Comprehensive simulation of functionality due to virtual controllers

PLCSIM Advanced allows comprehensive simulation of functions during configuration and engineering with STEP 7 (TIA Portal) without the need of physically connection to the S7-1500 / ET 200SP Hardware

It supports generating virtual controllers for simulating S7-1500 and ET 200SP  Controllers to test their function.

The realistic testing procedures of the STEP 7 TIA Portal option allow early fault detection as well as fast validation of functions.

It is also possible to train operator staff  as you can connect an HMI device or an HMI simulation to the virtual controller.


  • High quality level of the automation project at an early state of work

  • Faster commissioning time at the customers facility

  • Shorter time-to-production


  • Fast start of S7-PLCSIM in compact mode and without a simulation project.

  • Devices can be exchanged in the simulation project, so that existing SIM tables and sequence entries can continue to be used easily.

  • Recordings of CPU traces can be imported as sequences.

  • Sequences can be started automatically based on a trigger condition

  • Sequences can be temporarily disabled.

  • Distributed IO devices can be simulated in the device view

Simulation and validation of S7-1500 / ET 200SP controller functions incl.

  • Webserver,

  • OPC UA

  • Traces

  • Motion

  • Memory card simulation

  • Process diagnostics

  • S7-Communication

Know-How Protected Blocks
Various instances as well as the interaction of numerous PLCs are supported.
The whole testing and validation process of virtual controllers can be run in a simulated facility or machine environment.
For the integration of plant or machine simulations PLCSIM Advanced offers an API.


  • The engineering software can be installed on as many computers as you like. The number of licenses determines the number of computers the software can be used on at one time. (Floating License)

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