ComBricks 
Monitoring, Networking & Control

ComBricks is the first PROFIBUS- and PROFINET-based automation system that unites repeaters and permanent monitoring in a web browser.

Monitor your PROFIBUS & PROFINET network 24/7 

 

ComBricks allows you to remotely monitor your PROFIBUS installations from anywhere in the world and will alert you if any faults arise or are likely to arise.

 

It is a modular platform able to carry repeaters, PA, FF and fiber optic modules. The connectivity to Ethernet allows you to remotely inspect the condition of the installation with a ProfiTrace shell in a web browser.
 

 

Remote monitoring of your installation

 

Easy to use

 

The only product with an integrated oscilloscope for permanent PROFIBUS control over Ethernet

 


The only product with an integrated oscilloscope for permanent PROFIBUS monitoring over Ethernet.

 

ComBricks allows you to remotely monitor your PROFIBUS installations from anywhere in the world and will alert you if any faults arise or are likely to arise. It’s a modular platform able to carry repeater and fiber optic modules. Over Ethernet, the condition of the installation can be remotely inspected with ProfiTrace OE (in a web browser).

 

Read below an introduction to ComBricks. Here you will also find information about remote monitoring and setting up modular repeaters. 

Why ComBricks?

 

Modular PROFIBUS repeater and fiber optic backbone

 

Permanent PROFIBUS monitoring with ProfiTrace and oscilloscope

 

Automated responder to bus problems with relay module and digital output module

 

Asset management Ethernet gateway for CommDTM

 

Transparent PROFIBUS datahub (repeaters, fiber optic, PROFIBUS PA, RS 485-IS, DP slave)

 

Applications and solutions

Product features

Drives 32 modules (10 repeater modules)

 

Wide range of modules available

 

Powerful web server

 

ProfiTrace OE for monitoring and scoping 4 networks

 

Hot swap and extendible

 

DIN-rail mounting

 

IP 20

 

Monitoring

ProfiTrace OE - Remote monitoring in a web browser

Typical applications

Permanent and simultaneous monitoring of 4 PROFIBUS networks is a powerful feature of ComBricks. Global projects and a shortage of (qualified) technical staff members are causing significant capacity problems. ComBricks offers a solution by remotely monitoring PROFIBUS installations over the Internet and alerting the user by email.

The monitoring and logging is performed by the repeater modules which are inserted in the backplane. ComBricks is the first system that has integrated the busmonitor and oscilloscope in the network components.

Deploying ComBricks repeaters for regular automation means an automatic availability of ProfiTrace OE.

ComBricks has no softwareA web server with a ProfiTrace shell visualises information in an understandable format (ProfiTrace OE). Because of the web browser, additional software is NOT required and a constant connection with a PC to the ComBricks is NOT necessary.

E-mail messages provide real-time alerts should malfunctions be detected in the PROFIBUS installation. These can be easily set up through the web server.

A brand new functionality within ComBricks is the device location detection. It gives a detailed overview of all segments and the connected devices.

 

Cross border installations

 

Inaccessible installations

 

Long commissioning and test cycles

 

High availability networks

 

Robot cells

Traffic control installations

 

Water treatment

Offshore installations

24-7 service contracts

 

Modular repeaters

ComBricks Scope Repeaters

All information about segmentation with repeaters, fibre optic and ProfiHubs.

The current trend with PROFIBUS projects is to use segmentation with repeaters, fibre optic and ProfiHubs to bridge the common faults of the end-user concerning his cabling difficulties.

 

ComBricks adds another important element; the creation of modular and random repeater hubs that can be maintained remotely with a permanent internal ProfiTrace. 

ComBricks is based on a backplane into which 10 hot swap repeater modules with 2 channels each can be inserted (20 galvanic isolated transparent segments). Every channel can handle 31 devices and maximum 1200 m cable length (depends on the baudrate).

 

Redundancy

The bus redundancy technology of the repeater modules is very advanced. A redundant system with 10 parallel network cables can be built. This architecture provides extremely high availability. Most suppliers only allow 2 cables.

Typical applications

Repeaters with permanent ProfiTrace

 

Removable drives and motors

 

Star, tree and bus structured networks

Motor control centers (drawers)

Redundancy for high availability

 

EMC vulnerable applications

 

Spur line solution

 

Isolator for sensitive devices