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How to Install Factory IO

A step-by-step guide to installing Factory IO by Real Games on your machine. Factory IO is a cutting-edge 3D simulation environment for simulating industrial automation applications and testing PLC programs from all manufacturers.

Factory IO

In this post, I will explain how you can install Factory IO on your machine. Before I get into that explanation, let me take a minute to explain what Factory IO is.

Basically, Factory IO is a 3D factory simulation platform.

It allows you to build a virtual factory from a library of common industrial parts and to connect those parts to a variety of different PLCs. If you aren’t interested in building a virtual factory from scratch, don’t worry - Factory IO ships with a library of pre-built scenes that are inspired by common applications in industrial automation. This means that you can immediately start using Factory IO to build a portfolio of projects related to PLC programming.

Factory IO is a paid software application, but you can get a 30-day free trial for Factory IO here. Personally, I think the Factory IO license is worth every penny. As regular readers know, I am a huge advocate of Factory IO and I use it to teach PLC programming in my free PLC Bootcamp course.

Since it is a paid software, I would like to talk about Factory IO licenses before explaining how to install Factory IO on your machine.

Factory IO Licenses

Factory IO is not a free product. To use Factory IO, you need to purchase a license which can be a monthly, yearly, or one-time license. 

There are a variety of Factory IO licenses available. There is an ultimate license which allows you to connect a Factory IO model to any type of PLC and there are licenses available for a single PLC brand like Siemens or Allen-Bradley PLCs.

Single manufacturer Factory IO licenses are not very expensive. For example, the Allen-Bradley license is only 15 euros.

For anyone who is unsure about spending money on a Factory IO license, there is a 30-day trial available for new users. The trial license is automatically activated when you install Factory IO for the first time. 

To learn more about Factory IO licenses and pricing, you can visit the Factory IO Buy Online page

Install Factory IO

Factory IO is a desktop application with a cloud-based licensing system. 

To install Factory IO, you will first need to create a Factory IO account and download the Factory IO installer. 

You can do this by going to the Factory IO website.

On the Factory IO website, click on the “Try for free” button to create your Factory IO account. 

Try for free

On the next screen, enter your first name, last name, email address, and consent to receiving information about your Factory IO 30-day trial. Confirm that you are not a robot and click on “Start trial” to create your account.

Enter details to start the Factory IO Trial

Upon clicking “Start trial” the Factory IO installer will start downloading automatically. 

Once the download is complete, launch the installer by clicking on it in the bottom-left corner of your browser window.

You may be prompted to allow the installer to make changes to your machine. Click Yes to continue the installation process. 

Allow the Factory IO installer to make changes to your machine

Once the installer starts running, you will be prompted to select the installation language for Factory IO. Select your preferred language and click OK. 

Select the language

On the splash screen, click Next to begin the installation process. 

Click Next

To install Factory IO, you will have to accept the License Agreement. Since I have already read the agreement, I will activate the “I accept the agreement” radio button and click OK. 

Accept the license

Next, you can specify where on your machine you want Factory IO to be installed. I will leave the default location and click Next. 

Specify the installation location

Finally, you can specify what optional components should be installed alongside the Factory IO application. Once again, I will leave the default selection and click Next.

Select optional components

With the settings for the installation configured, we can click Next one last time to start the actual installation of Factory IO on our machines. 

Click Next to start the installation

After clicking Next, the installation process will start. 

Installation process starts

When the installation process is complete, click Finish to close the Factory IO installer. 

Click Finish

You should now be able to launch Factory IO from the Desktop shortcut or the Start menu. 

Launch Factory IO from the Start menu

Wrap Up 

In this post, we learned about Factory IO licenses and how to install Factory IO on your machine.

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