FAQs

Have a question about FENml?  Chances are you’ll find your answer here.

Q:  What is FENml?

A:  FENml stands for ‘Fenestration Manufacturing Language’.  It is a base line standard that will allow all machinery, software, and suppliers to communicate.

Q:  What exactly is Industry 4.0?

A:  Industry 4.0 refers to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  The first Industrial Revolution began at the end of the 18th century with the introduction of water and steam-driven manufacturing facilities.  The second Industrial Revolution began at the start of the 20th century with mass productivity, assembly lines, and electricity.  The third Industrial Revolution occurred more recently with computers and automation.  The fourth, Industry 4.0, refers to the current trend of data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

Q:  So what is IoT?

A:  The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the inter-networking of physical devices embedded with electronics, software, and sensors that enable the collection and exchange of data.  

Q:  Why would a glass fabricator or window manufacturer need FENml?

A:  Imagine that all of your machinery in your plant, regardless of manufacturer or type, communicated in exactly the same way without the need for proprietary interfaces for each piece of machinery—that is what FENml can accomplish.  

Q:  What does Industry 4.0 and the IoT have to do with FENml?

A:  IoT devices and protocols can enable systems to communicate.  Equipment can capture and relay data such as alarms, temperatures, power consumption, vibration, operating modes, cycle times, and more.  These data points can then be analyzed to provide information that influences future business decisions.

Q:  How do you retrieve that data to analyze?

A:  Devices, using IoT, communicate to the user. These devices are generally simpler andcheaper because the heavy lifting is done by servers operating in the cloud.  

Q:  How can I get involved with FENml?

A:  Click here to submit a request for information form.

Q:  How do I obtain the FENml standards?

A:  Click here to submit a request for information form.

Do you have a question about FENml?  Contact info@fenetech.com.