Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 SP2 Only X64 (PLC)
one last thought is to consider going to the simatic website to see if there are any scholarships or student pricing offered. if you can find a course that suits your needs and is within your means, it may be worth it to attend if you can do well. the courses are fairly priced and a regular university student can cover the tuition at a very reasonable cost.
i want to clarify that what you are doing is optional. you can download the software and take it home and look at it for the fun of it and potentially do your homework on it. in short, you can do it if you so choose. you can also do what your instructor or university has offered as the requirements of the class that you are taking. if you do take the initiative to look at the software in the package you receive you will find that once your instructor has seen that it is a very good thing that you found it. if only because there are many learning resources that can be transferred to the step 7 stuff.
you can download the interface to simulate the pcs7 devices over the network. it works by taking advantage of the service line protocol. the client retrieves the device information from the server through the protocol and the server returns the device information for the client to use.
with the rapid development and diffusion of automation, the pace of production is accelerating. many new products which require the use of control to ensure a high level of uniformity. therefore, siemens has set up step7 program system to meet the needs of different industries. among them a fairly popular system with all the features of an operating system that process is the siemens pcs7 v9 process control system.
a simatic step 7 application is a computer program that interfaces to a siemens simatic 7 programmable logic controller. the step 7 plc is a single board computer with four general purpose i/o (input/output) ports and a serial interface. the software is written in the programming language of the step 7 plc. the software allows the user to view and edit the contents of the step 7 memory and communicate with it via the serial interface. in most cases, the programming language has a graphical interface editor.
theres gold in that website if you just do a little digging! if youre having a tough go with the manuals then you should definitely download the training material. theres a lot more screen shots and even a picture of a balding pudgy guy to point things out to you. what more could you want flash tutorials if youre not the manual type (and even if you are) check out the siemens step 7 flash tutorials. these are very professionally done with a nice sounding narrator to take you through all the basics of the step 7 software and hardware.
i think its important to mention that some of these links may be dead. ive been searching for some of these links for a long time. if you have any suggestions then please contact me. i tried my best to get an overview of this information together. i found most of this information on the siemens forums. many thanks to siemens for the use of their forums. i think ive only covered the basics of the siemens simatic step 7 software. please contact me if you have any other questions. i would be happy to help you with your siemens based automation.