Posts Tagged ‘ plant floor ’

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 […]

IG Certification Challenges – Proper Adhesion is the Name of the Game

Oct 19th, 2023

Passing insulating glass (IG) certification testing continues to be more challenging—now more than ever. Quality employees were lost, along with the knowledge and work ethic they possessed. So, as a consequence, the quality of workmanship on the plant floor has taken a hit. Now it’s more important than ever to maintain the highest degree of […]

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 […]

Plant Optimization Means Getting Your Hands Dirty

Sep 12th, 2022

I write a lot in this space about strategy on the plant floor and different theories on how plant managers can effect positive change to their everyday operations. But whether it’s prioritizing product quality, identifying opportunities for automation or staying organized, eventually the time comes to put theory into practice. And that brings us to […]

Replacing Knowledge After the Great Retirement

Jun 13th, 2022

Who’s the most knowledgeable person on your plant floor? Who’s the person you turn to when a problem arises? Is that person the same one it might have been two years ago? The fenestration industry’s ongoing struggle with labor is well established. A lot of focus is commonly put on simply being short on manpower. […]