20 Words for 2020
Writing this column as one year ends and a new year begins, I started to wonder about what I hoped to see and experience in the coming months. Although a new year always brings us both possibilities and pitfalls, I prefer to focus on the positives as long as I can.
So, here are 20 words that...
Sixty Years of Machines, Part II
Part II: A Pressing Issue
Why reflect on the oft-derided C-Clamp as it fades into truss industry oblivion? Because it holds the world record for truss production, unmatched yet, even by robots. And although it debuted half a century ago, its design has never been equaled. And remarkably, this...
Automation is Easy with the Right Support
The Spida Team
Bringing in a new cutting saw – even a high-tech version – is a surprisingly straightforward experience, but it succeeds or fails based on the quality of service and know-how. From purchase through installation to on-going support, Spida will help you automate successfully.
Are You Communicating the Same Old Message?
Here we are at the start of 2020 — Happy New Year! As we begin the year, we’ll likely have times when we look at the past and then look forward, as we plan our strategy and set the tone for our teams and work with our colleagues.
But… there are others who will trod out the...
How Do Your Trusses Stack Up?
Do you vertically stack your trusses or horizontally stack them? How does the method impact quality? How does it impact safety? Do you know the arguments for either preference? Almost as if it was a regional inclination, some areas of the US vertically stack their finished trusses and some areas...
Industry 4.0 – What’s the Hype?
Not so long ago, the concept of “lean manufacturing” was embraced and implemented worldwide for manufacturing. But these days, lean manufacturing is old news. Today, you need to be on the “Industry 4.0” bandwagon if you want to survive into the next decade. Governments,...
Look Beyond Manufacturing Improvements to Deliver Better Net Profits for 2020
Even though the new build season of 2020 is expected to be a good one for most, it likely will be more challenging to retain net profits than many anticipate. Most component manufacturers (CM) have been buying equipment and expanding their operations like crazy. Also, new money has flooded into...
All Things Wood:
Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing
In some arid parts of the Southwest, the occurrence and recurrence of cracks at taped gypsum panel (drywall) joints between panels in residential projects have been reported in trade magazines since the mid-1990s. In some homes of a project, one or two cracks or ridges appear at...
The Hiring Zone:
Not Another Recession!
I am not talking about stocks, bonds, markets, or even finance. Speaking from experience as a recruiter for over 27 years, I see signs that 2020 is probably going to be OK as far as the building components manufacturing job market goes. My employers are saying they don’t see growth like in...
Why Modular Home Factories Need to Expand Right Now!
Just in case you haven’t looked out your window lately, new home construction is happening everywhere, especially on the East and West Coast.
Traditional new home site builders are facing labor shortages in not only skilled trades but also in basic framing. This shortage is having a...