Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Integrated mounting layout in 3D

Integrated mounting layout in electrical and fluid engineering now in 3D
CAE systems are usually designed for 2D. EPLAN now has a 3D module, EPLAN Pro Panel, for efficient layout planning in electrical engineering and fluid power. With EPLAN Pro Panel you can define a virtual 3D prototype of the mounting layout independently of the electrical or fluid schematic. Users benefit from associative views in the mounting layout and optimal utilisation of the space available in the enclosure.

Mounting panels, housings or enclosures can be dimensioned optimally so that the costs are reduced. Consistent data for all the participating engineering disciplines ensure that the workflow towards the production is also efficient. Designing on the basis of the EPLAN platform is supported fully in both electrical and fluid engineering. This applies to mounting panels that are planned with EPLAN Electric P8 as well as for hydraulics units designed with EPLAN Fluid. Attrition losses through data conversion between the disciplines are a thing of the past.

The optional Pro Panel module offers all the functions for equipping mounting panels or for defining power units and valve blocks on the basis of the systems of the EPLAN platform. Standard-compliant mounting layout and production drawings are easy to realise using associative model views and the many possibilities of the EPLAN platform. Changes in the 3D mounting layout are naturally taken into consideration in the corresponding model views and legends.

In the course of mounting layout all the devices used in the schematic or in the parts pre-selection are displayed in a list or tree structure. When placing elements, the system checks whether the placement is on the correct mounting panel. This immediately indicates which items from the schematic have yet to be placed on the mounting panel. The 3D mounting layout can optionally be the leading factor or it can be equipped correctly from the schematic. Placing of the components using the new EPLAN eTouch technology is remarkably simple.

Provision of powerful designing aids is important for the correct implementation of the mounting layout and a guarantee for higher planning reliability in the product engineering process. EPLAN Pro Panel is designed to operate within manufacturer specifications and facilitates an exact position check of devices, wire ducts and mounting rails.

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