eCl@ss e.V. is an industry association founded by major companies in the chemical industry
that now features more than 150 members.
The association focuses on developing the eCl@ss standard –a classification system
that allows products and services to be described according to a standard
that is machine readable across various languages.
In addition to several well-known, globally active companies,
our members include a number of medium-sized companies.
Siemens, Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller and Schneider Electric are members, just to name a few.
We integrate the standardized exchange of engineering data
using eCl@ss into our system.
This includes both - WSCAD Suite and wscaduniverse.com,
a cloud-based article database, where we adapt the entire structure
according to the eCl@ss format.
Our goal is for E-CAD Software users to have
readily available data they can use without delay.
We’ve been involved with eCl@ss from the start and are big fans.
Data underpins everything in Industry 4.0.
Everyone’s talking about the Digital Twin – that is, bringing together everything
from mechanical engineering to technical drawing to electrical engineering and cable systems in 3D prototyping.
But if you don’t have the plug or right components in your system,
or if your components are flawed,
data quality will only suffer.
It's important to have sound data, which is something eCl@ss allows.
With eCl@ss we finally have a standard for data exchanges
that we can use in our software without
having to rely on proprietary interfaces.
This makes exchanging data much easier for our clients and for us.
The interface is simplified and
brings all the benefits that come with a standard.
Yes, we’ve been very pleased with the trade fair.
We've had a lot of very interesting attendees come to our stand – particularly international visitors
from America and some from Japan.
They all want to promote eCl@ss within their companies.
As a result of increased machine-driven communication between companies in Industry 4.0,
people have begun to understand the need for systematic communication,
a standard in communication.
And as companies begin to operationalize
Industry 4.0, they come to us asking “Can you help us?”.
The engineering sector is very important for eCl@ss
and here at the SPS Drives, we have the opportunity
to get to know our clients better and exchange ideas with them.