Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIV

Joe Kannapell

Part XIV: Whole House Launched Pacing nervously outside the truss office, our best software “brain” was physically sick. Another failed demo could end his career. He worried because, after 6 frustrating years, our $50 Million OptiFrame program may not be ready for primetime. And...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 8
Chris Scott

The Greatest Three Months of the Year

Chris Scott

October is right around the corner and that means cooler weather, Halloween, turning of the leaves, football, and the BCMC. As much as I would love to talk to you about all of these things, this article will stick to the most important and my favorite one….football. Okay, after a...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 14
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Whole House Builders?

Joe Kannapell

Why aren’t your trussers designing walls and EWP too, as we said they would twenty-five years ago? To pave their way, we would deliver more intelligent (“IntelliBuilt”) and optimized (“OptiFramed”) software, and builders would provide flawless “BIM”...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 125
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIII

Joe Kannapell

Part XIII: The Unfinished Whole House By purchasing Alpine, ITW/Truswal strengthened their chances of outflanking MiTek/TrusJoist in building the whole house. At the time of this acquisition in early 2006, we at MiTek had poured many millions into our efforts and had little to show for it....

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 8
Sean Hubbard

Spida Acquires Square 1 Design

Sean Hubbard

The acquisition of Square 1 Design solidifies Spida Machinery’s position at the apex of machinery suppliers for the Building Components industry. Globally positioned to supply machinery around the world, our equipment profile includes options for all component manufacturers—from...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 60
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XII

Joe Kannapell

Part XII: Walls Get in the Way Just because two CEOs agree to build a computer model of a house in 3 years doesn’t mean it’s feasible. And barely a year into the agreement between TrusJoist and MiTek to merge software, we realized that we couldn’t do it. Meanwhile our...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 8
Chris Scott

You’re Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

Chris Scott

Being only as strong as your weakest link is not only true in sports but also on the production line, whether we are talking about people or equipment. Diagnosing the slowest and least efficient point in any production line is key to having a successful and profitable manufacturing...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 14
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Second Wave of Automation?

Joe Kannapell

Are we seeing the onset of a wave of CM automation or is this déjà vu all over again? Are other CMs following the startups chronicled earlier on these pages: Blueprint Robotics (May 2017) or Katerra (Feb 2018)? Big money is driving it, the big wigs are behind it, and high tech machines are...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 113
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XI

Joe Kannapell

Part XI: A Whole House in the New Millennium We truss designers were outfoxed by an unlikely pair of moguls who knew nothing about truss design. Gene Toombs and Tom Denig, CEOs of MiTek and TrusJoist, without our prompting, announced in 2001 that their companies would join forces to design...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 8
Chris Scott

How Your Plant Can Benefit From a Spida Extruder Wall Panel Framing Line

Chris Scott

Powered by people, a manual line in an average component plant is composed of a rough opening station, a subcomponent station, a framing station, a squaring station, and a sheathing station. In the configuration, typically 8 people are on this line, and 1000 LNFT of output is the average goal...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 14

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