How to setup and run PLC emulator for SAP EWM MFS
The open source PLC emulator is available as the copyleft GitHub repository mfs-plc-sim for everyone to clone, build and run. Still building the emulator might get challenging. The intention of this article is to help with the process. Unfortunately due to redistribution restrictions of SAP Java Connector license terms, I must not provide self contained, ready to run, single jar file.
The emulator relies on SAP Java Connector and Apache log4j2 libraries. They need to be installed before running the PLC emulator:
Downloading the PLC emulator
Download the following files from the the GitHub repository mfs-plc-sim:
- mfsplc.jar – the main jar file of the emulator
- log4j2.xml – the logging configuration file
- MFS.properties – the emulator configuration file
- sampleSID.jcoDestination – the sample JCo destination definition file
- samplePROGID.jcoServer – the sample JCo server definition file
For convenience put all the files in a single directory.
Setting it all up
Refer to Log4j Configuration for the detailed documentation on how to setup the logging options. Provided log4j2.xml sets debug level logging with a rich patter and directs the messages to the console. It can be left as it is.
Java Connector configuration is composed of two files:
- SID.jcoDestination – the file defines your SAP system destination and how to log to it
- PROGID.jcoServer – the file defines the RFC destination to be used with EMW-MFS
Rename and modify the content of the files. For instance, let’s say we are connecting to a single SAP sandbox installation running on 192.168.1.1 address, system number 01, client 100, system id DEV – so we need DEV.jcoDestination file:
jco.client.user=JDOE jco.client.passwd=password jco.client.lang=EN jco.client.client=100 jco.client.ashost=192.168.1.1 jco.client.sysnr=01 jco.client.r3name=DEV jco.destination.pool_capacity=3
Next, let’s say that our RFC destination is defined with MFSPLC program id. So we need MFSPLC.jcoServer file:
jco.server.gwhost=192.168.1.1 jco.server.gwserv=3301 jco.server.progid=MFSPLC jco.server.connection_count=1 jco.server.repository_destination=DEV
Refer to JCo documentation on the details of the configuration.
The PLC emulator configuration
The emulator is customized with Java properties file. A sample MFS.properties file is provided. The most important entries are:
telegramStructure=ZMFS_TELESHORT handshakeRequest=R. handshakeConfirmation=A. switchSenderReceiver=false
Additionally telegram styling can be customized:
The value of each key is interpreted as:
- R,G,B font color specification
- BIUS – characters specifying font options:
- B – bold
- I – italic
- U – underlined
- S – strikethrough
For instance 255,255,0,BI yields yellow, bold, italic styling.
Running the emulator
Run the RFC-TCP/IP bridge with the command:
java -Dlog4j.configurationFile=log4j2.xml -cp sapjco3.jar:log4j-api-2.19.0.jar:log4j-core-2.19.0.jar:mfsplc.jar pl.sapusers.mfsplc.bridge.Bridge MFSPLC MFS.properties
Run the emulator application with the command:
java -Dlog4j.configurationFile=log4j2.xml -cp sapjco3.jar:log4j-api-2.19.0.jar:log4j-core-2.19.0.jar:mfsplc.jar pl.sapusers.mfsplc.sim.Sim DEV MFS.properties
The commands may need to be modified if your jar files do not reside in the working directory.