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The Pro Panel engineering software from EPLAN is claimed to enable companies to achieve savings of up to 75 per cent on wiring time and up to 50 per cent on layout and mounting time. Users can also achieve a 50 per cent 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 or rework. Software features include 3D mounting layout, wiring and design, modification and adjustment of copper busbars.

According to the company, the software enables engineers to conform to international standards and directives and get consistent, quality designs that suit customer requirements.

Key features and benefits

  • 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 entered and positioned on the 3D layout, thanks to 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, 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 enhance the schematic.
  • Another functionality of Pro Panel is that 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 radiuses 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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EPLAN is an electrical engineering design program, offering innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN ‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary engineering work, from fluid and process engineering to harness and enclosure design.

About EPLAN
EPLAN is an electrical engineering design program, offering innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN ‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary engineering work, from fluid and process engineering to harness and enclosure design.
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