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Automatic Layout Marking Machine - Hypertherm ArcWriting - Plasma Marking - Plasma Layout Marking
Layout Marking, Roller Measurement

The Right Solution for My Shop?

Automatic Layout Marking Machine
The Right Solution for My Shop?

In the world of fabrication there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ equipment. Each machine has an ideal application, and for each Fabricator there is an ideal machine. How do you know if the PeddiWriter is the right machine tool for you? There are many things to consider. Whether it's sheer production throughput, concerns about accuracy, or labor savings alone that drives you to investigate a layout marking machine, each of these concerns is addressed by the PeddiWriter.
  Productivity
Productivity
Productivity

The PeddiWriter does the work of a team of layout personnel, and is capable of eliminating the tedious, back-breaking tasks that is traditionally involved with manually laying out a profile. Parts flow through the machine one after another at rapid production rates due to its dual torch design. Faster than carbide scribing, the plasma marking torches of the PeddiWriter can mark simultaneously on two separate surfaces. Manually handling a beam with a crane is eliminated as the streamlined benefits of roller feed measurement are presented on this one-of-a-kind innovation.

Can your layout personnel beat the PeddiWriter?
  Accuracy
Accuracy
Accuracy

CNC automation has proven to improve accuracy within the realms of the beam drilling, plate processing, and angle production since its inception. The PeddiWriter is the first machine to ever combine layout marking with CNC automation strictly for the production of structural steel profiles. Not only can labor be expensive, it can be unpredictable. Employees can get sick, have bad days, or at times they simply are not concerned about the end product. Good labor is becoming harder to find while also becoming ever more costly.

The PeddiWriter eliminates concerns about manual mistakes by operating via CNC program. These programs can be generated in a multitude of ways. The most desirable form is traditionally to output information directly from the original BIM model for paramount accuracy. If this isn't available via your BIM software provider, modern programs are available with the PeddiWriter that allows you to design whatever process you desire it to do, or modify programs already available.
  What Is The Difference?
What Is The Difference?

  MANUAL LAYOUT MARKING THE PEDDIWRITER
Speed
SLOW - Completely Manual
FAST - Fully Automatic
Slows Other Processes?
YES - Requires Crane Use, taking away from other processes
NO - Standalone, Independent Operation
Accuracy
UNPREDICATBLE - Human Error Comes into Play
SUPERIOR - Time Tested CNC Accuracy
Labor Cost
HIGH - Multiple Skilled Tradesman
LOW - 1 Operator
Material Handling
HIGH - Dependant on Crane Handling Beam Flipped multiple times to process all 4 sides
LOW - Roller Handling, Simultaneous 4-Axis Marking
Labor Skill Level
HIGH - Requires a Skilled Tradesman, Hard to Find Talent
MINIMAL - Automated
Programming
FootPrint
Several Layout and Fitup Stations
One Machine and Handling, handling can be placed outside building

Why Plasma ArcWriting?

Hypertherms Plasma ArcWriting
Why Plasma ArcWriting?

Hypertherm's Plasma ArcWriting is a long lasting, and affordable solution to multi-axis layout marking. Faster than carbide scribing, and easier to maintain than a laser, the PeddiWriter uses modern technology with the strength and speed structural fabricators have come to rely upon.
  Flawless Operation in Any Environment
PeddiWriter - Hypertherm ArcWriter Technology
Flawless Operation in Any Environment

Designed with the rugged environment of typical fab shops in mind, the PeddiWriter relies upon proven plasma technology to automate the processes of layout and fit-up. Hypertherm ArcWriting torches are utilized to apply layout data directly to the profile in question. Similar to that of modern plasma cutting equipment, plasma marking is robust enough, yet precise enough for any structural application.

"One of the biggest advantages of the ArcWriter torch is that it's basically a low powered plasma system. Instead of cutting through the steel, it's used to mark. It not only does this quickly and efficiently but it uses a power supply similar to a welding unit, which operates very well in dusty or dirty shop environments. I think some of the advantages you would see over laser marking or carbide scribing type systems is the ease of use, the system is very easy to setup. Basically you turn the unit on, set the power, set the speed and you're ready to mark. Once it's setup for marking you're all set."
Jim Colt, Application Technology Manager, Hypertherm Inc.
  Low Amperage Plasma Means No Dust Extraction, and Minimized Operating Costs
Low Amperage Plasma Means No Dust Extraction, and Minimized Operating Costs
Low Amperage Plasma Means No Dust Extraction, and Minimized Operating Costs

The ArcWriting torches of the PeddiWriter operate at nominal amperages to only score the surface of material, not cut parts. Completely visible through rust and scale, the machine does not require any sort of dust extraction or particulate collection system and is fully capable of operating using clean and dry shop air as an alternative to other marking gasses. Operators at the machine experience no visible smoke or haze as a result of the plasma marking, and there is no visible slag left as a remnant surrounding the mark.

