Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part V

Joe Kannapell

Part V: The Gantry Gains Ground The roller gantry had two major obstacles to clear in the 1970s, both erected by its inventor, Carroll Sanford. Both were delineated in hard-to-evade U.S. Patents. The first was on the machine itself and the second was on the connector plate that it required....

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 10
Wendy Boyd

Responding to Our Changing World

Wendy Boyd

Corona Virus or Covid-19 has undoubtedly turned the world in which we live, work, socialize, learn, and play upside down. As I write this in the last week of March, we are starting a 4-week shutdown of our manufacturing facility in New Zealand and a 2-week shutdown period for both Indianapolis...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 17
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part IV

Joe Kannapell

Part IV: Early Roller Gantries The roller gantry dominates today’s truss production, but it hasn’t always done so, despite the fact that it hasn’t changed much over sixty years. The reason for its relatively slow ascendency is found in its origins and in its adaptations over...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 10
Wendy Boyd

BCMC Planning – The Great Debate on Saws

Wendy Boyd

We’re now starting the daunting but exciting task of planning for the next Building Component Manufacturers Conference, being held September 22–25 in Indianapolis, IN. As we gear up, we ask ourselves – what is the most important piece of equipment to show, what is the message...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 17
Kallen Hair

Taking the Plunge

Kallen Hair

One of the many realities of living in the upper Midwest is dealing with the cold and icy conditions of its sometimes perilous winter. So you can imagine as an Australian native, where the temperature rarely drops below 32° (or 0°C for the rest of the world), this was quite the...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 47
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part III

Joe Kannapell

Part III: Table Presses More CMs are “doing it right the first time” via vertical presses, taking advantage of their flexibility and the quality of their production. But few realize that some of the most successful plants in our industry started with table presses. These presses...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 10
Ray Fedorko

How Financing Can Work for You

Ray Fedorko

 “Why should I seek outside financing for an equipment purchase?” “How difficult is it?” “What should I expect?” — These are just a few of the questions which can be answered by Carl Villella of Acceptance Leasing and Financing...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 47
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Vertical Presses — The World Record

Joe Kannapell

Forty years ago, a frenetic fray raged over the World Record for truss production. While CMs across the country competed, the two main players, Littfin in Minnesota and Dickie Vail in Louisiana, produced numbers that may never be equaled. The massive trophy, displayed today in the lobby of...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 133
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: A Pressing Issue Why reflect on the oft-derided C-Clamp as it fades into truss industry oblivion? Because it holds the world record for truss production, unmatched yet, even by robots. And although it debuted half a century ago, its design has never been equaled. And remarkably, this...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 10

Automation is Easy with the Right Support

The Spida Team

Bringing in a new cutting saw – even a high-tech version – is a surprisingly straightforward experience, but it succeeds or fails based on the quality of service and know-how. From purchase through installation to on-going support, Spida will help you automate successfully. One...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 15

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