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
Glenn Traylor

What is Camber and Why is It Important?

Glenn Traylor

In the truss industry, camber refers to the gradual curvature of a chord member either naturally occurring or created to alleviate the natural deflection of a truss structure. That sounds simple enough, but there are key elements about camber that should be considered. Camber in Action All...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 33
MSR Lumber Producers Council

MSR Workshop: A Place to Gain Understanding & Be Understood

MSR Lumber Producers Council

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols, American psychologist and communication theorist, often referred to as the “Father of...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 74
Craig Webb

Paddling Hard But Moving Slow: Increasingly, That’s LBM’s Outlook for the Rest of 2024

Craig Webb

After years in which dealers struggled from crisis to crisis, a slew of public reports and economic indicators suggest we can expect many more months of muddling along. Our surfing metaphor of two years ago has given way to the paddleboard, where the only way to speed up is to paddle...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
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Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part III: A Dash of Software

Joe Kannapell

By 1980, many component manufacturers were anxious to computerize their wall panel work, but they weren’t getting much help. Gang-Nail’s AutoPan was the only available solution, but it had such a steep learning curve that Gang-Nail no longer promoted it. Plus, they were singularly...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 10
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
Todd Drummond

Retention and Staffing of Employees

Todd Drummond

If you are a manufacturer who desires high efficiency with high-quality products and services for your customers, then you know you need good employees to deliver them. Many claim that employees are the most important part of their business. So, it should not be a shock that poor productivity...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 22
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
Craig Webb

CS150 Reveals Biggest Revenue Drops at Dealers Since the Great Recession

Craig Webb

You have to go back to the Great Recession 15 years ago to find as many LBM dealers reporting sales declines as we had in 2023. But the reasons are far different, and so are the consequences. Three-quarters of the companies constituting the 2024 Construction Supply 150 reported revenue drops...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 72
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