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Automating Design in Automotive Manufacturing to Boost Productivity – Eplan Case Study

Henrob, a provider of advanced self-pierce riveting, offers creative products and joining solutions to customers all around the world.

The company achieves its philosophy of designing reliable, robust production solutions through 3D computer aided engineering (CAE) software, which facilitates comprehensive modeling of tools and product access studies.

Self-piercing riveting is a relatively new but widely adopted form of mechanical joining, ideal for sheet material joints. The technique is especially suitable for the joining of aluminum, coated materials and dissimilar materials. Henrob offers its solutions to several key automakers, including Aston Martin, Land Rover, and Jaguar, especially benefiting high performance vehicles due to being fabricated from lightweight materials.

EPLAN Solutions at Henrob

Henrob offers a comprehensive service, including the design, fabrication, supply and installation of self-pierce riveting equipment and the fabrication and supply of self-pierce rivets and studs. The company designs all of its tools, stands, cabinets, magazine tools, and accessories with EPLAN software.

Henrob currently employs EPLAN Electric P8, a solution offering unlimited opportunities in interdisciplinary electrical engineering; the EPLAN Data Portal; and EPLAN Fluid, which facilitates fluid engineering with automated documentation.

Antony Evans, Advanced Engineering team leader at Henrob, recommended EPLAN to the company. When Evans joined the firm in 2001, Henrob was utilizing AutoCAD, which was very time intensive. With an increasing requirement to use electrical schematics in its projects, especially for clients like Jaguar, Evans convinced Henrob to migrate to EPLAN 5.4in 2003. This resulted in a dramatic increase in productivity, with a 100% increase in efficiency as design time was shortened from four weeks to two weeks.

Advantages of EPLAN Solutions

In 2011, Henrob switched to EPLAN Electric P8, witnessing a 10% increase in productivity; reduction in engineering costs owing to a typical project; and improved and more reliable documentation. Henrob has also achieved several operational improvements, including the reduction or elimination of errors, quicker and more-consistent document creation, and greater documentation for field service.

EPLAN has greatly benefited especially the engineering team with its novel features, including automatic BOM creation, plugs and sockets referencing, and terminal interconnecting diagrams. EPLAN has also been used for drawing. According to Applications Engineer Phil Ackerley, the following are the key benefits afforded by EPLAN at Henrob:

  • Encouraged best practices and made improvements in several areas
  • Enabled offering quicker, more accurate project quotes and generating more-consistent documentation
  • Facilitated faster integration of customer-specific changes and data corrections

In addition, EPLAN converts to PDF documents, which enables links to other documents within the schematic, thereby providing access to all key data at the click of a button.

The EPLAN Data Portal

The EPLAN Data Portal delivers online device data of more than 340,000 components from more than 51 manufacturers, including Phoenix Contact, B&R, ABB and Festo. Consequently, the data portal has provided another opportunity for productivity improvement, thanks to the immediate availability of the wealth of information.

With the EPLAN Data Portal, it is convenient and effective to transfer order numbers for procurement, location drawings for equipment, technical macros for creating schematics, preview screens and function templates for intelligent device selection into the project. This effectively eliminates the time intensive process of creating master data.

EPLAN’s Service and Support

Aftersales service was also crucial for Henrob, not only for the quality of initial training and follow-up help desk support, but also for effectively using EPLAN’s rich menu of standard features and optional add-ons. Henrob’s customers have also noted the improvements achieved in documentation quality. They have also gained from Henrob’s ability to draw different product configurations to show the potential of new configurations in the improvement of their end products.

Conclusion

With EPLAN’s industry-leading design platform, Henrob has improved business efficiency, productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. In addition, EPLAN has minimized data ambiguity and nearly eliminated design error.

About EPLAN

EPLAN offers electrical engineering design software that provides innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary work, from fluid engineering and process plant engineering to harness design and 3D enclosure design tools.

EPLAN also offers a range of services including training, software support and process consultancy. EPLAN advises companies on ways to optimize their electrical engineering design processes; from developing software solutions for mechatronic and fluid power engineering to implementing customized CAD, PDM, PLM and ERP interfaces. This enables users to accelerate product development processes, reduce engineering costs and speed-up time to market. The company’s consultants can also offer standardization, automation, integration and implementation training.

