April  2004

Product Focus

DMSi Offers Catalog Creation Tool
Omaha, Neb.-based DMSi says its StockNET online catalog creation tool provides the quickest method on the market for developing and updating complete product catalogs in any format: web-based, paper or CD-ROM. 
The automated online cataloging tool syncs products found in a distributor’s back-end business software and offers: 

• An Online Shopping Cart: Lumber-yards, retailers and contractors can easily browse a distributor’s online offerings, add items to a shopping cart, and pay for them as they check out from the website catalog. Automated e-mail order notification and receipts verify transactions made via PayPal and other online payment methods.
• Quick-Find Search Power: Shoppers can quickly narrow searches on a StockNET powered web-based catalog using the global text search tool. Doors, windows and components can be located instantly across major and minor product categories and across numerous branch locations.
• Secure Report Distribution: StockNET document portal and report distribution features allow companies to swiftly and economically share sales reports, etc. with staff in multiple locations, saving postage and shipping costs. A secure log-in connects people working away from the office to important documents in multiple formats, including common text, spreadsheet, and HTML files.
• Image Library Automation: High automation built inside StockNET helps millwork distributors launch an initial line-listing web catalog fast, then add thumbnail and full-size product images as desired using drag-and-drop friendly technology.

Tool Organizes Individual Bid Components
Deerfield, Ill.-based Friedman Corp.’s Frontier project tracker tool adds unsurpassed ability to organize individual bid components into a consolidated whole, which the company says gives companies a competitive edge.

With this system, companies can develop a contract hierarchy for a project including phases, tracts and releases within each tract.

Software Lists Each Unit’s Floor Plan
RDHS 101 LLC of Cherry Valley, Calif., offers residential door and hardware system software.

The company says the power of RDHS software is that it produces a material list for each of the unit’s floor plan, with the builder’s options before and during production, with easy-to-read financial reports that help make crucial decisions while estimating a project.

In addition, the company says its software produces the proper written reports to walk the job, order, build and ship materials to each jobsite in sequences as a job progresses.

WoodWare Introduces Document Management Software
Among the software modules currently being offered by Memphis, Tenn.-based WoodWare is DataView document imaging and document management software. The company says this product has already been integrated with the WoodWare System and is currently in use by customers. 

Documents from WoodWare and other sources can be stored electronically in DataView. Most of these will be handled through an electronic file output from WoodWare directly into DataView. Others (such as signed delivery tickets or picking tickets with handwritten shop notes, for example) can be scanned and indexed to match up with the original quote, order, etc. Barcodes can be printed on these documents within the software to further automate this matching and indexing process. 

In addition, other documents such as employment applications, personnel review forms, Word documents, letters, reports, and much more can be scanned and filed within the program. Each application is saved in a “drawer” located in a “virtual” file cabinet.

The company says locating a folder within a drawer, or a document within a folder, is a simple point-and-click process.

Machine Pre-Drills Automatically
Largo, Fla.-based Wise Corp. offers the 8800 LXR, a door and jamb machining center. 
The company says the 8800 LXR has an automatic pre-drill and hinge application, machines an entire unit including the strike, has a 3° bevel-cut option for door hinge mortise, has CNC speed and accuracy and has programmable changeovers.

Hurd Adds Three Glazing Options
Medford, Wis.-based Hurd Millwork Co. has added three new glazing options to its Comfort-Glaze™ system. Sun Blocker™ is formulated to keep homes cooler in Southern climates, Cli-mate Control™ is designed to help keep homes warm in Northern climates and Super Sun Blocker™ is for locations with strong or extreme sunlight.

Hurd also offers standard insulating glass units, low-E glazing, tempered glass, laminated glass and impact glass, which meets the Dade County, Fla., building code for hurricane-prone coastal areas.

Lauren Windows Introduces CustomFit Wood Replacement Windows
Lauren Windows of Cambridge, Ohio, has added the CustomFit wood replacement window to its Masterpiece Collection offering. 

The company says CustomFit wood replacement windows are built to exact specifications and slide easily into existing openings without disturbing trim and wall materials. CustomFit wood replacement windows are high-performance, aluminum-clad windows with the choice of unfinished or pre-finished interiors for hassle-free installation. A variety of hardwood species including poplar, red oak, maple, cherry and ash are available. The exterior is extruded aluminum-clad for ease of maintenance and is available in a variety of colors, according to the company.

CustomFit wood replacement windows are made to order in ¼-inch increments for a perfect fit, and the narrow frame insert provides energy-tight installation. The windows also feature 3 ¼-inch jambs, which means minimal (if any) disruption to existing trim, walls or siding. The window offering is complete with E-Z tilt hardware and PPG Solarban® 60 low-E glass, argon and Super Spacer® warm-edge technology.


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