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Developing a System for Managing Roof Truss Production

Manufacturing
Ruby
Ruby on Rails

Description

Operating globally, the company is a leading producer of fully automated solutions for the building component manufacturing industry. With patented smart robotics technology under the hood, the organization provides a revolutionary roof truss production system. When the customer turned to Altoros, it had an existing CAD-like software—for roof truss designers—implemented as a proof of concept. However, the solution’s functionality was not mature enough to be used in production.

Collaborating with Altoros, the company wanted to optimize the existing functionality, as well as develop some business-critical components.

The customer

Operating globally, the company is a leading producer of fully automated solutions for the building component manufacturing industry. With patented smart robotics technology under the hood, the organization provides a revolutionary roof truss production system.

The need

When the customer turned to Altoros, it had an existing CAD-like software—for roof truss designers—implemented as a proof of concept. However, the solution’s functionality was not mature enough to be used in production.

Collaborating with Altoros, the company wanted to optimize the existing functionality, as well as develop some business-critical components.

The challenges

Under the project, the team at Altoros had to address the following issues: The system’s immature API with its unpredictable behaviour might cause failures at any step of the truss production line. To avoid redesigning defective trusses from scratch, it was important to ensure control of individual truss elements. The system’s performance had to be stable even in case of a network error. The solution had to be compatible both with the Windows and Linux operating systems.

The solution

Engineers at Altoros delivered two major business-critical components responsible for: introducing changes to the sequence of steps performed by a robot at the truss production line taking a defective truss element off the production line To exclude risks of failures, our developers tweaked the system’s API in accordance with the industry standards. Once that was done, the team at Altoros integrated the solution with another proprietary system, which managed truss production itself. To ensure the system’s stability despite potential network errors, our engineers enabled data buffering and developed a data retransmission mechanism. With Docker-based virtualization, developers at Altoros ensured the system was agnostic of operating systems in use.

The outcome

Partnering with Altoros, the company turned its proof of concept into an enterprise-grade solution capable of customizing the sequence of steps performed by a robot at the truss production line and taking a defective truss element off the production line. With improved API, the system is fault tolerant and minimizes risks of unexpected failures at production.

Technology stack

Platform

Linux, Windows

Programming languages

Ruby

Frameworks and tools

Ruby on Rails, Docker, Node.js, React, Redux, MobX, dry-rb, rom-rb

Database

PostgreSQL, Redis

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