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Answers at FenCon18: Rising costs force the use of automation to survive
By Al Dueck
By Al Dueck
North American window and door manufacturers are being confronted to a MUCH greater degree right 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 sets of options and performance requirements. And in today’s competitive world, every serious manufacturer will need to achieve greater efficiency/higher performance. In addition to making a great product, manufacturers MUST take advantage of the latest technology in production equipment AND software technology!
www.FenCon18.com will make available some excellent resources to find answers some key questions on more advanced, more effective manufacturing techniques. Michael Biffl, Sturtz Machinery Project Manager, “We think this conference is an excellent idea and creates an excellent opportunity for the fenestration industry to connect those dots!” Two seminar sessions amongst 3 streams will specifically focus on the impact of equipment automation.
Dale Treftz, Joseph Machine Company Project Manager ( www.josephmachineco.com ) and Bill Perry, GED USA Project Manager ( www.gedusa.com ), will be speakers on the first session. The combination of these sophisticated companies PLUS these highly experienced professionals – both Bill and Dale have more than 20 years of industry experience EACH – places some outstanding knowledge and experience in the room. Dale and Bill will use examples of automation applications in different real world situations and inspire manufacturing managers as to how they can use their analytical skills and automation resources to make your operation more effective. Bill Perry of GED USA says, “I’ve walked the floors of over 150 plants servicing, designing and implementing automation equipment and software.”
Additional automation equipment resources will be on hand by way of JRC – representing Sturtz Machinery ( www.stuertz.com ) and JSA Machinery (jsamachinerie.com) – representing ROTOX ( www.rotox.com ), featuring a number of companies with outstanding resources and experience. A second seminar with a focus on automation of manufacturing through advanced equipment will build upon the first session.
AND, what makes the content conference even more effective/ more complete is the presence of 4 specialized window manufacturing software companies – Fenetech ERP Software Solutions (www.fenetech.com), WTS Paradigm (www.wtsparadigm.com ), WindowMaker
(www.windowmaker.com ) and more recent addition Klaes (www.klaes.de/en ). To further extend the learning opportunity, special sessions will not only provide insights into ERP implementation but also something of a more advance half day session on ERP implementation by Fenetech and WTS Paradigm. PLUS, these companies will be showcased in the innovative Automation Technology Corner . . all created to give your window manufacturing company a step UP for the future. Go forward or get killed? This is your chance to learn and prosper!