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 est à la fois un acteur mondial et une entreprise familiale indépendante basée à Esslingen am Neckar en Allemagne. Depuis ses débuts, Festo établit des normes en matière de technologie d'automatisation industrielle et de formation technique, contribuant ainsi au développement durable de l'environnement, de l'économie et de la société. La société fournit une technologie d'automatisation pneumatique et électrique à 300 000 clients d'automatisation d'usine et de processus dans plus de 35 industries. Le secteur LifeTech, avec la technologie médicale et l'automatisation des laboratoires, devient de plus en plus important. Les produits et services sont disponibles dans 176 pays du monde. Dans le monde entier, environ 20 000 employés dans 61 pays avec plus de 250 succursales ont généré un chiffre d'affaires d'environ 2,84 milliards d'euros en 2020. Sur ce total, environ 8 % sont investis chaque année dans la recherche et le développement. Dans l'entreprise apprenante, les mesures de formation et de développement représentent 1,5 % du chiffre d'affaires. Festo Didactic SE est l'un des principaux fournisseurs d'enseignement et de formation techniques et propose à ses clients du monde entier des solutions complètes d'apprentissage numérique et physique dans l'environnement industriel.

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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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