Errors Cost More Than They Seem

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Window remakes cost more than the material and labour, according to a window design software provider, who also claims businesses can save thousands of pounds every month to keep costs under control.

1st Degree Systems’ core Window Designer software allows fabricators to design windows that are manufactured and delivered to their customers but other products, which improve efficiencies during manufacture and delivery, can then be bolted on.


 “If you factor in the delay to other products in the manufacturing schedule, the delivery to site, the potential delay to the project for the installer and the reputational damage, then the cost of one remake is much more than what you may have estimated.”

– Greg Beachim 

Sales manager, First Degree Systems


Add to the bottom line

“Yet, these errors can be significantly reduced if the right design software is employed,” continues 1st Degree’s Beahim. “Not only that but further efficiencies can be realised that also add margin and profit to the bottom line.

“Window Designer automates what was once a manual process, where a product was drawn on to a sheet of paper, which was then emailed to a window company. Someone would then be employed to reprocess that order on to another system to be then sent down again to the fabricator to be re-processed again,” adds Beachim.

“At every stage you're creating a point of risk, a point of cost, a point where extra problems can be added.

“And, with input costs being pushed up due to the global supply shortages industry, some fabricators could face further margin erosion if they don’t do something about the costs they can manage, such as unnecessary waste.


Including the installer and homeowner

“With Window Designer, we have created a seamless suite of products to get information from the homeowner to the window installation company, through manufacturing, and back out to the end user again.”

Sales teams will sit with homeowners with Fengo2 to design windows that help win the sale. This gets fed into Cloud Retailer, which allows window installation companies to create instant quotes, release jobs to manufacture and check the status of orders in real time.

Once the order is with the fabricator, Production Manager offers visual planning for greater productivity; and Delivery Manager populates delivery routes.



Other bolt-on software includes Stock Assistant, an integrated stock management system, which offers just-in-time stock ordering, and Barcode Tracking, which gives full visibility of the work running through a given production facility.

Also available is Zandi, a CRM tool with pre-quote and pre-order facilities, which are seamlessly converted to Window Designer quotes and orders.

Picture: Greg Beachim, Sales manager, First Degree Systems.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
19th April 2022


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