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

Look Beyond Manufacturing Improvements to Deliver Better Net Profits for 2020

Todd Drummond

Even though the new build season of 2020 is expected to be a good one for most, it likely will be more challenging to retain net profits than many anticipate. Most component manufacturers (CM) have been buying equipment and expanding their operations like crazy. Also, new money has flooded into...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 51
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
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
Ben Hershey

Set the Course of Your Business

Ben Hershey

Many of us just returned from this year’s BCMC show. How appropriate it was to be in Columbus, a city named after a visionary who discovered the new world, and the theme was “Set Your Course.” In your business, no matter the role you serve, you have a chance to set the course...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 26
Ed Serrano

You speak, Vekta listens.

Ed Serrano

An 8-bunk PackFeeder that takes up virtually NO extra space! Few people likely realize that many, actually most, of Vekta’s great ideas and innovations originated with our customers. At the BCMC in Columbus, Ohio, Vekta’s MD Ed Serrano was chatting with a long-standing Vekta...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 58

Triad 60 Year Anniversary!

TRIAD / Merrick Machine Company Team

On behalf of the TRIAD sales department, we would like to thank our customers for supporting us over the course of our 60 Years in business. We would also like to thank and recognize the entire TRIAD team for all their efforts in preparing for, and participating in, the 2019 BCMC Trade Show; for...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 70
Chris Scott

“Should I Stay or Should I Go”

Chris Scott

It was June 1982 and The Clash released the hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,”— now it’s October 2019 and once again you find yourself asking, should I stay or should I go to the BCMC in Columbus, Ohio. As you’re humming that song for the rest of this...

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October 2019
Issue #11243
Page 14

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