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EPLAN updates EPLAN Platform software

September 112014
EPLAN updates EPLAN Platform software

September 11, 2014 - Release 2.4 of the EPLAN Platform is now available for download and as a 64-bit version. Overall, the CAE system makes an impact by providing additional opportunities to increase efficiency during the engineering process. The simplified representation of the PLC communication networks makes the documentation and management of PLC structures clearer and easier to use. Also the sub-project management also enhances the overview. Specific sections can be extracted from a project, individually edited and merged back into a final project. As a result, it creates a complete and high-quality documentation so users can concentrate specifically on their required tasks. Another helpful option is the change protection used for areas of the project which have already been approved is another helpful option: This means that any changes made to the objects in those areas are protected. This way, areas which have been fully planned or parts which have already been manufactured cannot be changed inadvertently.

Accurate and predictable data entry can now be achieved throughout the entire platform with user-definable and configurable properties. Users can create default values selection lists for properties. These consistent inputs ensure correct results when filtering reports. Additional check runs have been implemented to check and validate the parts management database to ensure that the managed data is accurate, thus enhancing the quality of the part data. Previously, this was an elaborate manual process - but now the system performs the checks automatically.

Navigation throughout the project has become even easier and faster with all displayed cross-references now are available to be accessed through hyperlinks. These hyperlinks also are available in the export to PDF, making the PDF a valuable reference document for the maintenance engineers. This makes it a lot easier for colleagues in maintenance to use the documentation. A new report type for distributed devices allows users to generate the project information into an easier and simpler report for the manufacturing and maintenance departments. A complete device report is generated where all of its data can be displayed - for example placements, function texts or graphic symbols. For example, this function is helpful during faults as being placed in the documentation as a report, it is easier to identify and access a component faster.

The EPLAN Platform supports multiple standards, for instance the IEC 81346; now it is also possible to identify project pages according to IEC 61355. Using this type of identifier allows users to use an object designation when structuring the documentation. A document, i.e. a project page is assigned to a specific object (function, location or product) via the object designation. Users can also use this in conjunction with an interface connected to PLM/PDM or ERP systems.

Intelligent components such as communicating sensors, configurable drives and programmable actuators with varied communication protocols, require clear documentation in a bus structure. Therefore, EPLAN created a new and easier way to manage PLC Bus systems to on the basis of simple single line communication network designs: Users can now also integrate other devices such as converters, motors or valves with bus connections into bus systems. As a result, devices with several different bus systems are better supported. Additional PLC manufacturers were also added to the list of interface partners for bi-directional data exchange, such as ABB, Mitsubishi and 3S.

EPLAN Software & Service develops engineering solutions, which accelerate the product development process. Interdisciplinary expert systems assure the highest degree of productivity and data integration. The solution provider develops customer-specific and tailor-made PDM and PLM concepts and provides comprehensive services such as customizing, consulting and training. Innovative development competence, a consistently practical approach, and international presence are the resulting success factors. EPLAN is part of Rittal International and thus of the Friedhelm Loh Group with 11,500 employees worldwide and generated revenues of about 3 billion USD in 2011. EPLAN is therefore synonymous with continuity and investment security. Eight offices in North America and company presence in 50 countries support 40,000 customers with 100,000 installations worldwide.  The corporate motto - 'Efficient Engineering' - underlines the proficiency of optimized, efficient processes, which keep companies competitive in the long term.