The Greatest Three Months of the Year
October is right around the corner and that means cooler weather, Halloween, turning of the leaves, football, and the BCMC. As much as I would love to talk to you about all of these things, this article will stick to the most important and my favorite one….football. Okay, after a...
What Tools Are You Using
I really enjoy local county fairs and local attractions, because they give us an opportunity to see cool things from the past or something related to the area (and our fair has fresh roasted corn!). Recently at our local fair, the Stanwood Fair, I walked into a building showcasing tools used by...
Vendor Loyalty and Sales Pitch Can Lead You Astray
The BCMC trade show is fast approaching. This trade show, which is held each year, is a great opportunity for you and your team to step outside of your comfort zone to challenge and expand your current beliefs of both equipment investments and vendor services. Just be mindful that sometimes it...
Sorry to Burst the Bubble!
Shelena and Ed Serrano
Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a new, state of the art machine to add technology and automation to your factory processes. Concerns about safety, inefficiency, and your bottom line are now in the past. Your staff will be happier, work will be easier, and your customers will be...
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...
Enhancing Product Neutrality in Building Energy Codes
The wood products industry has taken great leaps in generating greater awareness regarding the advantages of wood products in construction; however, people often overlook wood’s good performance in building energy efficiency. With pressure mounting to combat carbon emissions and reduce the...
Bucket Lists for Structural Engineers and Some Resources for Helping Cross Post-Frame Off Your List
Bucket lists are mentioned regularly today, which got me to thinking – what about a bucket list for structural engineers? ASCE and others have put together lists of engineering wonders of the modern world, so those seem like a good start for sights to see. But for a practitioner, I’d...
Spida Machinery – Square 1 Merger
On July 1, Square1 Design and Manufacture, one of America’s leading frame and truss machinery providers, joined forces with Spida Machinery. We are thrilled at this merger as it means we are now offering the most compelling mix of machinery, software, and service to the frame, truss, and...
Two Common Mistakes Cost At Least 2-3 Points of Net Profit Every Year
Most, if not all, are now caught up in the summer building season to make serious money for their component divisions. However, far too many companies are allowing tens of thousands of dollars to be lost because of commonly accepted bad practices. Practices such as using non-precise labor...
Does the Manufacturing Facility’s Environment Affect Quality?
Can quality be determined by examining the environment of the facility manufacturing the product? It seems like the two are unrelated, but, after evaluating hundreds of facilities, quality seems to be proportional to the environment of the manufacturing. By this, I’m not saying that brand...