Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part III

Joe Kannapell

Part III: In-House Computing (Almost) In 1971, for the first time, both On-Line Data and Gang-Nail, Inc. put computer software at the fingertips of truss designers. By 1973, our company responded, and so did most of our major competitors. This innovation was wrought out of near desperation on...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: Leaps Forward in Computerization None of us would forget the strange sounds that signaled a new era in truss design: the pounding of the keypunch, the whirring of the card reader, and the ratcheting of the line printer that emanated from the 10x10 room in front of our drafting...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 8
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
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: on Computer Evolution...The Transition from Hardware to Software

Joe Kannapell

Struggling mightily to hand-design enough trusses, we suppliers aggressively pursued computer solutions. When mainframe hardware was introduced in the 1960s, our then-competitor, Gang Nail Systems, installed a Control Data “Cyber 70” in a customized, climate controlled computer room,...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 113
Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Cyber Security and Progress

Anna Stamm

For the last few weeks, I’ve been inundated with a barrage of emails with attached “invoices.” About 90% are caught by the spam filter, but that other 10% ends up in my inbox. I have no problem with simply pressing “delete” to rid myself of them, but there’s a...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design

Joe Kannapell

Part I: Computerization Begins The arrival of the first computers 50 years ago signaled that truss design had come of age. And they came just in time. We urgently needed them to meet the growing demand for truss designs. But they didn’t come with experienced operators – in the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 8
Steve Shrader

Making the Connection to Timbers

Steve Shrader

Most people probably do not know that Hundegger USA was formed after Euclid Timber Frames, L.C. became the very FIRST Hundegger customer in North America. Hundegger was well known in the European market, but it was a distinct need in this continental market that brought German technology to the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 52

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

The Last Word: The Last Word on Computerization

Joe Kannapell

“When will our computer project(s) be finished?”, we are often asked. Even after 50 years of trying, there is no easy way to explain what it takes to get “done.” However, one of our industry’s finest leaders offered the best advice 40 years ago. “We’ve...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 111
Ed Serrano

Automated Saw Key to Frame and Truss Productivity and Profitability

Ed Serrano

A continuing strong house construction scene means that the North American frame and truss industry and supporting supply chain are busy. Frame and truss manufacturing remains highly competitive, and top performing companies are paying even closer attention to automation, quality, precision,...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 11

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