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BCSA Christmas Meeting 2017

STRUMIS will be attending the BCSA Christmas Dinner on the 6th of December to present the benefits of paperless manufacturing with MRP software.

The meeting will begin at 4.00pm at the Hallmark Hotel Derby Mickleover Court, Etwall Road, Derby DE3 0XX

http://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/derby-mickleover/map-and-directions

 

The after-dinner entertainer this year will be Duncan McKenzie, a footballing legend having played over 300 games and scoring well over 100 goals.  Duncan played for some big name teams such as Leeds United, Everton, Nottingham Forest.

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Time And Attendance

STRUMIS has partnered up with Roshtek Software Solutions to provide a ‘Time And Attendance’ add on to its world leading MRP solution.

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This proven and tested solution allows businesses to work within one space, removing the need for duplicate data entries. Therefore reducing the risk of human error, providing time and cost savings.

This solution captures STRUMIS’ existing job labour recording and provides seamless added functionality of attendance governance.

 

Features Include

·        Individual labour

·        Pre shift/post shift activities

·        Non-productive time

·        Seamless linking to payroll systems

 

To see how STRUMIS can benefit your company visit www.strumis.com

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Northern Weldarc

Driving Performance

We are delighted to announce that Northern Weldarc have purchased and started to implement STRUMIS into their business.

Northern Weldarc Ltd needed to leverage new and emerging technologies in order drive their performance in the Fabrication industry.  NWL engaged in a thorough research of all fabrication ERP technologies, to which STRUMIS provided the best solution for NWL due to the fact that the system’s functionalities are centric to steel production and is customising to different operation environments.  STRUMIS provides NWL with the ability to synergize core operational activities within Engineering & Design, Drafting, Estimating, Supply Chain Management, Production, Accounting, Project Management, Document Management, and HR Management.

Green Means Go

Northern Weldarc Ltd have commented “STRUMIS gave us the ability to get a job to the shop floor within a day of the job being given the green light to fabricate.” Which especially helped with their work on the Edmonton Police Station (EPS) Northwest Campus.

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This project involved the construction of a new Northwest Campus facility for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).  The Campus will bring together five key EPS facilities into one synergetic whole. The unique design will establish a presence into the city from the north that will create an urban edge in the surrounding community. The intent of the design is both to provide EPS with the infrastructure it needs to deliver its mission and to express the core values of EPS in built form.

With the implementation of STRUMIS, NWL was able to utilise STRUMIS modules to correlate operational activities from the design and engineering & drafting of the building, materials management, to steel production.

Within STRUMIS, NWL was able to load the building model into the system that allowed our engineering & drafting team to efficiently produce drawings required for the building entirely.  Drawings that were produced were then loaded into STRUMIS which was then utilised by the procurement and production team to produce Bill of Materials for procurement and create production schedules.

About Northern Weldarc

Northern Weldarc Ltd. (NWL), located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, is an industry leading Structural Steel Fabricator founded in 1971.  NWL is a family owned and operated business that has established a professional and working culture encompassing family values and traditions.  NWL specializes to serve customers in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, petrochemical and commercial industries, and is committed to the highest standard of workmanship, customer satisfaction, and above all, the health and safety of our employees, customers and contractors.

About STRUMIS

STRUMIS is an all-encompassing steel fabrication business management solution that harnesses the information flow and work processes through steelwork contracts between departments, suppliers and clients; from estimate tendering, through procurement and production into construction. STRUMIS steel fabrication management information software is for engineering and fabrication companies who are looking to implement a dedicated fabrication management information system to manage across all departments including multiple sites or even across supply chains.

All product and company names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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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