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Glass Build America is truly a great event to connect and learn for everything and all in the glass and fenestration industries. This edition was once again a great success and here are a few trends on the commercial side that we came across both on the floor and during the education and demos.READ MORE »
Traditionally, the role of procurement has essentially been to cut down costs. This makes sense in a commoditized market where price is the ultimate differentiating factor.
But today’s industry trends have forced manufacturers to provide more advanced glass products. As a result, companies are now looking for vendors that can offer innovative designs, custom gaskets and seals, and more eco-friendly materials.
It’s time for procurement to keep pace with what is needed.READ MORE »
Supplier consolidation is a great way to reduce costs and improve supply chain effectiveness, but it doesn’t come without risks. Disasters around the world often expose the global supply chain to risks and threats.
In this context, you need to determine when the benefits of supplier consolidation are offset by the costs of unforeseen incidents and find ways to mitigate risk.READ MORE »
Whether launching a new product line, improving an existing product’s performance or reducing manufacturing costs, manufacturers of curtain walls and architectural glass and glazing go to great lengths to create new or improved extrusion designs.
This list should help you avoid common mistakes in the rubber extrusion design process.READ MORE »
Ask any engineer in the glazing industry their main criteria for selecting suppliers and the answers are likely to be along these lines: “We only work with innovative suppliers. We have to be ahead of industry trends. Product quality matters, and it has to meet the specs.”
Now, ask the same question to procurement and the answer is generally some variation of “Pricing must be competitive, and suppliers need to be able to reduce unit costs.”READ MORE »
In today’s innovative, technologically advanced glazing world, very few single parts can possibly handle all of the relevant applications, particularly when it comes to glazing products. Somewhere down the line, you’ll be forced to compromise. How do you choose between a standard of custom part? What do you need to know to make the best decisions?READ MORE »
In an ever-changing business environment with fierce competition, managers need to constantly seek out new ways to improve their products or components. Continuous improvement is an important ingredient for innovation, which in turn ensures staying competitive and profitable.READ MORE »
Sustainable and responsible business are no longer merely buzzwords or a concern only for large corporations looking to improve their reputation or win-over more customers, it has become crucial to the strategy of any size company who strives to remain competitive in this complex market environment.READ MORE »
This document lists some of the factors affecting tolerances. In general, the degree of reproducibility of dimensions depends upon the type of tooling and rubber used, and the state of the art.READ MORE »
Any manufacturing organization knows that keeping excess inventory is costly. A proven way to keep it low? Just in time (JIT).READ MORE »
Competitiveness is a subject that keeps manufacturers up at night.
But just because it’s a truism, it doesn’t make it less true. Competitiveness has always been a key concern of manufacturers, but what’s new is the pace at which things are changing.READ MORE »
In our last posts, we shared why listening to your critics pays off and how you can turn wrongs into rights. However, listening is not enough. This post explores how you can engage customers to design better experiences.READ MORE »
In our previous post we talked about the importance of improving customer experience to build a lasting competitive advantage and why you need to listen to your critics with an open mind.
In this article, we describe three ways to leverage customer complaints as an opportunity to offer better service and improve the entire customer experience.READ MORE »