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Robel Ashenafi. A short summary of this paper. Download Download PDF. Translate PDF. It offers innumerable project editing options and pro- vides new innovations with each new version. Version 2. This version once again incorporates a wide range of user requirements and requests that have arisen during the practical use of EPLAN.

This fourth edition of this book has been revised and expanded based on Version 2. The book is meant to make it easier to start using the software and to smoothly guide you around initial hiccups when working with EPLAN Electric P8.

Numerous practical examples show you what is possible with Version 2. EPLAN Electric P8 becomes increasingly comprehensive with every new version, as it does with this one, and it offers a variety of functions that cannot be completely covered in a single book. A book that describes all the functions would have thousands of pages and be impractical for the reader. In Version 2. I will present and discuss some solutions. Others you will discover yourself and ask yourself why no one has ever tried it this or that way before.

This book will recommend solution approaches and demonstrate solutions that will help simplify your everyday work. It will help you make necessary decisions. I would also like to sincerely thank my family, especially my wife Susanne.

They have always been, and continue to be, very patient with me. I would also like to thank all of the readers who have made this book a success. All feed- back, whether criticism or praise, has always been a strong motivator for me to revise this book. Furthermore, the book assumes that the user has all of the user rights in EPLAN and is logged in as the local administrator. Some of the settings used in this book, such as those for filters or schemes, differ from the standard EPLAN installation.

All of this additional data is available in the sample data. In addition, some custom, non-standard shortcut keys were also used. The following text boxes are used to visually highlight notes, tips, etc. This box provides additional information and tips. By design, EPLAN does not overwrite user-related master data because the user may have modified the original system master data and saved this under the original name assigned by EPLAN.

During installation, EPLAN does not recognize whether this data has been changed on purpose and would therefore simply replace it. Usually the user does not want this to happen. If a license has not yet been installed, a dialog prompting or requesting a selection of the appropriate license is displayed before the program starts.

What combinations of letters and page names are allowed for subpages? How should paths be numbered: by page, by project or by struc- ture identifier? The most important parameter in these settings is the definition or sub- sequent changing of the global plot frame for the project.

A separate plot frame can be defined for every page in the page properties independently of the global plot frame setting. The page settings always have priority over the global project settings. The grid size for pages of the type, Schematic multi-line, has a default of “4. If, for example, in the Page properties you changed the default Grid from “4. Once the connection points of two angle symbols are directly horizontally or vertically aligned in the schematic, they are automatically connected with a connection line.

This is called “autoconnecting”, in which the con- nection lines created this way are called “autoconnect lines”. Only these autoconnect lines are recognized and reported as electrical connections between symbols.

Autoconnecting is always performed if the connection points of two symbols are aligned horizontally or vertically. When insert- ing and moving symbols, a preview of the autoconnect lines is shown. Inserting Potential Connection Points The potentials in the schematic can be defined by potential connection points. The symbol for the potential connection point hangs on the mouse pointer. The Properties components : Potential connection point opens. On the Potential definition tab in the properties dialog, for the Name of potential, enter the value L1.

In the Properties group box for the Potential type, select the value L from the dropdown list. The properties dialog is then closed. You can immediately insert more potential connection points. After the symbols are placed, a different symbol variant must be selected in the properties dialog.

Tip: If there are different variants of a symbol such as for a potential connec- tion point , then you already have several possibilities during positioning to select between the different variants.

For instance, if the symbol is hanging on the mouse pointer, you can press the [Ctrl] key and move the cursor in a circle. The various variants are displayed.

Once you have decided on a variant, first release the [Ctrl] key, then click the left mouse button to place the symbol. A different way to page between the variants available consists of pressing the [Tab] key while inserting. For each direction, there are then four variants. The T-node hangs on the mouse pointer.

The insertion points of all placed schematic elements are shown in the schematic as “black squares”. Double-click on the insertion point of the T-node. The T-node right dialog opens. Here, select the option 1st target below, 2nd target right. No variant selection is necessary. Alternatively, you can select the respective object and select the Properties menu item in the popup menu. Drawing rectangles 1. The rectangle hangs on the mouse pointer. Click the left mouse button to determine the starting point of the rectangle.

