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Connect and detect for Profibus diagnostics

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The Profichip Division of VIPA, the German manufacturer of innovative PLC and PC based automation solutions, has launched a range of 'connect and detect' connectors for diagnostics and troubleshooting on Profibus systems. 

Available from Automation Warehouse, the EasyConn-PB is simply connected to Profibus nodes or components via built-in cable guided screw-clamp terminations with standard type A cable (EN50170). After a self-test cycle, the device provides diagnostic information via four colour-coded LEDs (with on, off and flashing states) to determine a comprehensive list of functions including correct voltage supply and power level for device, device active/inactive on the bus and termination active/inactive or faulty termination.

Integral 9-pin male and female sub-D connectors and a termination resistor switch are used for system expansion, bus analysis and programming.

With no need to remove the device, testing and diagnosis is permanent, convenient and reliable.

EasyConn-PB operates at baudrates up to 12Mbaud with extremely low power consumption. The diagnostic range covers three models with 0, 45 and 90-degree cable exits to match installation requirements.

The 0-degree version is for straight through inline use.

The EasyConn-PB has transparent cable slots with colour-coded dual cable screw-clamps and a captive, single screw fitting mechanism for fast and reliable cable termination.

Mounting the EasyConn-PB is further simplified with both LEDs and termination switches being accessible from both sides of the connector with the added benefit of reducing number of model options required for a given installation.

All models have a ruggedised, die-cast zinc housing ensuring high noise immunity, and is very competitively priced.

Factory automation specialists and system integrators using Profibus systems will find EasyConn a very useable piece of test and diagnostic equipment; saving time, simplifying installation and providing a convenient, economical and reliable tool for troubleshooting.

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