EPLAN’s electrical engineering design software and services are of the highest quality, allowing its customers to benefit from efficient engineering and enhanced productivity

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High-Volume Work Software Solutions Improve Operational Efficiency – Eplan Case study

Westbury Control Systems designs, fabricates and commissions integrated control system automation for OEMs and end user customers across a myriad of industries, including automotive, petrochemicals, gas, oil, plastics, metals, offshore, marines, manufacturing, beverages, food, power, energy, and aerospace.

Westbury Control Systems meets clients’ requirements by engineering flexible and adaptable systems to handle the most challenging industrial applications. The implementation of EPLAN’s CAE solutions has enabled Westbury to achieve enhanced and sustainable success with its high-volume work solution documentation packages.

Reason for Switching to EPLAN’s CAE Solutions

In 2008, Westbury found that its existing CAD software was not able to satisfy its on-going design requirements due to lack of integrated accurate outputs. This prompted the company to look into EPLAN as an integrated CAE solution.

Westbury confirmed that EPLAN could fulfill the immediate requirements of Westbury’s customers, and would be able to satisfy the company’s own on-going requirements through the available upgrades. Westbury initially implemented just Electric P8, but today it has full Integration with EPLAN Panel Pro and Data Portal.

Advantages of EPLAN’s CAE Solutions

EPLAN has automated the labor and time intensive tasks of Westbury engineers, including wire numbering and device tagging, in conjunction with the creation of the actual device tags, terminal tags and wire numbers. The internal functionality of EPLAN’s intelligent software has enabled Westbury engineers to continuously reduce time and costs by converting Excel spreadsheets and data into useful formats, automatically producing zero-error terminal diagrams and BOMs, and archiving and reusing standard circuitry from project to project.

The mass production of control panels and solutions by Westbury needs an electrical output to satisfy a production and quality program. According to Paul Knott, Operations Director at Westbury Control Systems, the engineering phase of meeting an order needs as low as 2-3 weeks, or as high as 20 weeks for the most elaborate projects. Working with customer designs and regulatory standards of electrical equipment facilitates the company to offer a product with a low-level warranty risk and ascertain a high level of customer satisfaction.

Westbury’s most radical change in design realized within EPLAN involves designing all wiring on the basis of ‘Point to Point’ listing, followed by consolidating through sub-grouping, thus enabling the completion of sub-build prior to finally connecting within the enclosure. The manufacturing output documentation covers every wire number, every connection, and every termination point within terminal rail layouts and identifies connection points on multi-level hardware devices.

Conclusion

In the past five years, Westbury Control Systems has drastically reduced the time required to deliver quality, efficient and reliable solutions to both its clients and to the market. After witnessing the positive effects of the initial EPLAN projects, the company has extended the use of the EPLAN software to all projects.

Westbury plans to completely engage the EPLAN software in the business by coupling it within other product lifecycle management and enterprise resource planning systems utilized by the company’s other departments as Westbury wants to improve further on this success.

About EPLAN

EPLAN offers electrical engineering design software that provides innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN ‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary work, from fluid engineering and process plant engineering to harness design and 3D enclosure design tools.

EPLAN also offers a range of services including training, software support and process consultancy. EPLAN advises companies on ways to optimize their electrical engineering design processes; from developing software solutions for mechatronic and fluid power engineering to implementing customized CAD, PDM, PLM and ERP interfaces. This enables users to accelerate product development processes, reduce engineering costs and speed-up time to market. The company’s consultants can also offer standardization, automation, integration and implementation training.

EPLAN’s electrical engineering design software and services are of the highest quality, allowing its customers to benefit from efficient engineering and enhanced productivity.

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Increase Productivity, Reduce Errors and Maintain Accurate Documentation with Integrated Software in Manufacturing – Eplan Case Study

Since switching from Autocad Electrical in 2010, Enigma Technology Ltd. has been employing EPLAN Electric P8 for designing electric control panels.

