- August 22, 2017
- EPLAN Software & Services
August 22, 2017 – The inclusion of a piping module in the 2.7 release of EPLAN Preplanning, available in September, adds a tool designed for accelerating the initial phase of engineering machines, production lines, even entire plants.
Using EPLAN Preplanning, earlier acquisition and definition of project information and planning – equal parts graphical and database oriented – helps structure, integrate and accelerate all stages of project development, from basic to detailed engineering. EPLAN Preplanning achieves this with what are known as connection-planning objects, these objects define which segments are connected to one another and describe, for instance, piping or a cable in preplanning.
Users can define piping with source and destination before having to draw a P&I diagram. With the new piping module’s Segment Template Navigator, users determine the piping to be used with all relevant data, including the pipe class as well as the specific substance flowing through the respective piping, whether liquid or gaseous. The piping’s course is determined automatically. The pipe class and additional data can be stored as connections, connection definition points and functions. The selected piping can be color-coded using the pipe routing, and adding additional auto-connect lines allow the pipe routing to be expanded piece by piece via all accessible connections on the P&I diagrams. The result provides a solid foundation on which to proceed to detailed engineering on other EPLAN Platform CAE products like EPLAN Electric P8.
With EPLAN Preplanning, users can carry out initial planning activities in the EPLAN Platform with regards to the technical aspects early in the engineering process. When engineering a machine/plant, there are individual phases in which the concept is continually refined and fleshed out from the initial rough ideas and designs until, finally, all the required documentation and information for assembly and manufacturing of the machine has been compiled. In the preplanning project phase, the concepts for the technical machine/plant scope are established and initial quantity structures estimated. The goal is to identify the most technically advantageous concept and to define the specification for subsequent detail planning. Schematic creation and itemization of the installation can all follow based on the preplanning. P&I diagrams are an integral part of the plant documentation.
EPLAN Software & Service develops CAE solutions and advises companies in the optimization of their engineering processes. Customers benefit from increased efficiency in the product development process through standardized procedures, automated sequences and consistent workflows. EPLAN provides custom concepts for system implementation, installation and smooth integration into IT/PLM system landscapes based on standardized engineering solutions.