VEKA forms new digital solutions company
July 8, 2019 - In a move to expand its product portfolio with digital, forward-thinking products, VEKA announces the formation of stand-alone company Digital Product Solutions Corporation (DPS Corp.).
DPS Corp. will work closely with VEKA’s customer base to bring cutting-edge digital solutions to the window and door industry, with potential for entry into the outdoor living market space as well. This venture is part of a global initiative by the VEKA Group to offer digital solutions to markets around the world.
Currently in beta testing, WIN, short for window intelligence, introduces Near Field Communication (NFC) to window and door products. This patent-pending system creates a digital double of the product through cloud computing and hand-held mobile devices. A web-based program called a web cockpit, interacts with the fabricator’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to build a complete dossier of a window or door and tracks it throughout its life cycle.
The product information is then accessed through mobile applications: WIN Passport, designed for the home owner/facility manager and WIN Passport Pro, designed for professionals, installers and contractors. Available for iOS and Android Systems, the applications offer options for testing data, service, reporting or warranty claims, and more.
Joe Peilert, President and CEO of VEKA North America, comments, “DPS benefits from the research and experiences of our German parent as well as UNIORG, an SAP consulting firm on site at our corporate headquarters in Fombell, PA. Our products and services offer our customers tools to differentiate themselves in the market. With access to WIN data, our customers will improve installation quality, reduce costs by potentially completing 100% of field repair work in one trip and realize full life-cycle selling opportunities.”
A seamless integration with VEKA customers' ERP is a critical success factor. To achieve that connection, DPS Corp. has partnered with another industry leader, FeneTech. The FeneVision ERP system is widely used by window and door fabricators, and glass manufacturers. Beyond building the interface, FeneTech's experienced team will offer 24/7 customer support and service for WIN.
Ron Crowl, President and CEO of FeneTech, states, “FeneTech strongly advocates that the digital factory extends beyond the four walls of a manufacturing facility. We are excited to partner with VEKA in bringing this technology to the industry as the potential for efficiency gains are clearly possible.”
Steve Dillon, Director of Digital Commercialization for DPS Corp. and Corporate Marketing Director for VEKA Inc. will take the commercial lead to introduce WIN to the North American market. “Full commercialization of WIN is planned for 2020. This innovative digital technology company introduces a new level of excitement to the window industry as well as to those involved in bringing new products online. WIN is a living technology, and our plan is to expand on its capability as market awareness grows. We feel the system will be vital for providing demographic and market information about installed products to the fabricators and organizations that support the fenestration industry.”
DPS will preview the WIN system in the VEKA booth at Glassbuild America in Atlanta this September, along with digital tools from the development pipeline showcased for firsthand customer feedback.
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