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The dream of paperless window factory is now a reality following the launch of First Degree Systems (FDS) new Bar Code Tracking programme.

Ideal for fabricators of any size, Bar Code

Tracking is a cost effective software solution that enables window manufacturers to track components and products as they make their way through the factory, giving managers a greater insight into their business and helping them operate more efficiently. The programme records every manufacturing activity on the factory floor and all information is displayed onscreen at the terminals, thus eliminating the need for paper.

Alan Bark, FDS’s sales and marketing

director of FDS discusses the new technology: “Bar Code Tracking offers complete traceability throughout the factory and is ideal for any fabricator serious about reducing their costs and saving time. It means fabricators can ditch the booklets they normally send around with each product, an item that can become lost or damaged anyway, and rely on Bar Code Tracking to monitor activity.”

Alan claims the programme is incredibly simple to use and can be easily customised

by the fabricator to suit their individual needs. “If a user wants to customise the software, for instance alter how information is displayed on the screen, it can be done without the need to consult an FDS engineer, making life much easier for the fabricator.”

Information available through Bar Code

Tracking includes how many windows have gone through the factory on a certain day; how long an employee spends at each station, helping managers identify if extra training is needed; and if there is a bottleneck in the factory.

“You can also monitor factory trends” Alan

adds. “For instance, there may be a trend for cracked profile or a slow down at a certain station for a particular product. Bar Code Tracking enables operators to take a picture of the damaged product using the integrated webcam before sending it back to the relevant station. This helps managers identify why errors have occurred so they can make sure it does not happen in the future.”

Bar Code Tracking is also a useful tool for streamlining deliveries. The programme will ensure the delivery lorry doesn’t leave with any missing components and can also

organise items within the lorry, telling clients which items to stack at the front and which at the back.

Furthermore, the programme runs on

low specification computers, meaning the fabricator does not need to invest in expensive hardware to enjoy the benefits.

“In the current marketplace, the successful,

growing fabricators are those investing in I.T and using the latest software to operate more efficiently. Bar Code Tracking is an essential tool for the modern fabricator and will ensure any window factory is operating at its optimum level” Alan concludes.

For more information call First Degree Systems on 01283 808042 or visit

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Suppliers in the construction industry are in for a treat at Eco-Build as Insight Data, the specialist provider of construction industry data, launches its new range of prospect databases at the show.

Since 2006 Insight has helped hundreds

of companies generate tens of millions of pounds in new business and Eco-Build has been chosen as the platform to launch the company’s new commercial, new-build and renewable energy databases.

Insight’s Commercial Director Helen

Costeloe-Hughes comments: “Generating new business is harder than ever, so any tools that help suppliers dramatically increase marketing response rate will benefit the industry.”

The company will be showcasing two new prospect databases, the Construction File and Renewable Installers. The Construction File brings together the UK’s major building firms including house-builders,

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main contractors, developers and major maintenance companies with 4,900 named senior contacts. The Renewable Installers database provides full contact details of over 4,500 companies who install renewable energy including solar, ground and air heat pumps and biomass.

Insight Data specialises in the construction industry and a full time team of researchers continuously telephone interview and update contacts on its database. Clients access the

prospect information via Salestracker, an in- depth market intelligence online software system. Over 500 users already rely on Insight Data’s Architects, Fenestration and Builders prospect databases, including world class companies such as Masco, Saint Gobain and Bowater.

Suppliers simply log-on to Salestracker, select their target audience and instantly create direct mail, email marketing and telesales lists, or a contact list for sales teams to follow up.

Eco build runs from Tuesday March 20 to

Thursday March 22 2012 and you can visit the Insight Data stand in the Green Shoots area, stand number S1563.

To find out more about Insight Data call 01934 808293 or visit

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