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Eplan’s Pro Panel cuts wiring time by 75 percent

12 July 2015

The Pro Panel engineering software from Eplan enables companies to achieve savings of up to 75 percent on wiring time, 50 percent time savings on layout and mounting and up to 50 percent increase in overall productivity.

With Eplan Pro Panel, engineers can design and construct three-dimensional control cabinets and switchgear systems easily and without expensive errors and rework. The software features include 3D mounting layout, wiring and design, modification and adjustment of copper busbars.

Designed with flexibility in mind,  Pro Panel allows the user to choose their preferred approach whether it is based on equipment lists, connection lists, or circuit diagrams. All necessary components can be easily entered and positioned on the 3D layout, thanks to the innovative eTouch technology.

The virtual 3D model of the control cabinet switchgear system helps designers make best use of the valuable control panel space available. Integrated planning aids such as collision testing, adherence to manufacturer installation guidelines, minimum clearances and bending radii, allow quick and optimum positioning and installation.

As an added benefit, error detection and other aspects of consistent quality control are predefined at the development stage, considerably reducing rework efforts and thus speeding time to market.

For correct wiring of control systems, Eplan’s new software utilises 3D mounting layout and schematic. Based on a combination of the exact position of the component in the mounting layout and the connection information from the schematic, the control cabinet can be wired virtually.

The system works out the optimum conductor and cable routing and all the resulting connection lengths at the touch of a button. The result of the optimised wiring can then be used to optimise the schematic.

Another functionality of Pro Panel is project reports, drawings relating to production and mounting, as well as data required for machine control, can be generated directly from the software.

The copper extension module allows individual busbar systems, including the copper rails that are to be bent and the relevant connection to be configured and adapted to the installation. All the necessary data on drill holes, punching, bending angles and radii is provided in the form of drawings and machine data for NC-based production – the new dimension in design, production and mounting.

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