MWF client’s Construction Services Group (or CSG) located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana produce custom light gauge steel components for many styles of building ranging from single or multifamily units, restaurants and retail facilities
Whether the demand is for a full framing solution, structural walls, or partition walls, CSG will design light gauge steel studs to fit your exact project needs – cutting each element using a Howick roll former to the specific measurements provided by construction documentation. They also have a hot-rolled steel division to supplement the light gauge steel and to further their services to clients.
With the ability to produce framing elements in a range of gauges and customised lengths, using MWF Advanced Metal, CSG is able to export wall, floor, ceiling and truss information directly into a format readable by a Howick CNC machine.
Richard Tilley, director of development at CSG explains: “StrucSoft’s MWF has provided a one-stop shop solution for us. From the start of design all the way through to manufacturing, we can easily frame models and export to our machines”.
CSG is currently using two Howick roll forming machines, one for rolling 3 5/8” and the other for 6” members in a variety of gauges. Steel is then custom cut at their Baton Rouge factory, sheathed on one side, packed and then delivered to the job site for quick assembly.
By fabricating custom-made steel components to exact measurements (including dimples, swages, cutouts and more), CSG can screw together, and erect pre-assembled panels much faster than before when they were assembling individual members. Service holes can also be created to allow ease of other trades to run wiring through the studs.
Not only that but, CSG are able to produce the same structure built in hot rolled steel in light gauge steel for a fraction of the cost. This early adoption of LGS rolling has set CSG apart from other builders in their area who are using solely hot rolled steel. In fact, they’re able to design, manufacture and then erect a building in a shorter time frame and with a lower cost to the client than traditional builders in the area.
How does MWF help their workflow?
- Design to production time has significantly decreased
- Greater precision in construction coordination/MEP
- Increased productivity from project to project by reusing templates and setups
- Construction documentation and custom outputs are easy to understand allowing a faster and simpler manufacturing process
- Better communication across all platforms
- The process of LGS rolling has helped CSG maintain a workforce in the manufacturing plant.