FABTECH2017

FABTECH 2017

FABTECH 2017 was expected to receive over 50,000 attendees and have 1,700 companies exhibiting and it didn’t disappoint.

It provided a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to  improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

At the STRUMIS booth we had a lot in interest in what will be our latest release V10.3, which again like all our releases will bring new and unique features to the industry. And it was these unique features that drew in members of the steel fabrication industry as they all wondered just how beneficial they would be to them.

We don’t like to leave our customers or potential customers in the dark here at STRUMIS so we had our A team there at the booth to answer any questions or to run through a demo.

Which leads us to introducing our newest STRUMIS team member Joe Poulin. Joe joins the STRUMIS team with over 15 years’ worth of experience in the fabrication and construction world as well as being a Mechanical Engineer.

Having worked in a variety of roles including; Shop Supervisor, Project Engineer and Operations Manager he has been exposed to various forms of management software. Therefore bringing the perspective of a software user to the STRUMIS team.

Joe’s focus is to keep STRUMIS clients’ happy, their best interests in mind, and helping them select a STRUMIS product that best suits their Estimating and Fabricating needs.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Darcey, and son, Campion, at home in Maine enjoying the way life should be. Also involved in the Boy Scouts of America at both the local and district levels teaching the “Trades” (welding, plumbing, painting, home repairs and electricity) to the next generation and coordinating the training for all volunteers in the program.

We would like to thank FABTECH for hosting such a well-organised event yet again and we are looking forward to catching up with everyone that we met at the event. Thank you for giving us your time and attention.

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Labour Management With A 10” Tablet.

“Who did what, when, where and why and how long did it take them?” –  Questions we hear all too often and more often than not the answer will be vague at best and totally wrong at worst.

For many years STRUMIS has provided software capable of tracking and recording man-hours labour of both machines and humans in a steel fabrication environment. Conventional methods used could involve bar coding which was all the rage 15 years back but bar coding steel naturally required a bar code scanner, either Batch Collection scanners which are reasonably cheap or RF scanners which can be very expensive especially when you consider the additional logistics and cost of planting a receiver in the right place where buzz bars and welding units won’t interfere with the radio signal.

Either scanner option provided practical problems in addition to the considerable cost. Many STRUMIS customers found workarounds which just about managed to overcome the practical problems of avoiding radio frequency interference, however, managing to stop a welder putting a bar code scanner through a washing machine in his overall pocket was another challenge entirely, one that can be amusing but at the same time costly if done on a regular basis. It’s one way of keeping the scanner clean but they tend to play-up after a 40 degree wash cycle followed by a 1600 spin dry!

Nowadays we thankfully have an alternative which mixes the cheaper batch collection scanner option with the real-time benefits of Radio Frequency bar code scanners – Tablets!

Tablets can now be found in many STRUMIS customers workshops providing real-time updates of part and assembly progress, hours recorded by process and employee, traceability & accountability and the added bonus of portability to work anywhere anytime.

The Tablets available today can be sourced for as little as £60 each, windows based with a 10” screen is perfect for most uses within a fabrication workshop. Compared to bar code scanners and especially RF scanners this is a serious cash saving and guaranteed real-time progress compared to batch collection scanners which require their rich data be uploaded at the end of the shift.

Due to the extensive connectivity offerings a Tablet provides either through GPRS or Wi-Fi means they are not restricted to factory locations, they are great for job site recording of hours spent erecting and progress tracking and reporting of what assemblies have been erected during any particular shift or day or week. Total portability and real-time updates on your contract progress for £60 – how good is that.

Possibly the biggest advantage of all is that the 10” tablets are too large to fit in overall pockets! = Happy Boss = Happy Worker.

To see how STRUMIS’ tracking capabilities along with a tablet can benefit your company visit www.strumis.com 

 

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2017 BuildingPoint Canada Roadshows

Mark your calendars! You’re invited to the 2017 BuildingPoint Canada Roadshow! We’ve expanded our Tekla User day format with more information sessions that further increase your knowledge with cutting edge technologies to meet today’s demands on construction. Choose between two afternoon sessions while connecting with your peers and meet members of the BuildingPoint Canada team.

