Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation

Joe Kannapell

Part VIII: Layout Without Windows At BCMC in Jacksonville in 1990, the PC had begun to “steal the show,” especially that of the upstart A.C.E.S. Their layout program was a quantum leap over the decade old work of C&G Micrographics on the Apple Computer. It also had several...

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March 2019
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Todd Drummond

The Drummond Short Schedule Time-Standard System

Todd Drummond

Using Man-Minutes to Manage Your Labor Industrial engineering – “The branch of engineering that is concerned with the production of industrial goods, especially by the design of efficient plants and procedures and the management of materials, energy, and labor.” (Source:...

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March 2019
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Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation

Joe Kannapell

Part VII: A Computer for Every Designer In 1980, for the first time, I witnessed the PC doing trusses. Then, over the next 10 years, I watched that machine take over every designer’s desktop. Getting to that end, though, wasn’t easy. Unprecedented technological change roiled our...

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February 2019
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Todd Drummond

Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes

Todd Drummond

A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...

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February 2019
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Glenn Traylor

How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?

Glenn Traylor

When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience? What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters: The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...

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February 2019
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Ben Hershey

Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives

Ben Hershey

When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....

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February 2019
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Robert Glowinski

AWC Releases Third Environment, Energy, and Safety Report

Robert Glowinski

In late 2018, the American Wood Council released its third biannual AWC Environment, Energy and Safety: Industry Progress Report. Compiled from data collected over the last decade, the report shows that there have been significant improvements by the industry in these three areas, even despite...

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February 2019
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Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part VI

Joe Kannapell

Part VI: Desktop Engineering Rocks the Design World One man, an accomplished CM, set out to ramp-up the efficiency of truss designers in the Eighties: Mr. Leonard Sylk. He did it by pioneering the in-house computer, and its user-friendly software. By use of this tool, he envisioned a plant...

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January 2019
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Ben Hershey

Taking Steps Toward Manufacturing & Distribution Efficiency

Ben Hershey

As we start the New Year, a focus of many operations will be setting goals to remain competitive. Today’s companies in the LBM/Component/Modular market are looking for ways to drive efficiencies throughout their manufacturing processes. Extending Lean Manufacturing principles and practices...

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January 2019
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Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part V

Joe Kannapell

Part V: A Prequel to Hands-On Design When Lou Lewis showed our engineers his $395 HP35 calculator in 1973, they barely blinked, but several in the truss industry did recognize its value. Perhaps we were too focused on our mainframe computer, and too invested in the programs that we had...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
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