Fenetech Launches Neo at User Conference

June 26, 2012

Cleveland, OhioFeneTech Inc. released its newest ERP software upgrade, FeneVision Neo, yesterday to an audience of 180 window manufacturer and glass fabricators at its 10th annual FeneVision user conference. The two-day event also incorporates the second annual Glass Processing Automation Days.

 Fenetech's Horst Mertes, left, and Ron Crowl in cruise ship garb for the official introduction of the company's Neo software.

"This is our future," said Ron Crowl, president of the Aurora, Ohio-based software supplier during the opening presentation. Its new upgrade, free for existing customers and offered to new customers with no price increase, is available for use on mobile tablets with free apps available from the App Store and Android Market. The upgrade also allows users to customize their screen background choices from the black Neo or a medium black version, both of which enhance the readability of charts and images.

The annual users conference is designed to update and train IT and production executives from existing window and door customers. FeneTech also gathers feedback from users at the event, Crowl noted, reporting that last year's event yielded 120 improvements in the software's sales tools, optimization and manufacturing components based on customer input. 

Thirteen additional suppliers sponsored the FeneTech event, which included short presentations about products and equipment, as well as tabletop displays. Speakers included Scott Knisely, president of Bystronic Glass, who introduced the company's new High Speed Assembly and Gas Press Line designed to accommodate production of triples.  While adopton of triple-glazing has been slow in North America, he noted, in Germany, triples represent 45 percent of the market; in Austria and Switzerland triple units are at 70 percent and expected to be at 100 percent by end of 2014. The new machine will be on display at the upcoming glasstec show in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Mike McHugh of Integrated Automation Systems offered a presentation on how manufacturers can make R5 windows more cost effectivelyHe presented test data showing how a mix of argon and small amounts of krypton, as well as asymmetric triple designs, could be used to achieve a variety of targeted performance levels.

Other event sponsors included AGC Glass Co. North America, Intigral, Stürtz Machinery, Caldwell Manufacturing, Roto Fasco, Ventana USA and Weiss with tabletop displays.