In Automation Designer, you design the electrical and automation solution for a production system or machine, eventually enabling the generation of its electrical schematics and PLC program. Automation Designer supports you in these tasks by facilitating engineering solution reuse and by automating the creation of the engineering data and documentation.
Automation Designer tightly integrates with the engineering data from the line and machine design. By using and enriching data from other engineering disciplines, Automation Designer reaches its full potential. Automation Designer is intended for electrical engineers and automation engineers from the discrete industry who work in teams on multi-disciplinary projects. By focusing on reusability, rule-based engineering, and cross-discipline collaboration and data integration, Automation Designer improves the consistency of such projects, reduces the time and cost invested in them, and increases the productivity of the entire production engineering process.
You can use Automation Designer as a stand-alone solution or as an integrated software solution.
Use Automation Designer to create the structures and objects that are required for consistent project documentation, and to generate the electrical schematics and PLC program with EPLAN Electric P8 and TIA Portal.
To fully profit from the cross-discipline collaboration and data integration that Automation Designer offers, use other Siemens applications such as Line Designer in combination with Automation Designer.
Automation Designer and the Digital Factory
Automation Designer is integrated in the Siemens software portfolio for the digital factory,which offers a broad range of solutions for discrete industries. Within this portfolio,many software solutions for product engineering and production system engineering are built on the NX and Teamcenter platforms. Automation Designer connects this world to TIA Portal. True to Siemens vision for the digital factory,these solutions provide a fast and seamless transition between the involved departments and engineering disciplines.They parallelize operational processes and optimize interactions and data integration.
Automation Designer Main Goals
Electrical and automation engineering Automation Designer supports the following features:
- Creation and configuration of the automation system
- Structuring and naming of the automation system
- Modifications of imported electrical schematics and generation of them
- Modification and adding rules to PLC programs and generation of them afterwards
- Preparation and creation of reports documenting the automation system
Automation of engineering work
Automation of engineering work Automation Designer allows you to automate your engineering work.
- Naming Rules automate the naming of objects.
- Mappings from mechanical and line design data to automation data eliminate the need for reentering data and make mechanical changes transparent. You can directly use the mechanical and line design data in Automation Designer.
- You can configure property values, relations between objects, and the content of EPLAN macros and TIA Portal program blocks in a way that allows them to automatically adapt to changes in the project environment. This increases the reusability of library objects and templates.
- Matching rules support you during product selection.
- Validation Rules check the consistency of the data and help to increase the quality and robustness of the engineering solution.
Collaboration and Data Integration
Cross-discipline collaboration and data integration are central for digital engineering in Automation Designer:
- The different engineering disciplines that collaborate on a project work simultaneously and use the same data.
- Each discipline enhances the data it receives, Each discipline notices changes of other disciplines.
- The data is monitored for consistency and updated if necessary.
- Since data is not duplicated, the potential for input errors and inconsistencies is reduced.
Usability and Rule-based Engineering
The ability to reuse existing data is a decisive factor for efficiency. It helps you to achieve engineering results within the allotted time frame, supports cross-discipline collaboration, and increases data consistency. Rule-based engineering facilitates reusability; it allows data to adapt to the project environment, safeguards changes, and thereby increases efficiency. Combined, reusability and rule-based engineering are the key to automating mechatronics engineering.