When compared to high definition plasma which cuts at amperages that range anywhere from 260 amps to 400 amps, the ArcWriter marks contently at just 5 amps. This can be adjusted to higher amperages providing greater marking depths as desired. The machine itself operates at a miniscule 27 amps - far less than common drilling or cutting systems. This not only makes the machine a much faster marking machine than other designs, but more economical as well.

Modular Design

PeddiWriter Roller Measurement
Modular Design

The Peddinghaus Roller Feed design of material measurement allows for an array of material handling options. With the PeddiWriter measurement happens at the machine, eliminating separate carriage or gripper feed mechanisms. This allows for total layout flexibility. Peddinghaus conveyors can be quickly expanded, split apart, transferred across from either side (datum or non datum), and modified with no sacrifice in machine accuracy or functionality. The elimination of unnecessary mechanism also allows for superior durability, as Peddinghaus material handling can be easily stored outside in any climate. Furthermore, the modular design of Roller Measurement gives fabricators the ability to expand their production on an as needed basis as business dictates, allowing for unmatched potential.
  How do I Setup My Shop?
How do I Setup My Shop?
How do I Setup My Shop?

Shop layout and material handling efficiency is paramount for cost savings. Every time a profile is handled with a crane, profits are lost. This unnecessary shop cost not only slows the productivity of other processes, but creates unneeded work related hazards. With the help of Peddinghaus' seasoned layout engineers and systems personnel fabricators learn the secrets to shop floor success without experiencing the pitfalls of poor layout and planning.
  Store Material Outside
Store Material Outside
Store Material Outside

Your material doesn't need electricity, heat, or shelter in order to be stored. So why house all of your material handling inside, consuming valuable shop space, and incurring costly overhead expenses? Peddinghaus' Roller Feed design makes it easy to place material handling outdoors. On top of saving shop space, this innovative method eliminates unnecessary crane handling that inhibits other operations inside of your shop. Easily unload delivery trucks outside, and load conveyor without slowing other parts of your production.
  Small Facilities, Small Overhead
Small Facilities, Small Overhead
Small Facilities, Small Overhead

Big tonnages in small places - this is the mantra of the Peddinghaus systems department. Smaller spaces equate to lower operating expenses across the board; whether it's heat, electricity, property taxes, or the cost of initial investment. Peddinghaus users commonly employ a garage style structure outside of their main welding and fabrication shop to lower overhead costs, and minimize the hazards caused by housing multiple operations under a single roof.

Support

24 Hour Steel Fabrication Support
Global Support

At Peddinghaus service is our top priority. Peddinghaus offers a global team of customer support representatives that are always available at the Peddinghaus 24 hour customer support center. Through state-of-the-art remote diagnostic software, readily available local field support, and the industry leading warranty, support from Peddinghaus is only a call or a click away.
  24 Hour Tech Center
24 Hour Tech Center
24 Hour Tech Center

To service our global clientele, Peddinghaus proudly provides our partners with 24 hour technical support. Our inside service staff have years of experience in the field, assembly, or factory checkout; providing them with hands-on experience with most machines. At Peddinghaus our staff is not only available when you need them, but they maintain superior knowledge to solve questions as they arise.
  Powerful Field Service Staff
Powerful Field Service Staff
Powerful Field Service Staff

Although 90% of support issues can be resolved by our 24 Hour Tech Support center, an expansive network of 50+ Peddinghaus field service personnel are stationed throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia, and Australia.
  Remote Diagnostics
Remote Diagnostics
Remote Diagnostics

Peddinghaus inside service technicians don't need to be at your machine to solve a question you may have. A common internet connection is all that is needed for the Peddinghaus technician to operate your control as if he was standing with you at the machine. The Powerful Windows® based Siemens control used on Peddinghaus equipment allows for this capability, and provides superior diagnostics via Windows® based atmosphere.
  Web Camera Troubleshooting
Web Camera Troubleshooting
Web Camera Troubleshooting

Not every problem can be diagnosed with remote assistance. Mechanical issues or questions that require the human eye are still common. Peddinghaus machines are shipped with high definition web cameras and software; allowing Peddinghaus employees to vividly experience the activity at the installation without the need to leave the office.

