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Urban Wood Movement Takes Root

Posted on Oct 18, 2016

A tree that can bear lumber is a terrible thing to waste. Yet, according to a USDA Forest Service study, every year an estimated 3.8 billion board feet of lumber that could potentially be milled from urban trees is instead cut into firewood, mulched, chipped or deposited into a landfill.

Rethinking Aluminum Scrap

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

Take a look at FF Journal News' most recent Face Time interview featuring TigerStop founder and CEO, Spencer Dick. It details how implementing scrap reduction strategies can have a major impact on your bottom line.

Sneak Peek Inside TigerStop's FABTECH 2016 Booth

Posted on Oct 4, 2016

We are thrilled to attend FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas! This year TigerStop will be hard at work in booth C50085. Here's a preview of a handful of machines we will be bringing to the show.  

What's All This Ripping Nonsense About?

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

We all need to convert random width lumber into usable parts. It’s essential to any wood components business. However, a common misconception exists that ripping your own lumber is bad news bears, that the emotional and physical cost far outweighs the benefits of its backbreaking, tedious, and messy nature. (Think exorbitant amounts of sawdust.)

Are Your Hardwood Lumber Costs Sky High?

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

 If you missed Spencer's IWF Technology Theater Presentation: "10 Things you Must do to Control Hardwood Costs,” don't despair! We recorded it so you can watch it here instead. 

Your Number One Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Is In Your Trash Can

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

Nothing is more telling about how your manufacturing is performing than what is in your trash can or scrap bin. This is where all of your “oopsies” stack up. It is where all the mistakes go to die. A careful look into these two bins can give you a better idea about what is really happening on the floor than any number on a chart, yet it is probably the most ignored and overlooked item in your organization.

Dust Collection for Dummies

Posted on Sep 9, 2016

Good dust collection results in less time cleaning the shop and CNC table. When dust is effectively extracted from the cutting or grinding process on CNC equipment, cutting life is greatly extended and time intervals between blade changes are extended.

Seven Deadly Wastes Infographic

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Awhile back we shared the 7 Deadly Wastes of Manufacturing and offered tips to combat the aforementioned wastes. During one of the busiest times of year (accompanied by the hustle and bustle of post IWF Atlanta) it is vital to your operation that you stay a lean mean manufacturing machine and as disciplined as possible. To refresh your memory, TigerStop has created a helpful infographic for you to use on the shop floor. 

Yield is Everything for Powell Valley Millwork

Posted on Aug 23, 2016

TigerStop had the pleasure of speaking with the folks at Powell Valley Millwork about their business, company history, points of differentiation, philanthropic work, and their new optimizing saw. This is what we learned:

Small Workshop Woes: How to Make the Most out of Your Tiny Space

Posted on Aug 16, 2016

Every tool and square foot in my small workshop has to earn its keep. I can’t afford to have a tool that does not get used every day, no matter how well it can perform a task. Nor can I mess around with a tool that does not perform its task well. And if your shop is anything like mine, every surface has to be available for a project – the table saw does double duty as a glue-up bench and the planer infeed becomes a staging area for hardware that is to be installed. The walls of my shop are totally covered with tools: clamps hanging here, blades there, and jigs all over the place.

The task at hand, every day, is to make our space as efficient and user-friendly as possible. I try to wring the most out of my small space and my general purpose tools. I can’t just add an edge-bander because a job calls for it – I don’t have the room, I don’t have the budget, and I won’t use it every day. So when I go shopping for a tool, it really needs to be the best fit, the best performer and the best buy.