WSCAD Electronic: E-CAD 4.0 – intuitive and consistent
Dr. Zein, why does the focus lie on an intuitive user interface?
Dr. Axel Zein: Nine out of ten users are occasional users. They spend about two hours a day on the system. Otherwise, they are in meetings, in work preparation, at customers‘ premises or on the construction site. Complex projects and products increase the coordination effort, which tends to be borne by fewer personnel. Our goal is therefore to make the occasional user much more productive. He should be able to work intuitively and faster with the WSCAD software. We have already achieved this very well and with the new ‚Suite X‘ we are taking a big step in this direction. This will improve the performance of 90% of our engineering staff - a quantum leap.
What about the interfaces to other solutions?
Axel Zein: Electrical engineering has become an integral part of development and the entire product life cycle. That is why our solution has many interfaces to other systems. For example, we supply a new interface to the TIA portal from Siemens as well as to solutions from Wago and Phoenix Contact. We also offer further interfaces to CadCabel, Nvent, Komax and Kiesling. And for the connection to PLM and ERP systems, there is a new direct interface to Pro.File from Procad and via OpenPDM from Prostep to all leading systems on the market.
Is there anything to see about your augmented reality app?
Axel Zein: Yes, we will be demonstrating the functional scope and benefits of our free AR app at the SPS show. With the latest function, fitters can mark wired connections via tablet or smartphone and save the current status. An evaluation ensures that nothing is forgotten. Maintenance staff and service technicians use the app to scan field devices and components in the control cabinet using augmented reality. This gives them immediate access to all current plans - including BMK, 3D views of the components, complete article data and original manufacturer data sheets. With the app, changes can also be transferred to the documentation or spare parts can be ordered online. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple Store and Google Play.
Is there anything new you‘d like to present at the show?
Axel Zein: Yes, for example the new version of our online article database wscaduniverse.com, which we will also be showing. Here, too, we have revised the user interface, made it much more intuitive and implemented a lightning-fast, intelligent search and 100 percent eCl@ss compatibility. The portal is growing by 20 to 25 percent per year in users and new manufacturers and now includes over 1.3 million item data from more than 210 manufacturers in WSCAD, Eplan and 3D Step format. From January to September, we had over 1.5 million queries - many times more than other similar portals.