Simpson Strong-Tie News

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Next Generation of Composite Strengthening Systems™ for Concrete and Masonry Structures posted 12/15/17

Pleasanton, Calif. – With the new fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) from Simpson Strong-Tie, contractors can effectively repair, protect and strengthen concrete and masonry structures for a fraction of the installed cost of traditional shotcrete repairs that use rebar. The FRCM externally bonded Composite Strengthening System™ combines high-performance sprayable mortar with a carbon-fiber grid that creates a thin structural layer without significantly increasing the structure's weight or volume.

Because of its reduced preparation and installation time, FRCM is in many cases the most economical available solution for adding flexural, axial, or shear strength to a range of structures. The lightweight, sprayable matrix is ideal for application on overhead or vertical surfaces in structures such as tunnels, mines, parking garages, silos, bridges, and other buildings with large surface areas. A single, one-inch layer provides sufficient structural strengthening without substantially constricting tight spaces or adversely affecting facility operations. Further strengthening can be obtained as necessary through the application of additional half-inch layers.

FRCM can:

  • Strengthen aging, damaged or overloaded structures
  • Be used to repair surfaces and strengthen them in a single application
  • Correct size and layout errors
  • Match the substrate's finish
  • Upgrade ratings for live loads due to changes of use or new equipment
  • Assist in seismic retrofits by adding shear strength and mitigating displacement and ductility
  • Be used on damp substrates, and in harsh environments that may expose the system to high temperatures, humidity, abrasion, and ultraviolet (UV) exposure

FRCM Components

The sprayable, fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix (CSS-CM) is available in 55 lb. (24.9 kg) bags. The accompanying carbon-fiber grid is available in two separate models to suit the needs of any project: bidirectional (BCG) and unidirectional (UCG). Each roll of carbon-fiber grid measures 77 inches (1.95 meters) wide and 164 feet (50 meters) long.

These products and components were tested together in UL Design No. N859, and achieved a four-hour fire rating when subjected to ASTM E119/UL 263 full-scale fire testing.

For additional information on FRCM, including technical data sheets, load ratings and more, strongtie.com/frcm.

New Fire Wall Hanger Now Available with Skewed or Offset Top-Flange Options posted 12/14/17

Pleasanton, Calif. – To provide more options for multi-family construction builders, the new Simpson Strong-Tie® DGH fire wall hanger can now be ordered with a skewed or offset option. This hanger is part of the new DG fire wall hanger series designed for connecting floor trusses and joists to wood stud walls.

All models of the DG fire wall hanger series easily install on a two-hour wood stud fire wall (e.g., Type III construction) during framing. These top-flange hangers feature space to allow two layers of 5/8" gypsum wall board (drywall) to be slipped into place after the framing is complete. The DG/DGH/DGB fire wall hangers have been tested according to ASTM E814 and received F (flame) and T (temperature) ratings for use on one or both sides of the wall. They are listed in Intertek Design No. SST/WPCF 120-01.

"As soon as we released the new fire wall hanger series in July, we immediately turned our attention to developing these two special options. We listened to customer feedback about the strong need to offer solutions for the two most common nonstandard connections they encounter on the jobsite," said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager for Connectors and Lateral Systems at Simpson Strong-Tie.

All models of the DGH hanger may be ordered with a skew angle of up to 45° or with the top flange offset left or right. The skew and offset options may not be combined.

For more information, visit strongtie.com/firewallsolutions or call (800) 999-5099.

New SET-3G™ High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive from Simpson Strong-Tie posted 12/5/17

Pleasanton, Calif. – Formulated to yield superior performance in threaded rod anchor and rebar dowel installations in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures, the new SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive is the latest innovation in epoxy anchoring adhesives from Simpson Strong-Tie. In addition to providing exceptional bond strength, SET-3G adhesive has been proven to outperform other products on the market.

Application and Installation
The two-component, one-to-one-ratio, epoxy-based anchoring adhesive formula dispenses in a uniform gray color to match surrounding concrete surfaces, and can be easily installed in downward, horizontal, vertical and overhead orientations.

