AUTUMN 2008 - Peddinghaus Corporation



AUTUMN 2008 - Peddinghaus Corporation
Process Minded Means Profit Margins
Schuff International, Inc.
(OTC: SHFK) and its family
of steel companies, is the
largest steel fabrication
and erection company in
the United States.
Offering integrated steel
construction services
from a single source, the
32-year old company is
experiencing record
growth with major
projects in progress
throughout the country.
Professional services
include design-build,
design-assist, engineering, BIM participation,
3D steel modeling/detailing,
(L-R) Scott Schuff, President & CEO Schuff International;
Ryan Schuff, President & CEO Schuff Steel; and Dave Schuff, fabrication, advanced
field erection, joist and
Chairman of the Board Schuff International.
joist girder manufacturing, project management, and single-source steel management systems.
Major market segments include industrial, public works, bridges, health care,
gaming and hospitality, convention centers, stadiums, mixed-use and retail,
transportation, and international projects.
See full story on page 4
Schuff International, Inc.
An Interview With Robb Waldrep,
Vice President
Partners of Peddinghaus
In today’s steel market fabricators
need to control costs and rethink
their processes to stay competitive.
For some this may be a call to
action but for others it is
territory already covered
and solutions have been
(L-R) John, Terry and Ted Peshia;
Garbe Iron Works; Aurora, Illinois.
See full story on page 20
The Power of Family
You often read about family owned companies in our industry. In fact these private
firms are a mainstay in the steel fabrication
and construction industries. But have you
ever experience a family atmosphere so profound that after just a few minutes, you felt
like you were indeed part of the family —
and part of the business? By the end of your
visit with the folks at Northern Weldarc, you
will understand that blood is thicker than
water — and steel builds the future.
See full story on page 24
Oktoberfest Returns
Peddinghaus Hosts Festivities in
New Expanded Facilities
Garbe Iron Works
(L-R) Zeljko Lepki, Gayle Saprunoff and
Shane Saprunoff; Northern Weldarc;
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Northern Weldarc, Ltd.
Then & Now
Getting To Know…
Process Minded Means Profit Margins
Michael Sharp, Peddinghaus
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Embrace Technology‚ Before it Squeezes YOU
I have always thought that the term “embrace technology” has a rather odd connotation. Who wants to hug a
new laptop computer or cuddle a microprocessor? But we all know the definition is to openly engage in using
new technology — and welcome it into your life — and business. Today, it is a matter of financial survival.
Lyle Menke
Proud Past —
Profitable Future
As you all know, I am one of the
many Peddinghaus “old timers”;
in November I celebrate my 27th
anniversary with the firm. During
This Steel Fabricators’ Review edition is filled with Peddinghaus’ Oktoberfest information. You will see pages
dedicated to new technology: machine tools, software, electronic, plasma – but don’t become jaded. Through these
printed pages – and by attending the Oktoberfest Open House –valuable informational technologies that will
navigate your company through the unknown future can be easily obtained.
But as I use the term “Open House” I realize
Oktoberfest has become much more than that.
With the wonderful cooperation and assistance of
our industry partners, Oktoberfest has become a
true “Global Industry Event”. We are truly grateful
for the industry leaders in detailing/BIM software,
tooling, nesting software, plasma cutting, MRP
software and electronic technologies to join us for
this event. Each of these firms brings a high level of
technological expertise dedicated to the structural
steel and heavy plate fabrication industries.
that time, I have witnessed many
business cycles in the structural
Get a Crystal Ball… Better Yet, Learn from the Experts
steel market. Some ups and some
downs — but one thing remains
constant: the companies that
embrace new technology are the
ones that weather the storms and
All of us at Peddinghaus are so
pleased with the participation
of our business partners at
Oktoberfest because they share
our enthusiasm for the future of
the steel construction industry.
What is most gratifying to me is that these industry
leaders — and Peddinghaus business partners, freely
share their product knowledge with all attendees. Our
partners realize that sharing technologies is an advantage for all of us who participate in the marketplace.
They unselfishly explain their vision of the future in
their particular field of expertise from software to
plasma to tooling to electronics. New technologies
lead the way.
If you look at the “line up” of presentations for
the Oktoberfest Seminar, you cannot help but be
impressed with the message these industry leaders
are bringing.
This is just a random sampling of what
to expect from these industry leaders —
and Peddinghaus business partners.
• Big Tonnages in Small Shop Spaces
• Fabrication Technology –
Use it Today, Plan for Tomorrow
• Plate Nesting Software –
Solutions the Reduce Scrap
• Fabrication Information Management
• BIM and Interoperability
• Plasma Technology and the
Structural Steel Market
• Increasing Profitability for the Small and
Medium Sized Fabricator
AISC Addresses Oktoberfest
As an industry, we all battle alternative construction methods, and we share in the
congratulations to the AISC for increasing market share over concrete on our behalf.
The past couple of years have seen significant enhancement.
That leads me to another great Oktoberfest presentation: AISC management people will
present “A Futuristic View of the Market” at Peddinghaus. We thank them for their active participation, assistance,
and guidance. We also thank John Cross, V.P. Marketing for the AISC who will not only speak at our seminar, but
will also assist the local symphony in their performance on Wednesday night. Don’t miss it!.
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Fall is back!
As I am writing this article, Summer is fast coming to a close.
The kids are coming back from summer camp, and are getting ready
to return to school. Vacations are winding down for many people,
and it seems that everyone is getting back in the “swing of things”.
Anton Peddinghaus
Oktoberfest Countdown…
In Bradley, I know that things are definitely in
“full swing”. Why? In the past issues, I have
touched on the issue of Oktoberfest, and in
Bradley and Andrews, SC the countdown has
begun. As of this writing, we expect 1,500 to
2,000 guests to enter our doors for this
Oktoberfest Global Industry Event.
As the CEO, I first of
all want to thank
our wonderful, loyal
customers who
consistently support
us, and make these
types of industry
events possible.
I wish to also thank all Peddinghaus employees
who have worked tirelessly to make Oktoberfest
a success. When you attend, you will witness
five (5) new products under power. These range
from our new high speed plate machine and
beam drill lines to new saw and angle processing
to the Ring of Fire — bigger and better than
ever! These newly developed prototype machines
carry the next generation of Peddinghaus
machine tool expertise for the industry.
As you know, we have moved into our new
45,000 square foot manufacturing facility, but
much more has been growing in Bradley. We
have completely renovated our offices — from
Customer Service to
Engineering to
Accounting — everything is “spruced up” for
our Oktoberfest guests.
I have to admit one thing about Oktoberfest
though, when we started planning a few months
ago, it seemed like a fairly simple task — now, I
wake up at 1 a.m., “What was I thinking six
months ago?”
Share Thoughts, Share Ideas, Share Jobs
— at Oktoberfest
I know your calendars are always full, but I
urge you to take a couple of days from your day
to day routine, and take an opportunity to look
at the international “big picture” of structural
steel construction.
Keep Your E-mails Coming
I am deeply moved by the many e-mails that
I have received from you in our industry concerning the editorial in our last issue. Though
the market may be a bit uncertain at this time,
many of you are taking the opportunity to truly
examine your shop production methods.
At Oktoberfest you will have the opportunity to discuss our industry — from shop practice to market opportunities
with some of the top fabricators in the world:
They have built the magnificent skyline of Dubai
Who hasn't looked at the “Bird’s Nest Stadium” and wondered at the
steel framework
Busily preparing for the 2012 London Olympics
Petro-chemical to stadiums to school construction: They all attend Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest is the only world wide event totally
dedicated to the structural steel and heavy plate
fabrication markets. We focus on steel construction and the industry that we all serve.
