Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VIII

Joe Kannapell

Part VIII: Trackless Gantries In the 1990s, a storm began brewing in the component business. It started on the Eastern Seaboard when Carolina Builders bought a truss plant in Tidewater, Virginia. Later, it gained strength when Builders Supply & Lumber (BSL) opened a series of greenfield...

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July 2020
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Wendy Boyd

Navigating Your Future with Spida

Wendy Boyd

What a diverse, interesting, and sometimes scary world we live in. As we navigate our own patch of turf and crystal ball gaze about what the future holds, we are mindful of the differences in the world business landscape. Spida Machinery operates three distinct manufacturing facilities, in...

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July 2020
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Ed Serrano

Making Software ‘Simple’

Ed Serrano

Price, speed, accuracy, footprint, service, and support. Those are the most common features considered when it comes to purchasing a linear saw. And, yes, they are important, but a linear saw is nothing but powder-coated steel and a blade until it’s told what to do. That’s why what...

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July 2020
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Page 62
Mike Ruede Jr.

A Tactical Approach to Automation

Mike Ruede Jr.

My name may seem familiar or even confusing to some since I share it with my father. We, like every father and son, have our similarities and differences. We share drive, integrity, honesty, and the significance of one’s character. We do have differences as well and one of them is how we...

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July 2020
Issue #12252
Page 86
Joe Campagna

Lumber Joe

Joe Campagna

After 40 years in project management and product ownership for the financial service industry, dealing with everything from futures to equities to basis trading, I thought my brain couldn’t possibly manage another acronym. But, in a world that constantly changes, I too had to evolve...

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July 2020
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Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VII

Joe Kannapell

Part VII: Gantries—Running Off the Rails One glaring gantry glitch, truss plates falling off, still needed to be addressed in the early 1990s. Missing bottom plates interrupt production, or worse, compromise quality. Sometimes an uneven table surface is the cause. But often the gantry...

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June 2020
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Sean Hubbard

The Value of a Dollar

Sean Hubbard

Decades ago, I learned the value of a dollar as many of us did from our parents and grandparents. At that time, our industry was predominately family businesses. I don’t recall discussing age, however as we grow older, age is simply a number. That was never more evident in our family...

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June 2020
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Mike Wisnefski

Teamwork and Friendship Benefit the Whole

Mike Wisnefski

The average American works 8.8 hours a day, 44 hours per week. The average entrepreneur works 63% more than that. So, when I had the idea for a tech start-up designed to transact raw materials, specifically lumber and wood products right now, you better believe I wanted to like the people that I...

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June 2020
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Page 104
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Fast Walking Through the Corona Crisis

Joe Kannapell

While many Americans are stuck at home without work, most of us have been blessed to keep working, at home or in component plants. Remarkably, most CMs have operated continuously with very few incidents. One large manufacturer with 1500 associates has not had a single Covid case. Then, why such...

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June 2020
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Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VI

Joe Kannapell

Part VI: Roller Gantries Enhanced As housing boomed in the mid-1980s, truss plants needed better equipment. Among those was Heart Truss and Engineering in Michigan. Heart was also benefitting from booming auto plants nearby. Their production head, Bob LePoire, pondered how to keep up....

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May 2020
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