Rockwell Automation, Eplan to synchronize control hardware design, software programming

New interface from Rockwell Automation and Eplan Software & Services will make Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software available in RSLogix, allowing electrical engineers, control hardware engineers and software programmers to automatically synchronize controls configuration data.

11/06/2009


Anaheim, CA - Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK) and Eplan Software & Services announced the two companies will collaborate on a utility that merges hardware design with software programming to help improve efficiency and reliability of controls data exchange. The new bi-directional interface available within the RSLogix Architect software will provide seamless integration with the Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software by allowing electrical engineers, control hardware engineers and software programmers to automatically synchronize controls configuration data. Release versions will be available in the first half of 2010, the companies said.

 

 

Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software

Rockwell Automation RSLogix Architect software will integrate with the Eplan Electric P8 electrical design software.

AUTOMATION FAIR 2009 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch for more Control Engineering Automation Fair coverage.

The RSLogix Architect-Eplan Electric P8 integration will be introduced at the annual Automation Fair event in Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 11 and 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center. A joint presentation of the solution by Rockwell Automation and Eplan Software & Services will be conducted at the Technical Session T8: Integrating Electrical Design and PLC Programming in Room 210A at 10 a.m. on both days. Product demonstrations will also take place at the Rockwell Automation and Eplan booths, #647 and #314 respectively throughout the two-day industry event.

Rockwell Automation says it is the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Rockwell Automation employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

Eplan Software & Services provides integrated CAE software products for the efficient design and documentation of electrical, fluid power, instrumentation and process control, and enclosure systems.

www.eplanusa.com/products/eplan-electric-p8.html

 

 

Manufacturers will benefit from the joint utility through accelerated time to production, quicker startup, and improved quality of controls data. The solution eliminates the need for manual entry of configuration information by allowing software programmers and design engineers to automatically update, synchronize and validate changes to model configuration information, including racks, I/O cards, I/O tags and descriptions.

"Manufacturers are operating in an environment that demands seamless flow of information across all disciplines in the manufacturing enterprise," said Dick Slansky, senior analyst, PLM research director, ARC Advisory Group. "Collaborative Digital Automation tools like the new utility from Rockwell Automation and Eplan are especially critical at a time when accelerating time to production and improving efficiency are a top concern for manufacturers."

RSLogix Architect software is a system management and configuration tool that integrates with projects configured using RSLogix 5000 programming software, helping make it easy for users to manage control systems and network configurations, managing data and information across multiple controllers. Eplan Electric P8 automates the design and documentation of controls hardware systems. Its PLC & Bus Extension module logically represents all devices connected throughout a bus topology and manages their relationships within an Eplan project.

"To remain competitive in the marketplace, manufacturers must continually look for new ways to get their products to market faster and more efficienty," said Jason Weber, strategic alliance manager, Rockwell Automation. The partnership helps synchronizes design tools from two industry-leading companies to create synergistic benefits for manufacturers, he suggested.

Users of the E-CAE software can access the project's entire PLC information via a dedicated Navigator to address, re-address, sort, import and export PLC data. The utility brings together the import and export function of Eplan Electric P8 with the ability of RSLogix Architect to manage control system and communication configurations. The result for customers is easier, more efficient and more accurate collaboration between hardware and software engineers, the companies suggested.

"In today's fiercely competitive business environment, it is no longer enough just to develop a well-performing automation tool to meet a specific need," said Reiner Konetschny, Eplan's director of key account management who is also in charge of the company's strategic global partnership with Rockwell Automation.

Read more from Control Engineering :

- Electrical Design Software ; and

- 10 reasons to use panel or schematic design software .

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering , www.controleng.com



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Save energy with automation; Process control system upgrades; Dispelling controll myths; Time-sensitive networking; Control system integration; Road to IANA
Additive manufacturing advancements; Machine vision enhances robotics; Fieldbus evolution; Process safety; Advice from System Integrators of the Year; Road to IANA
Salary and career survey: Benchmarks and advice; Designing controls; Remote data collection, historians; Control valve advances; Hannover Messe; Control Engineering International
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
click me