6 tips for process optimisation in facade engineering

6 tips voor procesoptimalisatie in de gevelbouw

In facade construction, the devil is in the detail: small mistakes can have (very) big consequences. In addition, there are quite a few process optimisation steps to take in facade construction. We have listed 6 tips for process optimisation in facade construction that will make your work just a little bit easier.

Looking for ways to build smarter facades? Check out these 6 tips with CAD software:

  • Fast, straightforward facade work is easy with drawing software. The same applies to doors and window frames. However, this software rarely lends itself to the slightly more complex work, for which there is a growing demand. With a 3D CAD package or a link between 2D and 3D software, this is easily handled. 3D provides more overview and editing possibilities. When the required processing has been carried out, you can send the file back for use in, for example, LogiKal. Working only in 2D is also not recommended because the chance of making mistakes is greater, for example, because 2D does not always show whether an operation can be practically applied.

  • The ability to meet BIM requirements is becoming increasingly important. The nice thing about 3D-enabled CAD systems is that they allow you to deliver 3D files right from the project tender stage. This makes converting from 2 to 3D a thing of the past and makes your processes run just that little bit smarter.

  • Facades are often clad with panels and ventilated or aluminium composite panels. A well-known manufacturer of these is ALUCOBOND and the HiCAD product library contains many panels from this supplier. A facade sketch consisting of a few lines is sufficient to subsequently add the supplier's panels with the configurator and a few mouse clicks. This saves you a lot of time. You can use these panels and also add panels yourself, both of which you can then reuse endlessly.

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  • If you work in 2D, you are forced to add tabs and fasteners to each panel. Especially if it is a load-bearing structure. The HiCAD configurator enables you to create links between panels and supporting structures and to easily make holes in supporting parts. This saves you hours of drawing work.

  • How many similar profiles have you used in a drawing? That is easily calculated with a function such as 'equal parts recognition'. The software looks at all drawing elements and gives equal parts a unique number. This results in a clear BOM for production. You import a file from LogiKal or via AlucoBond and can immediately create a list using the equal parts recognition. That does most of the engineering and ensures you have an error-free facade.

  • Are parts modelled or configured and do you have equal numbers? Then, with a few mouse clicks, you can produce the desired workshop drawings or drawings for a production machine. These can also be controlled directly. Of course, you have to check whether you have sufficient stock for what you want to produce. If there is a link to an ERP system, you can check the stock requirements with a mouse click.

Adding more value with process optimisation

The life of a facade builder must become easier. Fortunately, modern CAD software makes this possible. Process automation and configuration reduce the number of human actions. The software helps you to work smarter and this process optimisation allows you to do what you do best: add value and make and keep customers happy.