There are 3 simulator drivers in Ignition, and all can be used to read and write tags without any network or PLC connection. Connecting to them is simple and will give you some values that change on their own.
Connection to a Simulator Device
- Go to the Configure section of the Gateway webpage.
- Scroll down and select OPC UA Server > Device Connections.
- On the Device Connections page, find the blue arrow and click on Create new Device....
- Select one of the Simulator: XXX types and click Next.
There are three modules to choose from
Contains tags that are stored in files like a SLC device. ie: N7, F8, etc.
Contains named tags that are stored in folders like a ControlLogix device. ie: Realistic\Realistic3.
- Dairy Demo
Contains named tags that are stored in folders like a ControlLogix device. ie: Overview\Refrigeration\HOA.
- On the next page, fill in a name and optionally a description.
- Click Create New Device.
The Devices page is displayed showing the new simulator device is successfully created and added to Ignition. The Status will show as Disconnected and then Connected.
The generic simulator provides a variety of tags that offer different data types and value generation styles. For example, there are ramps, sine waves, and random values. Additionally, there is a set of static writable tags whose values will persist while the device is running.
There are no configurable settings for the generic simulator.
Generic Simulator tags
Allen Bradley SLC Simulator
The SLC simulator driver creates a simple device whose address structure mimics a basic SLC structure. These tags are readable and writable.
There are currently no configurable parameters.
settings for the generic simulator.
SLC Simulator tags
A simulator for use with the legacy IA Dairy Demo project. It has a ControlLogix like structure with Compressor, Tank, Motor tags and more.
The folders are split into an Overview and Refrigeration section with tags multiple levels deep that mimic a UDT in a ControlLogix device.