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On 6/11/2021 at 2:36 PM, Flex727 said:

In my opinion, no. It's a good opportunity to explain that a PLC is always the best simulator and is usually cheaper than software simulators for other manufacturers.

well I think that we should compare with similar manufacturers, taking that into consideration codesys is free and I have a virtual PLC with all the capabilities and even servo motors...

Sometimes is not always possible to have the hardware or the machine available and you need to simulate and test parts of your code. 

For example, one time I simulated a complete machine on codesys, I used a virtual axis with specific motion profiles to simulate the actuators and even was able to see the movement and test the logic of my program. indeed I did 2 virtual PLCs running at the same time one was the logic of the machine and the other one was the "machine" itself that responded to the first virtual PLC.
And I was able to set up a machine right in my living room without having any physical device connected.



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