PROFIBUS networks feature high robustness. Even when minor problems are accumulating on the network, the communication continues undisturbed, without exhibiting any visible symptoms.
This may be tricky – when, eventually, the production line fails, you will address only one of the causes of the failure, while the others will go unnoticed. It is thus essential that your networks receive regular maintenance and problems detected get solved before they take their toll.
When to Analyse Industrial Networks
Checks on your industrial communications should be part and parcel of your regular preventive maintenance. You should, nevertheless, also have your networks analysed or permanently monitored if you:
Is unplanned downtime unacceptable to you? If you want to be warned of any problem immediately and have your networks under control 24/7, you should use continuous monitoring tools. You will have access to online data through user-friendly visualisations. And, if something out of the ordinary is about to happen, you will get an alert notification, for example via email. Your maintenance personnel will solve the problem in time, preventing a communication failure.
In our experience, the perfect tool for permanent PROFIBUS monitoring is the ComBricks modular system. Choose from three head stations and a variety of modules, depending on what functions you need. The ComBricks does not require any changes to the PLC program or a permanent connection to a PC. As soon as you install it, it starts analysing your network. You can then remotely monitor its condition anytime, via a web browser.
The ComBricks detects such problems as station lost, syncs, repeats, the sequence of repeats, corrupted messages, protocol faults, configuration and parameter faults and more.
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