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
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Automation is Easy with the Right Support

The Spida Team

Bringing in a new cutting saw – even a high-tech version – is a surprisingly straightforward experience, but it succeeds or fails based on the quality of service and know-how. From purchase through installation to on-going support, Spida will help you automate successfully. One...

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January 2020
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Glenn Traylor

How Do Your Trusses Stack Up?

Glenn Traylor

Do you vertically stack your trusses or horizontally stack them? How does the method impact quality? How does it impact safety? Do you know the arguments for either preference? Almost as if it was a regional inclination, some areas of the US vertically stack their finished trusses and some areas...

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January 2020
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Ed Serrano

Industry 4.0 – What’s the Hype?

Ed Serrano

Not so long ago, the concept of “lean manufacturing” was embraced and implemented worldwide for manufacturing. But these days, lean manufacturing is old news. Today, you need to be on the “Industry 4.0” bandwagon if you want to survive into the next decade. Governments,...

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January 2020
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Gary Fleisher

Why Modular Home Factories Need to Expand Right Now!

Gary Fleisher

Just in case you haven’t looked out your window lately, new home construction is happening everywhere, especially on the East and West Coast. Traditional new home site builders are facing labor shortages in not only skilled trades but also in basic framing. This shortage is having a...

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January 2020
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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
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Reflections on 2019

The Spida Team

As we head towards Christmas and a well-earned break for everyone, we take the opportunity to reflect on all of the hard work that everyone has done in 2019 and thank our Spida customers and staff for all of their wonderful support in the last year. Square 1 Transition to Spida USA While...

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December 2019
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Todd Drummond

Small Investments Can Garner Huge Gains for Productivity for Your Sales Team

Todd Drummond

Last month’s article, “Investment in Employee Training, Not Just Equipment,” produced a lot of good responses from many readers. Now it is time to offer real solutions to help your company improve productivity and reduce costly errors for your sales team and also all of the...

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December 2019
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Ed Serrano

How to Ensure Your Choice of Linear Saw is a ‘Cut’ Above the Rest

Ed Serrano

Investment: [ɪnˈvɛs(t)m(ə)nt] NOUN: a thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future. Automating your truss and frame plant is an investment in your business and your future. Today, the American market has the benefit of having a number of linear saw...

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December 2019
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Gary Fleisher

Will Automation Always be a Distant Dream for Modular Housing?

Gary Fleisher

Recently I heard, once again, a speaker supporting total automation of the modular production process while comparing modular housing with automobile production lines. Let me put this to rest for hopefully the last time. Modular housing is not anything like the auto industry. There are two...

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December 2019
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