Glenn Traylor

Are You Receiving Your Building Materials Properly?

Glenn Traylor

The largest expense in a truss plant’s operation is the lumber cost. It often represents 50% to 60% of the selling cost of the truss. With such a high percentage, most managers are always focused on saving lumber, optimizing lumber, and searching for the best price. Those aspects are...

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June 2020
Issue #12251
Page 35
Glenn Traylor

How Important are Construction Tolerances?

Glenn Traylor

Back in the days before Autoset C®, Matchpoint®, and Wizard®, truss set-ups and the truss profile were dependent on the truss builder’s ability to accurately jig the truss being built using cross reference information and data. For example, a heel to peak measurement was taken...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 41
Chris Scott

2020 Preview

Chris Scott

It’s been the time of year for reflection and forecasting, thinking about what can be learned from last year and what should be expected from the new year to come. The most successful of us are the best at applying those lessons learned and having the ability to anticipate upcoming changes...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 17
Glenn Traylor

Are You Creating a Culture of Quality?

Glenn Traylor

On a recent trip to Japan to observe construction manufacturing methods, I was struck by the amount of time a plant manager spends on the production floor. Comparing this Japanese methodology to our truss industry, our plant managers and upper management spend relatively little time engaged in...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 40
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Vertical Presses — The World Record

Joe Kannapell

Forty years ago, a frenetic fray raged over the World Record for truss production. While CMs across the country competed, the two main players, Littfin in Minnesota and Dickie Vail in Louisiana, produced numbers that may never be equaled. The massive trophy, displayed today in the lobby of...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 133
Glenn Traylor

How Do Your Trusses Stack Up?

Glenn Traylor

Do you vertically stack your trusses or horizontally stack them? How does the method impact quality? How does it impact safety? Do you know the arguments for either preference? Almost as if it was a regional inclination, some areas of the US vertically stack their finished trusses and some areas...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 40

Reflections on 2019

The Spida Team

As we head towards Christmas and a well-earned break for everyone, we take the opportunity to reflect on all of the hard work that everyone has done in 2019 and thank our Spida customers and staff for all of their wonderful support in the last year. Square 1 Transition to Spida USA While...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 14
Ed Serrano

You speak, Vekta listens.

Ed Serrano

An 8-bunk PackFeeder that takes up virtually NO extra space! Few people likely realize that many, actually most, of Vekta’s great ideas and innovations originated with our customers. At the BCMC in Columbus, Ohio, Vekta’s MD Ed Serrano was chatting with a long-standing Vekta...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 58
Chris Scott

“Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Chris Scott

It was June 1982 and The Clash released the hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,”— now it’s October 2019 and once again you find yourself asking, should I stay or should I go to the BCMC in Columbus, Ohio. As you’re humming that song for the rest of this...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 14
Ed Serrano

Stacking Trusses and Frames Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

Ed Serrano

Sometimes our industry needs a bit of a shake up! Going from strength to strength, VektaUSA has once again turned heads—this time with a new, straight forward, compact, easy to use and practical solution for stacking trusses and wall frames! The tried and proven Stakpro product line has...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 58

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