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ENDUROHUB Portal Update January 2024

ENDUROHUB Portal Update January 2024

ENDUROHUB®️ is a powerful online application to provide the data to efficiently run a factory to manufacture light gauge steel frames. ENDUROHUB®️ converts files generated in the ENDUROCADD®️ software into files that can be made by ENDURO® rollformers following predefined rules to meet individual fabricator preferences to optimise productivity. Additionally, ENDUROHUB®️ includes features such as sorting fabrication sheets according to assembly sequence, organizing wall panels for efficient stacking on trucks, tracking production and assembly progress, and generating comprehensive reports.

This article describes three new features introduced to ENDUROHUB® in January 2024.

Improve safety by trimming the ends of the top and bottom plates to avoid any cuts caused by overhanging ends.

Generate Cuttings lists and Files for Production for assembly time logging and aiding organization of parts before assembly.

Copy and Customise System Reports instead of starting a report design from scratch.

Trim ends of top and bottom plates

In this iteration of the ENDUROHUB® application, we have incorporated a feature that allows for trimming the top and bottom plates by up to 3mm at each end. This functionality is intended as a safety measure to mitigate the risk of cuts in cases where plates protrude beyond studs.

To configure the trim distance for individual rollformers, navigate to Settings > Enduro Settings > Rollformers. Please exercise caution when utilizing this option.

Generate Part lists and Cutting lists

Did you know that the ENDUROHUB® portal can generate records for logging assembly time?
This feature was added as part of the Assembly Tracker system.

In this version of the ENDUROHUB® portal we’ve added the ability to include additional lists in the fabrication record.

Having these lists attached to the fabrication record ensures staff can organise parts before assembly activities start. This is potentially a big time-saver enabling assembly staff to focus on assembly and not searching for – or cutting – ancillary parts.

Copy and Customise System Reports

Previously, it was not possible to customise a System Report template. Now, you can open a System Report in the Report Designer then click Save As to copy the System Report and customise it for your own use. This is really handy so you can add your own logo, or even change the data that is shown in the report.

At Enduroframe, we are focusing on expanding the capabilities of ENDUROHUB® beyond cutting lists and provide metrics to aid scheduling and allow reporting on manufacturing processes.

Contact us today to learn how ENDUROHUB® can be tailored for your business needs.

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For students of our ENDUROCADEMY online training portal, there is an ENDUROHUB® Basics course available here

ENDUROHUB update Oct 2023

ENDUROHUB Portal update October 2023, R3-17

We’re very excited to share all of the new features available in ENDUROHUB® in October 2023. We believe this is one of the biggest releases of ENDUROHUB® since its introduction and you can see how it is taking shape to play a central role to manage your business, and have some really cool features that are only available in the ENDUROFRAME® Building System for Light Gauge Steel Frames.

Click on the link below to find out more information on this ENDUROHUB® Portal Update and detailed instructions on how to use the new features. ENDUROFRAME® Help System login is required for access.

High Accuracy Printing is here!

Over the last couple of months we’ve been doing testing on how ENDURO® Rollformers can accurately mark the locations of trusses on top plates. A huge thanks to Steer Manufacturing, Stoddarts and Centurion for the use of their rollformers for testing.

With this ENDUROHUB® Portal update the correct NC data can now be applied to locate trusses and rafters on top plates that can be accurately printed by ENDURO® rollformers.

This is a great example of the ENDUROCADD® Software, the ENDUROHUB® Portal, ENDURO® Rollformer HMI software, the PLC and Markem Imaje printers all working together to make it easier to install frames on-site. This has taken extensive research and development over several years to get all aspects of this process working. We believe this to be a world-first for steel framing system.

Rollforming data sent from HMIMk5 v6.0.7.0 to ENDUROHUB

In the most recent update to the ENDURO® Rollformers HMI software, HmiMk5 version 6.0.7.0, one of the big changes was to allow cutting list progress to be sent from the HMI to ENDUROHUB®. This ENDUROHUB® update is the second half of that work, to see the information from the HMI in ENDUROHUB®.

Assembly Tracking, Fabrication Records

While rollforming data is sent from the ENDURO® Rollformer HMI and reported in ENDUROHUB®, the new assembly tracking features in ENDUROHUB® allows data assembling walls, trusses and other ENDUROFRAME® Building System components to be collected and easily viewed.

The specification for Assembly Tracking features in ENDUROHUB®, including background information on assembly and fabrication metrics, and why it is important to your business is documented here, ENDUROHUB Assembly Tracker (ENDUROFRAME Help Center login required).

