New solution, part of Intergraph's Smart Yard offering, controls all aspects of the module/block production process
LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Intergraph®, the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software for the process, power and marine industries, announces the release of Intergraph Smart™ Production powered by NESTIX, a new solution within its next-generation Intergraph Smart Yard offering. Intergraph Smart Production enables yards and fabricators to control the entire module/block production process from digital design to parts fabrication through the completion of subassemblies, pipe spools, panels and module/block assemblies.
The production-oriented solution contains all the work preparation, part nesting functions and Numerical Control (NC) generation, and load balancing in one integrated solution, to support lean manufacturing. Intergraph Smart Production features a unique bottom-up approach to control the fabrication shop. The solution has been developed in conjunction with leading yards and fabricators and incorporates production philosophies imported from the mechanical engineering industry, allowing continuous improvements.
Intergraph Smart Production integrates with Intergraph Smart™ 3D design, construction, material management and process machines on the shop floor to speed up part/piping/block/module production and prevent mistakes. The solution considerably increases material utilization and its design interface with the semi-automatic work preparation process helps to significantly reduce man-hours in the total production process.
Key features of Intergraph Smart Production include:
- Design/production assemblies – Using Intergraph's Smart 3D planning Assembly Hierarchy setup as the basis, the system visualizes in detail real-time production status compared to plan.
- Work preparation – Based on production routing and earlier established estimates Intergraph Smart Production allows back and forward scheduling based on available resources and capacity (load balancing). This allows the creation of an accurate work preparation plan.
- Nesting – Efficient material, remnant management and machine capacity utilization is planned in integrated Intergraph Smart Production for plate, pipe, profile and panel nesting with appropriate NC programming.
- Production scheduling – Just in time production scheduling is supported throughout the complete process, including assembly and sub-assembly stages using the part fabrication scheduling into account.
- Material management – Integration with SmartPlant® Materials to ensure materials and reservations in assembly production are managed in all assembly levels.
Intergraph Smart Yard leverages the engineering design basis to provide an extensive portfolio of integrated, pre-configured solutions addressing a yard's key work processes across the project lifecycle from design phase, fabrication and construction through the final handover, managing collaboration with materials availability, bill-of-materials (BOM) management, scheduling and simulation of the actual module assembly construction process.
Intergraph Smart Yard allows companies to consolidate their project information and processes and implement solutions that reduce the total cost and improve productivity. It helps to excel a project by providing continuous visibility into program performance to make informed decisions.
Stephen Furze, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine's executive vice president of Industry Solutions, said, "Intergraph Smart Production powered by NESTIX brings the principles of digital shipbuilding and offshore construction to fabrication shops. This specialized solution controls all aspects of the parts and module/block production process in ship and offshore yards into one integrated package. With Intergraph Smart Production, we now offer a complete solution through our Intergraph Smart Yard offering that supports all major processes within an offshore, shipyard or module fabricator."
Intergraph Smart 3D for the marine industry is the most advanced marine asset and ship design software offered in two decades. It is a next-generation, data-centric, rule-driven solution for streamlining marine asset design processes while preserving existing data and making it more usable/re-usable. Smart 3D is a complementary, full-suite solution that provides all the software capabilities needed to design and build a marine structure.
Smart 3D addresses marine engineering and ship construction requirements throughout the asset's life cycle. It provides a full range of flexible asset design, production, and life cycle management capabilities within a single integrated environment. It provides marine structure contractors, owners, and shipbuilding companies with better decision support capabilities to facilitate global design, production, and life cycle optimization – ultimately making them more competitive. Visit www.intergraph.com/products/ppm/smart_3d/marine for more information.
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The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering design tools for plant design according to its global market research study, "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure: Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2017."
NESTIX has over 30 years of experience in delivering software solutions for prefabrication shops. More than 90 shipyards worldwide are running NESTIX systems to control their part fabrication and assembly production. NESTIX has more than 450 customers in nearly 40 countries, and millions of parts are made using NESTIX software every year. The clientele consists of major ship/offshore yards, steel service centers, mechanical engineering companies and the steel construction industry, where more than 8,000 professionals are using NESTIX applications daily. For more information, visit www.nestix.fi.
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Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B; www.hexagon.com), a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.
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