The versatile SET-3G adhesive is designed for dry or water-saturated use conditions with temperatures anywhere between -40°F (-40°C) and 176°F (80°C). The low-odor formula also offers contractors jobsite flexibility with its ability to be installed in dry, water-saturated or water-filled holes in base materials whose temperatures range from 40°F (4°C) to 100°F (38°C).

Testing Criteria
Available in three sizes, SET-3G adhesive has been thoroughly tested.

  • Tested in accordance with ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements (AC308) and ACI 355.4 for use in cracked and uncracked normal-weight and lightweight concrete.
  • Qualified for use in structures assigned to Seismic Design Categories A through F.
  • Code listed to work with the Speed Clean™ DXS dust extraction system, which complies with updated OSHA Silica Dust Compliance Regulations to save time and keep workers safe from hazardous airborne dust.

For more information about SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive, including detailed strength design data tables for various surfaces and drill bits, code listings, cure times and more, visit strongtie.com/set3g.

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Blog for Construction Professionals posted 11/9/17
Building Strong Blog

Pleasanton, Calif. – The Building Strong blog is a new industry resource that provides insights and fresh perspectives to help construction professionals design and build safer, stronger structures as efficiently as possible. Simpson Strong-Tie has developed the new blog to discuss issues of special interest or importance to building professionals. The blog will cover topics from rising labor costs, proper installation methods and new design technologies to unique viewpoints on the changing landscape of the building industry.

"We're really excited to launch the Building Strong blog," said Shelby Lentz, Director of Communications. "Interacting with our customers on a regular basis is very important to Simpson Strong-Tie, and having a platform from which we can readily share various professional news, product solutions and industry perspectives with our readers – and get their feedback – is vital to understanding their wants and needs. For more than 60 years, we've listened to our customers throughout our product development process – either through our sales teams or by answering customer-service questions – and now we can communicate with them in a new way through our blog."

The Building Strong blog is featured on the homepage of strongtie.com and will include articles on the following topics and more:

  • Safety, codes, and compliance
  • Residential and commercial construction
  • Decks and outdoor living
  • Building resilience
  • Emerging trends and industry insights
  • Collaborations and giving
  • Pro tips

To read the latest post and subscribe to Building Strong blog updates, visit https://blog.strongtie.com.

Redesigned Strong-Rod™ System Components from Simpson Strong-Tie Reduce Installation Time and Costs posted 10/25/17
Strong Rod ATS

Pleasanton, Calif. – To lower construction cost and streamline installation time on mid-rise wood construction projects, Simpson Strong-Tie has launched the new Strong-Rod Systems rod-to-steel-beam connector (ATS-SBC). The new, design-based connector forms part of a continuous-rod solution that helps wood-frame structures resist shearwall-overturning forces and uplift forces resulting from seismic activity or wind events.

The rod-to-steel-beam connector has been redesigned to reduce the overall number of rod system components for a simpler, more efficient installation that saves contractors both time and money. The company's engineering support team works with customers to design the most economical rod-run holdown solutions that are compliant with all relevant seismic and high-wind building codes. Among rod tiedown solutions, the Strong-Rod System has the lowest possible deflection holdown values while meeting the structural design demand loads.

The new ATS-SBC replaces the older field-assembled half-cage system with a complete part featuring a rod already affixed to the bearing plate. It also features a weldable plate for attachment to steel beams in the field. Where the previous system comprised seven individual components, the rod-to-steel-beam connector consists of just two.

The rod-to-steel-beam connector is available in six different rod diameters ranging from 5/8" to 1 1/2", all 12" in height. The bearing plate ranges in size from 3" x 3" x 3/4" to 7" x 3" x 1 3/4". Fillet welds – with weld lengths provided by the project Designer – must be used to attach the ATS-SBC to the steel beam according to the project design. Allowable tension capacity for the rod-to-steel-beam connector starts at 13,805 lb. for the smallest model and reaches 82,835 lb. for the largest.

