Industry 4.0 – What’s the Hype?
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,...
Small Investments Can Garner Huge Gains for Productivity for Your Sales Team
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...
How to Ensure Your Choice of Linear Saw is a ‘Cut’ Above the Rest
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...
Epilogue to 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation: Designing Great Software
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...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XV
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...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIV
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...
Countdown to BCMC—Bringing the Industry Together
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...
Interoperability Standardization in the Industrial Automation Space
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...
The Last Word:
Whole House Builders?
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”...
Celebrating 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation, Part XIII
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....