Leading solution provider Eplan officially launched the new 2.2 version of the Eplan Platform at SPS IPC Drives 2012. With numerous functional extensions and innovative additional modules – for example for field cabling – the new software opens up new possibilities in engineering for users.
The new graphical macro selection, smart terminal analysis and automatic termination points when copying sections of a circuit provide rapid design engineering results. Designers receive a solid system, which accelerates processes and provides a basis for standardisation and automation.
Monheim, 4 October 2012: The objective is clear: efficient design and the simultaneous creation of high-quality and informative documentation. The new 2.2 Version of the Eplan Platform has been created to deliver this.
Rapid filters in the project data navigators, comprehensive parts data exchange and extended terminal design ensures greater convenience and speed in project processing. An intuitive graphical macro selection helps designers to implement standards effectively, while still being able to navigate comprehensive macros. Informative graphics and a clear structure makes accessing defined circuit templates easy. Complicated clicking through directory structures is replaced by graphically supported navigation. This allows the technical sales staff to draw up the initial circuit documentation whilst working closely with customers as early as the initial project brief.
Terminals shown graphically
Clear circuit diagrams are one thing – informative reports another. Version 2.2 focusses on the evaluation of terminal
data. The switching states of the terminals stored in the circuit diagram can be automatically illustrated graphically in reports. This is highly desirable in the power engineering
sector in particular, because here the switching states and the detailed structure of the terminal blocks are a central component of project documentation. Once the terminal data has been stored in the circuit diagram, Eplan can automatically generate high-quality terminal documents.
Smart Connecting extended
What do designers do when the circuit diagram page is overflowing with information? When the problem is; no more space, or simply too overcrowded to read? Termination points are now automatically set between connections that become separated when circuit sections are moved by Copy&Paste from one circuit diagram page to another. All electrical connections are now retained without the designer having to do anything. Tidying up or redrawing circuit diagrams has now become fun. Colleagues in the downstream project phases can now make their contribution to optimum project progress thanks to short installation and commissioning times, this is due to clear comprehensible documentation.
Informative and complete project documentation is absolutely essential in automation technology. This documentation is indispensable, not only in Engineering, but also for Installation, Commissioning and Service. It is even better if the field cabling of a machine or plant, (which is becoming more and more complex,) can also be directly documented in the Eplan project. This documentation becomes an integral part of the Eplan project with the new FieldSys module. Cables can automatically be routed through a network and the lengths calculated from an underlying 2D shop layout. The outcome is the best possible data for cost calculations and comprehensive routing information for the installation team on site. Connections between controller and field components can be planned efficiently and documented sustainably in this way.
EPLAN Software & Service develops engineering solutions that accelerate the product engineering process. Interdisciplinary expert systems ensure a maximum of productivity and data integration. The solution provider develops tailor-made PDM and PLM concepts customer-specifically and provides comprehensive services such as customizing, consultancy and training. Innovative development competence, a consistently practical approach and international presence are the success factors. EPLAN is part of Rittal International and thus of the Friedhelm Loh Group with 11,500 employees worldwide and generated revenues of about €2.2 billion in 2011. EPLAN is therefore synonymous with continuity and investment security. The company’s presence in 50 countries support 30,000 customers world-wide with more than 90,000 installations worldwide. ‘Efficient Engineering’ – the corporate motto underlines the achievement of optimized, efficient processes which keep companies competitive in the long term.