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Eplan Adds New Products to the Rockwell Automation Encompass Program

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EPLAN Software und Service GmbH & Co. KG
An Der Alten Ziegelei 2
Germany



Press release date: December 10, 2013

Eplan, a Global Encompass partner, has added the Eplan Fluid and Eplan Harness proD products to the Encompass Program.  With the Eplan suite of products, users can bi-directionally compare their engineering data with the control systems from Rockwell Automation.screen_rockwell.jpg: All products of the Eplan Platform have now been approved for inclusion in the Encompass Product Reference  program of Rockwell Automation.

Rockwell Automation has added Eplan Fluid and Eplan Harness proD to their portfolio of approved Encompass products. These products now join Eplan's other approved systems such as Eplan Electric P8, Eplan Pro Panel and Eplan PPE. This means that all the systems of the Eplan Platform are now listed. Eplan has been a Global Encompass Partner of Rockwell Automation since 2008. Eplan Fluid is an engineering tool for design and automatic documentation of circuits for fluid power systems in hydraulics, pneumatics, cooling and lubrication. The Eplan Platform connects the fluid-specific engineering with all other engineering disciplines, so that various engineering tasks can be executed in parallel. This accelerates the whole engineering process - even when combined with other disciplines, such as electrical engineering. Eplan Harness proD is a modern 3D/2D software system for the efficient design and documentation of wire harnesses. This system's strengths lie in the automated steps involved, from importing mechanical models as 3D environments for wire harness layout and combining them with wiring lists from the Eplan Platform, right up to routing the cables and generating the engineering documentation and manufacturing 2D nailboard drawings. The ability to incorporate mechanically relevant information from various MCAD systems, as well as the ECAD connection information, means that Eplan Harness proD has the potential to be seamlessly integrated into PDM environments. This allows a harness to be designed, even when there is no mechanical prototype available. To put it simply: Development times are reduced, productivity increases and project quality is improved on a continuous basis.

These engineering solutions  provide additional synergies between Rockwell Automation and Eplan. Users can now create their electrical designs using the database centric, object-orientated architecture and then use the bi-directional control data synchronization between Eplan Electric P8 and RSLogix™ 5000, and P8 via RSLogix™ Architect, for hardware and tag synchronization, between both the control system and the electrical drawings. They will now benefit by being able to use Eplan Pro Panel to virtually design their switching cabinet layouts with 3D layout planning, supported by eTouch technology. They can then send the engineering data directly to the manufacturing department. Solution providers, system integrators, machine and equipment builders (OEMs) and engineering firms will all benefit equally from the partnership between Eplan and Rockwell Automation.

Background:
Through Encompass Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges. These products are critical components or connectivity solutions that extend and enhance Rockwell Automation installations.

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 35,000 customers with 95,000 installations worldwide.  The corporate motto - 'Efficient Engineering' - underlines the proficiency of optimized, efficient processes, which keep companies competitive in the long term.

EPLAN Software & Services LLC
37000 Grand River Ave., Suite 380
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
USA
Christine Knapik
Phone: +1-630-408-3863
Fax: +1-248-945-9210
Knapik.c@eplanusa.com

Emmanuel Ahossi
MEPAX
E-mail: e.ahossi@mepax.com
Tel: +34-655-783-193


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