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Windows XP Controller for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems


Controlled Automation has developed software for controlling steel fabrication machinery for over 20 years. Since the very beginning, all our controls have been designed to use a PC computer. This has proven over the years to be a very cost effective, reliable, and flexible platform for controlling machinery. The PC provides an environment that people are familiar with and a platform that can be maintained easily. Because of our unique software abilities, the need for extensive electronics and complex mechanics is minimized or altogether eliminated. The first of our control systems operated in a DOS environment, but today they operate in a Windows environment. Controlled Automation is still able to maintain the very first control system we released over 20 years ago and will continue to do so. As Controlled Automation continues to grow, so does our knowledge and experience. When this is applied to our software, it helps the fabricator get his job done quickly and accurately. With our expanding technology, Controlled Automation will continue to bring high quality, advanced software to the structural industry. With the development of wireless networks, hand held computers, and information systems we can now couple shop production to the office without having to transfer files on floppy disks or printouts. Controlled Automation’s cutting edge software abilities have made available what the fabricator has been waiting for – SICAM.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

One of the many optional features included in SICAM is its ability to manage production. Each and every part can be tracked through each phase of production. It also associates parts with their particular job giving you the ability to manage multiple jobs simultaneously with ease. At anytime, from any computer running SICAM, you will know what production schedules are running and their completeness. You will also know detailed information about particular parts, how many are needed, how many are in production, how many have been completed, and their storage location.

  SICAM software for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems

MULTING/NESTING

With steel prices higher than ever, optimized material usage is a great concern. Whether it’s beams, angles, plates, channel, or flat bar, SICAM can automatically group production using stock material for efficient material usage. You select the parts, quantities, kerf, and stock material and the multing software will give you the calculated mults. You can also mult manually, if desired, or modify existing mults. Plate nesting has a wide variety of optimization options from common line, chain, and cluster generation. Nesting plates has never been easier. Since SICAM production is contained in production schedules, all the user must do is select plate thickness and all parts with the same thickness for that production schedule are automatically loaded. With one click of the mouse, the parts are automatically added to the stock plate.

  SICAM software for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems

STANDARD PARTS

The idea of a standard part is nothing new, but we are the first in our industry to incorporate the idea in software. A standard part is simply a commonly used part for a specific application. SICAM identifies two types of standard parts - Company and Job. Company Standard Parts are specific to your company while a Job Standard Part is specific to a particular job. At any time you will know how many Standard Parts are in storage and their storage location. You will also know how many are required company wide, for Company Standard Parts, and how many are required for each particular job, both Company and Job Standard Parts.

PART PROGRAMMING

Programming parts has never been simpler than with SICAM’s intuitively designed part programming environment. It is designed to enter the parts quickly as they appear on a drawing and provide visual feedback to help check for correctness. Operations can be mirrored on a part, copied from flange to flange, programmed about centerlines, programmed from work points off or on the material, rotated, quick tool selection per surface, number pad input, quick part copy, custom patterns, and the list goes on and on. The user is able to rotate the material representation to match the referenced part drawing. With a single click of the mouse, SICAM’s auto dimensioning feature will place the dimensions of all operations that have been programmed on the part. This greatly reduces mistakes when programming parts. When the user needs to reference an operation from a point not on the material they can use a Work Point. A Work Point is a defined point at any coordinate which features can be referenced from. Quick tool select saves the users common tools for each surface to help speed up programming. Whether it’s modifying or creating a new part, the software selects the initial tools from previous history. For those users that rely on the number pad, operation patterns can quickly be added to the part by using only the number pad. Because many times the members on a part page are the same material type, our software offers a quick copy for the current part along with the ability to modifying the length, name, and grade. Needless to say, Controlled Automation’s part programming environment is a perfect balance between being feature rich and easy to use.

 

SICAM software for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems

FILE IMPORT

One of the most important features in today’s automated world is being able to import part information from a CAD system. The introduction of the company neutral DSTV format has made this much easier. We can import many different types, but the DSTV has become the industry standard. When importing a DSTV file into SICAM, the part or parts are put into the quarantine. There the user can make changes to the job, sequence, job page, and mark information that is stored in the DSTV file. After saving any changes, the part is assigned to the specified job. SICAM also has the ability to easily import your plate DXF files. Not only does Controlled Automation support every machine we have produced, our new SICAM package is able to import part files created by our legacy WinCAD and legacy CADCAD software.

 

 

SICAM software for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems

RUN QUEUES

Run Queues are designed to help manage the part production flow through the machinery. Each machine has its own run queue that the operator uses to see the production ahead of the machine. The part programs are made available to the machine operator through the run queue. The queues also helps eliminate paper work for the machine by making the work ahead of the machine available online. A run queue is made for a particular machine by giving the queue a name and dragging parts from production schedules. The operator will have the new run queue information available immediately. Not only is this good for the operator, but each time a part is completed in the queue, it is logged so the office personnel can get the completed time and location. Using the run queues, the production manager can gage the work load of different machines. If you have detailed plate with burned holes or slotted holes, the production management can selectively place the part in either a burn machine run queue or a plate punch run queue. The software will generate data appropriate to process the part on either machine. In the past, you had to cancel the production, reprogram the parts, and release new work orders.

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  SICAM software for Structural Steel beam drilling and punching machines, plate processing machines, high definition shape cutting machines, plate punching machines, high speed angle and flat bar processing machines and material handling systems

Controlled Automation Manufacturers of Structural Steel Fabrication Machinery and Controls
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