This feature is also available as an upgrade to all existing Peddinghaus machines maintaining a Windows® interface.

Industry Applications

Industry Applications

The PeddiWriter is the ideal layout marking machine for a wide array of applications. Parts up to 50" × 24" can be processed with ease. Streamline the layout of any welded connection including:
  • Web Stiffeners
  • Welded Splice Plates
  • Base Plates
  • Gusset Plates
  • Shear Tabs / Fin Plates
  • Cap Plates
  • Flexible End plates
  • Welded Angle Seats
  • Bearing Pads
  • Welded beams to columns
  • Moment end plates
  • Haunched beam end plates
  • Welded Flange Plates
  • Uniform Force Bracing Connections
  • Moment End Connections

Hypertherm ArcWriting

Hypertherm ArcWriting Plasma Units
Hypertherm ArcWriting

Mounted onboard the PeddiWriter for minimized footprint, two Hypertherm ArcWriting plasma units are employed. Superb clarity of marking is delivered at low operating amperages (typically 5-16 amps) and can utilize either clean and dry shop air, or H5 (5% Hydrogen, 95% Argon) as a shield gas. Unaffected by common amounts of mill scale or corrosion, part marking is visible regardless of material condition.
  Do I Need a Dust Collection System?
Do I Need a Dust Collection System?
Do I Need a Dust Collection System?

The Hypertherm ArcWriting torch is designed for use without a dust collection system. In situations of continuous production with both torches operating, visible dust, particulate, or fab shop "haze" is not created by the PeddiWriter.
  Durability
Durability
Durability

From plate machines to thermal processors, plasma has called many of the world's most rugged environments home. The ArcWriter is no different, requiring minimal maintenance, and capable of withstanding the harshest conditions.
  Operating Costs
Operating Costs
Operating Costs

Although plasma marking is achieved via electric arc, the ArcWriter operates at very low amperages (commonly 5-16 amps) to lightly score material, not cut it. The entire machine operates at approximately 27 amps, which when compared to modern drilling or punching machines is considerably nominal. In addition, clean and dry shop air is an option when shield gasses are concerned, eliminating the need to source gas supplies from outside vendors.

Two Torches

Two Independent Hypertherm ArcWriting Plasma Torches
Two Independent Torch Assemblies

Two completely independent torch assemblies allow the PeddiWriter to operate at rapid speeds, far surpassing carbide scribing. Each torch operates on a completely independent Y, X, and Z axis. This allows the machine to mark totally unique characters, on two separate surfaces simultaneously. Using this feature, the PeddiWriter ensures superior efficiency of 4 surface layout marking on a wide array of structural profiles.
  The Top Torch
The Top Torch
The Top Torch

The top torch on the PeddiWriter maintains a unique articulating head. This torch is capable of marking on the top of web, top flange, and bottom flange of material being processed by the PeddiWriter.
  The Bottom Torch
The Bottom Torch
The Bottom Torch

The underside marking on the PeddiWriter is facilitated by a multi-axis marking mechanism. This operates completely independent of the overhead marking system allowing for simultaneous marking of the bottom and top portions of a profile.

Torch Probing

Minimized Torch Probing
Minimized Torch Probing

The marking mechanisms of the PeddiWriter apply constant surface contact to eliminate repetitive torch probing throughout a program. Two robust roller probes are fixed to the torch, allowing it to maintain proper standoff distance throughout a marking program. Due to its superior design, this mechanism is not compromised by the existence of holes on a profile.







Roller Measurement

PeddiWriter Roller Measurement
Roller Measurement

Peddinghaus' Roller Measurement allows for supreme flexibility in regards to material handling, and productivity. This unique form of measurement actually drives the material through the machine with a powerful drive roller mechanism. By applying a set of precision encoders that track distance the material has traveled, the machine is able to quickly and accurately produce perfect parts.

