Improved Error Detection and GSD support for PROFIBUS
New versions of PROFIBUS diagnostics solutions TH SCOPE and TH LINK are released
Softing TH SCOPE & TH LINK
New functions for threshold monitoring and expanded GSD support simplify maintenance and the diagnostics of PROFIBUS production networks, simultaneously reducing the risk of production downtime.
The new threshold monitoring function improves error detection in PROFIBUS networks. TH LINK PROFIBUS now also reveals critical telegram repetitions and as soon as a critical value for telegram repetitions is reached (the so-called “threshold”), users are automatically informed via email of possible error sources.
The threshold level can be configured according to local conditions. Error messages can also be forwarded to higher-level systems (such as process control systems) via OPC or SNMP.
As a result of improved error detection, corrective measures in PROFIBUS can be initiated sooner, and planned production system maintenance intervals can be better utilized.
Telegram repetitions are considered an important indicator for errors in a PROFIBUS network. TH SCOPE now presents error messages from PROFIBUS devices in a user-friendly manner based on GSD files (electronic device data sheets).Device-specific diagnostic messages now contain specific information from the respective device manufacturer on correcting the error, eliminating the time-consuming look-up of error codes in device technical manuals.
This makes it even easier for users, particularly those from maintenance departments, to take rapid action and keep production systems permanently available.