At the heart of it all is the digital twin, a 3D digital replica of the control cabinet created in EPLAN Pro Panel within the engineering stage which uses seamless data to link together all value creation processes - from electrical engineering through to service.
Modern CAE systems are not isolated solutions. Data from the digital twin created in engineering can also be accessed during commercial processes and can be connected to ERP systems which makes it possible to transfer automatically generated bills of materials (BOM's) for quotations and material procurement. Ideally an engineering solution should therefore not only include standardised interfaces to market leading ERP, PDM and PLM systems, but also tools for individual integration of engineering software into the IT infrastructure.
EPLAN has many bi-directional interfaces with leading solution providers to ensure transparency in your product development process, these include Siemens Team Center, SAP ECTR, PRO.File, PTC Windchill, and more.
Having recently worked with 150 panel builders, we identified a time saving of 41% by introducing semi-automated working practices to existing manual workflows, with even further time savings possible by fully automating processes and workflows.
Many data enclosures and components such as climate control units are now equipped with sensors that generate a continuous flow of data. This data is used to offer service and energy management activities as required during ongoing operation, which improves the availability and efficiency of machinery and equipment.
With EPLAN, engineering projects are in the cloud. This means that the data generated and enriched in the engineering is available and transparent for all project stakeholders along the entire value chain – from engineering to manufacturing and assembly through to service and maintenance. EPLAN allows you to view and comment on changes using an internet browser from any location. The software easily and intuitively leads you through the redlining process with which you can view and comment on changes to the project.
In addition, the Rittal systems feature several interfaces for communicating and transferring measurement data on variables such as electricity, voltage, power and efficiency.