The rod-to-steel-beam connector complements the wood-beam plate (WBP) that was launched in 2016. Available in 10 different sizes, the WBP is used where the rod run is attached to a wood beam, and eliminates the need for more costly isolator nuts and coupling take-up devices. Two SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screws (provided with the kit) are installed through the WBP fastener holes and into the bottom of the wood beam to support the self-weight of the bearing plate and rod above, sparing Designers and installers the need for an additional smaller bearing plate and nut on the top side of the beam. This unique connection also provides a fixed point at the very bottom of the rod run, allowing the take-up devices above to address shrinkage of all the wood framing including any from the wood beam itself.

For more information about the Strong-Rod™ Systems rod-to-steel-beam connector and wood-beam plate, including detailed load charts, item sizes and installation information, please visit strongtie.com/srs.

Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Platinum in Hanley Wood Brand Builder Awards posted 10/25/17
Hanley Wood Award

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has won the Platinum award (top award) for Outdoor Accents® for Best New Product Launch in Hanley Wood's 2017 Brand Builder Awards. The Brand Builder Awards recognize the most innovative and effective marketing campaigns throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industries.

Outdoor Accents, the company's new line of decorative hardware, features connectors and fasteners for building custom outdoor structures that are both stylish and structurally strong. The line includes black powder-coated post bases, angles, T and L ties and fasteners. One of the key features of the line is the Outdoor Accents hex-head washer and connector screw combination. It provides the decorative appearance of a bolted connection with the installation ease of a screw.

"The entries for this year's Brand Builder Awards were of top-quality," said Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood. "Their marketing approach, innovative work and data-driven results illustrate the innovation within our industry."

The Outdoor Accents product launch included custom packaging and display graphics, a series of videos, ads targeting different audiences, and a premium flyer. The videos are available on homedepot.com as well as the Simpson Strong-Tie YouTube channel and website.

Simpson Strong-Tie Increases Production of Truss Plates to Better Serve Customers posted 10/19/17
Truss Plates

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announces that it has expanded production of its truss connector plates. This expansion is part of the company's strategy to better serve its customers with increased efficiencies in product manufacturing and delivery.

The company has expanded production in its Stockton, Calif., McKinney, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, manufacturing facilities, all strategically located to serve customers across the United States. "We know that component manufacturers value choice, quality and prompt delivery, and we are happy that we can accommodate the industry's needs with increased production and efficiency," said CEO Karen Colonias.

The company's Integrated Component Systems product offering includes high-quality, code-listed truss connector plates and Simpson Strong-Tie Component Solutions™ software. Customers also receive comprehensive software training to help them get up and running quickly – minimizing the impact of a technology transition on their business – as well as personalized customer service wherever it's needed, from the office and manufacturing plant to the jobsite and at any point in between.

Component manufacturers in light-frame construction can also leverage the full product line of Simpson Strong-Tie structural connectors and fastening solutions to meet their customers' needs.

To learn more about the Integrated Component Systems product offering, visit Simpson Strong-Tie at BCMC, booth #703, or at strongtie.com/ics.

Simpson Strong-Tie to Demonstrate Design and Project Management Software at BCMC posted 10/12/17
Truss Studio & Director Software

Pleasanton, Calif. – To illustrate their complete light-frame construction product offering for component manufacturers, Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, will be showcasing truss design and project management software solutions at the Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) October 24-26 at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha, Neb.

At their exhibit booth #703, Simpson Strong-Tie will provide attendees with a demonstration of its Component Solutions™ (CS) Truss Studio™ and Director™ software, simple yet robust tools for truss design and project management. Both packages have been designed from the ground up to provide easy and flexible solutions for component manufacturing businesses.

CS Truss Studio software integrates truss design components into a 3D environment that provides dynamic interaction between layout and design. With CS Truss Studio, manufacturers are able to analyze the entire truss layout in a single click while also defining chase openings.