Note: When inserting graphical elements, a small text window for inputting numbers is displayed on the cursor by default. This text window is called the “input box”.

The values entered in the input box relate to the graphical coordinate system with its origin at the bottom-left and which is reported in “mm” or “inch”, according to the preset displayed measuring unit. If the Input box function is enabled in the Options menu, you can use the input box, for example, to position graphical elements quickly and precisely on graphical pages.

On such pages, the graphical coordinate system is preset. The symbol for the line hangs on the mouse pointer. Click the left mouse button to determine the starting point of the first line of the rectangle. To “visually” highlight the action line, change the formatting properties of the lines inserted. Double-click, for instance, on the “PE” line the first line.

The Properties dialog opens. In the Properties dialog, switch to the Format tab. Change the settings here. Repeat this action for the second action line. To differentiate the lines, select different formatting properties e. Selecting a symbol In Symbol selection, you can select symbols from a tree or list view.

In the tree view, symbols are divided neatly into different groups based on their function definitions. Here, you can page through the different groups until you find the symbol you want. Example: The following illustration shows symbol selection through the tree view for the first device to be inserted. On the right side in the dialog, the Symbol selection presents you with a preview. Once you have selected the de- sired symbol in the preview, you can then accept it with a double-click.

For the sample project, we are using a symbol selection from the list view. You can also select a symbol very quickly using direct entry in the list view.

Note: The symbol selection via direct entry described below works only if you leave the columns of the list configured so that the name of the symbol is in the first column. The Symbol selection dialog is opened.

In the Symbol selection dialog, select the List tab. To reduce the number of symbols shown, select a filter now. To do this, from the Filter drop-down list, apply the IEC symbols, multi- line entry. Select the Active check box to activate the filter settings. The various symbols are managed in so-called “symbol libraries”. In the Direct entry field, enter Q1. After you enter the first character, the cursor jumps to the first symbol whose name begins with that character, and selects it.

The selected symbol is displayed in the preview window on the right side, with all existing variants. The first variant of each is se- lected in the preview window. The symbol will also be displayed in the Graphical preview. In the list, select the three-pole switch Q1 and click [OK]. The symbol hangs on the mouse pointer and can be placed on the current page in the Graphical editor.

Determining properties After placing the switch on the page, the Properties components dialog opens. Some fields are already prepopulated with entries. This behavior is called “online numbering”. The fields Displayed DT, Connection point designation, and Connection point description are already prepopulated with entries. Enter the value 16A into the Technical characteristics field. In the Function text field, enter the text Load interrupter. In the schematic, you also see the connection point designations entered and the function text.

Tip: To call up Symbol selection quickly, you can also use the [Insert] key or the button Symbol in the Symbols toolbar. Inserting other general devices Proceed in the same fashion as above for the components listed below. In the list view, select Symbol selection using direct entry.

To do this, enter the symbol name given below for each one, and leave the IEC symbols, multi-line filter filter activated. Before you can then select a different symbol, you must finish the action and then call Symbol selection again. Position the symbols on the given coordinates and fill in the properties of the components inserted, if necessary.

The entries of the prepopulated properties are given in parentheses in the following listing. Symbol description Entries 1. You can also select the menu item Line break from the popup menu. Symbol description Entries 4. K1, and don’t enter any device tag there. Symbol description Entries 9. As Name of potential and Potential type, you must enter PE. Inserting Terminal Strips and Terminals Terminals are a kind of device and, like general devices, can only be inserted into your schematic using symbol selection.

If you haven’t yet, activate the Filter IEC symbols, multi-line. In the Direct entry field, enter X. In the list, select the terminal X and click [OK]. The terminal symbol hangs on the mouse pointer and can be placed on the current page in the Graphical editor. The Properties components : Terminals dialog opens. Here is where you determine the properties of the terminals. Terminals are also automatically numbered by default.

This way, you can store the terminal parts on the individual terminals. For this purpose, the Main terminal check box is activated in the prop- erty dialog.

Next, you must modify the function definition of the inserted terminal. The function definition defines the standard behavior of a function. The terminal symbols are initially inserted with a general function definition. You can then decide later on the specific terminal N ter- minal, PE terminal, etc. For this purpose, click the [ The Function definitions dialog opens. Here, in the tree of the Selection field, select the function definition Terminal with saddle jumper, 2 connection points.

