ProfiTrace - Mobile PROFIBUS Combi-Analyzer

ProfiTrace is the most powerful mobile analyzer for PROFIBUS networks. It's an essential tool for maintenance and troubleshooting. Thousands of users benefit daily from this great tool because it is easy to use and combines all required elements in one to detect most PROFIBUS faults. It's features include:
  • Busmonitor
  • Oscilloscope
  • Bar graph
  • Topology scan
  • Reporting
  • DP master

This outstanding tool that fits in your pocket, boosts the capabilities of service, maintenance and engineering technicians. They can check and troubleshoot the complete PROFIBUS network with 1 software package and 1 piece of hardware (ProfiCore™ Ultra). This is an enormous reduction in equipment, weight, costs and required knowledge.

Typical failures such as noise, reflections, voltage drops, termination problems, double addresses, wire breaks and configuration faults are easily identified.
The results can be exported to detailed reports. Predictive maintenance and asset management are really possible with ProfiTrace!

Product Features

  •  Busmonitor for DP and PA with powerful statistics 
    • Repeats, corrupted messages, diagnostics, cycle time.....
  • Oscilloscope - ScopeWare
    • Differential voltage, A-line, B-line, noise, overshoots, reflections and triggers.
  • Bar graph
    • Average value of the bus signals per device.
  • Topology scan
    • Automatic generation of the segment topology.
  • Reporting
    • Automatic generation of detailed reports that are accepted by the industry.
  • 3-Color network condition indicator
    • Simple overview about the condition of the network.
  • DP master - ProfiCaptain
    • A complete DP master has been integrated (V0 and V1).
  • ProfiCore Ultra USB interface 
    • Useable on all PC platforms and no power supply required
  • OPC server and CommDTM
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 platforms
  • Multi language user interface

Application Areas

  • Troubleshooting & maintenance of PROFIBUS networks (ProfiTrace, ScopeWare, Topology scan and ProfiCaptain)
  • Commissioning of PROFIBUS networks (ProfiTrace, ScopeWare, Topology scan and ProfiCaptain)
  • PROFIBUS product testing and verification (ProfiTrace, ScopeWare, ProfiCaptain and CommDTM)
  • Passive cable testing (ScopeWare and ProfiCaptain)
  • I/O testing of PROFIBUS devices (ProfiCaptain)
  • Setting up and diagnose PROFIBUS devices (CommDTM)
  • Address setting of PROFIBUS devices (ProfiCaptain)
  • Interface for bus statistics and device I/O to external apps (OPC server)
  • Education


Live List

ProfiTrace livelist
  "Colours make it easy….."

The Live List is a matrix that continuously lists all the available devices. It is directly visible which devices are ‘troublemakers’.
With different background colours the status of the devices is displayed;
- Green: Device is in Data Exchange
- Yellow: Device is lost
- Red: Parameter fault
- Purple: Configuration fault
- No colour: Not in Data Exchange
The Live List can also generate the product name of the devices when a diagnostic message is captured (synchronized with the GSD library).

Statistics matrix

"Click and go….."

The statistics matrix is the most powerful feature of the analyzer. This field can really indicate what the condition of the installation is. It displays all the important information that a user, especially a maintenance technician is really interested in;
Retry messages
Bus cycle time
Diagnostic messages, etc.

Because of this feature, the user does not have to inspect messages or do difficult operations to ensure the quality of the installation.

If the statistics do NOT show deviations, the installation is on the 1st degree OK!!!

Message recording


"The absolute truth....."

When the user records messages, he has a perfect visual representation on the screen;

Visualization of FDL, DP, DP-V1, DP-V2, PA and I&M messages.
Messages can be filtered and stored.
Data interpretation of bytes, words, floating points, etc.
Error detection.
  ProfiTrace message recording with retries

ScopeWare (DP)


Oscilloscope function in ProfiTrace 2
  "The easiest oscilloscope ever....."

With the built in oscilloscope we can detect; noise, reflections, termination problems, etc.

Time scale: 50 ns to 500 ms.
Voltage scale: 0,5 to 5 V per DIV.
Cursors (voltage and time).
Differential (B-A) and single ended (A and/or B line) measurements.
Trigger per device or free running.
Trigger features: start of response, request message and voltage level.
Bit interpretation engine.

ScopeWare (PA)


Oscilloscope function in ProfiTrace 2
  All features of ScopeWare DP.
Max. 33 V DC.
Max. 1,2 Vtt AC.
AC and DC can be displayed simultaneously.
Detects missing termination.
PA Probe Ultra is required.

Bar graph


Bargraphs in ProfiTrace
  The bar graph is a helpful utility to get an impression of the overall signal quality of the network.

2 Selectable modes: Average signal level and minimum difference between 1 and 0.
Average, min. and max. signal level indicator.
Colours state the quality of the signals.
Can be sorted on: address and Voltage.
Continuously updated.

Topology scan


Automatic generation of the network topology.
No shutdown required!
No disturbance in the cycle time!
Works on 500 kbps and 1,5 Mbps.
On passive networks in conjunction with ProfiCaptain.
  Topology Scan



"We have proof….."

The reporting feature creates a detailed report that contains the signals of all devices, their faults, the network topology, bar graph and administrative information.

Generation of detailed network reports.
Address list with manufacturer information.
Oscilloscope images of every device.
Live List, Bar graph and Topology structure.
Summary of detected errors.
Standard layout for signatures and approvals.
Import of company logo.
  ProfiTrace Reporting
ProfiCaptain - DP Master


"Test and control your devices....."

Complete integration of ProfiCaptain.
Putting slaves in Data Exchange.
I/O control with automatic patterns.
Automatic detection of existing busparameters.
Brand new concept of 'stealing' slaves.
Class 2 functions in a Class 1 framework.
No shutdowns when updating the configuration.
Deactivating slaves in the configuration.
  Master in ProfiTrace

ProfiCore™ Ultra


ProfiCore Ultra USB InterfacePROFIBUS
12 Mbps (all baudrates)
Galvanic isolated PROFIBUS interface
Latest RS 485 technology

Frequency: 2 x 192 MHz
Bandwidth: 100 MHz
Differential measurement: -9..+9 V
Single ended: -4,5..+8 V

High-speed USB 2.0 interface
External power supply possible if required


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