Unique Innovations

2012 Crystal Achievement Award Winners






WTS Paradigm

Middleton, Wis.


An iPad selling tool, TouchQuote assists with the selling, quoting, pricing, and ordering process making the in-home visit quicker and easier than ever before. Also for use on jobsites, retail showrooms and other places windows and doors are sold, the product  makes it possible to quickly and seamlessly present a product line, gather information about a job, configure and price units, and close the sale using an iPad.


Configuration and pricing data can be customized, comparison quoting can be generated in seconds, and an agreement and/or invoice can be printed or emailed to the homeowner on the spot. The simplicity of the iPad brings both speed and professionalism to the sales process, with the software enabling sales consultants to focus on the customer and on the sale and not be distracted by calculating pricing and options. Window and door companies benefit because sales managers can see all consultants are using the best process on the market.


Supplying the window and door industry with configuration software for many year, WTS Paradigm leveraged its existing technology–used by many window and door manufacturers, distributors and dealers–to create TouchQuote for the iPad. The new tool enables one-time data entry that provides efficiencies through an entire life cycle of a window sale and eliminates mistakes and reworks due to re-keying and human error.






The Virtual Door Display was developed for use in Jeld-Wen's Design Center showroom.

Virtual Door Display


Jeld-Wen Inc.

Klamath Falls, Ore.

Combining the virtual (a digital screen) with the physical (a door panel), the Virtual Door Display features a programmable/changeable glass insert that can generate limitless possible design combinations. Housed in a door panel, the display screen showcases virtual glass designs—including grilles, blinds, decorative glass and leaded glass, thus reducing the need for multiple glass and door samples.

The Virtual Door Display was an in-house project at Jeld-Wen’s Design Center retail business unit.  It not only works in the showroom, but also at trade shows, home shows, and even for R&D, as it enables potential new designs to be taken for a “test drive.” The display eliminates the need for multiple physical samples–lowering cost and dealer investment. It also reduces the need for new physical samples when glass designs or options change. The technology enables written or video messaging on the virtual screen that acts as a silent salesman as well.

The unit allows multiple glass options to be shown on one door panel.

For the viewer, the unit shows subtle variations like caming, glass color and opacity. The illuminated screen also enhances the beauty of glass designs and enhances the customer's experience and engagement, through movement, color, selections and fun. Finally, it provides customers with opportunity to view multiple options that might otherwise be cost, space or logistically prohibitive for the dealer to showcase.


Other 2012 Crystal Achievement Award Winners: 




Most Innovative Window

Large Manufacturer
Designer Series Windows with SmartSync Technology
Pella Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
HSW60 Window/Door Combination
NanaWall Systems



Most Innovative Door

Large Manufacturer
Overture Folding Door Series
Royal Building Products

Small/Medium Manufacturer (Tie)
The Artisan Premium Fiberglass Door Collection
GlassCraft Door Co.


Most Innovative Component

Accoya Wood
Accys Technologies

Innergy Rigid Thermal Window Reinforcements
Deceuninck North America

Array Light Control System
ODL Inc.

Glass/Glazing Component
Bella Fleur Corp.





Most Innovative Plant

Vytex Windows


Most Innovative Machine

IG Production/Glazing
Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System
GED Integrated Solutions

Frame/Sash/Panel Fabrication
Sandy Door Machine
Eugénie Technologies





Most Innovative Marketing Progam

Large Manufacturer
Lead-Free Awareness Campaign
Simonton Windows

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Dealer Program
Sunrise Windows

Industry Supplier
Legacy Launch Kit
Phantom Screens


Best Product Literature

Company Catalog

Product Guide
Western Window Systems

Industry Supplier
Introductory Brochures
Brio USA


Best Industry Website

Large Manufacturer
MI Windows & Doors

Small/Medium Manufacturer
Provia Products

Industry Supplier
Quanex Building Products


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