During the recent economic downturn, businesses have lost scores of experienced, trained personnel who were very familiar with (among other things) monitoring the health of their DeviceNet System and who may have been responsible for keeping things “up and running”. Now that business is ramping back up, companies are running lean and we’re all doing “more with less” of everything (including people), the need for rapidly diagnosing issues on a DeviceNet system has increased. These reasons are exactly why the DeviceNet Analyzer was developed.
The analyzer is a collection of components used for analysis, monitoring and maintaining DeviceNet systems without having to call a third-party to conduct these procedures. The ROI is amazingly fast after technicians have been trained on the use of this powerful tool for checking DeviceNet and CAN bus installations:
- Analyze and track down telegrams with poor signal quality. Check for causes of faults, like missing bus terminations (or too many bus terminations), faulty bus drivers, or trunk and drop lines that are too long.
- Physical cable troubleshooting is accomplished on a “wire test” function that detects the location of cable breaks and short circuits. “Weak Spots” like incorrect cable types, lengths, and faulty plugs are also located.
- Monitor…comparisons can be made at regular or continuous intervals via an online function. Gradual degradation of system quality can be seen and proactive preventative maintenance can in turn be enacted.
If you have DeviceNet “Heartburn”…there is an Antacid! For more information on the DeviceNet Analyzer, click here or watch the video below.