Planning system key to laser tube success


In any busy works department job planning is key to maximum efficiency, and the Top Tubes laser tube department is no exception, even more so now that a fourth laser tube machine is in operation.

Our Laser Tube Planning System – a customised extension of our Tube Manager software – has been in operation for about a year and a half and is now well proven and thoroughly bedded in.

Steve Powell and Adam Bradley

Dave Wise: “Increased workload due in part to

success of planning system”.

David wise on factory floor
Dave Wise: “Increased workload due in part to success of planning system”.


With it, we get an overall view of every job going through the laser tube department at any given time: the stage it’s at and when it will be completed. It enables us to juggle jobs if necessary, perhaps pulling a job forward if it’s especially urgent. Crucially, it allows us to keep a customer fully informed as to the progress of the work and to provide an instant answer to a customer without their having to wait.

As Dave Wise, Laser Production Manager, says, “An element of fire-fighting is inevitably going to be present from time to time in a busy department like ours, but this is fire-fighting in a planned manner”. “We’re sure”, he says, “that the increased workload that has necessitated our new laser tube machine is due in part to the success of our planning system”.

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