- May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010 - Process Optimization is EPLAN´s maxim, to point out new potential to its customers in a stressed market environment. This supplier of real solutions uses Best Practices at the Hanover Fair as a slogan to present convincing customer projects, which provide solid evidence of optimization in the product development process.As anyone well knows, theory is one thing but practice quite another. EPLAN will allow insight into real customer projects at the Hanover Fair so that practice optimization will not remain only a gray theory, but show a real solution to the tension between the business poles of time, costs and quality. Best-practice examples will also provide useful inspiration on how complexity because of variations and technically demanding products can be managed. Our visitors can count on ideas and orientation, on how to measure some of their own methods and procedures against field tested standards, and where possible improvement potentials might be located. There are multitudes of customer examples available and they will deal with various key processes in the product development process. All processes, starting with planning and design, all the way to manufacturing and maintenance will be covered. Numerous facets from various business branches will be illuminated the following is an extract from the specific customer projects.Better uniformityFocal point of one practical example from the mechanical engineering field is the uniformity in the design and engineering process, starting with 3D design in Autodesk Inventor and then integrating the fluid and electrical engineering processes with systems from the EPLAN platform. Along the lines of a PLM solution Productstream Professional is used as the backbone of a companys data flow. Document and revision maintenance, management of bills of materials and proof of use are controlled with a release system. The practical advantage: A highly efficient, transparent process; perfectly controlled via the higher-level product management (PDM) system. Perfect methods modification Another example deals with the construction of machinery and facilities in the steel production and treatment industry and distinguishes itself with the groundbreaking change of methods towards functional engineering. EPLAN Engineering Center improves the engineering quality significantly by maximizing the concept of reuse based on predefined standards as much as possible. More practical advantages: A real time and costs savings can be realized with the automatic generation of project documentation.Production integrationYet another customer project is able to show, without a doubt, how an enclosure manufacturer has realized an extremely high degree of reusability, because of standardizations and that in spite of numerous variations in customer requirements. The comprehensive enclosure production process is the focus here, and how it can generate for instance NC data automatically, based on the 3D design functions of EPLAN Cabinet. The practical advantage: Uniformity brings with it huge time savings and maximum flexibility in case of changes. Additional optimization potential: Including those customers who have their own engineering departments. Paperless and without any media interruptions is the way to go, the credo, there.All the examples named herein are representative of the groundbreaking solutions that will be presented in Hanover, and they all do make one thing clear: Process optimization is more than a theory. This is the time for the Optimizers the usefulness and success of unifying solutions has been proven in the day-to-day operations in the field.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.