions to learn about PROFIBUS:

Read about PROFIBUS.

The best place to start is the 36-page System Description: PROFIBUS Technology and Application. It’s contents:

Chapter 1 contains an introduction to PROFIBUS and provides an overview of its market position and technologies, modular design, and resulting application-specific solutions.

Chapters 2 through 4 deal with the core technologies of PROFIBUS (transmission technology, communication, and application profiles) with technical and application-oriented information.

Chapter 5 deals with the topic of device integration and explains the current technologies used here, including FDI.

Chapter 6 deals with the topic of certification and quality assurance of PROFIBUS.

Chapter 7 contains information on product implementation.

Chapter 8 provides an outlook on future solutions with PROFINET.

Chapter 9 deals with the user benefits of PROFIBUS.

Chapter 10 provides information on PROFIBUS & PROFINET International as the world’s largest interest group for industrial automation with information on the organization, service offerings, and global positioning.

Alternatively, scroll through the PROFIBUS Technology page at us.profibus.com.

For the long read (222 pages), the free eBook Catching the Process Fieldbus can be downloaded.

View the webinars.

PROFIBUS_PA_RefinerySome years ago, when we were still called PTO, we did a series of four webinars that serve as an introduction to PROFIBUS (imaginatively titled):

PROFIBUS PA in the Process Industries #1

PROFIBUS PA in the Process Industries #2

PROFIBUS PA in the Process Industries #3

PROFIBUS PA in the Process Industries #4


For a deep dive into PROFIBUS’s bits and bytes, configuration and troubleshooting, theoretical and practical tested, take the week-long PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer class. There are a handful of classes scheduled throughout the year in the USA and Canada.

–Carl Henning