Graitec Launch – New Advance Workshop Console

The Workshop Console is a fantastic new tool that is now part of the Advance Workshop family. The new console adds additional sought after functionality which will be of great benefit to Steel fabrication and structures companies looking to improve tracking, control and productivity.

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Essentially the new console gives you the ability to save and monitor production activities that form part your daily workflow through a simple tool based on a QRcode/Bar-code management system.

Deployment options are flexible allowing companies to install the console in the best way that suits their existing IT structure. Advance Workshop Console can be installed directly on a server that then acts as a remote application for mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Alternatively, it can also be installed directly on a local PC installed close to your existing work centers.

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The main features and benefits of console are:

  • Useable on mobile device
  • Useable on Personal Computer
  • Easy and intuitive user interface
  • Use with 2D bar-code or QRCode
  • Production time registration with worker name
  • Product registration elements such as parts, assemblies and nesting
  • Discharge of stock items such as bolts and screws
  • Association of welding materials to assemblies for traceability
  • Printing of drawings/labels directly from reading the bar-code

An industrial PDA is used for tracking materials, Parts, EN1090 weld material and workshop personnel identification.

The QR code is readable from an in-house PDA via a program installed on the server to link the GRAITEC Advance Workshop database. You then just scan the code to see its contents. The QR code can include text, an address on the server, a storage address for plans and the content can then be transferred, printed. It is free to use.

With all these advantages and ease of use, using QR code for tagging is increasingly of interest to more and more industrial companies for reading and collection of critical information, collecting the data required for EN1090 processes or even the time recording of operators, welders.

About GRAITEC Advance Workshop

Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management software

GRAITEC Advance Workshop is a purpose-built, easy-to-use Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production. Manage stock, traceability, labour and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs – ultimately optimizing your total business performance.

GRAITEC Advance Workshop manages CNC Machinery and individual workforce alike making it adaptable to the needs of steel fabricators of all sizes and maturity. Read more…

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CE Marking Control and EN1090 – What Now?

As the CE marking control regulations have been in force in the UK for a good while now, it’s probably a good time to look back and see what it has changed for Steel Fabricators and Stockholders. I think most people now agree that although the process of getting accredited was tedious and bureaucratic, in the end it was actually quite useful for the majority of companies.

I think most people now agree that although the process of getting accredited was tedious and bureaucratic, in the end it was actually quite useful for the majority of companies.

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Video: Advance Steel Interoperability with Graitec Advance Workshop

This video shows how to quickly and accurately round trip fabrication information between Autodesk Advance Steel and Graitec Advance Workshop software. You will see:
– what information is exchanged between the two products
– how Advance Workshop utilizes this information in fabrication management
– how changes are synchronized and visualized using colorization of the 3D model in Advance Steel

Vernet Behringer choose Advance Workshop to promote their new range of CNC Machines for SME Fabricators

Vernet Behringer are holding open tech-days at their Dijon offices on 26th and 27th November to showcase their new HD-S compact marking-drilling and milling machine specifically targeted at lighter jobs by small to medium steel fabricators.

Vernet Behringer choose Advance Workshop to promote their new range of CNC Machines for SME Fabricators

The compact size of the HD-S alone makes this machine an attractive proposition for any SME steel fabricator looking to progress their business and take advantage of more automated processes. But the real power of the HD-S comes with its versatility. With a capacity of 400×300 mm and capable of milling, marking, drilling and scribing of H-beams, channels, flats, angles and hollow sections the HD-S delivers real value in all areas.

It was this versatility that Vernet Behringer’s Export Sales Manager Yannick BEAUCHAMP wanted to demonstrate when he invited GRAITEC along, with its steel fabrication management software – Advance Workshop, to connect with the HD-S machine and put it through its paces.

Mr Beachamp stated:Our Tech-days enable us to meet with interested parties from all over the world and show case our machines. The new HD-S is designed for smaller steel fabricators and we wanted to highlight its full range of possibilities; to show how such a compact machine could deliver high performance in a real-world scenario. We choose to invite GRAITEC, a leader in the structural market, to use Advance Workshop software to drive the HD-S so that visitors could explore its full range of capabilities in a live working environment.

With other machines on display including the FG Evo for drilling, milling, marking and deburring plates and gussets, the new RD-X plasma cutting robot arm and the HD-X Evo multispindle drilling-milling machine, Vernet Behringer open days are very well supported and more dates are planned next year to meet demand.

