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'Efficient engineering with EPLAN'

15 April 2011

EPLAN’s enhanced tools allow it to make macros out of simple and complex circuits that are archived and re-used to accelerate project turnaround time, minimise errors through the use of validated content, and capture economies of scale in procurement and manufacturing

Autrial, a Spanish manufacturer of control systems for large commercial systems, used to focus exclusively on systems for the food industry, but are now diversifying into new sectors such as nuclear power generation and alternative energy.

The bigger scope of activities as the company expanded, the management felt the need for an electrical design platform with strong automation capabilities, including the ability to create, archive and scale time-saving macros for simple or complex circuits and components.

After considerable research Autrial replaced their existing design software with the state-of-the-art EPLAN Electric P8 because it offered precisely these capabilities, and much more.

Using EPLAN Electric P8 software has provided the tools for Autrial to work towards a corporate objective of substantially standardising design content as it expands in both its traditional markets and new sectors such as green energy and environmental systems.

The same database has been integrated with other Autrial enterprise systems for improved collaboration among departments.

Adopting EPLAN has helped streamline purchasing and inventory management. Components can be ordered on an as-needed basis, which cuts down on duplicate orders, buying essentially the same part from multiple vendors, over-stocking and shortages. When design work is complete, all wire lists and bills of materials are transferred electronically from EPLAN to the purchasing department.

The same component data imported through the Data Portal can be stored as simple macros in the component database, even incorporated into a larger, more complex macro stored in an archive of recurrent content built up in the EPLAN database.

Right after the implementation of EPLAN Electric P8, design time has been reduced by an average of 20%. Design errors are down 30%, wire errors 10% and component errors 50%. Designers insert parts into their project from a database of authorized components maintained within EPLAN.

Users also implement the EPLAN Data Portal to access the online catalogues of major parts vendors, then import specific parts, complete with all data, pre-validated by EPLAN Software & Services, directly into their project without having to manually key in the data.

Inserting a component, either from the component database or via Data Portal is just like inserting a macro – all lists and schematics get automatically updated and cross-referenced by EPLAN Electric P8.

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