Softing products cover diagnostic needs and applications during the entire network lifecycle, from installation via commissioning to network operation and they are complemented by a comprehensive training- and service offering. As a result, end customers can operate and maintain their industrial networks more efficiently and reduce the risk of network failures. Download PROFINET-Diagnostics Brochure (PDF).
Diagnostics of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet Networks
The Softing diagnostics tools address the requirements of the individual lifecycle phases of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks.
Installation and Cable Test
Already during the installation of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks it is possible to reduce the risk of failure by performing cable tests and checking the bus physics. Especially, this is true for hard-to-substitute backbone connection cables, whose later replacement often would result in plant downtimes and high costs. During installation, a cable test is also recommended for custom-tailored cables.
|NetXpert 1400 IE||Cable test, performance analysis and troubleshooting in Industrial Ethernet networks (Cable qualification)|
|WireXpert 500 IE||Certification of Industrial Ethernet cabling in the frequency range up to 500 MHz|
|Industrial Ethernet Tester BC-200-ETH||Check of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet cabling (stress test)|
Commissioning and Troubleshooting
During commissioning of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks it is advisable to check these for network and communication failures and to ensure its operability. This minimizes the risk of failure and saves costs for complex rework. The quality of the PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet network is documented in an acceptance report. In addition, the current network status (e.g. inventory list, topology) is logged.
Once failures have been detected during operation, the check of bus physics and bus communication assists in troubleshooting the network.
|BC Analyzer IE||Software package for acceptance testing and troubleshooting of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks|
|Industrial Ethernet Tester (BC-200-ETH)||Checking of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks (cable tests, data and network analysis, bandwidth assessment and troubleshooting)|
Operations monitoring evaluates the communication behavior of the PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet network on a running system. For this purpose, characteristic network parameters, e.g. thresholds for port utilization, the number of error frames or the attenuation reserve, are monitored and evaluated. The overrun of application-specific limits generates an automatic alarm to the maintenance personnel. This way, initiating failures are detected at an early stage and specific predictive maintenance can be scheduled.
|TH LINK PROFINET||Controller-independent diagnostics of PROFINET communication during operation|
|TH LINK EtherNet/IP||Controller-independent diagnostics of EtherNet/IP communication during operation|
|TH LINK Modbus TCP||Controller-independent diagnostics of Modbus TCP communication during operation|
|TH LINK PC Industrial Ethernet||Controller-independent diagnostics of Industrial Ethernet communication during operation|
|TH SCOPE||Software for central collection of TH LINK diagnostic information as well as for network management|
Comprehensive Training and Service Offering
Softing has been certified as official PROFIBUS Competence Center by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI). The Softing Academy provides this knowledge to customers through training and workshops. This helps users to become familiar with the underlying technology and to understand the basics for the correct installation and the reliable operation of PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks.
|PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet Training||Training courses for an introduction to PROFINET technology and the various aspects relevant for carrying out PROFINET installation and troubleshooting as well as for Industrial Ethernet troubleshooting|
In addition, Softing experts are also available to perform troubleshooting on site and to provide advice on the acceptance of PROFINET networks.
Additional Material, Videos and Demo Versions
|Demo Versions of PROFINET Software Products||Download from Softing website (Downloads, Technology ”PROFINET“)|
Application Stories and References
Softing diagnostics tools help the industrial users monitor PROFINET networks and detect and correct failures at an early stage. This makes the maintenance of industrial networks more efficient and minimizes risk of failures.
Satisfied customers report on their added value, which they have achieved through the use of Softing products.
|Audi||Monitoring of PROFINET networks for early detection of communication failures|
|Salzgitter Stahl||Plant-wide and cross-protocol monitoring of PROFINET and PROFIBUS networks|
|Webinar "Diagnose and Management of PROFINET Networks" (German)|
|Inspection of PROFINET Installations (German)|