Diagnostic Tools That Will Revolutionize Industrial Network Maintenance
17 November 2020
Preventing unplanned stoppages and simplifying troubleshooting is high on the agenda for anyone maintaining an industrial network. So, Procentec's launch of not one but ten new diagnostic and monitoring tools is sure to spark widespread interest in the Industrial Automation Market.
The Dutch developer is convinced that its newest bundle of products will significantly improve the daily routines of field technicians and provide an excellent return on investment for the maintenance of both single and mixed architecture networks.
“These releases will cut down on unnecessary engineer call-outs, reduce the time you spend finding errors, and give you clear advice on how to troubleshoot,” says Pieter Barendrecht, CEO of Procentec. “They also offer a much more connected approach to fault detection and diagnosis. They will pay for themselves in no time at all."
The star of the product launch, which is a virtual affair, is undoubtedly SNAP Analysis. This unique, self-learning feature—which is an add-on to Osiris—analyses the live data of a PROFIBUS network. It then gives an instant written diagnosis of a fault’s most likely cause, removing the need to manually interpret complicated oscilloscope images and messages, something not all technicians can readily do.
If that isn’t impressive enough, SNAP also uses a predictive algorithm to recognize and learn from data patterns, enabling it to predict common network faults. “SNAP takes all the guesswork out of troubleshooting device issues and enables preventative measures to be taken,” explains Barendrecht. “It’s a wonderful example of upgrading diagnostics with the help of AI.”
But SNAP won’t have the stage all to itself. Included in the long line-up of releases is Osiris Enterprise. This new external platform fuses the data of multiple permanent monitoring Atlas units into one convenient overview, allowing technicians to monitor for the first time their entire Industrial Ethernet network from anywhere in the world.
“Osiris Enterprise provides the next level of oversight,” says Barendrecht. “It gives you an overview of the entire network, but lets you drill down to the last device to give you detailed diagnostic information. This, combined with SNAP and the other products we’re launching today, will give owners true control over their network.”
Those other products include Atlas2—a second-generation permanent monitoring solution for Industrial Ethernet and PROFIBUS—customized topology, an expanded report builder, practical user notes, and an EtherCAT diagnostics licence. Atlas2 is four times faster than its predecessor, accelerating troubleshooting routines considerably.
The product launch took place just a few days before this year’s SPS Connect on 24-26 November. Procentec will have a stand at the virtual exhibition.