who will work when you need them
to work. Young people just don’t enjoy
these manufacturing jobs.”
Door and window companies
are waking up to the possibilities of
“Our industry has been one of the
slowest to embrace technology,” says
Carter. “Part of it is there is a manual
side of our business we can’t get away
from. But I don’t think we’ve even
scratched the surface in terms of what
we can to streamline the way that
information is utilized.”
Filling in the Gaps
Software is the bridge between Integrated software streamlines automated production processes.
manual and automated processes,
according to Hurley. So, what process- boosts transparency, from the execu- reducing the risk of injury to workers
es are moving toward full automation? tive suite to the shop ﬂoor to custom- and increasing workplace safety.”
“By far, the most common process- ers on the other side of the country.
If companies replace employees
es in the industry [are the ones] send-
“It’s being able to have that infor- with software integrated automation,
ing manufacturing data directly to mation at their ﬁngertips, not after what does that mean for the fenes-
machinery,” he says. “Cutting proﬁles the fact, but as it’s happening,” he tration industry’s existing workforce?
and milling operations performed on says. “Another really vital tool is to be Some say they’ll be out of jobs, but
those cut pieces are commonly sent able to push as much work as possible software companies might disagree.
directly from estimating software to outside the walls, such as letting the
CNC saws and milling centers at the customers look up information. Every need to automate and stay competi-
click of a button.” minute that you have a customer do tive will reduce the demand for low-
Without integrated software, that is another minute that you’ve er-skilled jobs, there will be more work-
While Hurley recognizes that the
employees manually enter data, added to your productivity.”
which can result in costly errors.
ers who can transition to positions that
formerly required special training.
“Production line workers see auto-
“Software provides accuracy,” says
One important beneﬁt that soft- mation as a threat to their livelihood.
Brennan. “We’re people—we get dis-
tracted; data often has to be re-en- ware provides automation is produc- Companies need to provide sup-
tered, which holds up lead times, and tion consistency. Companies want to port and further education to their
there’s a cost there.”
keep their customers happy, and the workforce,” he says. “This will create
Software greatly reduces these risks. best way to do that is by timely and opportunity for workers to move into
“If you automate a work cell, it efﬁcient operation.
other roles where possible. And, com-
operates more efﬁciently, and the
“Software is so important because panies will require more IT skilled
integrated software provides visibility it gets those machines to talk to each resources with the addition of new
of the production ﬂoor in real time,” other,” says Sam Frankland, sales man- software and machinery.”
It’s also a huge help on the sales side. is no automation. It’s critical in avoiding Building Transparency
We’ve had people tell us that repeat data entry. Humans are error- One of the biggest advantages
some of the things they’re doing with prone, but software allows companies of software is that it provides com-
appointment conﬁrmation will save to cut down those manual steps.” pany-wide visibility which, in turn,
them an entire full-time employee,” Aside from consistency, integrat- boosts efﬁciency in the processes.
says Justin Showers, chief market- ed software also reduces the need “If you think about what comput-
ing ofﬁcer at improveit! 360, a busi- for manual labor, the epicenter of ers have done in the past, it’s auto-
ness-management platform for the work-related injuries and mistakes. mate the clerical side much more than
home repair industry. “Often the sav- “Automation means less human the manufacturing side,” says Carter.
ager at Smart-Builder. “Without it, there
ings is on the ofﬁce side, but the big error, which ultimately reduces waste “That’s changed. Now we need to be
gain in efﬁciency is on the sales side.” and increases consistency and qual- helping the C-level folks in the execu-
WoodWare’s Carter says software ity,” explains Hurley. “It’s pivotal in tive suite with a wider array of mean-
Door & Window Market