The founder of Moorcroft Computer Services had a short spell as a flying instructor
with the voluntary RAF 633 Squadron, teaching young ATC cadets to fly. This was
followed very shortly by the writing of production software at the start of the computer
revolution on the very first disc based computers in the world. In those days, pioneering
work in Data Processing, as it was then called, required firstly that you passed
the mandatory aptitude test and then developed all round skills in computer operation,
computer programming, systems analysis, systems design, followed by all round skills
in management, because there was little or no, off the shelf software. (In contrast,
most modern IT students need learn only computer operation skills).
Work began on the Trimloss glass cutting optimisation software in 1978 when asked
to solve the problems by one of the very first double glazing manufacturers in the
UK. The first version of Trimloss was released shortly after, under the present
company name, working initially on a computer timesharing system. Continued development
of the product took place on timesharing and then mini computers, until the first
Personal Computer version was released in 1984. This revolutionary advance made
the hardware much more affordable and the number of customers began significantly
The initial Trimloss glass optimiser was embellished over the years, with links to
many different types of glass cutting table, including shape tables, plus spacer
saws, spacer benders, laser printers for glass and eventually Superspacer lines,
at the same time including the complete racking instructions for every stage of work
in progress, including toughening, and finishing at despatch. For many potential
customers, the right choice was very clear. Thinking software as Trimloss has become
branded, is the correct choice.
During all this development, Moorcroft Computer Services worked with its sister company
R J Software, to develop a complete glass order processing system called UPS, with
the ability to produce works orders, quotations, order acknowledgments, delivery
notes, invoices, labels, production and multiple sales reports for single, double,
stepped, triple or quadruple units. (See “About Order Input” button on the home
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered
wings; Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split
clouds, and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung High
in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My
eager craft through footless falls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve
topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, nor eer eagle flew
– And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high, untrespassed sanctity of
space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
A poem by Spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He
was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight.
All of our software was EXCLUSIVELY CONCEIVED, DESIGNED AND CONTINUALLY DEVELOPED
BY US ALONE, for ALL the many years of our declared long product history, WITHOUT
ANY THIRD PARTY ASSISTANCE OR THIRD PARTY OWNERSHIP. We think that all these combined
benefits are almost totally exclusive to ourselves.
Was any of our rivals claimed duration of software development, mostly spent as a
distributor of another company’s software, or did they at any point rebadge? In
some cases, we think YES!
When you telephone us for software support you are ALWAYS speaking to the person
who wrote the software and never one of several support only people. This makes
it much quicker and easier to resolve any errors or misunderstandings. We think
this benefit is almost totally exclusive to ourselves.