News Category: Pryda News

Giving your best detailers extra tools

Our Advanced Roof Course is one of our most popular training courses for design staff. David Proudford, Plant Manager at Midcoast Timber Truss and Frame in Ulladulla, sent not one, but two staff members to our Advanced Roof training in June. “They’re both taking on the more difficult jobs and have been more confident in their… Continue Reading»

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Wendy O’Hearn – Segment Market Manager, ANZ

With a career built in the manufacturing sector, this Kiwi is as passionate about the construction industry as she is about her home country. Having worked in Industrial Gas (BOC), Glass (O-I, now Visy), and Concrete (RamsetReid), Timber was a natural next step for Wendy.  With a CV that zigzags between marketing, sales, productivity (Lean… Continue Reading»

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Laurie Ellul – Software Development Manager

When Laurie walked through the doors of Pryda’s head-office in Dandenong for the first time early this year, he was struck by the familiarity of the tools displayed in a storefront demo showcasing Pryda parent ITW’s product range. “It dawned on me that my home workshop is full of ITW tools,” the avid woodworker said.… Continue Reading»

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Greg Hay – Software Portfolio Manager

Greg Hay concedes that he’s been around a few years – the last 24 with Pryda. But such longevity qualifies him to make observations about the industry in which he’s spent the lion’s share of his working life. From his early years working in Pryda’s engineering support office, where he produced complex designs for fabricators… Continue Reading»

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Helping your Equipment Live On

Truss and Frame equipment is built to last.  Sometimes the right choice is to put a new lease of life into a proven equipment choice, and Pryda has a software solution to ensure you can continue to drive productivity. Pryda Build Automation (PBA) was developed in conjunction with fabricators to remove aging automation throughout their manufacturing… Continue Reading»

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Tristan Pinder – Service Manager, ANZ

2019 saw Tristan Pinder promoted into the Service Manager role for Pryda, looking after the equipment team across Australia and New Zealand. With a long history with Pryda, Tristan’s focus is to deliver the right support and service to drive productivity for fabricators. A maintenance fitter by trade, Tristan served his apprenticeship with Pryda, at… Continue Reading»

Tech Talk

Tech Talk – Ribbon Plates

Once a quarter we are invited to contribute the Tech Talk column in the FTMA newsletter. This month’s topic is all about the benefits of screw tie-down connections, especially when they’re factory-installed. It’s a continuation of my last feature on machine-driven versus hand-hammered nails. Bit by bit, we are building on a message to the industry about the advantages of offsite manufacturing and how innovations like SpeedTruss set Pryda fabricators apart, to the benefit of your customers.   If you’re not… Continue Reading»

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Nicky Woodward, Business Development Manager – F&T

Nicky says she stumbled into the building and construction industry. But maybe it was destiny – both her father and grandparents were builders. Part way through a mechanical engineering degree she responded to a job advertisement and was accepted for a traineeship at Pryda. Other than a two-year stint running her own truss plant, and… Continue Reading»

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Putting the screws on compliance

Factory-fixed screws shift responsibility from builders’ shoulders. Pryda engineer Bernard Kennelly examines the tricky business of screws and, in the age of panelisation and modularisation, the advantages of factory-fixed screws over site-fixed screws.  Industry has cottoned on to the advantages of using screws over traditional stud ties to secure frames. Screws make stronger connections and… Continue Reading»

Ian Hayward

Ian Hayward, Engineering Manager ANZ

Eighteen years with Pryda, structural engineer Ian Hayward has witnessed the progressive digitisation of frame and truss design. The newly appointed engineering manager for Australia and New Zealand now spends more time with his head in Pryda Build software, developing briefs and tweaking software functions to help designers do their jobs more efficiently. Nevertheless, his… Continue Reading»

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SpeedTruss™

SpeedTrussTM is the latest innovation from Pryda. Focused on creating a safer and faster way to install a roof truss that is compliant, SpeedTruss ticks a lot of boxes that builders want. Initial feedback from builders and trades using SpeedTruss is phenomenal. With a one-step tie-down process, the system significantly reduces the time to get the trusses… Continue Reading»

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Meet the New Edition – Pryda’s HIP END ROLLER

The safest way to quickly produce smaller roof trusses. It’s a big statement and we are proud to make it. Designed and built in Australia, this high-quality unit is loaded with practical safety measures to keep your team safe while manufacturing hip ends and other small size trusses. Just a few of the safety focused design… Continue Reading»

Adam Dawson

Adam Dawson, ANZ Technical Manager

The fresh face in Pryda’s residential timber team, Adam recently switched camps from ITW’s Commercial division, Ramsetreid. With hundreds of products now under his technical gaze, it’s just as well chartered engineer Adam has so many letters after his name.  Ultimately responsible for ensuring every Pryda product and service is compliant, Adam is currently focused… Continue Reading»

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Support for FTMA Australia and New Zealand

Pryda is proud to support the respective FTMA industry bodies in both Australia and New Zealand. In a competitive market against other build materials, being able to have a common voice is a core strength for the industry. As part of our Gold Sponsorship with FTMA Australia, we regularly contribute to the Tech Talk series. … Continue Reading»

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Machine Driven vs. Hand-Hammered Nail

Written by Adam Dawson, Pryda’s ANZ Technical Manager, this article was published as an FTMA Tech Talk in May 2020. Timber connection systems rely on a combination of the correct product, fasteners and installation practices to achieve their required capacity. They are typically designed and tested by the manufacturer using their proprietary nails or screws… Continue Reading»

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Carbon Calculator now available in Pryda Build

Timber’s reputation as the material of choice for sustainable construction is crucial to the future of our industry. The timber framing community are in a unique position to continuously reinforce this message to architects, builders and homeowners through our software and documentation. The latest version of Pryda Build now includes a Carbon Calculator to quantify… Continue Reading»

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Ian Currie, Business Development Manager – F&T

There’s a special kind of glint that flashes in Ian’s eyes when he wanders the factory floor of frame and truss manufacturing facilities. He’s at home among sawdust and machines. But mostly, he enjoys understanding how factory processes can be improved – a skill he’s honed over 24 years with Pryda, in manufacturing plants across… Continue Reading»

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Supporting the fire relief efforts

In our December edition of Better by Design, we shared that Pryda was donating to the Bushfire relief efforts. When making the donation, the devastation that was to come across the Christmas/New Year period was beyond imagination. As our teams across ITW came back to work in January, there was unanimous feedback that more needed… Continue Reading»