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by Julie Moorcroft

Moorcroft Computer Services

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Purchasing Mistake 10 - Buying The Wrong Spec

 

 

Some buyers have been known to order a cutting table which cannot operate with the necessary squaring corner or direction of glass flow, which forces compromises to be made, leaving the cutter with very little room to break out the glass.  This can have serious implications for employees health and safety.  When buying cutting tables from more than one manufacturer, compatibility in their direction of glass flow is vital.  Trimloss can produce universal output which can be converted to most, but not all, cutting table formats, so that any batch can be wholly or partially cut on any of those tables from a single optimisation, a feature we believe is unique to ourselves.  Some buyers have also been known to buy a cutting table with edge deletion, without delving into the vast range of edge deletion speeds possible with different manufacturers.  

Another classic error is the expectation that the optimisers included in the consoles of most cutting tables, can replace the fully co-ordinated capabilities of a system like Trimloss.  There are several serious disadvantages in this approach.  

 

Firstly, the waste is VASTLY INFERIOR.  Customers tell us that typically, the first cutting diagram of a batch contains about 12 order pieces of glass and that when comparing Trimloss with an on board console optimiser, it always achieves one less piece of glass on that diagram.  That is a result that is inferior by more than 8%.  

The next disadvantage in this approach is the fact that the cutter has to waste time entering all the orders manually at the cutting table console and he has to do this individually for every glass type being optimised.  This wastes a LOT of his time and is VERY prone to error.  

The last disadvantage in this approach is that the orders entered by the cutter are not integrated with all the order processing and accounts functions performed in the office.  Even if the office systems are well designed, the shop floor may well be working on smaller and possibly even completely different batch configurations, which could make it extremely difficult to separate out Georgian and lead processing, and separation of the different spacer bar materials, thicknesses and colours and finally to match the correct finished labels with their products.  Matching actual orders produced to Delivery Notes and Invoices, can also be very difficult.  

On board optimisers on cutting tables can be very useful when cutting the occasional remakes, or when operating a trade counter for the occasional glazing work, especially when working outside of normal office hours.  Beyond these specific circumstances however, the use of on board optimisers should not even be considered.  

We have a wealth of experience in glass cutting, glass edge deletion and spacer bar preparation.  This is especially important for shape units.  When buying new equipment, do not make any decisions until you have taken our advice concerning:  

 

 

• Equipment Compatibility

 

• Speed and Accuracy of

  Operation

 

• Value for Money

 

• Equipment Reliability

 

• Quality of Vendor

   Maintenance

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There have been many cases of companies looking to the future, securing huge capital investments to achieve better quality sealed units and higher productivity.  Nearly all of these cases have a representative of the investor overseeing the whole investment.  These people are nearly always financial accountants, often with little or no experience in marketing, sales or production and little or no experience of successful installations in any aspect of the glass trade.  The end result of these factors, is that there have been some catastrophic failures of some large companies in the glass trade.  

Another point to bear in mind is that any company selling a new or refurbished cutting table, must by law, NOT offer the optimiser at an all inclusive price with the table.  If an optimiser is offered, it must be an option at a separate price, otherwise it is a breach of both European and UK anti competition legislation, punishable by a fine of 10% of the vendor’s world annual turnover, even for a single offence.  In extreme cases, there can be disqualification from holding directorships and even imprisonment.