Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VIII

Joe Kannapell

Part VIII: Trackless Gantries In the 1990s, a storm began brewing in the component business. It started on the Eastern Seaboard when Carolina Builders bought a truss plant in Tidewater, Virginia. Later, it gained strength when Builders Supply & Lumber (BSL) opened a series of greenfield...

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July 2020
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Wendy Boyd

Navigating Your Future with Spida

Wendy Boyd

What a diverse, interesting, and sometimes scary world we live in. As we navigate our own patch of turf and crystal ball gaze about what the future holds, we are mindful of the differences in the world business landscape. Spida Machinery operates three distinct manufacturing facilities, in...

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July 2020
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Ed Serrano

Making Software ‘Simple’

Ed Serrano

Price, speed, accuracy, footprint, service, and support. Those are the most common features considered when it comes to purchasing a linear saw. And, yes, they are important, but a linear saw is nothing but powder-coated steel and a blade until it’s told what to do. That’s why what...

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July 2020
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Ray Fedorko

‘Factor In’ the Low Factor Rates This Summer

Ray Fedorko

The pandemic environment has affected many things. Perhaps surprisingly, one of the effects derives from the Fed’s desire to assist the economy in any way possible. In particular, interest rates which were already at historical lows are now even lower. As a result, monthly payment quotes...

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July 2020
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Page 73
Mike Ruede Jr.

A Tactical Approach to Automation

Mike Ruede Jr.

My name may seem familiar or even confusing to some since I share it with my father. We, like every father and son, have our similarities and differences. We share drive, integrity, honesty, and the significance of one’s character. We do have differences as well and one of them is how we...

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July 2020
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Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VII

Joe Kannapell

Part VII: Gantries—Running Off the Rails One glaring gantry glitch, truss plates falling off, still needed to be addressed in the early 1990s. Missing bottom plates interrupt production, or worse, compromise quality. Sometimes an uneven table surface is the cause. But often the gantry...

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June 2020
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Sean Hubbard

The Value of a Dollar

Sean Hubbard

Decades ago, I learned the value of a dollar as many of us did from our parents and grandparents. At that time, our industry was predominately family businesses. I don’t recall discussing age, however as we grow older, age is simply a number. That was never more evident in our family...

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June 2020
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Joe Kannapell

Sixty Years of Machines, Part VI

Joe Kannapell

Part VI: Roller Gantries Enhanced As housing boomed in the mid-1980s, truss plants needed better equipment. Among those was Heart Truss and Engineering in Michigan. Heart was also benefitting from booming auto plants nearby. Their production head, Bob LePoire, pondered how to keep up....

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May 2020
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Page 10
Wendy Boyd

Moving Forward with Your Team and Spida

Wendy Boyd

In the wake of troubled times, I’m filled with hope and renewed energy as I review the month that was and all of the things that have been accomplished for Spida Machinery worldwide. Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just...

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May 2020
Issue #12250
Page 15
Ed Serrano

Making Your PackFeeder Dream a Reality

Ed Serrano

Packfeeders. Bunk Feeders. Call it what you will, but if you’re like most sites, the idea is nothing more than a pipe dream that quickly disappears once you start to ponder where you might put it. To get any real benefit from them, the perception is that the system you need to carry a lot...

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May 2020
Issue #12250
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