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Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Strategy vs. Manipulation

Anna Stamm

It’s natural to strategize in our daily lives. We try to plan our actions to produce the optimal results. We may not be successful as often as we’d like, but we attempt to maximize our time and effort. So, what about the times when people take it a little too far? Embellishing or...

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May 2019
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Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part X

Joe Kannapell

Part X: Windows Works Its Magic When David McQuinn recommended Windows to MiTek’s management in 1990, few expected that Microsoft could compete with the two giants of the computer industry: Hewlett Packard and IBM. HP was the dominant provider of engineering computers. For a decade, its...

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Chris Scott

What Do I Know?

Chris Scott

I think the answer to the title’s question is the same as the answer to “am I beautiful.” Those who know me are screaming, “the answer is NO,” but the correct answer should be, “It’s in the eye of the beholder.” I believe knowledge and experience...

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Ben Hershey

Looking at Your Operation from a Different Perspective

Ben Hershey

My wife recently saw a book online (direct from the publisher) that she thought I would enjoy reading: “Lean Production for Competitive Advantage,” by John Nichols. There was, though, a funny thing about the book; it was printed upside down compared to the binding. I considered...

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May 2019
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Glenn Traylor

How Do I Choose Which Plates for a Critical Plate Inspection?

Glenn Traylor

The requirement is: an inspector will, on average, inspect one critical plate for every inspection made during a week. That requirement is the baseline number for the quantity of critical inspections to perform—but because some trusses do not have critical plates, it’s necessary to...

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May 2019
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Todd Drummond

An Effective Productivity Incentive Program for Truss Manufacturing

Todd Drummond

It is possible to give your shop employees a raise and actually achieve more capacity through greater productivity and make more net profit for your company by implementing an effective productivity incentive program. However, most of the incentive programs (IP) that are touted in the component...

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Stan Sias

Question of the Day: Where Can I Find Truss Technicians?

Stan Sias

 “I’ve looked everywhere, even at my competitors, where can I find truss technicians?” This is a question heard at some point during almost every conversation with component manufacturers these days. The answer isn’t as simple as saying, “Oh, call Truss...

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May 2019
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Anna Stamm

Service with a Smile: Serving the Community with Bugles Across America

Anna Stamm

We all know that Glenn Traylor is a veteran of the components industry possessing a wealth of information and technical advice. What everyone might not know is that he also serves military veterans through his work with the not-for-profit Bugles Across America (BAA). Growing up as an Army...

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May 2019
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Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Overtime Blues

The Designer Hiring Season is here and now, and with it comes overtime. It may be a Saturday or two, or even some 9–10 hour days. Short term, managing your labor needs with overtime is a great alternative to the expense and risks of hiring another designer. Long term use may cost you a few...

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May 2019
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Robert Glowinski

AWC Celebrates Building Safety Month

Robert Glowinski

With environmental sustainability becoming the focal point of national discourse, and extreme weather intensifying and occurring more frequently, our buildings need to be sustainable and resilient to mitigate damage to both the built environment and surrounding ecosystem. Researchers are...

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May 2019
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