Material library and material management
In Steel Manager the entire material management with regard to stock and project material use is determined. Per company, the material library is standardised. The power of this is the obtained uniformity within one company. At the same time a list of synonyms has been built up, in this way incompatible data (from outside the company) are transposed into company-own terminology when entered. The database has an open structure, so materials can be added and properties per material can also be defined freely. Reading in and exporting the material library can be done by means of excel files. The material library is divided in 4 large groups
- profiles (length)
- plates (length x width)
- fixing articles (diameter and possible length)
- free articles (element-oriented and dimension-independant)
The material management is done from the stock database.
Specifically for steel construction, offcut management is available. It is very important that the history of the changes is maintained, each piece is traceable, both regarding origin and supplier. This is necessary to guarantee the quality. Within the stock, various states can occur: to be purchased, delivered, project reservation, position assigned to piece in stock, rest piece, waste. The stock window can be defined freely. In this way, only relevant information per project can be shown, e.g.
- grouped according to reserved project
- grouped according to expected delivery date
- grouped according to the machine on which the stock element has to be processed
- grouped according to planned processing date in the production
- grouped according to order form
- grouped according to stock location
- … imagine it and Steel Manager makes it come true.
In order to check how a specific project has to be realized, an automatic algorithm is
used to decide whether the basis material (profile or plate) has to be:
- taken out of stock
- purchased at a supplier using commercial lengths
- purchased at the mill with automatic calculation of the ideal lengths
purchased using position lengths, taking the sawing cost into account.