September 19, 2019

GlassBuild 2019: Insights and Highlights from Day 2

by Erin Johnson

Heavier foot traffic, unprecedented innovations and great continued conversations with customers and colleagues. It’s Day 2 at GlassBuild America. Here are a few more highlights and analysis from the show floor:

All about people. I’ve worked in the fenestration industry long enough that some of the relationships I’ve forged with customers and colleagues stretch back years, even decades. Each year at the show, I’m always excited to be reunited with friendly faces, swapping stories and sharing insights about how the industry has continued to grow and succeed by working together.

More than anything, I think what happens here at GlassBuild highlights the power of human connection. So much happens here each year because we get to meet face-to-face and truly connect with our customers and other industry stakeholders. It’s a good annual reminder that for all the ways that fenestration has evolved, it continues to be a people business—and that we need to make every effort to continue that personal connection throughout every day of the year, not just every September at GlassBuild.

Quanex is committed to doing just that. Learn more about how our teams at every level of the business—from our manufacturing teams at home to our sales reps and Technical Services teams here at GlassBuild—are working to deliver outstanding, personalized service every day, at Booth #2517.

Taking advantage of available technology. Conversations continued to take place about new frontiers in thermal performance. Starting with yesterday’s conversation around the “battle for the wall,” Tom Culp gave Express Learning attendees an update on the code landscape and the requirements that will be necessary to hit the current and upcoming versions of ASHRAE and IECC codes.

There are plenty of new, innovative technologies to see here at the show this year (USGlass put together a nice video recap here), and Culp reminded the audience that technology and components are ready and available today to meet the next step in performance codes. Warm-edge spacer systems, 4th surface low E coatings, argon filled IG and improved framing technology can all be combined today to meet the thermal performance requirements of tomorrow.

At Quanex, we’re ready to help you bring it all together. Stop by our booth to learn how.
Opportunity in outsourcing. We noted yesterday that manufacturing technology for our industry has been forever reshaped by automation. Getting it right requires strategy and new considerations on how to totally integrate the plant floor.

Conversations on this topic continued well into Day 2, especially as attendees invested in new equipment. For window and door manufacturers, this new equipment allows you to rethink the trusted products and components you make in-house—and the ones you don’t. Outsourcing lower-value components of window and door systems, like screens, can enable manufacturers to maximize in-house floor space and allocate labor and resources to high-value tasks like IG fabrication. Learn more about screens outsourcing opportunities from Quanex at Booth #2517!

That’s all for Day 2. Stay tuned tomorrow as we wrap up another successful show!

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Posted: September 19, 2019 by Erin Johnson Filed under: GlassBuild 2019