Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part IV: Software Evolution

Joe Kannapell

The creation of wall panel software is like the creation of all software – experienced insiders do it best. That was true with Gang-Nail’s AutoPan in the 1970s, which Joe Cotton developed while building wall panels for his homebuilding business. It was also the case with Ted...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 10
Wendy Boyd

Increase Your Market Share By Adding Floor Truss Manufacturing

Wendy Boyd

If you’re in the business of roof truss manufacturing and you’re looking at ways to increase your market share, it’s time to consider adding floor truss manufacturing to your operation. Recent research shows that the global floor truss market is anticipated to rise at a...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 17
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Time to Make Time for a Feed The Beast Plant Tour!

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

We’ve reached July and BCMC in Milwaukee, WI is only three months away. Whether you’re planning on traveling to Milwaukee or not, I highly recommend that you take the time to make time to attend our upcoming Feed the Beast truss plant tour! [For all photos, See PDF or View in Full...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 42
Carl Villella

Obtaining Financing is Crucial to Maintaining Growth

Carl Villella

Credit has been tightening in our industry over the past year, making it challenging to obtain financing for new or used equipment. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March of 2023, followed by the failure of First Republic Bank in May, caused a seismic shift in our...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 55
Wendy Boyd

Design, Innovation, and Software Combine for Perfectly Sheathed Walls

Wendy Boyd

We take pride in actively working with industry and our customers to ensure the machinery and equipment we manufacture is fit for purpose, effective, and continuously improving. One such example of this is in wall sheathing. While machinery for sheathing wall panels has been around for a number...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 17
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Automation Elements That Can Benefit Any Size Truss Plant

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Do you think your plant is too small to be able to capture additional efficiencies? Or, maybe you’re satisfied with the growth your plant has experienced and you think you’ve attained an effective production system. Whether your plant is small, large, or somewhere in between, you can...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 42
Carl Villella

The Interest Rate Watch

Carl Villella

If you are considering financing equipment at this juncture, you may be concerned about where interest rates are headed. You may be wondering if perhaps it might be better to wait until rates drop before you take that step to finance. Darrell R. Spence, an economist with 31 years of...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 53
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part II: Panel Equipment Proliferates

Joe Kannapell

The demand for wall panel equipment after World War II was unprecedented, even to this day. Industrialization was in the air, and factory-built wall panels became the gateway, even before roof trusses. Most of the action was in the affordable housing sector, driven by the mobile home, modular,...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 10
Cullen Ellis

How the Spida Wall Panel Line Capitalizes on Efficiency

Cullen Ellis

As all prefabricated wall panel manufacturers know, you are always trying to predict the amount of wall panels required for your business daily. You need to know what their true cost is and when they will be delivered to your customer, and all of this needs to happen efficiently and on time....

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 17
Glenn Traylor

How Do You Determine Fabrication Tolerances During Design?

Glenn Traylor

How does a component manufacturer determine what fabrication tolerances should be used during truss design? To answer that question, we first need to clarify what is meant by “fabrication tolerance.” Per ANSI/TPI 1–2014, the guidance is 3.3.2 Fabrication Tolerance. All...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 35
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