Sean Hubbard

Spida Acquires Square 1 Design

Sean Hubbard

The acquisition of Square 1 Design solidifies Spida Machinery’s position at the apex of machinery suppliers for the Building Components industry. Globally positioned to supply machinery around the world, our equipment profile includes options for all component manufacturers—from...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 60
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Opportunity Knocks

Just a couple of years ago, I went back to the commercial modular/classroom/mobile office plant where I had my first GM job in the ’80s. I was 27 then, am much older now, but one thing hasn’t changed much, technology. The stations had the same kind of equipment, home build when...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 80
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Wall Framing

Joe Kannapell

Finally, from top to bottom, the building industry is moving to panelize. National builders, like Pulte, are mandating it. Local building supply yards, like 84 Lumber’s, are building them in backyard sheds. And in between, BMC and BFS are shipping knocked-down versions. We laid the...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 105
Sean Hubbard

Wall Panel Framing Stations & 
Wall Panel Plate Marking Systems

Sean Hubbard

We started with our foundation, floor truss equipment. Then we went up to roof truss production equipment. Now, it’s time to frame our project with walls. Each month as I visit manufacturers’ websites, I am amazed at all of the equipment available within our industry....

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 17
Joe Kannapell

BCMC 2017 Omaha

Joe Kannapell

This year’s Show, some 45 years after my first, brought some amazing revelations. The most awesome sight was an actual working truss plant on the Show floor. The most intriguing experience was being transported inside a robotic plant. And, the most welcome sounds were good economic...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 6
Glenn Traylor

Can Technology Alone Cure Quality Issues?

Glenn Traylor

There are many methods that are employed to help insure proper plate placement. Perhaps no technology has had a greater impact than ink jetting truss components with plate size and location. Ink jetting plate data can help you reduce necessary plate sizes resulting in plate cost reductions....

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September 2017
Issue #10218
Page 30
Joe Kannapell

Panelization Automation

Joe Kannapell

The long overdue rebirth of domestic wall panel technology is finally upon us, as U.S. manufacturers have begun to innovate. For the last 30 years, they ceded the upper end of the market to the Europeans, and focused on manual framing and sheathing solutions. For the last 10 years, they have...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Building Roof Trusses for High Density Housing

Joe Kannapell

The differences between high density attached and tract style detached housing extend to the shop floor. Though truss designs may be similar, the project size, location and degree of repetition differs, influencing unit labor costs and material requirements. High density means “maximum...

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July 2016
Issue #09204
Page 24
Jay Halteman

Primer for Wall Panels, Part Two

Jay Halteman

In the first part of the Primer for Wall Panels, we discussed the fundamentals of wall panel production and how they may figure into your wood component business. In summary, we asked the reader to remember that wall panels were built for decades with little more than a blueprint,...

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May 2016
Issue #09202
Page 31

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