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September 23, 2020
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Achieve an Integrated Factory Through Software and Digital Tools

Despite the recent rise in digital spaces and tools, and the increased adoption of software, industry leaders say the industry has further to go in terms of getting equipment—and people—online. Software companies are developing solutions that connect software solutions to hardware, expand the Internet of Things, and streamline automation and interconnectivity on the factory floor. Read More

Legislative and Regulatory Insights for the Industry
Washington, D.C., continues to experience record levels of gridlock and the upcoming November election will further challenge the ability for meaningful action. Join WDMA’s advocacy staff this Friday as they provide an in-depth look at key issues facing Washington and the industry as a whole and where they’re headed. Bring your questions for this live, interactive webinar. Note: you must be registered and logged in to to view content. Attend the Education Session
Mark Your Calendar for Free Education Sessions at GlassBuild Connect
At a Glance: This Week at GlassBuild Connect
On Demand: How to Achieve More Efficiency and Durability in Window Construction, presented by Continental
FenestrationMasters | NAFS Requirements, Sept. 23, 2 p.m. ET
Historically Accurate Windows, Sept. 24, 2:30 p.m. ET
What's Trending in Manufacturing Panel Discussion, Sept. 28, 1 p.m. ET
Women in Construction Roundtable, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. ET
Trump Administration Lifts Reimposed Canadian Aluminum Tariffs
DOL Revises Regulations for Paid Leave under FFCRA
Single-Family Housing Continues Growth in August
NFRC to Host Fall Membership Meeting Online
Builder Confidence Hits All-Time High, Lumber Risks Remain
NGA Releases New Resource on Vacuum Insulating Glazing
Product Spotlight
Quanex Is Here and Can Help Reduce Your Screen Time
Struggling with inventory? Devoting too much floor space to screens production? Looking to boost plant efficiency?
Quanex’s full-service screens outsourcing solutions can help. Built to your exact specifications, packaged to your preference and delivered according to your production schedule, count on Quanex to meet your every need. Eliminate extra inventory, save costs and floor space, and redirect your capital to higher-margin manufacturing. Learn More.
The Talk
Connected Equipment and the Future of Manufacturing
By Laurie Cowin

Machinery isn’t exempt from the world’s shift to technology-based solutions. Ready or not, automation is the future of manufacturing. Companies today have no choice but to embrace Industry 4.0 in their manufacturing practices or run the risk of being left behind, according to leading industry machinery and equipment suppliers.

Industry 4.0 is a broad and, at times, daunting term. At its most basic level, Industry 4.0 is computers connecting and communicating with each other, often taking human involvement out of the equation. Window + Door sources estimate half of daily tasks will be automated within five years.

Today’s machinery for manufacturing residential windows and doors is reaching a new level of maturity to further address user needs such as automation, efficiency and labor concerns. The product 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. Equipment manufacturers 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. Continue reading for more information on products in this category and to find related education sessions





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