03/02/2009 • Automation • Process automation / MSR technology

EPLAN Data Portal now online

Electrical engineering is being electrified: The EPLAN Data Portal – now available online -makes the device data of many renowned component manufacturers available on a Web basis. Users utilize the data as "fuel" for engineering with EPLAN. Project durations are thus reduced – and quality improves.

In addition to professional software, consistent engineering requires the selection of devices and components from various manufacturers that can be included in the project planning. Whether order numbers for the procurement, technical macros for creating schematics, location drawings for equipping, function templates for intelligent product selection or preview screens – all of these can be transferred simply and effectively by dragging-and-dropping them from the EPLAN Data Portal into the CAE project. Doing away with the time-consuming creation of own macros. As a result planning is carried out more intelligently, mounting more reliably, wiring better - thus peaking in faster delivery. The time saved at the beginning of the project planning has an effect along all the stages up to commissioning: The representation of a device in various system plans is always based on a uniform source, so that schematics can be read and interpreted much more quickly.

Simply planning projects faster
All the EPLAN users with a Software Service contract can use the EPLAN Data Portal free-of-charge and thus reduce the work required to create own master data to a minimum. Access was provided to them with the current Hotfix 1 of EPLAN Electric P8 1.9. The data can be selected directly from the EPLAN application and inserted into the project on a Web basis using all convenience features.

Technically this was realized using a server-client software that makes a corresponding navigator available in the EPLAN user interface.

Good connections
Since the commercial basic data are also integrated directly in the EPLAN database, existing interfaces of ERP systems to the EPLAN parts management can continue to be used. Thanks to Internet technology users receive all the important device information or changes just in time. The EPLAN Data Portal can also be used for professional support of a supply-chain management system. After individual customizing, companies can make device data that may be used for current projects available individually to their suppliers in a separate section. Such a Web-based standardization simplifies the realization of international projects considerably.

User and provider worlds networked
EPLAN Software & Service has created a component platform that builds a bridge between users and manufacturers. If, for example, components are missing, the user can contact the manufacturer by mail. This direct form of communication also helps the device manufacturer to determine the requirements of the users and thus of his own customers. Companies such as ABB, Allen Bradley, Bachmann, Bernecker & Rainer, Harting, Helukabel, Igus, Lapp Kabel, Moeller, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rittal, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, SEW, Siemens, Wago and Weidmüller are already represented in the EPLAN Data Portal – more will follow. The data of the manufacturer are naturally updated continuously.

Services provided by EPLAN
Since EPLAN Software & Service not only certifies the data, but also creates them on request, component manufacturers receive exactly the support that they require. On the one hand they can use the IT infrastructure of the EPLAN Data Portal and always present their data in best quality and up-to-date. In addition, new features can be scheduled and published in the circle of EPLAN users.

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