Benefits of the Peddinghaus Roller Feed system can include:
  • Minimized footprint - store material outside, and allow material to easily pass through a small doorway through the exterior walls of your facility
  • No length restriction - stock length is dictated only by weight
  • Load profiles of all shapes and sizes one after another without any stop in production - no need to wait for the return or unload of a gripper carriage, no need to change clamping devices

Electrical Features

PeddiWriter Siemens Electronics
Electrical Features

From the electrical cabinet to the drive motors, the PeddiWriter is equipped with Siemens electronics from top to bottom. Siemens provides the industry's leading quality, spare parts guarantee and availability no matter where in the globe the end user is located.
  Siemens Control
Siemens Control
Siemens Control

The PeddiWriter features the industry leading CNC control panel from Siemens. This powerful multi-axis control panel offers the flexibility of a Windows® interface, while maintaining the robust build and quality of a shop hardened CNC control. The unmatched global access to spare parts, service, and industry leading warranty prove Siemens to be the ultimate electronics provider in today's machine tool market.

Software

CAD/CAM - Raptor Software - Tekla API
Raptor Software

Raptor software from Peddinghaus is today's premier structural machine tool CAD/CAM platform. Equipped with versatile modules intended to import, design, and export part programs, Raptor is fully customizable for the unique needs of the individual fabricator.

http://www.peddinghaus.com/raptor
  3D Module - Modify, Inspect, Create
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
3D Module - Modify, Inspect, Create

The core of Raptor is the 3D Module. If part data has been imported into Raptor, the 3D Module works as an inspection tool and is capable of modifying imported information. If part files need to be created, the intuitive design and user friendly interface of the 3D Module allows for powerful programming options.
  Tekla API Import Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
Tekla API Import Module

For fabricators who desire a more precise, data rich import, a direct Tekla API Module is available for optimized file conversions. Users of Tekla Structures have the option of importing geometry directly into Raptor with no intermediary file conversions. This direct transfer sources the original design of the structure and allows for automatic generation of scribe data.
  DSTV Import Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
DSTV Import Module

BIM software programs (such as SDS/2, Tekla Structures, Graitec, and more,) are capable of creating part programs for use within Raptor by exporting data into a common file standard - DSTV. DSTV files are capable of being imported into the Raptor software platform for editing or CNC file creation purposes.
  DSTV Export Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
DSTV Export Module

Raptor is capable of exporting part information into a DSTV file format (including scribes, copes, and holes). All enhancements or corrections applied within Raptor are included within the exported DSTV file using this module. The DSTV export module brings the power of Raptor to third party CNC machinery that can import files of this type.
  iDSTV+ and DSTV+ Import/Export Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
iDSTV+ and DSTV+ Import/Export Module

Select MRP systems are capable of exporting batch nested files in formats known as DSTV+ and iDSTV+. These file types play an important role in the automated development of cut sheets for production. Raptor is capable of importing and exporting these iDSTV+ and DSTV+ files for production on equipment. This eliminates the need to manually batch nest files, which have already been batch nested within a third party MRP software. Standard DSTV import and export modules are included with the iDSTV+ and DSTV+ Import and Export module.
  Peddimat Import and Export Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
Peddimat Import and Export Module

The Peddimat Import/Export Module provides users the ability to create new Peddimat files or utilize existing Peddimat files with Raptor. This option allows users complete flexibility in regards to legacy software compatibility.
  Parts Tracking Module
Raptor CAD/CAM Software
Parts Tracking Module

The Parts Tracking Module is for monitoring the production of parts on Peddinghaus machines using Siemens controls. Now available as an option with Raptor software, the Parts Tracking Module works in the background of the CNC control creating output files that display vital information about part production.

Benefits of the Parts Tracking Module include:
  • Automatic documentation of production
  • Potential to view progress remotely
  • Ability to monitor employee productivity
  • Elimination of human error in the production monitoring process

Machine Specifications

Machine Specifications - PeddiWriter


Type of Marking
Plasma ArcWriting
Number of Marking Assemblies
2 Hypertherm ArcWriter Torches
Surfaces that can be Marked
Top/Bottom Web & Flange
Surfaces Marked Simultaneously
2 Surfaces
Maximum Profile Weight
43,800 lbs
Maximum Profile Dimensions (Beam, Channel)
50” x 24”
Maximum Profile Dimensions (Tube)
24" x 16"
Maximum Profile Dimensions (Angle)
12" x 12"
Maximum Profile Dimensions (Flat)
50" x 4"
Minimum Profile Dimensions (Beam, Angle)
3” x 3”
Minimum Profile Dimensions (Tube, Channel)
2" x 2"
Minimum Profile Dimensions (Flat)
2" x 3/4"
Acceptable Profiles
Beams, Channel, Square/Rectangular Tubing, Angle, Flat Stock
Machine Weight
13,650 lbs
Inch Layouts
Last Updated On: 1/6/2012
Metric Layouts
Last Updated On: 1/6/2012