Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part III

Joe Kannapell

Part III: In-House Computing (Almost) In 1971, for the first time, both On-Line Data and Gang-Nail, Inc. put computer software at the fingertips of truss designers. By 1973, our company responded, and so did most of our major competitors. This innovation was wrought out of near desperation on...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 8
Ed Serrano

Optimizing Chaos

Ed Serrano

Optimization… In general, most plants want to mix up the cutting list, while still controlling the order that the members cut by the saw. This allows some gains in waste/cost to be had by combining members but still allows the cut components to be stacked easily according to truss once...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 42
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: Leaps Forward in Computerization None of us would forget the strange sounds that signaled a new era in truss design: the pounding of the keypunch, the whirring of the card reader, and the ratcheting of the line printer that emanated from the 10x10 room in front of our drafting...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 8
Ed Serrano

Solutions for Safer and More Efficient Truss and Frame Stacking

Ed Serrano

The increased acceleration of city infill and the popularity of apartments is creating the opportunity for frame and truss manufacturing to expand into mid-rise construction, an important growth area for the industry. However, with expansion comes a greater emphasis on quality manufacturing,...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 46
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design

Joe Kannapell

Part I: Computerization Begins The arrival of the first computers 50 years ago signaled that truss design had come of age. And they came just in time. We urgently needed them to meet the growing demand for truss designs. But they didn’t come with experienced operators – in the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 8
Keith Parker

The Power of SMED and 5S

Keith Parker

As a follow up to our 9-part “Ready for Change” article series, our next step down the “Lean” path is to introduce other tools and methods to reduce waste and time. The first in this new bi-monthly series focuses on SMED, Single Minute Exchange of Die, and how this...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 40
Ed Serrano

Automated Saw Key to Frame and Truss Productivity and Profitability

Ed Serrano

A continuing strong house construction scene means that the North American frame and truss industry and supporting supply chain are busy. Frame and truss manufacturing remains highly competitive, and top performing companies are paying even closer attention to automation, quality, precision,...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 11
Keith Parker

How the DMAIC Process Can Improve Design Time

Keith Parker

As a follow up to our last article, How the DMAIC Process Helps Sustain Achievements and Drive Continuous Improvements, below is another example and case study based on the need to reduce design cycle time. After setting the parameters, I will outline the DMAIC Lean method and demonstrate how...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 40
Steve Shrader

Technology, Progress, and Owning the Future of our Industry

Steve Shrader

So far in this series, I’ve talked about how job descriptions have evolved as the industry has matured. Along the way, I’ve emphasized that the objective is not to impress you with the advanced power of the servo—it is to impress upon you the importance of the journey of...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 35
Keith Parker

How the DMAIC Process Helps Sustain Achievements and Drive Continuous Improvements

Keith Parker

As the next and final step in the DMAIC process, the Control phase is perhaps the most critical! You have identified and Defined the scope of a challenge. Collected data and statistically Measured the baseline of the current process and/or output. Analyzed the current procedures and...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 62

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