With substantial engineering features that can be easily integrated into everyday work processes, the new Eplan Platform version 2.6 users benefit from new functions for terminal design and project data management. The culture of the new Eplan Platform’s innovation maybe describes as ‘out of the box’, and evidence supports this by including the representation of piping in fluid power engineering, and optimised IT integration, as well as now being available in Turkish, it is offered in a total of eighteen languages.
English, German, Japanese and Chinese: Eplan software previously ‘spoke’ just seventeen languages. With the new version 2.6, Turkish has been added to the software languages; after all, Eplan has been running its own affiliate company in Istanbul since 2014.
There are also numerous technical upgrades in the newest version. Used accessories can now easily be depicted when processing and managing terminal strips. Furthermore, automatically or manually defined jumpers can also be easily identified. Users also have the possibility to display the current terminal status as it is represented in the Navigator.
Yet another improvement: a new connection-oriented view quickly shows which terminal connections are still free and therefore available. Aside from these functionalities making designing simpler, they also significantly accelerate design engineering processes.
Managing Projects and Project Data
Using the Quick Input Filter for project management makes it even easier to process and manage projects and project data. Subprojects are freely definable and can be saved at will, and there is more flexibility in name allocation. For instance, users can only update the main project instead of storing subprojects with the goal of bringing the main project up to date. In project structure management, certain structures can be searched for and revised throughout the entire project, which considerably simplifies project oversight. The definition of sequencing pages for print or PDF outputs has also been appreciably enhanced, and users also benefit from faster results in this area.
Piping/Hose Lines in 3DFor hydraulics and pneumatics, for cooling and lubrication, numerous applications require the use of pipes or hose lines to transport media such as air or oil. Eplan Fluid Professional, including the Eplan Pro Panel add-on, now offers the possibility to represent piping and hydraulic hose lines directly in 3D with complete layout functionality. Design engineers can thus review the layout or for instance the length of the hose lines. An export function is also provided in order to transfer the pipe geometries to external manufacturing software for pipe bending.
From Preplanning to Detail Engineering
Many new functions were optimised to simplify integrating Eplan Platform into customers’ existing processes. Eplan Preplanning now allows data from external sources to be imported. A preview function allows incoming data to be verified before being imported. Differences are easy to recognise and even previously deleted objects can now easily be found and removed from preplanning and detail engineering. This represents the next step toward more data consistency and data continuity within design engineering, from preplanning through to detail engineering.
Better IT Integration
User management has also become easier, existing users can simply be imported into an IT infrastructure instead of having to create a new user. Eplan user rights management was expanded with support for Active Directory. The use of SQL databases has also been made simpler; a selection list of available SQL databases is available from which to select the correct one.