The fabrication industry is evolving, and while change is often necessary, it can also lead to challenges and uncertainty. For fabricators, even minor process changes can impact productivity and increase costs.
And in 2022, fabricators are experiencing a massive change. AVEVA announced the discontinuation of its steel fabrication management software FabTrol. MRP systems like Fabtrol
are fundamentally important to every aspect of a fabrication. Without an MRP system in place, the flow of information is interrupted, creating production delays and causing added stress, work, and costs.
Further down the line, delayed production can also lead to lost business due to dissatisfied customers.
FabTrol has been in use since the 1980s and has since become a staple in many fabrication shops. Now, as FabTrol is sunset, many fabricators that have used Fabtrol to run their businesses for years are scrambling to find a replacement that fits their budgets and minimizes disruptions to their production and fabrication timelines.
This change comes at an especially challenging time, as fabricators are still struggling with the impact of labor shortages and supply chain disruptions that have persisted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following article breaks down what FabTrol was, its key features and capabilities, why it was discontinued, and what are the risks of staying in a discontinued system like a FabTrol and what to keep in mind in next-generation alternative solutions.