World's smallest PROFIBUS master interface for mobile applications

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Softing has released the PBpro USB, the world's smallest PROFIBUS master interface for PCs. The PBpro USB is so compact that it fits into a PROFIBUS connector housing.

The fast PC connection via USB high-speed is claimed to make PBpro USB a suitable interface for a variety of tasks from network configuration and device parameterisation to plant maintenance and production data acquisition. The interface is connected directly to a device on the PROFIBUS target system, thereby avoiding circuit-induced reflections of the fieldbus signal.

The product is also well equipped on the software side. The scope of delivery includes Windows drivers for XP to Windows 10, various programming examples, a communication DTM for FDT applications and a PROFIBUS configurator with commissioning function.

PBpro USB is compatible to its well established predecessor PROFIusb and can be used directly in a variety of commercially available applications. A quick and easy integration of OPC Client applications is possible via an optional PROFIBUS OPC Server.

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