Shop Talk

Are You Maximizing the Value of Your Door and Window Screens?

Feb 21st, 2024

Maximizing the value of your door and window systems requires taking a close look at every part of your production processes. Whether it’s the efficiency with which you manufacture your systems, the technology you deploy to upsell your customers, or the quality consistency you’re able to maintain, there’s always something to improve upon on the […]

Shoring Up Your First Line of Defense

Jan 16th, 2024

When I’m consulting with door and window manufacturers around the country, there’s one crucial aspect of the business that I try to remind my customers of. Because for all the investment you’ve made in top-of-the-line equipment, and for all the thought and planning you’ve put into production schedules, success ultimately comes down to one thing: […]

2023 In Review: Top Tips from Shop Talk

Dec 18th, 2023

It’s December. Which means that 2023 is coming to a close. I think that’s always a good opportunity to reflect on things we’ve learned throughout the year, and how we can carry those lessons forward to make the next year an even better one. It’s my hope that you’ve been able to apply some of […]

Framing Automation in the Right Ways

Nov 20th, 2023

You’ve heard about artificial intelligence (AI), right? Of course, you have. It’s just about everywhere, and even graced the digital pages of [DWM] earlier this month. You’ve probably also seen some of the anxiety this technology has raised over its potential impact on white-collar jobs. But this blog isn’t about AI. Because, as a manufacturing […]

Do You Know the Three Cs of Safety?

Oct 16th, 2023

If I told you that safety is the most important thing door and window manufacturers should prioritize on a daily basis, I certainly wouldn’t be telling you anything new. We know how important safety is, but it’s always worth a refresher, especially as we enter the final stretch of the busy season. Plant workers have […]

One Way to Bridge the Generational Divide

Sep 18th, 2023

Last year I wrote about the importance of replacing knowledge and experience on the plant floor in the wake of the “great retirement.” This remains important today, if not even more so. As the door and window industry moves forward, we must do everything we can to cultivate a new generation of professionals to help […]

The Best Defense Against External Variables

Aug 21st, 2023

“More Transportation Issues?” asked this magazine earlier in the month, after it was announced that Yellow, one of the nation’s larger freight carriers, was ceasing its operations following bankruptcy. While this shutdown may not be expected to create a supply chain crisis on its own, it does raise eyebrows in the wake of the one […]

How To Maintain Operational Excellence

Jul 19th, 2023

It probably goes without saying that door and window manufacturers learned a lot in the past few years, as we dealt with the pandemic and its aftereffects. Supply chain issues, hot demand, sky-high lead times … you probably don’t need me to remind you. We worked through it together. And amidst these challenges, there was […]

Shoring Up Your Skill Sets This Busy Season

Jun 22nd, 2023

It’s summer. That means a couple of things for door and window manufacturers. First: It’s busy season. From now until the fall (and possibly beyond) orders will be up, and you’ll need to meet increased demand with ramped up production. The pace will be quick and you’ll need to be sure you’re not letting speed […]

Getting Ready for the Future Is a Process

May 24th, 2023

Today, there are more ways than ever to optimize your manufacturing processes. And there are more reasons than ever why such changes are necessary. In an environment where you’re continuously challenged to do more with less, no one can afford to sit around without being proactive. This can seem daunting. But tackling today’s challenges doesn’t […]