Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part III

Joe Kannapell

Part III: Table Presses More CMs are “doing it right the first time” via vertical presses, taking advantage of their flexibility and the quality of their production. But few realize that some of the most successful plants in our industry started with table presses. These presses...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Vertical Presses — The World Record

Joe Kannapell

Forty years ago, a frenetic fray raged over the World Record for truss production. While CMs across the country competed, the two main players, Littfin in Minnesota and Dickie Vail in Louisiana, produced numbers that may never be equaled. The massive trophy, displayed today in the lobby of...

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February 2020
Issue #12247
Page 133
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part II

Joe Kannapell

Part II: A Pressing Issue Why reflect on the oft-derided C-Clamp as it fades into truss industry oblivion? Because it holds the world record for truss production, unmatched yet, even by robots. And although it debuted half a century ago, its design has never been equaled. And remarkably, this...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 10
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Panelization – Floor Panels are Coming

Joe Kannapell

Framing a house in one day will require floor panels, or “cassettes” in modern parlance. So be ready for this final phase in componentization, creating new opportunities, more computerization, and… Low-boy or drop-deck flatbed trailers to minimize trips to job. Extra...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 129
Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines: Introduction

Joe Kannapell

When do CMs go after new technology? Primarily when they’ve had several good years under their belt. But once new equipment has proven to be much better than what it replaces, it continues to sell even in slower economies. This is illustrated by the apparent inflection point midway through...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Thanksgiving

Joe Kannapell

Let’s give thanks to this component industry, for still paying us after all these 50+ years. While so many others have been laid off or retired early, we are still standing tall. Even as the lifeblood of our industry, housing starts, are down 50% since I came on board. Even as four major...

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December 2019
Issue #11245
Page 125
Joe Kannapell

Epilogue to 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation: Designing Great Software

Joe Kannapell

Reviewing our 50-year journey tells us much about software. Now let’s recap how good software becomes great: 1. Continuity of development: Note our three distinct programs, each one totally rewritten to tackle larger objectives. Yet each was based on 15+ years of experience with the...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Finishing Well

Joe Kannapell

I was fired. But I didn’t hesitate to work late, by myself, on my last day. Heck, I even set the alarm and locked the gate on my way out. That’s finishing well in my “book” and that’s the least I owed my employer. This I commend to you, whether you’re moving...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 127
Joe Kannapell

Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XV

Joe Kannapell

Part XV: Busted at Bahama Breeze Finally, we would know if we won the business, when we were summoned to a Bahama Breeze restaurant outside Atlanta. Had we been busted for showing “not ready for prime time” software, defying MiTek policy? Over lunch we were told that ITW had been...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 8
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Right Job

Joe Kannapell

Fired or laid off? Naturally you’re worried, as I was when I faced both predicaments. After being fired I was doubly worried when my boss told me, “You now have 3 strikes against you, and should find something else to do.” I listened to that advice, landed on my two feet, while...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 122

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