How Do Your Manufacturing Errors Rank on the List?
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...
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...
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...
Multi Family Tools for Wall Panel Design
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,...
Preparing Fast and Accurate Bids with STITCHER
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...
The Last Word:
The Last Word from 2020 IBS on Floor Cassettes
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...
Do Lasers Tell the Whole Story?
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...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part X
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...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part IX
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...