AM Sessions – Tekla Structures, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

* Cost is $250 per pax / Free for On Maintenance Customers.

For existing Tekla users, our morning sessions will showcase this year’s latest version, 2017 and 2017i. New features such as the enhanced layout and template editors, modeling with spiral beams and working with steel bent plates and much more will be discussed!

PM Sessions – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (FREE)

* FREE

TRACK #1 – Steel Manufacturing and Fabrication

1pm: The Power of Model Sharing with Tekla
2pm: Streamline your projects and resources with STRUMIS
2:45pm: Steel Connections design re-invented with IDEA StatiCa
3:30pm: Trimble Connect for Collaboration
4pm: Field Layout and scanning optimized for Steel Fabrication

Track #2 – Engineering and Construction

1pm: Model, Plan, Pour your Concrete with Constructible models
2pm: Field layout and scanning optimized for General Contractors and Sub-trades
2:45pm: Rediscover Project Management with ProjectSight
3:30pm: Site Safety with Trimble CrewSight
4pm: Trimble Connect for Collaboration

 

Cocktail Reception, 5:00 PM Onwards

Connect with your peers while we showcase the use of MS-Hololens for construction projects!

Space is limited. RSVP by Registering today! Click Here

BIMREVIEW

BIMREVIEW

BIMREVIEW is a well-established BIM and collaboration viewer that is embedded into STRUMIS and also available as a powerful standalone tool.

This leading tool is also the conduit of information from multiple CAD authoring packages from Trimble, Autodesk, Dassault, Aveva, Design Data and many more.

Although using the baseline of IFC, the information held within each model is far richer in content, including custom user defined attributes.

From the drawing office all the way through to a completed project on site BIMREVIEW is there to help our customers at every step in the workflow. This can be in the form of holding all of the drawings and NC/Cam data, ready to view at any time at with the click of a mouse to advanced clash detection, enabling seamless collaboration between trades.

Within BIMREVIEW there are a plethora of options available at a user’s fingertips, these range from enquiry tools such as measure, centre of gravity, procurement and production statuses through to integrated 4D planning, all helping to reinforce project understanding through easy to use visualisation tools.

BIMREVIEW can assist in improving your business efficiency through data comparison and clash detection identifying problems early on in your project and reducing costs. To see the full benefits that BIMREVIEW provides visit www.bim-review.com

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STRUMIS And Pre-Engineered Buildings

Technological improvements over the years have contributed immensely to the enhancement of quality of life through various new products and services. One such revolution is pre–engineered buildings. Though their origin can be traced back to 1960’s, their true potential is only just being realised.

An estimated 70% of all new commercial buildings in the US are pre-engineered. “Pre-engineered steel buildings” are those which are fully fabricated in the factory after designing and then shipped to site in a CKD (completely knocked down) condition; all components are then assembled and erected on site with nut and bolts, thereby reducing the time of completion.

Pre–engineered steel buildings use a combination of built-up sections, hot rolled sections and cold formed elements which provide the basic steel frame work with a choice of single skin sheeting with added insulation or insulated sandwich panels for roofing and wall cladding. The concept is designed to provide a complete building envelope system which is air tight, energy efficient, optimum in weight and cost and, above all, designed to fit user requirement like a well fitted glove.

It has many benefits when cross-referenced with conventional. PEBs are generally low rise buildings; however the maximum eave heights can go up to 25 to 30 meters. Low rise buildings are ideal for offices, houses, showrooms, shop fronts etc. The application of pre-engineered concept to low rise buildings is very economical. Buildings can be constructed in less than half the normal time especially when complimented with other engineered sub-systems. Table-1 presents an overview of comparison between RCC, Conventional steel and PEB structures.

