Computer Software for Steel Professionals

Structural Material Manager Version 15.4 Upgrade

Introduction: The Version 15.x-series of Structural Material Manager releases began with Version 15.0 which was followed by 15.1, 15.2 and 15.3. Version 15.4 has now been released as the fifth installment in the 15.x-series.

This new upgrade improves upon its very successful 15.x-series predecessors by adding a TS-to-HSS conversion feature. That new converter is described below.


TS-to-HSS Converter: In Structural Material Manager Version 15.4"s Material List menu, you will find new "Convert TS to HSS" and "Convert HSS to TS" functions. These functions are useful when a detailer has specified the square and rectangular tube items one way, but the fabricator wants to change to the other designation. They are also helpful when a job uses one designation whereas the in-house inventory file against which you want to nest uses the other one, as TS items will not nest into HSS stocks nor will HSS items nest into TS stocks.

When converting from HSS to TS, the conversion is always valid; all HSS sizes can be converted to TS. For instance, HSS 5 x 4 x 3/8 can also be represented as TS 5 x 4 x 3/8 since the two designations represent the exact same item.

When going from TS to HSS, not every TS can be represented as HSS. As an example, TS 1 x 1 x 1/8 cannot, technically-speaking, be expressed as HSS 1 x 1 x 1/8 since the 1 x 1 x 1/8 size exists only as TS without a corresponding HSS designation. 1 x ½ x 16ga is another example of a TS that is not technically a valid HSS size. When converting TS to HSS, Structural Material Manager thus provides a "Convert TS to HSS only for actual HSS sizes" option to limit the conversion to only those TS sizes that truly exist as HSS. If you want to convert all TS to HSS regardless of such technical considerations, simply leave that checkbox clear.


Upgrade Price Quote and Ordering Info: If you are an existing customer with an older Structural Material Manager version, please e-mail us at to obtain a price quote on the latest upgrade. You can then use the Online Upgrade Order Form to conveniently place the order for the latest Structural Material Manager upgrade.


Other Upgrade Versions: This page specifically covers Version 15.4 upgrade features. For information concerning other upgrade versions, visit our main Structural Material Manager upgrade page which contains links to pages describing improvements in each software release from Version 10.1 (circa 2007) to the present.