Software as an Investment, Not a Cost

Do you recognize this scenario? An employee armed with pen and paper wanders through the warehouse checking supplies. If supplies are low, the employee returns to the office inputting an order via telephone, email or fax. Valuable time is lost jeopardizing delivery dates.

This dangerous scenario occurs in small- and medium-sized glass companies throughout North America. It highlights bottlenecks to the overall success of your company. Bottlenecks in a glass factory can delay orders, idle employees, frustrate customers, and/or disrupt the entire process, including costing you time and money.  

For example, paper orders, tracking via spreadsheets, communication, optimization and planning are bottlenecks experienced by some small- and medium-sized glass companies as they struggle to survive and grow. Most bottlenecks, including these, can be solved by smarter solutions including software.  

Smarter facilities, run by smarter software solutions, are enabled by digitalization and automation through all aspects of the company, including communication with customers, suppliers and partners. Digitalization and automation are prerequisites for creating a truly “smart factory” of the future based on software. 

With advancements in technology, the development of the “smart factory,” and changes in consumer behavior, companies are finding the need to adapt an ever-increasing challenge. These challenges are actually opportunities for your company. Breaking routine, rethinking processes, and adapting/adopting new procedures presents opportunities, where smarter software solutions can be employed. Software solutions can control as much or as little of your factory as you want. Finding that balance allows software, when configured correctly based on the goals of your company, to flexibly meet your factory’s needs today, and grow with you into the future. 

Smarter software solutions are integrated, flexible, comprehensive, and malleable. They untangle bottlenecks, make printed order files outdated, manage inventory, enable better communication, optimize production workflows, ensure better delivery reliability, and make all processes easier and more efficient. When your company is more efficient, you can realize other benefits, such as reduced printing costs, decreased environmental impact, improved workplace and public image, possible rebates and reduced taxes, increased business opportunities with green-friendly companies, and sustainability.  

Profitability is rooted in your value chain, its speed, the ability to solve sudden problems, and how well all the components talk with one another in case a breakdown takes place. By employing an integrated software solution, you can guarantee materials management, purchasing, quote creation, manage inquiries, order processing, production flexibility, delivery capability, and much more.  

If you are looking to grow your business or keep up with current demand, have you thought how smarter software solutions can help reduce bottlenecks and grow your business into a thriving enterprise? 

Chris Kammer is the marketing lead for A+W Software North America. A+W Software provides software solutions for flat glass business of any size with any production environment. Its glass software is the intelligent backbone of your business. The company also supplies a full-integrated software solution for window, door, and roller shutter manufacturing, where all commercial and technical processes are under your control. Kammer can be reached at chris.kammer@a-w.com and 1.847.220.5237.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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