Manage cut lists

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Manage cut lists

You can create, modify, and delete cut lists for all existing production control jobs using the Cut Lists dialog box. You can also lock cut lists and create cut list reports in the dialog box.

To access the Cut Lists dialog box, do the following:

  1. Click the Maintenance ribbon tab.
  2. On the menu, select Production Control > Cut Lists.

    The Select Production Control Jobs dialog box opens.

  3. Do either of the following:
    • Click the arrows on the right side of the Job Group lists and select the job groups whose cut lists you want to adjust.
    • Click the arrow buttons to move the jobs whose cut lists you want to adjust to the Included list.

      To select multiple items, hold down Ctrl.

      To select a range of subsequent items, hold down Shift.

  4. Click OK.

The Cut Lists dialog box opens, displaying the cut lists related to the jobs that you selected.

The items in cut lists are highlighted with green, yellow, or red:

  • Green: Item completed
  • Red: Item needs attention. For example, the item can be past the assigned due date.
  • Yellow: Item needs attention. For example, the item may be missing information or need validation.

You can limit the visible cut lists by selecting a job, shape, main mark, piece mark, sequence, or lot by clicking options in the navigation tree on the left.

The combining result for which items have been purchased needs to be reviewed to verify that the saved cutting patterns are still valid. Items may need to be recombined. After recombining, the changes need to be saved to the current cut list.

Create a cut list

  1. Go to Maintenance > Production Control > Cut Lists.

    The Select Production Control Jobs dialog box opens.

  2. Select the production control job for which you want to create the cut list and click OK.

    The Cut Lists dialog box opens.

  3. In the dialog box, click New Cut List.

    The Production Control Purchasing Report Filters dialog box opens.

  4. Select the items that you want to include in the cut list:

    When you are creating a new cut list, Tekla PowerFab by default filters the items in the new cut list so that only items that are not yet assigned to a cut list are included.

    1. In the Production Control Purchasing Report Filters dialog box, click Reset to reset the default filter.
    2. To limit the items included in the cut list, select a filter type in the Type list, and click Select.
      The Filter dialog box opens.
    3. Click the arrow buttons to move the items that you want to include to the Included list..
    4. Click OK.

      This returns you to the Production Control Purchasing Report Filters dialog box.

    To further limit the items in the cut list, repeat substeps b to d or all necessary filter types.
  5. Click Make Report.
  6. In the Report Progress dialog box, click Save To Cut List.
    The new cut list is saved.
  7. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.

View the details of a cut list

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, select the cut list whose details you want to view.
  2. Click Details.

    The Cut Lists dialog box opens.

  3. Click the cut list item whose details you want to view.
  4. Click Details.

    In the Cut Lists dialog box, you can also select to cut or delete a cut list item.

  5. When you have viewed the item details, click the Close button (X) to close the item details.

Swap a cut list item

Before cutting a bar, it is possible to select an alternative from the inventory, if the original bar is not available.

Items with no combining details of different lengths are available along with all inventory items that are the same length. Items of different length that have combining details are not available for selection. Once you have chosen, the new bar length is displayed as the material to cut in Tekla PowerFab and Tekla PowerFab Go.
  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, click Swap Material.
    The Available to Swap dialog box opens.
  2. Select the desired bar and set the quantity.

    Optionally, select Use Grade Substitutions to use other suitable grades.

  3. To complete the swap, click Swap.

Cut a cut list item

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, select the cut list whose details you want to view.
  2. Click Details.

    The Cut Lists dialog box opens.

  3. Click the cut list item that you want to cut.
  4. Click Cut.
    Note: The required materials need to be in stock.
  5. In the Material used, define properties for the used material.
  6. In the Drop section, define the drop properties.
  7. In the Piece Tracking section, define the user who cut the item, the hours used, and the batch ID.
  8. Click TFS.
The item is taken from stock and cut according to the properties that you defined. The production control job is updated with the date/time stamp of the cut, and the Status column is highlighted with green.

