It’s true that a lot of the time, control panels are one-offs. However, even the most unique control panels contain fixed or frequently used elements, such as DOL starters, reversing starters, variable speed drives in a duty-standby arrangement, and so on. It is this commonality amongst control panels that provides the key to design automation.Automation saves time designing schematicsWith a good CAE system like EPLAN Electric P8, engineers can design an element only once and produce a standard design, containing all possible technical data in its value set. These are called macros. Once created and saved to the macro library, the macro can then be used as often as it is needed, and the CAE system will take care of all the details, like updating the wire numbers and the component references. This means you no longer have to search through old schematics, thereby saving yourself precious time. Macros and value sets can make your engineering process faster and more efficient...
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