SimuBridge: Systems Simulator Controlled by Generic PLCs as an Innovative Learning Concept

The project objective is to develop a generic, independent from Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) vendor, visual simulator of devices, systems and industrial plants. This simulator platform will be a part of an innovative learning concept for PLC programmers. The platform consist of a conventional PLC, a special I/O-Adapter and a PC. The visual system simulator contains a PC-software part and offers a number of training tasks. Major focus areas in this project are realistic simulation of devices and their physical characteristics, realistic behavior and reaction of the simulator on the real control signals, as well as correct visual representation of real-time events and modulated signals with low latency.