Change the name or required date of a cut list

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, select the cut list whose name or date you want to modify.
  2. Click Update Cut List.
  3. According to your needs, do any of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Change the name of the cut list
    1. Select Set Description.

      The Enter Value dialog box opens.

    2. Type a new name for the cut list.
    3. Click OK.

    The cut list name is updated in the Cut List column.

    Change the required date of the cut list

    1. Select Set Date Required.

      The Enter Value dialog box opens.

    2. To open a calendar for selecting a date, click the arrow on the right side of the field.
    3. Select the new required date in the calendar.
    4. Click OK.

    The required date is updated in the Date Req column.

Validate cut list items

When material changes occur, items in the Val Req column may be highlighted with yellow. This means that you need to verify that the items still work with the cutting details, or validate the cut list.
  1. Double-click the cut list that contains items that need to be validated.
  2. Select the items that you want to validate.
  3. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Validate.

Tekla PowerFab validates the cut list.

If stock lengths no longer work with the combined parts, the items in the Val Req column are highlighted with red.

Re-validate cut list items

If the Inval column is highlighted with red, you need to re-validate cut list items.

Re-validating parts consists of uncombining the purchased materials and recombining them to correct the cutting details. Depending on the changes that have occurred, you may need to combine the items to a different or additional stock length of materials.

  1. Double-click the cut list that contains items that need to be re-validated.
  2. Select the items that you want to re-validate.
  3. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Re-Validate.

Lock or unlock a cut list

Locking a cut list prevents additional material from being nested onto the expected drop of stock used on that cut list.

In the Cut Lists dialog box, do either of the following:

  • To lock a cut list, select the cut list and click Update Cut List > Lock

    When a cut list is locked, its name in the Cut List column is highlighted with red.

  • To unlock a locked cut list, select the cut list and click Update Cut List > UnLock.

Share or unshare a cut list

In the Cut Lists dialog box, do either of the following:
  • To share a cut list to other users, select the cut list and click Update Cut List > Share.
  • To stop sharing a cut list to other users, select the cut list and click Update Cut List > Unshare.

Export cut list to DSTV+

If you have enabled the DSTV+ integration, you can export cut list information as a .zip package of CNC files that follow the DSTV+ file standard.

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, select the cut list that you want to export.
  2. Click DSTV+ Export.
  3. Browse to and select the folder where you want to export the files.
  4. If necessary, change the file name.
  5. Click Save.
    The cut list information is exported to the selected folder. You can see the export status in the Status dialog box.
  6. To close the Status dialog box, click OK.

Next, you can extract the files from the .zip package and import the files to the relevant machine, so that the machine will know how to cut the related parts.

View, print, or export cut list reports

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, select the cut lists for which you want to create reports.

    To select multiple items, hold down Ctrl.

    To select a range of subsequent items, hold down Shift.

  2. Click Cut List Report.
  3. In the Report Selection dialog box, click the report that you want to view or print.
  4. According to your needs, do any of the following:

    To

    Do this

    View the cut list report

    In the Report Selection dialog box, click View.

    The selected reports opens in Tekla PowerFab Report Viewer.

    Print the cut list report

    1. In the Report Selection dialog box, change the number of the printed copies by clicking the + and - buttons.

    2. If necessary, click Select Printer, select which device you want to use for printing, and click OK.

      You can also select Default Printer to always use the default printer with this report, or No Printer to reset the current printer.

    3. Click Print.

    4. Click Yes.

    Export

    1. Click Export.

    2. In the Export Format list, select an export format.

    3. Click Browse.

    4. Browse to the location where you want to save the exported file, and click Save.

    5. Modify the file name according to your needs.

    6. To attach the exported file to a Microsoft Outlook email and send it to a recipient, select the Attach to Email checkbox.

    7. To open the file after exporting it, select the Open Exported Document checkbox.

    8. Click Export.

  5. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.

Delete a cut list

Deleting a cut list is permanent and cannot be undone.

  1. In the Cut Lists dialog box, click the cut list that you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete Cut List.
  3. In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes to permanently delete the cut list.
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