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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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Energy Labels



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.  


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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.