Discrete and Process Automation

Device data: Do-it-yourself is history

26 May 2022

A medium-sized machine building company invests an average of up to 15 working hours per month creating missing device data, time that can be better used elsewhere. Solutions provider EPLAN is now providing support: with the new Data Portal Request Process, customers can order individual device data in Data Standard quality using the credit system. In addition, new selectors from ABB and Siemens simplify engineering, and the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) format is now also supported.

If a user working on a project requires device data that isn’t found on the portal, they can send individual requests for creating device data to EPLAN. The credits required for this are directly shown, and the user can then apply their credits to draw the corresponding amount for each query from their quota. This saves on frequently creating procurement orders and is transparent as regards potential in-house cost limits. An EPLAN team creates the required device data within a few days in accordance with the Data Standard.

This new service provides significant relief to companies as part of their engineering processes.

Companies in machine building and plant system engineering sectors are often faced with the challenging task of preparing documentation in country-specific standards. Countries such as China and the U.S. have local standards; in the U.S. it’s the NFPA Standard, now newly represented in the EPLAN Data Portal. Furthermore, there’s an integrated filter that allows searching for device data by standard, representing a next step for truly collaborative engineering on the world market.

The inclusion of new selectors is yet another win for portal users: ABB e-Configure — a global configurator that supports selecting circuit breakers for protecting motors, fuse relays and power switches as examples — was recently integrated. The Siemens Electrical Product Finder is now also part of the portal, where designers can find data for Sirius compact starters, overload relays and monitoring relays to name just a few.

Well over 500,000 device data in the EPLAN Data Portal already meet the criteria for the high-quality Data Standard. In the interest of its customers, EPLAN aims to roll out the standard more broadly. A first step is defining additional product groups, including in the fields of fluid-power technology, where product groups not previously available have now been integrated. The company Festo, one of the most important suppliers in the fluid-power sector, has already uploaded a quarter of its nearly 50,000 devices into the portal in Data Standard quality. For users, this means comprehensive data that can be used and further enriched throughout the entire engineering process.

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