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Safety Glass Experts: improving tempered glass production efficiency

2011-05-01 | Product news

This article takes a look at the most important task of companies operating in glass tempering - delivering correct glass in correct time to their clients, exactly according to the order. This requires that glass type, thickness, dimensions, edge finishing, tempering quality, optical quality and the glass amount be correct and delivery be correctly packed. To achieve all this, the entire production line has to operate in the best way possible from start to end. Moreover, in order to ensure adequate profit, the operational efficiency of production must be well adjusted and tuned, especially in these times when market competition is tougher than ever.

Safety Glass Experts: improving tempered glass production efficiency
Producing tempered glass consists of many different phases and it is important to master them all in order to ensure a good final result. Improving efficiency even a little can be an important part of the total final result. One can quite easily calculate the total impact of the enhancement of each phase by a per cent or two on a yearly basis. The results may be surprising and certainly motivate deploying the small but important steps towards improvement.
In this article I will treat this subject from three different points of view: production flow and control, machinery, and people. In order to ensure the best possible results, all these details need to be in order as they all have an effect on each other. As an example, even the very best production control system is useless if the machinery does not work correctly.

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It is important to choose a good and suitable production control system, which allows easy control and follow-up of the production flow. However, one must not forget that instead of selecting the best IT-system, it is much more vital to arrange the conditions on the factory floor in such a manner that efficient and flexible production is possible on the whole. The factory layout should be designed in a way that pendent products can travel easily in one direction without any obstacles, avoiding moving back and forth or even crosswise. This minimizes the time needed to move the products and also eliminates the possibility of misplacing or losing the...



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Article taken from Glass-Technology International bi-monthly magazine (6 issues per year)
Year: 2011 number: 3
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