“It’s Like Shipping Spaghetti”: Constraints Lead SAF to Make Changes

“It’s like shipping spaghetti.”

After years of freight damage, glass companies, such as Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF), based in Atlanta, have had to make some changes to their inventory and shipping processes.

Because of continuous freight damages and rising costs, SAF announced its decision to scale back on its deliveries of extrusions measuring longer than 19 feet.

The company has extrusions that are 1/16 inches thick and 24 feet long, which John McClatchey, vice president of sales and marketing, compares to shipping spaghetti.

“Because … we’re shipping it on a common carrier that is also shipping everything from cereal to boxes of clothes and car engines, it’s almost guaranteed that the 24-foot lengths are going to get twisted up—like spaghetti,” says McClatchey.

“We have been, and everyone else who ships extrusions in our industry, plagued by freight damage … and it’s especially bad when we ship aluminum sheet and when we ship aluminum fabricated shapes,” McClatchey says.

Even though the damage claims have caused the company to make some changes, 24-foot extrusions will still be available; only they will no longer be shipped via less than truckload (LTL) freight.

“Folks will have to come pick them up, or we can deliver on a dedicated truck,” says Penn McClatchey, CEO.

To circumvent these changes, the company invested in extrusion fabricating equipment to cut to length.

“If all lengths are less than 19 feet, we can ship LTL as before,” the CEO says. John McClatchey explains that the decision to stop shipping the longer extrusions via LTL was a long time coming.

“What has changed, and the straw that broke the camel’s back, was being notified by the freight lines that [for] anything 20 feet or longer, they would be charging us as much as $2,000 more as soon as we go over 19 feet and 11 inches,” he says.

Hornos Pujol Delivers New Oven for Curved Laminated Glass

Spanish glass fabricator Cerviglas has purchased a new EVA LAM-PRO “jumbo” laminating oven from Pujol. The oven has a 1,200-millimeter high bending chamber that allows laminated glass up to 6.5 x 3.21 meters and curved glasses with an arrow up to about 4 feet.

“This new acquisition allows us to make a qualitative leap in our company. We have opted for the most advanced technology that we can find on the market today, Hornos Pujol, to be able to offer curved glass firings with high added value,” says Vicente Cervera, general manager, Cerviglas.

“Working with companies of the stature of Cerviglas is always an honor. This association incorporates a third variable: the choice of Evalam, manufacturer and international reference of EVA for architectural use,” says Joaquín Pujol, commercial director of Hornos Pujol.

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