Schedule

*Program is subject to change without notice.

February 28, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Embassy EF

Pre-event Networking Mixer

March 1, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg
Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3
7:45 – 8:15 am
Wellington Room

Registration and Networking Breakfast – Viewing of Exhibits

8:15 – 8:30 am
Wellington Room

Conference Opens

  • Welcome:  Conference Chair, Al Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors
8:30 – 9:30 am
Wellington Room

Opening Plenary Panel – Automation Technology Opens New Manufacturing Doors for Fenestration

Leading experts provide insight into key concepts in the area of production equipment development and the software that takes window and door manufacturing to the next level.

Moderator:  Jim Harris, Keynote, Disruptive Innovation in Fenestration

Panelists:

9:30 – 10:30 am
Embassy AB

NAFS Toolkit for Mid-Size Window and Door Manufacturers

New building codes have been in place for a number of years and yet implementation is not proceeding quickly. This session will incorporate a real world expert on how to expedite implementation and develop systems – from testing to software to printing/attaching labels.

Speakers:

Embassy CD

Case History of ERP Implementation and Benefits

The world of “software automation” is continuing to offer efficiency and competitive advantages but the road to get there can be tricky. Terry Adamson, Westeck, will lead us through a description of their implementation including some of the lessons learned from that process. The goal of this session is to give our industry some valuable tips on how to proceed more successfully with this inevitable element of success.

Speaker:

Carlton

Meeting Industry Performance Targets

The Paris Accord has set in motion some commitments by the Canadian Government and in turn is challenging industries such as Fenestration to achieve higher performance. This session will start with a brief set of comments by the Federal, Provincial and Industry experts followed by a “table by table” brainstorming session on how to vigorously attack those goals.

Speakers:

10:30 – 11:00 am
Wellington Room

Coffee and Networking – Viewing of Exhibits

11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Embassy AB

Making Automation Pay-Off

Automation is coming, like it or lump it, grow with it or get killed by it? This session will feature experts who have real experience in working with window and door manufacturing companies and who have worked through a variety of automation installations, ranging from basic to extensive.

Speakers:

Embassy CD

Continuous Improvement

FenCon17 offered 3 different CI sessions. This FenCon18 session will focus on updates and progress reports from those sessions. How have they evolved? Have they progressed? What has been learned? What more can be accomplished?

Speakers:

 

Carlton

Cold Climate Installation for Performance/Durability

Canada offers numerous circumstances where more effective methods of completing “cold climate window and door installation methods” can and should be in place. This session will incorporate the latest information on the topic and seek to develop a stronger base for the future.

Speaker:

12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm
Wellington Room

Luncheon Keynote: Jim Harris

Disruptive Innovation in Fenestration

We are living in times of rapid change. Industry consolidation, North American free trade, changing environment and the impact on standards. Automation in manufacturing, how customer preferences are changing and supply chain issues are all driving change in our industry. This fun, dynamic, interactive session will highlight how organizations can thrive amidst such change.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Embassy AB

Next Steps for NAFS Rules?

New building codes have been in place for a number of years and yet implementation is not proceeding quickly. This session will incorporate a real-world expert on how to expedite implementation and develop systems – from testing to software to printing/attaching labels.

Speakers:

Embassy CD

Implementing Industry 4.0 in the Window Industry: The need for an open communication standard

Performing predictive maintenance on your machinery, the interconnectivity of your supply chain, and adaptive production capacity planning—these are all commendable benchmarks of a successful manufacturing environment, but how difficult are you finding it to achieve these goals?  Discover how the principles of IIoT and Industry 4.0 have made these possible and learn the importance of a baseline standard of communication that will allow window manufacturers the ability for machinery, software providers, and suppliers to “talk” the same language.

Speaker:

Carlton

Design Meets Function – the Secrets Behind Finishing Building Elements that Look Cool and Also Stay Cool

This session will provide further insites into the advances on film applied finishes as well as the latest in finishes for door panels, from smooth finishes to wood grain highlights.

Speakers:

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Wellington Room

Coffee and Networking – Viewing of Exhibits

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Embassy AB

Real World Window and Door Factory Automation

Looking for ideas on how “hands on” leaders have improved their processes and flows step by step?Consider the possibilities of listening to the analytical logic from an experienced window manufacturing leader! AND, take a closer look at the potential impact of innovative equipment in how it can impact on cost reduction, greater precision and yet flexibility, improved factory floor space and reduced reliance on hard to find, highly trained labour!  Our objective is to provide you with great ideas and food for thought on these crucial topics!

Speaker:

Embassy CD

Utilizing Software for Achieving High Performance

There is an increasing proliferation of software within the industry ranging from Therm to Windows to Inventor to other 3D systems. How does our industry seek out and implement the best such practices and advance our success with this increasingly accessible set of tools/weapons.

Speaker:

Gaetano Nino Caldarola, Red River College

Carlton

Off Duty Conduct, Marijuana and Social Media – What Can an Employer Do?

When is an employee’s off duty conduct a work related issue?  Criminal charges, social media posts, marijuana use…the list goes on.  Everything you need to know about employee obligations and employers rights.

Speaker:

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Wellington Room

Networking Mixer – Viewing of Exhibits

*Half Day Workshops – New in 2018. Workshops are free if you are registered for the full conference or $25.00 per workshop without a conference registration.

March 2, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Embassy E

CME: Launching CI at Your Operation

‘Intro to Lean Principles’ half-day workshop: The core concept of Lean is to create a better flow‎ of information, product or service and to spend more time adding value for the customer and less time on wasteful activity. This ‘hands-on’ workshop will help anyone that has a passion for operational excellence understand the basic principles and tools of Lean or continuous improvement through presentations, discussions, examples and simulation exercises.

Speaker/Facilitator:

  • Ian Marshall, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Manitoba)
Embassy F

Best Practices: ERP

Implementation Presentation by a system supplier with real world experience in implementing ERP systems in the window and door manufacturing world. This session will provide practical, solid ideas on what to do before, during and after installation and how to prepare your window and door manufacturing companies to take this step.

Speakers:

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Embassy E

CME: CI for Management

‘Intro to Lean for Leaders’ half-day workshop: Lean is a proven strategy for maximizing the potential of employees to deliver more value to customers, in less time and with less effort. Lean has been applied successfully in all industry sectors and sizes of business. This interactive workshop will provide business leaders with a basic understanding of Lean and what to consider when engaging the workforce in continuous process improvement.

Speaker/Facilitator:

  • Ian Marshall, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Manitoba)