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WeldAndLayoutMarking

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.

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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.

BIMREVIEW_8.3

BIMReview V8.3 Released

STRUMIS LTD continues its strong start to 2017 with the latest release of BIMReview V8.3 which focuses on the standalone application functionality.

This release contains the following new features and enhancements:
New Tekla Structures 2017 plug-in (in msi and tsep packages)

New Advance Steel 2018 and 2018 plug-ins (in msi and Autodesk app store packages)

Requirement of administrative rights to run BIMReview has been removed

BIMReview and its associated plug-ins are now digitally signed

New drawing panel providing a concise view of all drawings and cam files embedding in a BIMReview file.

New model comparison tool added for comparing attribute data changes between two or more models

Enquire tool now shows assembly attributes when using assembly selection mode

Sectioning tool enhanced to be able to use multiple section boxes

Added to the Model Data grid is the ability to add columns whose values are defined by a formula

SDS/2 XML import now provides an interface and imports user defined attributes specified in the XML.

Advance Steel SMLX import now uses Advance Steel 2018 dependencies ensuring the import get import the latest files from Advance Steel

GA and Erection drawings are embedded in the BIMReview from the Tekla Structures plug-in and the SDS/2 XML import

Series of enhancements to the Tekla Structures plug-in including options to exclude bolts, welds and cuts from the export, options to export the selected items as individual charts or complete assemblies and configuration for mapping materials to nuts and washers
Other minor fixes and performance improvements

BIMReview continues to demonstrate that it is a complete BIM collaboration solution and provides value from your BIM based construction projects.

Why not see how BIMReview can benefit you and your business. Download a free trial here.

 

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Save Money Instantly.

In short, STRUMIS options will allow you to buy STRUMIS without feeling like any money has left your account. This is due to the time and material savings reducing your overheads, coupled with the low interest rates provided by lenders.

For years the steel fabrication industry have been targeted – and in equal measure – supported by finance lease/purchase offerings from a plethora of financial institutions ecstatically happy to provide funds for capital investment in machinery and other bright, shiny tools and machines steel fabricators rely upon to ensure they remain competitive.

It is only in recent years that software programs have begun to be considered as a worthy investment and worthy of the risk element of lending cash to the hard working steel fabricators. However, software programs – through the eyes of the money lenders – which are vital to Steel fabricators – are now enjoying an increasingly flexible and welcoming approach by such lenders. It is, after all, worth noting and stating the obvious, that software programs seldom rust, breakdown and eventually end up in the recycle bin after a few short years drilling, punching, scribing and cutting steel.

So why the reluctance by some money lenders to finance software investments in the past? Perhaps it’s difficult to hand over cash on something you can’t see and feel, perhaps it’s because a software program is usually a “licence to use” and not ownership or perhaps it’s always been available (if you search hard enough) but due in part to our engineering backgrounds it simply didn’t seem “the right thing to do” or more probable – didn’t even enter our thoughts as something remotely possible.

In today’s world of super low interest rates, increased competition and reduced margins for money lenders – coupled with increased workloads and confidence in the steel construction market, the UK and ROI steel fabricators are taking full advantage of the choices available when looking to invest in software to help improve their business bottom line. There are many advantages to lease/purchase of your software investment, low interest rates, spreading the cost of investment over 3, 4 or 5 years, significant tax advantages and ROCE.

Cost Saving Benefits of Lease/Purchase:

Keep your hard-earned cash in the bank. Wrap-up all your costs in to one low monthly payment.

Payments for lease/purchase are normally classed as “revenue expense” therefore 100% tax allowable.

ROCE = Return On Capital Employed – valuable cash reserves can be retained within the business and used to drive other areas of the business.

STRUMIS Ltd have long recognised and appreciated the decision making process by our much valued customers involves some tough decisions surrounding the financial cost of investing in STRUMIS in addition to the many other considerations surrounding change and possible disruption to their business. The financial cost of investing in the STRUMIS MRP software program and associated services can be the one hurdle some decision makers find hard to get over. However, in recognition of this vitally important element of any due diligence and decision making process we have partnered with Genesis Capital Ltd in order to offer our new and existing customers……. “STRUMIS Options” …….a low cost lease/purchase option of investing in STRUMIS over an extended period of time with the added tax and ROCE benefits discussed above. Indeed 6 of the last 8 steel fabricators investing in STRUMIS have opted for the lease/purchase option providing financial and time saving benefits whilst paying a small monthly fee a win-win situation for the steel fabricator.

For more information on “STRUMIS Options” please refer your enquiry to sales@strumis.com or call +44 (0) 1332545800 for a budget quotation on how affordable STRUMIS can be.

  • STRUMIS Ltd are not FCA registered.
  • Genesis Capital (Financing & Leasing) Ltd. Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 679618
  • Minimum amount financed £2000.

 

To see how having STRUMIS could instantly save you money visit, www.strumis.com

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When the paper is piling up…

When the paper is piling up… when you can’t find the drawings you’re looking for… when you’re struggling to share the information on a project… STRUMIS is there to lend a helping hand.

