Transforming ladder diagram into software commands

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by Alice24, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Alice24

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Apr 22, 2011
    Hey guys. I'm working with a PLC without any buttons. Now, I've written two different ladder diagrams to do two different actions.

    Problem is, I don't know how to integrate it to a simple software interface. Right now, every time I want to switch between the programs I need to recompile the program to do either action 1 or action 2 and tell the PLC "run". Provided I'm not allowed to add buttons/switches/anything mechanical, how do I make it so I can easily control the PLC via a software?
  2. Papabravo


    Feb 24, 2006
    The whole idea of ladder diagrams, as with other hardware implementations is that everything runs in parallel. In order to control something there must be some kind of input; perhaps you can control internal words from a console.
  3. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    As Papabravo mentions, it requires a stimulus of some kind, what type of PLC and what software?
    With physical inputs you can operate manually when required, if no external type accessible then it would have to be done internally by a timer or counter or other work around for e.g.