Arduino PLC Software

October 28, 2011

The Ardunio PLC design I designed is nothing without software to drive it.

My initially thoughts was to hardcod the process logic using C programming code. This would involve reading from the AVR’s I/O pins with digitalRead() and writing back using digitalWrite(). Process Logic in-between the “in” and “out” instructions would be written using if’s, else’s and switch C statements to perform the desired logic task. After spending some time in the Raspberry-Pi forums, I realised this approach while fine for myself and other C programmers but it would not be suitable for beginners.

So, I’ve begun looking at ways to make a full PLC programming environment for the Arduino PLC.

A developer will write their PLC statements using a PC based environment such as free automation tools from and Beremiz and CoDeSys. Once the plc program is complete, it can download the control program to a IEC-61131 run time such as LDmicro, executing on the Arduino PLC hardware.

Some useful sites:

http://www.plctutor.com
http://www.plcmanual.com
http://www.beremiz.org
http://www.cq.cx/ladder.pl
http://www.3s-software.com/

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