Panel Builder System Integrator

January 2, 2019

A new graphical user interface, increased ergonomics and enhanced macro technology are all hallmarks of the new EPLAN Platform, Version 2.8. Yet that’s not everything: a new portal directly integrated into the software solution welcomes users right upon start-up moving forward. Offering comprehensive information, it includes tips and tricks that make users’ everyday work even easier, not to mention news and innovations from the EPLAN product portfolio, tutorials, details about training opportunities and much, much more.

Expanded data exchange with TIA Portal

Furthermore, the individual systems such as EPLAN Electric P8 are showcasing a variety of new features. The first step includes improvements in the bidirectional interaction between EPLAN and TIA Portal. In Nuremburg, users can discover how the AutomationML format even more effectively supports round-trip engineering, which again optimises the configuration of PLC data.

In the “Edit terminal strip” dialogue, users will soon be 7able to assign several alignable accessories at the same time. All of the devices selected in the appropriate context menu are then assigned to the marked terminal strip. This saves time in engineering.

Transferring configuration projects

With a new menu item, users can now transfer configuration projects – for instance the data for a PLC box – to the corresponding bus ports, eliminating the time-consuming task of manually inputting the data for each individual port. Potentially existing bus port entries are hereby updated. If an individual bus port is assigned to another configuration project, this value can then be manually changed, all of which provides more flexibility in engineering.

Bus data now available for all representation types

EPLAN Electric P8 users could previously only input bus data for single-line network/bus wiring cable connections. What’s newly available to users in the properties dialogue for bus connections is the “Bus data” tab for all representation types. This allows bus data to be input into the schematic and displayed without a single-line representation being specified. Yet another practical advantage: bus data are no longer deleted when changing the representation type. This provides more freedom within a project.

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6 FAQs about HARTING Connectors on UL 508A Panels

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Using connectors on UL 508A cabinets used to be a huge hassle for the panel-builder. As a result, they often chose the older hardwiring solution in the past. Now, HARTING, in partnership with UL, has made it possible to easily connectorize UL 508A panels with existing HARTING products. Get the asnwers for the six FAQs HERE.

 

 

 

One of Canada’s largest wastewater treatment plants at Annacis Island provides secondary treatment to approximately 175 billion litres of wastewater every year for over 1 million residents in 14 municipalities. After almost 20 years in operation, the variable frequency drives supporting the critical pumping systems for the primary treatment and secondary treatment facilities had to be replaced to ensure that the plant’s high operational availability and reliability will not be compromised in serving the plant, the surrounding municipalities and the environment. Metro Vancouver Regional District chose to deploy Rittal’s enclosure and power distribution solutions with E-plan software to efficiently support vital infrastructure improvements by reducing equipment replacement times and thereby minimizing risk to plant operations.

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Siemens is setting the course for long-term value creation through accelerated growth and stronger profitability with a simplified and leaner company structure. The main aim of the Vision 2020+ company strategy is to give Siemens' individual businesses significantly more entrepreneurial freedom under the strong Siemens brand in order to sharpen their focus on their respective markets. Plans also call for strengthening the company's growth portfolio through investments in new growth fields such as IoT integration services, distributed energy management and infrastructure solutions for electric mobility.

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 Like many cyclical industries, mining is reviving, driven by steady global economic growth and an increasing demand for materials to support new technologies like electric vehicles, renewable energy and mobile devices. Despite the optimism, the industry still faces major operational challenges including process efficiencies, cost control, worker health and safety, and skills gaps. To address these challenges, Rockwell Automation introduced The Connected Mine, leveraging the latest enabling and digital technologies.

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Cybertech developed the Process Control and Safety Instrumented System Auditor to identify high-risk misalignments between plant process control and safety systems – and provide sufficient guidance to each plant system owner to resolve material issues.

Computerized data analytics are effective in mining the big data found in a typical process facility. The Cybertech System Auditor accepts native data from plant systems, cleans up and standardizes the data with purpose-built C# data mining applications and SQL data manipulation. Tiered SQL views minimize data duplication and facilitate automatic updates when base native data changes (e.g. after a system owner advises that they have resolved identified issues).

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Coming Soon: The new EPLAN Pro Panel, Version 2.8, Virtual control cabinet engineering – fully matured

The new EPLAN Pro Panel, Version 2.8 is making its first big appearance at the SPS IPC Drives. The software for virtual 3D control cabinet engineering is characterised by its expanded flexibility, surprising users with a brand new 4K-capable user interface. It’s also causing decision-makers to sit up and take notice: during live, joint presentations in Nuremberg, EPLAN and Rittal will be introducing a whole series of innovations in the context of control cabinet engineering.

These include complementary software solutions for engineering and preplanning operations, innovative system technology for housings, power distribution and climate-control systems, automation technologies, and digital assistance systems for integrated automation of manufacturing processes. EPLAN and Rittal are thereby positioning themselves as solutions providers offering integrated solutions for optimising processes in control cabinet engineering: combined machine/hardware and software solutions, product-accompanying data and comprehensive on-site process integration services for customers.

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