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Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Eplan are entering into a strategic partnership for the industrial and infrastructure market segments to deepen cooperation in the area of software solutions, according to a press release dated 10/4/22. The Siemens Electrical Products business unit will join the Eplan Partner Network as a strategic partner. Switchgear manufacturers should be able to coordinate the products of both companies in a more targeted manner, and electrical planners should receive optimized solutions. Sebastian Seitz, CEO of Eplan, and Andreas Matthé, CEO Electrical Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, signed the corresponding agreement on September 26, 2022.

Sebastian Seitz (left), CEO of Eplan and Andreas Matthé, CEO Electrical Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure (Photo Eplan)

“The overarching goal of our collaboration is to create a plug-and-play structure for electrical planners. We want to open our tools bidirectionally for both sides and thus simplify and accelerate work steps,” Andreas Matthé is quoted as saying. And Sebastian Seitz emphasizes: “Particularly in switchgear construction, we can use Eplan Pro Panel to optimize processes and automate them to a greater extent. In addition, we will address the growing area of power distribution in a more targeted manner and, together with Siemens, create end-to-end solutions for integrative, more efficient workflows.”

The Industry segment comprises offers and products for control cabinet construction, while the Infrastructure segment is aimed at switchgear construction for power distribution. In the industrial market segment, Siemens and Eplan are intensifying the good cooperation that has existed for many years, for example in order to provide Eplan data for configured Siemens products on an end-to-end basis. For the infrastructure market, Eplan and Siemens have decided to jointly optimize and automate customer processes, for example in the Sivacon and Alpha environment (power distribution systems) by integrating Simaris (planning tools) and the Eplan platform.

Eplan offers software and services for all aspects of engineering in the fields of electrical engineering, automation and mechatronics. The Siemens Electrical Products business unit offers products for electrical infrastructure at the low-voltage level in buildings and industry, for example safety and control products, measuring and monitoring devices, switches and sockets. The business unit’s portfolio also includes communication-enabled software tools that can be used to connect power distribution to building and industrial automation and to open cloud-based IoT systems.