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Connected Equipment and the Future of Manufacturing

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.

Related Reading: Industry 4.0: Where we are, where we’re going

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.

Related Reading: The Maturation of Equipment and Automation

At GlassBuild Connect

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Check out these eight products on display this month at GlassBuild Connect:

  1. FUX Profile Wrapping Line 83-SLM-327 by FUX
  2. Erdman Unmanned IG Work Cell by Erdman Automation Corp.
  3. SMI LinearPro DM90-F by Sturtz Machinery
  4. RoboFlow PT by GED Integrated Solutions
  5. UCS 4590 Vinyl Extrusion Saw by Urban Machinery
  6. RhinoFab 9500 – Door Machine by DeMichele Group
  7. SC-220/40 Profile Processing Centre PVC by Haffner
  8. ZC 4040 4-Axis Aluminum Machining Center by Kaban Makina


What’s Trending in Manufacturing: Panel Discussion, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Presented by GPAD
Join representatives from leading residential and commercial glass fabricators and suppliers as they discuss trends in the industry, top challenges, Industry 4.0 and more.


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