Factory I/O is an innovative software package that allows you to create graphics that represent the machinery that you wish to control and then test your PLC program with the graphics, in a 3D environment. This lesson demonstrates the different tools you will use to place and manipulate your graphics in this unique simulation software.
The Factory I/O software has three cameras that allow for various viewing angles of your project. Utilizing those cameras will allow you to see your environment from various perspectives, giving you an exceptional testing environment that will make you feel as if you are on the plant floor, watching the equipment operate.
You will learn how to use the different camera views to place various objects such as conveyors, sensors, and control panels with operational process switches on the graphics screen.
A couple of the distinctive objects that Factory I/O has are product placement and removal simulators. These objects can be added to your equipment and they allow you to simulate products entering and leaving your process.
Also in this lesson, you will see that you can use different methods such as mouse click and movement as well as keystroke commands to zoom in on graphics placed on the screen as well as manipulate their position or rotation for proper placement.