Diagnostic device checks fieldbus segment operation

Segment Checker from Pepperl+Fuchs validates Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA segments.

04/05/2010


 

Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced Segment Checker version 1.20, a tool for validating the design of Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus PA segments, even in hazardous areas. The company says users can simply drag and drop components into the project window, and edit the attributes to build a fieldbus segment. Version 1.20 includes the latest FieldConnex fieldbus products and enhanced calculations for field barriers used in the high-power trunk method. Users can then export a project in a graphic format for use in different media.

"Segment Checker automatically calculates the voltage drop and load current on a fieldbus segment for any given configuration," says Brian Traczyk, product manager for Pepperl+Fuchs . "The user simply chooses the explosion protection method or the safe area, and segment design error checking makes clear whether the desired configuration is workable."

Traczyk adds that its procedures are very intuitive, which allow users to check operational parameters to validate fieldbus segment architecture. The device also allows users to display, archive, and print an entire design, import field devices from a library, or create new devices with the device editor feature. Users can also click on a device for direct access to the most up-to-date technical and product information on the Pepperl+Fuchs website. Cables can be tagged and attributes defined by the user.

P+F offers more detailed information and a free download of the complete software tool.
Device libraries for many major suppliers can be downloaded as well. Segment Checker is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7.

-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
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