EPLAN Electric P8 Features a New Design

Users can look for enhancements in the areas of configuration, bus data and round-trip engineering with Siemens TIA Portal.

Users can look for enhancements in the areas of configuration, bus data and round-trip engineering with Siemens TIA Portal.

EPLAN Electric P8, the established CAE solution, introduces a new user interface and an integrated user portal. Image courtesy of EPLAN.

A new graphical user interface, increased ergonomics and enhanced macro technology are all hallmarks of the new EPLAN Platform, Version 2.8. A new portal directly integrated into the software solution welcomes users upon start-up. Offering comprehensive information, it includes tips and tricks that make users’ everyday work easier, as well as news and innovations from the EPLAN product portfolio, tutorials, details about training opportunities and more.

Individual systems such as EPLAN Electric P8 are showcasing new features. The first step includes improvements in the bidirectional interaction between EPLAN and TIA Portal. In Nuremburg, users can discover how the AutomationML format more effectively supports round-trip engineering, which optimizes the configuration of PLC data.

In the “Edit terminal strip” dialogue, users will soon be able to assign several alignable accessories at the same time. All devices selected in the appropriate context menu are then assigned to the marked terminal strip. 

With a new menu item, users can now transfer configuration projects—for instance the data for a PLC box—to the corresponding bus ports, eliminating the time-consuming task of manually inputting the data for each individual port. Potentially existing bus port entries are hereby updated. If an individual bus port is assigned to another configuration project, this value can then be manually changed, all of which provides more flexibility in engineering.

EPLAN Electric P8 users could previously only input bus data for single-line network/bus wiring cable connections. What’s now available to users in the properties dialogue for bus connections is the “Bus data” tab for all representation types. This allows bus data to be input into the schematic and displayed without a single-line representation being specified. Bus data are no longer deleted when changing the representation type. This provides more freedom within a project.

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