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Masonite opens automated plant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Masonite International Corp., manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, recently opened a 200,000-sq.-ft. door manufacturing facility in Denmark, S.C. 

Located in Bamberg County, the Masonite manufacturing facility will help it improve product quality and safety while distributing its interior residential door products to the southeast market faster, according to the company.

“It has been an honor for Masonite to work with the many talented and dedicated people that brought this next generation facility to reality,” said Glen Coulter, executive VP operations. “The fully automated production line allows us to build a door in minutes that used to take up to six hours or more. All of this while employing additional people. By the end of the year, Masonite expects to employ 200 people at our Denmark facility.”

The Masonite technology investment of more than $14 million is a direct response to changing customer demands. Lead time expectation has changed and inventory is now turned as quickly as possible, the company said. 

More than 70% of the interior molded panel doors are expected to be run on the automated line in the new Masonite facility.

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Research and Markets announces new OLED vs. LED report

BY HBSDealer Staff

Research and Markets has published a report examining the market data and trends shaping the future of the lighting industry, titled "OLED vs LED Lighting 2013-2018: Forecasts, Technologies, Players."

The technologies in question include incandescent, CFL, halogen, LED and OLED lighting. The report particularly focuses on the tension between LED and OLED lighting, which are expected to compete directly against one another. According to Research and Markets, OLED is a relatively new player on the scene and will have to define unique value propositions to pull its weight against its more established cousin.

The report includes a technology analysis and a blunt market assessment, as well as detailed market forecasts.

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Miele claims Futura Diamond dishwasher reigns quietest

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Miele has commissioned a study to back up its claim of having America’s quietest dishwasher.

Owens Corning Acoustics Research Center conducted comparative research testing for clean and soiled loads. According to Miele, the results show that its dishwashers maintained their decibel settings throughout washing cycles of all intensities. Also, the tests found that a leading manufacturer touting quiet performance registered a decibel increase of as much as 6 levels for a soiled load, compared to advertised levels.

Of all the Miele models, the company stated that its Futura Diamond dishwasher registered the lowest decibel of 37 dBA on its Extra Quiet Program setting. 

"The combination of an advanced insulation system, turbidity sensors and a powerful pump ensures Miele consistently and effcently manages sound, without sacrificing performance," said Dirk Sappok, Miele’s product development group manager.

Those interested can view the test results here.

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