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
Ben Hershey

What Tools Are You Using

Ben Hershey

I really enjoy local county fairs and local attractions, because they give us an opportunity to see cool things from the past or something related to the area (and our fair has fresh roasted corn!). Recently at our local fair, the Stanwood Fair, I walked into a building showcasing tools used by...

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September 2019
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Page 28
Todd Drummond

Vendor Loyalty and Sales Pitch Can Lead You Astray

Todd Drummond

The BCMC trade show is fast approaching. This trade show, which is held each year, is a great opportunity for you and your team to step outside of your comfort zone to challenge and expand your current beliefs of both equipment investments and vendor services. Just be mindful that sometimes it...

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September 2019
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Shelena & Ed Serrano

Sorry to Burst the Bubble!

Shelena and Ed Serrano

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a new, state of the art machine to add technology and automation to your factory processes. Concerns about safety, inefficiency, and your bottom line are now in the past. Your staff will be happier, work will be easier, and your customers will be...

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September 2019
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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
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
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Chris Scott

You’re Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

Chris Scott

Being only as strong as your weakest link is not only true in sports but also on the production line, whether we are talking about people or equipment. Diagnosing the slowest and least efficient point in any production line is key to having a successful and profitable manufacturing...

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July 2019
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Page 14
Ben Hershey

Measure the Tempo of Your Operation

Ben Hershey

My wife Dianne and I were recently going through some of our old family photos and I came across this photo of Dianne’s Dad, Jack Hendershot, as a teenager on his bike delivering ice in the early ’50s. For those who may not know, before the advent of refrigeration and freezing...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 22
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
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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

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