At Staro Process Control we use a drawing software package named E-plan Electric P8 which is considerably different to other CAD packages. E-plan Electric P8 offers unlimited possibilities for project planning, documentation, and management of automation projects. The automatic production of detailed reports based on wiring diagrams is an integral part of a comprehensive documentation system. Some of the detailed reports that can be generated include summarized parts lists, table of contents, title pages, cable overviews and many more.
Cross Referencing between devices and components are done automatically to ensure that the reference data is always correct. Wire Numbers can be generated automatically for the whole of the project and can be exported to a .csv format which can in return be used to accurately print wire numbers for panel wiring. Drawings can be exported into .dwg, .dxf, bitmap, or interactive .pdf files. The PLC input/output data can be imported via an excel spreadsheet into the schematic diagram. The EPLAN Data Portal is a web service, built into the EPLAN Platform, which provides online access to valuable device data from numerous component manufacturers. This data can then be dragged and dropped into the EPLAN documentation. All products anchored to the EPLAN Platform can access this service. Simply adding the components available to the project reduces configuration work and increases the quality of the machine and system documentation.