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Focus on Industry 4.0: Extended software for pipe profile cutting machines

Focus on Industry 4.0: Extended software for pipe profile cutting machines

Our new software for 3D profile cutting machines

Our 3D profile cutting machines make our customers` production processes more efficient. Our machine for the thermal cutting of 3D contours are not therefore isolated elements, but part of an integrated process chain. With our new 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 RB Compact, RB Watts, RB Classic and RB Heavy-Duty series of machines. The AlmaRobot® software is the basis for the PB Robo series.

PypeServer® CAD/CAM system for the RB Compact, RB Watts, RB Classic and RB Heavy-Duty series of machines

PypeServer® is a comprehensive CAD/CAM system for the purpose of modelling cutting geometries, for nesting numerous parts to be cut on a single pipe, for assigning cutting functions to one or several machines while taking into account their respective capacity, for keeping track of current working process stages at the machines and for calculating and representing cutting times and costs. PypeServer® also provides extensive reporting functions for calculation or documentation purposes. PypeServer® can run standalone as a software system for modelling pipes and the resulting cutting contours or can tightly integrate with company workflows by importing drawings from a variety 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 designers and detailers import jobs, design parts, and plan work. At the machine, machine operators nest parts on pipe and cut jobs.

PypeServer® modelling module

The PypeServer® modelling module permits independent production of pipe cutting contours represented in 3D with dimension contours. 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 can be developed in cooperation with the customers.

PypeServer® nesting module

Once all the parts have either been modelled or alternatively imported, PypeServer, with a single command, automatically nests the parts on a pipe. This algorithm for such optimal nesting 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® remotely can see the machine`s cutting progress. PypeServer® integrates software that can automatically print labels unique 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, tracking, inventory control, and post-job analyses.

Corobs® Macro-base programming for the RB Compact, RB Watts, RB Classic and RB Heavy-Duty series of machines

Besides PypeServer®, the machine computer also uses our Corobs® software. Through selection of a wide range of cutting macros, this allows quick preparation at the work station of the various cuts which are then directly performed on the pipe.

In addition to this, Corobs® offers various setting 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 PB Robo series of machines

AlmaRobo® is a comprehensive CAD/CAM system 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 architecture. In AlmaRobo®, data import from a CAD system, preferred from Tekla Structures, is followed by the automatic definition of the cutting curves and the associated creation of a cutting 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, the robot torch head and the workpiece before the start of cutting proper. The CAM-tools in AlmaRobo® are similar designed as in PypeServer®.

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