Fabricators that buy in pre-made components have been able to network their their own manufacture to produce (and invoice) more finished product.

For the past 18 years Programmed Timber Supplies have been producing components to supplement their customers’ production. The fabricator’s reason varies from plant to plant but always is for an advantage. This is one of the reasons.

All the pieces of timber that go into making a frame & truss can be either classified as ‘critical’ or ‘common’. In this context a critical component is one that has had to be made for that specific job. On the other hand a common component is one that is often repeated across a number of jobs. Simple examples are that a critical component may be an A truss top chord, while a common one would be a junction block.

Whilst a plant has to cut all the critical components, it does not have to cut all the common components – as these can be bought in. Most plants currently use linear saws to cut their critical components and will often have commons in the cut to maximise timber recovery. A topic for another day is the analysis of cost against actual recovery and the logarithmic curve effect.

To cut all the commons is an exercise in diminishing returns. The number of shorter common components required in any plant is far in excess by percentage as what can be justified in effective economic recovery. Especially so when most of the expensive linear saw equipment has a limited piece number cut per shift. For example cutting a couple of junction blocks off the end of a long board when cutting a chord makes sense. Cutting long length MGP10 into a number of short common components does not. Rather utilise that saw to cut another critical chord and buy in the commons.

Production (invoicing) increases as plant capacity increases by the volume of components bought in. Increasing the buy-in increases the invoicing out. No additional capital has been required along with other fixed costs. With trusses, only pressing capacity may be a restriction. When really successful an additional frame line might also be required or even an additional office hand to raise the extra invoices.

All Programmed Timber Supplies customers do well as they are networking their own production.

Each plant can have their own specification for common components for Programmed Timber Supplies to manufacture.

These items are the main range of common components Programmed Timber Supplies manufacture in both untreated and H2F (Blue):
•Floor Truss Webs
•Floor Truss Verticals
•Floor Truss End Blocking – all types
•Junction Blocks
•Junction Blocks Undersized
•Nogs Undersized
•Wall Studs
•Trimmers (bundled or unbundled)
•Creeper Chords Top
•Creeper Chords Bottom
•Jack Truss Chords
•Truss Web Blanks
•Turb -O-Webs
•Z Sprockets
•Valley Batten
•Valley Board