4 Surprising Manufacturer Benefits of Using Onyx

3 August 2023Construction, Manufacturinglight gauge steel, mass timber, Onyx, steel



If you are a manufacturer working with timber or light gauge (cold-formed) steel panels, you are probably aware of the misconceptions around these materials. From unfounded warnings about timber rotting to uninformed assumptions about steel rusting, baseless misconceptions won’t change the way you do business.

Light gauge steel can be manufactured with guaranteed precision in offsite facilities. Light gauge steel studs can be precut to the exact specifications input into your chosen roll former. The bottom line is that working with light gauge steel results in less waste on the jobsite, and that’s good for business.

gray light gauge steel wall construction framing, Onyx


However, there are changes in technology that are affecting your industry, and they might surprise you with their potential to improve the way you manufacture with timber or light gauge steel.

One of those technologies is Onyx framing software by StrucSoft. This cloud-based shop floor management tool enables users to manage CNC output and develop bundles, truck templates and more for timber and light gauge steel panels.

Onyx empowers a manufacturer’s workflows from design to manufactured output, and –the underpinning surprise – it does not require the use of Revit.

Following are 4 surprising manufacturer benefits of using Onyx.

1. Save time with predefined templates and reports

With Onyx you have the capability to predefine company-wide templates and settings. Not only can this make your current job more efficient – a pleasant surprise – but you can reuse them across multiple projects to make your future jobs more profitable as well – an added bonus.

You can export your production data into comprehensive Onyx reports, so you can keep your finger on the pulse of operations. You can also generate detailed documentation for your stacking and bill-of-material schedules.

person in blue speckled shirt sitting at desk taking notes and watching computer screen, Onyx

2. Ensure quality with CNC management

Onyx enables you to review and inspect the design of your light gauge steel and wood panels. You can then make any final modifications with the built-in CNC editor. There is no need to rework your models in Revit to achieve the best quality – a nice surprise.

With Onyx you can consolidate all your CNC data – holes, punches and more – in one place for easy access. Industry standard file formats are supported:

  • .BTL,
  • Howick,
  • .CSV,
  • and others.

3. Stay organized for maximum productivity

Onyx allows manufacturers to be more productive through easy filtering, sorting and organizing of panels. You can quickly determine which panels need to be manufactured first. Work orders can be managed, defined and modified for surprising efficiency. Panels and associated deadlines can be added with an easy to use, intuitive interface.

In addition, you can increase efficiency by using various stacking configurations, according to your sequencing priorities. Panels can be stacked in bundles, skids/pallets and trucks.

4. Maximize labor input

When your company implements Onyx, you can continue to make the best use of your labor force. The process doesn’t take a lot of time away from your workers’ schedules, and users will find Onyx easy to learn. In addition to a surprisingly low learning curve, there is no requirement for extensive drafting experience.

From a company-wide perspective, the software is easy to license, and there is easy accessibility. The independent Onyx device platform can be used across any web-enabled device. In addition, users can access and engage with multiple projects using the same account.


The surprising changes Onyx is bringing to the timber and light gauge steel industry can help you save time, ensure quality, stay organized, and make the best use of your labor force.

For more information on Onyx by StrucSoft, contact us today and talk to an industry expert.



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