Softing releases software update for PROFIBUS Tester 5

Industrial automation provider announces immediate availability of software update for its comprehensive all-in-one diagnostic tool

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - November 19, 2015 - Softing Inc., a leading industrial automation and electronics provider, has released a new software version for its industry-leading PROFIBUS Tester 5. Version V3.12 is a free download and includes improvements to the cable test function of the PROFIBUS Tester 5.


"Today, networking companies can benefit greatly by replacing their existing collection of diagnostic tools with Softings all-in-one tester," said Wolfgang Langer, director of marketing at Softing. "The PROFIBUS Tester 5 is a finished solution that does not require any add-ons or additional network components to produce reliable results."

PROFIBUS Tester 5 is a powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting tool for testing the cables, measuring the signals and analyzing the communications of PROFIBUS networks. Specifically designed for mobile operations, its internal battery will power the tester for up to seven hours.

"I used the PROFIBUS Tester and it identified a problem at the PLC - the connector had a faulty termination switch," said Peter Kent, vice president of engineering at VitalSensors Technologies. "The signal quality indicator of the PROFIBUS Tester software reported bad signal quality at the location of the connector. The problem was corrected within minutes and our sensor had no further problems."

PROFIBUS Tester 5s features and benefits include:

· De-facto standard for analyzing PROFIBUS networks

· Two modes of operation:

o Hand-held

o Controlled via PC software

· PROFIBUS Diagnostic Suite (PC software) included

· Easy-to-use

· Fully featured out-of-the-box:

o PROFIBUS electrical signal analysis

o PROFIBUS communication analysis

o PROFIBUS cable test

o Oscilloscope

o Master simulator

o Comprehensive test report generation

· Battery powered (up-to seven hours)
· Straightforward graphical interface

The graphical color display presents the test results in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. In case a test result requires further explanation, a user can consult the included context-sensitive help system for a comprehensive explanation of the observed test results.

About Softing Inc.
As of January 1, 2015 Softing Inc. is the North American business unit of Softing AG.

Softing AG is a leading global provider of products for Industrial Automation and for Automotive Electronics. For more than 30 years, the core business of Softing Industrial Automation has been industrial data communication.

For more info on PROFIBUS Tester 5 and other Softing industrial communications products and technologies, visit http://industrial.softing.com/en/startpage.html.

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