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Question on the Emulation UI

Hi

I have started to take a look UI of the Variable in the new emulation feature. I am not sure if my perspective is wrong. I feel that the content of PLC Input (Sensor) and PLC Ouput (Control) should be reversed.

When a model receive a data from sensor (PLC Input), it should trigger an action in the model. Such as Send Message.

On the other hand, when the model send a value to PLC because a photo-eye is on covered; this should be the Output to the PLC. Based on the value, PLC will trigger an output to its control device such as pneumatic cylinder.

Any comment from others?

David

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You are thinking "input" and "output" relative to the FlexSim model rather than relative to the PLC. The parenthetical labels are relative to the PLC: PLC Inputs and PLC Outputs.

When the model receives data from a control (output from the PLC; input to the model), it triggers an action in the model, such as Send Message.

On the other hand, when the model sends a value to PLC because a photo-eye sensor is covered; this is input to the PLC; output from the model.

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