Are You Feeling Lucky?
We’ve all had times when we feel we’ve hit a stroke of luck, and unfortunately times when we felt pretty unlucky. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I started wondering about luck—when we most wish we were feeling lucky and maybe ways to get a little more luck on...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation
Part VIII: Layout Without Windows
At BCMC in Jacksonville in 1990, the PC had begun to “steal the show,” especially that of the upstart A.C.E.S. Their layout program was a quantum leap over the decade old work of C&G Micrographics on the Apple Computer. It also had several...
Believe it or not, we have reached the end of our 12-part series of product comparisons! As I reflect on the past twelve months, I realize how engrossed in our own product offering I was and how unfamiliar I was with our competition. As challenging and time consuming as this project has been, it...
Success Through Failure
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
How Should Defects Be Recorded When Inspecting a Critical Plate?
A critical plate is a plate with a Joint Stress Index of 80% or greater. The ANSI/TPI 1–2014 Standard stipulates that critical plate inspections must be conducted when completing the three inspections per station/per shift/per week requirement. On average, the standard requires one...
The Drummond Short Schedule Time-Standard System
Using Man-Minutes to Manage Your Labor
Industrial engineering – “The branch of engineering that is concerned with the production of industrial goods, especially by the design of efficient plants and procedures and the management of materials, energy, and labor.” (Source:...
Celebrating Heart and Teamwork at Vekta
At Vekta, we not only acknowledge the importance of our team, we celebrate it! We recognise that each individual brings something unique and special to the whole team. Every person is respected for their thoughts, contributions, knowledge, and skills—without them, there is no way we could...
Question of the Day:
Gable End Frame Connections and Bracing
I was asked recently why Component Manufacturers (CMs) do not provide the bracing details and holdowns for gable end frames like they do for the common trusses. The question got me thinking because the details are readily available, as are any mechanical connectors that might be needed to...
The Hiring Zone:
Remote Design in 5 Years
As I gaze into my crystal ball, conjuring up a future based on my 27 years of recruiting and industry experience, I can see big changes ahead for our industry and Remote Designers. Come with me and let’s see what my crystal ball shows….
The Year is 2021:
As the mist in my...
Education on Wood Use Important to Marketplace
Every day, component manufacturers are dealing with the entire spectrum of traditional and engineered wood products. In fact, educating your customers may be a key factor in your sales and services.
Like you, the American Wood Council (AWC) sees how important education on wood can be to...