Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIV

Joe Kannapell

Part XIV: Whole House Launched Pacing nervously outside the truss office, our best software “brain” was physically sick. Another failed demo could end his career. He worried because, after 6 frustrating years, our $50 Million OptiFrame program may not be ready for primetime. And...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 8
Steve Shrader

Interoperability Standardization in the Industrial Automation Space

Steve Shrader

So, there is an interesting discussion by some in the CM Industry to create a universal truss software standard. In some circles, this “standard” is merely an effort to integrate and simplify.  Others worry it is an effort to monetize design software, and to some this...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 68
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIII

Joe Kannapell

Part XIII: The Unfinished Whole House By purchasing Alpine, ITW/Truswal strengthened their chances of outflanking MiTek/TrusJoist in building the whole house. At the time of this acquisition in early 2006, we at MiTek had poured many millions into our efforts and had little to show for it....

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 8
Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: How High is High Tech?

Anna Stamm

The question of how much “high tech” is really needed in a situation can be difficult to answer. As Thom mentions in his article, “new-to-you equipment” may meet your needs after it has stopped being enough for someone else’s plant. To make the right decisions, you...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 6
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XII

Joe Kannapell

Part XII: Walls Get in the Way Just because two CEOs agree to build a computer model of a house in 3 years doesn’t mean it’s feasible. And barely a year into the agreement between TrusJoist and MiTek to merge software, we realized that we couldn’t do it. Meanwhile our...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 8
Ed Serrano

Linear Saw Optimization to Turn Costs into Benefits

Ed Serrano

Before buying a linear saw, several common questions will be asked. What is the price? Speed? Accuracy? Most potential customers enquire about support and on-going maintenance. Occasionally, the topic of spare parts and availability is broached, and sporadically someone may throw in a question...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 66
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XI

Joe Kannapell

Part XI: A Whole House in the New Millennium We truss designers were outfoxed by an unlikely pair of moguls who knew nothing about truss design. Gene Toombs and Tom Denig, CEOs of MiTek and TrusJoist, without our prompting, announced in 2001 that their companies would join forces to design...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 8
Todd Drummond

Expect Margins and Lead Time to Decrease in Most Markets

Todd Drummond

Many of us have been in the industry long enough to clearly remember the pain of the ‘08 crash. Before the crash, everyone was very optimistic about their own growth potential because the building economy was on fire, which gave everyone a reason to expand their manufacturing capacity like...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 22
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part X

Joe Kannapell

Part X: Windows Works Its Magic When David McQuinn recommended Windows to MiTek’s management in 1990, few expected that Microsoft could compete with the two giants of the computer industry: Hewlett Packard and IBM. HP was the dominant provider of engineering computers. For a decade, its...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 8
Ben Hershey

Looking at Your Operation from a Different Perspective

Ben Hershey

My wife recently saw a book online (direct from the publisher) that she thought I would enjoy reading: “Lean Production for Competitive Advantage,” by John Nichols. There was, though, a funny thing about the book; it was printed upside down compared to the binding. I considered...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 20

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