Software minimizes design time

Version 1.8 of Eplan Electric P8 from Eplan Software & Services continues to focus on minimizing design time. New features include in-place editing to speed and simplify the incorporation of modifications arising during machine build or start up into the project. Users can edit device tags, function texts, or component numbers in the wiring diagram with a mouse click.

By Staff June 1, 2007
New features of Eplan’s electrical engineering software let users edit device tags, function texts, or component numbers in a wiring diagram with a mouse click.

Version 1.8 of Eplan Electric P8 from Eplan Software & Services continues to focus on minimizing design time. New features include in-place editing to speed and simplify the incorporation of modifications arising during machine build or start up into the project. Users can edit device tags, function texts, or component numbers in the wiring diagram with a mouse click. The new edition also includes data dialogs for centrally editing automation components distributed across a project for consistent project data exchange with PLC programming and bus configuration.

No device dialog box needs to be opened because all information is intuitively modified where it is displayed in the schematic and updated online throughout the project. Modifications can also be made in the project reports. For example, if a limit switch part number is changed in the bill of materials, data in the wiring diagram also update automatically.

The project options module is intended to make it easy to generate project documentation for product variants automatically. The design engineer defines the electrical components of the desired machine configuration with a few mouse clicks in a central dialog box. When a modification to an existing system becomes necessary, says Eplan, the engineer simply selects the option for that alteration and the stored value sets for the new variant are propagated throughout the project in a fraction of the time it takes to re-design it. www.eplan.us Eplan Software & Services