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
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Time to Make Time for a Feed The Beast Plant Tour!

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

We’ve reached July and BCMC in Milwaukee, WI is only three months away. Whether you’re planning on traveling to Milwaukee or not, I highly recommend that you take the time to make time to attend our upcoming Feed the Beast truss plant tour! [For all photos, See PDF or View in Full...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 42
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
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
Valerie Hansen

Using AI to Find the Sweet Spot for Automation and Optimization

Valerie Hansen

Today, as an industry, we build faster, cut faster, design faster – thanks to technology and the automation it enables. The offsite construction industry is built on smarter design, more efficient fabrication. Whether in the office or on your plant floor, automation is very much a part of...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 69
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
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Batch Cutting vs. Cut By Truss

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

What weighs more, a pound of muscle or a pound of fat? In truss jargon, the question would be: What produces more trusses, 200 pieces of batch cutting or 200 pieces of cut-by-truss cutting? The answer, of course, is that both cutting methods produce the same number of trusses. So what’s...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 44
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Accommodating Your Catch-as-Catch-Can

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Catching and stacking lumber can make or break productivity at the truss build tables. In an imaginary world where money is irrelevant, a linear saw in front of each automated truss jig would be ideal, cutting pieces in order from, let’s say, 60 ft finger-joined lumber, and robots grabbing...

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February 2024
Issue #16295
Page 42
Joe Kannapell

Floor Truss Technology, Part VIII: Inside Floor Truss Details

Joe Kannapell

Builders have been testing the viability of floor trusses, and they are now considering the results. Many of them switched from I-joists only because they were forced to do so. Either they couldn’t get them, or they didn’t want to pay double the price. Yet today, as they are seeing...

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January 2024
Issue #16294
Page 10
Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

Inspiration to Feed The Beast! in 2024

Edmond Lim, P.Eng.

As we all plan for a productive and profitable 2024, I would like to celebrate three 2023 Feed The Beast success stories: a multi-million-dollar plant expansion, a complete saw shop makeover, and a plant renovation. All three of these projects implemented some or all of Enventek’s...

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January 2024
Issue #16294
Page 42
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