Barry Chatham Barry Chatham Barry is a Business Consultant for EPLAN UK, working closely with the commercial team and a facilitator to the technical team in ensuring that EPLAN are delivering the right value at the right time to our customers. Having graduated as an Industrial Designer and being deeply immersed in a wide range of disciplines, the learning curve in each of Barry's roles has been vast. This brings with it a wealth of experience, something demonstrable from recent years in CAD software such as Siemens PLM and more recently SolidWorks, where starting in technical and moving into commercial roles, Barry has successfully assisted hundreds of companies through transitional change and added value not only to his customers but heavily focusing on their customers and delivering results in dozens of different industries. Having been asked the question years ago at an interview, it changed his outlook and discussions on the manufacturing industry, the question was "I make scissors in Sheffield as a consultant, I want you to make me more money"... This question, and the "so what" methodology enabled Barry to see from a different perspective, something which is proving to be very well received with some of our customers already.

Step-by-step guiding to wiring

Author: Barry Chatham Time to read: minute minutes

Studies show that it’s possible to save as much as 43% of the time spent on building control panels simply by making the wiring process more efficient.

Many companies still work from schematic diagrams when wiring panels, but there’s now a new online software package that offers a better solution: EPLAN Smart Wiring visualises the wiring and makes all of the essential data 100% digitally available. 

Control cabinet manufacturer Westermann GmbH put EPLAN Smart Wiring to the test and saw the benefits for itself. Skilled employees wired about 25% faster using EPLAN’s wiring solution than without it and even apprentices without wiring experience were able to work efficiently and produce excellent results. This was possible because the EPLAN solution digitally guides the user step-by-step through the wiring process.

The digital representation produced by EPLAN Smart Wiring builds on the 3D panel layout produced by EPLAN Pro Panel, and makes for easy, right-first-time wiring. There’s also convenient and intuitive support for modifications and changes, which are automatically added to the design documentation, ensuring that it is always complete, accurate and up to date.

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EPLAN Smart Wiring

If you’d like to learn more about the automation and digitalisation possibilities in the production of panels and switchgear in machine and panel building, download the ‘Control Cabinet Manufacturing: 4.0’ whitepaper from EPLAN which is free of charge to download here.

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