Call Tami Day at 815. 937. 3800 ext. 210 or
[email protected] for your room
reservation, so you will have time to enjoy
everything that Oktoberfest has to offer from
machines to seminars to entertainment.
Speaking of entertainment, we have booked
something for everyone to enjoy: classical music
by the Kankakee Symphony on Wednesday; the
unsurpassed Lou Holtz on “Vision for Success”
on Thursday, the Pendragons — straight from
Las Vegas to magicians, extraordinaire, and on
Saturday, the BareNaked Ladies, a world
renowned band for everyone to enjoy. Oh yeah,
we may throw some fire works in along the way.
When was the last time, you enjoyed a personal
venue with this type of
entertainment? Does
anybody remember
As stated many times, your shop layout is
the most vital aspect of shop profitability,
and Peddinghaus has added knowledgeable
personnel, who know steel construction and
fabrication. Not just hole drilling, but painting,
welding, blast cleaning, etc. everything for the
fabrication shop.
Make your dream of increased profitability a
reality with improved methods and new
technology. I know of two separate fabricators
who took this path of making a shop investment
now, and their return on investment was
nine months.
Toast with a “Half Full Glass”
at Oktoberfest
You know me by now, I am the
eternal optimist. I end my articles
with the same comment about looking
at the glass as always half-full. Please come
to Oktoberfest and join me in a toast to the
accomplishments of the greatest industry in
the world - steel construction. I am proud that
together we all make the world's skyline
possible. Don't worry, after our toast, I'll fill
your glass to the top!
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An Interview with an Industry Leader
Schuff is responsible for shaping much of the Las Vegas skyline – and now has a state-of-the-art office complex there.
About Schuff International, Inc.
Schuff International, Inc., which is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, owns and operates eight steel fabrication plants and two
steel joist manufacturing plants. Companies include Schuff Steel Company located in AZ, NV and CA; Schuff Steel-Midwest
Division located in Overland Park, KS, Ottawa, KS, and Denver, CO; Schuff Steel-Gulf Coast, Inc., located in Houston, TX;
Schuff Steel-Atlantic, Inc., located in Orlando, Fl, Albany, GA and Atlanta, GA; Schuff Steel Management CompanySouthwest, Inc., located in Gilbert, AZ; and Quincy Joist Company located in Quincy, FL and Buckeye, AZ. Schuff employs
approximately 2,000 people throughout the country. For more information, visit The following is from an
interview with Robb Waldrep, Vice President of Schuff International, Inc.
Company history: When was
Schuff founded?
Schuff is a third generation operated company.
Dave Schuff and his teenage son Scott founded
the company in their garage in 1976. Today the
company has emerged as the largest steel fabrication and erection company in the United States.
Scott Schuff is president and CEO of Schuff
International. Inc. and his son, Ryan Schuff,
is president and CEO of Schuff Steel Company
located in AZ, NV and CA. Dave Schuff
is chairman of the board and still works daily
at the company’s corporate headquarters in
More detailed history from Robb Waldrep:
Schuff Steel was founded in 1976 by Dave
Schuff (father) and Scott Schuff (son). Initially,
the company self-performed erection but subcontracted their steel fabrication. In 1985 they
had the opportunity to acquire the Marathon
Steel plant near downtown Phoenix, AZ and
recognizing the opportunity, Dave and Scott bet
the business and bought the Marathon facility.
Behind the capacity of this plant, they ventured
into territories beyond Arizona, including
Nevada and California. By living its credo of
“We Make it Happen”, Schuff Steel was able to
grow into the premier fabricator/erector in the
Southwestern U.S. By 1995.
The Schuffs were fairly certain that they knew
the recipe for success in the steel business, so
they took a chance and acquired another
competitor in Gilbert, AZ, nearly doubling their
fabrication capacity. The results were fantastic,
giving them confidence that they could
effectively grow the business through strategic
acquisitions. In 1998, Schuff Steel took the
company to Wall Street, using the proceeds to
acquire successful steel companies in Florida,
Georgia, Texas, and California. The idea was to
diversify geographically by buying quality
companies throughout the sunbelt. This would
help enable Schuff to weather swings in local
economies in addition to strategically aligning
the company to service the lower half of the
continental U.S., an area that was projected to
see continued growth.
One of the companies acquired in 1998 was
Quincy Joist Company, a successful joist manufacturer in Quincy, FL. Immediately following
their addition to the Schuff group, plans were
set in motion to expand Quincy’s services to
the west coast. In 1999, Quincy Joist opened a
new plant facility in Buckeye, AZ to service
the western U.S. Effectively managing all of
these different companies posed some logistical
challenges so in 2001, Schuff International
was created to serve as the parent company
for the Schuff group in order to oversee
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University of Phoenix Stadium
corporate operations.
In 2001, Schuff Steel Management Company
was created in an effort to better compete on
smaller projects while still providing clients with
the best service. Located in Gilbert, AZ, Schuff
Steel Management Company manages steel
projects with the proven Schuff tools and
systems but operates without in-house fabrication or erection capacity, instead subcontracting
this work to other qualified vendors.
President and CEO of Schuff International,
Scott Schuff, always embraced technology as a
necessity for success in the steel business, constantly looking for ways to make the company
more efficient and more competitive.
Recognizing that construction was heading
towards a design-build/design-assist delivery
method, Scott determined that Schuff would
need to become a leader in these methods and
in 2003 he launched the Schuff Design Group.
This in-house team of engineers and designers
focus on creating the most efficient steel designs
possible by taking into consideration the project's specific requirements and construction
plan. Led by Jay Allen, a nationally recognized
structural engineer, the Schuff Design Group
has become a huge success, helping general
contractors and owners save millions of dollars
over the past five years.
In 2005, Schuff International purchased the
former Havens Steel plant in Ottawa, Kansas as
a means to expand its reach into the Midwest.
In 2007, Schuff opened a new fabrication plant
near Flagstaff, AZ to further expand capacity
and service the CA market better, particularly
Northern CA. In 2008, Schuff opened its
second plant in Houston, TX to service the
needs of the growing industrial/energy markets.
How has your market changed
and how has the company evolved
from its founding?
Schuff Steel Company originally started as a
turnkey steel management company. As the steel
market became more competitive, Dave and
Scott Schuff realized the advantages of providing
integrated steel construction services from a single source. Today Schuff offers clients
design-build, design-assist, engineering, BIM
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This stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals and the 2008 Superbowl, Schuff spent years in the planning and
fabrication of the steel roof and roll-out field. The entire project was modeled in XSteel which then provided the
opportunity to take the CNC programming directly to the Peddinghaus equipment. In February, 2005 Schuff performed
a record roof lift, 5,400 tons, the largest such lift in North America.
Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
This stadium, completed in 2001, provided its own challenges to the Schuff team. As with many sporting venues, the
traditions of the past could not be forgotten. In this case that meant that mock-up sections of the steel risers were
required to make sure that the new field would create the same atmosphere for the fans.
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Constructing the first retractable roof baseball stadium in the United States meant that there wasn’t a road map to follow. In
addition, this field would be the first ballpark to feature natural grass in a retractable roof stadium. Building the trusses on
the ground and lifting them into place was one of the many critical challenges overcome by the Schuff team. “One of the
other challenges was that I had to drive by daily and drop off drawings”, says Scooter Esmeier, VP of Production for Schuff.
