Ed Serrano

Optimizing Chaos

Ed Serrano

Optimization… In general, most plants want to mix up the cutting list, while still controlling the order that the members cut by the saw. This allows some gains in waste/cost to be had by combining members but still allows the cut components to be stacked easily according to truss once...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 42
Ed Serrano

Solutions for Safer and More Efficient Truss and Frame Stacking

Ed Serrano

The increased acceleration of city infill and the popularity of apartments is creating the opportunity for frame and truss manufacturing to expand into mid-rise construction, an important growth area for the industry. However, with expansion comes a greater emphasis on quality manufacturing,...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 46
Keith Parker

The Power of SMED and 5S

Keith Parker

As a follow up to our 9-part “Ready for Change” article series, our next step down the “Lean” path is to introduce other tools and methods to reduce waste and time. The first in this new bi-monthly series focuses on SMED, Single Minute Exchange of Die, and how this...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 40

How Computer Simulation Can Power Innovation

Frank Ding

Computer-simulated product testing is being used increasingly in modern engineering and manufacturing because it provides a low-risk, time- and cost-efficient means of modeling system performance using a wide array of variables before a physical prototype has been created. The following article...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 100
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Five

Joe Kannapell

Part Five: Monoliths of the Millennium The movement to taller and broader apartment buildings has impacted every component manufacturer. One such project may occupy estimators and designers for weeks at a time, may overwhelm production, and may confound shipping. It may crowd out smaller...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Four

Joe Kannapell

Part Four:  Apartment Trends of the 1990s and Beyond What was true in the Nineties is just as true today, that large apartment jobs can crowd out single family orders. But with the proper mix of work, a plant can achieve more steady production. Since 1993 was nearly as dire as 2010, most...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Three

Joe Kannapell

Part Three:  Apartment Survival Strategies in the 1980s A few stalwarts “lived to tell” how they survived the Eighties, but none knew magic. What they did then works just as well today—expanded markets, refined quotes, and controlled costs. And in the collapsing...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 6
Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Owning the Future of our Industry

Steve Shrader

So far in this series, I’ve talked about how job descriptions have evolved as the industry has matured. Along the way, I’ve emphasized that the objective is not to impress you with the advanced power of the servo—it is to impress upon you the importance of the journey of...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 35
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Two

Joe Kannapell

Part Two: The Turbulent 1980s For CMs to prosper in the 1980s, after surviving the “double-bubble” of apartment building in the 1970s, required great tenacity and innovation. Projects grew in size and complexity. Developers gained momentum and began employing scheduling and...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 6
Todd Drummond

Why It’s Time to Add Component Manufacturing to Your Lumber Business

Todd Drummond

We’ve all seen the predictions: Component manufacturing is going to grow ever bigger as labor remains tight and big builders get more efficient. And with component manufacturing gross margins being higher than what you get for selling commodities, it’s a good time to ask:...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 18

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