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EPLAN's Expert Dialogue Event To Help Engineers Increase Efficiency
As part of its newly launched EPLAN Experience, leading CAE software developer EPLAN is hosting series of events to help companies meet key engineering challenges by ensuring that they are using an optimal and flexible design process for their automation projects.

The first of the Expert Dialogues events will take place at Mitsubishi Electric in Hatfield on 30 April.

At the event, attendees will have an opportunity to examine the bigger picture of manufacturing today from various engineering aspects. They will also learn about increasing efficiency and design optimisation using EPLAN Experience and its eight Fields of Action modules, with a particular emphasis on the Design Methods and Codes and Standards modules.

An interactive question-and-answer session at the end of the formal presentation will help visitors explore the challenges and opportunities they face in their own specific design and manufacturing projects. A tour of the Mitsubishi Electric facilities will take place after the event for all those interested in visiting the Mitsubishi technology centre.

“We believe that design engineering is one of the most creative and rewarding aspects of working in industry”, enthused Ken Christie, EPLAN UK Director. “For this reason we want to make sure that we provide engineers with the right tools for their jobs and that we support them by constantly offering new and more effective ways of bringing ideas to life.”

The event will take place at Mitsubishi Electric, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 8XB, starting promptly at 10:00 am. Parking is available on-site, and lunch is included.
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The Food Crime Unit: An Opportunity To Bury The Hatchet?
The FSA’s new Food Crime Unit wants the industry to share information, some of which is sensitive, in order to tackle the ongoing problem of food fraud. The FCU faces a challenge - a lack of trust; a deep rooted suspicion of what penalties or media coverage may ensue as a result of sharing and cooperation.

Professor Chris Elliot’s Report into the 2013 horsemeat scandal recognised this challenge and recommended the adoption of a ”safe haven” approach where manufacturers could share information in confidence with an independent body that would then sort and filter information into intelligence to be used by the new Crime Unit. The report was also in favour of an intelligence hub to allow sharing of information between enforcement organisations.

There is a recognition by the FCU that, for this to work, manufacturers need to be provided with such a “safe haven”, but how do you convince them it is truly safe? In a recent statement, John Barnes, Head of the FSA’s Local Delivery Division said, “We’ve got to build the networks and you’ve got to trust us.”

But many retailers would argue that trust has to be earned before sensitive information is divulged. The government and Food Crime Unit has a similar capability although their remit is significantly wider, from retailer suppliers through to every small cafe and mobile catering facility. Fraud can occur at any level and has more often been in those smaller businesses that either struggle financially or find it very easy to slip through the net.

Many retailers have opted for a more holistic method to supply chain management, requiring the adoption of minimum standards within Quality Management Systems, supported by more frequent and unannounced audits, quality training and partnership development with suppliers. As a result they are uncovering more issues and blocking those avenues of risk within their supply chains. Interesting to note that much of this method is recommended in Professor Elliot’s review as part of the “Eight Pillar” approach. So maybe the FSA could learn from this partnership between manufacturers and retailers?

Tracey Cranney, Operations Manager at QADEX said, “We need greater integration between public and private sectors to reduce the risk to the supply chain. To form an alliance if not a partnership, closing the gaps - they are our greatest weakness. Food fraud is like an infectious disease - it must be identified, isolated and firmly treated before it has the opportunity to spread.”

To find out more about QADEX’s food safety software visit:
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Get EPLAN's Experience Working For You!
With EPLAN Experience, engineering and manufacturing companies can now boost their efficiency and profitability by drawing on the unrivalled experience and expertise of EPLAN, one of the world’s most innovative and successful suppliers of computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions.

EPLAN Experience comprises of eight action fields covering IT infrastructure, platform setup, codes and standards, product structure, design methods, workflow, process integration and project management. All modules are implemented by qualified EPLAN consultants working in close cooperation with the customer. The modules can be implemented separately or in almost any combination, which means that the service can be readily tailored to meet individual customer requirements efficiently and cost effectively.

“We developed EPLAN Experience after carrying out a survey that showed many companies haven’t taken full advantage of the capabilities of their CAE systems,” said Ken Christie, Director of EPLAN UK. “That means they’re not getting the best return on their CAE investment and, even more important, they’re missing out on key benefits that would make them more competitive and more profitable. EPLAN Experience gives companies a way to address these issues conveniently and cost effectively.”

The IT infrastructure module of EPLAN Experience ensures that EPLAN’s CAE products are optimally installed on an appropriate computing platform and that provisions are in place for maintenance and updating. The platform setup module configures the software to provide an ideal working environment for the user’s needs, while the codes and standards module supports users in meeting the requirements of key national and international standards for system design and documentation.

The product structure module provides clear methods for structuring machines and systems, with an emphasis on developing design elements that can be re-used in future projects, and the design methods module assists users with selecting and implementing the most efficient construction methods for their tasks. These modules are complemented by the workflow module which facilitates the automation of design tasks by using, for example, scripting.

The process integration module ensures that the CAE software works efficiently with the user’s other company processes, such as ERP and PDM, and that the full potential of this connectivity is realised. Finally, the project management module is an efficient planning tool for the implementation of the other EPLAN Experience modules and is particularly valuable in large applications involving multiple software licences and/or sites.
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