TURCK announces its new Ethernet PROFIBUS device coupler that includes integrated Web server software and diagnostic functionality that enables users to monitor PROFIBUS networks during continuous operation through a computer Web browser. The PB-XEPI may be integrated into new or existing PROFIBUS networks in pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and packaging applications.
As long as the user has access to the Internet, the PB-XEPI can be used to monitor and configure applications, without disrupting network communication. The PB-XEPI can identify any malfunctions in the network and send an error message via e-mail that includes a link to the device that enables users to directly access the interface. The user can then access detailed information about the malfunction and the recommended procedures to remedy the malfunction, along with the ability to adjust monitoring and alarm settings.
The PB-XEPI may be configured as an active node on the PROFIBUS network using FDT/DTM software. Additional software may be implemented to increase the diagnostic functions of the device, allowing it to perform more complex search functions. The device may also be configured as a PROFIBUS Master Class II, which allows it to set up and configure a PROFIBUS slave, such as TURCK’s BL20, BL Compact and excom® systems.