STARFRONT BEGINNER'S COURSE
The StarFront Beginner's Course (SBC) is aimed at user's who have used StarFront program a little or have experience in the Aluminium industry. The course covers using the StarFront program and details on how to configuring StarFront for your business.
The following is an outline of the topics covered in the SBC.
A. Important Industry Concepts
Glass Setting Blocks
Explanation of Installation and Update Process
Installation of StarFront
Setting program to run ‘As Administrator’
C. Running StarFront
Demonstration of the different ways of running StarFront
Explanation of Serial Number and registration process
Explanation of Activation Code and reactivation process
Reasons for registering and re-activating
Explanation of Rebuild Process
D. The StarFront Concept
Concept of Frame and Insert
How to decide which part is the frame and which the insert
Explanation of dimensions for Inserts
Setting Frame Sizes Equal
Setting Insert Sizes Equal
The Importance of References
Create a typical contract (Test1 with W1, W2 and SF1)
Explanation of why each contract and item needs a unique reference
Explanation of what a Key Violation is
E. Create a Sample Contract
Create a contract containing two casement windows
Explanation of all the steps of the design process emphasizing concepts such as new frame and new inserts
Explanation of that there is sometimes more than one way to create a design,
Explanation of why the mullion in panel b is not part of the frame.
F. Opportunity to create a sample contract
Give the students an opportunity to create a sample contract
G. Additional Explanations Required
Explanation of what StarFront does automate
Explanation of the relevance of the AAAMSA brochures
Explanation of the factors that affect the required inertia
Explanation of what happens when StarFront is not able to select the correct
Using the Inertia Spreadsheet
Selecting the correct wind loading for a particular project.
Problem with Inward Opening Doors
Explanation of why Clip44 has a problem with inward opening doors
Explanation of door adaptors for W95, W105, W120 and W150.
Particular Problems Experienced by Users
H. Further Design Explanations
How to change frame options
How to change insert options
How to change insert glass
How to use the glass panel insert
How changing the frame’s dimensions affects the insert
Explanation why the size of the sash and fixed pane are not equal
Question and answer session on the actual design process.
I Contract Costing
Contract Costing Button
Material Costs, wastages and discounts
Explanation of the concept of list prices and discounts
Concept of consumables and what makes up consumables
Explanation of square metre costs and what they can be used for.
Explanation of how StarFront calculates factory labour
Explanation of what factory labour rates are
Explanation of what factory overheads are
Explanation of the Fabricator spreadsheet
Explanation of Installation and transport costs
Description of the three different ways installation costs can work
Description of installation labour rate
Explanation of installation overheads
Explanation of perimeter costs
Explanation of additional costs
Explanation of Financial Factors
Explanation of % mark-up on materials
Description of why % mark-up should be approximately 100%
What contribution per system is Sheet price versus cut-to-size price plus
all the associated features such as :
Labour per pane cut
How to determine what contribution you should be working on
How to interpret the costing when the factory is low on work
Different costing strategies, such as simply doubling the
Material cost versus taking overheads and labour into consideration.
J. Costing Spreadsheet
Explanation on how to use the costing spreadsheet
K. Concept of Defaults
L. User Configuration
Explanation of the meaning of the various labour defaults
Explanation of how these should be changed as a whole not
Explanation of the importance of setting the costing defaults
Explanation of how the costing parameters can either be changed for a
single contract or for the program as a whole
Explanation of what the defaults button on the costing screen does
Discount and Waste Factors
Explanation of list prices on StarFront
Explanation must be given as to why the wastage on the glass file is not specified here
Default Wind Loading
Description of what the quote footer is intended for.
Description of how to adjust the blank space at the top of the first page for a letterhead etc.
Description of that a letterhead can be integrated automatically onto the top of the first page of the quote.
Explanation of the create Letterhead Button
Explanation of what this report should be used for.
Explanation of what this report can be used for.
Explanation of what report is used for and how StarFront back
calculates the contract value to obtain a unit price for each
Demonstration of the quote footer plus custom footer per contract
works and how the pictures can be included or excluded on the quote.
Explanation of the optimisation process that automatically happens on
the aluminium profiles.
