From hardware-in-the-loop to completely virtual
CIROS® supports various scenarios for PLC simulation, as well as offline programming for PLC-controlled automation technology installations. A real PLC can be coupled with CIROS® via EasyPort. In this type of scenario, CIROS® receives the PLC initial values, simulates the controlled process, and transfers the current sensor values back to the PLC inputs via EasyPort. Alternatively, various software controllers, such as the S7-PLCSIM or a CODESYS® SoftPLC, can be used to control the simulated sequence without any hardware. CIROS® also supports the connection of controllers via an OPC server.
The entire world of automation technology
In the collection of CIROS® models supplied you will find suitable simulation models that can be used immediately for virtually all Festo Didactic learning systems in the area of factory and process automation. The range of models includes the components, modules and stations of the Modular Production System MPS®. With CIROS® Studio you can also create your own process models or build your own systems based on the available models of the MPS® stations.
Which PLC should you use for your application?
Given the wide range of options for connecting a PLC to CIROS®, it is generally possible to use any PLC to control the simulated model. Select the PLC manufacturer and type and we will recommend the best means of connecting it to the virtual learning environment.