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December 4, 2019
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Digital Manufacturing

Digital transformation strategies may differ from one manufacturer to the next, but many have a common endgame. That is, to become a truly intelligent enterprise, where both operational and experiential data—and the insights that data yields—flow wherever they are needed throughout the business. Also, to the point where all manufacturing functions are integrated and where the entire supply chain is connected. What does the endgame look like for companies in the door, window and building product manufacturing business? Read More


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The Talk

By Rich Rinka

This is the second article in a mini-series on installation. The first describes the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two most common types of windows with regard to their mounting provisions (mounting flange and block frame). In this second installment, we summarize how these are properly mixed and matched.

Taking new construction applications as an example, the installation options could be organized in a matrix, in which the two principal window types are merged with the wall types. However, this is complicated by two factors. One, that either window type may or may not be mated with either an integral or non-integral brick mould (an exterior casing or trim such that the exterior brick, stucco or siding butts up to the window). And two, whether or not a wood buck (a framing assembly used to line the rough opening perimeter to provide an additional attachment surface) is used. Read more





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