Ray’s Fenestration Innovation

Visionary Innovation of 2024

Jan 16th, 2024

The new year stands before us waiting to be written. As we stand on the threshold, the significance of innovation in shaping the trajectory of our businesses cannot be overstated. The year 2024 is not just a continuation of the past; it’s a blank page waiting to be filled with bold strokes of creativity and resilience. […]

Decisions Delayed Are Opportunities Denied

Nov 22nd, 2023

At the recent Glassbuild show, in the midst of many meetings on innovation, I was asked how to speed up development of new products. My quick answer was to have fewer meetings! In this era of rapid technological advancement and innovative communication tools, it is essential to explore alternatives that not only eliminate unnecessary meetings […]

A Culture of Innovation

Oct 2nd, 2023

Innovation is not something that happens by chance. It’s the result of a system that involves creativity, experiments and testing, collaboration and learning. Innovation is also not something that only a few people can do. As we have noted over the years, it is a skill that can be developed and nurtured in everyone, regardless […]

Fenestration Innovation and Leadership

Apr 19th, 2023

In 45 years of general and engineering management, I’ve compiled an extensive list that seems to work to improve innovation at all levels of a company. In a recent article, I found it noted that innovation and new products and services are down 14% compared to 2020. I also hear from our industry friends that […]

Innovation for Fenestration

Mar 15th, 2023

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”– Theodore Levitt At the recent Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference in San Diego, we held the second annual session on Innovation, titled “Embracing Innovation in the Fenestration industry,” where I served as facilitator. Three award winning organizations presented their innovations in this session. These companies shared […]

Innovation in 2023

Jan 18th, 2023

“The best way to predict the future is to create it!” — American computer scientist Alan Kay As 2023 gets rolling, we need to take a moment to recognize and realize that the last 30 months have been bizarre for our industry. We battled against deadly viruses, shutdowns, limited start-ups, and then full-go, massive inflation, […]

Energy Star Innovation Part Two

Aug 22nd, 2022

During the last week, many of us crafted a final response to the EPA concerning the Energy Star Version 7 for windows, doors and skylights. Our last letter to EPA in March ’22 asked for nine changes to be made to the proposal, and EPA accepted one. While it is unlikely that EPA will make […]

Innovation of Automation

Jun 16th, 2022

Every window and door manufacturer is doing all they can to automate their build and assembly process. We all understand the labor challenges will continue, and we want to make the most of the great people we have now. The real application of innovation is needed to make automation succeed, and the real challenge is […]

Innovation and Ownership

Jan 24th, 2022

“Ownership is the path to innovation, growth, and retention.” Of all the things we must do in ’22, my view is ownership must be the focus at our companies. Why? The core reason is team building. At the end of the historic year of 2021, did you know that 4.2 million workers quit their jobs […]

Energy Star Innovation

Sep 24th, 2021

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.”—Winston Churchill After attending GlassBuild last week and reviewing innovations that can help improve thermal performance, I’m encouraged! The new low-E coatings and combinations of coatings, along with some new work on thin triples, advises us that we can achieve lower […]