Better Tools for Optimizing Your Wall Panel Production
Our industry is continuously changing—there is no denying this fact. There is always a hot topic that gives birth to new buzzwords which gain popularity and begin trending. One of the latest examples is “Off Site Construction.” Everyone has heard it and, like many things in our...
Making Software ‘Simple’
Price, speed, accuracy, footprint, service, and support. Those are the most common features considered when it comes to purchasing a linear saw. And, yes, they are important, but a linear saw is nothing but powder-coated steel and a blade until it’s told what to do. That’s why what...
After 40 years in project management and product ownership for the financial service industry, dealing with everything from futures to equities to basis trading, I thought my brain couldn’t possibly manage another acronym. But, in a world that constantly changes, I too had to evolve...
Better Tools for Refining Your Wall Panel Designs
As we continue our series on better tools for wall panel design, it’s time to explore our Edit Framing feature. In today’s industry, there are no easy jobs. Project complexity has increased steadily over the past several years. The need to be able to quickly review panels and edit on...
Better Component Bidding and Delivery with STITCHER
It’s official—Alpine’s new STITCHER software has the industry buzzing—and even a brief examination reveals why
Preparing construction component projects for bidding and ultimately for scheduling and production can be difficult, time-consuming, and subject to input...
Better Tools for Intuitive Wall Panel Design
This month, we’re continuing our series on better tools for wall panel design and exploring our Break/Review process. Walls are just walls until they are broken into PANELS. Similar to the way trusses are just profiles until they are designed, the same is true for walls. Beginning with...
Better Tools for Wall Panel Design in Parametric 3D
Continuing our articles series on better tools for wall panel design, it’s time to start talking about parametric 3D. So, what is parametric 3D and what does it mean for you?
According to Wikipedia, “Parametric design is a process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the...
Prep Time for Truss Job Bids Cut in Half…or Even More!
Alpine’s STITCHER software delivers significant savings for APEX Technology’s bidding and design tasks
STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed both bidding and production...
The Last Word:
Not My Last Word
From four stories up, I realized how far wood components have come. I was atop 170,000 sq. ft. of trusses, viewing the Minneapolis Basilica, and couldn’t help thinking back 47 years to my first jobsite visit. [See PDF or View in Full Issue for photos.] Back then, floor trusses were brand...
How Important are Construction Tolerances?
Back in the days before Autoset C®, Matchpoint®, and Wizard®, truss set-ups and the truss profile were dependent on the truss builder’s ability to accurately jig the truss being built using cross reference information and data. For example, a heel to peak measurement was taken...