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
Issue #12246
Page 47
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
Issue #11245
Page 27
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
Issue #11245
Page 45
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

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

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
Anna Stamm

Countdown to BCMC—Bringing the Industry Together

Anna Stamm

One of the most important effects of the Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) is that it brings people together in one place for a few days each fall. In this digital age, being in the same building with this many friends and colleagues presents countless opportunities! From...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 24
Steve Shrader

Interoperability Standardization in the Industrial Automation Space

Steve Shrader

So, there is an interesting discussion by some in the CM Industry to create a universal truss software standard. In some circles, this “standard” is merely an effort to integrate and simplify.  Others worry it is an effort to monetize design software, and to some this...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 68
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

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