I have always been an old-school programmer. Hardware in front of you hooked up to all of the I/O. I have recently looked at the automation direct do-more designer software solution. The Do-More Designer Software will allow you to build your ladder logic, download it into a simulator (which comes with the software), and run the code. The price of all of this… FREE
I will not get into many details because the documentation will get you through the software step by step.
– Download the software
– Install the software
– Use the YouTube videos to help get around the software and make your first program.
The following are several links to help you discover the plc programmer in you:
Automation Direct – Do-more Programming Software
The simulator has a lot of great features, including PID simulation.
Do-more PLC – How-to videos on youtube
Update: Here is a video from YouTube about the simulator’s basic instructions:
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me.
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