Catching the Process Fieldbus: An Introduction to PROFIBUS for Process Automation

  • 2h 22m
  • Henry Vandelinde, James Powell
  • Momentum Press
  • 2013

A field bus is a two-way link between a programmable controller or operations monitor and an industrial device like a sensor, an electric motor, or a switch. It is a critical part of any automated industrial process—whether for factory automation (discrete processes like an assembly line) or process automation (continuous flow of materials being mixed, treated, or processed). PROFIBUS is a widely established program that allows for communication among and between controllers, fieldbuses, and actuator devices.

This very concise introduction for industrial engineers, controls engineers, and manufacturing technicians covers the basics of field bus architecture and communication and the fundamentals of the PROFIBUS language protocol. Readers will benefit from

  • An introduction to a “BUS”: what it does and how it runs
  • A careful explanation of the physical layers and network components
  • A description of how to set up the basic design of a PROFIBUS system, including installation and commissioning
  • Guidance on monitoring network health and troubleshooting.

In this Book

  • Introduction: a BUS
  • How the BUS Runs
  • Physical Layers and Network Components
  • Intelligent Design: PROFIBUS DP/PA Basics
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Plant Asset Management, Maintenance, and Operations
  • Network Health Verification and Troubleshooting