No. 2, September 2007
Time ﬂies! Four months have passed
since our last newsletter. In that news-
letter we informed you about the new
In Memoriam Kees Stapel
XPAR Vision and the changes to our It is with great sadness that we have Freek. Kees was just 54 ‘years
market approach (selling solutions). This to inform you that our colleague, young’. Kees made a signiﬁcant
newsletter is, therefore, a logical follow- Kees Stapel, passed away suddenly contribution to the development
on from the last one. and unexpect- of XPAR Vision, from the very ﬁrst
edly on Friday moment he joined our team. We
We are currently in the process of ﬁne- August 31. greatly appreciate his contribution.
tuning our capabilities and organisation Kees suf- Kees leaves a partner Helga, and
with regard to our altered market fered a fatal children Freek (14) and Lilian (12).
approach. We have moved into our heart attack Farewell Kees. We will miss you
new ofﬁce, launched our new web- after having greatly.
site, presented the new XPAR Vision played tennis
at the shows in Prague, Shanghai, with his son Your colleagues.
Moscow and Cairo, installed a few
more IR-D systems, introduced our product
to the Korean market and we are now Change of market approach:
preparing to roll out a ﬁnal version of the
polysigma software to all our customers. implementation
In this newsletter you’ll read more about
In the previous newsletter we focus on actually solving customer
informed you about the changes problems while implementing XPAR
to our market approach (selling into their organisation. With regard
To change the subject dramatically though, solutions). In order to realise the to ﬁne-tuning our organisation we
we were shocked by the news that on changes to the market approach, we have now implemented ‘customer
Friday August 31 our colleague, Mr. Kees are ﬁne-tuning our capabilities and ownership’ within our company.
Stapel, passed away suddenly and organisation. With regard to ﬁne-tun- A ‘customer owner’ takes care of
unexpectedly. Those who have worked ing our capabilities, we have started customer requirements from the
with and/or knew Kees will understand the ISO certiﬁcation process, we are very beginning, right through the
that we all will miss him greatly. investing in further training for our “customer lifetime”. The customer
This newsletter starts with his obituary. staff (speciﬁcally on glass forming owner will actively take the initiative
and six sigma) and we are develop- to take the customer to the next
ing new training material. The new level of XPAR system usage in their
training material will allow us to organisation. We are deﬁnitely not
there yet, but you will undoubtedly
notice the changes. For the moment
New website for XPAR Vision our customer owners are Jeroen
We have recently launched our new website: www.xparvision.com. It represents Vincent, Michael Podgorski, Raﬁk
the new XPAR Vision. If you have any suggestions for further improving this website, Kerimov, Paul Schreuders and Joop
please do not hesitate to contact Martina van Ens and/or Koos Huisman. We are Dalstra. In the coming weeks they
happy to take on your suggestions and use them to improve our website. will introduce themselves further
via our website.
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Software Polysigma updated and released
As well as introducing our IR-S and new version will be accompanied by an the opportunity to introduce our new
IR-D system, we have also updated our updated manual. XPAR Vision approach personally. Last
software for the Polysigma. This version but not least, we will shortly review the
will be the last one for the Polysigma. All Polysigma users will be contacted in production process and the use of XPAR,
Compared to former versions of the the period between October 2007 and and will provide advice about potential
software, the latest version has some March 2008. We intend to introduce this improvements that need to be made.
new functionalities (multi product latest version to our customers effective-
management, reject analysis and ly. As well as installing the software we We intend to use the roll-out of the latest
machine pulse) and some improved plan to take the time to fully explain the version of our software as a means to
functionalities (ware transport, new features and to train the customer in strengthening the relationship with our
product settings, image processing). This using them. In the meantime we will take valued customers.
HE warespacing: Roadmap to perfection
In many glass plants the HE transport of the IR-D system : the variations between equipment we have you can effectively
containers from the IS machine to the lehr and within the cavities. With those two manage the process of improvement,
is a source of loss in terms of both products elements in mind, the basic root causes of easily address speciﬁc areas that need
and time. Our Infrared technology is an bad warespacing can be explained and improving and clearly evaluate the effect of
excellent tool to help visualize the root corrected : that improvement.
cause of these losses: poor warespacing
and spacing between the containers.
More effectively controlled warespac-
ing will lead to a reduction in losses, a
lessening of speed limitations, will reduce
critical defects (surface damage), will
lead to less time being spent on cleaning
and adjusting, will provide an improved
Poor spacing Perfect spacing
working environment for the operator, a
better understanding of the process and
will contribute to a higher output.
1. Timing pusher. As shown above, poorly controlled spacing
Together with the technology, we also have 2. Pusher movement. leads to losses and can be a source of
the expertise needed to solve your basic 3. Conveyor belt speed. critical defects such as spikes on the
problems without needing to change the 4. Set up pusher ﬁngers. outside surface.
In most cases we have seen that the most In the next newsletter we will look at:
The most essential elements are clearly important step is to start with a proper showcasing the route to perfection, HE
shown in the warespacing overview of standardisation program. By utilising the warespacing in Latin America.
The exhibitions New ofﬁce for XPAR Vision
So far we have exhibited in Prague, At the beginning of July we moved into a
Shanghai, Moscow and Cairo. The new ofﬁce in the city of Groningen. The
XPAR systems were well received new ofﬁce is located just a few kilometres
at every exhibition we attended. from the previous one, just outside the city,
There were many visitors ( 25,000 at in a beautiful, green setting.
Shanghai) and we have made masses
of new contacts which will help us Unlike the previous ofﬁce, all our staff are
to penetrate these areas further. In now located on the same ﬂoor and use
November we will join the Glasstech the same corridor. No doubt this will help
Asia in Bangkok. to streamline our internal communication
and raise team spirit. Customers, too,
will undoubtedly beneﬁt from this new
arrangement. Customers will also beneﬁt
from our renewed training facilities. Our
training facilities are equipped with a new,
realistic, conveyer belt. The conveyer belt
will be used for the purposes of customer
training and to test new software and
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