Empowering Energy Solutions with EPLAN Platform
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EPLAN Software und Service GmbH & Co. KG
An Der Alten Ziegelei 2
Press release date: January 10, 2012
Russia relies a great deal on localized heat and power generation. For Impuls Industrial Boiler Plants, the opportunities for building or rebuilding large boiler houses that provides heat and power to communities, including remote industrial installations, represents a major growth market. Founded in 2002, the company Impuls has pioneered development of modular, fully automated industrial boiler houses that do not require a human operator. A key reason for choosing EPLAN as the new design tool was the ability of the software to support electrical, process control and enclosure design on a shared platform. As a result, projects that typically took three months or more are now being completed in 5-6 weeks.
Design plays a crucial role at Impuls; over half of the 100 staff are engineers. The company recognized that its old software tools were too constraining. Engineers were using AutoCAD to design power equipment, automated heating systems and instrument and control (I&C) systems, and using MS Excel to draw up bills of materials and other lists and tables. Engineers had to connect assemblies and control devices manually. There was no way for the different engineering disciplines to share content or work collaboratively and no way to archive commonly used content. "With so much manual processing, it wasn't unusual for major errors to creep into projects that were a challenge to fix, especially when projects were to deadline," says Alexey Soloviev, head of the engineering department at Impuls.
Attracted by the EPLAN Platform concept
"Seeking to optimize design productivity, Impuls selected EPLAN for its vast automation features, and because its database-driven suite of products was unique. -EPLAN is it being the only computer aided engineering product that supported electrical, process control and enclosure design on a shared platform. That meant data generated by one discipline could be shared by all," comments Soloviev. Major time-savings "This was a capability the company wanted. Before we decided to use EPLAN for our engineering, working in AutoCAD and MS Office meant all product stages were executed by the same engineer, because functions like cross-discipline designing and multiple users sharing data were lacking. Now, with EPLAN, the electrical and process control engineers have the chance to collaborate together on projects," states Soloviev.
With the switch to the EPLAN Platform - Impuls acquired EPLAN Electric P8, EPLAN PPE and the 3D mounting panel layout module. Projects that typically took three months or more are now being completed in 5-6 weeks, and that was achieved within six months of switching to EPLAN. "Engineers are making the maximum use of EPLAN's vast automation functionality, like automated error-checking and cross-referencing. Error rates are down, and it's not unusual to have projects that are completely error-free," remarks Soloviev. An archive was created in EPLAN and now contains over 1,500 component macros and 2,000 function macros shared by all disciplines. Impuls expects that over time it can accelerate projects further by increasing the number of archived macros and recognizing more ways to take advantage of EPLAN functionality during project development.
Customers benefits from EPLAN results
"With EPLAN, there should be a maintenance benefit over time for both Impuls and customers since the documentation generated by EPLAN for each installation is a higher quality. We have noticed that our customers now have far fewer questions with regard to completed projects and tend to grade the ones done in EPLAN very well," states Soleviev.
EPLAN Software & Service
EPLAN Software & Service develops engineering solutions that accelerate the engineering process. Interdisciplinary expert systems ensure a maximum of productivity and data continuity. The solution provider develops tailor-made PDM and PLM concepts and provides comprehensive services such as customizing, consulting and training. Success factors are innovative development competence, a consistently practical approach and international presence. EPLAN is a subsidiary of Rittal International and thereby part of the Friedhelm Loh Group, with 11,500 employees worldwide, and an expected revenue of 3.14 Bn. Euros for 2011. EPLAN represents continuity and investment security. The seven German EPLAN branches and a presence in 50 countries support 19,500 customers with 65,000 installations worldwide. 'Efficient Engineering' - the corporate motto, underlines the proficiency of optimized, efficient processes, which support companies in their quest to stay competitive in the long term.
EPLAN Software & Services LLC.
37000 Grand River Ave., Suite 380
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
EPLAN Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG
An der alten Ziegelei 2
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Phone: +49 2173 3964-129
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