FenCon19 workshop: Making the Pivot – Tips and tricks in tilt/turn window manufacturing

T&THigh performance venting windows are becoming an increasingly important but ever more complex part of window and door manufacturing.  One of the more unique workshops at FenCon19 will burrow into some of the finer details of both “euro style” inward opening versus North American style outward venting windows.  Clearly, the greater awareness of Passiv house technology has also exposed builders and increased awareness of tilt/urn windows.  However, a limited number of North American window and door manufacturers have extensive knowledge of these products, how they are created, how they function, how they are marketed or even how they are serviced after sale.
Stephan Nies, product expert with Siegena hardware, will present the benefits of tilt n turn windows and doors. Stephan’s presentation – backed by his local partner FENTRO based in Manitoba – will considerable detail down to the process of preparing for and installing this specialized hardware, albeit very popular in main-land Europe, especially Germany.   Stephan’s workshop presentation – featuring product and hardware samples – will alsoinclude all kind of safety aspects for homeowners and tenants.  Additionally, the Siegena hardware feature will showcase these  windows operation when combined with electronic comfort features to create the right room and personal comfort.

Aaron Mundtof AmesburyTruth – the North American “twist” to the workshop – will provide market insights into the latest hardware applications on outward opening casements and awnings. Aaron notes, “We will discuss industry trends for window and door performance, codes, consumer preferences, and manufacturing efficiencies that can offer opportunities that align with your company’s strategic goals. Examples of how these trends are driving product innovation will give a deeper understanding of growth opportunities. And considerations regarding supply chain service and capabilities will help demonstrate the need to create strategic industry partnerships that will benefit your business.”

Whether your interest is a more “traditional” North American product OR an interest in learning about the unique benefits of Tilt N Turn windows and doors, we think this work shop should prove to be highly informative.  Our goal is to truly engage your thought process on the full range of considerations – from market considerations to design to manufacturing to marketing to after sales service. In or out, the reality is that the market for a combination of high performance product (low U value, low air infiltration) is continuing to grow.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain both some unique Insights into these options as well as to discuss these options with these industry experts.  Furthermore, this conference very uniquely builds an environment where that type of engagement with window manufacturers from various parts of the continent is encouraged!

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FenCon19 seminar: The Big Finish – Painting your own door panels is easier than you think

doorFenCon19 is ALL about delivering valuable knowledge in the manufacturing process of creating superior windows and doors. We can only deliver by tapping into talent and experience and AquaSurTech’s Maria Jasminez certainly brings a huge amount of both. By a stroke of good luck, Maria has in fact spent a solid 23 years working within the door manufacturing industry while the past 4 years have held a focus on putting the finish on door panels.
“It surprises some of our best customers to find that getting into the process of finishing door panels is much easier than expected,” says Maria, “We have also seen some of those door manufacturers move VERY quickly once they realize the benefits.” AquaSurTechhas been supplying water base for 25 years and has more expanded their capabilities with a one-two combination of an automated door panel painting system – the LH1100 (capable of painting one side in 4 minutes, as well as the Flamepro automatic preparation machine.  Maria has seen demand for both systems take-off as she was able to complete multiple installations of each system in the past year.The FenCon19 workshop on fiberglass door panel finishing will see Maria discuss a number of different topics.  The amazing range of wood grain Fiberglass door panels – with quite a mix of cherry, vertical grain and oak – has challenged the “finishing industry” to develop ever better capabilities to really bring out the details.  “Its part art and part science and my workshop will be an excellent classroom session where you’ll get some tips on how to complete the most amazing works of art,” says Maria.  And, that’s on top of some extra insights into the rebounding interest in smooth skin fiberglass door panels, a response to the market which has an on-going demand for clean, contemporary details including flush glaze door panels.

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Pick your Passion but pick an Inspiring, Educational Workshop

Written by Al Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

High performance venting windows are becoming an increasingly important but ever more complex part of window and door manufacturing.  One of the more unique wContemporary handle coverorkshops at www.FenCon19.com will burrow into some of the finer details of both “euro style” inward opening versus North American style outward venting windows.  Clearly, the greater aware ness of Passiv house technology has also exposed builders and increased awareness of Tilt N Turn windows.  However, a limited number of North American window and door manufacturers have extensive knowledge of these products, how they are created, how they function, how they are marketed or even how they are serviced after sale.

Stephan Nies, product expert with Siegena hardware, will present the benefits of tilt n turn windows and doors.  Stephan’s presentation – backed by his local partner FENTRO based in Manitoba – will considerable detail down to the process of preparing for and installing this specialized hardware, albeit very popular in main-land Europe, especially Germany.   Stephan’s workshop presentation – featuring product and hardware samples – will alsoinclude all kind of safety aspects for homeowners and tenants.  Additionally, the Siegena hardware feature will showcase these  windows operation when combined with electronic comfort features to create the right room and personal comfort.

Aaron Mundt of AmesburyTruth – the North American “twist” to the workshop – will provide market insights into the latest hardware applications on outward opening casements and awnings. Aaron notes, “We will discuss industry trends for window and door performance, codes, consumer preferences, and manufacturing efficiencies that can offer opportunities that align with your Company’s strategic goals. Examples of how these trends are driving product innovation will give a deeper understanding of growth opportunities. And considerations regarding supply chain service and capabilities will help demonstrate the need to create strategic industry partnerships that will benefit your business.”

