Glenn Traylor

How Do Your Manufacturing Errors Rank on the List?

Glenn Traylor

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Apparently, she never worked in a truss plant, where I think everyone will make them all at least once. But humor aside, let’s take a look at the...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 41
Tracy Roe

Better Tools for Wall Panel Design in Parametric 3D

Tracy Roe

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...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 64

Prep Time for Truss Job Bids Cut in Half…or Even More!

Alpine Team

Alpine’s STITCHER software delivers significant savings for APEX Technology’s bidding and design tasks The Product 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...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 68
Glenn Traylor

How Important are Construction Tolerances?

Glenn Traylor

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...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 41
Tracy Roe

Multi Family Tools for Wall Panel Design

Tracy Roe

Last month’s article launched our series on the most advanced panel design software in decades: Truebuild® Layout with panel design functionality. Written from the ground up by industry veterans and developed by the best in-house team in the industry, we listened to what you needed,...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 62

Preparing Fast and Accurate Bids with STITCHER

Alpine Team

Alpine’s STITCHER software makes a big difference for A-1 Roof Trusses providing rapid turn-around of bids—and much more The Product / The Speed STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 66
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word from 2020 IBS on Floor Cassettes

Joe Kannapell

A few CMs have already heard the “buzz” about floor cassettes from the annual International Builders Show (IBS). A good portion of January’s Show dealt with offsite construction, and prebuilt floor sections are of major interest. At one of the Show’s seminars, we...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 143
Glenn Traylor

Do Lasers Tell the Whole Story?

Glenn Traylor

Lasers can be exact, but their data can be misinterpreted. Having the equipment is only part of the equation—it also must be used and understood properly. For example, the connection in the photograph [See PDF or View in Full Issue] was misallocated. The plate should have been dropped...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 38
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part X

Joe Kannapell

Part X: Windows Works Its Magic When David McQuinn recommended Windows to MiTek’s management in 1990, few expected that Microsoft could compete with the two giants of the computer industry: Hewlett Packard and IBM. HP was the dominant provider of engineering computers. For a decade, its...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part IX

Joe Kannapell

Part IX: Windows into Truss Design Two unstoppable waves merged to form the tsunami that swept over truss design in the 1990s. The first was the mass commercialization of the PC, accelerated by Michael Dell in the late 1980s. The second was the graphical user interface (GUI), exploited by our...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 8

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