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 è sia un attore globale che un'azienda indipendente a conduzione familiare con sede a Esslingen am Neckar in Germania. Fin dagli inizi Festo ha stabilito degli standard nella tecnologia dell'automazione industriale e nella formazione tecnica, contribuendo così allo sviluppo sostenibile dell'ambiente, dell'economia e della società. L'azienda fornisce tecnologia di automazione pneumatica ed elettrica a 300.000 clienti dell'automazione di fabbrica e di processo in oltre 35 industrie. Il settore LifeTech con la tecnologia medica e l'automazione di laboratorio sta diventando sempre più importante. I prodotti e i servizi sono disponibili in 176 paesi del mondo. In tutto il mondo, circa 20.000 dipendenti in 61 paesi con oltre 250 filiali hanno generato un fatturato di circa 2,84 miliardi di euro nel 2020. Di questo, circa l'8% viene investito annualmente in ricerca e sviluppo. Nell'azienda che apprende, le misure di formazione e sviluppo rappresentano l'1,5% del fatturato. Festo Didactic SE è un fornitore leader di istruzione e formazione tecnica e offre ai suoi clienti in tutto il mondo soluzioni complete di apprendimento digitale e fisico nell'ambiente industriale.

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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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