How Do Your Manufacturing Errors Rank on the List?
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” Apparently, she never worked in a truss plant, where I think everyone will make them all at least once. But humor aside, let’s take a look at the...
Prep Time for Truss Job Bids Cut in Half…or Even More!
Alpine’s STITCHER software delivers significant savings for APEX Technology’s bidding and design tasks
STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed both bidding and production...
AWC Operations Continue Despite COVID-19
Perhaps like many of you, I am writing this message from my home. In light of safety precautions recommended because of the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, the American Wood Council (AWC) has closed our multi-person offices in Leesburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. until such time as...
All Things Wood:
Continuous Learning and Virginia Tech
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, there’s always more to learn, especially as construction practices continue to evolve. That’s why our colleagues at Virginia Tech are pleased to be able to offer continuing education each spring. In addition, for many course...
Knowing the Ideal Manufacturing Cycle Time
Building components is really great! It was a lot of fun in the 1970s when several plants had competitions on who could build the fastest run of trusses (for example, see Joe Kannapell’s article, Vertical Presses—The World Record). Back then, it was really easy to calculate cycle...
Preparing Fast and Accurate Bids with STITCHER
Alpine’s STITCHER software makes a big difference for A-1 Roof Trusses providing rapid turn-around of bids—and much more
The Product / The Speed
STITCHER is a unique software tool developed by Alpine to free component estimators and designers from repetitive tasks and to speed...
The Hiring Zone:
Future Roles for Senior Truss Designers
Today, senior designers working in the office are involved not only with designing day to day projects, but also with providing training, solving problems for lower level designers, and working with customers. Their experience and knowledge are invaluable in many respects. But, consider this:...
Are Your Managers Equipped for Change?
Ask yourself this question, true or false: The most resistant group of employees in many component and LBM companies is the frontline employees? If you answered true, like most people you guessed incorrectly. It’s not our frontline employees who resist change the most, it’s the...
What If You Ran Your Factory Like a Chick-fil-A?
I love stopping at Chick-fil-A, not only for the food but also to see how organized and disciplined every store is. The food isn’t bad either.
It occurred to me that there must be a secret to their success that modular home factory management could use to ramp up their sales...
Tall Mass Timber Code Adoptions Continue Trend of Sustainable Design
The City of Denver is the latest in a growing number of cities, states, and municipalities to recognize the possibilities of tall mass timber construction. Following states such as Oregon, Utah, and Washington, the City of Denver voted in late December to adopt the 2019 Denver Building Code,...