PLC Simulator Ver. 8.0
Learn ladder logic and how to program PLCs in the comfort of your
home. This PLC Simulator turns
your PC into a PLC and has the look and feel of the most popular Allen-
RSLogix® instructions. It includes a
of Exercises on CD-ROM with 28 exercises and 33
to teach you step-by-step how to control automated machinery using PLCs
. Or choose to order the optional Advanced
Exercises CD-ROM with an additional 15 exercises
sample programs to accompany the PLC Simulator 8.0 CD. The
exercises are written in M.S. Word® .doc
format and .html code
so you can use your web browser to navigate through them. Click here to
a free demo version: PLC Simulator Demo.
Here's a sample of what you'll learn:
- How to read and write ladder logic.
- Structured PLC Programming (the Step-Relay
Method) to design controls for automated machinery.
- Forward and reversing motor starters.
- Standard relays, latch relays, unlatch relays, and master control
- How 2-way and 4-way hydraulic solenoid valves and cylinders
- On-delay, off-delay, and retentive timers.
- Up and down counters
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide math outputs.
- And, or, not, and exclusive-or logical outputs.
- Bit-shift-left and bit-shift-right shift registers.
- File instructions.
- Binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbers.
- How computers store negative numbers in 2s compliment form.
- What Boolean Algebra is.
- How to drive X10 Home Automation® modules.
The PLC Simulator has five screens of information:
showing the ladder logic
- Exercises screen showing the exercises
- I/O Connections screen showing the input and output
to PLC I/O cards
- Machine Layout screen showing animated
cylinders, conveyors, solenoids, photoeyes, etc. that move in response
the ladder logic you program
- N7 Integer File screen
the N7 integer file
Build your own machines on the Machine Layout screen (not
"canned" demos) and watch them move in response to the ladder logic you
PLC Simulator Ver. 8.0 is backward compatible with version 7.0.
words, it will run your PLC Simulator 7.0 programs.
The PLC Simulator drives the popular X10 home automation devices
through an optional X10 CM11A computer interface connected to the
serial port of the computer. This provides real Input and Output
capability so external devices can be controlled by the
The PLC Simulator and exercises are
written by a
Professional Engineer with 14 years industrial experience and 18 years
experience teaching electrical engineering technology.
PLC Simulator Ver. 8.0
Program features include:
- Input Switches operable from the computer keyboard or by
- Instantaneous Relay contacts (normally-open and
- Instantaneous Timer contacts (normally-open and
- Timed Timer contacts (normally-open and normally-closed).
- Counter contacts
- Compare Instructions (GRT, EQU, and LES).
- Real inputs from any number of X10 switch
- Latch and Unlatch Relays (L) and (U)
- Master Control Relays (MCR)
- On-Delay Timers (TON)
- Off-Delay Timers (TOF)
- Retentive Timers (RTO)
- Up Counters (CTU)
- Down Counters (CTD)
- Timer/Counter Reset (RES)
- Move (MOV)
- Math Outputs (ADD, SUB, MUL, and DIV)
- Logical Outputs (AND, OR, NOT, and XOR)
- Shift Registers (BSL and BSR)
- Sequencers (SQO)
- File Instructions (FAL)
- Real outputs to any number of X10 relay modules.
Programmable Machine Components:
- Selector Switches
- 4-Way Solenoids
- 2-Way Solenoids
- Pilot Lights
- Timer/Counter Readouts
What the program does not do:
- The program does not program any real PLC.
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- IBM.® 486 or higher compatible computer
- Windows 95® or greater, including Windows XP®, Vista®,
7®, and Windows 8®. If Windows NT 4.0®,
Pack 3 or
greater must be installed.
- Minimum of 8 megabyte of RAM memory.
- Minimum of 3 megabyte of available hard disk space.
- 800 x 600 or higher screen video capability.
- Graphics-capable printer.
- CD-ROM drive.
- Optional X-10 modules.
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