Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part V

Joe Kannapell

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....

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part IV

Joe Kannapell

Part IV: Early Roller Gantries The roller gantry dominates today’s truss production, but it hasn’t always done so, despite the fact that it hasn’t changed much over sixty years. The reason for its relatively slow ascendency is found in its origins and in its adaptations over...

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March 2020
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Page 10
Wendy Boyd

BCMC Planning – The Great Debate on Saws

Wendy Boyd

We’re now starting the daunting but exciting task of planning for the next Building Component Manufacturers Conference, being held September 22–25 in Indianapolis, IN. As we gear up, we ask ourselves – what is the most important piece of equipment to show, what is the message...

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March 2020
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Page 17
Craig Savage

A Case for Innovation in the Building Industry

Craig Savage

For years, I’ve been interested in why the residential building industry has been so slow to innovate. Other industries constantly innovate. The U.S. automobile industry, arguably pushed along by Japan and European car makers, continues to advance its products and production methods....

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 72
Craig Webb

This Chart Helps Spur Mega-Millions in Off-Site Construction Investments—But Can It Be Trusted?

Craig Webb

Go to a meeting about modular construction, mass timber, and other off-site components manufacturing and odds are one of the speakers will show this chart [See PDF or View in Full Issue]. I’ve been to events where four consecutive speakers showcased it in their presentations. Some of these...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 90
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part III

Joe Kannapell

Part III: Table Presses More CMs are “doing it right the first time” via vertical presses, taking advantage of their flexibility and the quality of their production. But few realize that some of the most successful plants in our industry started with table presses. These presses...

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February 2020
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Page 10
Chris Scott

2020 Preview

Chris Scott

It’s been the time of year for reflection and forecasting, thinking about what can be learned from last year and what should be expected from the new year to come. The most successful of us are the best at applying those lessons learned and having the ability to anticipate upcoming changes...

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February 2020
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Page 17
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Vertical Presses — The World Record

Joe Kannapell

Forty years ago, a frenetic fray raged over the World Record for truss production. While CMs across the country competed, the two main players, Littfin in Minnesota and Dickie Vail in Louisiana, produced numbers that may never be equaled. The massive trophy, displayed today in the lobby of...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 133
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part II

Joe Kannapell

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...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 10

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. One...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 15

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