The new Eplan Platform 2.3 integrates preplanning processes, including graphical overviews, placeholders for functions, initial project data for drives, sensors and PLC inputs/outputs, or parts lists for calculations. The subsequent enclosure production and detailed design of the system is based on this comprehensive data, without new data entry or transfer from other systems. According to the company, this integration can increase project quality and data consistency, while reducing the cost of the project development process.
The central dialogue in the Eplan Platform is the new preplanning navigator. In this dialogue, the defined segments for preplanning are displayed and administered within the project. The use of preplanning macros, and copying and moving existing segments by drag and drop, makes easy to create and edit machine/plant structures. Alternatively, the CAE software has the option of working directly in the graphical editor for preplanning.
The data defined at the preplanning stage can be output in report form and used, for example, for parts lists or for calculating prices and labor. As a further alternative for data entry, the preplanning option incorporates a comprehensive import functionality allowing data to be exported into Eplan from Excel spreadsheets.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.