Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part IV: Software Evolution

Joe Kannapell

The creation of wall panel software is like the creation of all software – experienced insiders do it best. That was true with Gang-Nail’s AutoPan in the 1970s, which Joe Cotton developed while building wall panels for his homebuilding business. It was also the case with Ted...

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July 2024
Issue #16300
Page 10
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
Wendy Boyd

Design, Innovation, and Software Combine for Perfectly Sheathed Walls

Wendy Boyd

We take pride in actively working with industry and our customers to ensure the machinery and equipment we manufacture is fit for purpose, effective, and continuously improving. One such example of this is in wall sheathing. While machinery for sheathing wall panels has been around for a number...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 17
Greg Bates

Why West Fraser is the Most Trussed Name in Lumber

Greg Bates

As North America’s largest lumber manufacturer, West Fraser supplies the truss market with mechanically graded lumber, dimension lumber, and premium products such as Prime, Select Structural, and HiLine. Founded nearly seven decades ago West Fraser began operations in 1955 when...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 62
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
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part II: Panel Equipment Proliferates

Joe Kannapell

The demand for wall panel equipment after World War II was unprecedented, even to this day. Industrialization was in the air, and factory-built wall panels became the gateway, even before roof trusses. Most of the action was in the affordable housing sector, driven by the mobile home, modular,...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 10
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
Caleb Knudson

Innovating from the Ground Up: Welcome to the Future!

Caleb Knudson

At Simpson Strong-Tie, Risk-Taking Innovation is central to our mission of helping people design and build safer, stronger structures. We’ve devoted a tremendous amount of effort and resources to thoughtfully cultivating a culture of innovation. And as Engineers, we’ve been armed...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 114
Joe Kannapell

Wall Panel Technology, Part I: Wall Panels Become Components

Joe Kannapell

Driven by the dire shortage of housing entering the 1950s, Levittown sparked a fervor for homes to be built like cars on assembly lines. Fortunately, there was a crop of returning veterans ready to oblige, whether by building whole houses or just parts of houses. William Levett delved into...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 10
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
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