- May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010 - Maximum practicality: EPLAN presented the beta version of EPLAN Electric P8 2.0 at the Hanover Fair. Whether point wiring, active device protection or channel oriented PLC design: The software offers practical potential for more project reliability, functionality and speed. Eagerly anticipated: EPLAN will unveil the new Version 2.0, presenting the beta version at the Hanover Fair. Once again, the EPLAN platform demonstrates its practical orientation, which is manifested by its reliability - espeacilally with regard to the new Machinery Directive. The quality of all documentation is guaranteed by active check functions; the system automatically prevents incorrect data from being entered. Deletion not possibleThis applies to devices that can now be protected from changes. It was all too easy to make uncontrolled changes to an item or to delete it by mistake. With the new "protected device" function, all project parts are retained even in the case of graphic delete commands. The same applies for macros: A protected device knows its components, even when all individual parts have not been graphically placed in the macro. This prevents unwelcome surprises as early as in the pre-planning phase. Active protection of project data is freely defined in the parts definitions in the EPLAN platform. This ensures the transparency of extensive project documentation and is also the basis for standardized, efficient design. After the bill of materials is output, incorrect orders and production delays are ruled out. The new Machinery Directive requirement for reliable, understandable project documentation is implemented in a practical way. Channels under controlAddresses are central identifiers - even in PLC design, which is found in all automation concepts today. Now, in addition to address-oriented or DT working methods, PLC components can also be designed in a channel-oriented manner. This makes it easier to keep track of large projects and is consistent with current high-end design working methods. The new PLC navigators also make it easy to select components - components are quickly designed and documented by simply assigning them in the schematic. Main feature: The PLC component view can be changed at any time you can't get more flexible than that.Fully "wired"Another highlight: the additional 'Netbased Wiring' model, an exciting approach to wiring. In EPLAN Electric P8 you will be able to define detailed connections within a network at the database level, irrespective of the graphical representation. In the schematic, logical point wiring instead of target wiring will be shown. Clear representations in the schematic and the simplest of production links can be ideally implemented using this new working method. The advantage of this is that both working methods, netbased wiring and target-oriented wiring, can be used in the project - to suit the best working method and for highest possible efficiency.Trimming includedWhat was designed in electrical engineering also needs to be efficiently produced. Extended CAD functions in the area of free graphics now guarantee clear production specifications. Trimming and chamfering as well as perpendicular and tangential design are only some of the functions that support detailed representations for mechanical production. To place graphical objects, XY coordinates can now be directly entered in EPLAN Electric P8. This lets you quickly create operator's desks and flange plates - with all the information needed for trouble-free production. This saves engineering time and also speeds up enclosure construction. Find items fasterThe new full text filter in parts management lets users use search terms to quickly filter parts masters and select the right component in the tree/list/combination view. Designing is also accelerated at the device level; the full text filter is integrated in the parts master data navigator. This simplifies handling, which is given an enormous boost in the new EPLAN Electric P8. Mini toolbars and detailed icons for toolbars now ensure intuitive handling to the benefit of both professional and occasional users. Another strong weapon in the battle to save valuable design time. Conclusion:Version 2.0 of EPLAN Electric P8 fulfills the requirements for more reliability and maximum practical support in engineering. More than 1,000 customer requirements were taken into consideration during development. The result: Continuous time and cost savings in electrical engineering and simultaneous support of interdisciplinary cooperation with fluid engineering, process automation, enclosure construction and production. EPLAN Software & ServiceEPLAN Software & Service is a software provider for global engineering solutions. Efficient workflows and process support are the focal points of all further developments. Customers are supported practice-oriented through the wide spectrum of services in training, courses, consulting and customer solutions. With 18.000 customers and approximately 60.000 installations world-wide the German company has been proving the success of consistent practical orientation and international orientation for 25 years. As a Rittal subsidiary in the Friedhelm Loh Group, EPLAN Software & Service also represents continuity and investment security.