Direct Software Link Between Tekla and Maruhide Koki Pipe Coaster

5 July 2011

Tekla and Maruhide Koki provide an application called PIPELABO to create a direct link between Tekla Structures 3D BIM software and Maruhide Koki's Pipe Coaster HID Series machinery.

With an application called PIPELABO, the 3D building information modeling (BIM) data of round and square steel pipes designed in Tekla Structures software can be automatically transformed into pipe cutting data for Maruhide's Pipe Coaster machines. This enables labor and cost savings and prevents incorrect data at data entry. The solution has been available as of July 1, 2011.

Japanese steel pipe cutting machine supplier Maruhide Koki Co. Ltd signed a cooperation agreement with Tekla in June 2010, and since then the companies have worked together on software application development using the Tekla Open API™ programming interface.

“By utilizing Tekla Open API, PIPELABO can be used to create much more accurate calculations than before," says Hideo Seki, President of Maruhide Koki. "It has a number of features, such as selection of many ways required for the weld preparation, such as bevel angle and the method of bevel, as well as rebuilding of the assembly sequence. 

This is because cutting data is automatically and all at once transformed from a 3D model, including detailed data for every single item. Even with the diversification of recent pipe structural design, the complex process from design to cutting work can now be done more smoothly due to obtaining accurate cutting data. We have received many requests for a direct interface with Tekla Structures from our customers all over the world, and we believe that the completion of PIPELABO development can provide a significant technical innovation to the pipe fabrication process of many of our customers.”

“Maruhide Koki, who have been a world-class pioneer in supplying pipe cutting machinery for more than 40 years, announce that this software link enables a much more advanced 3D process of pipe cutting than before," says Shintaro Miyamoto, President of Tekla K.K. in Japan. “Tekla Structures links with various systems through Tekla Open API. Based on the many years of experience and knowledge of engineers and manufacturers in pipe fabrication, this new interface will certainly improve efficient, high-quality steel pipe production without unnecessary human intervention.Tekla will continue to support the realization of advanced 3D high-speed machining technologies together with Maruhide Koki."

With the recent spread of BIM worldwide, there have been many requests from the customers of Maruhide Koki to use 3D design information effectively in their production process, and this collaboration was achieved in response to their demands. Tekla and Maruhide Koki will continue to collaborate to provide products and services to enhance their customers’ business efficiency and competitiveness.

Inquiries for automatic pipe-cutting machinery:
Motoki Seki, Senior Managing Director at Maruhide Koki Co. Ltd.
e-mail motoki (at)

About Maruhide Koki
Founded in 1955. Maruhide Koki Co. Ltd.has since been developing and supplying 3D CNC pipe cutting machines, the Pipe Coaster HID Series, and various machine tools. The main products, Pipe Coasters, are delivered to over 25 countries and are contributed to major iconic projects of pipe structures, such as the expansion of Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport in Japan, Incheon International Airport in South Korea, and Bangkok International (Suvarnabhumi) Airport in Thailand, as well as to many other big projects, such as shipbuilding and large-scale steel towers.

About Pipe Coaster HID Series
Since 1993, Pipe Coaster HID Series have been active on various fields as a synonym for pipe cutters. They have obtained high evaluation from many Maruhide Koki's customers all over the world. Maruhide Koki will continue to offer a much higher future-oriented system that enables coping with, for example, complex pipe structures and piping modules. The series offer an abundant choice of models that can handle steel pipes from 34mm to 3000mm in diameter. These are all-purpose pipe cutting machines having a number of indispensable functions. 

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About Tekla
With its software, Tekla Corporation drives the evolution of digital information models and provides thus more and more competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. The company was established already in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries and a global partner network.

With an ambition to multiply its customers' potential to think and achieve big, Tekla provides an accurate, detailed, and data-rich 3D BIM (Building Information Modeling) software environment that can be shared by contractors, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers.

The highly detailed as-built structural models created, combined and distributed with Tekla BIM software enable the highest level of constructability and production control. Centralizing building information into the model allows for more collaborative and integrated project management and delivery. This translates into increased productivity and elimination of waste, thus making construction and buildings more sustainable.
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