Electrical design and software are the major focus areas of Enigma Technology with customers in the panel production, food and beverage industries. Recent projects of Enigma Technology include a software upgrade of a tobacco routing system, software for filter systems, upgrade of sugar packing machinery, water Industry panels, welding machine panels, and brew house panels.

Reason for Migration to EPLAN Electric P8

Enigma Technology’s technical director, Stuart Green informed that the company started considering EPLAN software when some of its clients made the shift. The company immediately started reaping benefits from the implementation of EPLAN software, which is not only user-friendly, but also improves productivity, minimizes errors and error checking, and creates comprehensive, accurate documentation automatically.

Advantages of EPLAN Electric P8

The switch to EPLAN Electric P8 has facilitated Enigma Technology accomplish two of its key objectives: shorten design time and eliminate the requirement for a draftsperson. Moreover, the company has modularized project design; minimized design costs by roughly 75%; and achieved product quality improvement. According to Green, the company is able to reduce design time drastically without compromising accuracy through the implementation of EPLAN software.

The upgrade to EPLAN has enabled Enigma Technology achieve a much higher degree of automation in the generation and sharing of documentation. With EPLAN, Enigma Technology is able to generate documentation rapidly and precisely in a more convenient and accurate format according to the requirements of customers, explained Green. EPLAN Electric P8 software is a sophisticated design tool containing all required tools and report generators, thereby ascertaining greater speed, flexibility and accuracy in Enigma Technology’s designs.

The following are the key benefits to Enigma Technology since implementing EPLAN software:

  • Quicker, more accurate project quotes for clients
  • The ability to standardize recurrent content
  • Faster and more reliable document creation
  • Reduction or elimination of errors, more convenient error-checking
  • Rapid integration of customer-specified changes and data corrections
  • The ability to send electrical design data to enclosure design or production

The EPLAN Data Portal

Besides EPLAN Electric P8, Enigma Technology utilizes the EPLAN Data Portal, which delivers online device data of more than 250,000 components from 48 manufacturers, including Phoenix Contact, B&R, ABB, and Festo. Consequently, the data portal has provided another opportunity for productivity improvement due to the availability of the wealth of information.

With the EPLAN Data Portal, it is convenient and effective to transfer order numbers for procurement, location drawings for equipment, technical macros for creating schematics, preview screens and function templates for intelligent device selection into the project. This effectively eliminates the time intensive process of creating master data. In addition, storing and reusing data leads to accelerating design and production, standardizing and modularizing product content, facilitating large economies of scale in procuring components.

EPLAN’s Technical Support

EPLAN’s technical support comprises a training package wherein on-site training will be provided by a team of professional consultants or trainees will be invited to learn at EPLAN offices. EPLAN’s capability to render into 17 different languages and automatic adoption to international standards enables Enigma Technology provide drawings and support to customers from all across the globe.

Conclusion

With EPLAN Electric P8, Enigma Technology has realized several benefits in the design of electric control panels. The company has decreased design costs by roughly 75%, increased productivity, and improved product quality. It has also greatly benefitted from the user-friendliness and speed afforded by the EPLAN Data Portal. With this impressive improvement in productivity, Enigma Technology is looking at upgrading its current license and making an investment in EPLAN Pro-Panel, a 3D tool for enclosure design, concluded Green.

About EPLAN

EPLAN offers electrical engineering design software that provides innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary work, from fluid engineering and process plant engineering to harness design and 3D enclosure design tools.

EPLAN also offers a range of services including training, software support and process consultancy. EPLAN advises companies on ways to optimize their electrical engineering design processes; from developing software solutions for mechatronic and fluid power engineering to implementing customized CAD, PDM, PLM and ERP interfaces. This enables users to accelerate product development processes, reduce engineering costs and speed-up time to market. The company’s consultants can also offer standardization, automation, integration and implementation training.

EPLAN’s electrical engineering design software and services are of the highest quality, allowing its customers to benefit from efficient engineering and enhanced productivity.

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Eplan Software Shortens Project Times, Increases Quality of Documentation and Improves Project Efficiency

SCITEK Consultants, an aerospace and industrial research and development engineering consultancy, caters for customers in the automotive, defense, and aerospace industries.

