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Small PROFIBUS master interface for mobile applications

Softing has announced the PBpro USB, which it claims is the world’s smallest PROFIBUS master interface for PCs. According to the company, the product is the size of a matchbox and can be easily stowed in any laptop bag, making it a convenient companion for mobile use.

The fast PC connection via USB high-speed makes the product a suitable interface for a wide 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’s 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. It is also compatible with its predecessor PROFlusb, and can be used directly in a variety of commercially available applications.

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