Georgia Structural Components

With better collaboration through SAPPHIRE™ and MBA® software, and insights from Georgia Tech, Georgia Structural Components slims down operations—and saves big.

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857,000 board feet of lumber stock

In 2013, Georgia Structural Components processed 857,000 board feet of lumber stock into floor trusses and roof trusses, with just a six-man crew working one shift, with weekends off.

The Story

Collaboration

In Collaboration with Georgia Tech

Georgia Structural Components invited homegrown talent from Georgia Tech to streamline their processes-and discovered a few key features to a truly lean process. 

There’s no better tool out there than SAPPHIRE for optimizing the wood frame.

VP of Manufacturing and Distribution

Hal Hand

Background

Georgia Structural Components runs a roof truss assembly table in one building and a floor truss assembly table in another. They keep their workers hopping, often sharing workers across the two assembly areas; every worker is cross-trained for roof and floor trusses.

Challenge

“We get plans in all kinds of ways,” says Hal Hand, VP of Manufacturing and Distribution.. “We get hand-drawn plans. People actually still phone in some orders. We get CAD files.” 

The Solution

SAPPHIRE and MBA

Georgia Structural Components now uses MiTek's SAPPHIRE Suite to import PDFs of building plans, as well as SAPPHIRE Viewer, MiTek's free collaboration tool, and MBA® which syncs sales with production. SAPPHIRE's multifaceted capability is essential to bid work accurately and protect margins.

3D Model

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