Todd Drummond

Increase Profits and Lower Labor Costs with an Effective Incentive Program for Every Group

Todd Drummond

Too many get caught up in believing that any additional pay to employees is inherently costing the company more and should be avoided at every turn. If you believe this is the case, there is something you are overlooking. What may be lost is that when the total volume (productivity and sales) is...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
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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
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Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

An Extreme Plant Makeover in Pictures

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

“Are you crazy? We are not going to move our saw! We cannot afford to shut down for weeks to turn things upside down.” Those are words I’ve heard more than once, but it turns out I am not crazy. Saws can be moved and the process improvement can be accomplished in days and not...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 46
Landon Boucher

The Village at Madrone – Successful Collaboration Through Design-Make-Build

Landon Boucher

Developed by Jemcor Properties, The Village at Madrone is a 249-unit, 320,000 sf affordable housing development located in Morgan Hill, CA consisting of 14 building types with 3 floors of framing and a community clubhouse. Structural Engineering was led by NIC Structural Engineering Consultants....

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 60
Alpine Team

Optimizing Truss Design

Alpine Team

Establishing a truss design process that progresses seamlessly from start to finish serves as a critical backbone for efficiency and ensures essential quality control measures. While individual processes might vary from designer to designer, here is a sample step-by-step process. Resist the...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 96
Todd Drummond

Advance Your Career and Earnings By Learning From Mistakes We Are All Prone to Make

Todd Drummond

Each generation has to learn all the life lessons either through their own mistakes or the counseling of the older generation. The vast majority of us wish not to repeat the same mistakes and, if possible, avoid them altogether. If you wish to avoid embarrassment, whether you are new to being an...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 24
Glenn Traylor

Do You Know the Frequent Non-Compliance Issue That’s “Easy” to Fix?

Glenn Traylor

The photo shows a 2 x 4 truss with an ANSI/TPI 1 non-compliance issue. This is something that never should have happened! Can you spot the problem? [For photo, See PDF or View in Full Issue.] If you shouted, “a missing connector,” then give yourself a gold star! As I was ranking...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 35
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Enhancing Truss Build Efficiency

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Enhancing truss builder efficiency will increase productivity and result in more truss production at lower cost. The most cost-effective way of enhancing truss builder efficiency is to put TVs up over each truss jig as a visual truss assembly aid. Enventek PlantOne TV/Projection is compatible...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 44
Thom McAnally

Will Offshore Designers Work for You?

You’ve likely been inundated with resumes and applications from independent offshore truss designers boasting software proficiency, estimating, takeoff, and design skills. Many highlight their experience with US and Canadian employers, often presenting themselves as part of a team of...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 82
John Croll

Delivering High Quality Design Services to CMs

John Croll

Alpine visits BEDC’s Manila Campus Alpine and Building Engineering and Design Co. (BEDC) have entered into a strategic partnership to provide high-quality, cost-effective, and scalable design services to the component manufacturing industry. BEDC employs degreed civil engineers who must...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
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