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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Innovation is ageless: Five reasons to engage baby boomers in your innovation projects

Written by Rhonda Honke, InVision Edge

I like to think of myself as an open minded, inclusive person, but I have to admit that, at times, I too fall victim to stereotyping. I am a child of baby boomer parents. I have often thought, like some of you perhaps, that while ‘boomers’ bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to business, they aren’t forward thinking or innovative. Tell me you haven’t either heard (or said) any one of these things in the past year:

“Baby boomers are just too set in their ways to change.”
“We just have to wait it out until the baby boomers retire, then we can make changes.”
“Boomers don’t have the interest or ability to learn new things.”

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Learning vs failing: Five tips to encourage your employees

Written by Rhonda Honke, Invision Edge

rhonda-blog-picWhen I was younger, experiments were saved for science class. We’d formulate some sort of hypothesis, mix a concoction in a beaker, heat it up and watch it overflow like lava. We’d document what we did, the results we achieved, and make a call as to whether or not we proved out our hypothesis. Sometimes we were right and sometimes we were wrong — regardless, we always learned something as a result. Read More »

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