Ingenuity Always Delivers
For most of us, the majority of our time we do things in the way we’ve done them before, for the reasons we’ve had before, and expecting the typical results. For many projects, that’s exactly how to operate! When we follow our habits and procedures, we’re able to capture...
Growing Interest in Wall Panels
Each and every machine, employee, and environment has unique limitations. It’s knowing how to exploit the strengths of each that will contribute to the success of the company and the success of each product line. We recognize the strengths of unconventional wall framing for the North...
German Robotics in U.S. Housing
German invaders have landed on our shores intent on leapfrogging our component industry. Their huge investment and their unconventional processes are now being tested on a jobsite not far from their high-tech, 200,000 sq. ft. Baltimore plant.
Their name, Blueprint Robotics, invokes a...
Off–site Designing and Sales: The Three Biggest Obstacles
What once was frowned upon has now become very common. Off-site designing and off-site sales individuals or teams can be a very good way to expand your company’s capabilities. The biggest driver of its emerging acceptability is the fact that the pool of talent is larger when looking...
Upsizing Plates and Plate Placement Method Failures
Using a 6 x 6 plate instead of a 3 x 6 plate can make the Plate Placement Method fail the polygon rule. So what is happening? And how can this be resolved?
In the image, the yellow area represents the connector optimal placement for the designed size of a 3 x 6...
Transportation Waste is More Evident Than You Think
Part 2 in our TIMWOODS Series
When we last left off in our series, I introduced you to my friend, TIM WOODS. TIM WOODS is actually an acronym for the eight deadly wastes (Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-Processing, Over-Production, Defects, and Skills). While the acronym...
Engineers Week is February 19 – 25
February 19 – 25 is National Engineers Week. The week celebrates the impact engineers make on our daily lives and encourages young people to consider engineering as a career. For a trade association, AWC employs a lot of engineers and we see the...
The Real Cost of “Not Discounting” Invoices
Part Four in the Save Money Series
Back in the good old days, when I was a rookie lumber broker, central zone SYP producers offered wholesalers a 5% discount which gave us incentive to work their wood outside Mississippi and Alabama. I offer that just to be aggravating.
Also, back in...
All Things Wood:
Heavy Timber with "Heavy Connection"
Photo taken at a restaurant in Maine located on the first floor of a historic textile mill building. Such buildings were constructed in the 1860-65 timeframe. The column is about 18”x18” and apparently continues upward into the next floor (or floors). The side mounted connection was...
Snow Loading for Trusses: Why Specifying a Roof Snow Load Isn’t Enough
“Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.” Bill Walton
You might wonder what a quote about winning basketball games could possibly have to do with snow loading on trusses. As with basketball, the importance of close teamwork also applies to a project...