ComBricks™ - Monitoring, Networking and Control

COMbricks™ - The first PROFIBUS and PROFINET-based automation system that unites network components, permanent monitoring with ProfiTrace and remote I/O.

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).

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

While providing these remote monitoring and permanent diagnostic features, the COMbricks modular platform allows for flexible configurations of repeater, fibre-optic, PROFINET, PROFIBUS PA link/coupler, and general I/O modules. This means COMbricks can be tightly integrated into the network, providing common network functionality alongside diagnostic features. 

COMbricks monitoring

Applications and Solutions

  • 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) 

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

ProfiTrace OE - Remote monitoring in a web browser

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

Typical applications include:
  • Cross border installations
  • Traffic control installations
  • Inaccessible installations
  • Water treatment
  • Long commissioning and test cycles
  • Offshore installations
  • High availability networks
  • 24-7 service contracts
  • Robot cells

Modular PROFIBUS repeaters

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)

PROFIBUS 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 include

  • 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

ComBrick Kits

  If you're new to COMbricks, then a good place to start is with a COMbricks kit. These can be cheaper than if you were to buy the components individually. Fibre Optic and PA kits are also available! Read more about the kits here>>

ComBrick Modules

  COMbricks can be customized to meet your specific requirements through the use of modules. Modules range from repeater and scope modules to also include fibre, IO, PROFINET, PROFIBUS Slave and PA link modules.  Read more about the modules here>>

Order Information

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