Comparison of RCC, Conventional Steel Structures and PES Structures

Sr. No. Aspect of Comparison RCC Conventional Steel Structures PEB Structures
1 Strength characteristics Low as compared to Steel High as compared to RCC Same as conventional Steel but 15% less quantity
2 Durability Durable but requires regular maintenance More durability as compared to RCC As it is lighter, durability is more than RCC and Conventional Steel
3 Speed / Ease of Construction Higher construction time 30% Less time as compared to RCC 50% less time as compared to RCC
4 Architectural Flexibility Flexible to Architectural requirements Architectural flexibility possible with additional cots Architectural flexibility possible with lesser costs than Conventional steel Structures
5 Quality control Challenging as construction is done at site Better compared to RCC. Partly done by labor partly by machines

 

100% QC as most work completed at the factory
6 Future Expansion Very difficult is not planned at the initial stages Needs planning but can be done Can be done even if not planned earlier
7 Foundation Heavy and bulky foundation required Lighter as compared to RCC Very light due to reduced dead weight

Fabricators erecting PEB structures are already using STRUMIS to aid in the erection of their buildings. Our online library comprising of different material grades, parts, assemblies, sub-assemblies allows STRUMIS to help the PEB industry manage their fabrication with reduced wastage, higher productivity and full traceability.

STRUMIS also provides PEB Fabricators with the facility to plan and route the multi stage fabricaton process. To see how STRUMIS can benefit your business visit www.strumis.com

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STRUMIS User Wins SSDA ’17 Project Of The Year

 

Reaching a height of 224m, the City of London’s landmark Leadenhall Building was designed as a wedge-shaped structure to minimise its impact on views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Ltd
Steelwork contractor: Severfield
Main contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Client: C C Land
Commonly referred to as the Cheesegrater, The Leadenhall Building was designed as a wedge-shaped structure in order to meet the client’s aspiration for an outstanding City of London landmark tower

Part of its unique design are the panoramic lifts which have been placed on the vertical north elevation, so they can serve all the office levels. As a result, there is no central core, and stability is provided by a perimeter braced steel mega-frame, placed outside of the building envelope.

“The use of steel is fundamental to the value of this building. It is visibly integrated into the architecture to an extent that is highly unusual for a skyscraper, creating a powerful tectonic quality which enables people to appreciate and take delight in the way that the building is constructed,” says Arup Director Nigel Annereau.

“Steel was chosen because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and tension capacity, making it the obvious choice for a tall braced structure. A concrete alternative would have been much bulkier, more complicated and slower to construct.

“Steel also offered the ability to create large column-free spaces both in the typical floors and at ground level. Transparency was maximised by integrating the steelwork with the cladding.”

To see how STRUMIS can help you to save money, time and maybe win an award visit www.strumis.com 

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STRUMIS Weld & Layout Marking

Weld and layout marking are intended to automate the manual marking of connected parts on a main component. In essence you can use the material to tell you where to place it and how to weld it, on all first order fittings without having to manually mark the information.

Having weld and layout information exported automatically by STRUMIS and used in conjunction with your machine tooling provides many benefits such as:

  • Increased marking speed due to being fully automated
  • Machine precision written information
  • Minimal marks created to save time
  • Reduced material handling time
  • Reduced required labour skill
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Reduced human error
  • Reduced footprint
  • Full traceability
  • Less paper

By marking the material automatically you can have peace of mind knowing that you have added a beneficial step to the fabricating process, one that saves time and money.

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In order to automate this process STRUMIS analyses 3-D models from engineering systems and generate marking lines based on contours and connection holes as much as possible. The marking information will be generated as KO and/or PU blocks (setting) and the corresponding position numbers will be generated as SI or KO/PU blocks (setting) and outputted as DSTV NC files.

Marking is created by using plasma or milling. Marking by plasma creates a surface discoloration and vaporizes a small amount of material. Milling creates the highest quality mark which is even visible after shot blasting, painting or galvanizing.

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Within weld marking and layout marking you can set various rules to ensure the mark is created to your requirements, this includes:

  • Control of where the mark is placed
  • Control over the text size
  • Control over the layout mark style

Pop marks can be used within layout welding, which means the machine will be doing a minimal amount of work. Again saving time throughout the fabricating process with machine precision marked information.

