Digital Fabricator

Continue the digital chain from engineering to construction through a transparent view of the spool fabrication process with our digital fabricator.

Technology has made every aspect of our daily lives substantially easier. Calendar notifications, reminders, news alerts, traffic forecasting- our devices can walk us through every step of every day. Advancements in tracking have even enabled us to follow the movements of our purchases. From check out, to receipt, to delivery - we are updated at every stage.

So why can't your fabrication process have the same visibility?

Fabrication is an important and often overlooked step in the complete process. With better use of the available digital information, this step can influence both the engineering as well as the construction processes. By leveraging the available digital information efficiently, opportunities are created for those companies that adopt such a strategy to achieve major efficiency gains and gain complete transparency within the process. This knowledge will not only reduce handovers since it is based on continuous usage of already existing data, it also allows for efficient project management due to newly created insight of the actual status of the project and its data.


What is digital fabrication?

In an industrial context, a digital fabricator strategy uses computer-assisted design, information management and materials management software to improve the fabrication workflow. New process, enabled by software, bridges the gap between contractors and fabricators, bringing everyone into a collaborative, up-to-date environment. This allows fabricators to quote accurately, improve schedules, make better use of materials and reduce time spent on manual data transfer.

How does a digital fabricator work?

"Digital fabrication is similar to other digital transformation efforts as it requires a fundamental shift in the way an organisation approaches people, processes and technology. It's best to start with addressing do you have the skills internally to manage new technology and are your processes ready to use new digital tools.

Once this is achieved and an integrated suite of tools is deployed, a digital fabricator will be able to drive up margin in existing operations through the reduction of waste and cost - at the same time, many other technologies, such as additive and subtractive manufacturing, and automated construction processes, can be deployed.

Finding the right technology partner is critical to guiding you through this process. And Hexagon PPM is here to help."

It's In The Numbers

Digital Fabricators can:

Cost Savings Calculator

Tons of Plate/Pipe per year Price of Material per Ton Material Savings (US Dollars)
Example 10,000 750.00 172,500
Your data

Efficient material utilization is a huge factor in a shop’s cost structure. Our customers have reported as much as 10-14% of purchased material can be wasted during a fabrication project. Digitalizing your processes can enable you to better manage materials across projects, which can have an immediate impact on your bottom line. Plug in your own data to calculate your cost savings.

**Note that savings here are for improved nesting. Additional saving are also made due to improved remnant usage.

For Pipe Shops

As a pipe fabricator, how often do you receive a request for a quotation or a purchase order but are unable to provide an accurate delivery date because you don't know if you have the materials in stock? You may not have the visibility of the upcoming workshop activities to know when you are able to fabricate the spools. Hexagon's Digital Fabricator solution enables you to have full visibility of your fabrication status at every step, ensuring that you have accurate and achievable delivery dates.

For Steel Service Centers

The success of a steel service business usually relies on speed and accuracy of quotations and time to delivery. But how often are you able to deliver by your estimated date? Hexagon's Digital Fabricator solution integrates with 2D/3D design, schedule, material management, and the machines on the shop floor. This allows you to manage the complete steel service center production process, starting from the quotation calculation and continuing through work planning, part production, packaging and delivery until final invoicing.

For Ship Yards

Yards often struggle with integration across the different departments needed in the fabrication process. Are you spending too much time and energy on work preparation because your engineering design information and project schedules are being manually updated on spreadsheets or on physical documents? The Hexagon Digital Fabricator solution delivers an integrated solution on one platform. Engineering design and project schedules are directly imported to the solution that automatically creates work orders with proper capacity and resource planning for the shop floor. We provide design data agnostic import capabilities as well as integration with standard schedule and ERP systems. By taking material availability, project schedules, resources and direct connections to fabrication machines into account, a productive and efficient shop floor schedule and a detailed fabrication plan is created for the shop floor and individual work centers.