I recently came across an article in the Door & Window Market Magazine (DWM) written by Jim Plavecsky on “Beating the Competition in the Face of Rising Costs“, December 11th, 2018. It relates to three factors industry analysts agree will impact the window and door manufacturers in the coming year: rising component costs, labor shortages and rising interest rates.  Two of these stood out to me because they are easy to control if you are willing to commit to change.

Making the changes

Rising component costs and labor shortages are not new to manufactures. Both affect you and your competition, however, it’s how you react that determines your company’s success. Do you remain status quo and fall victim to doing things the same old way, or do you make the changes to give your company a competitive advantage?

I’ve read that world-class manufacturing sites are working at 85% of their theoretical capacity. Yet the average factory is only at about 60%, meaning there’s a lot of room for improvement, and this is where technology can help.


Technology has improved all aspects of our daily life and has had a huge impact on manufacturing processes globally. When component costs rise, wastage and scrap rates become a bigger factor. When labor costs rise, the labor hours required per unit becomes a bigger factor. So, investing in automation will in fact achieve a clear competitive advantage.

Automation allows manufacturers to reduce the labor hours required to produce each window and door. Above all, automation assists with reducing waste. There are proven solutions working in manufacturing facilities like yours right now. This technology enables you to easily set up and configure your cutting machines without the need for manual programming. Your machines will have the right data for the job and produce exactly the product your customer ordered, and this is all optimized for efficiencies.

Eliminate errors, increase factory productivity by removing competitive routine tasks, waste less and produce more, these are all win-win for you.

The rest is up to you…

Today, software automation effectively schedules your people, schedules your equipment to maximize productivity and optimizes your materials to minimize waste and much more…  So, I put these questions to you:-

  • How much can you save?
  • How much more can you produce?
  • How can technology help you retain and attract new employees?
  • How can technology help you beat the competition and offset rising costs?

Let’s start the conversation.