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May 30, 2018
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Modern Manufacturing: The state of automation in North American fenestration
Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a major shift in how vinyl windows are produced. In this shift, automation has become a primary focus. Read More
Crystal Achievement Award Nominations: Deadline Approaching
The nomination deadline for Window & Door's annual Crystal Achievement Awards is approaching. Residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers are encouraged to enter by June 13. Enter Now
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Dealer Day Registration Now Open
EU General Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect
Andersen Corp. Expands Bayport Manufacturing Campus
Western Window Systems Named Best Workplace
Product Spotlight
RoboFlow Window Frame System by GED Integrated Solutions
GED Integrated Solutions offers RoboFlow, a robotic vinyl window automation material handling system that is comprised of an integrated robotic handling station, a four-point welder and a twin-head robotic vinyl corner cleaning system. The RoboFlow system follows an integrated computerized schedule or barcode-generated scheduling to orchestrate the movements and flow of multi-stack vinyl frames or sashes onto a conveyor to the QB, or material handling robot. In conjunction with the conveyor, this orchestrates movements of the vinyl assemblies into and out of the cleaner. The QB turns the product around to clean all four sides of the product, as well as remove it and place it onto an off-load table that feeds the assembly or glazing lines. 
The Talk

By Craig Patchin

Window and door dealers are a product-focused bunch—and why wouldn’t we be? Manufacturer training and new innovative products are important parts of our world. We have to know how products will perform, compare and behave.

However, this focus can lead us astray, causing us to ask the wrong questions at crucial times. One recent concept I read, from the book “The Innovator’s Solution,” suggests we ask the question, “What job is my client looking to fill?” Let’s take a fictional example to see how this might work in our world. Read More

Monthly Reader Poll

Monthly Poll: RRP Rule Economic Impact

Last  month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not make any amendments to the controversial Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. In the review of the RRP Rule, which was required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the EPA did recognize some issues with the Rule, but ultimately determined that the “economic benefits of the RRP Rule outweigh industry complaints.” Complaints from the industry focus mainly on the expense associated with lead mitigation in cases where it is unnecessary—that is, in households without a child under the age of six or a pregnant woman present, the groups which the Rule intends to protect. 

How much of an economic impact has the Lead: Renovation and Repair Rule had on your business? 

How much of an economic impact has the Lead: Renovation and Repair Rule had on your business?
Dealer: enormous impact
Dealer: moderate impact
Dealer: little/no impact
Manufacturer: enormous impact
Manufacturer: moderate impact
Manufacturer: little/no impact
Economic impact is difficult to quantify





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