Complete fabrication management for steel fabricators

Take charge of your fabrication process with Tekla EPM

The core of the Tekla PowerFab suite, Tekla EPM (formerly known as FabSuite) brings to the Tekla PowerFab bundle a complete software system that includes every functionality a steel fabricator could need: Estimating, Project Management with Scheduling, Production Control, Material Optimization and Inventory Control as well as Purchasing and Order Entry. 

From bidding the job to hanging the steel, it supports you with proven, industry-standard practices to deal with the challenges you face every day. 

Usability that supports your workflow
Each functionality seamlessly integrates with the others. Enter data once, and it moves smoothly through your entire workflow. Whilst built upon industry best practices, Tekla EPM is flexible by design so you can customize all operations to fit within your existing processes and procedures.

Tight integration with other software and equipment
Tekla EPM provides an open interface and is designed to interact and exchange data with various software systems. It offers interoperability with a number of valued compatibility partners. Tekla EPM, like all Tekla software products, also has an open API so that you can choose to build your own productivity tools. 

 

Estimating

Submit Solid Bids with Confidence

The Tekla EPM estimating capabilities give you the speed and accuracy you need to stay competitive and profitable in today’s market. Preparing bids is simpler and less time-consuming because tedious repetitive activities are done automatically.

The Tekla EPM provides unmatched takeoff entry speed by allowing each user to fully customize the layout of both display fields and data entry fields. What is even better, you can import a Bill of Materials from the estimate model created with Tekla Structures EPM Modeler or from any electronic source. The estimating functionality takes optimizing your material cutting into consideration for even greater savings.

With Tekla EPM estimating the workflow, you know that you have covered your costs and that your bid is solid, accurate and competitive.

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Project management

Detailed and Organized Project Management
The Project Management functionalities in Tekla EPM give your project managers complete traceability of important job and project information. Manage all the important contract information for your project, including Drawing Logs, Transmittals, and Requests for Information (RFIs). You can organize all your job specifications in one centralized location for quick and easy reference. You can also collect and store project notes from conversations, e-mails, and job site meetings.

You can automatically import Bill of Materials information, revision details, and drawings from any electronic CAD source. CNC files (CAM) + (DSTV) can be automatically downloaded from any CIS/2 compliant 3D detailing systems. Requests for Information (RFIs), Change Orders, and Transmittals can be created, logged, and tracked using the easy-to-use document control system. This helps to reduce the time required to maintain this level of information detail.

Answer Questions Before They Are Asked
Say goodbye to frequent questions: “Where is that drawing?” “Was it sent to the shop?” “Was it sent for approval?” “When was it returned from approval?” Eliminate these questions by keeping all relevant information in a centralized location, allowing the information to flow smoothly to everyone involved. Visualizing and sharing the progress information in the 3D model helps to move from reactive to proactive project management.

Quickly Generate and Manage Schedules
The advanced project scheduling functionality will revolutionize the way you schedule and track projects. Manage multiple baselines of the same schedule to do 'what-if' scenarios. Rivalling purpose-built project management packages, these scheduling features will make your job easier:

●    Adding links and dependencies between tasks
●    Viewing and manipulating multiple project schedules in a single Gantt chart
●    Overlaying the baseline values on the Gantt chart
●    Updating statuses with a single click
●    Viewing schedule historically to identify changes

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Production Control

Visual Real-Time Production Control
Your shop manager can efficiently route material and jobs through your production environment. The shop layout is represented virtually, allowing various types and sequences of material to be routed to the most effective workstations.

Track Material Easily
All job members can be visually tracked using production status window. You and your team can see individual pieces and assemblies, as well as entire projects or material across multiple projects. This helps keep workflow for your entire shop running smoothly and efficiently. Tekla EPM integrates with third-party barcoding software and scanners to save time and prevent data entry errors.

Route CNC Files Automatically
CNC files (when processed during import) will be automatically routed to their appropriate machine when prompted. No manual data entry by your line operators ensures that each piece is fabricated as instructed in the 3D model.

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Combining

Optimize Material Efficiently by Combining
Combining is our term for nesting of material. It combines the lengths of similar material together such as wide flange beams, angles, flat bar, round bar, channels, tube steel, and plates. The end result is to form the most economical cut for the material. Also, material costs and waste can easily be tracked.

Efficiently optimize large material lists to price, quote or buy. You can also produce multiple reports, such as a stock pick list, a detailed cut list, or Bill of Materials sorted list. You will get requests for quotation, automatically generate purchase orders, and reserve inventory for specific jobs all at the touch of a button.

Determine Best Material Usage
You can determine best material usage by setting a range of filters including material shape, description, drawing numbers, and/or sequence data, just to name a few. This helps you ensure that each piece of material is properly purchased and utilized.

 

Inventory Control

Track and Control Inventory in Real-Time
Get detailed tracking of your entire inventory, across all jobs and with real-time updates as a material is received and consumed in your workflow. Track all the items in your inventory by the job number, using standard steel nomenclature. Reserve items for specific jobs, or return them to stock if they aren’t needed for a current project.

Tekla EPM integrates with third-party barcoding software and scanners to generate labels for raw material and allow for automatic removal of inventory when labels are scanned during production. This tracks the usage of each piece and maintains full traceability of the material.

Comprehensive Reporting 
The Inventory Module maintains a complete history of your inventory and provides a wide variety of reports. You can print or view reports that show the quantity on-hand, the desired stock level, and the reorder quantity necessary to restore desired stock levels. The Stock Reorder List will notify you that certain items have fallen below the preset reorder level that you created. You can even revalue your drops, and return them to stock for later use while maintaining full traceability.

 

Purchasing

Purchase Material More Efficiently
Simplify your material requisition process by automating and optimizing the generation and tracking of purchase orders. The requisition can be generated automatically from information transferred from other parts of Tekla EPM – no need to re-enter the data. You can also import material requisitions from detailing programs (Tekla Structures, AutoCad, SteelCad, SDS/2, and more). Get a complete picture of the material you need to order or take from stock for a particular project and easily produce purchase orders. When ready to place an order, simply assign the appropriate requisition items to each purchase order. By grouping, the items requested you can obtain maximum economy and efficiency.

Control Costs
Powerful reporting tools make cost control and scheduling easy. Be certain that your organization is spending only what it needs to at any given time by ensuring that material has been delivered on time and is ready to use, determining costs of a project, and monitoring the long-term unit costs with vendors.

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Order Entry

Manage In-house Retail Operations
If you sell steel from your warehouse or shop, the only steel specific management software on the market helps you manage all tasks related to over-the-counter sales. You can create quick quotes, orders, delivery tickets, and invoices, with the order tied to inventory control.