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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Make sure to catch the wave / Cutting Edge ideas, information, suppliers at FenCon18

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair

www.FenCon18.com, a follow-up to the initial window and door manufacturing conference in 2017, brings even more cutting edge information and suppliers to fenestration professionals.  Organizers are building on the preferred features of 2017 with a day packed full of seminars. The conference date has been moved to a Thursday with an early spring date – March 1st.  The 2018 conference is building on some of the very well received topics – Continuous Improvement, ERP software systems and factory automation but also bringing in a crisper focus on key topics such as more effectively implementing NAFS, finishing options for fiberglass door panels and special cold climate performance topics. Read More »

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FenCon18 Dates Announced

FenCon18 will be held on March 1, 2018 at The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg.

Visit FenCon18.com often to view updates to the program, speakers and exhibitors.

If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Nancy at info@fenestrationmanitoba.ca. Click here to view the here to view the FenCon18 Sponsorship Package.

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Check Out The FenCon17 Pictures!

The FenCon17 picture gallery is now available for viewing. Photos by Leif Norman.

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Why diversity is crucial to innovation success

Written by David Moskal, InVision Edge

Let’s say I work on the shop floor of a furniture manufacturing company. Senior leadership has decided that, as the focus of an innovation project, we need to come up with ideas for reducing errors and rework on the shop floor.

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Come prepared to be inspired, learn . . and most importantly – engage with window and door manufacturing people!

Written by Al Dueck, President, Duxton Windows and Doors and Event Chair, FenCon17

It’s been a some very busy days but there is a very rewarding set of results accumulating. An excellent group of fenestration suppliers have committed to the sponsorship and/or technical presentations at www.FenCon17.com on February 10th. Window and door manufacturing can be a challenging but rewarding business and we intend to help with that process in an ever more complex world. In fact, one of the challenges may be how best to allocate your time amongst the three different streams of seminars as it is possible and recommended to book sessions in advance to avoid a sold out situation. Read More »

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