In Parker Automation Manager, you do not need to connect to a PAC to simulate a project.
In PAM 1.4 and later:
Click "Online" at the top of the PAM development window. Check "Simulation" from the drop down menu. When you click Login from now on, PAM will create a simulation to execute the project in. Uncheck simulation mode whenever you want to connect to a physical PAC.
In PAM1.3 or earlier:
In the Devices panel, right click the device (located near the top and labeled PAC320-XXX-XXX-XX) and select "Simulation" from the context menu.
Configure the EtherCAT_Master task so that the clock is set to "Cyclic". The clock must be set to Cyclic for simulation because consumer PCs do not support the External option. Before trying to run the program on an actual PAC, be sure to change this back to External.
Note that many of the operations that handle files will not work in Simulation mode. This includes recipes.
In addition, only virtual axes can be simulated. Axes attached to drive devices (like a P Drive or a Compax3) cannot be simulated. Virtual axes can be used to verify correct motion in simulation before transitioning the axes to real axes.
19 January 2016 | Updated 21 January 2016
Updated 22OCT18 JD