EPLAN Software and Services announces its latest version of its EPLAN Cogineer platform: EPLAN Cogineer Advanced. The solutions provider will be offering its automation software through a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The two functional areas, Designer and Project Builder, will thereby only be usable as cloud-based solutions with separate licenses. Data security is naturally assured: user rights for Designer, in which the rule sets and macros for automatic schematic creation are defined, can be clearly defined through a new Rights Management function.
EPLAN provided a sneak preview of the next expansion stage of its automation software at this year´s Hannover Messe. EPLAN Cogineer Advanced has expanded functionality in the area of interfaces and instancing through the separate licensing of the two functional areas; Designer and Project Builder. Models created in Designer can thereby also only be edited in Designer by the user group, which receives access to it through a new Rights Management feature. This fulfils a crucial aspect in regards of data security. Another interesting feature is the new business model. The upcoming Version 2.8, which is anticipated to be available starting in late summer 2018, will be usable as a completely cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS)
EPLAN Cogineer Advanced has an import interface based on the XML format. Complete configurations can be imported with it, including all of their value sets. In theory, this means additional time savings and guaranteed quality by avoiding duplicate data storage and data entry.
Another function in EPLAN Cogineer Advanced is the possibility for instancing of typical elements. During a configuration process users can dynamically select which partial functions or partial circuits they wish to use in a project´s structural characteristics. The multiple use of partial as well as complete functions is also supported. The instancing of these typical elements can also be directly controlled through the import of an XML data created upstream in the process.
The entry of logical dependencies and formulas will be considerably simplified in all versions of EPLAN Cogineer. A Formula Assistant will ensure moving forward that logical conditions and formulas – thus the entire relation-ship knowledge for a function or functional group – can be input. Depending on the type of configuration variables, only the permitted operands for the respective type will be offered. At the same time, the Formula Assistant suggests all of the variable names available during entry.
For more information, visit EPLAN website.