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Continued from page 5
participation, 3D steel modeling/detailing,
fabrication, advanced field erection, joist and
joist girder manufacturing.
From a physical standpoint, Schuff expanded
since its founding and now operates eight
steel fabrication plants and two steel joist
manufacturing plants. This geographical and
market diversification has helped Schuff remain
profitable even during economic down-turns
over the years.
Another driving force behind Schuff’s evolution
and ultimate success is our investment in
advanced technology and our innovative
approach. Schuff's use of technology has
allowed the company to grow 40% without
increasing staff. This is extremely important in
an industry where the pool for skilled labor
is shrinking. Without implementing our own
proprietary software, other advanced technological systems and equipment such as Peddinghaus,
Schuff would not have been able to accomplish
sustained growth, while remaining profitable.
the increased cost of energy are all critical issues
facing the steel industry today.
Schuff also has one of the most comprehensive
design/build departments in the industry. When
Schuff is involved in the preconstruction phase
of a project, our design/build team has the
potential to save our customers substantial
amounts of money through value engineering
and innovative construction techniques.
Utilizing our design/build services and lean
delivery methods, we can also streamline the
construction schedule.
A need to be more efficient and precise can
help combat these issues.Technology and the
movement toward 3D modeling is changing our
business for the better. We are able to construct
extremely complex projects in significantly
shorter timeframes.
What do you think of the industry today?
And where will the industry have to go
The price of steel, economic fluctuations,
unprecedented worldwide demand for steel and
All markets benefit from advanced technology
and information sharing. There is an emphasis
on green or LEED™ building, which will be
able to expand more rapidly than past
construction trends because of BIM and the
other technological advancements.
Those companies who fail to adapt to
technology will soon be left behind. There’s no
such thing as standing still in this business. Steel
companies are either adapting and moving
forward or slowly becoming obsolete.
(Albany, Georgia facility – 102,000 square feet)
(Gilbert, Arizona facility – 145,000 square feet)
Chad Goss, Plant Manager at Albany Georgia, next to their new PCD 1100.
Rob Sampson, Plant Manager at Gilbert, Arizona, next to their FPB 1500/D.
(Flagstaff, Arizona facility – 132,000 square feet)
(Houston, Texas facility – 104,000 square feet)
Pat Denbo, Plant Manager at Flagstaff, Arizona standing on the bridge of their ABC-1250.
Eddie Gonzalez, Plant Manager at Houston Texas, next to their new BDL 1250-510 Band Saw.
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What new technology or positive
industry developments have you
experienced recently?
Schuff has embraced technology to increase
efficiencies throughout each stage of a project
starting in the design phase. Using our own
proprietary software, in addition to other leading products on the market, Schuff has built
technically challenging projects that would have
been too costly and time prohibitive to build
just five years ago. A perfect example is a project
we just completed, The Crystals at CityCenter,
the largest privately financed project in the
country. Without advanced software, specifically
3D modeling, this project would have been too
expensive and time consuming to construct.
The Palazzo
What do you say about an almost 70,000-Ton project? Other than “wow”! Some of the notable trivia items are that
the steel was fabricated all over the United States, All of the Schuff plants had their hands in the completion of
this behemoth of a project. There were 13 acres of steel being covered, (yes, acres)! In that acreage there are over
50 stories above ground and 5 below with no available room on-site to store materials.
Schuff is also a leader in Building Information
Modeling (BIM). Chris Fischer, Business
Systems Development Manager for Schuff
International Inc., is an expert on BIM and has
been instrumental in developing a comprehensive program for Schuff. Additionally, Chris
speaks at a number of organizations throughout
the country on BIM topics.
In addition, Schuff has developed Schuff Steel
Integrated Management System (SSIMS).
SSIMS is a proprietary system that utilizes 3D
modeling along with our key business tools as a
means to increase project efficiency through
real-time reporting. Unique to SSIMS and
Schuff is the company's ability to track every
piece of steel used on a project starting with
procurement, through fabrication to project
completion. Every piece of steel is barcoded and
tracked at each phase of the project. SSIMS has
created more precision scheduling for project
management teams and has freed up valuable
time as it eliminates company-wide calls to
Schuff's fabrication plants on the status of each
project’s order.
Throughout the construction phase, SSIMS
tools visually depict a 3D model that illustrates
exactly where and what steel has been installed.
SSIMS enhances monitoring, scheduling and
helps prioritize construction methods. It also
helps the general contractor and others involved
on a project visualize the cost and scheduling
implications of design revisions. This gives the
team the ability to make the best decisions for
how to accommodate those revisions. By visually
depicting a project and its development, everyone involved can view the project’s progress, in
addition to challenges caused by outside factors.
At Schuff, we encourage and solicit innovation
from all levels of the company. We dedicate
teams throughout Schuff to research new concepts and ideas. We also encourage each of our
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Paris Las Vegas / Eiffel Tower Replica
It can be a daunting task to replicate an icon of international fame. It is not likely to be repeated. In Las Vegas, of
course, there are always the other considerations of how quickly you can get the task done. The fact that it could be an
impossible to do in the first place is not an option in Las Vegas. A cross-section of the legs of the tower form a rhombus shape assembled on a curve, not exactly an everyday type of structure. Without the advanced 3D/BIM modeling
tools of today, the entire structure was modeled using only Autocad. Without the 3D, imagine the difficulty of creating
fixturing for the legs. Special tooling was devised to use with the Peddinghaus anglemaster to create the appearance of
rivets with the modern technology of a TC bolt.
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Fabrication Information Modeling
and why it’s important for
Building Information Modeling.
How can the often complex structural steelwork supply chain be organized to the benefit of
all involved, enabling the necessary individual competitive advantages throughout contracting, while delivering complete project management facilities to the Engineering team? The
answer lies in a very real and direct implementation of the long expounded BIM or Building
Information Modeling concept.
It is clear that the immediate future lies in specialized industry de facto and best of breed
databases that integrate as far as possible and inter-communicate across the entire supply
chain. With this in mind and as a result of unique positioning and significant knowledge of
the structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication industries, AceCad has developed a
complete single source solution from engineering design through detailing, fabrication and
ultimately erection. This solution, which AceCad has called Fabrication Information Modeling,
has been brought about through best of breed integration of StruCad, the Worlds leading 3D
structural detailing system and StruM.I.S .NET, the ultimate fabrication management system
for steelwork contractors.
Benefits specifically to the engineer include integration with leading analysis systems for
instant CAD model import, coupled with advanced connection design to facilitate realization
of cost effective connections rapidly, without multiple RFI and variations - to the mutual satisfaction of the architect, engineer and fabricator. With automatic fabrication and general
arrangement drawing production, freeware model and drawing collaboration and CNC data
generation, the project can be managed more effectively. This project management is taken a
step further through production, as the data generated from the 3D model populates the
management information system needed for multi project fabrication – the circumstances of
most steelwork contractors. From estimating and tendering, through to purchasing and
stock, nesting and routing, the system facilitates all the tasks of the steelwork contractor.
With bar coding, budgetary control and analysis, coupled with instant reporting, progress can
be monitored from anywhere in the world over the internet. The entire production process
can be tracked real time in the 3D model, such that an enquiry may be made of any component by any member of the project team and the exact status revealed. With integrated erection and phasing facilities, detailed planning of complex sites in combination with freeware
model viewing tools enables complete assembly clarification.
