Our solutions allow you to save steel at different levels. When you look at the price of steel, the company’s scrap rates and multiply them with the number of tons produced per year, it is easy to calculate the savings. This represents a significant margin for progress, especially in a sector where steel fabricators do not have a lot of leverage to reduce costs and thus achieve interesting margins.
Firstly, our section and plate nesting algorithms save a lot of material. Indeed, during production planning, they will position your parts to be produced in your bars and plate purchased from your suppliers, in the most optimized way possible. Moreover, our advanced integration with the machines allows these algorithms to nest with a perfect knowledge of the machines’ capabilities, which allows us to go even further in maximizing the use of steel. For example, for plate nesting, the algorithm will position the parts to make common cuts if the machine allows it. In addition to saving material because the skeleton will be reduced, processing times will be optimized because the torch will work less time. In the same way, for section nesting, the algorithm will be able to nest two haunches together to save steel, but also to optimize production times because only one miter cut will be made for both parts instead of two. Finally, the savings in consumables can also become significant.
Secondly, our solutions help avoid errors throughout the production process. For example, all parts to be produced are checked at several levels before being sent to production. In addition, programs are created automatically, which also prevents errors by operators who program manually directly on the numerical control. Finally, a number of features help to avoid errors on manual stations. For example, the scribing allows to know the positions of the secondary parts on the master parts. As this information is automatically marked on the parts by the CNC machines, the operators make sure that they do not make mistakes measuring the dimensions during assembly. Considering that all parts with errors will end up in the dumpster, waste can be quickly measured by multiplying their weight by the price of steel. Finally, in addition to error reduction, all of the above benefits result in considerable time savings.
Finally, the numerous reports you can edit in Steel Projects PLM showing, for example scrap rates, allow you to precisely quantify these material savings.