Comprehensive software support for
Shorter production time and lower costs = better quality
Our software solutions for machines and processes make our customers’ production workflows more efficient. Our machines for the thermal cutting of 3D contours are not therefore isolated elements, but part of an integrated process chain.
With our CAM modules, we are able to link our machines to upstream and downstream workflows to significantly reduce production time, material costs and errors.
The software PypeServer® and/or the macro-based Corobs® software are the basis for the MO Compact, Watts, MO Classic and MO Heavy-Duty machine series.
The AlmaRobo® software is the basis for the MO Robo series.
PypeServer® CAD/CAM system for the MO Compact, Watts, MO Classic and MO Heavy-Duty machine series
PypeServer® is a comprehensive CAD/CAM system for the purpose of modeling cutting geometries, for nesting numerous parts to be cut on a single pipe, for assigning cutting func-tions to one or several machines while taking into account their respective capacity, for keep-ing track of current working process stages at the machines and for calculating and recording cutting times and costs.
PypeServer® also provides extensive report-ing functions for calculation or documentation purposes. Furthermore, PypeServer® provides comprehensive reporting for downstream cost-ing and documentation purposes. PypeServer® can be fully integrated in a company’s work-flow as an autonomous software system for the modeling of pipes or by importing drawings from a multitude of CAD software systems.
PypeServer® offers rich data in SQL views that can be pulled into Excel and other tools for reporting, and into ERP systems or other data-bases. PypeServer® is typically run at both the machine and in offices. In offices, CAD design-ers and detailers import jobs, design parts, and plan work. At the machine, machine operators nest parts on pipes and cut jobs.
PypeServer® modeling module
The PypeServer® modeling module permits independent production of pipe cutting con-tours represented in 3D with dimension con-tours. To begin with, a cutting contour such as a saddle cut is selected. Then, only a few parameters need be entered into a pre-set mask to allow the cutting contour to develop automatically. Repetitive contours can simply be duplicated.
PypeServer® CAD import module
PypeServer® can import parts and complete design spools of most well-known software CAD systems such as Acorn, AutoDesk, Aveva, BoCAD, COMPRESS, Intergraph, Pro CAD, Pro Engineer, Ship Constructor, Solid Works or Tekla Structures. Custom importers for special CAD systems can be developed in cooperation with customers.
PypeServer® nesting module
Once all the parts have either been modeled or alternatively imported, PypeServer, with a sin-gle command, automatically nests the parts on a pipe. This algorithm for such optimal nest-ing can save up to 10 percent in materials. The pipe segments to be cut are then shown in 3D on the monitor.
During the cutting process, both the machine operator and those using PypeServer® in offices can remotely see the machines’ cutting progress.
PypeServer® integrates also software that can automatically print unique labels for each part.
PypeServer® and SQL databases
PypeServer® runs on top of SQL databases. These databases expose a rich set of data views for use in ERP, process management, inventory control, and custom reporting.
Our customers often integrate PypeServer® data with their ERP system, and also with Microsoft Excel to create custom live reports for job costing, scheduling and tracking, inventory control, and post-job analyses.
Corobs® macro-based programming for the MO Compact, Watts, MO Classic and MO Heavy-Duty machine series
Besides PypeServer®, the machine comput-er also uses our Corobs® software. Through selection of a wide range of cutting macros, this allows quick preparation at the workstation of the various cuts which are then directly per-formed on the pipe.
Page 24 shows the standard cutting macros that are supplied in a library with each machine. Page 25 shows a selection of special macros that can be optionally included in the standard library in accordance with customer needs or the branch of industry concerned.
In addition to this, Corobs® offers various set-ting options with regard to cutting parameters and other sequential parameters with a view to optimizing the individual steps in each case and also depending on the properties and quality of the pipe. These functions are also provided by Corobs® when PypeServer® is being used since the two software systems are interconnected and adapted to each other.
AlmaRobo® CAD/CAM system for the MO Robo machine series
AlmaRobo® is a comprehensive CAD/CAM sys-tem running on top of Alma software. This latter ranks as the comprehensive and leading CAD/CAM software for companies in the structural steel sector.
The cutting contours are generated with the aid of freely programmable software architec-ture. In AlmaRobo®, data import from a CAD system, preferably from Tekla Structures, is fol-lowed by the automatic definition of the cutting curves and the associated creation of a cut-ting file. AlmaRobo® then sets the start and end points for the cutting task. After this, the overall cutting process of a cutting file is simulated with the depiction of the machine and the workpiece before the start of cutting proper.
The CAM tools in AlmaRobo® have a design similar to those in PypeServer®.