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Diagnostics in PCS 7
7.1 Diagnostic capabilities in PCS 7 subsystems
Assessing the status of your process control system
Diagnostics in PCS 7
Diagnostic tools
Diagnostics refers to all activities intended to:
● Ascertain the status of a system
● Find errors and faults as early as possible and identify their cause
Diagnostic messages
Diagnostic capabilities are used to analyze the system status and to determine the causes of
Overview of diagnostic tools
You can find information on using diagnostic tools, grouped according to areas of application,
in the following sections:
● Full Diagnostics Using the Maintenance Station (Page 75)
● Diagnostics for PC user settings (Page 77)
● Diagnostics for PC Components (Page 77)
● Diagnostics for Network Connections (Page 79)
● Diagnostics during Configuration (Page 80)
● Diagnostics for the CPU (Page 81)
● Diagnostics for Modules (Page 81)
● Diagnostics for PROFIBUS DP (Page 82)
● Diagnostics on PROFIBUS PA (Page 83)
● Diagnostics on PROFINET
● Diagnostics on Foundation Fieldbus
● Diagnostics for the OS (Page 84)
● Diagnostics for the BATCH station (Page 85)
● Diagnostics for the Route Control station (Page 86)
● Diagnostics for the time of day (Page 86)
For many components, you will find displays on the front panel indicating the status of the
component and any errors. Analyzing these displays enables you to obtain information without
intervening in the system. The additional product manuals you will need for this analysis can
be found in the section "Diagnostics for Hardware Displays (Page 87)".
Questions Answered
Where can I perform a specific diagnostics operation?
● Which diagnostic procedures can be performed with a diagnostic tool?
● How is the diagnostic tool activated?
● Where can I find a description of the diagnostic tool or diagnostic
Service support and diagnostics (V8.0)
Service Manual, 03/2012, A5E02779775-02


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