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Laurie Cowin

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Laurie Cowin is editor of Window + Door. Contact her at lcowin@glass.org

2021 Window + Door Award Winners

This year’s winners exemplify innovation in the residential fenestration industry.

Unique Innovation

WinTrax by GED Integrated Solutions was introduced in 2019 to track windows through the production facility, into finished goods inventory and throughout the supply chain.

Most Innovative Window Component

The Pinnacle balance by AmesburyTruth was designed using a new concept for inverted block and tackle balances. 

Most Innovative Window

Pella Corp.’s Easy-Slide Operator is designed to allow homeowners to easily slide the operator up to open and down to close casement and awning windows.

Most Innovative Patio, Multi-Slide or Multi-Panel Door

The Magic Window Wall is a modern adaptation of traditional folding doors that incorporates Parallex hardware, which rids the window wall of any hinges.

Most Innovative Manufacturing Process

New to the market in September 2021, FlexScreen Lite is a more economical version of FlexScreen that is geared toward price-sensitive, large-volume, standard-size windows for new construction.

Most Innovative Machine/Equipment

The Erdman OMRC (One Man Robotic IG Cell) has been designed to only require one operator. 

Most Innovative Entry Door

The Despiro aluminum door by Eko-Okna joins an aesthetic form with panel technology on both sides that is flush with the frame with a depth of 77mm. A fingerprint scanner and touch panel come standard with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. T

Most Innovative Door Component

The INOX TL7 Magnetic Tubular Latch for interior doors uses magnetism to latch the door rather than an old-fashioned strike-plate lip that physically forces the latchbolt into the strike’s box. 

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…