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17th January 2018

by Julie Moorcroft

Moorcroft Computer Services

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by Julie Moorcroft

Moorcroft Computer Services


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Break Out Display



Trimloss produces printed output for each optimised stock sheet or off cut.  One glance at this output is usually sufficient to make certain that the cutter follows the correct break out sequence.  It can be of slight advantage however, to have the optimised stock sheet appear on a large monitor easily viewable from the cutters work area.  Trimloss now produces the data for these displays, complete with all the proper Trimloss racking instructions.  A single optimisation run can do this for a variety of different cutting tables, so for large glass shops with cutting tables from different manufacturers, the cutters can work on consistent break out displays.  


Starting bottom right, leaf 1 (yellow number in top right), goes directly to 5-02 which means rack 5, slot 02.  This is because it is annealed and not toughened.  


The Trimloss break out display is not the same as the break out displays from cutting table manufacturers since these cannot cope with the twin set of racking instructions needed for glass to be toughened.  

The Trimloss break out display program, works from the same file used to operate the cutting table, but from data which the cutting table thinks is simply comments.  Sometimes, the cutting table manufacturers’ break out display monitor can be utilised, but if not, then a separate monitor can be installed.  


The rack and slot number is the same racking system for any sequencing of work for the next process.  Operators therefore do not have to think what goes where or why.  

Above leaf 1 is leaf 5, which goes initially to position 6+ which is the sequence position prior to the optimised toughening bed loading.  After toughening, the leaf goes into 3-01 which means rack 3, slot 01.  This number, 3-01 can be hand written on the edge of the glass with a special marker pen which survives the toughening process, or it can be laser etched onto the edge of the glass along with the accreditation mark.  


Very narrow off-cuts, which are very common with an optimiser as good as Trimloss, are always visible.  


With some software, small off-cuts often merge with the adjacent cuts, but here they are shown in a different colour and with a zig-zag line to make certain that the cutter does not miss them.  

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