PROFIBUS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Course

When a PROFIBUS system that has been working suddenly fails, it can result in expensive production losses as well as tremendous pressure on the personnel responsible for the system. At times like these, it is important to be able to quickly locate the fault, ascertain its severity and correct it. Too often, in the events following a system stop, untrained personnel make sporadic network changes in the hope that the system will right itself. Usually this approach results in more damage as the network termination switches are typically randomly set and devices are changed without checking that they are the source of the problem. As a result, a post event audit can never ascertain what went wrong, or whether a similar fault can be prevented in future.

Course Outline

The PROFIBUS Installer with Troubleshooting and Maintenance Course is a two-day course targeted at those personnel that are charged with keeping networks running. The first day covers the basics of PROFIBUS DP and PA installation and operational requirements which are fundamental to the understanding of what may go wrong and how to go about fixing it. The second day delves into potential PROFIBUS problems, specifically on DP and the various diagnostic-troubleshooting tools that are available and strategies to go about troubleshooting. Attendees will undertake two extended practical sessions that aim to convert theory into practice and give attendees the confidence to quickly diagnose network problems. This is not an internationally certified course in itself like the Certified Engineer or Installers course but still covers the Installer's course material and therefore is examined using the Installer's course exam. All attendees that pass this exam will have a full Installer's Certification.


Although we list no formal requirements, PROFIBUS is a topic of some complexity and for an attendee to gain the maximum from this course we would recommend that all candidates:
  • Have a good command of the English language
  • Are familiar with the basics of electricity and electrical circuits.
  • Have been exposed to the basics of digital communications and what it entails.
  • Be able to quickly understand and interpret technical ideas and systems.
It is our experience that persons with a technical qualification and experience with instrumentation and communications fare far better than those without. Those lacking any technical background listed above can usually be expected to struggle with the pace and material.


Due to the technical nature of the course and our desire to see a high pass rate, training groups may not be greater than 8 people.


The Johannesburg based course will be run from the IDX offices in Fourways. Onsite training is also available on request.