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PROFINET Training in South Africa

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The IDX Academy ran its second internationally certified PROFINET Engineers course in Johannesburg this last week. Congratulations to the newly certified PROFINET Engineers! The course ran over three days and included a theory and a practical component, and on the third day, two exams. 
The theory covered the basics of PROFINET in terms timing, data exchange, the communication stack, infrastructure, GSDML files, etc., while in the practical, the delegates built a PROFINET Cable, created a PROFINET network, setup a controller using the TIA Portal from Siemens and did network analysis with Wireshark. Tools used in the practical include NETILITIES, ProfiTap Industrial and the Handheld PROFINET Cable Tester which are all from PROCENTEC. 
The delegates will each receive an internationally recognised PROFINET certification and are entitled to claiming 3 CPD points from ECSA for attending the course. Feel free to contact the IDX Academy or PROFIBUS Competence Centre of South Africa if you woul…

PROFIBUS Training in Durban

A little known fact is that the IDX Academy runs certified PROFIBUS training in the Durban area. The training is run according to a schedule and it is best to get your booking in early because space is limited! IDX has teamed up with Cube Technologies, who host the training, making Certified PROFIBUS training even more accessible in the KwaZulu Natal area. 
Who actually presents the course? 
Well it will be a certified trainer from the PROFIBUS Competence Centre of South Africa (run by IDX in Johannesburg), so the course cost is slightly higher than if you were to do the training in Johannesburg (because of the cost travelling of the trainer and equipment shipping), but companies in the area find it a lot more cost effective than if they were to pay for the travelling expenses of sending a delegate to Johannesburg.
Where is Cube Technologies exactly?
Sanyati Park
3 Abrey Road
Kloof
KZN
South Africa
How do I sign up?
Contact Cube at +27 31 764 6081 or visit www.cubetech.co.za, or contact the PRO…

How to Configure an Anybus COM Port Transport Path

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When configuring an Anybus Gateway device, some of the configurations need to be downloaded using a COM Transport path. Below is a description of how to configure a COM Transport path.
1. When the Transport Path Dialog appears, Select the Serial Tab.

2.Click the "Create" button.

3. Once you click create, you will be presented with the types of transport paths. Select the "COM-Port Transport Provider".

4. You need to give the Transport path a name. If you are planning on using multiple COM ports, make sure the name helps you select the correct COM port when configuring devices (i.e. You could name the transport path "COM 1 Transport Path" so that you know which COM port it is tied to)

5.Once you have named the Path, Select the COM Port.

6. Now that you have configured your Transport Path, you can select OK to download your configuration.

I trust this will help you get your Anybus device configured correctly.
For any questions or comments please feel free …

How to Configure an Anybus COM Port Transport Path.

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When configuring an Anybus Gateway device, some of the configurations need to be downloaded using a COM Transport path. Below is a description of how to configure a COM Transport path.
1. When the Transport Path Dialog appears, Select the Serial Tab.

2.Click the "Create" button.

3. Once you click create, you will be presented with the types of transport paths. Select the "COM-Port Transport Provider".

4. You need to give the Transport path a name. If you are planning on using multiple COM ports, make sure the name helps you select the correct COM port when configuring devices (i.e. You could name the transport path "COM 1 Transport Path" so that you know which COM port it is tied to)

5.Once you have named the Path, Select the COM Port.

6. Now that you have configured your Transport Path, you can select OK to download your configuration.

I trust this will help you get your Anybus device configured correctly.
For any questions or comments please feel free …

How to use the Anybus NetTool for Profibus

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This describes the process of using the Anybus NetTool for Profibus so that you don't need any previous knowledge of configuring Profibus networks.

To start you will have to install the Anybus NetTool for Profibus which will come with installation cd included with your Profibus Master device.


1. Once you have installed the NetTool, open it and select "New project"



2. This will bring up a new configuration area that will contain the setup for you Profibus network.



3. The first device you can add to the setup is the Profibus Master. Drag the selected master to the configuration area.



4.To configure the slave you need to have the correct GSD files installed. The GSD file can be found on the device vendors website. 



5. If the GSD file has not been installed click the "Tools" menu option to find the option to add the GSD file to the library.



6. Once the GSD file has been installed, you can find it under the "Profibus DP" library option. Drag the correct file in…

How to configure an AB7629 Gateway

How to configure your Profibus Master to Modbus TCP Slave Gateway? This seems to be a common question, yet with the amount of time we do it ourselves, we end up forgetting the procedure by the time we receive the next query. So for the sake of all mankind, and our sanity, here is a description of the procedure which will hopefully help you, and help us for the next query...

First things first, go to the link below and make sure you have all of the documents and software installed that it describes. The software you will need is:

Anybus IPConfig (this sets up the IP address)Hyperterminal (this configure the gateway IO mapping)NetTool for Profibus Master, which should come on the CD with the device (this configure the Profibus network)
http://anybus.com/support/support.asp?PID=239&ProdType=Anybus%20X-gateway

Hardware that you need:

Null modem cablePC with COM port and Ethernet port24v power supplyProfibus RS485 cable with termination plugs (not necessary but helps with testing) Cup…