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Eplan Data Portal has been expanded with new updating, enhancing and filtering functions for device data
 At the Hannover Messe, Eplan presented a new, fee-based web service: Eplan Data Portal Professional. Users get comprehensive functionalities to update or enrich device data, as well as significantly expanded filtering possibilities.
When device data has been updated in the portal, the system alerts users as to which data is more current than that found in their local database. Now users can update their data at the push of a button, without manually searching and replacing. The portal’s new data enhancement functionality begins at the start of a project, when device data is not yet available in the device management system. Users can send lists of devices or model numbers to the data portal and then they receive a shopping cart to download with all the found device data.
Besides supplementing commercial data, these updates also include important engineering data such as macros, documentation and production data. Users can begin designing without having to go through the tedious process of setting up master data beforehand. Once device data is enhanced, the change is accounted for during the update routine for device data. Comprehensive filtering options such as the ability to save prefilters can be assigned to individual persons via the integrated rights administration. Components can be located more quickly, considerably increasing the speed of the design process.
Direct exchange, precise dataWith the revised feedback functionality, users can use the e-mail function to contact manufacturers directly from the portal if components are not correct or not in the database. Device manufacturers receive direct answers to the following crucial questions: How many times has a component been downloaded? What countries are the products being used in? Which products are the most interesting to users?
Comprehensive evaluations offer precise controlling data to manufacturers’ product management and sales departments. Fields of action can be derived using this information, and product successes more precisely planned. Eplan helps manufacturers integrate their own electronic product catalogues into Eplan Data Portal. The services range from the migration of existing catalogues and product configurators to the development of new configurators. The result is a tailor-made electronic product catalogue that offers users custom engineering support.
Advantages for users• Device data easy to locate quickly• Minimal effort to administer master data• Significant time savings for design engineering• Increased documentation quality• Supports interdisciplinary processes.
Advantages for manufacturers• Development of additional sales channel• Direct access to around 75,000 Eplan users• Transparency about company’s product usage• Comprehensive evaluations with controlling data• Direct user/manufacturer e-mail contact.

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