The Function definitions dialog is closed. In the Properties components : Terminals dialog, also click [OK]. The terminal with the displayed DT —X1 is placed in the schematic. For the first two terminals, you can accept the predefined terminal designations 2 and 3, but for the last terminal change the designation to PE. Modify the function defini- tions for all terminals. For the first two terminals -X and -X , also select the function definition Terminal with saddle jumper, 2 connection points, and for the PE terminal -X the function definition PE terminal with rail contact, 2 connection points.

Finish the action by selecting the menu item Cancel action from the popup menu. The terminal strip definition identifies the terminal strip and contains all the relevant data for the terminal strip as well as the terminal strip part information. The symbol for the terminal strip definition hangs on the mouse pointer. The Properties components : Terminal strip definition dialog opens. Due to the automatic numbering, the field Displayed DT is already prepopulated with the entry —X2.

In the Displayed DT field on the Terminal strip definition tab, enter the strip designation -X1 already assigned in the schematic. In the Function text field, enter the text Motor, 4 connection points. The terminal strip definition is inserted at the given coordinates. The cable definition line must cross the corresponding connections. The symbol for the cable definition line hangs on the mouse pointer. Click with the left mouse button to establish the starting point of the line.

The Properties components : Cable dialog opens. Due to the automatic numbering, the field Displayed DT is already prepopu- lated with the entry —W1. In the Function text field, enter the text Motor. In the fields No. From the drop-down list for the Unit field, select the entry mm2.

In the schematic, the cable definition line with the displayed DT —W1 is shown along with the data entered. When drawing the cable definition line, a connection definition point is automatically set at each intersection of connections with the cable defi- nition line. The cable conductors are determined via the connection defi- nition points.

You will only see these automatically generated connection definition points if you have activated the view of insertion points. For certain actions e. In doing this, new connections are generated based on the available information or existing connections are updated. The individual connection can get its data from project settings, potentials, or from a connection definition point.

Since the connection data is not automatically updated for each action, we recommend manually updating before certain actions such as the execution of check runs, or working in navigator dialogs. EPLAN updates all connections in the project.

If the check box is not activated, updating is only carried for the current selection of pages, functions, etc. If no other function text is entered for a component, the function text from the path will be used for reports e. The Properties – Path function text dialog opens. On the Text tab, enter the term, Power supply. The path function text hangs on the mouse pointer. Click the left mouse button to place the text in the desired path. Note: Be sure when inserting path function texts that the insertion point of the text is aligned with the insertion point of the component which should receive the path function text.

Inserting “Interruption Point” Connection Symbols 1. The interruption point symbol hangs on the mouse pointer. Hold [Ctrl] and then move the cursor in a circle. The different variants are displayed.

Select the variant with the arrow pointing downwards Variant D , and release the [Ctrl] key. The Properties components : Interruption point dialog opens. The interruption point is inserted at the given coordinates. Now you must insert two more action lines. Assign this “PE” line the same formatting properties you assigned to the first “PE” line.

Change the formatting properties for this line, too. For instance, select a different line thickness and a different line type. Next, you will also insert components on the second schematic page, thus generating cross-references. In this chapter, you will complete the schematic on the second page, thus generating cross-references. EPLAN differentiates between different types of cross-reference. The program automatically inserts most of these cross-reference automati- cally online.

Based on the sample project, you will get to know some of the most common cross-reference types. More detailed information on the different types of cross-reference can be found in the EPLAN online help. Devices can consist of different elements and be distributed across mul- tiple pages of schematics. It can also be necessary to depict a device multiple times. In such cases, cross-references identify the fact that individual components belong together. A cross-reference shows you where the other part of a device can be found in the schematic.

Using cross-references, you can reliably find a component or associated parts on a series of pages. How are cross-references displayed in the schematic?

The cross-references are shown by default in the order, [Separa- tor]Page name[Separator]Column. By default, the cross-references receive a different color than the other elements displayed.

The NC power contact -K1 on the first schematic page will later be cross-referenced to a coil which then is located on page 2 in column 2. Automatically Generating Interruption Point Cross-references First, insert two interruption points on the second schematic page. Inter- ruption points are used to represent connections encompassing more than one page.

