Diagnostic Repeater speeds Profibus cable troubleshooting.

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SIMATIC® Diagnostic Repeater delivers online diagnostic information about RS485 Profibus cable during operation.
It monitors and detects wire breaks, short circuits, and missing terminations between sections of cable segments and instantaneously reports information to DP master. DP master forwards data, including cause of fault and location, to all connected HMI devices. Information can be displayed in clear text, eliminating need for hex code interpretation.



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Siemens Simatic® Diagnostic Repeater Speeds Profibus Cable Troubleshooting



ALPHARETTA, Ga., February 25, 2003 - Siemens Energy & Automation has introduced the SIMATIC® Diagnostic Repeater, the only device capable of delivering online diagnostic information about the RS485 PROFIBUS cable during operation.

The easily installed Diagnostic Repeater is designed to help plant maintenance pros reduce plant downtime, speed commissioning and integrate system diagnostics in new or existing networks, installations and components.

The Diagnostic Repeater is much more than a pure RS485 repeater. It also detects physical problems during operation by measuring the time it takes for a signal to travel through the network and then evaluating the data.

The Diagnostic Repeater monitors and detects wire breaks, short circuits and missing terminations between sections of RS485 PROFIBUS cable segments and instantaneously reports the information to the DP master.

The DP master forwards the data, including the cause of a fault and location, to all connected HMI devices. The information can be displayed in clear text, eliminating the need for hex code interpretation. A graphic display depicting the fault and fault location is available with STEP 7 or COM PROFIBUS. In addition, diagnostic and statistical data may be saved with Siemens STEP 7 V5.2 software.

Installation is quick and easy. Simply snap the Diagnostic Repeater on to a standard DIN rail or Siemens S7-300 mounting rail. Siemens "Fast Connect" terminals connect sections of PROFIBUS in seconds.

Note: Please forward all leads/inquiries to:
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Information Services
100 Technology Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Or call (800) 964-4114 or seainfo@sea.siemens.com
Visit Siemens' home page at: www.sea.siemens.com

Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation manufactures and markets the world's broadest range of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), headquartered in Munich, is a leading global electronics and engineering company. It employs some 450,000 people in 193 countries, and reported worldwide sales of more than $74 billion in fiscal 2001 (10/1/00 - 9/30/01). The United States is Siemens' largest market, with nearly 80,000 employees and sales of $18.9 billion for fiscal 2001. For more information about Siemens in the U.S., go to www.usa.siemens.com.

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