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  • Online tool, a quicker way to get the numbers
    Ever increasing in popularity, minimally supported glass, such as glass canopies and balustrades, find their way into many commercial construction projects. These applications require designers to confirm that the glass meets the appropriate design loads. Whatever the situation, strength of glass plays an important role in choosing the best glass solution for a project. There are many references...
  • Each improvement reduces costs, adds efficiency
    Ordering glass has arguably become one of the most tedious and time-consuming activities for fabricators and their customers. Manually prepared purchase orders, either phoned or faxed to fabricators, have to be separately entered into the fabricators’ order-entry software, an error-prone process that takes considerable time. “Numbers can be transposed and if there’s a mistake,...
  • Glass fabricators respond to a multitude of customer questions every day and their ability to do so readily, easily and accurately comes down to the flexibility in their order entry and production software, contends Dennis Csehi, director of Atwood Mobile Products, Antwerp Operations, in Antwerp, Ohio. “Most companies have canned shop floor software packages that can produce various reports...
  • Like many industries in today’s global business environment, competitors in the domestic glass market have felt the pinch of overseas manufacturing. With lower labor costs, overseas manufacturers can produce more for significantly less. As a result, the price of glass has been driven down, leaving many suppliers struggling to survive. How do companies based in the United States, such as...
  • Software works only with supplier’s cutting tables
    Recently patented, the optimization program BatchBan by Billco Manufacturing Inc. of Zelienople, Pa., might eliminate some of the bottlenecks fabricators face on automated production lines and improve yields, says Kevin Lear, Billco software engineer.The software was tested at Cardinal Insulating Glass’ Spring Green, Wis., plant and has subsequently been introduced at other Cardinal IG...
  • Internet-based collaboration tool may turn dreams of automation efficiency to reality
    The building construction industry has been slow to embrace technology and slow to react to technology as it affects day-to-day business. Other industries have embraced technology with significant benefits of improved efficiencies, lower costs, reduction of errors and faster and easier ways to do business. Now, automation for participants in the glass industry via computers and the Internet will...
  • A starting point
    Contract glaziers, fabricators and glass-shop owners prefer comprehensive business software that keeps track of current and potential orders and manages resources on the back end. Most make do with a custom solution, or a series of programs that serves various purposes. Many readers call and ask for suggestions on where to get business and production software. To that end, Editorial Assistant...
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