For any project in the Steel Fabrication Industry, there is huge amount of data involved and hence data management becomes imperative. We estimate that every part or component in the Steel Factory will have over 10 pieces of documents including heat / cast references, material certificates, part drawings, assembly drawings, mill origin certificates, inspection reports, NC / CNC files and much more.

To manage this yourself is an enormous task, and can lead to an incredible amount of paper being used; which can be easily lost or misplaced.

Documents stored in STRUMIS provide evidence of documents under control. Failing to comply can cause fines, the loss of business, or damage to a business’ reputation.

The following are important aspects of document control within STRUMIS

  • Reviewing and approving documents prior to release
  • Reviews and approvals
  • Ensuring changes and revisions are clearly identified
  • Ensuring that relevant versions of applicable documents are available at their “points of use”
  • Ensuring that documents remain legible and identifiable
  • Ensuring that external documents (such as customer-supplied documents or supplier manuals) are identified and controlled
  • Preventing “unintended” use of obsolete documents

STRUMIS is not simply a tool that lets a user manage, access, track and edit information stored, along with it numerous features for Steel Fabrication management it completely eliminates the requirement for a separate data / document management software. The document management module within STRUMIS acts like an electronic cabinet that can be used to organise all paper and digital files for multiple projects being handled by the Steel Fabricator. You can combine paper to digital files and store it into a single hub after it is scanned and digital formats get imported. Web based document management software are becoming the staple of the industry and also a norm in many countries.

With STRUMIS, the fabricator has the advantage of sharing the required documents with consultants, customers and also within the team internally. As all the documents are stored on the server and not individual’s PC, it can be accessed via any computer on the network with an authorised login ID and password. There are restrictions and rules that can be set by the administrator for the documents that can be seen, edited, shared based on the designation, role and rights granted to that particular user.

To see how STRUMIS can manage your documents more effectively and efficiently visit www.strumis.com

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Only Enter Data Once With STRUMIS, No Matter How Many Pieces Of Software You Use.

STRUMIS prides itself on many things, it’s no secret that we work hard to deliver our customers world leading steel fabrication management information software.

A main aspect we take pride in is that we are able to streamline and simplify all of your projects. One way we do this is to create two-way communication between STRUMIS and 3rd party software.

This means that for key processes such as purchasing, inventory control and production tracking, the work only needs to be done once, and all the relevant information can then be synchronised in real-time between STRUMIS and compatible 3rd party systems, whether this be a company-wide ERP,  an accounting package or a timecard capture software. Beyond the time you can save using this integration there are other benefits such as reducing human errors in data entry.

Nobody wants to enter the same piece of information multiple times, in different formats, in different software, in different locations. So let STRUMIS and its integration platform do the work for you.

The STRUMIS Integration platform allows for the connectivity of external 3rd party data sources to communicate, mirror and link the data objects created or modified from within STRUMIS with any 3rd party data source real time by utilizing the SQL service message broker, and intercepting the events raised by the Notification Listener. Information created in other systems can also be imported into STRUMIS via a mapping process which validates to the xml schemas required for their business objects.

The STRUMIS Integration Platform installer comes pre-installed with a test harness, code samples and in-depth help file allowing 3rd party developers to hook into the capabilities of the Integration wrapper. The installer also includes three templates (Integration Console, Integration Service & Integration File Watcher), that we encourage 3rd party developers to use as a starting point for extending the functionality to meet any further or specific needs.

All three templates perform the same function as “engines” to start and stop the Notification Listener on the STRUMIS database. It is envisaged that the console would be used for development purposes and the service for system testing and production. The file watcher can be used to process incoming xml files located in the configurable input folders and output any outbound data into the configurable output folders.

The file watcher differs from the other two templates as no understanding of coding is needed, and it will process any inbound xml files that get copied into the input folders. Outbound xml files will only get created if you have selected ‘Notify on Insert’ or ‘Notify on Update’ against the required Business Objects in ‘System Integration Settings’ within StruMIS.

The new STRUMIS Web service architecture will slowly replace the Business Objects accessible from the Integration Platform as and when each Business Object gets exposed via the web services, eventually replacing the Integration wrapper entirely. This will further extend the Integration capabilities to end users that wish to incorporate 3rd Party notifications accessible via Web service calls in the same way allowing them to be viewed from any device that has web browser capabilities.

To see how STRUMIS can streamline and simplify your projects visit www.strumis.com 

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Structural Steel In High Demand

Led by the rebuild of Christchurch and a fast-growing Auckland, New Zealand’s construction industry is experiencing its busiest period in over 40 years, and structural steel is in high demand. Investment in innovative production methods and a modelling tool to match capacity and demand are backing this growth.

Today structural steel’s market share of the national multilevel construction market is more than 50%, and in Christchurch, due to its seismic performance, its share of the multi-level construction market has grown to almost 80%. This us up from virtually nil before the Canterbury earthquakes. The industry’s focus on innovation, particularly in steel fabrication, has driven this growth.

To see how STRUMIS can help your business with the increase in demand by streamlining and simplifying all of your steel fabrication projects visit www.strumis.com 

 

Credit to the SCNZ