The consultancy provides quality turnkey engineering solutions with the help of an experienced design and manufacturing team. Recent projects include the deployment of a Rolls-Royce Gnome helicopter test bed and fabricating custom rigs for spray measurements. SCITEK also delivers numerous products, including flow seeders for laser diagnostics and flow characterization.

EPLAN Solutions at SCITEK Consultants

SCITEK Consultants has been using EPLAN Electric P8 and the EPLAN Data Portal since 2010, when it migrated from Autocad and Solidworks. Since then, the consultancy has witnessed drastic improvements in design efficiency and project turnaround times. When seeking a new software package, SCITEK’s key objective was to identify a tool capable of reducing project times, while improving documentation quality and facilitating the efficient management of production resources.

David Varela from SCITEK’s Electronics Department informed that productivity improvement was one of the decisive factors in the selection of EPLAN. The company was previously using simple drawing software, but the migration to intelligent software became imperative to save time and improve productivity.

SCITEK selected EPLAN as its design system hoping that it would be flexible to rapidly generating electronic schematics, coupled with engraving drawings for its panels to handle short-term projects. The company also recognized EPLAN to be the best solution for minimizing design times and documenting tasks in long-term projects.

Key Benefits of EPLAN Solutions

Unlike other electrical design packages, EPLAN is database driven. The EPLAN Data Portalprovides access to extensive device data and components, including assembly drawings, macros of sub-circuits, and entire user manuals.

According to Varela, the lead time for most research or prototyping projects is between two and six months, during which SCITEK has to design the workflow, device the solution, fabricate it, test it, install it, document it, and often train the users. Since time is the valuable resource, every tool that can assist to manage the process in an efficient manner is providing added value for the company. The savings are proportionately greater for larger projects.

Varela continued that EPLAN supports the project from its first stage involving the development of the structure and the definition of the different zones of the whole system, followed by the drawing of a single line diagram overview for every single subsystem and one depicting the general design, facilitating SCITEK to review and de-bug the solution at an early stage. If the company feels confident, it proceeds to an in-depth version of the drawings, which cater as the company’s manufacturing drawings. If problems occur during machining or wiring, the company can change and re-issue the drawing and continue production without losing much time.

When the system enters the test stage, it is useful to maintain an updated version of the drawings along with all the documentation about the components utilized. EPLAN also allows SCITEK to produces reports with data regarding connectors, cables, and terminals, thereby enabling to trace signals quickly and easily using a summarized terminal block drawing or sheet. When the customers send the project for final acceptance, SCITEK prints a set of drawings to maintain a copy on site for future maintenance.

EPLAN’s advanced CAE package has provided SCITEK with the following key benefits:

  • The ability to standardize recurrent content
  • Faster and more-consistent generation of documentation
  • Reduced error count supported by convenient yet efficient error-checking
  • Rapid integration of data corrections and customer-specified changes
  • Ability to transfer electrical design data to enclosure design and manufacturing
  • More accurate production scheduling
  • Improved on-site maintenance documentation

Conclusion

Shortening project lead times and good management of the production resources are the key objectives of SCITEK. EPLAN has enabled SCITEK achieve these objectives. Moreover, the consultancy has witnessed improvements in the standardization of recurrent content and the way of reusing the components. SCITEK is now able to rapidly produce reliable documentation automatically and avoid errors owing to the automatic error-checking feature, thereby enabling the company to integrate data corrections and customer specified changes effectively and rapidly.

About EPLAN

EPLAN offers electrical engineering design software that provides innovative options for the planning, documentation and management of electrical design projects. The EPLAN‘platform’ supports interdisciplinary work, from fluid engineering and process plant engineering to harness design and 3D enclosure design tools.

EPLAN also offers a range of services including training, software support and process consultancy. EPLAN advises companies on ways to optimize their electrical engineering design processes; from developing software solutions for mechatronic and fluid power engineering to implementing customized CAD, PDM, PLM and ERP interfaces. This enables users to accelerate product development processes, reduce engineering costs and speed-up time to market. The company’s consultants can also offer standardization, automation, integration and implementation training.

EPLAN’s electrical engineering design software and services are of the highest quality, allowing its customers to benefit from efficient engineering and enhanced productivity.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by EPLAN.

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