The Early Journey in Continuous Improvement Z-Land

Written by Aynsley Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

I have a green belt now. A big, shiny green belt that carries opportunity on one side, and responsibility on the other. (For those of you who don’t know a green belt, check out CME’s Lean (or Continuous Improvement) training – you’ll be glad you did. Read More »

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Wondering what an ERP made for the window and door industry can do for you?

By Serge Rondeau, 360 Innovations

ERP systems solve a few challenges and provide invaluable benefits to manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, manage growth, streamline processes and gain a competitive advantage. ERP software integrates all areas of business (materials and inventory, production, operations and sales, accounting and finance, reporting, etc.) so that every business function relies on a single database. This “information hub” delivers accurate, real-time information crucial to the manufacturing industry. Read More »

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Why LEAN needs Innovation Engineering

By Rhonda Honke, inVision Edge

I often hear business leaders say, “If we’re doing LEAN, do we really need Innovation Engineering too?”, or “We’re good: we do LEAN.” Thinking that Innovation Engineering and LEAN are interchangeable is a common mistake. The truth is that LEAN needs Innovation Engineering to be most effective. And when a company uses LEAN well, they have the discipline and foundation set for Innovation Engineering.

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Win/Win/Win Automating for all Stakeholders at Adfast


Written by Denis Perron, V.P. Sales and Marketing, Adfast and FenCon17 Presenter.

Automation has become a key competitive advantage for Adfast, allowing us to increase our production volume with greater repeatability and quality.  At the beginning, we started this journey to achieve reliability in our production, reduce safety concerns and improve our competitiveness.  However, along the way, we realized that we are just barely touching the surfaced with regard to the potential automation brings.

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Registration for FenCon17 Starts Out With a Bang!

Nancy Zubriski, Executive Director for Fenestration Manitoba, reports that 50 people signed up for FenCon17 last night at the Fenestration Manitoba AGM. In addition, there were expectations for another exhibitor/sponsor and a new FenMan member! Read More »

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WinDoor 2016 : Viva Montreal

Choose a robot for your factory from Precision Motor Control? Learn about the impact of AAMA 450 re NAFS ratings and testing? AmesburyTruth booth for the latest advances in casement or sliding door hardware? Have Serge Rondeau discuss the latest 360 software innovations? Gain some of the latest insight into YOUR industry organization ? Tapas 24 or Garde Manger for unique and amazing food experiences? Visit the energized Groupe Eugenie booth? Just say congrats to Stephane Lebeau for tackling a new WinDoor event in conjunction with l’Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Québec? Explore the new boutique style Hotel William Gray in Old Montreal close to the waterfront? Visit a variety of Quebec suppliers or manufacturers such as Adfast or Portes et Fenetres President  or CLEB?
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WinDoor 2017 : Viva Montreal

One of the special advantages of getting involved in Fenstration Canada as well as WinDoor is the unique ability to get acquainted and establish special friendships across the country with peers. Yvon Houle, founder and president of Portes & Fenetre President, has been in the industry for many years and also quite active in various industry associations, especially Fenestration Canada. Yvon and his wife have travelled Canada literally from coast to coast as events such as the FenCan AGM have moved from St Johns, NL to Winnipeg, Mb to Vancouver, BC to Mont Tremblant, Qc. Read More »

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Message from the FenCon17 Chairperson


Fenestration Manitoba is thrilled to be launching FenCon17, a new conference to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the center of North America. FenCon17 will be dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and expertise in the field of window and door manufacturing.

Our commitment is to bring the best and brightest to Winnipeg to deliver a series of engaging and educational seminars on key topics of importance to the window and door industry. FenCon17 will work to deliver exceptional value to our stakeholders including suppliers, consultants, specifiers, manufacturers and customers. There is something for everyone – from the line managers and supervisors to more senior production managers, executives and owners. Read More »

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FenCon17 in the News!

Fenestration Manitoba has announced a new event for the Canadian window and door industry taking place Feb. 10, 2017, at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. FenCon17 Conference and Expo will be a one-day gathering of the industry for educational seminars and supplier exhibits. See more on

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