ProfiTrace animationProfiTrace is the most powerful mobile analyser for PROFIBUS networks. It’s an essential tool for maintenance and troubleshooting.

Thousands of users benefit daily from this great tool because it is easy to use and combines all required elements in one to detect most PROFIBUS faults:

  • Bus monitor
  • Oscilloscope
  • Bar graph
  • Reporting
  • DP master

You can now check and troubleshoot the complete PROFIBUS network with 1 software package and 1 piece of hardware. Everything runs from the USB port on your laptop, so you don’t even need a seperate power supply. This results in a big reduction in equipment and wiring. The advanced USB hardware (ProfiCore Ultra) incorporates a high-speed digital oscilloscope to accurately capture and show the bus signals in real-time, even up 12 Mbit/s. The new PA Probe Ultra now also allows the built-in oscilloscope to be used directly on the PA cable (non-explosive applications only).

profitrace in useCommon problems such as reflections, interference, voltage drops, termination problems, double addresses, wiring and connector faults etc can all be identified. ProfiTrace Ultra provides full decoding of the telegrams so meaningful information is seen rather than a string of bytes. This makes it easy to diagnose peripheral faults using the extended diagnostics that are built into most modern PROFIBUS devices. Such faults include input/output wiring failures, sensor or actuator errors and IO power supply faults.

This outstanding tool boosts the capabilities of service, maintenance and engineering technicians. They can check and troubleshoot the complete PROFIBUS network with 1 software package and 1 piece of hardware (ProfiCore™ Ultra). This is an enormous reduction in equipment, weight, costs and required knowledge. Typical failures such as noise, reflections, voltage drops, termination problems, double addresses, wire breaks and configuration faults are easily identified.

The results can be exported to detailed reports. Predictive maintenance and asset management are really possible with ProfiTrace!

Product features

  • Busmonitor for DP and PA with powerful statistics
    Repeats, corrupted messages, diagnostics, cycle time…..
  • Oscilloscope – ScopeWare
    Differential voltage, A-line, B-line, noise, overshoots, reflections and triggers.
  • Bar graph
    Average value of the bus signals per device.
  • Reporting
    Automatic generation of detailed reports that are accepted by the industry.
  • 3-Color network condition indicator
    Simple overview about the condition of the network.
  • DP master – ProfiCaptain
    A complete DP master has been integrated (V0 and V1).
  • ProfiCore Ultra USB interface
    Useable on all PC platforms and no power supply required
  • OPC server and CommDTM
    Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 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)
  • Education

ProfiTrace Live List

“Colours make it easy…..”

Profitrace LivelistThe 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   : GSD file mismatch (Parameter fault),
  • Purple: Module mismatch (Configuration fault),
  • White : Device is not in Data Exchange

Statistics matrix and network condition indicator

“Click and go…..”

ProfiTrace condition monitoringThe statistics matrix and network condition indicator are the most powerful features of ProfiTrace. These fields can really tell what the condition of the installation is without doing difficult operations.

  • Retry messages.
  • Bus cycle time.
  • Diagnostic messages…

Message recording

“The absolute truth…..”

Profitrace MessagesWhen the user records messages, he has a perfect visual representation on the screen;

  • FDL, DP, DP-V1, DP-V2, PA and I&M telegrams.
  • Messages can be filtered and stored.
  • Data interpretation of bits, bytes, words…
  • Error detection.
  • Bookmarks.


Profitrace DP Scope“The easiest oscilloscope ever…..”

With the built in oscilloscope we can detect; noise, reflections, termination problems…

On RS485 (DP) segments:

  • Differential and single ended measurements.
  • Time scale: 50 ns to 500 ms.
  • Voltage scale: 0.5 to 5 V per division.
  • Multiple trigger settings.
  • Bit interpretation.

Profitrace PA Scope

On MBP (PA) segments. PA ultra probe required:

  • AC and DC are displayed simultaneously.
  • Max. 33 V DC.
  • Max. 1.2 Vpk-pk AC.
  • Detects missing termination.


“We have proof…..”

Profitrace ReportThe 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 a detailed network report.
  • Summary of detected errors.
  • Standard layout for signatures and approvals.
  • Import of company logo.

ProfiCaptain – DP Master

ProfiCaptain“Test and control your devices…..”

  • Complete integration of ProfiCaptain.
  • Putting slaves in Data Exchange.
  • I/O control with automatic patterns.
  • Automatic detection of busparameters.
  • Unique concept of ‘stealing’ slaves.
  • Class 2 functions in a Class 1 framework.
  • No shutdowns when updating the configuration.
  • Deactivating slaves in the configuration.

ProfiCore™ Ultra

ProfiCore Ultra“Fits in your pocket……”

  • 9.6 kbit/s to 12 Mbit/s (all baudrates).
  • Galvanic isolated PROFIBUS interface.
  • Latest RS 485 technology.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface.
  • External power supply possible if required.

Which ProfiTrace kit do I need?

ProfiTrace only
ProfiCaptain only
ProfiTrace plus kit
ProfiTrace pro kit
 DP Analyser
 Waveform visualisation and Bargraph
 PA (MBP) connection
 Class-1 & Class-2 Master
 E+H Fieldcare support

ProfiTrace kits and options

Order Code: 30021

ProfiCore + ProfiTrace2 software only

Lowest cost option for network fault finding (No oscilloscope, bargraph or master functionality)

Order Code: 34021

ProfiCore + ProfiCaptain2 software only

Lowest cost option for device/network exercising (No oscilloscope, bargraph or analyser functionality)

Blue CaseOrder Code: 37021ProfiTrace plus kit.The Recommended option for PROFIBUS DP fault finding and health checking.

  • ProfiTrace 2 analyser
  • ScopeWare (DP waveforms and bargraph)
  • Topology Scan
  • SubD tap connector
  • Manual and USB leads in blue carry case

Recommended extra – ProfiCaptain licence, Order Code: 22020, allows ProfiCaptain master functionality. Note that this option also provides access as a commDTM device for Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare package.

Blue CaseOrder Code: 38022

ProfiTrace pro kit

The recommended option for PROFIBUS DP and PA fault finding and health checking.

  • ProfiTrace 2 analyser
  • PA Probe Ultra
  • ScopeWare (DP & PA waveforms and bargraph)
  • Topology Scan (DP only)
  • ProfiCaptain master
  • SubD tap connector
  • Manual and USB leads in blue carry case

Recommended extra – commDTM licence, Order Code: 101-00241A, allows ProfiCaptain to be used as an interface to any Field Device Tool (FDT) engineering tool.

Tap Connector Spare Tap connector
M12 Tap ConnectorM12 Tap connector

See downloads for printable tutorials on how to use ProfiTrace.

Upgrades are available separately for the basic and standard kits. Contact us for prices, advice and training. Note that trainees who have attended at least two days of training with us in the last year qualify for a 10% discount on all ProfiTrace prices so why not book some training at the same time to learn how to properly use this tool?