Explanation of that this report can be faxed directly to their stockist as
Explanation of differences between the aluminium cost on the costing
screen and the aluminium cost on the aluminium order.
Explanation of how to edit an order before printing it and why one
should do this.
Description of why the user will see a difference between the Component cost on the costing screen
and the Component cost on the Component order.
Explanation of how to edit an order before printing it and why one should do this.
Explanation of the significance of pack sizes plus costing quantities versus order quantities.
Explanation of that this can be used as an order to their glass supplier
Explanation of the various features on the cutting schedule
Optimised Cutting Schedule
Explanation of the optimisation process
Explanation of possible error message and problems that can arise when requesting an optimised
Factory Labour Report
Explanation of how this report can be used to manage the factory labour.
Store Requisition Report
Explanation of how this report can be used to help control the issue of materials from stores.
Explanation of what is shown on the Design Spec and how this information can be supplied to the customer/architect for additional information on the contract.
Explanation of the warnings
Explanation of how comments can be added to each configuration via the ‘options’ button on the design
N. Other Speed Buttons
Demonstration of the following features:
The new button, and why it is disabled for the sections file only.
The delete button and why it is disabled for the sections file only.
The navigation buttons first, previous, next and last
The filter function
The search button (do several search examples to demonstrate)
Explanation of searching when a filter has been set
The list function
The print function (Explanation of that this is Wispeco’s official price list)
The labels function
Click on the image to print the image and sections properties report
Explanation of that this feature works exactly the same as the sections file.
Explanation of the concept of Component categories
Demonstration of how filtering of Component categories can be done within a specific system
Explanation of pack sizes and the pricing thereof
Demonstration of how users can add their own Component items
Warn against deleting Component items as they may be used somewhere in the program that the user is not aware of.
Tell students that they can set their own Component as the default but that this is covered in the advanced course.
Explanation of why Wispeco does NOT maintain the glass price
Explanation of the difference between sheet price and cut-to-size price
Explanation of why wastage is set per glass type.
Explanation of why it is the user’s responsibility to perform regular backups
Explanation of that StarFront automatically saves all work as the user progresses.
Explanation of where files are saved and which files are saved during the ‘save contracts’ and ‘save users settings’ portions of the backup process.
Explanation of what the restore process does.
Explanation of the relevance of restore when loading a StarFront update.
Explanation of why the restore process takes a long time.
O. Additional Menu Items
Explanation of the concept of saving one contract versus saving all contracts.
Explanation of how to use save contract to transfer a contract from one PC to another.
Explanation of how to use save contract to email a contract to Wispeco for assistance.
Explanation of how to use save user settings to synchronise multiple machine’s settings.
Explanation of how to use save to produce a backup in an alternative location.
Explanation of the purpose of the load function
Explanation of how to use load during the contract transfer process.
Demonstration of maintaining finishes
Warn about colour variances on colour samples
According to screen type
Explanation of how user’s can add their own finishes
Warn users that they have to maintain the prices on all finishes they add.
Explanation of the concept of and reason for frame defaults.
Demonstration of the graphics lookup feature on each option
Explanation of overall glass allowance
Explanation of what is meant by milling ends with the aid of a drawing on the board.
Explanation of the concept of and reason for insert defaults.
Demonstration of the graphics lookup feature on each option
Show users this feature but warn them that this facility is covered in more detail in the advanced course.
Demonstration of how users can change the overall clearances of doors.
Explanation of the significance of this when items such as hinges are changed from their default values.
Explanation of the automation of Component items by StarFront
Various User Manuals
SAGGA Glass Regulations
Explanation of when to call Wispeco and when they should be calling Stargate directly.
Emphasise that registration and re-activation can only be done by Wispeco and not by Stargate.
Explanation of the re-activation process.
Explanation of the importance of re-activating the program
Explanation of the registration process.
Explanation of the importance of registering the program
List of Stockists
Demonstration of to users how they can access a list of stockists.
P Additional Design Examples
5000 Sliding Folding Door
700 Patio Door
Clip44 shop front with sashes
Cottage pane casement window
What happens when there is not a section strong enough for a particular application.
How StarFront limits the type of insert that can be placed into a particular opening.
How to decide whether to use mullions continuous or transoms continuous.
Q. Questions and Answer Session