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Making the Transition From FabTrol to Tekla PowerFab

Learn the key features that made Lexicon's switch to Tekla PowerFab seamless and successful. 

steel fabrication management MIS software from Tekla PowerFab, a Trimble software solution

We're here to help

The recent and abrupt exit of a steel fabrication management MIS software provider has negatively impacted our industry and we feel it’s prudent to address this issue head on, starting with this open letter.  This sudden departure has left many in a precarious position including the hundreds of steel fabrication shops that relied on their platform to conduct business.  To those affected by this market disruption, we would like to communicate the following points:

In the coming days and weeks we’ll have more announcements regarding our plans to support steel fabricators during this time of transition.  We welcome your feedback and comments on how we can best meet your needs, feel free to reach out to us online and share your thoughts and concerns.



Carl Taylor

Regional Director,

Structures Administration

We are committed to supporting the steel and metal fabricators that have been displaced by this turn of events and we’re working hard to develop the tools and materials needed to support your evaluation of alternative solutions.

Our positive reputation in this marketplace has been earned through our understanding of fabricator’s current and future needs and our willingness to reinvest in our solutions to meet those needs through continual platform improvements. That level of commitment to innovation will only grow with this recent development.

For those steel fabricators who choose Tekla PowerFab as their new structural steel fabrication management solution, we are humbled by the trust you’ve put in us.  There is no doubt onboarding such a large number of new users in a short period of time will be a challenge requiring a lot of hard work and some patience from all involved but we assure you we’re up to the task. 

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What our customers are saying:

“The best benefit— everybody has access to real-time data at any time.” 


—  Ricky Horton,

      McCombs Steel

We're not going anywhere

Industry leaders in innovation

Tekla's commitment to meet the continually changing needs of our customers has created a history of unrelenting innovation.


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Enhanced scheduling

We added a new production schedule for connected Gantt chart scheduling.


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EPM Go launches

The first and only of its kind designed to deliver unrivaled insight and enable users to visualize project progress—improving communication with all members of the project team



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Schedule of values

Users can now easily perform inspections for electronic QA/QC, as well as create contracts and invoices for streamline progress billing.

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New resource management tools

A new production schedule makes it easier to manage shop resources across jobs.


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Material traceability

New instance tracking makes it easier for users to take advantage of granular tracking of assemblies and parts.

Trimble acquires FabSuite and added the ability to view 3D models alongside data. 

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FabSuite & estimodeling


Improved visibility for external processes

New field stations are added for tracking and visualizing progress on the jobsite.


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Tekla PowerFab 2022i

Make better decisions, eliminate errors and deliver quality fabrication projects on time.


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New model-centric connection

Tekla PowerFab launched, created the first and only truly model-centric fabrication bundle, and enhanced model visualization  with the addition of Trimble Connect.


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New dashboard reporting

Enhanced dashboard reporting gives more insights into your PowerFab Data.


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We take pride in our numbers

Structural steel fabrication shops from all of over the United States

 put their trust in Tekla PowerFab as the most reliable MIS solution.


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New features added to Tekla PowerFab 2021 major

version releases

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