Based on version 2. This book covers topics such as project settings and various user settings, the graphical editor GED , using navigators, creating reports, parts management, message management, revision management, importing and exporting project data, printing, data backup, editing master data and importing old EPLAN data. Practical information, such as a step-by-step procedure for creating schematic projects and a chapter with FAQs, is also included. New topics covering Version 2. The creation, management and use of macro projects is also covered in this book.
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Auflage However, this is not compulsory! This means that EPLAN allows the user to decide whether a project is error free or not and which priority a message error, warning, or note should have.
Of course, it is possible to avoid even such errors. With the Prevent errors check option, the above approach would not be possible. But this is a freely adjustable setting. This will be clarified with a small example. If I select three texts on a page and start the translation function, then exactly these three texts will be translated. If I select this page in the page navigator, then the translation function will translate all texts on the entire page, depending on their settings.
EPLAN is an online system. All references or device data are kept constantly i. The only limitations if you want to call them this relate to connection data. For performance reasons, these are only updated as desired via a few specific actions, the rest is performed completely independently by EPLAN. A typical example of this is the editing of a page followed by a page change. If required, here you need to manually start the updating of the connections.
However, this can negatively affect the performance of a project. In my opinion, constant online updating of connections is not really necessary because relevant actions such as graphical project reports or automated procedures — such as device numbering — automatically update the connections before the actual action is performed.
This means that the devices symbols can first be placed in the schematic and the devices symbols can then be subsequently assigned the parts, including the associated function definitions. This is not compulsory, and you have a completely free choice when editing a project. After calling up for the first time, this can then always occur automatically. Here too, you must carefully consider whether automation at this point is actually useful.
EPLAN lets the user decide. This logical information must be specified for the symbols, forms, or plot frames so that it is visible. This is done by assigning properties. Every property has a property name and a property number that is only valid for this single property.
You can use the property number to gain an approximate idea of the area that the property belongs to project, page, etc. The property value assigned to each property is unique to the property. The project can now be edited.
The dialog contains several tabs Project, PPE, Structure, Numbering, and Properties , and you must enter data into at least the Project tab the PPE tab is only visible when you have a license for this.
An example would be the scale or grid of the pages. If the page properties are different from each other, then they are displayed visually using the string in the corresponding input fields.
Note: Care should be taken when changing these fields containing the string because, when new entries are made, all other entries that are not the same on other pages are overwritten. When all entries are complete, the Page properties dialog can be exited by clicking the OK button. EPLAN saves all entries and then closes the dialog. The auxiliary contacts physically belong to the motor overload switch or pushbutton switch symbol and, for the sake of clarity, should also be displayed at the switch.
A motor overload switch is inserted into the schematic. The motor overload switch initially has no auxiliary contact at the symbol. As such, this is not a problem, because EPLAN creates a report on the auxiliary contacts used in the schematic on the basis of the settings of the Display tab in the Contact image selection field the selection here is set to On component.
This way, the contacts used and their cross-references are displayed automatically. Not all auxiliary contacts are always used, and EPLAN would display the motor overload switch only with the auxiliary contacts used as graphical representation at the motor overload switch.
To display those contacts anyway, a device with the appropriate Function definition must be assigned to the Motor overload switch symbol. If these entries are not required, then you can simply delete them. You delete entries by selecting them and then clicking the delete button. If this is not possible, then you can also delete the entries in the fields device source, device target, and cable DT.
To do this, you click the field, select the desired entry, and then press the Del key. All entries are deleted after this, and new devices can be selected and interconnected. New devices are selected in the device source and device target fields using the button.
In this dialog, the desired devices for the source and target one of each are selected, and the selection is applied by clicking the OK button. EPLAN finishes the numbering process by writing back the new cable device tags. All connection point designations are correctly transferred to the PLC terminals.
But this only works if the addresses have been entered correctly. EPLAN derives the data types from the functions. Once again, predefined or user-defined filters can be used to control the output of the cable connection diagram and thus display only the required project cables. Everything is displayed together on a single report page. You can also use the familiar filter and sorting options to e. You use the structure identifier overview to obtain an overview of all the structure identifiers assigned or also unused in the project.
Filters and sorting cannot be selected for devices because these are already manually selected. Filters and sorting can be used for the functions themselves, though data such as plug pin or terminal. The reports hang on the cursor and can now be placed on the active schematic page.
Note: The Manual selection option cannot be used with all report types. This is not allowed for technical programming reasons. Therefore, you should hide the dialog unless you need it. When project editing is almost finished and the project is to be checked for faulty entries, the dialog can be displayed for extra information, since all Errors, Warnings, and Notes generated by the corresponding Check run are listed here.
For example, unwanted device combinations are created or new structure identifiers are added to the project. To make sure that you do not forget to change this unwanted data, EPLAN provides an online monitoring feature, or you can use manual check runs to check the project using a specified scheme offline and generate messages in the message database. Small colored icons make it easy to visually distinguish between the different types of messages. Layers are an essential element originating from mechanical engineering CAD.
Information of the same type e. For example, the form, color, font size or other formats of this layer can later be changed at a central place easily and without errors. This is a great advantage, because otherwise every property that is not located in a layer must be manually edited. The Layer management dialog is displayed.
The layer management is a project-specific setting, and you can recognize this from the window title bar that displays the currently active project. The layer management has the following structure.
The dialog has windows at the left and right sides. The left window contains a tree with the superior layer designations nodes and any subnodes and then the layer designation EPLANxyz , and the right window contains the associated sub-entries the actual layer information. For example, these entries can be used for filtering purposes or as a sorting characteristic for the tree configuration.
The entries themselves are limited to characters. A stored image file can also be useful, because this information is evaluated at different locations in EPLAN. To do this, you click the [ Then, the Settings: Compression dialog opens. In the lower Data to be compressed field, EPLAN offers a number of actions that can be performed during the compression. This setting removes all unused forms from the project and the project then contains only forms that are actually used.
Here, the reports should be removed, especially the forms documentation, prior to the compression. The other, second, method is to use filters for the compression process. As usual, filters can be set and are either created or edited as schemes. But which project that is does not matter in this context. Otherwise, the modifications to the master data will not take effect in the current project, because they will not have been updated yet at that time.
The option to create outlines is not discussed further at this point, because this is a subject related to mechanics and of less use to the actual electrical enclosure project planning. You can now confirm this selection by clicking OK. It is also possible to subsequently modify placeholder text and select a different one. To do this, select the placeholder text and display its properties by double-clicking or via the popup menu. You then proceed as described above.
You use the button to call up the subsequent dialogs and select, apply and place other properties in the usual manner. Upon completion, the form can be checked. To do this, one or more devices are selected and the Place menu entry in the popup menu is selected. The selected devices are now hanging on the cursor and can be placed in the layout space. Note: The 3D mounting layout navigator only displays those devices that have a part entry.
Regardless of whether this part has additional technical data, such as width, height, macro data, or the like! To do this, you directly activate the mounting panel in the layout space navigator so that the front view is visible in the 3D view.
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