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Cabinet Layout

E3.panel enables creation of the physical representation of cabinets.

+E3.series panelWorking in either two or three dimensions, E3.panel allows engineers to layout components inside panel enclosures. Intelligent automatic snapping points allow parts to be easily placed in their correct location, and with keep-out and height restrictions it is also possible to prevent clashes. The ease-of-use means electrical engineers do not need to understand M-CAD tools.

E3.panel is dynamically integrated with the schematic design and work can begin either in the panel or the schematic. Users can easily navigate between the panel and schematic and changes to either are immediately reflected across both. 

Additional 2D views of the panel can be created at the press of a button by selecting a plan in 3D view.

Wire Routing

Signal logic is transferred from the schematic and optionally wires can be automatically routed through ducts in the panel, taking into account the shortest route and any segregation requirements, duct fill capacity is also checked. The length of each wire is calculated and with dedicated links to wire preparation machines wires can be cut stripped, crimped and marked automatically.

The manufacturing data held in E3.series can also be fed into the production environment for labelling, manufacturing cables, drilling, milling and cutting information and user-defined reports.

  • Complete component definitions (dimensioning, pins, accessories)
  • Easy-to-use drag and drop panel models
  • 1:1scaled panel drawings
  • Dynamic links to schematic
  • Slot and mount functionality
  • Restricted area support
  • Breakout and cutting detail
  • Automatic wire routing
  • Shortest path algorithm for wiring
  • Wire segregation
  • Cable ducting fill degree
  • 3D visualization
  • Integration with automatic wiring, drilling and milling machines

Making use of E3.series’ object oriented functionality E3.panel ensures all documentation is always correct, irrespective of where modification are carried out.

3D Collision Control

Using VRML or STEP AP203/214 all 3D data in E3.panel can be transferred to 3D mechanical systems. Simplified models of the electrical E3.panel design are used to check for collisions in the complete mechanical design. This functionality enables full digital mock-ups to assess spacing requirements, clash detection and error prevention.