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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Learning vs failing: Five tips to encourage your employees

Written by Rhonda Honke, Invision Edge When 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 […]

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Setting goals, action plans, priorities, and phases

Written by Matt Batcha, Fenetech Create a plan Now that you know what your needs are it is time to create a plan. While it would be nice to go out and purchase all the latest machinery and software to create an integrated facility, it simply is not that practical as this would require very […]

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Deciding what you need

Written by Matt Batcha, Fenetech Identify your needs Now that you have created a vision of your reality, you must identify your needs. Do you have equipment that can be upgraded to provide a level of automation that creates value by reducing labor, improving quality, and throughput? Do you have islands of automation that, while […]

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The Steps to Automation and Integration

Written by Matt Batcha, Fenetech Perform a performance baseline The first step in creating an integrated facility is to perform a performance baseline to establish your reality.  As you do this, determine if your work cells are automated.  If yes, this is a great jumping off point. If not, can the work cells be automated? […]

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Automation, integration, or both?

Written by Matt Batcha, Fenetech Define the future of your manufacturing model Automation is defined as the process of utilizing control systems to remove human intervention from a task. The benefits of automation include reduced labor, higher repeatability, and increased quality.

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