Glenn Traylor

How Should Defects Be Recorded When Inspecting a Critical Plate?

Glenn Traylor

A critical plate is a plate with a Joint Stress Index of 80% or greater. The ANSI/TPI 1–2014 Standard stipulates that critical plate inspections must be conducted when completing the three inspections per station/per shift/per week requirement. On average, the standard requires one...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 34
Robert Glowinski

Education on Wood Use Important to Marketplace

Robert Glowinski

Every day, component manufacturers are dealing with the entire spectrum of traditional and engineered wood products. In fact, educating your customers may be a key factor in your sales and services. Like you, the American Wood Council (AWC) sees how important education on wood can be to...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 76
Glenn Traylor

How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?

Glenn Traylor

When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience? What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters: The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 34
Glenn Traylor

Is Automation the Right Direction to Take?

Glenn Traylor

After recently upgrading to a newer vehicle, I have been amazed at the new safety features. While it’s not self-driving, the features are definitely approaching an autonomous car. The basic functions are things like active cruise control with the “stop&go” function, which...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 32
Robert Glowinski

New Report Available on Sound Transmission of Wood-Framed Assemblies

Robert Glowinski

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new report on sound transmission, “Technical Report 15 (TR15), Calculation of Sound Transmission Parameters for Wood-Framed Assemblies.” This first version of TR15 is applicable to wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies. A free pdf copy...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 74
Paul McEntee, S.E.

Questions Answered: Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls

Paul McEntee

In this article, Paul McEntee follows up on our July 25 webinar, Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls, by answering some of the interesting questions raised by attendees. We presented an hour-long webinar recently about using fire wall hangers in Type III wood-frame buildings,...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 90
Ben Hershey

The Relationship Between Lean and Safety

Ben Hershey

In my experience and with the work I do with hundreds of component manufacturers, I find that many companies will tell me Safety is important, but, in practice, safety is treated as a burden on the company. Good managers will always have an attitude that they want all of their employees to be...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 24
Glenn Traylor

Seeing the Need for Quality Assurance AND Training

Glenn Traylor

When you look at this photo, what do you see? The photo is an actual picture taken during a plant audit, but just imagine this was taken at your truss plant. In the photo, the second side of the floor truss is set up in the floor machine with the connector plate positioned and ready to receive...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 36
Ben Hershey

Skills Play a Vital Role in Lean Management

Ben Hershey

Part 8 in our TIMWOODS Series Our journey through the various waste topics in Lean brings us to the final letter in our series on TIMWOODS: Skills. Many companies, managers, and supervisors forget when improving their operations to look at their team and review how their skills are being...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 44
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Housing’s Growth Rings

Matt Layman

Housing Inventory Looking Bullish Seven years later, the Great Recession now a memory, and as many years of construction growth behind us, the US housing situation is “critical.” We have added fewer new single family homes over the last decade than any of the previous five...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 73

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