Efficient Fabrication With COMPRESS + Shopfloor

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Save Time and Money With COMPRESS + Shopfloor

Using COMPRESS + Shopfloor you can design ASME VIII equipment, estimate its cost, produce fabrication drawings and manage ASME IX welding documents in one consistent, unified system. Expensive custom programming is no longer required to get your Engineering, Estimating, Drafting and Quality Control departments working together.

Estimators are equipped with the COSTER® add-in for Excel®. Drafters harness the power of AutoDesk® Inventor® or SOLIDWORKS® through the Codeware Interface. Quality Control employs Shopfloor to track jobs and manage weld documentation and welders. And of course, Vessel Designers use the standard in pressure vessel design, COMPRESS.

Do you outsource your vessel design work? If your design consultant uses COMPRESS, our XML3D file output provides all the benefits of Shopfloor integration for you too.

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  • The 3D solid model view of a desalter in COMPRESS. From here you can check for interferences and export the solid model to other programs.
  • COMPRESS includes a Long Seam Wizard to quickly place longitudinal shell seams
  • The COMPRESS Heat Exchanger Option includes expansion joint FEA as required by the TEMA 9th Edition.
  • Drafter 3D creates drawings from COMPRESS designs and is included with the CWI at no additional cost.
  • We call it the Shopfloor Main Menu. You'll call it Fabrication Central Command.
COMPRESS provides interactive guidance while performing nozzle reinforcement calculations

Faster Designs and Fewer Mistakes

The ASME Code is a complex (and sometimes confusing) set of mandatory rules subject to regular updates. It’s challenging to stay current with the ASME Code, building codes, related Codes and Standards, good engineering practices, customer specifications and advances in computing. A sale lost or worse yet, a vessel rejected because something was missed is simply not acceptable in today’s business climate. COMPRESS has been in widespread use for over 30 years because it efficiently guides designers through the ASME Code while helping to avoid Code related errors and omissions. COMPRESS is also the best value because it includes many features that competing software charge extra for. Design of equipment supports, fabrication drawings, cost estimating, FEA and even technical support are either not available or optional with others but come standard with COMPRESS.

Quicker Cost Estimates

Included with the purchase of COMPRESS, the COSTER Excel add-in imports COMPRESS designs and creates customizable cost estimates. Consistent and accurate cost estimating is vital to your company’s bottom line. Too high, you lose the bid and too low, you lose money. Automating the costing function to the largest extent possible is a strategic imperative that is often only appreciated after your Estimator retires or quits.

COSTER imports COMPRESS files and creates customizable cost estimates as Excel spreadsheets.
The CWI imports COMPRESS designs into Inventor and is included at no additional cost.

Eliminate the Drafting Bottleneck

Do you need to get more fabrication drawings done but are short on staff? COMPRESS increases drafting productivity by including the Codeware Interface (CWI), an add-in for Autodesk Inventor and SOLIDWORKS. The CWI transfers COMPRESS design data so it does not have to be re-entered into your drafting system. The CWI includes Drafter 3D, a feature that produces to-scale 2D fabrication drawings from COMPRESS solid models. Drafting personnel also appreciate that the CWI supports advanced smart solid modeling techniques including the use of Assembly Representations (Inventor), Assembly Configurations (SOLIDWORKS), features and sketches. Support for Mates and tracking changes made to the solid model within the CWI is scheduled for release in 2017.

Drafter 3D creates drawings from COMPRESS designs and is included with the CWI at no additional cost.
  • We call it the Shopfloor Main Menu. You'll call it Fabrication Central Command.
  • Shopfloor performs ASME IX Code checks as weld forms are created
  • Specialized welding processes supported include OFW, PAW, ESW, EGW and brazing

Manage ASME IX Weld Forms, Welders and Jobs with Shopfloor

Shopfloor is an integrated solution that connects ASME IX weld forms to both the design and drawings. Don’t want to retrain your welders to use a new form layout? We offer a turnkey Shopfloor set up service that digitizes your existing forms and lets you continue to work with them.

  • Create and manage welding forms and track welder continuity.
  • Keep track of fabrication locations, jobs and customers.
  • Secure cloud-based data storage with access anywhere.
  • Imports COMPRESS designs and automatically fills out U-Forms.
  • Quickly determine if you’ll need to qualify additional procedures and/or welders.
  • Assists in selecting the right procedures and welders for the job.
  • Automatically places WPS numbers on your drawings when used with Drafter 3D.
  • One-click document deliverables packaging.

Streamline Inspector Sign-Off and Equipment Delivery

  • Hydrotest stress calculations check for permanent vessel “objectionable distortions” before the witnessed test. 

  • Be prepared for your next design audit. COMPRESS produces professional audit trail calculation reports for your customer, AI or jurisdiction to review.
  • Calculation verification and software QA manuals included at no additional cost.
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Just a Few of our Fabrication Clients

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“In our 20 plus years of using COMPRESS including the design, quotation and fabrication of in excess of 10,000 pressure vessels, we have come to rely on the accuracy and dependability we get each and every time.”
Director of Operations, Mountaineer Fabricators
“We have been using COMPRESS since its inception. Les Bildy has developed a first rate product. We have found it very user friendly, and can’t imagine our company succeeding without it.”