igus adds 2,046 new macros to EPLAN circuit diagram software

2,046 new EPLAN macros: The extension now also visualizes readycable cables – cables compatible with automation technology from Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, B&R, Heidenhain and Fanuc. (Source: igus GmbH)

EPLAN update for readycable cables compatible with Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, B&R, Heidenhain and Fanuc

STAMFORD, CT, USA, August 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — igus®a global leader in mobile plastics and mobile cable management systems, announced that the company is releasing 2,046 new macros for EPLAN planning software.

In order to make the digital creation of circuit diagrams even more efficient, igus is releasing 2,046 new macros for the EPLAN planning software. The addition now also makes it possible to visualize ready-to-use cables pre-assembled in the software in seconds. The cables are compatible with drive components from Siemens, SEW-EURODRIVE and Bosch Rexroth, as well as those from Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, B&R, Heidenhain and Fanuc.

Daily routine of mechanical engineering and installations: Planning control cabinet projects is the order of the day. It’s a task that more and more engineers are accelerating with digital tools. Particularly popular and now an industry standard: EPLAN Electric P8 – planning software for creating circuit and installation diagrams.

One of the reasons for its popularity is an online database called EPLAN Data Portal. Here, component manufacturers store so-called macros for their products – building blocks in a uniform data format that can be dragged and dropped into the digital circuit diagram – without any adjustment effort. The tool supports plant design, from end-to-end planning to production, commissioning, maintenance and repair.

Engineers save up to 50% of electrical design time
“Thanks to the EPLAN Electric P8 CAE software with its consistent, manufacturer-independent database, engineers save up to 50% of the time required for electrical design. This is a real boost for the age of automation, which we would like to support.” says Markus Hüffel, product manager of readychain® and cable ready® at igus. “We have therefore decided to expand the EPLAN Data Portal, adding 2,046 new macros for pre-assembled ready-to-use cables that are compatible with automation technology from Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, B&R, Heidenhain and Fanuc.”

Cable macros for Siemens, SEW-EURODRIVE and Bosch Rexroth were already available.

“We hope this update will give designers around the world even more options for cost-effective automation solutions,” Hüffel continued.

Macros allow for quick and intuitive visualization
The path to new macros is open. Engineers can select the right pre-assembled cable for their drag chain from the readycable range in the igus online shop – one of more than 5,000 ready-to-connect signal, encoder, servo, motor or drive cables. Any EPLAN macro saved for this cable can be downloaded within seconds via a link to the EPLAN Data Portal and used in the planning software. The macro enables actions such as viewing the cable, including pin assignment and core identification, and linking to components from other manufacturers in the circuit diagram, as quickly and intuitively as in a game computer science. Cables used for online ordering can also be automatically summarized in a parts list.

Learn more about igus readycable cables here: https://www.igus.com/info/readycable

igus GmbH develops and produces motion plastics. These self-lubricating, high-performance polymers improve technology and reduce costs everywhere things move. In power supplies, highly flexible cables, plain and linear bearings and tribopolymer lead screw technology, igus is the global market leader. The family business based in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 35 countries and employs 4,900 people worldwide. In 2021, igus achieved a turnover of 961 million euros. Research at the industry’s leading testing labs consistently produces innovation and more safety for users. Two hundred and thirty-four thousand items are available in stock and the shelf life can be calculated online. In recent years, the company has grown by creating internal startups, for example, ball bearings, robot drives, 3D printing, the RBTX platform for Lean robotics and “smart plastics” intelligent for Industry 4.0. Among the most important environmental investments are the “chainge” program – recycling of used energy chains and participation in a company that produces oil from plastic waste.

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