Volume 41, Issue 6 - June 2006
Scratching the Surface|
is Adding a Glass Scratch Removal System Right for You?
Over the last five years dramatic improvements have been made to glass scratch removal and restoration systems that have allowed the glass industry to produce effective solutions throughout the manufacturing and distribution chains. Unlike traditional methods of glass restoration, recent improvements have increased efficiency and productivity, allowing for the repair of a wide variety of damage types, from extreme to incidental scratching. As manufacturing and labor costs continue to increase, the idea of repairing glass damage has become a reality.
Manufacturers, distributors, glass suppliers, contractors and installers can all play a considerable roll in facilitating a scratch removal procedure that will enhance the supply chain, reduce scrap and increase flow times. The likelihood that glass can be scratched or damaged as it moves through the manufacturing process is considerable. In many cases precautions are taken to reduce the amount of damage in order to lower warranty costs. At our company we find that the majority of scratching damage occurs directly before, during and after installation. Coincidentally, when glass is damaged during the most expensive point in that process, the replacement costs can be in the thousands of dollars.
Glass scratch removal systems can be effective solutions at the end of the supply chain. Once the glass is installed, replacement costs increase dramatically. The labor cost increases as the glass is removed and exchanged. Glass installers and contractors often feel the burden of scratch damage during this stage and are plagued with deciding whether to replace it or not. Scratch removal offers an alternative solution that not only will lower material costs, but also the extensive labor costs associated with replacement. In addition, there is no turn-around time involved in repair; most damage can be repaired in minutes compared to the long wait to receive a new lite of glass.
Is Scratch Removal Right for You?
What System is Right for You?
• How efficient is your system in removing scratching damage? (Use 6 inches of damage as your template.);
These are some of the questions that will help you evaluate each scratch removal system. I strongly recommend looking at all of your options before making your final decision. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a system that doesn’t meet your needs. Many companies offer free training to potential, as well as current customers. This is a valuable perk. There is nothing better than training provided by the manufacturer, especially if it is offered free of charge prior to your purchase. This allows you to be trained on the system, and also evaluate the product to ensure it meets your needs.
Today there is no reason why glass scratch removal cannot provide a huge benefit to many businesses in the glass industry. Research the many scratch removal alternatives via the Internet and evaluate each company for profitability, productivity and ongoing support.