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EPLAN introduces Eplan Cogineer with Microsoft Azure cloud capability

January 052018
EPLAN introduces Eplan Cogineer with Microsoft Azure cloud capability

January 5, 2018 - Eplan Cogineer, was first presented at the Hannover Messe and is now a fully-fledged member of Eplan Platform. This software is designed for generating of schematics and fluid-power designs gives automation an extra boost. Eplan presented the software´s first cloud application as a sneak preview at the SPS IPC Drives. Eplan Cogineer will now also be offering a cloud-based engineering solution based on Microsoft Azure.

This Eplan software for automatically generating schematics and fluid-power designs is now moving to the cloud. At a sneak preview during the SPS IPC Drives automation trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, the cloud-based Eplan Cogineer was presented for the first time. Working with Microsoft Azure, the Eplan software is equipped to offer secure, worldwide data access, and the provisioning of IT infrastructure. Microsoft Azure offers the possibility to save, archive and version data without users having to invest any time in doing it. Every Eplan user can get started immediately based on existing macros and create rule sets and configurators without any programming knowledge. Licenses can be used dynamically or temporarily supplemented as the company´s order situation requires, on an as-needed basis.

Eplan Cogineer is organized into two functional areas: Designer and Project Builder. The latter is a user interface that is automatically created based on configuration variables. AB Graphic International Inc., headquartered in Bridlington, Great Britain, has been testing Eplan Cogineer and meanwhile are using several licenses at the company. As Control Systems Engineer Ken Lomas at AB Graphic International says: “Having used Eplan Cogineer on several machines, whilst a colleague followed the existing working method, I was able to produce a set of drawings in five to ten minutes with Eplan Cogineer, in comparison to the usual six hours. The other immediate apparent benefit of Eplan Cogineer is avoiding possible mistakes.”

Both the Designer and Project Builder functional areas now start directly from the cloud. Libraries and configurators are provided by Microsoft Azure or saved in the cloud, so that everyone involved always has access to the most current state of the project from everywhere in the world. Additional features for companies: management and IT efforts like backups are transferred from the user to the cloud - with no need for server hardware or administration on the company side. 

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