Make installations faster, create more productivity, make installations more consistent and cleaner, reduce installer caused damage, increase auto dealership work, save on labor, reduce re-do's, save 10-20% in material, increase installer satisfaction, save on training costs, and decrease film theft.
There are as many different ways of installing window film as there are vehicles. Some installers file top edges of the side windows while others leave a gap, some tuck the film behind the weather-stripping while others do not, some leave the release liner on while installing the side windows while others do not, etc. Install slightly to experience the efficiencies of ComputerCut. Installers must be willing to adjust the way in which they install.
No matter how fast you are there is not an installer in the world who can cut film and clean the windows at the same time. While ComputerCut is cutting the film the installer can be cleaning the windows. Rear windows are one step. There is no need to cut the rear window twice and use a light to see the cuts. Just heat shrink and install.
ComputerCut is designed so you can use almost any sized plotter as long as it can cut film. To do one piece rear windows you need material at least 40" wide, therefore our 40" plotter is most popular. ComputerCut has templates for 2 piece rear windows so you can use a 24" plotter or if you feel you will also have a large demand for flat glass windows you can use plotters larger than 40".
When properly used ComputerCut can provide from 10-20% savings on material and approximately 15-20 minutes installation time per vehicle depending upon installer experience. In addition, if ComputerCut is promoted effectively many dealers see a 10-20% increase in business.
The primary manner with which ComputerCut saves on material is to pre-arrange the vehicle window templates on the computer for optimum efficiency. While many owner/installers will try to minimize waste many employee/installers do not concern themselves with this. ComputerCut does it for them by placing window templates in areas of the film where either they normally cannot cut or would not cut a template. Below are some diagrams showing this.
Example 1- Here the front windows are spaced for the maximum width of a 40" roll which allows the quarter windows to be placed between the two front windows. While this can be done by hand many installers do not take advantage of this. This results in 3.9 sq. ft. of film savings.
Example 2- Here a contoured front strip is placed on top of the rear window. This not only makes good use of material, it can add $20-$30 to the price of tinting a vehicle when sold as an add on to the sale. Many customers will purchase a contoured front strip because it provides more of a "factory" look and not the "eyebrow" look associated with a hand cut front strip.
Example 3- In this example a rear window of a four door vehicle is wedged in between the two front doors resulting in 2.6 sq. ft. of material savings. Obviously this is for when side windows are of the same color. This cannot be done when cutting the film manually.
Example 4- These are windows from a Dodge Caravan. The height of these windows is higher than 20 inches therefore they cannot be stacked on top of each other and fit a 40 inch roll. These windows also have a bit of a curve and need to be heated. Most installers will normally roll the film out lengthwise so they can place the fingers on the bottom and heatshrink them. This wastes a considerable amount of film. ComputerCut places the images vertically and in the notes section points out how to heat the windows on the sides. By automatically placing the windows vertically, it forces the installer to install the window in this manner and saves 7sq. ft. of film.
The greatest amount of material savings is achieved when the templates are cut off the plotter. ComputerCut allows a window to be cut at the exact edge of a window. Hand cutting of the film does not allow for this so even when an installer is trying to minimize the amount of material used, there is always at least about 2" of film waste per side of the window. This amounts to over 3 sq. ft. per vehicle. If an owner does not watch the way an employee/ installer cuts the film this waste can be considerable and possibly double the square footage per car. Other savings can be achieved from the use of tools. Since ComputerCut almost totally eliminates hand cutting, it drastically reduces the number of Olfa blades an installer uses.
It takes an installer an average of 15-30 minutes to cut the sides and rear window of a four door vehicle. Once a vehicle is pulled up on the computer, it takes ComputerCut about 3-5 minutes. While many installers will claim they can cut a vehicle this fast one thing they cannot do is cut and clean the windows at the same time. This is where ComputerCut really saves the time. While the vehicle is being cut on the plotter, the installer can clean the windows. Rear window installations save more time. Just place the template on the rear and heatshrink. For an installer to do it by hand he must cut the window twice using a light to see the cuts. With ComputerCut it is one step process without having to use a light. Using ComputerCut, an experienced installer should be able to do most any 2 or 4 door passenger vehicle in 40 minutes or less. With two installers 20 minutes or less.