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Engineering Data Portal includes data for 250,000 devices.

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March 30, 2012 - EPLAN Data Portal v2.1 provides master data for 250,000 components from nearly 50 manufacturers along with schematic macros, multilingual parts information, preview images, and documents. Users can access live data and import parts/macros into component library and drag and drop parts/macros into their designs. Manufacturers can store standard parts data on portal and also link product configurator for components that are changing rapidly.

EPLAN Software und Service GmbH & Co. KG

An Der Alten Ziegelei 2, -, Germany

Original Press Release

EPLAN Data Portal 2.1 Released and Can be "Viewed" via EPLAN's Corporate Website

Press release date: March 28, 2012

EPLAN's Data Portal 2.1 has been released and now it can also be "viewed" on the EPLAN corporate website (http://www.eplanusa.com/products/eplan-data-portal). The EPLAN Data Portal 2.1 has even more data, more manufacturers and more functions than ever. With almost a quarter million components and device data from nearly 50 manufacturers, this Online Portal is continuing to grow and expand its database. Over 25,000 EPLAN customers are benefiting from access to the latest up-to-date data, error-reduction and increased functionality and it has over 10 million downloads worldwide, the EPLAN Data Portal is setting records worldwide via the Internet.

The EPLAN Data portal not only provides you with the master data of major manufacturers but also contains schematic macros, multilingual parts information, preview images, documents and much more. Now anyone can have viewing rights to the EPLAN Data Portal to obtain part information via an Internet browser but you have to be an EPLAN user (on current SMA) to be able to access the live data and import parts/macros into the component library so you can literally drag & drop parts/macros into your design with ease.

New to the EPLAN Data Portal 2.1 is the capability for a manufacturer's product configurator to be linked directly to the EPLAN Data Portal. Not only can the manufacturer store their standard parts data on the Online Portal but for components that are changing rapidly, they can link their product configurator so that complex products can be directly imported to the EPLAN Data Portal and be used within the EPLAN Platform for schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, panel layouts, etc. Saving customers from having to create each piece from scratch, which are a huge time-savings and productivity benefit.

For example, Rittal has decided that linking the Rittal Therm configurator is an added benefit to their customers and EPLANs. The Rittal configurator imports calculations and designs of the individual heating, cooling, and air-conditioning solutions for enclosures and housings. You can then determine the required components in Rittal Therm, fabricate them into a solution, and transfer them via the EPLAN Data Portal. Then, the components can be transferred to the device list of the EPLAN platform and can be in the schematic / 3D layout space instantly.

Another example is Endress+Hauser. They have also decided to link their product configurator to the EPLAN Data Portal to give their customers an advantage in their industry. Using the Endress+Hauser's link within the EPLAN Data Portal, you can access the Endress+Hauser product configurator directly from the EPLAN Data Portal and import the required parts data directly to EPLAN. This will then generate a user-defined parts list within the EPLAN Data Portal. You can then import this parts list into the EPLAN Platform or import it as a device in the graphical editor. This results in dramatic time savings and error-reduction for the customer.

EPLAN Software & Service
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 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 25,000 customers with 80,000 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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