Glenn Traylor

What is the Most Common Fabrication Issue That Impacts a Truss?

Glenn Traylor

The most common problem typically encountered is excessive defects in the plated area of the truss. While some defects are acceptable in the plated area, the degree of defects depends on the actual joint situation and forces at the joint. Connector sizes are controlled by design, handling,...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 32
Glenn Traylor

There’s More to Lumber Qualification Than Just the Grade Stamp!

Glenn Traylor

Picking usable lumber involves more than just the initial grade stamp. We can think of the stamp as the first step, but we can’t stop there. Truss fabricators depend on the lumber supplier to provide effective grading protocols that will produce materials with predictable design values....

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 36
Glenn Traylor

Wedges—Misunderstood and Underappreciated?

Glenn Traylor

The lowly wedge sometimes gets very little respect. If your plant is doing it right, the wedges usually are cut from drops or culls. That’s a good way of doing it, and it sounds very simple, but not just any piece of wood is suitable for a wedge. There are important qualifications that...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 36
Glenn Traylor

A Case for Providing More Design Info to the Assembly Table

Glenn Traylor

It’s true that, by nature, the materials currently used for wood trusses can vary in strength and properties. Given a specific lumber size and grade, truss builders often need to evaluate lumber picked, cut, and provided to build the specific job at hand. After verifying the lumber grade,...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 36
Ben Hershey

No Waste Path Using TIMWOODS

Ben Hershey

Part 9 in our TIMWOODS Series Hey TimWoods, it’s time to take a pause with your Gemba walk and talk about a Waste Reduction plan using what we learned in this series. Throughout this series, our friend TimWoods has helped us focus on the wastes of Transportation, Inventory, Motion,...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 46
Glenn Traylor

So Who Exactly is Responsible for Lumber Quality?

Glenn Traylor

In the United States, we are blessed with an abundance of quality building materials we may chose to use while fabricating our wood truss products. As long as we are able to confidently predict lumber values and our truss design software has the proper values entered, we can be assured a quality...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 34
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: The Pioneer of MSR Lumber

Frank Woeste

The knowledge we take for granted today on MSR lumber is due in large part to the pioneering work of Professor Robert Hoyle, P.E. In the early 1960s at Potlatch Forest, Inc., he conducted basic research on the relationship between stiffness and strength of lumber, paving the way for the MSR...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 74

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