PLC Control and Matlab/Simulink Simulations – A Translation Approach

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This paper proposes a translation methodology to emulate PLC control program in the Matlab/Simulink environment. The translation package automatically translates the PLC control program into Matlab/Simulink software language. The PLC control program is translated into a Matlab function block, within the Matlab/Simulink environment, that will control the model of the industrial process as long as the simulation runs. The translation package inputs are: the type of PLC, the PLC's number of inputs and outputs and the PLC control program file. The translation package output will be a Matlab/Simulink compatible m-file with the correspondent PLC control program translation. Universidade de Eÿvora students are successfully using this package, so that they can test their PLC control programs together with Matlab/Simulink process models.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationMatlab - Modelling, Programming and Simulations
EditorsEmilson Pereira Leite
ISBN (Print)978-953-307-125-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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