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Shapes/Grades/Sizes – Adding Grating as a Shape

Adding new material Shapes, sizes and grades is easy in FabSuite.  There are many ‘place holders’ in FabSuite for many material shapes which may be used for adding new sizes.  Grating is one of these, as is expanded metal and checker plate.  These instructions were written to include the adding of a shape just in case that information is needed.  When using a ‘place holder’ item, users may only need to add dimensions, grades and pricing.

The steps for adding a new shape is as follows:

  • Open the window for Shapes/Grades/Sizes
  • Select ‘Shape Maintenance’ from the drop down menu
  • In the window for Shape Maintenance:
    • Add the new shape acronym, desription, select material group
    • Click to highlight the property format
    • Click to select the applications for Pricing, Weight and combining, then save
  • Return to the Shapes/Grades/Sizes window
    • Add material sizes
    • Add a material grade

In the Pricing Maintenance window:

  • Add the shape to Pricing Maintenace
  • Add combining sizes and pricing

In the window for Shape/Grade/Size Maintenance, you may find ‘place holders’ for Expanded Metal, noted as X – Expanded Metal (Std) and XF for Expanded Metal (Flat), Checker Plate noted as CP (CP – Chkd (Checkered) Plate and yes, Grating – GR and GRX – Grating (Heavy).

Click the Maintenance drop down and click to select ‘Shapes/Grades/Sizes’, opening the Shapes/Grades/Size Maintenance window.  There may be a selection for GR – Grating already loaded.  If using that entry, skip to the part of the instructions for adding Dimensions.  Continue from here if wanting to add a new shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some sizes may be hidden – click to uncheck the boxes for ‘Grades’ and ‘Dimensions’ to show the entire list.

When the window for ‘Shapes/Grade/Size Maintenance’ opens, a new drop down menu for ‘Shapes/Grade/Size Maintenance’ appears.  Click on it, and then click to select ‘Shape Maintenance’.  Click the ‘New’ button at the bottom left of the window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When entering a new shape, first enter the acronym of the shape to be used.  Any notation may be entered.  For this example, ‘GTG’ is entered.  Enter the Description (Grating) and then select a Material Group.  For Grating, use the selection for ‘Plate’.  The Material Group selection supports program calculation applications.

Click to highlight a display area Description.  This selection describes for the program how the data is to be entered.  For Grating, ‘Depth (in. 1/16) x Thickness (In. 1/16) x Width (in 1/16) is used.  Grating uses all three dimensions for Depth, Thickness and Width in inches and 16th of the inch.  The entry for ‘Length’ is needed so ‘Yes’ is the correct selection, ‘Property’ is ‘2’ for Unit Weight and the Surface Area is calculated per item ‘10’ for ‘2 x Width and Length’ allowing the program to calculate the paint area.  The selections for Property and Surface Area are identified by number, and are listed and described under the display area section.  All that is needed here is to click to highlight the Description to be used for the shape.

Click the drop down to select a ‘Price Format’, Weight Format and Combining.  Click to checkmark the box for ‘PDC – Piece Mark Required’ for these items are to have piece marks in Production Control.

When completed with entries and selections, click the ‘Add’ button at the bottom left to add the shape.  Congratulations!  You have just added a new shape!   Click the red ‘X’ at the top right of the window to close out the ‘Shape Maintenance’ window, returning to the Shape/Grade/Size Maintenance’ window to continue.

Add some dimensions. With the new shape highlighted in the left side list, click the button to the left of the word ‘Dimesions’ at the top center of the window.

Now that the new Shape has been added, we need to add some commonly used dimensions with weights.  With your new shape highlighted on the left side of the window, click the ‘Add Dimension’ button at the bottom center of the window.  All that is needed for now in the Dimension window is the depth, thickness and weight.  Metric applications will automatically populate.

In the Dimension window, enter ‘1 and 4/16 for the depth as 1 ¼, and then ‘3/16’ for the thickness.  Enter the Unit weight – for this grating it is 12.2# per square foot, so in the field for ‘Unit Weight’ enter ’12.2’.  Click ‘Save’ at the bottom center, returning to the Shape/Grade/Size Maintenance window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Grade – Click the radio button for ‘Grades’ at the top center of the window, click the ‘Add Grade’ button at the bottom, opening the ‘Grade’ window.  Type in the Material Grade, for this entry we used A36.  Click ‘Save’.  Click the red ‘X’ at the top right to close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning to the window for ‘Shape/Grade/Size Maintenance, the material grade entered is now the default. Continue to add any other sizes to be used.  When finshed, click the red ‘X’ at the top right to close.

Now that the grating dimensions and grade has been entered, add these items to Pricing Maintenance.  In Pricing Maintenance, the combining sizes and price per square foot needs to be entered to enable combining and pricing.

Click the ‘Maintenance’ drop down, and then click to select ‘Pricing Maintenance’, opening the ‘Select Supplier’ window.  Click to highlight a supplier (This example uses ‘Warehouse’).  Click the ‘Open’ button at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The window for adding pricing opens.  Click the ‘Pricing’ drop down, and then click to select ‘Add Sizes’, opening the ‘Sizes’ window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type to select the Shape and Grade in the window for ‘Sizes’, click ‘Add’.         

The message pop up will appear after the sizes are added to the shapes list in Pricing Maintenance, click ‘OK’.

 

Returning to the ‘Warehouse’ window, click the ‘+’ to the left of the new shape to expand.  Click the ‘+’ to the left of the material grade to expand the list of materials assigned to that grade.  Click on the shape itself to open the right side of the window to input the width (In inches) and Length (in feet and Inches) and then input the price.  Click the ‘Add’ button.  You now have material sizes for use with combining, and pricing per square foot.  Congratulations!  You are now complete!

To Summarize with adding a new shape:

  • Open the window for Shapes/Grades/Sizes
  • Select ‘Shape Maintenance’ from the drop down menu
  • In the window for Shape Maintenance:
    • Add the new shape acronym, desription, select material group
    • Click to highlight the propery format
    • Click to select the applications for Pricing, Weight and combining, then save
  • Return to the Shapes/Grades/Sizes window
    • Add material sizes
    • Add a material grade

In the Pricing Maintenance window:

  • Add the shape to Pricing Maintenace
  • Add combining sizes and pricing

Begin using your new Material shape and sizes!  It’s that easy, and the process becomes easier each time you try.  For Expanded Metal  (find acronyms ‘X’ and ‘XF’ in the list for Shape/Grade/Size Maintenance list) and Checker Plate (acronym CP) only material sizes and grades need to be added to Shapes/Grades/Sizes.  Then add them at pricing maintenance using these instructions.  Enjoy!

 

Written by Kerri Olsen

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