Oct 17, 2011

EPLAN has software solutions to maximise engineering efficiency

In the increasingly industrialised and globalised market, system integration is becoming ever more crucial for efficient engineering, smooth production and international operations. EPLAN Software & Service responds to this growing demand by helping companies speed up mechanic, fluid and automation engineering processes – from planning to design, manufacturing and maintenance.

A total solutions software provider, EPLAN enables efficient, automated and standardised engineering. Within the product lifecycle management environment, EPLAN’s Electric P8 solution suite creates electrical diagrams for all manufacturing industries based on standard electronic computer-aided design solutions.

“EPLAN’s success is driven by best-in-class products, international reach, flexibility and innovation,” says president Maximilian Brandl. “We offer the best price-performance ratio, which is important for customers facing tough competition.”

Drawing from more than 25 years expertise, EPLAN also provides process analysis, return-on-investment calculations, implementation concepts, consultancy and training. A subsidiary of Rittal within the Friedhelm Loh Group, it has seven offices in Germany and a local presence in more than 50 countries.

EPLAN employs about 70 research and development engineers and runs a call centre staffed by senior experts who respond to more than 19,500 customers worldwide. It also maintains the EPLAN Data Portal, a comprehensive and automated database of components that allows 65,000 EPLAN users to easily search and download component data from the most popular suppliers.

Showcasing its latest breakthrough at the Hannover Fair this year, EPLAN launched EPLAN Pro Panel, a 3D panel design tool for easy-touse, accurate and rapid creation of electrical schematic diagrams.

“Our philosophy is to be very open for integration to other systems so that customers can work with a seamless process,” Brandl says. “Only when we provide such integration services do we add the most value for customers.” EPLAN expects the integration trend to accelerate in Asia, where it operates centres of competence in India, South Korea, Malaysia and on the mainland for localized training of customers, sales staff and partners.

Ranking the mainland among its top three markets along with Germany and the United States, EPLAN is almost doubling its local workforce this year and adding capacity for integration and data management. It aims to develop the mainland as a services hub for nearby countries in the future, and become the market leader in Asia within the next five years.

“EPLAN has its feet on the ground catering to the rising demand for localized services,” says international sales director Carsten Metelmann. “We offer products with approved German quality while providing local support – something that our Chinese customers really appreciate.”