Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence, Part 2
Part 2: Continuing the Journey of 7 Steps
As discused in "Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps," we all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, which is easier said than done. Operational excellence is about more than simply adjusting the...
Optimization… In general, most plants want to mix up the cutting list, while still controlling the order that the members cut by the saw. This allows some gains in waste/cost to be had by combining members but still allows the cut components to be stacked easily according to truss once...
Solutions for Safer and More Efficient Truss and Frame Stacking
The increased acceleration of city infill and the popularity of apartments is creating the opportunity for frame and truss manufacturing to expand into mid-rise construction, an important growth area for the industry. However, with expansion comes a greater emphasis on quality manufacturing,...
Roof Truss Automated Jigging
This month, I was able to view some of the systems recently installed at customer locations. All of the systems seem to be engineered well and mechanically sound.
I would like to offer this bit of information: Alpine’s SmartView offers an operator’s advantage, with dimensioning...
Emerging Pillars for Business Success
As companies grow and change, we should ask ourselves—what are the essential pillars of support that help companies succeed? While making changes that will transform their businesses, successful companies will rely on core pillars that form the foundation of who they will be in the future....
Technology, Progress, and Owning the Future of our Industry
So far in this series, I’ve talked about how job descriptions have evolved as the industry has matured. Along the way, I’ve emphasized that the objective is not to impress you with the advanced power of the servo—it is to impress upon you the importance of the journey of...
Technology, Progress, and Human Interaction
Last month, I talked about how things were “back in the day” as compared to now. The Servo Revolution is upon us, and we must all work to keep up with technology. Modern technology drives our businesses, both literally and figuratively. Even so, technology is not the sole element in...
Gantry Production for Wood Trusses: What are Good Production Numbers?
Automated jig setups for gantry tables and linear saws are a couple of the best things to come along in our truss facilities in a long time. Obviously, we know the most time spent to build a truss is setting it up. Now we are setting up difficult trusses in seconds. Across the country, most...
Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part One
Part One: 1960 to 1979
Garden style apartments have been good for the truss business, but have morphed into an almost unrecognizable beast. In making this transition, component manufacturers have built on 40+ years of experience, and have conquered this beast, but not without...
Floor Truss Stackers
Already 3 months into this project, I hope you’re finding this series to be as interesting and informative as I am.
I’m continuing to use the schedule of comparisons that I set out in the December issue. The months are as follows.
Schedule of Comparisons: