Sean Hubbard

Upcut Saws

Sean Hubbard

Believe it or not, we have reached the end of our 12-part series of product comparisons! As I reflect on the past twelve months, I realize how engrossed in our own product offering I was and how unfamiliar I was with our competition. As challenging and time consuming as this project has been, it...

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March 2019
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Todd Drummond

The Drummond Short Schedule Time-Standard System

Todd Drummond

Using Man-Minutes to Manage Your Labor Industrial engineering – “The branch of engineering that is concerned with the production of industrial goods, especially by the design of efficient plants and procedures and the management of materials, energy, and labor.” (Source:...

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March 2019
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Sean Hubbard

Automated Saws, Low End

Sean Hubbard

It was many months ago that I decided to conduct this 12-part series of product comparisons, and now we are in the final stretch! Last time, we compared Automated Saws, High End. This time, we’re taking a look at the lower end of the cost spectrum. When I refer to low end saws, I do so...

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February 2019
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Todd Drummond

Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes

Todd Drummond

A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...

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February 2019
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Ben Hershey

Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives

Ben Hershey

When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....

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February 2019
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Page 38
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part VI

Joe Kannapell

Part VI: Desktop Engineering Rocks the Design World One man, an accomplished CM, set out to ramp-up the efficiency of truss designers in the Eighties: Mr. Leonard Sylk. He did it by pioneering the in-house computer, and its user-friendly software. By use of this tool, he envisioned a plant...

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January 2019
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Glenn Traylor

Is Automation the Right Direction to Take?

Glenn Traylor

After recently upgrading to a newer vehicle, I have been amazed at the new safety features. While it’s not self-driving, the features are definitely approaching an autonomous car. The basic functions are things like active cruise control with the “stop&go” function, which...

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January 2019
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Page 32
Todd Drummond

Employee Hires, Equipment Investment, and Making Changes

Todd Drummond

Another year has come and gone, and what an invigorating year it has been for most companies. Net profits after taxes for most component manufacturers were in the high teens to mid-twenties—at least for those who do not allow for never-ending excuses. Once again, it is time to reevaluate...

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January 2019
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Page 36
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part V

Joe Kannapell

Part V: A Prequel to Hands-On Design When Lou Lewis showed our engineers his $395 HP35 calculator in 1973, they barely blinked, but several in the truss industry did recognize its value. Perhaps we were too focused on our mainframe computer, and too invested in the programs that we had...

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December 2018
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Page 8
Sean Hubbard

Automated Saws, High End

Sean Hubbard

We are deep into the 2018 Product Comparisons now. I decided to delay the next comparisons until after the BCMC to better detail the latest advancements in technology. Having covered roofs, floors, and most of walls, I have updated the schedule to address other essential equipment for your...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
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