﻿EPLAN FieldSys: Optimized Cable Planning from Controller to Field Level
EPLAN Software und Service GmbH & Co. KG
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Press release date: August 28, 2012
EPLAN FieldSys allows cable laying routes to be configured exactly to scale. This comprehensive planning tool includes routing, database-assisted management of cable routes and automatic data analysis to accelerate processes, simplify assembly and servicing and ensure highly efficient system planning.
2D layout of a production area with grid network and reports on field cabling
EPLAN FieldSys is a field cabling add-on module, which will be available with the new EPLAN Platform 2.2 as of October 2012. FieldSys is based on a 2D machine/plant layout which can be read into EPLAN in DWG or DXF format, for example. Within the EPLAN Platform, the system configurer can add a to-scale network of routes to this layout and display the possible cable laying routes. This means connections between controller and field components can be planned efficiently, and permanently documented. The next stage involves locating the automation components and field devices recorded in the wiring diagrams in the layout.
Comprehensive reports included
Based on the connections between the devices defined in the electrical wiring diagram, EPLAN routes all cable connections within the defined network. Individual laying rules help plan optimum cable routes through the network. The length of the cables is also calculated, as are any extras required to connect the devices. Based on this routing information, EPLAN FieldSys generates comprehensive cable reports at the touch of a button. These reports are particularly important for assembly. Calculation of the cable length required for each cable type and connection, including source and target information, will guarantee accurate results. There are also reports showing the exact route for every cable, which are very helpful during the laying process. From the source, the fitter can follow the documentation step by step to the destination, thus finding the ideal, defined cable route quickly.
Maintenance: All the information needed at a glance
Having machine/plant layout, cable routes and cable reports as basic elements significantly increases the value of the automation documentation. All the important information is easily accessible not only at the fitting stage but also for service incidents. Where is a component within the system? Clicking on the navigation in the wiring diagram from the motor controller to the machine layout makes it clear exactly where the motor is fitted. Could the motor cable be damaged? The layout or reports make it clear how the cable should be run through the machine. This means errors are quickly located and fixed.
The new EPLAN FieldSys allows cable routes between controller and field components to be configured accurately and to scale.
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 600 employees around the world and forecast sales of 4 billion USD in 2011. EPLAN is therefore synonymous with continuity and investment security. Four offices in North America and our presence in 50 countries support 30,000 customers with 90,000 installations worldwide. The corporate motto - 'Efficient Engineering' - underlines the proficiency of optimized, efficient processes, which keep companies competitive in the long term.
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