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September 16, 2020
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The Maturation of Equipment and Automation

The equipment and automation category has spent the past years in rapid development and, although that development hasn’t slowed, with it is coming a maturation of the market. Factories are hyper-focused on high-performing machinery that seamlessly integrates with the other systems in place, delivers accurate results and is efficient enough to do more with less. Read More

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At a Glance: What's Happening at GlassBuild Connect This Week
What's Going on with Fenestration in Canada? This Friday, Sept. 18
A Glimpse Behind Roto's Manufacturing Curtain, Monday, Sept. 21
The State of Home Improvement, Tuesday, Sept. 22
NGA Partners with NAWIC to Support Women in Construction
Registration Opens for FGIA Virtual Conference
PGT Innovations Acknowledged with Workforce Innovation Award
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Milgard Windows & Doors Participates in Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Product Spotlight
Soft Tech V6 for design, estimation and manufacturing of windows and doors
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The Talk
Spotlight on Smart Hardware
By Laurie Cowin

Hardware manufacturers in 2020 are experiencing burgeoning demand for technologically advanced and hands-free hardware both as the world moves toward more automation and as touch-free options become necessary safety components in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Gray, director of sales for North American group at Roto North America, last year predicted a "proliferation of smart home products enter the market for windows and especially entry doors." 

The ability to operate windows and doors from a smartphone via Bluetooth technology is also growing, according to Aaron Mundt, director of product management - casement and commercial, AmesburyTruth. "This technology is expected to grow and expand into other product categories," he says. 

Check out the following smart hardware options from industry suppliers. Note: you must be registered and logged in to to see the content:

1. Roto Inowa by Roto North America
2. Precept Touch - Sliding Door Actuator by AmesburyTruth
3. Enginuity Automation for Patio Doors by Caldwell Manufacturing Co.

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