ProfiTrace PROFIBUS Analyser


Procentec ProfiTrace 2 is the most powerful analyzer for PROFIBUS networks. The very latest generation in bus monitoring technology, combining all primary tools :

Technicians can check and troubleshoot a complete PROFIBUS network with 1 software package on their laptop PC and 1 piece of extra hardware – an enormous reduction in equipment weight, costs and required knowledge. The advanced USB hardware (ProfiCore™ Ultra) is internally equipped with a high-speed digital oscilloscope and able to capture bus signals running at 12 Mbps.

ProfiTrace is an essential tool for maintenance, commissioning and troubleshooting as well as product development. Typical failures such as noise, reflections, voltage drops, termination problems, double addresses, wire breaks and configuration faults are easily identified.

Random errors such as overshoots, error telegrams, repeats and diagnostics can also be captured and logged. The results can be exported to detailed reports which are accepted by the industry. Predictive maintenance and asset management are really possible with ProfiTrace! This outstanding tool that fits in your pocket, will boost the capabilities of service, maintenance and engineering technicians.

Not only can Hi-Port supply these super kits, but we can also help you to install, set-up and get started, with our comprehensive ProfiTrace User Training Courses – the fastest and easiest way of getting your new ProfiTrace kit up and running for ongoing fault-finding and maintenance checks!

Please note that you can now run your ProfiCore/ProfiTrace from the new Procentec Mercury Industrial Tablet – with up to 2.5 hours operation from the internal Mercury battery. This allows one platform to be used for both PROFIBUS and PROFINET commissioning and diagnostic work!

ProfiTrace product features
Busmonitor for DP and PA with powerful statistics
Repeats, fall-outs, corrupted messages, diagnostics, cycle time, etc.
High-speed digital oscilloscope – ScopeWare
Differential voltage, A-line, B-line, noise, overshoots, reflections, triggers.
Bar graph
Average, Min. and Max. values of the bus signals per device.
Topology Scan
Automatic generation of the network topology.
Automatic generation of detailed reports that are accepted by the industry.
DP master – ProfiCaptain
A complete DP master has been integrated (V0 and V1).
ProfiCore Ultra USB interface
Useable on PC platforms, no power supply required and elimination of spur lines.
OPC server and CommDTM
XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 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
Setting up and diagnose PROFIBUS devices
Address setting of PROFIBUS devices
Interface for bus statistics and device I/O to external apps
(OPC server)
Live List
alt 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.
• Fall-outs.
• 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 essentially 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 and highlighting emphasis

• Optional event triggered recording options
• Bookmarks

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
• Adjustable cursors (showing 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 V AC
• AC and DC can be displayed simultaneously
• Detects missing termination
• PA Probe Ultra 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.

• Shows driver voltages for all connected devices
• Average, Minimum and Maximum signal levels per device
• Colour indication of the signal quality
• 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
• Also 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
• Scope for import of company logo

Click here for a report example. (omitting later waveforms)

ProfiTrace Reporting
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
• Ideal for commissioning new networks
• See all connected devices, without PLC
• Verify cabling, slave addresses & terminators
• Allocate network addresses to software settable slaves

• Set PA slave addresses using ComBricks PA Link Module

Master in ProfiTrace
ProfiCore™ Ultra
• 12 Mbps (all baudrates)
• Galvanic isolated PROFIBUS interface
• Latest RS 485 technology

• Frequency: 2 x 192 MHz
• Bandwidth: 100 MHz
• Differential measurement: -9 to +9 V
• Single ended: -4.5 to +8 V
• Synch available for external scope

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


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Trouble shooting Toolkit

Ultra Plus

• ProfiCore Ultra
• USB cable
• Tap Connector
• Blue carrying case

• ProfiTrace 2
• ScopeWare
• Bar graph
• Topology Scan
• Reporting

Trouble shooting Toolkit
Ultra Pro


38022 • ProfiCore Ultra
• USB cable
• Tap Connector
• Blue carrying case

• ProfiTrace 2
• ScopeWare
• Bar graph
• Topology Scan
• Reporting

• PA Probe Ultra
• ProfiCaptain
• OPC Server


DB9 – M12 Tap Connector

101-00052B Allows ProfiCore Ultra

connection onto M12


DP9 Tap Connector

13020 Short test cable for

linking ProfiCore Ultra

to test point on your

PROFIBUS network.

Included in both

Plus and Pro Kits

PA Probe Ultra

14020 Allows ScopeWare

inspection and

measurement of PA

segment voltages

and waveforms.

Included in Pro Kit

CommDTM Software

101-00241A Enables FDT access

to slave devices

using FieldCare,


or similar software

OPC Server
101-00231B Included in Pro Kits

Master Software

22020 Allows ProfiCore Ultra to run
as primary or secondary
Master driving PROFIBUS
network. Included in Pro kits

Downloads & Links

Current ProfiTrace User Manual

ProfiTrace Licencing FAQs

Cable Length Measurement using ProfiTrace

Commission New Networks using ProfiTrace

Click here for a Report example. (omitting later waveforms)