The innovation challenge
Windows and glass doors seem to be simple products to manufacture at first glance, but at Western Window Systems we have taken on the challenge of improving existing products with the newest innovations to produce high quality products and reduce lead times.
Now, we have shifted our focus toward addressing market needs through innovation in not only existing products, but also upcoming products.
“We saw some opportunities for product improvement and so we’ve been focused on that,” Kevin Vilhauer, VP of Engineering at Western Window Systems, said
of previous product innovations that have taken place over the last few years. “At the same time, there’s a need and a desire to launch some new products, mainly to help address some of the customer needs.”
Making a classic product even better
“Indirectly, it affects our customers positively,” Vilhauer said. “Better quality, better throughput, more capacity on the line, so that definitely helps the customers.” While the Series 600 Multi-Slide comes with a pour and debridge thermal break, we have added a polyamide strut to the product to make production faster and smoother. The thermal hybrid, which includes both types of thermal breaks, allows for manufacturing flexibility.
“Essentially, it’s a polymer profile that we crimped between two pieces of aluminum. So you still have that look of aluminum, but you have the thermal performance of a polymer plastic,” he said.