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Eplan introduces Design Space Exchange for control cabinets

February 192015
Eplan introduces Design Space Exchange for control cabinets

February 19, 2015 - Eplan introduces Design Space Exchange for integrating control technology into customized control cabinet solutions. Design Space Exchange simplifies the creation of virtual models for electrical and control systems engineers while simultaneously breaking down the barriers between electrical and mechanical design engineering.

The expansion module for Eplan Pro Panel Professional, developed by Eplan and MCAD specialists at Cideon, is available for Eplan Platform 2.4 and compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2014 and 2015.

DSE is based on a fully parametric 3D geometric data model of the mechanical design that takes into account the particular requirements for the installation location of the mounting panel or cabinet. DSE accesses the 3D CAD data of the control cabinet case design and makes it available to the Eplan Platform, as the basis for the mounting layout using Eplan Pro Panel. The 3D mounting layout is created within this design space, referencing the automation concept from the electrical design. All electrical equipment intended for installation will be mounted virtually, taking into account spatial conditions and manufacturer specifications regarding minimum clearance.

Installation holes, threads, slots and cutouts are automatically integrated for subsequent assembly. The virtual prototype of the cabinet is the basis for virtual switchgear wiring and for determining optimal wiring paths and appropriate wire lengths, among other things. Once the virtual mounting layout has been completed, Eplan DSE provides data on the necessary installation holes, threads, slots and cutouts for integration into the 3D mechanical engineering model, at the push of a button. DSE then interprets data and objects on the Autodesk Inventor page and creates a consistent product data model for mechanical design including all components, holes and cutouts.

The model is fully parametric and is in the form of native Autodesk Inventor geometry data, so that the mechanical design can integrate the manufacturing procedure including processing, BOMs and manufacturing drawings. While the mechanical design lays the foundation for the manufacture of the cases, the electrical designer can compile complete, as-built, project documentation of the final product. For example, the automated assembly of terminal strips and wire bundles, with all the necessary schematics, mounting diagrams, manufacturing drawings, BOMs, device lists, connection lists and data are created.

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