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With a systematic approach to the planning, commissioning and maintenance of a PROFIBUS network, errors can be avoided and expense reduced. We recommend the following tried and tested steps:




1. Prepare

1.We select which field devices we wish to use in our automation task.  

2.We collect the General Station Description (GSD) files for our chosen field devices. This lets us know what properties the devices used have.

3.The GSD files are loaded into the library of the planning tool.  

2. Plan

1.The system is planned by assigning field devices to the controller.

2.Controllers and field devices are configured. The individual stations are taught by the configuration who is supposed to communicate and exchange data with whom.

3.Controllers and field devices are parametrized. The individual parameters define how specific functions are to be executed within the devices.

3. Install

1.The network is constructed with the distances and number of repeaters.

2.Cable is laid on a correct route.

3.Cables are connected with suitable connectors.

4.The installation is checked.

4. Commission

The PROFIBUS network must be commissioned systematically.

5. Monitor

1.All devices supply diagnostic information. Rigorous interpretation and assessment of this information assists in locating faults.

2.Field devices can report their status with diagnostic information.

3.The quality of data transmission on the PROFIBUS can be monitored.