The high-tech equipment used in Wideline’s glass factory is the only one of its kind in Australia and has been featured in the September edition of Glass Australia Magazine, the official publication of the Australian Glass and Glazing Association.
Founder and Managing Director, Chris Logan, and General Manager, Ron Purcell, knew the future growth of Wideline depended on equipment that would allow greater control over manufacturing processes to control costs and ensure quality for our fabrication divisions. Chris and Ron undertook an international search to find technology that could maximise Wideline’s manufacturing as well as improve workplace health and safety.
A visit to the Glasstech trade fair in Dusseldorf introduced Chris and Ron to Intermac’s glass cutting solutions. Ron attributes the technology to allowing us to expand the types of glass we handle and manufacture, which increases the products and services we can provide, particularly in the architectural market.
The equipment has a multitude of benefits, it reduces waste, increases production efficiencies and reduces the manual handling of glass. The technology allows our window fabrication department to have the right glass in the right place at the right time which helps improve our lead times. The stock selector is able to return the unused or partly used sheets of glass into stock, which means significant savings of material costs. The carefully planned automated line reduces wastage to a minimum and with the accuracy of the machine and its superior cut has resulted in a 50% decrease in waste and a 50% increase in productivity.
The reduction in manual handling of the glass also has a significant effect on safe work methods and improved the health and safety of the glass operators. As a family owned and operated business since its establishment in 1971, Wideline’s commitment to the wellbeing of staff has been central to its core values.
The cutting edge technology improves the quality of the workplace and the quality of the product, so is a perfect match for ensuring Wideline continues to be one of Australia’s most trusted window and door companies.