The difference between PROFIBUS Class 1 and Class 2 masters is confusing but essential to figure out. Fortunately, we have compiled everything you need to know into this article.

PROFIBUS Classes

PROFIBUS Class 1 master

The Class 1 master actively trades data with the slaves, i.e., your field devices. It’s usually a programmable logic controller (PLC), and it sets up the communication speed and controls most of the network. It also offers data passively to Class 2.

PROFIBUS Class 2 master

The Class 2 master acts as a supervisor for the entire system. Normally a laptop or field device, the Class 2 master can pull data from the Class 1 and the slaves. You use it for commissioning, maintenance, and diagnostics. Now why PROFIBUS calls the top dog “Class 2”, I’ll never understand.

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