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  • Find here a handful of automation solutions and some of the manufacturers that are incorporating them.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Eleven Must-Know Installation Tips From the Field
    Quality window installation involves more than following a series of steps. It also requires using the proper installation method for the application with the proper supplemental products and in the proper sequence. This may or may not be specifically spelled out. For either case, here are some tips from the field that will help installation go smoothly. Be familiar with the Standard... more »
  • Browse the latest offerings from leading window manufacturers. Plus, brush up on the key selling points dealers can communicate to their customers.
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  • Threshold to the outdoors
    Bringing the outside in has never been more tempting to homeowners with the variety of options on the market today. Whether multi-panel and multi-slide doors that blur the lines between inside and outside space, or traditional patio doors that provide a threshold to the outdoors suit the homeowner’s style, there’s something for everyone. Here, browse the latest styles dealers can add... more »
  • Fenestration follows suit in smart home technology
    Kolbe’s sliding door automation systems utilize an interactive wall switch, providing easy-to-use, push-button controls, as well as a feedback feature for serviceability. These systems are available for field-installation on Ultra Series and VistaLuxe complementary multi-slide doors, as well as Ultra Series TerraSpan Lift & Slide doors. (Image courtesy of Kolbe.) The popularity... more »
  • Getting to the root problems of installation and how manufacturers can address them
    The bold red color of the door helps distract attention from the issue, but the issue of the “frowning door” still needs to be addressed. (All images courtesy of the author.) Working with exterior doors is a tricky business. Manufacturers spend hours designing and assembling high-performing exterior doors that then endure many different factors that can lead to performance... more »
  • Creating the framework for new product development
    Seldom can you stand still—you either move forward or stagnate and lose market share. A sound policy to generate sales growth is to strengthen your product line with innovative products. Developing new products enables manufacturers to appeal to a wider geographic arena as well as enter into additional markets. Interpreting Market Signals In developing a new product line, it’s... more »