Trimloss can use a small temporary label to correctly identify each leaf of glass
after it is broken out. Such is the reliability of the shop floor handling system
however, that many customers dispense with this label and trust that the very simple
Trimloss racking instructions will be followed exactly, which they usually are.
The final product or unit label cannot however be dispensed with since it is this
that identifies the product to the customer. For sealed units, there will be one
label per unit, but for single toughened, Trimloss can allow the order to be input
like a unit but slightly differently so that the toughened glass exiting the toughening
plant is directed in the original pairs but now in a vehicle stacking sequence to
racks destined for the despatch department. Some customers want a separate finished
label for each toughened leaf and some want only one label for the pair.
In the early days of Trimloss, finished labels had to be printed on slow and noisy
dot matrix printers. Laser printers then became popular with the disadvantage that
they are printed on individual cut sheets which can be dropped, losing the critical
usage sequence, something which is impossible to do with continuous labels. There
are also potentially more problems with laser labels sourcing a combination of adhesive
and backing sheet which satisfies all the technical limitations of the printer and
at the same time, all the technical requirements of stickability, peelability and
non hardening of the adhesive.
The latest standard to start sweeping the land, is to use a completely different
type of printer called Thermal Transfer. These printers are fast and quiet like
laser printers, but they print on continuous stationery, so the correct sequence
cannot be lost. They also have much fewer problems matching all the requirements
of adhesive and backing sheet. Initially, these printers were quite expensive, but
prices are now tumbling.
Trimloss now uses Thermal Transfer labels as the new standard. Once set up, there
are no knobs to adjust to achieve the correct alignment, this task being carried
out entirely by internal settings.
Another option being requested by more and more customers, is labels with an energy
rating section with the appropriate box being ticked. The calculations are all carried
out in Trimloss with the option to specify manual override of the calculations at
the system level, the customer level, the order level, or the order item level. The
accuracy of the ticked box is always qualified by a disclaimer on the label, stating
that the sticker is no substitute for carrying out checks on an approved BFRC simulator
program. Despite this fact, these energy rating labels are extremely popular with
both sealed unit manufacturers and their customers.
Yet another very popular option on Trimloss Thermal Transfer labels, is the printing
of the unit manufacturer’s customer’s own logo on their labels. It takes only a
few minutes to set up this option for each customer, and up to 400 individual logos
can be stored. For any customers who do not have a logo set up, the sealed unit
manufacturer’s logo will appear instead, followed by the customer name.
Labels for shape units, now have an option to print a fully dimensioned and detailed
scale drawings of the main assembly, plus a stepped only leaf drawing when applicable,
plus a full spacer geometry drawing. Each of these three drawings are drawn the
full size of the label on extra labels following the main unit label. These drawings
are streets ahead of the puny symbolic attempts in some rivals software.