GRAITEC staff will be on hand to discuss Advance Workshop during the event.

Video: GRAITEC Advance Workshop Customer Success Story

Company: MPL s.r.l. – Italy

GRAITEC Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management software

Mr. Grimaldi, Production Manager:
MPL is a steel service center where we produce beams. […] Advance Workshop allows us to control the whole workshop. The orders from us have a maximum turnaround of 3-4 hours and without this software we couldn’t handle this.It has increased our ability to action orders. We were at 5% scrap. We are now at 3%. We have saved a lot of money!

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GRAITEC launches NEW Steel Fabrication Management Software, Advance Workshop

GRAITEC is excited to launch its new Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) – Advance Workshop 2016.

Advance Workshop: Steel fabrication production management software

Advance Workshop 2016 is an extremely versatile, well-rounded fabrication management solution (MIS), perfect for optimizing, controlling and managing every aspect of the process with high levels of accuracy and quality. Designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production including inventory management, traceability for quality control, human resources and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs – ultimately optimizing total business performance.

Advance Workshop manages digital manufacturing and production data, derived directly from the BIM model and uses this to simulate a “virtual workshop” ensuring all aspects of the production process are optimized, promoting a controlled and efficient steel fabrication facility.

This flexible software has the ability for full integration with high-end ERP systems and supports all major 3D steel BIM software including Autodesk® Advance Steel, with built-in drivers for major equipment manufacturers to completely support a BIM to fabrication workflow. More so, the bi-directional link available via the Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel, enables real-time production status to be tracked and graphically represented by color in the project model as each part progresses through production.

Advance Workshop includes several tools designed to assist throughout every aspect of the workshop process:

  • Simplified data management: Load, sort and manage project BIM and DSTV NC data with ease, from any CAD system
  • Automated job allocation and routing: Automatically detect, assign and route jobs across production facilities, including CNC machines, assembly, painting and loading
  • Streamlined process reduces errors: Built-in customizable templates with full support for barcoding helps minimize disruption and errors by tracking parts at every stage of production
  • Complete inventory management: Keep track of steel sections, sheets and fitting and even workshop consumables, reserve materials and manage supplier relationships
  • Optimize materials and minimize waste: Intelligent bar nesting reduces waste whilst increasing productivity as complete projects are processed and nested in seconds

Available in five convenient packages, including a lightweight DSTV viewer, Advance Workshop is professionally designed to meet the demanding needs of any sized steel fabrication business or steel service center. Visit the GRAITEC website for more information.

Manuel Rosolen, Production Manager at MAEG, comments:We chose Advance Workshop because of its capabilities as a tailor made solution for the Steel Fabrication industry. Advance Workshop allows us to be more competitive, with increased efficiency and material optimization for huge cost and time savings on our 90,000 ton annual production.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds:GRAITEC has spent almost three decades delivering professional technology and expert services to the steel industry and as a market leader, it is natural that we continue to deliver high-end fabrication solution to our customers. Advance Workshop MIS solution is a great way for us to show our commitment and add more value for our customers. GRAITEC is always quick to react to market needs and new industry trends, and with BIM adoption accelerating around the world, the need for intelligent and fully integrated BIM-to-fabrication solutions will become a necessity. Advance Workshop will be there managing high volume capacity and ever tighter deadlines.

GRAITEC’s First North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group

From June 09 to 11, 2015, GRAITEC is organizing its first North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.

GRAITEC’s First North American Autodesk® Advance Steel User Group

Supported by Autodesk and local industry specialists, the User Group aims to provide an advanced training to all GRAITEC Advance Steel customers. They will assist to technical presentations and experience Autodesk® Advance Steel and GRAITEC solutions 2016 versions. It will help them go deeper in some of the major functions and tools, get a clear understanding of the software’s full potential and interact with other industry professionals.

From June 09 to 11, 2015, the User Group will address a wide range of topics including:

  • Autodesk® Advance Steel 2016
  • Drawings Styles Customization
  • Management tools database
  • Stairs and Railings
  • GRAITEC Advance Workshop, the new MIS Solution for Steel Fabricators integrated with Autodesk® Advance Steel
  • GRAITEC PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel, the powerful extension designed to boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency.

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We look forward to seeing you there.