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
Issue #12252
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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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Tracy Roe

Better Tools for Optimizing Your Wall Panel Production

Tracy Roe

Our industry is continuously changing—there is no denying this fact. There is always a hot topic that gives birth to new buzzwords which gain popularity and begin trending. One of the latest examples is “Off Site Construction.” Everyone has heard it and, like many things in our...

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July 2020
Issue #12252
Page 58
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
Issue #12252
Page 62
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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Tracy Roe

Better Tools for Refining Your Wall Panel Designs

Tracy Roe

As we continue our series on better tools for wall panel design, it’s time to explore our Edit Framing feature. In today’s industry, there are no easy jobs. Project complexity has increased steadily over the past several years. The need to be able to quickly review panels and edit on...

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June 2020
Issue #12251
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Better Component Bidding and Delivery with STITCHER

Alpine Team

It’s official—Alpine’s new STITCHER software has the industry buzzing—and even a brief examination reveals why Preparing construction component projects for bidding and ultimately for scheduling and production can be difficult, time-consuming, and subject to input...

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June 2020
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Greg Watson

Integrated Closed Wall Panel Systems

Greg Watson

For many years, wood frame wall panels have been constructed on site by contractors, and, in more recent times, by component manufacturers too. The wall panels assembled by component manufacturers primarily are open panels. These consist of lumber studs at predefined centers sheathed externally...

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June 2020
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Gary Fleisher

Modular Industry in Best Position to Take Over Mid-Rise Housing

Gary Fleisher

Since 2010, the number of households that rent has grown from 32% to 36% with the addition of 4,000,000 new renters. Mid and high-income renters saw the biggest increase. With construction slowing down due to COVID-19 and lawmakers debating the pros and cons of rent forgiveness for those who...

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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
Issue #12250
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