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Earlier on we installed the free production simulator module. This module will allow us to realistically simulate a production line and we'll use this as part of the training.

  • In the configuration area of the Ignition Gateway, select OPC-UA SERVER> Devices from the menu.
  • Click on the Create new Device... link.
  • Select the Production Simulator driver.
  • Name it Simulator and create the device.

Naming the Simulator device to something other than Simulator will require modifications to tag UDT OPC members later on in this tutorial.

 

The Production simulator module is completely driven by the data stored in csv files. 

  • Navigate to the C:\Program Files\Inductive Automation\Ignition\data\drivers directory ('var\lib\ignition\data\drivers' for ubuntu). If the drivers directory doesn't exist, following may be the reason:
    1. Production simulator is not installed or running.
    2. Ignition may have been installed on an alternate disk. Try "D:" or another drive letter.
  • Download the following simulator files plc_MixingLine1.csv, plc_PackagingLine1.csv

  • Navigate to the folder where the downloaded production simulator csv files are located and copy the two files to the drivers directory just created.
  • Restart the production simulator module from the modules page on the gateway server, to pick up the mixing and packaging line tags. The production simulator will create tags from the csv files in the drivers folder on module startup.

 


 

OPC Quick Client

  • Verify the simulator is working correctly by clicking on the OPC Connections > Quick Client in the configuration area. Locate the simulator device by expanding the tree starting from "Ignition OPC-UA Server." You should see a separate folder for the 2 CSV files.

 

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