Todd Drummond

Beware of One Size Fits All Solutions

Todd Drummond

I am often asked about what is the best one-size-size-fits-all equipment solution to fit all the component manufacturing needs. Of course, too many equipment vendors are more than willing to offer their version of a one-size-fits-all solution. Below are three examples of when one size does not...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 33
Sean Hubbard

Wall Panel Sheathing Stations

Sean Hubbard

September is here, so it’s time to wrap up our comparisons of wall panel equipment. Again I would like to thank all of the manufacturers who have taken the time to review the draft charts I’ve compiled and supply additional information and clarification. Their input across these...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 18
Todd Drummond

Banner Sales Year Should Help the CM Division Make Mid-Teens or More for EBITDA

Todd Drummond

New building sales across the US are way up, which shows in the long lead times of the wood truss and wall panel manufacturing companies for new orders. However, too many of these manufacturers are not showing healthy profits despite the long lead times. Lead times greater than four weeks are a...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 23
Sean Hubbard

Roof Truss Tables & Roof Truss Conveyors

Sean Hubbard

This month continues our review of equipment for roof trusses as we take a look at Roof Truss Tables and Roof Truss Conveyors. Next month, we’ll wrap up our four months on roof truss production before moving over to walls. As I’ve been doing since beginning this series in January,...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 12
Sean Hubbard

Roof Truss Gantry Systems

Sean Hubbard

Spring is here and that means we’re nearly half-way through this year’s project to compare available manufacturing equipment for our industry. Each month as I visit manufacturers’ websites, I learn something. Then, we also send a draft copy of the chart I’ve compiled...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 12
Sean Hubbard

Roof Truss Stackers

Sean Hubbard

We started our 12-month series of product comparisons with 3 months on our foundation—floor trusses. January featured Floor Truss Roller Presses, February explored Floor Truss Chord Splicers and Finish Rollers, and March identified Floor Truss Stackers. For the next 4 months,...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 12
Sean Hubbard

Floor Truss Stackers

Sean Hubbard

Already 3 months into this project, I hope you’re finding this series to be as interesting and informative as I am. I’m continuing to use the schedule of comparisons that I set out in the December issue. The months are as follows. Schedule of Comparisons: January ...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 12
Sean Hubbard

Floor Truss Chord Splicers & Floor Truss Finish Roller Presses

Sean Hubbard

When I decided to conduct this 12-month series of product comparisons last fall, I knew it would be a year-long commitment of my time and effort. Then and now, however, I also was convinced that it would provide useful information in a format that allows for direct comparisons on specific...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 12
Glenn Traylor

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Pressure?

Glenn Traylor

Too much pressure is not only a problem in our lives, it can also be a problem in our plants. One of the most important issues when manufacturing quality trusses is plate embedment. Without proper embedment, the connector plate cannot adequately transfer load forces through the members down to...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 36
Sean Hubbard

Floor Truss Roller Presses

Sean Hubbard

As discussed last month, this year will we be providing a series of product comparisons in each issue. The guidelines we have used in assembling this series are: Each product will be limited to only the information available to customers via the internet A comparison of standard...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 12

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