Automated precast fabrication
With Tekla Structures you can efficiently deliver all types of precast concrete elements at the right time to the right place by integrating design and detailing with manufacturing, project management and efficient information sharing.
For the precast fabricators, the target is to offer functionalities to help to optimize the whole precast construction process from modeling to fabrication to site operations, minimize errors and waste in all stages and improve collaboration between project parties in design, production and site.
The offering consist of several product listed below.
Unitechnik (from the company Unitechnik) is the most common format for exporting precast and mesh geometry as well as production data. Unitechnik is for precast panels and slabs and other products that are manufactured in a pallet circulation as well as for reinforcement meshes.
The Unitechnik format is not used only by UniCAM but also by other industry solutions such as Leit2000.
Export to Unitechnik versions 5.0c - 6.1 are available in Tekla Structures core installation in the most extensive precast-related configurations.
ELiPLAN is an ERP software from machinery provider Elematic. The file format .eli also contains production data and geometry for CAM-operated hollow-core slab production.
Both EliPLAN export from and import to Tekla Structures are available in the Tekla Structures installation in the most extensive precast-related configurations.
HMS is a CAM software for hollow-core production.
The export to HMS software is included in the Tekla Structures installation in the most extensive precast-related configurations.
Reinforcement geometry can be exported to German BVBS (Bundesvereinigung Bausoftware) format. The result is a text file in ASCII format.
You can export cut and bent reinforcing bars, reinforcing bar groups and reinforcement meshes, which can be rectangular, polygonal, non-bent or bent, and may include cuts. The export of hooks is also supported.
The supported version of the BVBS format is 2.0 from year 2000.
BVBS export is available in Tekla Structures installation in the most extensive configurations.
UXML (from the company Unitechnik) is for precast panels and slabs and other products that are manufactured in a pallet circulation as well as for reinforcement meshes.
Tekla Structures supports exporting both to Unitechnik and UXML formats.
The data format of progress XML also known as PXML has been developed by Progress Software Development, which is part of precast solution provider Progress Group. Data format is based on hierarchically structured XML for the generation of data and production control and scheduling at precast or rebar prefabrication factories. PXML contains both the product geometry to be used in production and the attribute data for managing the related processes (ERP data). In particular, there are two different areas of application:
- interface between systems of different manufacturers
- internal (proprietary) storage of data of CAD/CAM systems
PXML is the main data format to bring design geometry between detailer's Tekla Structures and factory's Progress software such as ebos, erpbos, ProFit and AviCAD.
Precast planning tools
There are some precast planning tools available in Tekla Warehouse, such as:
- Palletizer: Practical, easy-to-use and efficient workflow tool for arranging different types of precast elements on production pallets.
- Stacker: Interactive 3D-model-based truck-load planning application helps you to efficiently plan the transportation units for optimal deliveries with less crane time needed at the factory and site.
For other concrete tools in Tekla Warehouse, see Concrete.