July 10, 2020
Is Screens Production Draining Your Time and Resources?
by Guest Blogger
How long does it take to make a basic window screen?
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It’s an important question for growing window and door manufacturing operations. In-house screens production involves frame cutting, punching corners, frame assembly and applying screen mesh, with each of these distinct processes involving a different skilled worker. It’s hard work—and it has the potential to be a major drag on your overall production schedule if it isn’t all performed efficiently and consistently.
While there might not be one hard answer for how long the process should take, many manufacturers who are making upwards of 500-600 windows per day might find it increasingly difficult for screens to keep up.
Think you might be having some trouble with screens production? Are you struggling to get orders out efficiently because screens are lagging behind? Here are a few red flags that might indicate it’s time to rethink your screens strategy:
You’re taking skilled people away from more important areas. We all know that skilled workers are increasingly hard to come by these days, and you need to allocate those people to high-value tasks in your production plant.
Screens production isn’t one of those tasks, despite the fact that it requires skilled labor to accomplish efficiently. But no window and door manufacturer should be sacrificing their best people to screens production when they could be helping assemble the high-performance, high-value window systems that make you money.
You’re devoting too much time to screens equipment maintenance. Just like any other piece of machinery, screens equipment must be proactively maintained in order to operate efficiently. Cutting blades need to be sharpened and calibrated; a dull or inaccurate blade can completely throw off production accuracy, resulting in a poor-quality product that can cost you later down the line.
Screens production is all about upkeep, requiring continuous attention from your maintenance staffs, because if you’re forced to shut down for even the smallest issue, you’re losing money. And just as you don’t generally want screens production to consume your best window assemblers, you also don’t want it to take up all the time of your maintenance crews when it could be better spent elsewhere in the plant.
You can’t keep up with window production. No residential window or door is complete without its accompanying screen. If, for example, you’re making 600 windows per day but can only manage to make 500 screens for those windows, that means you’re only able to ship 500 orders out the door to your customers. If the screens department is dictating the amount of shipments you’re able to make in a given day, despite having greater capacity in other areas, it’s a sign of a larger issue.
You could consider investing in greater screens capacity and new machinery, or you could consider outsourcing your screens production to a vendor whose sole focus is quality window and door screens production. No more worrying about screens labor, equipment upkeep, or lagging behind on window production—a knowledgeable screens vendor can take care of all of that for you.
Interested in learning more about your options? Quanex Screens has helped window and door manufacturers across the country relieve those screens headaches with custom solutions for screens needs. Learn more here, or contact me directly at Brian.Ludwig@Quanex.com.