While designing free-form auto-body surfaces, city-center skyscrapers, or complex factory robotics may be "flashy-CAD", the immense complexity of systems fundamental to our society creates a mountain of detailed information which must be managed effectively and which is often handled by electrical CAD solutions. CADplace investigates various aspects of electrical CAD challenges and solutions.
Every engineer knows that information from adjacent departments is often necessary for the next important work stage. The overview is easily lost in the process. It is becoming increasingly important to include different disciplines or viewpoints in project planning as well as in maintenance or modification planning of machinery and plants. Furthermore, today's enormous time pressure necessitates working in parallel from the outset. Most engineering tools do not meet these requirements, unlike Engineering Base (EB)! Its central data model ensures perfect interaction and an always consistent whole when different departments are working in parallel on the same project.
A neutral, universal communications platform, which effectively links the 3D plant design with the two-dimensional flow chart and the related electrical detail engineering: this was the objective of a new development partnership which Aucotec AG and Unitec Informationssysteme GmbH sealed per contract in the summer of 2011. All current 3D systems for modelling process engineering plants and mechanical engineering designs are now to be linked with the 2D EI&C and P&ID solution of Aucotec’s database-driven software Engineering Base. As a developer of basic technology for the open communications platform and 3D expert, Unitec is also able to integrate more systems and disciplines.
The term integration is an extremely overused buzzword. Nevertheless, it is indispensable. It is not only known in society and politics that lack of integration may significantly interfere in particular in a harmonious and thus efficient and effective cooperation. It is no different in plant design. Many different disciplines - from the tendering stage to production - can create a Babylonian confusion with their different approaches and tools, which involves an enormous effort in terms of discussions, data transfer and error corrections. Unless you work with Engineering Base (EB).
Obtaining offers is a science in itself, especially in complex plant engineering. Even the precise invitation to tender presents a challenge due to the huge diversity of components. The comparison of offers is a procedure which can take weeks because the requested components are rarely offered exactly as specified in the invitation to tender. As an element of its Engineering Base software platform, the German software developer Aucotec has created a tool which significantly shortens and simplifies the tendering stage for plant operators and their suppliers. Furthermore, the data thus produced can be continuously used for engineering.
The concept of "Industry 4.0" is setting completely new standards for production and will cause a major upheaval from the point of view of both products and manufacturing. The German associations BITKOM, VDMA and ZVEI have specifically established an office which deals solely with this topic. What then were 1.0 to 3.0? The invention of the power loom was seen as the first industrial revolution while, according to this reckoning, the electrification of production was 2.0 and the introduction of PLC and bus technology was 3.0. We now come to 4.0. Electrical and automation technology will greatly increase in importance, as will the corresponding engineering.
Recently, CADplace had the opportunity to talk with executive board member, Markus Bochynek, about the Aucotec business, products, customers, and success. In this video, Mr. Bochynek provides a rapid summary of the company's focus and success.
Process control projects are characterized by a large number of data, e.g. from hundreds of measurement tags and thousands of devices that may be integrated into a plant. The crucial point in your project management is to maintain a professional general view. Moreover bulk data must be selectively processed, and the coordination of the plant units and the many experts involved in the planning job must be managed as smoothly as possible.
The planning and construction of special and line machines and plants is subject to an ever-increasing pressure with respect to quality, time and costs. The competition escalates and the margins dwindle, and economically difficult times further enhance the pressure. At the same time the degree of automation of modern plants and machinery increases vastly. This requires additional planning and design tasks.
Mobility moves us all. The question ”How do I get from A to B?” does not concern travelers only, however. The system designer must also be able to answer this question as fast as possible and with as few resources as possible – no matter whether he deals
Sometimes it may seem like the public utility sector is a slow moving industry, but more likely, this is just reflecting the fact that a power station or distribution station has an extremely long life-cycle. The reality is that utility companies must adapt to a changing market and also maintain systems over decades of use. This makes intelligent, accurate CAD and management systems indispensable.