Based in Germany, north of Hamburg, HPS is a specialist manufacturer of control systems for the power generation and distribution sectors. Among the products it regularly supplies are control panels for emergency power systems in hospitals and aboard cruise ships. HPS has found that working with EPLAN software has led to increased levels of automation in the project planning, design and manufacture of these cabinets. As a result, the company has been able consistently to reduce lead times. Now, even complex projects with 80 to 100 control cabinet panels can be turned around in six weeks from receipt of order through to delivery and installation.
When EPLAN launched its Cogineer software, HPS was one of the first customers to adopt it. EPLAN Cogineer provides highly automated creation of schematic diagrams without the need for users to have programming experience or specialist knowledge of configuration and variant management.
"For the recurring functions and modules which make up a large part of our control panel designs, we store macro libraries in Cogineer which can easily be accessed when required,” said Bernd Mähnss, founder and Managing Director of HPS.
“Users just need to select the required power rating and everything else is determined automatically and integrated into the schematic: from the correct devices for switching and protection functions, right through to the configuration of the terminals and the cable cross-sections.”
Another important benefit of using the EPLAN platform is that the macros have been tried and tested and are therefore free of errors. Other invaluable features include detailed routing information for panel wiring (which saves time and virtually eliminates cable wastage) and automated ordering of terminal assemblies direct from Phoenix Contact. HPS also uses Rittal Therm to evaluate the heat dissipation of all the components selected in the EPLAN software.
Using EPLAN Cogineer has made it possible for HPS to reduce control panel manufacturing time by 35%, but this innovative and ambitious company is committed to continuous improvement. So, what are its future plans? One of the most important is to work toward paperless design and manufacturing by implementing EPLAN eView, which presents manufacturing information on a tablet or computer screen rather than as conventional paper drawing. With eView, HPS confidently expects to make further savings which will contribute directly to maintaining the company’s strong competitive in a challenging marketplace.
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