To do this, select them in the Page navigator and double-click on the page. For com- parison, look at the procedure in section “Inserting “Interruption Point” Connection Symbols” on page Generating Cross-references 82 EPLAN Electric P8 — Getting Started Changing display settings for the interruption points To prevent the device tag from crossing future autoconnect lines, addi- tional settings must be made in the appropriate property dialogs.

In the dialog Properties components : Interruption point switch to the Display tab. The entries in the Alignment, X coordinate, and Docking fields will change.

The displayed properties are shown to the left of the insertion point. The interruption point L- is inserted. The cross-references are displayed at both inserted interruption points beside the device tag.

The cross-references refer to the interruption points with the same dis- played DT located on the first schematic page. On this page, too, corres- ponding cross-references are displayed at the interruption points. Or use the Connec- tion symbols toolbar to insert the listed components. To do this, after inserting, click on the insertion point of the T-node and then, in the T-node right dialog, select the corresponding option see section “Inserting “T-node” Connection Symbols” on page Or you can use the [Ctrl] key when inserting to rotate the symbol on the cursor and select the right variant that way.

This form of cross-reference display is often used for contactor coils or motor over- load switches. In the Direct entry field, enter K. In the list, select the coil K and click [OK]. The Properties components : General device dialog opens. In the properties dialog, switch to the Coil tab. In the Displayed DT field, enter -K1. This includes the connection point designations, the sym- bols, and the schematic positions of the contacts cross-referenced to the coil and is shown below the coil.

Inserting another contact for the coil Now use symbol selection to insert another contact for the coil. For searching via direct entry enter S and then select the NO contact with symbol number 1. The DT selection dialog which then appears shows all the DTs present in the project which match the given function.

Inserting Contacts and Contact Image for Motor Overload Switches Finally, insert two more contacts on this page for the motor overload switch —Q2 on the first schematic page. In the Direct entry field, enter O. In the properties dialog, switch to the NC contact tab. In the Displayed DT field, enter -Q2.

Or apply the displayed DT using DT selection. To do so, click [ Now use symbol selection to insert another NO contact symbol name for Direct entry: S; symbol number: 1.

You have now completed the creation of the schematic on the second page. On the motor overload switch itself, you see the contacts just inserted as a contact image. The cross-referenced contacts are shown as symbols on the action line of the motor overload switch. In addition, the connec- tion point designations and the schematic positions of the contacts can be seen in the contact image.

Tip: From the NO contact you just inserted, —Q2, you can jump directly to the motor overload switch on the first schematic page. Changing the contact image position For contacts to be shown in a contact image, appropriate display settings must be made for the contact image in the properties dialog of the motor overload switch. Look at these settings in the motor overload switch. Double-click in the schematic on motor overload switch —Q2. In the properties dialog, switch to the Display tab.

The Contact image drop-down list already shows the correct setting for the contact image. Using the On component option, the contact image is displayed next to the component.

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Position the cursor in the upper right corner of the schematic e. You can recognize this by the border of the element being displayed as a thin line. Instead, you must generate a terminal diagram for X2 and a corresponding cable diagram for CBL2. The page type is generally assigned when the page is created, but it can also be changed later. You can choose between two view types. This will automatically close the first page and display the empty schematic in the graphical editor. Here you can specify how report pages will be sorted into the existing page structure.

 
 

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Version 2. This version once again incorporates a wide range of user requirements and requests that have arisen during the practical use of EPLAN. This fourth edition of this book has been revised and expanded based on Version 2. The book is meant to make it easier to start using the software and to smoothly guide you around initial hiccups when working with EPLAN Electric P8.

Numerous practical examples show you what is possible with Version 2. EPLAN Electric P8 becomes increasingly comprehensive with every new version, as it does with this one, and it offers a variety of functions that cannot be completely covered in a single book.

A book that describes all the functions would have thousands of pages and be impractical for the reader. In Version 2. I will present and discuss some solutions. Others you will discover yourself and ask yourself why no one has ever tried it this or that way before.

This book will recommend solution approaches and demonstrate solutions that will help simplify your everyday work. It will help you make necessary decisions.

