Manufacturers Look Toward Continuous Improvement
and Ways to Save
July 7, 2009
While it's anyone's guess as to when the economy and housing market
will improve, manufacturers are focusing on improving processes
so when the recovery does come they will be ready. This was the
focus of company representatives who attended the seventh annual
FeneVision user conference last week. (FeneTech develops, installs
and supports the FeneVision and FeneVision Glass ERP, MAX-Opt small-batch
high-yield lineal optimization, SCAD, virtual digitizing, line scanner
and cullet scanner systems.)
Many attendees said the market slump has increased the motivation
to reduce costs.
"While we're always looking to improve productivity, service
levels and use of information, the current economy makes it even
more critical to find more ways to save time and materials,"
said Ron Mascarella, vice president of systems and technology for
Vista Window Co. in Warren, Ohio.
Mascarella was one of 45 people from 20 companies from across the
United States that attended the three-day conference.
"We're focusing on finding more ways to be innovative in better
serving our customers," said Troy Johnson, vice president of
SIGCO Inc., a glass and architectural metals fabricator in Westbrook,
Maine, who participated in the event.
"We can't stop improving," said Toby Nichols, chief information
officer for Wincore Windows and Doors in Parkersburg, W.Va. "The
Continuing to improve through sharing information was a theme cited
by a number of attendees. Other benefits mentioned include getting
face-to-face time with FeneTech staff and providing input on upcoming
improvements to FeneVision and other applications.
"It's time well-used even though we're busy this time of year,"
said Don Montini of Interstate Window and Door Co. in Pittston,
Some may find it odd that competitors gather in a forum such as
this but Ron Crowl, FeneTech president, says the company's staff
is privileged to have this type of relationship with customers.
"They help each other here and in our online forum as well
as guiding us on issues and improvements," he said.
"It's easy to think you know everything, but through sharing
ideas with the other attendees, we learn something every year that
helps us work smarter," added Mascarella.
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