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PROFIBUS Commissioning and Maintenance

  • 08.11.2019
  • 22.01.2020
  • 11.03.2020

A one-day course designed as a follow up to the Certified PROFIBUS Installer Course, which is in most cases pre-requisite to signing up for this course. Unless the student has already passed the Certified PROFIBUS Installer Course, it is recommended to enrol for both courses on successive days of the same week. Covering the practical techniques of faultfinding on 'operational' PROFIBUS networks.

Techniques taught in the course include the use of a modern PROFIBUS analyser and Class-I and Class-II master functions (engineering tools such as ProfiTrace) to diagnose network faults, device faults and I/O problems. Students also learn how to use a soft digital storage oscilloscope in conjunction with these tools to diagnose and accurately locate cable, connection and device faults.

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What’s new?


Since 2010, introduction to the PA Profile and practical sessions on PA engineering tools are added. The course provides excellent grounding for the Certified Engineer Course, covering material that is not covered in the Certified Engineer Course.

Since November 2013, most of the theory training has been converted to an online system with accompanying textbook enabling trainees to get a much better understanding of the course content before arriving at the Training Centre.


Free textbook!

Written by the Senior Lecturer in Automation Systems at Manchester Metropolitan University and also available on Amazon, this new textbook covers guidelines and good practice for installing PROFIBUS systems and is a valuable and portable reference for anyone who is involved in PROFIBUS systems design and installation. 

After booking a place on one of MMU's PROFIBUS Commissioning and Maintenance courses, students are posted a free copy of the textbook which is used for preparation and revision.

Students that have already used the textbook have reported that together with the preparatory online study it has been of great assistance in helping them prepare for the rather intensive full days training.

What does the course cover?

This is a practical course based around a working PROFIBUS network with operational devices. Each pair of students has a modern notebook computer with hardware and software for PROFIBUS device exercising and fault-finding.

1. Configuration

  • Network Configuration and Cycle Time Estimation
  • GSD Files and Configuration
  • ProfiTrace Class I and Class II Master Functions
  • Exercise 1 - Configuration
  • Exercise 2 - Build a Network

2. Bus Analyser

  • Protocol Analysers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • ProfiTrace Ultra
  • Message Filtering
  • Message Triggering
  • Exercise 3 - Reading messages
  • Exercise 4 - Capturing and interpreting a message

3. Troubleshooting and Health Checking

  • Common PROFIBUS Faults
  • Reflections and Reflection Measurement
  • Extended Diagnostics
  • Configuration Faults
  • Exercise 5 - Generating and locating reflections
  • Exercise 6 - Cable length estimation

4. Class 2 Master Services

  • ProfiCaptain
  • Class 2 Commands
  • Stealing a Slave
  • Exercise 7 - Stealing a slave

5. PA Engineering Tools

  • PA Device Parameters
  • The PA Profile
  • Data Exchange
  • Using ProfiTrace on PA Segments
  • A DTM Asset Management Tool - FieldCare
  • Exercise 8 - Reading PA device data


  • Duration: 1 day ( 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)
  • Pre-requisite: the Certified PROFIBUS Installer Course

Feedback from previous attendees:

  • This was a good course and having read all the pre-course material and taken the on-line training modules, I think the preparation for the day was excellent. – John Cripps, Logik (UK) Ltd
  • "I just want to say it was a great course and have already booked the first job from it." - Jake Little, K Little Control Systems Ltd
  • "Really informative with an instructor who clearly knew her stuff" - Adam Sheppard, EfW Maintenance Technician - E, C & I, SITA UK Ltd
  • "In comparison to other courses, this course is positioned at the top of the tree with the balance of online modules, published textbooks and classroom learning, providing an excellent learning experience." - Paul Farrington, Zariv Ltd
  • "I found the course excellent and learnt a lot. The equipment, tools and software provided were the best available. I will be back to complete certified engineer course." - Joseph Carroll, J Carroll Ltd
  • "Thank you very much, it was a pleasure attending your course. As soon as I get the chance, I will be getting in touch with respect to furthering our qualifications in this field." - Steve Godfrey, Ham Baker Adams Ltd



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This course is also available for delivery on-site for groups of 6 or more. Please contact Ann on +44 207 193 8018 to discuss arrangements.  

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