RoboWeld FDI


Separate Factored Diameter Inches (FDI) for Robot Welds

Suppose you use weld procedure CPL109 for robot welds and other procedures such as CPL92 etc. for welds done manually. You need to be able to tell at a glance how much of the welding on a spool can be done robotically, to decide whether it is worth setting up that spool for robot welding. You can do this as of SpoolFab 8-885. This works on fabrication drawings, not on installation drawings.

To set this up, you need to add a line to the layout as shown highlighted. <cf>

The additional line must be within the first 110 lines of the layout file. The string “109” was chosen in this example because it is a substring of the name of the procedure used for robot welds but not for other welds. “L109” or “CPL109” could also have been used instead of “109”. The procedures are entered as shown below.

As a result of this change to the layout, the FDI for every shop (S)weld whose procedure contains “109” will be tallied separately from the regular FDI value and displayed on the drawing along with the regular value. Without any other modification to the layout, the FDI value will display as shown.

You may want to improve the presentation by moving the values a short distance to the left, and modifying the label, as shown.

(PU3800 was changed to PU3750)

(LBDIA-INS was changed to LBFDI/RoboFDI)

These changes should be made on a copy of the original layout, which should then be selected under Job/Spec Setup in order for the changes to take effect.

For more detail on how to modify layouts, see document K0017.