Fabrication Information Modeling brings benefits across the supply chain to each function,
while facilitating rapid detailing completion and the industries leading automatic drawing
production. Together with efficiency and productivity advantages across the entire production
process and complete project management and collaboration tools Fabrication Information
Modeling is the off the shelf solution of the future – available now!
Come learn more about FIM at this year’s Oktoberfest where AceCad Software will be exhibiting and presenting!
Using BIM to Build Better Software
While the Building Information Management (BIM) concept
has been talked about in the industry for years, different
industry organizations have distinctly different BIM definitions. Despite the lack of a
universal definition, however, the main goal of BIM is the same: to reduce the loss of information as the project moves through each phase, from initial planning to facility operation.
A common BIM misperception is that true information sharing between project partners can
be achieved by buying the right software. But BIM is not using a single software application
in all facets of the project; at its core, BIM is a collaborative process that enables project
partners to work together.
Bridging the Information Gap
The advent of CIS/2 and IFCs have enhanced – or at least allowed for – communication
between software, and SDNF, KISS and other material exports have helped stem the tide of
information loss. But currently, true round tripping between software – eliminating any information loss – is not feasible. As data and models are exchanged between project partners,
there is no way to keep the information as updates and changes are made to the model.
With six distinct stages on a project – planning, design, detailing, fabrication, construction
and building use – the potential of information loss from one stage to the next is great. In
its ideal form, BIM would be used to bridge the information gap by enabling all members on
a project to add to a fully relational digital model without data loss.
Building with BIM: In an ideal BIM environment, the line between project phases –
and project partners – blurs over time as
knowledge grows. The end result is cost
and time savings as projects are streamlined.
For the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las
Vegas, Nevada – designed by architect
Ronald Rosell of Gehry Partners –
Connected Structural Group imported the
layout into SDS/2 to use as an overlay as
they worked on the model. This improved
accuracy and reduced error by eliminating
repetitive input.
Building BIM from the Ground Up
Design Data pioneered the concept of importing and exporting data to and from other
software products. Today, SDS/2 still provides more links for more data than any other CAD
system in the steel industry. Yet it is more through partnerships, communication and coordination – and less about what software is being used – that interoperability can be achieved.
Design Data is applying that BIM approach to enhance software that further facilitates
communication between all project partners.
Are you IN?
That's the philosophy behind the Interoperability Network (IN), a Design Data-hosted event
created to bring together major players in the structural steel industry. The objective of this
development-driven forum is to discuss interoperability and develop new ideas between
software developers that will further advance project collaboration.
IN will include booths that allow companies to speak directly to users, as well as collaboration tables that enable the attending companies to work together. The end result will be
software that improves interoperability through all phases of a project.
Some of the companies who will be attending this year’s Interoperability Network include
Peddinghaus, Autodesk, Controlled Automation, FabSuite, FabTrol, Shop Data Systems and
Vernon Tool.
Learn More about BIM
Design Data will be speaking about BIM at Peddinghaus’ Oktoberfest celebration on
Thursday, September 25th at 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 27th at 11 a.m.
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Improving Speed and Efficiency
in Steel Fabrication
FabSuite is a steel fabrication management software
program that can help you improve your speed and
efficiency with regards to the every day challenges that you face as a steel fabricator.
FabSuite will help support you in the job/contract bidding process, job input, production and
shipment, piece tracking, purchasing, inventory control, and job cost accounting processes
that every steel fabricator faces on a project. Each program can be customized to your
specific needs to make FabSuite more usable for more people. FabSuite delivers a smooth
and continuous flow of information from a project's inception all the way through its final
completion and job-costing.
Hypertherm Plasma — PAST — PRESENT —
and Future! See it at OKTOBERFEST!
Peddinghaus and Hypertherm have been in partnership for over a decade. Their engineering
teams continually work together and develop plasma cutting solutions to keep customers
competitive in the structural steel markets.
Plasma’s changed a lot over the years. Early plasma systems had issues with cut quality,
consumable life, and reliability. But not any more. Today’s plasma is markedly different from
the plasma of yesterday and for the most part, those differences are due to the efforts of one
company: Hypertherm.
Many consider Hypertherm the world leader in plasma cutting technology. The company,
which makes all its products right here in the United States, devotes more resources to plasma research and development that any other company. The number of advancements made
by Hypertherm during its 40 year history are too long to list – the company holds at least 75
patents-but it includes technology aimed at making plasma cutting better, faster, and less
expensive for people. For Hypertherm, it all comes down to reliability and performance.
“We know the reliability and performance of our systems has a direct impact on the success
of our customers,” said Hypertherm president Dick Couch. “If our systems aren’t the best
they can be, our customers aren’t as profitable as they could or should be.”
The gold standard for mechanized plasma today is Hypertherm’s patented HyPerformance
plasma. Hypertherm currently offer two models-the HPR130 and HPR260. HyPerformance
plasma is different than conventional plasma in that it can cut the same thickness at faster
speeds using less than half the power of a regular system. One of the most remarkable things
about Hypertherm's HyPerformance plasma however is its cut quality. The edge angularity of
metal cut with HyPerformance plasma is so good it meets ISO cut quality standards, the same
standards used for laser cutting. Furthermore, the dross that forms on the underside of the
cut is nearly nonexistent, so shops don’t have to spend a lot of time on secondary operations.
Hole quality is another area
where the evolution of plasma is quite apparent. The
ability to cut perfectly
round holes with no lead-in
divot and minimal tapering
has long been a difficult
achievement with plasma
cutting systems. Not anymore. A coordinated effort
between the part program,
the CNC controller, the
torch height control system
and the plasma make it possible to cut perfect holes. By combining a little art and science,
Hypertherm is able to cut very nice holes in steel plate.
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Hypertherm continues to invest in the future with projects that will further improve the
capabilities of its plasma cutting systems. Engineers are working tirelessly on technology
that will enable consumables to last even longer than today. Efforts are also focused on
creating tighter cutting tolerances and improved beveling capability. Hypertherm also
remains focused on making systems that can cut even faster thus reducing operating costs
even more.
the tool. Carbide is extremely brittle, so unwanted tool movement will cause insert breakage.
For comparison, Super Cobalt is 3-5 times tougher than carbide grades developed for ferrous
alloys. Obviously, environmental conditions can have a great effect on the performance of
carbide tools.
For users of these higher performance machines, AMEC offers the GEN3SYS® Drilling
System. This unique high performance replaceable tip drill delivers 30-50% higher penetration rates versus other replaceable tipped products. GEN3SYS® inserts are AM200® coated
for maximum heat resistance, allowing for increased tool life. These tools are made of C1
carbide, the most forgiving grade available. GEN3SYS® holders are available in 3, 5 and 7
times diameter lengths allowing the user to choose the right tool for the application. This
unique holder also offers a cylindrical shank to minimize tool run out.
High reliability, near perfect cut quality, fast cutting speeds, and longer consumable life
mean businesses can get more done in less time which ultimately means more money at the
end of the day. Perhaps that explains why more of the world’s cutting tables come equipped
with Hypertherm than any other brand.
Hypertherm representatives will be at the Peddinghaus Oktoberfest for the entire week.
Make sure you stop by their booth to see the latest HPR plasma technology.
