Electrical Panel Design in EPLAN: Pilot Devices from Allen Bradley

Learn how to plan and design pilot devices such as emergency stop pushbutton, selector switch, pilot lights, twin pushbutton, etc. for various industrial panels using EPLAN. 7 lessons in 54 min. total course time.

Course Description

This course will teach you how to efficiently and reliably plan the most common Allen Bradley’s 22mm pilot devices using EPLAN. You will learn the following pilot device types:

  1. Emergency stop push button
  2. Push buttons under normal conditions (START/STOP)
  3. Pilot lights (GREEN/RED)
  4. Selector switch with both momentary and latching contacts/positions (Special case study)
  5. Twin push button (space-saving solution and looks cool).

Generally, the problem with the planning of such devices is that they have many small pieces (similar to terminals with their accessories) that constitute a whole working part. This might get complicated sometimes.

That’s why this course will help you to efficiently plan complete pilot devices without making errors or omitting necessary parts (or missing a logic NO/NC), holder, labeling plate, label holder, the actuator of the right type, etc. As we work our way through the course, we will explain what all these components are used for and show you circuit diagrams in EPLAN where such devices are typically incorporated.

This course will make your life easier when planning manual controls for your project.

Course Summary

  1. Configure various pilot devices from Allen Bradley in EPLAN.
  2. Understand what elements like contact, holder, actuator, labeling plate, inscription mean and what their role is.
  3. EPLAN ciruit diagram: MAN-O-AUTO and special case study – momentary VS latching explanation.
  4. Configure an Allen Bradley emergency stop pushbutton.
  5. Configure an Allen Bradley green/red pushbutton.
  6. Configure an Allen Bradley green/red pilot light (signal lamp).
  7. Configure an Allen Bradley selector switch (MAN-O-AUTO) with special case study.
  8. Configure an Allen Bradley twin pushbutton.

Who Is This Course For

  • Panel builders/wireman
  • Electrical designers
  • Automation engineers
  • Students of electrical engineering/industrial automation


  • Basic knowledge of Eplan Electric P8
  • Basic understanding of electrical engineering components and symbols


Please note that Ivan is not a certified trainer for EPLAN products nor EPLAN partner. Video courses by Ivan Vidovic presented on EEP Academy that are demonstrating how to work in the Eplan Electric P8 computer program are solely his work and are not endorsed nor approved nor certified by the manufacturer of the aforementioned computer program. EEP Academy does not sell EPLAN products nor is an official representative of EPLAN company or EPLAN products.

For the purchase of the aforementioned computer program and/or for official training on how to use this computer program and/or for official certification and/or for official support contact the owner/manufacturer of the aforementioned computer program which is: EPLAN Software & Service GmbH & Co. KG, An der alten Ziegelei 2, DE – 40789 Monheim am Rhein.

About Instructor

Ivan Vidovic

Ivan is a graduated electrical engineer with 10 years of professional experience in the electrical design of various industrial automation systems: automotive industry (Daimler, VW, etc.), and process industry (TEVA, Coca-Cola, Lactalis, etc.). Professional experience in Oil & Energy, Food & Beverages, dairy factories, chemical industry, Automotive (car body manufacturing - Karosserierohbau and industrial paint shops - Lackieranlagen). International working experience (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia, China). I have been working in EPLAN since 2010, since version 1.9. Eplan Electric P8 Advanced User Certificate.

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons
  • 7 Topics
  • Course Certificate
  • Lifetime Access