If intelligent components are planned for the DIN-rail, it is possible to easily transfer data from smartDESIGNER to the e!COCKPIT engineering tool. For programming complete components, WAGO offers e!COCKPIT, an engineering tool explicitly committed to user-friendliness and intuitive operation. e!COCKPIT supports all manufacturing steps, from hardware configuration and programming, to simulation and visualization, to commissioning of the switchgear unit. In order to reduce e!COCKPIT’s learning curve, the user interface resembles current Office programs. To give users an overview of their projects as complexity increases, the user interface prominently features context-sensitive menus. This means that the only menu items and functions that appear are those that can be used in the current design or operation stage. Components can be placed in the main area of the user interface and connected to each other virtually using drag-and-drop. Because this excludes connection errors from the outset, it also prevents costly troubleshooting after installation. Since several controllers can be configured and programmed in e!COCKPIT simultaneously, it is also possible to simulate and run through different test scenarios for the planned system.
As a powerful online design tool, smartDESIGNER provides the interface to electrical design, accelerates the entire design and ordering processes and additionally offers many ways to simplify documentation, while the interface to the e!COCKPIT engineering tool guarantees consistent transmission of design data for further configuration and programming of the automation components. After all, it is crucial to implement complex machine functions quickly and reliably in modern mechanical and systems engineering.