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Eplan updates Harness proD for wire harness design

September 182015
Eplan updates Harness proD for wire harness design

September 18, 2015 - Eplan releases  Harness proD Version 2.5 with improvements for nail board design, cable routing and project management for wire harness engineering.

One feature is the coupling of the 3D wire harness engineering system to the EPLAN Platform's central parts management. Users have only one central parts management system which they are able to access over the entire course of a project. This significantly reduces the effort in maintaining master databases and enables continuous workflows from schematics through to production documentation. Master data workflows have been further optimized through the derivation of 2D symbols - required for nail board drawing - from existing 3D data. This is particularly efficient because 3D component data is already required. Existing data therefore gets reused - manual creation of component symbols is unnecessary.

Harness proD aims to provide a user-friendly 3D system for wire harness design. Electrical engineers generally have limited experience in operating complex MCAD systems and therefore will benefit from a user friendly approach. For example, by positioning a component, such as a connector, within the 3D space enables the selection of reference point, edges and areas. This simplifies the positioning process. A preview function helps users to achieve correct positioning during the first attempt avoiding the need for subsequent adjustment. Users who use AutoCAD symbols can look forward to a greatly improved import function. Imported DWG and DXF drawings can be edited in Version 2.5 with all the relevant content being extracted. This greatly speeds up the process of creating parts.

Version 2.5 of EPLAN Harness proD includes many new features - for example, the fixing of a 3D object's positioning, the option to position the starting point of a new bundle, in a wire harness, into existing bundles and the automatic routing of cables. To support production, wire colors can be displayed in the connector symbol on the nailboard. Production can then use the drawing to identify the correct positioning of a wire at a connector. Searching wire lists for the necessary information is no longer required and the production process becomes faster.

There are also many new interesting features in the nailboard design. EPLAN Harness proD 2.5 has separated the "data layer" from the "display  layer." This might sound technical but it gives users enormous flexibility in the nailboard design. Display configurations enables a drawing to be viewed differently without having to change the data – i.e., according to a company's internal drawing standards. This gives the user greater flexibility. Batch processing of updates has been added to the project management section of EPLAN Harness proD. The need for evaluation or drawing updates is detected and then batch processed to further reduce project management effort. Features such as the automated updating of library parts or the newly supported CAD formats are among the many enhancements to increase the efficiency of wire harness projects and to speed up customer workflows.

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 45,000 customers with 110,000 installations worldwide. The corporate motto - 'Efficient Engineering' - underlines the proficiency of optimized, efficient processes, which keep companies competitive in the long term.