PROFINET is great for diagnosis of network faults and other situations. Siemens PRONETA is a PC-based tool which supports the operator in configuring and commissioning of PROFINET networks. It utilizes the built-in mechanisms of PROFINET as well as other IT protocols to provide information on the network.
PROFINET is built on IEEE 802.3 standard Ethernet and provides the ability to transmit real-time data as well as standard TCP/IP communication on the same cable. This makes it easy to leverages IT protocols such as SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol) or HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol). Besides standard IT. These protocols offer network diagnostics related to bandwidth utilization, link status of a switch port, network topology, and more.
The PROFINET built-in diagnostic model helps organizations to reduce downtime by providing the most accurate information about an error scenario. The user is quickly armed with data such as where the incident happened (by slot, subslot and channel number of the IO device), how severe the incident is, the likely cause and possible remedies. PRONETA taps into all of this diagnostic information to offer simplified analytics capabilities, without the need to log into a PLC.
In addition, PRONETA makes it much easier to commission any PROFINET network and check the distributed I/Os. It is a free tool with special support for Siemens ET 200 distributed I/Os. Network topology is read automatically. The address parameters of every PROFINET device can be manually adapted or applied from a template. You can use PRONETA to configure, control and monitor I/O modules of the SIMATIC ET 200SP, ET200M, ET 200MP, ET 200AL, ET 200eco PN, and ET 200S distributed I/O systems.
Testing, too, enables quick and convenient testing and documentation of plant wiring. This is accomplished by reading and writing the inputs and outputs to/from connected devices and their modules to ensure proper wiring between the IO components and the attached sensors or actors.
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