SteelOffice currently controls around 500 machines of various types, from a great variety of manufacturers.
NC data for parts can be created manually, or by importing parts with all relevant information (drill holes, marking text, contours etc) from CAD.
The range of NC-Machines which are controlled is constantly being expanded.
Controlling NC-Machines with SteelOffice provides the particular advantage that the entire process, from design (or CAD import) of the part geometry, via Production Lot management, to Nesting of the parts and beams. Nesting can switch seamlessly between machine types, and Technical Office and Machine Floor workers need only deal with one software, which can provide them with real time information on production deadlines, parts list weights, delivery notices etc. etc. SeelOffice naturally takes into account the specific production possibilities and restrictions for every machine, leading for example to different nesting results for different plate processing machines.
Swapping out one type of machine for another in the Workshop changes nothing in the general system - only the SteelOffice Post-Processor for outputting the NC code specific to the new machine needs to be swapped in.
The part geometry is entered into the system once, but its production can be carried out by several machines in a production line.
- ESAB plate cutting machine together with a FICEP plate punch
- PEDDINGHAUS plasma marker for beams combined with 2 parallel saw-drill machines, and finally an ABCM coper.
- Nesting maps usable for either of 2 KALTENBACH burn-drill machines, which are set up running in opposite directions.
Our powerful SteelOffice nesting program nests the available burning contours under the conditions specified by the user.
- Nesing in rectangular raw plates or user-defined remainder plates
- Nesting with or without web (and with or without common cuts)
- Parallel burners
- Rolling direction of the individual parts can be taken into account
- Nesting in inner contours
- Burn paths (including lead-in holes and paths) either manually or automatically
For beams, the data is taken directly from the parts list, and combined onto available raw beams taking into account kerf, clamps and multiple options (e.g. minimising drill changes).
Remainder plate management is available as an optional module. A plate remnant can be defined by the user drawing a poylgon in the nesting program, or automatically as the negative of a plate after its parts have been cut out.
Plate remnant management
For every industry standard NC machine for sawing, drilling and marking, NC data can be added to part in the parts list either by importing geometry data from CAD or by deisgning it directly on screen.
The machine operator or pre-production worker can combine parts directly on screen onto available raw lengths, or use results from length optimisation.
- Wagner / Kaltenbach
- Burkhard & Weber
All industry standard plate and angle punches are controlled, using all possible kinds of punches and blades.
Plate and angle punches
Plate parts (gusset plates, corrgated parts, flats etc.) can be imported from CAD or defined on screen, either manually or using the wide-ranging macro library. The parts can then be nested onto raw plates.
- Kaltenbach WBZ, KF
- Helpenstein PBB
- Peddinghaus FDB, FPB, HSFDB
- Ficep Tipo A/B, Gemini
- Voortman V320
The workflow is the same for all usual burn and cutting machines.
Machines with triple burner heads for bevels are also controlled.
Bridge cutting machine
The most challenging machine solution currently is the control of various coping robots, in combination with a drill machine or previous saw-drill machine. Without having to have already prepared macros, SteelOffice offers parts with arbitrary spacial contours.
Parts to produce can also be nested onto a beam, allowing common cuts to be carried out.
SteelOffice controls coping:
- combined in a drill-cope combination
- in cooperation with a separate saw-drill machine (e.g. an existing Peddinghaus saw-drill is given a new Kuka coping robot)
- for the coping machines ABCM and Ring of Fire from Peddinghaus
Coping machines and robots