2019/11/13
ID: 2171

Circuit diagrams at the touch of a button

Generating Eplan projects in the Festo App World

Macros for Festo automation products for the Eplan circuit diagram software have been popular planning tools with high data quality for many years. With the “Schematic Solution” service, customers can now automatically generate complete Eplan projects for individually configured products such as valve terminals. Schematic Solution is another module offered by Festo to support its customers entering the digital age.

For an individually configurable product such as a valve terminal, finding the right Eplan documentation used to be a tedious task. The type codes of the valve terminals first had to be broken down into component parts before they could be used to find the individual macros. The individual macros then had to be linked again into a complete set of documentation.

 

That is now no longer the case. Since the beginning of this year, Festo has offered a web service via the Festo App World (www.festo.com/appworld) for automatically creating a correctly configured Eplan project using the type code. What used to take hours and was prone to errors can now be done in just a few minutes, without any errors and according to standard. At present the service is not only available for the automation platform CPX, the valve terminal series MPA, VTSA and VTUG, but also for the revolutionary automation platform Festo Motion Terminal VTEM whose pneumatic functions are controlled using software apps. Festo is continuously extending this service to other products.

 

Dawn of digitalisation

With the Schematic Solution in the Festo App World, Festo is also driving digitalisation in the area of ​​circuit diagram software and supporting its customers entering the age of Industry 4.0. The App World is the central online platform for purchasing and downloading paid apps and digital services. Festo as an automation expert is combining its extensive knowledge of industrial applications with the latest developments in information technology to realise online applications for industrial automation practice.

 

Festo is also using digital communication to support its customers throughout the Digital Customer Journey. This digital journey guides users safely and comprehensively through the Festo portfolio, from information procurement and configuration through ordering and delivery to commissioning and maintenance or even to the technical training offering of Festo Didactic.

Festo es un actor global y una empresa familiar independiente con sede en Esslingen am Neckar (Alemania). Desde sus inicios, Festo ha marcado pautas en la tecnología de automatización industrial y en la formación técnica, contribuyendo así al desarrollo sostenible del medio ambiente, la economía y la sociedad. La empresa suministra tecnología de automatización neumática y eléctrica a 300.000 clientes de automatización de fábricas y procesos en más de 35 sectores. El sector LifeTech, con la tecnología médica y la automatización de laboratorios, es cada vez más importante. Los productos y servicios están disponibles en 176 países de todo el mundo. En todo el mundo, unos 20.000 empleados en 61 países con más de 250 sucursales generaron unas ventas de aproximadamente 2.840 millones de euros en 2020. De esta cantidad, alrededor del 8% se invierte anualmente en investigación y desarrollo. En la empresa de aprendizaje, las medidas de formación y desarrollo representan el 1,5% de la facturación. Festo Didactic SE es un proveedor líder de educación y formación técnica y ofrece a sus clientes de todo el mundo soluciones integrales de aprendizaje digital y físico en el entorno industrial.

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Schematic Solution 1
Electropneumatic circuit diagrams for individually configured products such as valve terminals can now be generated fully automatically for the Eplan circuit diagram software.
© Festo SE & Co. KG
Schematic Solution 2
Festo has been offering support for the Eplan circuit diagram software in the form of macros for many years. The new “Schematic Solution” service is another step towards digitalisation.

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