As you can see, there are a lot of choices in the types
of drills that are used in your beam and plate manufacturing. The correct drill matched with the correct
machine will allow the user to maximize output while
minimizing downtime and tool failures. You can talk
to your Peddinghaus distributor, Engineering
Representative, or AMEC for assistance in selecting
the right tooling. Because the right tool can simplify
the most challenging jobs.
Cutting Tool and Machine Developments
Increase Production
Over the past 3-5 years, there has been a revolution of sorts in the structural beam machining industry. New drill designs, coatings and the introduction of carbide to this industry have
literally cut drilling time by over 50%. In order to do this successfully, the design of the
machines has been enhanced to increase rigidity and spindle speed.
On the cutting tool front, the development of high
performance replaceable tipped drills has allowed
fabricators to maximize the throughput on their
existing beam and plate drilling machines. Most of
these tools are made from Super Cobalt, with TiAlN
coating. Super Cobalt is a grade of high speed steel
that offers good tool wear without sacrificing too
much toughness. There is, however, a trade off
between wear resistance and toughness. When
wear resistance is increased, toughness goes down
proportionately and visa versa. The TiAlN coating allows for better tool life in the mist
coolant applications commonly found in this industry. TiAlN is the standard coating for the
Super Cobalt substrate utilized in AMEC's T-A® Structural Steel Drilling System products.
With the recent introduction of higher performance
beam and plate drilling machines, such as
Peddinghaus' BDL line of machines, the structural
fabricator can utilize carbide cutting tools. The advantage of carbide over high speed steel is the increase
in wear and heat resistance that carbide offers.
Carbide allows the user to run 30-50% higher spindle
speeds while increasing tool life of the drill insert.
In order to successfully use carbide, machine rigidity and tool run-out are of the utmost
importance. As discussed earlier, the higher the wear resistance, the lower the toughness of
SigmaNEST is the leading CAD/CAM automatic nesting and NC programming software for
profile cutting, punching, drilling, and combination machines. SigmaNEST offers packaged
solutions tailored to particular manufacturing and business needs, as well as add-on
functionality to automate many processes on the shop floor, including Solid CAD translators,
inventory control, and work order tracking. In addition, SigmaNEST offers a DSTV file
converter, as well as a custom designed post processor for Peddinghaus Plate Processors.
SigmaNEST is translated into many languages and supported locally around the world.
Visit SigmaTEK during the Peddinghaus Oktoberfest or go to for more
Photo courtesy of Valley Iron
This combination is the right choice for machines
that are more than 3-5 years old due to the spindle
speeds used (commonly under 1000 RPM) and other
environmental factors. Another option that is available
to customers using these machines for holes greater
than 5/16” deep would be AMEC's GEN2 T-A® Drill
Insert with AM200® coating. This product allows
longer tool life by offering unique geometry features
that extend life, while improving hole quality. AM200®
coating offers increased heat resistance over TiAlN,
further extending life. Since these inserts are made of Super Cobalt, they also offer the
toughness required to survive the harsh beam drilling environment.
SigmaNEST Software
Company History
SigmaTEK Systems, LLC is headquartered
in Cincinnati, Ohio - close to the heart of
the US manufacturing industry. SigmaTEK
also has facilities in Australia, China, India,
Italy, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain,
and the UK, along with an extensive distributor network. SigmaTEK was founded by a group of manufacturing and engineering CAD/CAM
experts with many years experience in the field of optimization and automation. The first
SigmaNEST software package was installed in 1992. Since its formation, the company has
experienced steady growth. Today, there are more than 6000 SigmaNEST customers worldwide. SigmaTEK is able to finance significant R & D investment out of its own resources and
venture capital. The development staff includes a high proportion of graduate engineers with
extensive experience in the industry. SigmaTEK has approximately 100 full time employees.
SigmaTEK Systems produces the highest quality software technology.
Kevin Keane, OEM Technical Manager of SigmaTEK, will be presenting information at
Oktoberfest on the cohesiveness of SigmaNEST for plate processing, in particular the
Peddinghaus family of plate processors. SigmaNEST's easy-to-use interface takes advantage of
the sophisticated features the Peddinghaus Plate Processer offers. Key topics include automation of the programming process, part and job tracking, as well as stock library utilization.
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(Phoenix, Arizona facility – 400,000 square feet)
divisions to take ownership for its company. As a large corporation, we need
to retain a degree of standardization but realize that each division intimately
knows and understands its geographical area. With that said, we are always
open to different views on how to improve and grow further.
When did you purchase your first Peddinghaus machine?
Schuff Steel purchased Marathon Steel in 1985. Part of the purchase
included a Peddinghaus machine that Marathon had purchased in the early
1980s. This machine excelled when increased productivity but consistent
quality was paramount. Since then, Schuff has purchased many more
Peddinghaus machines and they all have delivered just as the first one did.
How has purchasing Peddinghaus machines impacted your company?
According to Chris Fischer, Business Systems Development Manager for
Schuff International Inc., Peddinghaus has allowed Schuff to increase the
amount of steel fabricated while simultaneously decreasing the amount of
rework because of the machine’s superior accuracy.
Rick Vogt, Plant Manager at Phoenix, Arizona, next to their FDB 2500.
(Orlando, Florida facility – 144,000 square feet)
The equipment has also helped Schuff grow with less skilled labor. This is
extremely important in an industry where the pool of skilled workers is shrinking. In some cases, Peddinghaus equipment can perform the work of five to six
men. Because skilled workers in our industry are extremely valuable, Schuff
does not displace employees; we retrain them to perform other activities.
Technology and the superior Peddinghaus equipment have also improved
project schedules. Equipment speeds up the fabrication process, which in
turn, affects a project's completion date.
The ability to deliver projects in an accelerated timeframe is a tremendous
competitive advantage in the construction industry.
Name one item about your company (or yourself) that most people
are not aware?
Mike Hendrix, Plant Manager at Orlando, Florida, next to their BDL 1250 /3.
Most people are not aware that Schuff International, Inc. and its steel companies, is the largest steel fabrication and erection company in the United
States, with 2007 revenues in excess of $730 million.
(Ottawa, Kansas facility – 154,000 square feet)
Unless a client, general contractor or engineer has worked with Schuff,
many companies are not aware of our design/build capabilities and the cost
savings our expertise brings to a project. Under the leadership of Jay Allen,
executive vice president of sales and engineering, Schuff has one of the most
comprehensive design/build capabilities in the country.
Innovation and progress have kept Schuff growing when others were in
decline. Schuff continually strives for ways to improve the fabrication and
erection process. Using equipment from Peddinghaus ensures that we can
maintain a high quality product for our customers; we will never sacrifice
quality for just quantity. Selecting a reliable equipment provider is crucial to
the uptime of that equipment; after all, machines only make money when
they are running. Schuff continually searches and selects software, hardware,
and technology solutions that work together to create a path toward
increased productivity and profitability for our company. These tools all
enable Schuff to bring their steel expertise to the table, resulting in a better
project for all involved.
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Steve Bones, Plant Manager at Ottawa, Kansas, next to their Anglemaster.
Hosted by
SEPTEMBER 24 — 27, 2008
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BDL 1250 D
This new high-speed Structural Drill line puts the power in the right places.
We know structural steel, and we know drilling – we have put it all together
in this benchmark machine!
Peddinghaus Corporation
Bradley, Illinois
September 24 thru 27, 2008
The Peddinghaus Oktoberfest provides the
opportunity for you to network with structural
steel fabrication leaders from around the world,
including Europe, South America, Middle East,
Africa, Asia and North America. Peddinghaus
will display 25 machines under power; Drills,
Saws, Anglemasters, Copers, Ironworkers, etc.
