Welcome to JCOM Automation Inc..
Canada’s PROFIBUS and PROFINET experts!
We are a PROFIBUS PROFINET International Training Center (PITC) and a PROFIBUS PROFINET International Competence Center (PICC) for PROFIBUS. This means that PROFIBUS PROFINET International has certified us as a training center which guarantees a high standard of teaching and that we are a center of excellence for PROFIBUS knowledge in Canada. In fact we are the only one in Canada!
We have the pleasure of representing two very innovative companies; Helmholz and PROCENTEC which make products centered around PROFIBUS and PROFINET, along with general automation equipment. A summary of our most popular products are given below.
JCOM Automation provides:
- PROFIBUS Training
- PROFINET and Ethernet Training (Coming soon!)
- Network design consultancy
- General network troubleshooting
- PROFIBUS and PROFINET diagnostic equipment
- PROFIBUS repeaters
- PROFINET switches
- Ethernet switches and gateways
- Distributed I/O systems for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, CAN Open, Ethernet IP, Modbus TCP
JCOM Automation is a proud supporter or PROFIBUS PROFINET International and is a PROFIBUS PROFINET International Training Center (PITC) and Competence Center (PICC).
March 2018 JCOM Automation Inc. launches a Youtube channel called Comms Guy https://youtu.be/BBSVlDulrXk
January 2017 JCOM Automation Inc. has become a distributor for Helmholz (www.helmholz.com) who make various PROFIBUS, PROFINET components, some S7 modules and a great line of IO modules. Check for future updates to the website for more information.
October 2016 JCOM Automation becomes JCOM Automation Inc.
September 2016 JCOM Automation has become a certified training center for PROFIBUS PROFINET International.
JCOM Automation Inc. produces a newsletter a few times a year updating our customers on up coming training opportunities, interesting applications and new products. Please sign up below:
4 and 8 Port PROFINET Switch
Helmholz has just released a new 8 port version of their very popular PROFINET switch. This is a compact, easy to use switch with a very intuitive web interface. Please contact us for more information.
ProfiTrace is the best PROFIBUS Bus monitor on the market. It is easy to use and very powerful. It connects to the network via a simple USB interface called ProfiCore™ Ultra. It has a built in Oscilloscope and gives you a summary of any issues and overall health.
- Busmonitor for DP and PA with powerful statistics
- Oscilloscope – ScopeWare
- Bar graph
- Topology scan
- 3-Color network condition indicator
- DP master – ProfiCaptain
- ProfiCore Ultra USB interface
- OPC server and CommDTM
PROCENTEC is well-known for providing the best and most cost effective repeaters idea for splitting PROFIBUS DP networks.
The well-known ProfiHub family is a collection of PROFIBUS DP multi-port repeaters. They can be used to create reliable star/tree networks and long multi-device spur lines. They are essential to obtain better control during maintenance and upgrading of the network. The use of ProfiHub results in lower operational costs and the optimization of the entire production process.
The ProfiHub family also includes the innovative, ProfiSwitch which lets each segment have its own baud rate!
- Spur lines to devices
- Star, tree and bus structured networks
- Pull/Plug motor control centers
- Barrier for non galvanic isolated equipment
- EMC sensitive applications
- Applications with device and cable stress
ComBricks are an extension of the ProfiHub idea. ComBricks is a module repeater with the option of having ProfiTrace built in. ComBricks enables engineers to remotely monitor PROFIBUS installations from anywhere in the world and will alert them if any faults arise. Therefore, faults can be solved efficiently and quickly which reduces downtime and optimizes the entire life cycle of the installation.
ComBricks is 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. Monitoring does not require additional and frustrating software installations on the PC. As it is accessible through a web browser, most platforms – including mobile phones – are compatible with ComBricks. The combination of network components and monitoring makes this product an ideal choice for organizations where asset management is paramount. It raises awareness among technical staff because the installation becomes understandable and predictable.
- Modular PROFIBUS repeater and fiber optic backbone
- Permanent PROFIBUS monitoring with ProfiTrace and oscilloscope
- Automated response to bus problems with relay module and digital output module
- Asset management Ethernet gateway for CommDTM
- Transparent PROFIBUS data hub (repeaters, fiber optic, PROFIBUS PA, RS 485-IS, DP slave)
PROFINET requires other measurement tools than PROFIBUS. Measuring and solving faults on an Ethernet network is a big challenge that could result in unacceptable downtime and high operational costs. In order to avoid these issues in the future, PROCENTEC provides the perfect solution: Netilities. Netilities is a compact and efficient tool that supports engineers in their PROFINET engineering and troubleshooting tasks.
Netilities generates a live list of the PROFINET/Ethernet network and spots the devices which are in Data Exchange. Statistics provide a comprehensive overview of the network status. A detailed report provides information about the reliability of the PROFINET network. Netilities uses the standard Ethernet/WLAN port on the PC or interfaces with a ProfiTap. The best performance of Netilities is achieved when the laptop is directly connected to the mirror port of a switch, which is installed directly behind the PLC or other controller.
As with any network, cables are essential for providing solid communications. For PROFINET, a good cable tester is very important and we offer a great PROFINET cable tester.
- Real time scan/ live list of the complete network
- Info panel for network problems (device missing, double addresses, etc.)
- Statistics (cycle times, corrupted telegrams, data sizes, etc.)
- Setting Device Names and IP numbers
- Topology scan based on SNMP
- PROFINET LED test
- Detailed reporting
- Suitable for other Ethernet systems
Both PROCENTEC and Helmholz make a variety of managed and unmanaged switches that have been certified for use in a PROFINET system but also works well for Ethernet IP and Modbus TCP.
For a free copy of ‘Catching the process fieldbus – an introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET’ by James Powell, P.Eng. principal engineer with JCOM Automation Inc. and Henry Vandelinde, Ph.D. of Siemens:
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