Delmia, a Dassault Systemes company, has announced today the launch of its Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Verification Solution. The solution, which can validate and optimise PLC programs enables engineers to reduce the ramp-up time of automated equipment, decreasing time to market.
PLC Verification uses OPC, OLE for Process Control, to communicate between the PLC hardware and the Delmia IGRIP simulation. This standard allows any compliant PLC to communicate its input/output signals to the 3D simulation.
The simulated devices react to these signals and emulate the behaviour of the real world devices, such as switches, pushbuttons, lamps and safety equipment. These simulated devices and their behaviour can be modelled within IGRIP and stored for reuse.
Once the PLC program has been completed and debugged, PLC Verification provides a virtual training environment for operator and maintenance personnel to become knowledgeable in the operation and maintenance of the tooling before it is installed and operating. This includes the normal process sequences and interlocks, as well as, manual operation, the triggering of safety devices and error recovery.
PLC Verification has been validated to work with Rockwell’s RSLink, OMRON’s Sysmac and Mitsubishi’s Takebishi OPC servers.
PLC Verification will be available with the upcoming 5.4 release on Windows NT.