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EPLAN releases new version of its CAE software

22 August 2015

Faster template creation and simplified standardisation are amongst the benefits provided by EPLAN’s new CAE software 2.5 version.

A new navigator facilitates the creation and editing of electrical and fluid power engineering macros, while the expanded terminal editor and streamlined cable planning for machines/plants with EPLAN FieldSys make designing even more intuitive and convenient.

A central challenge in the engineering process is managing various levels of revision within a project and, to address this, the new EPLAN Platform version 2.5 offers page/area-specific revision management. Project areas such as functional structures, location definitions and disciplines can be independently revised, meaning that changes remain transparent throughout the entire process and for all project participants at all times.

As a key tool for standardisation, EPLAN uses macros in the software. With variant and placeholder technology, this means that users can easily add partial circuits to an overall project. The new macro navigator facilitates management of the design process, as macros can be worked on in a tree diagram or within a table – even in multiple selections.

Macro variants and different representation types can be more easily viewed in context, and – as with previous versions of the software – can be quickly and easily selected. Furthermore, version 2.5 also allows management of multiple names for each macro, reducing the need to create article-specific macros because one macro can now be used for several parts.

The enhanced terminal editor featured by EPLAN Platform version 2.5 provides a graphical representation of terminal types and categories enabling fast and clear validation of selected terminal strips. If changes become necessary, these can be done directly in the terminal editor, and the parts and components can also be entered or changed directly in the editor. Terminals can be conveniently sorted along terminal strips via drag and drop.

Representations of the information in the terminal editor can be saved as schematics, allowing users to quickly switch to and access the most important information. This results in a convenient and simple centralised management of terminal strips with predictable and validated results for the terminals and terminal layout diagrams.

Another key benefit of the version 2.5 software is that it provides added functionality for cable routing for machines and plants. Before the assembly team can lay out cables, they must be planned and comprehensively documented – normally using a single-line diagram. Using the single-line functionality, users can complete single-pole wiring plans and send this information to the optional EPLAN FieldSys add-on module. This allows the definition of exact cable paths and cable lengths.

Customers can log into the EPLAN support download area here and download the new version.

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