Pop Marks

  1. Pop Marking

Another option you have control over is to mark each part with a unique assembly/serial number as well as having the layout marking on the material for the attached parts, which will provide full traceability.

Weld marking and layout marking provide time and cost saving benefits in just one module, to see what the rest of STRUMIS could do for you visit www.strumis.com

PackagesAndContainers

The Long Awaited Packages & Containers Functionality Will Be In STRUMIS V10.3

The long awaited Packages & Containers functionality that was available in the STRUMIS Visual Piece Monitoring System will be incorporated in to STRUMIS Production as part of the v10.3 release.

The functionality will work in much the same way, for example Packages can be added to Delivery Notes and Delivery Notes / Packages can be added to Containers. There will also be the option to add extra items and items direct from Inventory to both Packages and Containers.

The Package and Container objects can be created in the Production module or direct from the Production control grid similar to the Delivery Note creation.

The existing Delivery Note Reports have been modified to reflect the new additions and a new Container Contents Report is now available.

To see all of the features and benefits in STRUMIS visit www.strumis.com

STRUMISInTheSouthEast

STRUMIS In The South East

With our success in Australia and New Zealand STRUMIS Australasia is making headway with the expansion in South East Asia. Several visits to high profile sites in Vietnam and Thailand have resulted in negotiations with some of the largest fabricators in the region and the addition of numerous STRUMIS licenses.

In our efforts to move forward and continue to grow we look forward to servicing these new sites as successfully as we have our customers in Australia and New Zealand. We are currently negotiating to expand our team into Bangkok, Thailand, so that we have local representation in the region. We have the opportunity to bring on board a well-known and experienced team who are active in the local fabrication industry.

This is large territory offering many exciting opportunities for STRUMIS. It is a big step toward our goal of continued growth in this and every region of the world. We look forward to the challenges and rewards offered along with this expansion.

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Is Your Software Holding You Back?

Are you currently using an industry specific solution? STRUMIS talks to hundreds of fabrication companies a year, and we have found that there is a trend of success when industry specific solutions are being used.

We see all too often organisations that struggle with processes and technology solutions when they are generalised for financial management or manufacturing. These solutions do not understand the specific needs around the steel fabrication industry… they don’t understand steel.

When we look at a cross section of the industry we can clearly see that many of the industry leaders in steel fabrication have embraced industry specific technology such as STRUMIS.

Today I would like to quickly break down some of the key areas that are greatly improved with the right technology in place.

In the fabrication market we have to start with the core business issues and stay focused on solving these daily challenges. We have found common business issues across the industry as a whole.

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To address these issues with technology we have to start at the top and ask yourself if the technology solutions you are using are current, or dated solutions that have lost relevance over the past 5 to 10 years because they haven’t evolved with the industry by not releasing new versions.

Modern solutions offer better tools that are easier to use and faster to learn and adopt in your organisation. Be honest with yourself here… is your technology solution industry specific and up to date?

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Next, let’s take a look at what industry specific to the steel fabrication market looks like.

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We see countless companies with huge IT spends to further develop an ERP financial system to only end up with a system that still does not understand the complex nature of a steel fabrication project.

These systems are often missing the key items most needed by a fabrication company such as.

  • Full Libraries of Steel Goods
  • True Shape Steel Inventory Management
  • Full Traceability across your project
  • Project Based Context needed to proficiently manage your projects

Finally does your technology solution integrate with the industry specific tools and applications utilised to design and execute your fabrication projects?

This is yet another huge technology hurdle in the industry that can be addressed with an industry specific solution. Let’s examine some of these key integration points.

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By bringing these industry specific technology solutions together in a seamless environment it helps you to solve critical business issues and drive project success. An industry specific technology solution that is modern and well integrated provides you with a single source of truth around your project information. If you would like to connect and build a technology roadmap together, please reach out to discuss how STRUMIS can help.

Visit www.strumis.com for more information on how STRUMIS can bring all of these benefits to your company.