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New Pod + Mix of News

The latest From the Fabricator podcast is now out and it’s a good mix of people and subject matter.

By Max Perilstein | May 01, 2023

Trauma Response Training: Learning What You Hope You’ll Never Need

Keeping our team members safe on the job is our number one priority. This is why the FGIA Fenestration Safety Committee makes it a priority to host a safety speaker at each of our conferences. As staff liaison for this group for the past three years, I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible about proper glass handling, ratings for cut-resistant apparel, accident investigation protocol and more.

By Angela Dickson | April 28, 2023

Good News / Bad News

A very interesting Architectural Billings Index was released this week. On one hand the news was good, but on the other, not so much. In my last post I predicted a bad overall score. The worries on interest rates and the banking mess (still on going, though the world moves on to other issues) would weigh it down was my thought. Well thankfully on the overall score I was wrong.

By Max Perilstein | April 24, 2023

Under the Radar Sites and More

So late in 2021 I went in search of some of the best “under the radar” websites in our industry and came up with a bunch led by a great one from the team at Minneapolis Glass. This year I once again went on the deep dive through the web to recognize more deserving folks in our space. My simple parameters were websites that looked different than the norm, were exciting and interesting, still easy to navigate and from companies that aren’t usually in the news in our industry.

By Max Perilstein | April 17, 2023

Automation and software can reduce operating costs and shorten factory lead times

Automation can be used for a wide variety of industrial tasks, from taking orders to making the product itself. Automation runs on software; here is a primer of the benefits automation software offers to companies and their bottom line.

April 13, 2023

A How-To Guide to Routine Maintenance

Maintenance should be a part of any production process. Routine maintenance can help manufacturers save money, ensure efficiency and safety, and avoid machine downtime. Here's a list of simple steps to follow for routine maintenance.

Hey Alexa, How Will AI Change the Glazing Industry?

Many are questioning the usefulness and accuracy of new artificial intelligence tech, such as ChatGPT. While I don't see AI replacing glazing experts, this machine-learning technology may offer glass industry companies efficiencies and greater accuracy in some processes.

Schools and National Overwatch

The school shooting issue is still top of mind for me. When the possibility of interviewing a person who is out there trying to help schools do the right thing came up, I jumped at it.

By Max Perilstein | April 10, 2023

Mindful considerations for mica and metallic coatings

Metallic and mica coatings offer a striking, shining appearance to finished aluminum products. To get the look you want, it's important to know what both coatings offer, how you can ensure optimal appearance and match the colors you need.