Whether your interest is a more “traditional” North American product OR an interest in learning about the unique benefits of Tilt N Turn windows and doors, we think this work shop should prove to be highly informative.  Our goal is to truly engage your thought process on the full range of considerations – from market considerations to design to manufacturing to marketing to after sales service. In or out, the reality is that the market for a combination of high performance product (low U value, low air infiltration) is continuing to grow.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain both some unique Insights into these options as well as to discuss these options with these industry experts.  Furthermore, this conference very uniquely builds an environment where that type of engagement with Window manufacturers from various parts of the continent is encouraged!

 

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Cutting-edge “thin glass” and forward-leaning dynamic glass coming to FenCon 19

Written by Al Dueck, President, DUXTON Windows & Doors

FenCon19 delegates can look forward to connecting with an experienced and highly engaged expert on cutting-edge insulating glass.  Robert Clarke, is co-founder of Southwall Industries and later Alpen, Inc., based Denver, Colorado. He has been involved in developing leading types of insulating glass for 40 years and continues to “push the envelope” – but then he still plays ice hockey so we shouldn’t be surprised!

One of the challenges in “ramping up” (or lower U values) performance in fenestration is the limits built into existing window systems, especially south of the 49th parallel.  Furthermore, certain types of fenestration such as sliding – vertical or horizontal – tend to have even more limitations as they create their sash elements within limited frame depths.  Robert has joined forces with other innovators including Kyle Sword, senior innovation leader at Pilkington Glass, Brad Begin, president and owner of Alpen High Performance Products as well as Steve Selkowitz, senior scientist at LBL in California.  This experienced team with amazing resources has

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Left : Robert Clarke | Middle : Cutaway of “thin glass” IG | Right : Dynamic glazing variation

been able to utilize “thin glass” from Pilkington (popularized by a similar product in smart phones) and higher-performing krypton. They have applied creative thinking and innovative approaches to develop very high performance within a smaller “pocket,” such that it tends to fit more easily into more limited sash cavities.  In classic breakthrough thinking, Robert and his team are also creating additional options where a “floating thin glass” concept and/or “quad configurations” can deliver even greater breakthroughs – albeit back into fenestration products that can accommodate/designed for “fatter” IG’s.

Robert – in his typical enthusiastic voice – provides some additional tempting thoughts as he mentions that he will bring other emerging technology to FenCon19.  A new California company is n advanced stages of developing new higher-performing types of dynamic glazing. Some might call it the magic bullet solving many building envelope issues!

Attendees will have a unique opportunity to get insights into human ingenuity at work – creating solutions that might well allow us to meet some of the Paris Accord objectives, never mind the viable world for our children and grand-children.  Robert will NOT be able to attend a Winnipeg Jets game BUT you WILL be able to spend some time asking questions and engaging a well-informed fenestration professional at www.FenCon19.com.  And, as Winnipeg is the city which “invented” triple pane glass, it somehow seems highly appropriate that it can continue to be a “seedbed” on further innovation!

 

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Fenestration Valley – the ideal place for a world class Manufacturing Conference!

20180301-IMG_3419Written by Al Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

We have all probably attended events and conferences in distant places, some of which have proven to be challenging in travel time and energy.  And, in today’s digital world, people want to promote the idea that personally attending conferences is unnecessary.  We’d like to posit the theory that Winnipeg is in fact the ideal location for a serious conference focused on window and door manufacturing considering several key factors! Read More »

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Lean at FenCon19 – Take a fresh look at your process

20180301-IMG_3664“Our competitiveness demands we exploit Lean because it is the foundation for the advanced manufacturing technology to come.” – David Hogg, ATJ Insights, FenCon19 presenter. FenCon 19 has developed a short but intense window and door manufacturing conference that is even more focused on Lean (Continuous Improvement) with even more highly qualified and knowledgeable/experienced speakers.  Let’s just take a quick look at some of the highlights in what a driven manufacturing expert will encounter.

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FenCon19 – Time to Start Spreading the Word

20180301-IMG_3435Fenestration Manitoba has been spearheading the development of a short but intense manufacturing-focused conference very centrally located in a North American context and in a very cost-effective location, format and context.  Each of the first two years included a three-stream day of one-hour sessions with lots of focus on manufacturing, automation, continuous improvement (or Kaizen) as well as a few additional topics such as materials and finishes.  Each year also featured a keynote speaker with a focus on the future and how it will impact our manufacturing activities.  Each initial year also resulted in a very positive rating from sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.  FenCon 19 intensifies those primary elements with a few additional features and components.

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Hodgson to deliver opening keynote at FenCon19

Glen Hodgson2Oct. 22, 2018 – Glen Hodgson has 36 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics.

Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Conference Board of Canada, where he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for twelve years. He recently joined International Financial Consulting Ltd. as a Senior Associate, and the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow. He has travelled the world and Canada as an economic analyst and public speaker, financial negotiator, and advisor to governments, businesses and international organizations.

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FenCon19 Hotel

Special Hotel Room Rates for FenCon19 Participants

*Book by February 12, 2019 to take advantage of this special room rate.

Delta Hotels Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Avenue
*The Delta Hotel is connected to the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre by a walkway.
Room Rate – $154.00 CAD per night.

Use this online link to book your FenCon19 hotel room by February 12, 2019.

Or call The Delta Hotel toll free number and speak to their Central Reservations department at 1-844-294-7309. Tell them you are booking under the Fenestration Manitoba room block.

More information at FenCon19.com

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FenCon19 registration up and running

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The website for FenCon19, coming March 6 and 7 to the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, is live with online registration available. The event hosted by Fenestration Manitoba welcomes window and door fabricators from across country for superior education and networking opportunities. Read the full article here.
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