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10 Tips for Safer Factory Floors

While many manufacturers implemented procedures over the spring and summer, the recent surge in positive tests in a handful of states suggest that the following 10 tips from the panelists are still relevant to the industry.

Lean Manufacturing

Tried-and-true lean processes lead to an extraordinary customer experience.

Tech Provides Smart Solutions for the COVID-19 Workplace

Tech companies are developing several potential solutions for the enforcement of social distancing, as well as contact tracing for sick employees. 

Digital Manufacturing

Digital transformation strategies may differ from one manufacturer to the next, but many have a common endgame.

That's a Wrap

The window industry continues to see an increasing request for colors. Today’s consumers demand more color and design options, inside and out, both for new construction and especially in the replacement market. Homeowners want the chance to complement or accent the design of their home with more…

Maximizing Investments

By now, many fenestration manufacturers have invested in some form of automated production technology with the hopes of creating efficiencies, boosting profits and enhancing quality. However, incorporating robotics doesn’t automatically elevate a plant’s efficiency or quality. To get the most out…

Color Strategy

As the demand for color in the window industry increases, so does the demand for applicators of these finishes. This trend was a key reason for the startup of a Dallas, Texas, business, Stealth Finishing. “Color has been around for a long time in Europe. It’s grown in much of the U.S. and Canada…

Equipment Safety

Five Tips for a Safer Work Environment Easy-to-implement ideas to boost manufacturing plant safety Create policies, not only for where employees can walk, but how they move through the plant floor. For example, require workers and visitors to exercise the same rules as crossing a road—stop at…