In many of the markets in which we work the volumes being processed through glass and window companies are starting to increase – maybe not back to where they were 4-5 years ago, but definitely better than last year. The challenges for the industry come both from the increases and also changes in the products. 100 units today is not the same as 100 units 5 years ago. This is the first in a series of blogs of things you may like to consider as volumes increase.
In New Zealand the laws for insulation changed several years ago making double glazing almost compulsory. Double glazing requires around 4 times the storage and transportation capacity of single glaze. This movement to DGUs has coincided with a reduction in the number of houselots being manufactured due to a depressed market, meaning that the additional capacity required in glass and window shops has not been realised. As volumes increase I believe that many factories will find they are way short on capacity. Looking forward, and assuming that houses of the future will have an increasing amount of glass in them, and this seems very likely, the issue will become increasingly challenging.
The challenges for glass companies will be at finished goods and transportation. For window companies, where a DGU is effectively a raw material that comes into the factory for processing into a finished window, the challenges are far more complex.
In expectation of these changes we've developed our tooth based storage and trolley systems. These store DGUs in a small floor space foot print, while speeding up access to specific units, and keeping units separated to reduce scratching and rework. Feedback from customers who have implemented systems with the tooth technology have been very favourable so we expect that this style of DGU storage will become the norm as volumes increase.