Step-by-step instructions on how to record assembly work in ENDUROHUB® is documented on this page, How to use the ENDUROHUB® Assembly Tracker(ENDUROFRAME Help Center login required) 

Make sure you attend the webinar!

Rollforming and Fabrication progress reporting

After the ENDURO® Rollformer operation software update, HMIMk5 v6.0.7.0, Rollforming progress reporting in the ENDUROHUB® Orders list is improved and more stable. Parts are highlighted green in Cutting Lists when they are completed.

When you upload assembly work information to Fabrication Records, this information is used for Fabrication progress.

ENDUROHUB Rollforming and Fabrication progress bars in the Orders list
ENDUROHUB Cutting List progress: completed parts are coloured green

Dashboard

With this ENDUROHUB® update, ENDUROHUB® managers will be able to view new Dashboard features which uses data sent from ENDURO® Rollformers, as well as data from the new Fabrication Records.

Dashboard: Rollformer Charts, Production Overview summary

The Production Overview Summary chart is now on the Rollformer Charts tab. This chart uses information from the HMI and reports on the rollformer run time.

Dashboard: Rollformer Charts

Dashboard: CutParts Charts, Meters Run

The Meters Run charts has been moved to the new CutParts charts tab. This chart uses information from the HMI and reports on the lineal meters rollformed over time. You can show different Product Codes e.g. C7575ra.

ENDUROHUB Dashboard: CutParts Charts

Dashboard: Fabrication charts 

Various summary charts of assembly data across all jobs are available on the Dashboard’s Fabrication Charts tab:

  • Number of Screws Inserted Per Work Man Hour
  • Total Screws assembled
  • Lineal m of product assembled per man hour
  • Total lineal m of product assembled
  • Meters of assembly per man hour (Wall length and Truss/Floor joist span)
  • Total meters of assembly (Wall length and Truss/Floor joist span)
  • Total hours worked
  • Number of fabricators
  • Break types

These charts use information added to an order’s Fabrication Records.

ENDUROHUB Dashboard: Fabrication charts

Click on the link below to find out more information on this ENDUROHUB® Portal Update and detailed instructions on how to use the new features. ENDUROFRAME® Help System login is required for access.

ENDUROHUB® Batching – Divide and Conquer!

ENDUROHUB® Batching - Divide and Conquer!

As manufacturing businesses grow, the cost savings that could be made by organizing manufacturing efforts grow. Methods that were once acceptable for smaller jobs become unmanageable in larger jobs (which are increasingly being undertaken by ENDUROFRAME licensees). This is where batching comes in.

One streamlining effort some licensees have chosen to pursue is to purchase additional rollforming equipment that is dedicated (for example) to truss components, and they also have corresponding downstream equipment such as truss fabrication tables.

This makes a lot of sense because the manufacturing cells can specialize in manufacturing trusses, and therefore truss fabrication itself becomes more efficient.

But in order for streamlining efforts such as this to turn into cost savings, a high level of organization is required to schedule production flows. Each manufacturing cell should be given what it needs in the optimal sequence and at the appropriate time, otherwise the potential efficiencies gained by specialized equipment can quickly erode away.

This is the fundamental purpose of Batching. It used to organize.

In the most simple terms, Batching is used to subdivide Orders into smaller “batches”, so that different parts of an Order can be manufactured:

  • On different machines,
  • At different times, or
  • In different sequences

It can also be used purely for organization purposes – e.g. some businesses prefer to divide an Order into Roof/Panel/Joist because it allows the scheduler to give simple verbal instructions to the Rollformer operator:

“Make the Roof now, we’ll do Panel and Joist tomorrow”

— scheduler

Without creating separate batches, the Rollformer operator has to make sense of this instruction from the schedule, and figure out which parts in a Cutting List should be rollformed and which should not.

What is a Batch?

A batch is a list of Parts. When an order is created, all parts are in a single “default” batch. But so as to better organize an Order you might choose to make additional batches and move Parts to them.

Each batch tell us:

  • Which parts are in the batch?
  • What sequence will parts within the batch be rollformed in?
  • On which Rollformer will those parts in the batch be made?

In the future, we may look at adding date/time scheduling to ENDUROHUB, so a batch would specify when parts would be made.

Common Uses

There are many scenarios where batching can be helpful. Some examples of where batching could be used:-

  1. You want to make all of the walls and floor joists for level 1 but not for level 2 as they do not need to be delivered until next week.
  2. You want to group all of the C90 1.0mm studs from a single job into a batch so they can be rollformed after another job that also has C90 1.0mm studs.
  3. You have several rollformers that are dedicated to manufacturing certain parts. For example; truss chords will be made on one machine, but webs will be made on another rollformer from longest to shortest.

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