Instructor's recommendation: If you are a total beginner in EPLAN or you would just want to see the key features of this program then I recommend you check the course: "ePLAN Electric P8 - The Essentials - For Beginners". This one is going to get you going and speed up your learning progress in the Eplan Heavyweight courses.
*** UPDATES ***
- September 09, 2019 - Captions in English (EDITED, not auto-generated).
Please find a folder/file "Project_resources.zip" in the Lecture 18 of the course, as a downloadable resource. In the Lecture 2 I show you how to integrate the files from this folder into your EPLAN platform. To be able to follow this course, you don't need Data Portal.
In that folder you can also find all the pages I created in the course. So the page macros. If you would like to see how I did it, then you would just drag and drop those pages to your newly created Eplan project. Or, as I recommend, try to do as much as possible on your own :)
welcome to my first course in the series about EPLAN Electric P8.
In this course I have covered the essential topics / sections in EPLAN to get you going as soon as possible and to prepare you for the real-life scenarios in the electrical design.
That is why I decided to work on a real-life example of a project in the field of Industrial Automation. Simple but effective concept. Typical industrial automation systems consist of many different segments. Here are some of them:
- typically more than one electrical cabinet (that's why we work with 3 cabinets in our EPLAN project for our exercise)
- power distribution (in our EPLAN project some motors (fans) and a general device that needs 400VAC power supply)
- PLC cabinet (CAB3 in our EPLAN Project) - we work with Siemens S7-1500 PLC
- control and exchange signals (to control our motors and to exchange signals with a higher-level control system)
- analog input signals (in our case temperature measurement with transmitter in head of the instrument - typical industrial application)
- Technology overview (also in our EPLAN project, to get better understanding of what we are designing)
Moreover, throughout the lessons we cover EPLAN specific topics. Here are some of them:
- Creating new EPLAN project
- Editing plot frame and forms (advanced)
- EPLAN's "Check Project" Functionality (advanced)
- Rounding up our EPLAN project by adding various reports to the project (Title page, table of contents, terminals diagrams, cable overview)
- Learning how to exchange EPLAN project, pages and parts of schematics (in different formats, such as EPLAN files, DWG/DXF, PDF) with our customer and our team members
- And much more
In this course we are NOT going to be working with parts data and with 2D Panel Layout. I've decided to cover those segments of EPLAN in a separate course since (and I speak from my professional experience) not all of the customers demand that I assign parts to elements in the schematics and create a 2D Panel Layout in EPLAN. I work on projects ranging from couple of tens of thousands dollars up to multimillion projects and in most cases the customer give their own parts database and standardized 2D panel layouts. The purpose of this course is to get you going ASAP in EPLAN and for those segments I do not find crucial I will be making separate courses. Beginning from assigning parts and 2D panel layout (Eplan Course Vol.2), then later on Translation, Wire-numbering, custom PLC schematics etc.
I have decided not to talk to much during the lessons (the concept applied only in this course), but instead occasionally share with you some short real-life stories, additional tips and tricks and little assignments you could do on your own while working your way through lessons. I believe that you should take time, dive into the lessons, follow them with good concentration and try to repeat all the things I do, on your own. Harder path, but pays off better.
As mentioned, by the end of this course you will be able to create any type of schematics in EPLAN. The proper way.
And by generating reports, checking your project for errors, being able to exchange various type of files with your team member and with a customer you will be able to create a well-rounded electrical project created in Eplan Electric P8.
I have been working in this software for almost a decade now and not once considered trying out software in the same category (Computer Aided Engineering).
It is today's standard on the CAE market so if you invest some quality time and effort, it will pay off.
It has done a lot for me over the years. Just by knowing how to properly work in EPLAN I always was able to acquire new job, clients, projects, anywhere in the world!
I hope you will find my course interesting and valuable and I wish you a lot of fun and a great success in mastering Eplan Electric P8.
Your Instructor for Electrical Design,
Ivan (aka Eplan Tutor)