Happy April Fools’ Day!
Oh, to be able to call our current situation simply one big joke—wouldn’t that be nice! Of course, we’re all taking this very seriously, as we should. We’re all finding our way, day by day, as we adjust to the changing circumstances. We’re developing ways to stay...
Sixty Years of Machines, Part V
Part V: The Gantry Gains Ground
The roller gantry had two major obstacles to clear in the 1970s, both erected by its inventor, Carroll Sanford. Both were delineated in hard-to-evade U.S. Patents. The first was on the machine itself and the second was on the connector plate that it required....
Responding to Our Changing World
Corona Virus or Covid-19 has undoubtedly turned the world in which we live, work, socialize, learn, and play upside down. As I write this in the last week of March, we are starting a 4-week shutdown of our manufacturing facility in New Zealand and a 2-week shutdown period for both Indianapolis...
As the Market Changes – Plan Now for Continuous Improvements
No doubt that as I am writing this, many of us have had to turn our focus to our families, our friends, and our businesses as the COVID-19 virus has rapidly spread throughout North America. The impact to many has been requirements to shelter families in their homes, except for critical functions...
How Do Your Manufacturing Errors Rank on the List?
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Apparently, she never worked in a truss plant, where I think everyone will make them all at least once. But humor aside, let’s take a look at the...
COVID-19 – Was This in Your Risk Analysis?
Every astute business owner has a risk analysis with plans to mitigate those risks. Within the Component Manufacturing industry, elements such as housing downturn, hacking of systems, machine failings, and staff safety concerns would generally make up the topics. I’d put money on the fact...
Oakland Athletics Baseball and Component Manufacturing?
Anyone who knows me to any degree will tell you I am not a sports fan. I do not follow any professional sports or know much about the players and culture. So it may surprise you to have me compare component manufacturing (CM) to baseball. To be honest, I mean to compare the management practices...
Better Tools for Wall Panel Design in Parametric 3D
Continuing our articles series on better tools for wall panel design, it’s time to start talking about parametric 3D. So, what is parametric 3D and what does it mean for you?
According to Wikipedia, “Parametric design is a process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the...
Prep Time for Truss Job Bids Cut in Half…or Even More!
Alpine’s STITCHER software delivers significant savings for APEX Technology’s bidding and design tasks
STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed both bidding and production...
Things Roof Truss Manufacturers SHOULD Ask, But Don’t Always
I didn’t just fall off of a turnip truck yesterday, even though there are a few who may doubt my claim!
Prefabricated metal plate connected wood trusses and I became close friends back in April of 1977. Yes, we had electricity then and no, I did not watch space aliens build...