Sixty Years of Machines, Part VIII
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...
Navigating Your Future with Spida
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...
Better Tools for Optimizing Your Wall Panel Production
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...
Making Software ‘Simple’
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...
Sixty Years of Machines, Part VII
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...
Better Tools for Refining Your Wall Panel Designs
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...
Better Component Bidding and Delivery with STITCHER
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...
Integrated Closed Wall Panel Systems
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...
Modular Industry in Best Position to Take Over Mid-Rise Housing
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...
Sixty Years of Machines, Part VI
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....