In addition, six new, cutting-edge machines will
be introduced to the industry during the
Oktoberfest festivities.
HSFDB 2500
This new 48 hp (36kW) high-speed Plate Processor with Rotary Tool
Changer that travels with the spindle – powerful, fast, productive!
Ring Of Fire
A 360 degree Thermal Processor – bigger and better than ever. Precision is
personified in this flexible unit designed for any structural steel application:
beams, tubes, channel, angle, plate – the Ring of Fire does it all!
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The Liberator
If improved productivity and less man-hours-per-ton is your goal, this
5-axis, single-torch, oxy-fuel cutting machine is a can’t miss. It can cope
and cut beams, profiles, channels, plates, tubes and angles — if you can
draw it, the Liberator can cut it!
800-600 A-3200 Band Saw
If you do multiple sawing of any shape and need it cut fast and accurately,
you’re not going to want to miss this machine. Just saying “fast” does not do
it justice!
“ I am directly involved in equipment
selection for Schuff International,
and I am visiting Oktoberfest to
see their latest machines —
especially the new high speed drill
line and plate machine with rotary
tool changer.”
Scott “Scooter” Esmeier
Schuff International
Phoenix, AZ
“Peddinghaus always brings new
Towermaster APS 2063
machines to the marketplace, and
Angle Iron processing with six hole punching capability, part marking and
single cut efficiency has never been so easy!
we are eager to see them demonstrated under power —Oktoberfest
is a wonderful opportunity.”
Dennis Maddox (L) & DeWayne Deck
Den Col Supply
Denver, CO
“I am planning on attending the
Peddinghaus Oktoberfest
as it is a true industry event that
gathers global fabricators for
networking and experiencing
new technologies.”
Bob & Pat Killelea
James Killelea & Co. Ltd.
Rossendale, Lancashire UK
Stay all day and
into the night!
World class entertainment
• Authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest
Band – straight from Munich
• Enjoy the classical music of the
Kankakee Symphony
• Hear the unsurpassed Lou Holtz
on “Vision for Success”
• Direct from Las Vegas,
Magicians/Illusionist, the
• And Saturday night we wrap it
up with the BareNaked Ladies
world renowned band
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner
in our new Oktoberfest facility.
Come for the
stay for the
Oktoberfest Pres
Fifteen industry leaders – and our partners –
will exhibit each day of the Open House in a trade show
environment to answer your questions, including:
Elk Grove Village, IL
Lincoln, NE
Garland, Texas
Williamsburg, VA
Kennesaw, GA
Eugene, OR
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Latrobe, PA
Gottingen, Germany
entation Schedule
Bradley, IL
Dover, OH
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Exton, PA
Hanover, NH
It has been nearly a decade since the last Oktoberfest occurred. In that
time a lot has changed at Peddinghaus and we’re ready to show the world
how Peddinghaus is changing the future of structural steel and heavy plate
Labor saving capabilities help you answer the demands of today’s market
and enhance your bottom line. This year’s Oktoberfest attendees will witness
the unveling of 6 new machines designed and manufactured for just that
purpose. These machines will build the skylines of tomorrow.
In addition, attendees can experience live demonstrations of the
Peddinghaus machines below, which are currently serving the structural
steel fabrication industry and building skylines all over the world today.
FPB 1800 Plate Processing System
Exceptional CNC nesting software with the
technologies of hydraulic punching for any
shaped hole, contour thermal cutting and
carbide part marking.
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BDL 1250 Beam Drill Line / DGP 1270 Bandsaw
The BDL’s 9 spindle efficiency and exceptional
drilling accuracy combines with the DGP’s
fast paced and accurate miter cutting to
minimize scrap and maximize tonnage.
Peddimax 110/140
Equipped with a precision machined
slide which provides a true 90 degree
approach to every work piece – punch,
shear, or notch.
Peddicat Ironworker
The powerful 50 ton Peddicat is a punching, notching, and
shearing marvel with an integrated hydraulic power pack for
flat and angle stock and a swing-away material stripper.
800 – 600 A 2000 Band Saw
Designed to process all structural steel shapes
for 90 degree cutting with the quickest, most
efficient method in the world today.
Advantage PCD 1100 Structural Drill Line
Powerful drill capacity with multi-spindle
design all in a compact shop footprint.
DG 1100 Miter Band Saw
Fast, accurate miter cutting to structural shapes
and profiles from 90 degree cutting up to
30 degrees right and left.
ABCM 1250/3 Structural Burning System
Combines patented Roller Feed accuracy with a
multi-torch thermal cutting system providing
an automated solution for complex structural
burning and coping.
260 DG Bandsaw
With a 10"x11" capacity and a 2HP motor, this
small saw can be a useful tool in any fabrication
facility and an unbeatable value.
Material Handling
Cost-effective shop layouts centered around
efficiently designed and manufactured material
handling systems.
Come for the technology...
stay for the hospitality!
Anglemaster AFPS 643
Combines the technologies of hydraulic
punching and shearing with automated
carbide part marking.
For more information contact Tami Day at 815-937-3800 (ext 210) or
e-mail her at tami-day @
Tower Master APS 2063
High speed solution for automated triple
tool punching, shearing, and marking of
angle iron.
300 North Washington Avenue
Bradley, Illinois 60915
Phone 1-815-937-3800
Fax 1-815-937-4003
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Process Minded Means Profit Margins
Accuracy is no accident – Garbe Iron Works has what it
takes for every step in the process.
“Some of the biggest problems come from pieces
arriving late or fabricated inaccurately,” Ted
Peshia says. “A fabricator never loses money
faster than when they make costly mistakes in
their fabricating which can be solved by accurate
CNC machinery,” he adds.
(L-R) Terry Peshia, Don Cerny, Sam Haldiman and Bill Smith.
Project Organization Leads To Profitability
A fabricator that lives by this mantra is Garbe
Iron Works in Aurora, Illinois. Maintaining a
reputation for accuracy and on-time delivery,
Garbe Iron Works takes a different approach to
industry challenges. Their experience in erection
has taught both Terry and Ted Peshia what
problems an erector can face. When approaching a project, they first look at their final goal –
erection with ease centered around high accuracy
in fabrication and project preparedness.
In 1964 Terry Peshia began his career in steel
as an Ironworker at Garbe Iron Works.
While working his way through college he had
aspirations to become a hospital administrator.
Terry got a taste of the steel industry and since
then has never looked back. Now instead of
working for hospitals, Terry builds them. Since
his start in steel construction 44 years ago
Terry has held titles that include: President of
the American Institute of Steel Construction,
President of the Central Fabricators Association,
and currently CEO of Garbe Iron Works.
With Terry Peshia surrounded by a staff that
includes talented individuals such as: President
Sam Haldiman, VP of Production Bill Smith,
VP of Technical Services Don Cerny and Terry’s
two sons, John & Ted Peshia, Garbe Iron Works
is now stronger than ever.
Founded in 1919 Garbe was originally owned
and operated by Frank B. Garbe and in the
seventies his son F. James Garbe took over
operation. After nearly 90 years the Garbe
family still owns the property and once a week
Mr. Garbe enjoys visiting the shop that still
proudly bears his name.
