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
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:
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