I would also like to sincerely thank my family, especially my wife Susanne. They have always been, and continue to be, very patient with me. I would also like to thank all of the readers who have made this book a success. All feed- back, whether criticism or praise, has always been a strong motivator for me to revise this book. Furthermore, the book assumes that the user has all of the user rights in EPLAN and is logged in as the local administrator. Some of the settings used in this book, such as those for filters or schemes, differ from the standard EPLAN installation.

All of this additional data is available in the sample data. In addition, some custom, non-standard shortcut keys were also used.

The following text boxes are used to visually highlight notes, tips, etc. This box provides additional information and tips. By design, EPLAN does not overwrite user-related master data because the user may have modified the original system master data and saved this under the original name assigned by EPLAN. During installation, EPLAN does not recognize whether this data has been changed on purpose and would therefore simply replace it.

Usually the user does not want this to happen. If a license has not yet been installed, a dialog prompting or requesting a selection of the appropriate license is displayed before the program starts.

What combinations of letters and page names are allowed for subpages? How should paths be numbered: by page, by project or by struc- ture identifier? The most important parameter in these settings is the definition or sub- sequent changing of the global plot frame for the project.

A separate plot frame can be defined for every page in the page properties independently of the global plot frame setting. The page settings always have priority over the global project settings.

New entries addi- tion of symbol libraries are automatically stored in the project after the setting is saved. Settings for displaying translation lan- guages displaying translations in the project are also configured here. You also have to define a source language here. This helps to prevent operating errors, e.

Any storage location can be selected using the button. The usual range of templates and basic projects are available for selection. NOTE: These fields cannot be changed later on. It is therefore very impor- tant to make sure you enter the correct data. After defining the above entries, you need to select a template.

This can be a project tem- plate or a basic project. You simply click the More button. You can select the relevant project type in the File type field.

EPLAN then returns to the Create project dialog and imports the selected basic project or the template project into the Template field. The new project is created from the selected basic project. This may take a while depend- ing on the hardware and the storage location server, local. You do not necessarily need to edit these at the moment. This can be done later during project editing. The project proper- ties can now be adjusted or completely changed on the Properties, Structure etc.

There is one limitation: The structure of the pages, located in the Structure tab, can no longer be changed grayed out. It is fixed because the page structure was defined in the basic project.

The project can now be edited. This makes it possible, like with terminals, to use the same designation several times PE rail , and the check run will not find any duplicate connection point designations. Click the Part number field and then use the button that appears to switch to parts man- agement.

In parts management, you Fig. Parts management automatically closes after the part is applied. In contrast to simple part selection, this will offer only devices for selection that fit the exist- ing functions of the symbol in the project.

EPLAN data fields and external data fields are assigned in this scheme. Here, the type of data source, the data source itself and, of course, the import scheme field assignment are configured. It is also possible to select a different function definition instead of the default terminal.

Generate functions Just click the button. However, this is not a precondition. All function definitions can be easily changed later using block editing in the terminal strip navigator. We return once more to generation of the functions: The functions can only be generated when all entered data is correct EPLAN will enable the OK button. If an error exists in the numbering pattern, e.

You must check for this. This data must can be assigned later using device selection. The entries are similar to the previous section. You need to select a DT, a numbering pattern, and, most importantly, a part the device from parts management.

When all entries are correct, you can start device generation by clicking the OK button. EPLAN saves the functions in the navigator as unplaced functions. They already have parts data. What is a main terminal? It is comparable to a main function; a terminal with multiple function definitions can only be identified once as a main terminal.

These are so-called auxiliary terminals. The functions in the logical PLC overview and the functions in the schematic for the PLC terminals in distributed view will be re- addressed or addressed for the first time.

In the PLC navigator, you select the card to be addressed. EPLAN obtains the relevant prefix, meaning whether an entry begins with E or with I, according to the selected scheme, which is entered in the PLC-specific settings selection field. I recommend leaving the Preview of result parameter switched on.

Address PLC connection points Fig. The NEW. Here you must make the desired entries and save the properties. You can also immediately perform a device selection for the new PLC card. All objects are assigned to this macro box now. EPLAN selects the corresponding objects.