Share the Love
It’s February, so we’re going to be seeing hearts everywhere for the next few weeks. Valentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity to sell/buy greeting cards, candy, and flowers. But the holiday doesn’t have to be limited to your sweetheart. Consider it an opportunity to...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation
Part VII: A Computer for Every Designer
In 1980, for the first time, I witnessed the PC doing trusses. Then, over the next 10 years, I watched that machine take over every designer’s desktop. Getting to that end, though, wasn’t easy. Unprecedented technological change roiled our...
Automated Saws, Low End
It was many months ago that I decided to conduct this 12-part series of product comparisons, and now we are in the final stretch!
Last time, we compared Automated Saws, High End. This time, we’re taking a look at the lower end of the cost spectrum. When I refer to low end saws, I do so...
Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes
A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...
A Case for Minimum Post Frame Truss Loads
In my career, I have done about everything imaginable when it comes to post frame (pole) building trusses. I have been blessed to have been able to spend a better portion of over two decades working within or owning prefabricated MPCWT (metal plate connected wood truss) manufacturing facilities....
How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?
When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience?
What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters:
The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...
Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives
When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....
The Missing Link – Addressing Roof Ponding by Designing with an HVAC Perspective
As discussed in last month’s article, “Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: 'Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.’,” by Frank Woeste and Scott Coffman, ponding is an issue not always addressed adequately.
Ponding is a design issue, a mishap, or an...
The Hiring Zone:
Before remote design was “the new thing,” designers would relocate to advance. Not just a promotion, but for better pay, better benefits, and stability for the long term. While remote offers flexibility in everything from scheduling to attire, it lacks one thing—proven...
AWC Releases Third Environment, Energy, and Safety Report
In late 2018, the American Wood Council released its third biannual AWC Environment, Energy and Safety: Industry Progress Report. Compiled from data collected over the last decade, the report shows that there have been significant improvements by the industry in these three areas, even despite...