The Fastest Way for a Fabricator
to Lose $10,000.00
HERE’S THE SCENARIO: Your beams have been
drilled, coped, welded, painted and have finally
arrived at the job site. All of your fabrication
work is being lifted to an erector — perched
high in the air on the steel, strapped to his safety
harness and ready to start erecting. After much
positioning and planning, shipping and lifting
— your bolt holes don’t match up and have
been drilled in the wrong place. What we
have here is an expensive and time consuming
situation in need of resolve which could have
been easily prevented.
The Peddinghaus FPB-1800 gives Garbe the cutting edge
when processing plates of all shapes and sizes.
Peddinghaus and Garbe Iron Works:
Industry Partners
Garbe Iron Works is proud of their tonnage
capability in a small shop space. All of the materials start outside utilizing Peddinghaus’ patented
Rollerfeed technology. The Midwestern elements
pose no threat to operation whether it is sunny
or snowy the job always gets done with
“The drill line sets the tone for the shop,” states
Ted Peshia. Their Peddinghaus BDL-1250 has
proven to be the strongest and most accurate
drill line in today's market. Utilizing today's
laser measurement technology to ensure that no
erector gets disappointed by inaccurate hole
drilling Garbe Ironworks saves themselves from
the extremely costly side effects of misplaced
fabrication. Angles and fittings depend on the
beam holes and if these holes are in the wrong
place all detailing effort goes out the window.
For over forty years Peddinghaus and Garbe Iron
have been working together to create fast and
accurate fabrication. The equipment in Garbe’s
shop includes: A Peddinghaus Anglemaster
AFPS 623 Angle Line, a Peddinghaus FPB-1800
Plasma and Plate processing system, a BPL
1000/5 Beam Punch Line, a DG-1100
Bandsaw, and a cutting edge Peddinghaus
BDL-1250/C drill line – the predecessor to the
all new BDL-1250/D drill line.
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“The Drill sets the tone for the shop.” – Ted Peshia
Running two lines into the shop from outside
also gives Garbe Iron Works the ability to
respond to any job requirement without compromising short lead times. The efficient
material handling helps Garbe Iron move their
materials with ease. Once material has been
painted and fabricated they employ a unique
straddle carrier that condenses timely truck
loading into a mere ten minutes.
Running a BDL in tandem with an 1100 DG Band Saw gives Garbe the capability to run
continuously without a need for a crane.
As Terry Peshia turns over Garbe Iron Works
to the next generation of management he
remains active in the steel industry. His place as
chairman for the American Institute of Steel
Construction is solidified as he plays an active
role in the organization. He continues to
If you were to ask Terry how he remembers his
first piece of Peddinghaus equipment he may ask
you to have a look for yourself. The original
machine they purchased in the early ’70s is still
in operation today – a testament to the durability of Peddinghaus equipment.
An Eye on the Future
The best way Garbe Iron Works has prepared for
the future is by taking part in the ever evolving
technology our industry has had to offer. A
customer of the very first drafting and detailing
software, Garbe continues to find new ways to
sharpen their competitive edge in today’s market.
Utilizing a unique straddle carrier, Garbe has the ability to load trucks with finished steel components in a mere 10 minutes.
network with people engaged in steel construction and having never missed a Peddinghaus
Oktoberfest Terry doesn’t plan to start now. He
plans on attending this upcoming September
and looks forward to learning more about what
kinds of technology Peddinghaus will be bringing to the table and meet fabricators from all
over the globe. After all — this business is made
up of partners... sharing a drink leads to sharing
a job. Networking with fabricators is a great way
to build relationships that will continue to pay
dividends in the future.
One man can run both the angle and plate lines at the
same time.
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Northern Weldarc, Ltd.
The Power of Family
Allen and Shirley Holtz originated Northern Weldarc Ltd. in Edmonton,
Alberta October 8, 1971 with two employees. The main work at that time
consisted of oilfield buildings and equipment repair for construction
companies. Their first shop was 40x100 ft with an office in the shop.
Gayle –Allen and Shirley’s daughter – fondly recalls time in the shop
helping her Dad, and assisting her Mom in the office. As in any family
business, everyone pitches in to help.
The Family that Works Together…
Like any enterprise, family companies experience tough economic times too.
The difference is they weather the storm together, as a family. As many of us
recall, 1981 was a tough economic year, but led to a newfound market for
Northern Weldarc — structural steel fabrication.
Shayne Saprunoff started in 1986 as a laborer, and then a journeyman
structural fitter. This shop experience proved vital, as he turned his
knowledge into estimating various projects. When Allen was sidelined with
medical issues, Shayne stepped in as General Manager to continue the
growth of the firm.
Most of the original employees remain with the company, with many
celebrating multi-year anniversaries of employment. By the way, these
employees never feared that a machine would replace them – they had faith
in the Saprunoffs and their own ability to grow the company – as a team
and as a family.
Akhurst Machinery & Peddinghaus —
Extended Members of the “Family”
When Shayne and Gayle Saprunoff were evaluating equipment for their
structural shop, they sought experience from a familiar source:
George McCarthy of Akhurst Machinery.
Akhurst is the local machine tool distributor in
Edmonton, and George is well versed in structural steel fabrication.
“We knew George for many years, and appreciated his expertise and honest candor in our discussions”, says Gayle, “but it was still a big jump
– a real leap of faith for both Shayne and me.”
“George never ‘over sold’ us on a piece of
equipment, and we used his guidance to buy
the system best suited to bring Northern
Weldarc into the CNC methods of structural
steel fabrication,” comments Shayne.
George McCarthy
Peddinghaus PCD Drill and Saw Line — the Perfect Fit
The family business continued to thrive, and in the Fall of 2000, NWL
purchased 2.57 acres in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada – just east of
Edmonton. They started building their new facility with over 25,000 square
feet and ready to attack the vibrant structural steel market.
After examining all the competitive machines, Northern Weldarc chose the
Peddinghaus PCD 1100 drill with accompanying 1250-510 band saw.
Albert Leong is the operator for the Peddinghaus FDB 2500 plate processing system and
appreciates the productivity when processing base plates, gussets, splice or any detail
connection in minutes.
The Peddinghaus drill/saw system consists of a PCD 1100 and 1250-510 band saw. With
Rogelio Demana at the controls, Northern Weldarc is operating under a “just in time”
production mode which saves inventory dollars and meets fast track projects.
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Only SDS/2 lets you make them simultaneously.
Even the smallest adjustment to a structure can send detailers scrambling to recalculate hundreds, if not
thousands, of connections. With the connection intelligence of SDS/2, every time you make one change, the
system automatically identifies every affected connection throughout the structure. Even the fabrication drawings
and reports are automatically updated. SDS/2’s connection intelligence improves productivity and accuracy,
delivering a great return on your software investment. Contact Design Data today for more information.
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e-mail: [email protected]
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Continued from page 26
A material handling system – complete with cross transfers – completed the
purchase. The System was installed in September 2006, and the impact was
According to Shayne Saprunoff, not any “baloney” here, only facts that
made the difference for Northern Weldarc:
• In 3 months, Northern Weldarc increased overall production by 35%
• They paid off their system investment – including machines –
in 12 months
• They easily process 400 tons per month, and pick/chose “profitable” jobs
• Their goal is to process 500+ tons per month with the same number
of people
• 35 shop employees on a two shift basis
Processing Plate — FDB 2500 Makes Sense
for Any Size Fabricator
With tonnage growing continually, Shayne had a decision to make – how
can he keep up with his plate connections? Suppliers provided delayed shipments which impeded production, and meeting deadlines. Here is where the
Saprunoffs made another “leap of faith”. They purchased a new
Peddinghaus FDB 2500 High Speed plate processing system.
