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A tracking & automation webapp for glass production

Cardinal Glass Industries

Cardinal Glass manufactures glass for commercial buildings, solar panels, and other manufacturing and industrial
applications. Their facility in Georgia produces a special type of glass called “Specials” which are custom runs of glass that are cut to different shapes and require stamping with a logo before tempering (a method of “hardening” the glass for safety).

Each run of panes of glass needed logos of their various customers imprinted on each pane. Keeping track of which logo to use and their orientation, position, and direction was becoming a major problem and large, costly mistakes were being made. Applied Imagination was hired to create a web-application which would solve this problem.

Consulting & Discovery

We studied the problem with key stakeholders to understand the issues and vet out potential solutions. We spent many days around whiteboards but eventually we settled on a solution which would allow the manufacturing manager to “program” the different configurations into the system. This required a lot of standardization of logos and input data which we accomplished first.

We then had to standardize their loading and unloading processes in order to make the rules consistent making it possible to have standard logo rules.

We then standardized the logo orientation formats and came up with a simple way to communicate that to line staff.

Webapp and Display to Line Staff

We built a webapp for the line manager and the line staff to interact with that looked like this. There was a station for the loaders and a portal for the unloaders.

Screens for the loader and unloader staff were made to be easy to read and understand at a glance. They were kept very simple to simplify maintenance.

Admin Control Panel

We built a management control panel so that the system could be set up, current and historical status could be viewed, and diagnostics could be presented to ensure proper operation of the system.

Rule set Management – We built editing pages for rulesets with diagrams to make it easier for users and simplify training.

Documentation & Post Development

When we completed the project we provided Cardinal with complete documentation explaining the system and how it should be maintained and supported. We continued to support the system for the next 7 years while it was in operation.

Our company website was crippled by an attack and the Applied Imagination team came in to save the day. As soon as we notified them, they acted quickly and fixed our issues immediately before it could get any worse. We love that they continue to keep us updated throughout the whole process.Their customer service and expertise in handling the situation was top notch!
Lillian T
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