Taylor to deliver keynote at FenCon19

Billy Taylor Headshot copyTaylor to deliver keynote at FenCon19

September 10, 2018 – In the on-going process of building a world class conference focused on window and door manufacturing, conference management has again secured an outstanding keynote speaker – Billy Taylor.

2019 will bring several important changes and improvements as the event moves to the newly expanded Winnipeg Convention Center in the very heart of city and near to the incomparable Exchange District as well as the Forks, home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! Despite changes and advances, one thing won’t change as the event will once again feature an outstanding speaker. Gary Glowa, President, Inkster Park Millwork, “I would attend FenCon19 – if only to listen to Billy Taylor again, that’s how good he is!” Read More »

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Picture Gallery – FenCon18

The FenCon18 picture gallery is available for viewing.

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NAFS again? Why should my company attend a FenCon18 NAFS session?

Two one-hour sessions are designed quite simply to provide excellent education on the North American Fenestration Standards (NAFS)regulations and provide your company with some better ideas, steps, processes – of how to get on side with less headache and confusion and cost. And you get an opportunity to at least indirectly, help improve the regulations by giving committee members input – not just dance to their rules! There will be approachable, experienced people on hand to talk to in plain English about how make the process more profitable! Read More »

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FenCon Returns to Winnipeg

February 8th, 2018 by DWM Magazine

Fenestration Manitoba will present FenCon18 February 28-March 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Last year’s first-ever FenCon drew about 150 people, and event chair Al Dueck of Duxton Windows and Doors says this year’s gathering could be bigger.

“Last year, we had a very solid turnout from literally coast to coast in Canada plus a mix of U.S. attendees, sponsors and presenters,” he said. “The feedback of ‘satisfaction’ from both attendees and sponsors was 90 percent  good or very good, and 90 percent  said they plan to come back.”

The event, which is organized by Fenestration Manitoba, will feature two days of educational sessions covering topics such as automation, energy efficiency, the recently updated North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), coatings, social media and more. There will also be tabletop exhibitors and social events.

“We are very pleased to note that the pre-registration to the event has even exceeded the kick-off level for 2017,” says Nancy Zubriski, executive director of Fenestration Manitoba. “We highlighted FenCon18 at WinDoor and found a real sound interest as there is now a much broader awareness of this manufacturing-focused conference.”

For more information or to register, visit the FenCon website.

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Rising Costs (or simply no access to capable workers???) FORCE the Issue – Use Automation to Survive! Answers at FenCon18

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair

North American window and door manufacturers are being confronted to a MUCH greater degree what with rising input costs as unemployment declines and as minimum wages are rising.  Additionally, the task of processing and delivering a high quality product on time is made ever more complex with growing sets of options and performance requirements.  And in today’s competitive world, every serious manufacturer will need to achieve greater efficiency/higher performance.  In addition to making a great product, manufacturers MUST take advantage of the latest technology in production equipment AND software technology! Read More »

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FenCon18 sneak peek: Integrating automation with industry 4.0 concepts explained

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair
Int automationThe fenestration manufacturing industry – including suppliers – come in many different sizes and “shapes” and yet all have the potential to benefit from the investments in technology. Klaes – a Rosenheim, Germany based company with 200 employees in 27 countries – has grown from start up to a global cutting edge status within the window, door and façade industry.

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FenCon18 offers roadmap to learn and help SOLVE the NAFs environment!

Written by Al Dueck, President, DUXTON Windows & Doors

There seem to be a LOT of people in Canada who are very frustrated by the state of the industry as it relates the NAFS regulation dilemma – or whatever you want to call it.  In a nutshell, a very important element of the Canadian window manufacturing and marketing environment began to change at least 10 years ago.  To this day, the response to those changes has been mediocre.  There is more than one theory but www.FenCon18.com will deliver some more important components to solving those issues.  Furthermore, several sessions at FenCon18 will solicit and entertain the input of window and manufacturing leaders! Read More »

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It’s time to act!

Written by Denis Perron, AdFast

We must not let our Canadian companies lag behind the integration of connectivity technologies.

Those who have implemented the Industry 4.0 concept have increased their productivity by 60%, reduced their operating costs by 50% and improved the overall quality of their products by 42%. The integration of 4.0 will allow us to stay ahead of the competition. We must distinguish ourselves by implementing the best practices in industrial process innovation.

We must acquire expertise to get started in 4.0. Examples include: Read More »

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FenCon18 – Automation Technology Corner

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair

The manufacturing world is changing very rapidly at this point in time.  We have seen it go “global global” but more recently we see and hear a lot more about using technology to become more effective and more efficient.  FenCon18 has been successful in not only attracting some of the most sophisticated software companies but also some of the most sophisticated automation equipment companies – an ideal combination!

Most recently, Joseph Machine Company (www.josephmachineco.comand GED USA www.gedusa.com ) have commited to sponsoring, speaking at the conference as well as participating in the Automation Technology Corner!  Read More »

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Technology corner, presentations, experts, conversation . . all at FenCon18

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair

Jan. 22, 2018 –  A conference ideally offers opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of developments that can positively impact your business and hopefully implement those changes at the right time. Today, we’re all hearing a LOT of chatter about Industry 4.0 and various ideas built around automation – taking advantage of sophisticated equipment combined with high tech software and presumably, people capable of making it work!

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