“It’s simple really,” advises Shayne, “I can buy plate when I need it, and
monitor my fabrication shop accordingly.”
“Never again do I have to adjust my fit up and weld schedule because a
supplier didn’t commit to a shipment date. The new Peddinghaus FDB
2500 was installed in January, 2008, and is running well.”
Peddinghaus Roller Feed technology has the ability to withstand the harsh Canadian
elements with no stop in production.
Cash Flow — the Biggest Boost Peddinghaus
Brought to Northern Weldarc
It all adds up for Gayle and Shayne Saprunoff and their Peddinghaus
• Decreased Inventory Levels = Just in Time Fabrication
• Fast Reaction to Job Changes = Controlling Shop Costs
• Accuracy in all phases of Fabrication = Faster Invoicing
• Faster Invoicing = Faster Payment
Northern Weldarc now specializes in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, and
petro chemical industries. They are committed to the highest standard of
workmanship, customer satisfaction and above all, the health and safety of
all employees, customers and contractors.
They continue to strive to manufacture the highest standard of quality products possible and are committed to constantly improving their products,
services and training to meet their customer’s requirements.
Even in Edmonton’s harsh winters, material handling systems outside operate efficiently
and save valuable shop space for more sophisticated fabrications that increase profits.
How does Shirley Holtz,
the founder of Northern Weldarc,
feel about the business today?
“The kids are doing a pretty good job,” says
Shirley, “but I need to check on them every
now and then to make sure they are OK…”
Sound familiar? It’s just like family – the
reassuring feeling that Mom is there to show
her approval – and make sure it’s going OK.
At Northern Weldarc, Mom
is right – they are doing fine.
Shirley Holtz, Founder
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Michael Sharp
Peddinghaus President
My day to day contact with Peddinghaus in
those days was John Holland. I spent many days
driving John around the Mid-West visiting
fabricators. It was during this time that I began
to truly learn about the structural steel
fabrication industry, and the more I learned
and the more people I met convinced me that
I wanted to focus my career in this industry.
The rest of the story is that John got a
promotion and he hired me as his replacement.
SFR: What different kinds of roles have you
played in your career?
MS: In my 30+ years working in the machine
tool industry I have had the opportunity to
explore many aspects of the business. I began in
sales and must admit it is my passion but along
the way I have worked as a quality control
inspector for a farm equipment manufacturer,
service technician for a band saw manufacturer,
represented three outstanding distributors, and
of course worked for Peddinghaus.
My 18 years with Peddinghaus has also provided
its own variety of opportunities and challenges.
I was hired as a regional manager, became the
plate division product manager, General
Manager, and currently, President.
SFR: How did you first come to Peddinghaus?
MS: I was working as a machine tool salesman
for a distributor in the Mid-West selling
equipment manufactured by a number of well
known manufacturers. One of the lines that
I represented was Peddinghaus Corporation. I
had worked with various individuals associated
with Peddinghaus over the years and always
found them to be professional and knowledgeable. I also had become acquainted with the
quality of Peddinghaus equipment and service.
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SFR: What brought you to fabrication?
MS: The fabrication industry is driven by
individuals who are honest, hard working, and
enjoyable to be around. Over the years I had
the opportunity to work with many different
types of companies and individuals; none better
then the people associated with the fabrication
industry. In many cases it truly is a familylike industry.
Michael explains to visitors the dynamic growth of
Peddinghaus Customer Service.
SFR: What kinds of change have you seen in
Peddinghaus since you began?
MS: The first time I ever visited the Peddinghaus
factory in Bradley, Illinois was on a sales trip with
Mr. Fred Havens of Havens Steel in Kansas City.
At that time the Peddinghaus facility in Bradley
was a very small part of the Peddinghaus global
operation. The TDK 1000 drill lines were
produced in Germany and sent to Bradley for
electrics and hydraulics to be added.
Since that first visit I have seen many changes at
Peddinghaus; increased employment opportunities for the community; new and exciting technical advancements in equipment; larger and
more productive manufacturing facilities; and
tremendous increases in our customer support
group. These are but some of the changes
I have seen since I began working directly
for Peddinghaus.
Equally important to me are the things that
have not changed at Peddinghaus since I first
became associated with the company. An
amazing number of individuals I met on my
very first visit are still employed at Peddinghaus.
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This gives the company a rock solid core group
of employees who are able to pass on our
corporate culture to our many new employees.
The philosophy of building solid machines and
providing excellent customer service is still the
same today as it was many years ago.
SFR: How can you describe the trends you’ve
seen in the industry lately?
MS: The structural steel industry, as well as
many other manufacturing industries must
adapt to this era of changing skilled labor
availability. There have been many articles
written on this subject but the fact is that the
number of individuals who understand and
appreciate the opportunities that our industry
offers them is shrinking. This is a major
influence on the manufacturing world and
is forcing many fabricators to rethink the way
they run their operations. As always with
change, some will adapt and some will not.
SFR: In what ways do you see fabricators
adapting to the ever increasing competition in
today’s market?
MS: The fabricators who are adapting to the
changes in the market place are taking advantage
of all of the opportunities available to them.
Over the years I have seen the overall physical
size of structural shops shrink, the number of
fitters and welders per shop shrink, and the
amount of automation dramatically increase.
The tremendous growth and acceptance of BIM
software, production control software, and
advancements is detailing software coupled with
the dramatic increase in automation are all
working together to keep the industry leaders
ahead of the competition.
SFR: How do you feel about Peddinghaus’
expansion in recent time will help our
customers stay competitive?
(L-R) John Holland, Steve Farrow and Michael Sharp –
Oktoberfest 1992.
SFR: What kinds of innovations is
Peddinghaus offering that will help
fabricators adapt?
MS: Peddinghaus is constantly networking with
our customers and business partners to provide
worthwhile innovations to the industry. In general I would say that the Peddinghaus machines
are becoming faster, more versatile, and easier to
maintain than any of our previous models.
MS: The recent expansions at Peddinghaus
are the result of our global customers desires
to be more competitive. Our physical expansion
allows us to build more machines per month
providing our customers with shorter delivery
times. These physical expansions allow
Peddinghaus to build our own machines
more productively thus keeping cost as low
as possible.
The greatest expansion at Peddinghaus in terms
of man power has been in our customer support
group. When I first arrived at Peddinghaus our
service department consisted of five individual,
all operating out of Bradley. Today that number
is eighty-one operating in a global environment.
We will continue to expand as long as our
customers want us to.
SFR: In your opinion what do you see as the
future of fabrication?
MS: In my opinion we are seeing the future of
fabrication unfold before our eyes. It certainly
has become a global market and I don't see that
trend slowing down. The cost of our raw materials for production will continue to be driven by
ever increasing world demand. The simple fact
that world demand for steel is increasing implies
that there are opportunities out there for savvy
fabricators who are able to see and take advantage of them. The future of structural steel fabrication, long term, looks full of opportunities.
In his career, Michael has seen many changes in
technology, including BIM modeling software.
Peddinghaus Customer Service department has grown
exponentially under Michael’s guidance.
SFR: Any plans on giving up fabrication for the
wild west any time soon?
MS: While it is not true that I am a cowboy, in
spite of what people might say, it is true that I
have been an avid horseback rider and around
cattle all my life... and hope to always be.
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