Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part III: A Dash of Software

Joe Kannapell

By 1980, many component manufacturers were anxious to computerize their wall panel work, but they weren’t getting much help. Gang-Nail’s AutoPan was the only available solution, but it had such a steep learning curve that Gang-Nail no longer promoted it. Plus, they were singularly...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 10
Alpine Team

Stitcher Gets a Makeover

Alpine Team

Imagine a looming deadline, a complicated 2D, multi-family floor plan. It will take days to get accurate measurements, manually. STITCHER® streamlines the process by capturing walls, openings, and intricate details with precision, transforming a 2D architectural drawing into a 3D model in a...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 100
Cullen Ellis

How the Spida Wall Panel Line Capitalizes on Efficiency

Cullen Ellis

As all prefabricated wall panel manufacturers know, you are always trying to predict the amount of wall panels required for your business daily. You need to know what their true cost is and when they will be delivered to your customer, and all of this needs to happen efficiently and on time....

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 17
Wendy Boyd

UL Certified Machinery By Spida

Wendy Boyd

Over the last few weeks and into the next few months, we’re busy outfitting a new Truss, Frame, and Floor Manufacturing site with Spida machinery. All of our installations with customers are something special, and they are all unique with their own set of requirements to make the install...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 17
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Removing the Achilles Heel of Jigging

Joe Kannapell

Until recently, vertical members have been the bane of all jigging systems, whether they occur on the perimeter or the interior of trusses. And they are found more than ever on apartment and residential designs. Handling these members without human intervention has been the Achilles heel of...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 146
Todd Drummond

Big Changes are Coming to Our Industry

Todd Drummond

The winter months are normally the time to make changes to your processes within your area of influence. Depending on how your company is structured for decision-making, your influence and actions to stay competitive in the face of ever-increasing challenges will determine the long-term...

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February 2024
Issue #16295
Page 24
Joe Halteman

WTS and HoD Team Up to Bring Innovation to the Industry

Joe Halteman

Wood Tech Systems (WTS) has traveled thousands of miles and spent several years researching robotics while trying to find the best fit for the North American wood component industry. There have been many challenges in our industry when it comes to integrating robotics, but the biggest one in my...

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December 2023
Issue #15293
Page 50
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Can Crooked Lumber Defeat Robotics?

Joe Kannapell

A robot visited the BCMC Show floor again this year, and, for the first time, really showed its stuff, picking truss plates like there was no tomorrow. And its dynamic demo couldn’t be missed, as House of Design (HoD) positioned their Nail Plate Picking Cell right at the exhibit’s...

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October 2023
Issue #15291
Page 134
Ben Hershey & Mike  Ruede, Jr.

Unleashing the Potential: Robotics in the Building Industry and Manufacturing

Ben Hershey & Mike Ruede, Jr.

This year, you can start your BCMC experience with an exciting panel discussion led by 4Ward Solutions Group that features four of today’s most significant robotics manufacturers: House of Design, Trussmatic, Brave Control Systems, and Randek. The panel discussion will take place Tuesday,...

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September 2023
Issue #15290
Page 40
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Seventy Years of Service

Joe Kannapell

As we celebrate SBCA/WTCA’s forty years, let’s also recognize the entrepreneurs behind them, especially these twelve who made outstanding contributions. While each of them added something unique, their work was interrelated, and formed the foundation for today’s truss industry....

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September 2023
Issue #15290
Page 139
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