Latest Articles in All

  • In order to stay relevant, it seems companies have to be willing to go digital, especially given the younger generations roaming around with Apple products in hand, expecting accessible information at the swipe of a finger. But, the window and door industry seems to be lagging behind in some areas. For one, there are still many steps within the selling process that rely heavily on handwritten... more »
  • Fill out my online form. // more »
  • What the UK’s divorce from the EU could mean for the fenestration industry
    Last week, a new term was added to our vocabulary: Brexit. On June 23, UK voters weighed in on whether it should leave the European Union; a marginal 52 percent majority of the vote to leave won the referendum. In this thorough breakdown of the referendum, the BBC reported that the voter turnout was the highest for a UK-wide vote since 1992. As an immediate result of the referendum and British... more »
  • When I think about relationships, I first think about the bond I have with my immediate family. Undoubtedly, these three individuals forge the most significant and meaningful relationship in my life. I can only assume that the rest of the world also sees relationships through this familial lens. As I’ve matured, I have discovered that I tend to value relationships with everyone else outside... more »
  • Window safety awareness is ongoing
    First, we heard the ominous “freight train” high speed wind barreling down our street in the dark of night. Then, brief silence as the 80-year old oak tree pulled up from its roots and began its fall toward our house. The crash of the trunk and branches crushing our house didn’t just startle us but made our hearts pound as limbs randomly punched through the ceiling. A moment... more »
  • Find here a handful of automation solutions and some of the manufacturers that are incorporating them.
    View the product showcase Automation in Fenestration   more »
  • How manufacturers are incorporating automation in terms of safety and efficiency; what dealers need to know to sell it
    Pella’s Insynctive technology offers homeowners the flexibility of motorized blinds and window shades that can be controlled using a status indicator or remote control, or while away by connecting with a compatible home automation system. (Image courtesy of Pella.) In the last issue of Window & Door, we took a look at automation options available relating to convenience, mostly... more »
  • How a group of manufacturers incorporate Lean Manufacturing theory into action
    Workstations at Earthwise production facilities are designed for lean manufacturing with visual quality cues and written work instructions posted at every position. At this workstation, fabrication dies are located directly below the run-out table of a saw and are angled upward so the employee can easily access and operate them with a minimum of wasted space and motion. (Images courtesy of... more »
  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • An overview of Lean Manufacturing practices
    Image courtesy of PGT. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method of eliminating waste within a manufacturing system. While it’s most commonly used in manufacturing, it can be applied to any process to reduce the cycle time between order entry and receipt of payment. The “high value add” concepts and tools of Lean are fairly easy to understand but can be challenging to... more »