Automation virtual commissioning : PLCSIM advanced 2.0 with C#

This is is a short demonstration of a co-simulation between Siemens PLCSIM Advanced and C#.
The goal is simple : have the ability to conditionally change inputs.
We’ll do a proof of concept with a small exemple for a safety relay monitored by a feedback. 

Co-simulation : PLCSIM Advanced with C#

1 Configuration

We’ll run the simulator and the editor on two computers :

Simulation configuration

2 Simulator configuration

First let’s start an instance with the following parameters :

Instance parameters for PLCSIM advanced

Once started, it should be like that :

Simulation running

3 PLC Programming 

3.1 Hardware configuration

Let’s do a simple configuration as follow :

Project hardware configuration

Network configuration : 
– PLC_1 : 192.168.1.1/24
– IO device_1 : 192.168.1.2/24Note : On the simulator, we have different IP addresses for all the network interfaces : Ethernet adapter, PLCSIM virtual ethernet adapter, PLC and I/Os !
With the following I/Os :

Remote I/Os configuration

Note that you’ll need to activate this option in the project settings :

Support simulation during block compilation option

3.2 Program

Our program will be very simple !
OB1 will toggle a bit every second :

And FB1 will do a safety check between the relay output and the input feedback :

3.3 Compiling and loading 

You should be able to compile and load :

4 Simulation

As soon as you’ll run the program, you should have an error on the feedback monitoring :

5 C# Co-simulation

To solve this issue, we’ll running co-simulation with C#. The script will check the output value (%Q9.0) and set the feedback (%I0.0) accordingly. 
We’ll be using sharpdevelop as IDE.

5.1 Import DLL

Importing the DLL is easy :

Then we write a short program :

/*
* Created by SharpDevelop.
*/
using System;
using System.Threading;
using Siemens.Simatic.Simulation.Runtime;

namespace CPU1515F
{
class Program
{
public static void Main(string[] args)
{
Console.WriteLine("Starting simulation");
//Use it for local instance
//IInstance myInstance = SimulationRuntimeManager.CreateInterface("Golf8");

//Use it for remote instance
IRemoteRuntimeManager myRemoteInstance = SimulationRuntimeManager.RemoteConnect("192.168.1.101:50000");
IInstance myInstance = myRemoteInstance.CreateInterface("1515F");

//Update tag list from API
Console.WriteLine("Tags synchronization");
myInstance.UpdateTagList();

//Start a thread to synchronize feedbacks inputs
Thread tFeedbacks = new Thread(()=>synchroFeedbacks(myInstance));
tFeedbacks.Start();

//Allow the user to quit simulation
Console.WriteLine("Simulation running");
Console.WriteLine("Press any key to quit . . . ");
Console.ReadKey(true);
}

static void synchroFeedbacks(IInstance myInstance)
{
while(true){
//Keep %I and %Q opposite
myInstance.WriteBool("FB_KA1", !myInstance.ReadBool("KA1"));
}
}
}
}

And run it :

Once acknowledged, we should not have any issue. 

Using the trace tool, we can confirm that it’s running perfectly fine, updating the input in around 100ms.

Simulation : PLC (Siemens) and HMI (Eaton/Moeller with Galileo)

This post is following the one on Siemens PLC simulation with PlcSim.

1. PlcSim

We need a running program on PlcSim. PlcSim has to use the PLCSIM(TCP/IP) interface and has to be listening on the same IP as the computer.

Here a DB with one bit that is toggled every second :
21-S7-plcsim-simulation-running

Your PLC side is ready !

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