August 5, 2016 By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Aug. 5, 2016 – This past spring, the number of components in the EPLAN Data Portal exceeded 600,000 from over 125 component manufacturers.
Only a year ago, the portal listed 490,000 such data sets from 79 manufacturers, representing growth rates of 22 per cent and 63 per cent respectively, said EPLAN, adding that user download rates have roughly doubled over the same period. The data portal is a Cloud-based platform, accessible from within EPLAN engineering software, via a web browser or the EPLAN Data Portal app. Users are provided with real-time access to parts and device data, which they can drag and drop them from a portal search right into EPLAN programs, automatically creating master data sets. “That reduces the configuration effort and data-entry error risk from manual creation of parts and device data sets for projects and greatly increases the quality of machine and system documentation,” said EPLAN.