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Eplan introduces Smart Wiring Application control panel software

Eplan introduces Smart Wiring Application control panel software

April 7, 2016 - Eplan introduces Smart Wiring Application design software that visualises control cabinet wiring and provides the necessary production data 100 per cent digitally. Users benefit from substantial timesavings for last-minute changes because the software also handles the often complex task of project comparison.

Whether it’s the source/target description, terminal point handling, cross sections, colour, wire length, end procedures or exact cable routing: the software provides a visualisation and the necessary wiring information and engineering data for mounting assembly within the control cabinet. The schematic-based wiring – a time-consuming, error-prone process requiring a great deal of know-how – is no longer required. The Smart Wiring Application’s digital representation refers to the virtual model’s 3D-layout in Eplan Pro Panel. Yet the new application can be utilised to enhance productivity even without a 3D-layout. As an example, Excel lists with all the required connection information can be read into the program; the 3D visualisation of the routing pathways and assembly steps cannot be provided – however, the step-by-step execution as well as the comparison of various connection lists for last-minute changes remain available. Workers have clear information at all times about how far along the wiring process is as a whole, what still remains to be wired, which potentially necessary changes they must make and how to make them.

A clearly designed menu describes every single connection. This information is augmented with the equipment visualisation, including terminal points and the planned cable routing for the wires within the control cabinet. The software further provides information about the required wire diameter, the colour to be used and the defined terminal point handling – crimped or ultrasonic welding, for instance. Bundle affiliation is also exactly shown, which, taken together, means that every connection as well as every working step are clearly understandable and transparent. As soon as a connection is completely wired, it’s shown in traffic-light-principle green. This is tremendously helpful if several shifts are necessary to complete the work: colleagues can start wiring exactly where their predecessors left off.

The Smart Wiring Application really demonstrates its strength with last-minute changes to the project, which are simply registered in Eplan Pro Panel and then updated. Through the Smart Wiring Application, the two project statuses are compared to one another and the software documents all the differences, saving enormous amounts of time as compared to doing this manually. The software shows all the obsolete connections, those which have already been wired but must be removed, and which additional connections are required. This means that the times when wirers had to search and think about how the changes affect the entire wiring and manufacturing process have come to an end.

Advantages of the Smart Wiring Application

• Integrated workflow from customer requirements through engineering to manufacturing and testing

• 100% digital data

• Wiring without schematics

• Perfect visualisation

• Step-for-step directions for the worker

• Project comparison for last-minute changes

• Logging of wiring status

• Better scalability of workloads

Eplan Software & Service

Eplan Software & Service develops CAE solutions and advises companies in the optimisation of their engineering processes. Customers benefit from increased efficiency in the product development process through standardised procedures, automated sequences and consistent workflows. Eplan provides custom concepts for system implementation, installation and smooth integration into IT/PLM system landscapes based on standardised engineering solutions. Our service portfolio also covers customising, consulting and training. 

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