Introducing March 2019July 14th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs
Bringing Back Old-World Charm
In centuries past, door and window products weren’t manufactured by machine; they were made by hand. Sierra Pacific Windows’ Westchester Double Hung Window seeks to bring back some of those design aesthetics and charm. Company officials say they achieve the narrowest check rail site-line in the high-end window market and historically accurate sash proportions, while achieving structural and thermal performance ratings that are hard to beat among double hung windows.
The Westchester Double Hung offers PG50 performance in most standard sizes, while achieving U-value ratings of 0.27, via a thermally-broken sash design and dual-pane, insulating Lo-E 366 glass with argon. Triple-pane glass pushes performance to U-value 0.17. Meanwhile, 110-pound sash weights, standard constant-force balances and an optional Class 5 Hybrid Spiral Balance (for sashes up to 140 pounds in weight) keep sashes moving smoothly and easily.
Late 19th Century Style
Hardware manufacturer Nostalgic Warehouse recently introduced a new Arts and Crafts Collection of door plates and knobs that are designed with vintage looks to match their namesake 19th century style. With mix-and-match flexibility, options range from rustic and rugged, hand-hammered looks, to refined and elegant. Plates and knobs can be matched or, crystal porcelain knobs can be added for contrast.
Paradigm Introduces Quoting and Selling Solution
In what officials describe as a “complete reimagination” of its configuration, quoting and selling technology, Paradigm recently introduced Paradigm Omni—a cloud-hosted, omni-channel selling solution for the building products industry. Paradigm Omni is designed to simplify the quoting process, while reducing errors and allowing manufacturers to integrate all of their sales channels, for an improved buying experience. Whether customers browse on a mobile device and purchase through dealers, or visit stores to research onsite and purchase online, officials say the product helps to increase sales and enhance customer loyalty. Meanwhile, because it’s cloud-based, hosting services, software upgrades, system security, disaster recovery, application support and scalability are all included in the package.
“With Paradigm Omni, manufacturers can leverage a single catalog across all of their sales channels,” says Jess Williamson, product owner for Paradigm Omni. “What’s really unique is that our solution enables manufacturers to customize the user experience for each sales channel without the need to build and maintain separate catalogs for each.”
ERP for Multi-Site Production
FeneTech, a global provider of fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, recently released a new iteration of its FeneVision Ultimate software. The product features scores of functions. These include a fully integrated customer relationship management (CRM) module, enhanced return merchandise authorization (RMA) functionality, additional mobile apps and optimized features for multi-site operations.
With FeneVision Ultimate, capacities across multiple production facilities can be planned, all without having to issue separate orders (among various locations of a multi-site operation). Meanwhile, status control is provided across all branches, and fully automatic and transparent status visibility is produced across all involved sites—all from within a single-source sales order, no matter how complex the product may be. For added convenience, changes to original orders are automatically shared among involved production companies.
More Expansive Glass
From sleeker hardware to narrower sight lines—the trend in recent years is toward wider views and more glass. Weather Shield is capitalizing on those trends with a new Contemporary Collection of push-out casement and awning style windows. “We continue to see a high demand for contemporary design for both homes and commercial spaces,” says Chris Schield, vice president of product marketing.
The Contemporary Collection features narrow profile frames and sashes for a modern appearance that’s available in heights of up to 7 feet.
Wider Views and One-Touch Hardware
Milgard Windows and Doors recently introduced a new line of vinyl window and patio doors that company officials say feature more glass than any other of its previously existing products. “We developed Trinsic Series to satisfy modern design trends,” says Jeremiah Noneman, director of marketing. As a result, Trinsic Series doors and windows include narrow frames and even sightlines for more expansive views and a contemporary look, officials say.
Trinsic Series horizontal sliding and single-hung styles come with a redesigned SmartTouch lock that allows homeowners to open or close a window in one motion. The new look also features a squared off design that’s flush with door and window frames.
For dealers that carry the company’s Tuscany Style Line series products, officials say the latest series is a perfect match. Trinsic is available across 15 Western and Midwestern states, as well as in British Columbia.
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