EPLAN's Cogineer helps Hanseatic Power Solutions automate control cabinet engineering

  • June 29, 2020
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EPLAN's Cogineer helps Hanseatic Power Solutions automate control cabinet engineering
EPLAN's Cogineer helps Hanseatic Power Solutions automate control cabinet engineering

June 30, 2020 - Control cabinet manufacturers who automate their planning processes may benefit from shorter project times and higher quality. Secondary processes such as documentation creation may also be simplified. But how much time really can be saved over a whole process? Hanseatic Power Solutions GmbH (HPS) automated its control cabinet engineering in several steps and has just implemented EPLAN Cogineer. The company has now used a "before and after" comparison to record actual time savings. Electrical planning alone now takes only 20% of the original time.

Emergency power supplies for power stations and "power islands" for hospitals and cruise ships are the type of applications for which control cabinets from HPS are constructed. The company plans and builds control technology for the energy sector. This is evident from HPS opening a branch in the Arab Emirates in 2017. Employees there carry out sales, project planning and service tasks for customers from the region who include power plant and refinery operators.
Since the company was founded in 2009, managing director Bernd Mähnss and his team have prioritized maximum automation in the project planning, design and manufacture of control cabinets. This has resulted in the completion of even com-plex projects (with 80 to 100 control cabinet panels) within six to eight weeks, from receipt of the order through to delivery and installation.
One reason for this quick turnaround, even though the projects involve batch size one products, is a consistent use of the EPLAN platform. EPLAN Pro Panel is used for 3D cabinet planning. Power distributors and busbars made of copper are designed and completed in 3D using the copper module, and (external) cable as-sembly is based on the routing module.
HPS (and thus also its customers) has been benefiting from even shorter through-put times for several months now. When EPLAN launched its Cogineer software, HPS was one of the first customers to implement the module. EPLAN Cogineer enables the automated schematic creation without any programming required and without the need for specialist knowledge in configuration and variant manage- ment. Only basic macro knowledge is needed to start using the application.

Bernd Mähnss, founder and managing director of HPS: "Our projects are of course always individual. But they also have recurring functions and modules such as schematics for controlling ventilation and fire dampers in building automation". For such functions, HPS stores macro libraries in Cogineer which electrical engineers can access when required.
For several years, HPS has not been using standard hard copy folders and documentation unless customers request them. Instead, a QR code is attached to each control cabinet enabling users to view online the detailed documentation maintained at HPS.

The next step is to have a paperless "shop floor" by using EPLAN eView. Bernd Mähnss: "We already only need the schematic for inspection. In production, a layout plan is sufficient. We will soon be equipping the inspection stations with eView. Maintenance personnel can then add com-ments directly in the standards-compliant documentation. This saves time and again avoids duplication of work".
After implementing EPLAN Cogineer, HPS used a "before and after" comparison of the time taken for processing an order with and without automation. Taken into consideration were Cogineer as well as EPLAN links to mechanical processing and automated cable and terminal assembly. These resulted in design being faster by 25%, and electrical planning by 80%. The effort required for the mechanical production is reduced to half, electrical production is 40% faster. Documentation was created in a quarter of the time it normally takes. Bernd Mähnss: "All in all, our delivery times – which were previously more than competitive, i.e. very short – have been reduced by around 35% thanks to automation and our integrated plan-ning process. At
the same time, documentation is more detailed and planning qual-ity is also better because tried and tested macros and modules are being used". It is therefore clear that HPS will continue along this path.
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