Introduction To The NA Simulator
Simulation is the representation of the behaviour or characteristics of one system through the use of another system, especially a computer program designed for the purpose.
Benefits of Simulation
Simulation is an essential part of efficient development. When developing it’s great to be able to quickly see what something looks like or try out some VB Code without having to without having to spend time sending the project to the hardware device.
Limitations with Simulation
To start simulation, click on ‘Simulation | Start NA Simulation’. If necessary this will build the project and (if successful) will launch the simulator. Once launched it is possible to use the computer mouse to simulate clicks on the touch screen.
Once started, the simulator shows the screen as it will look on the real NA device. The simulator also simulated the function buttons on the panel:
Interaction with the screen can using the mouse to ‘touch’ the screen or if you have a touchscreen PC you can have a more authentic simulation using touch. Text entry can be made either using the popup keyboards, or by using the PC keyboard.
In simulation, all variables start with their default values which is usually zero unless you have set otherwise.
More Advanced Use of the Simulator
The NA Simulator allows you to single step through your VB.NET code, change variable values and run alongside the NJ simulator to simulate your HMI and your controller. For more information on the advanced Simulator features go to the Integrated Simulation and Debugging With Sysmac Studio And The NA article
Introduction to the NA series HMI