CS Director project management software complements CS Truss Studio by consolidating all project information into a single, central location that can be accessed by both onsite and remote design staff. Using CS Director, manufacturers have the ability to customize the software solutions to their needs by adding products and services to projects, managing workflow and production efficiency, integrating calendars and generating bids quickly.

For additional information about Component Solutions™ software, visit strongtie.com/ics. For more information about BCMC, visit their website.

New Fascia-Fastening Solution from Simpson Strong-Tie Delivers Superior Corrosion Resistance posted 10/10/17
Fascia-Fastening Solution

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and fasteners, has launched the Fascia-Fastening Solution™ that is designed to securely fasten composite and PVC fascia while providing superior corrosion resistance. The Fascia-Fastening Solution accommodates expansion and contraction of installed fascia boards to prevent material failure resulting from exposure to environmental conditions.

The new solution consists of a fascia counterbore bit and a stainless-steel fascia screw. The fascia bit counterbores a hole through the fascia material that is wider than the shank of the fascia screw. The fascia screw is then driven through the predrilled and counterbored fascia material and into the substrate material. Creating a hole wider than the shank of the screw not only enables the screw head to sit flush with the fascia surface, but the extra space allows for future contraction and expansion of composite boards. This process helps contractors prevent failures and reduces jobsite callbacks for head pullover, warping, buckling, mushrooming, broken screws, and loose screws and boards. Installation of the Fascia Fastening Solution requires just a few simple steps and is designed for use with 1/2"- to 3/4"-thick fascia boards.

The fascia screw, sold in quantities of 75, features:

  • Type-17 point for fast starts
  • Type 316 stainless steel for severe-level corrosion resistance
  • Underhead chamber for increased sheer resistance
  • Low-profile pancake head that resists pullover
  • Deep T-20 6-lobe recess for fewer cam-outs
  • Twelve color options for 0.40" heads including white, four shades of tan, two shades of red, three shades of gray and two shades of brown
  • Size #8 x 1 3/4"

The fascia counterbore bit, sold separately and in single quantities, features:

  • 1/4" arbor size to fit standard drills
  • 0.25" bore diameter
  • 0.41" counterbore diameter

For more information about the Simpson Strong-Tie Fascia Fastening Solution, including detailed installation instructions and diagrams, visit strongtie.com/faciasolution.

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Microsite for OSHA Silica Dust Regulations posted 10/4/17
Drift Strut Connector

Pleasanton, Calif. – In response to the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors, anchors and fasteners, has launched a new silica dust microsite to help contractors, builders, engineers and other building professionals safely comply with the new construction standards.

Effective September 23, 2017, OSHA has mandated an 80% reduction in jobsite exposure to silica dust, a by-product from drilling into concrete and concrete blocks. Specifically, the mandate entails reducing the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, as averaged over an eight-hour work shift.

The new Simpson Strong-Tie microsite is designed to enable users to quickly grasp OSHA's updated requirements via downloadable information and government documents — including a fact sheet, answers to common questions, and direct access to the silica construction regulations in both English and Spanish. Through these resources, building professionals can learn about the programs available to help them meet the stricter criteria, train employees on silica safety and provide flexibility to workers without incurring penalties or citations. The page also directs readers to details about Simpson Strong-Tie OSHA-compliant solutions to silica dust creation, including the Speed Clean™ DXS dust extraction system, compatible and code-listed with both AT-XP® anchoring adhesive and SET-XP® anchoring epoxy.

"Offering the most current resources is a critical initiative for our team as the industry continues to update regulations for safety," said Jeremy Gilstrap, Vice President of Engineering. "When it comes to jobsite protection and regulatory standards, it is essential that information is easily accessed and comprehensible, which is why we decided to offer the regulations in English and Spanish."

Prepare for the new OSHA requirements now by visiting strongtie.com/oshasilica. Additional information on OSHA's silica regulations can be found at osha.gov/silica.

New Drift Strut Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Simplifies Panelized Installation in Cold-Formed Steel Construction posted 9/26/17
Drift Strut Connector

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and fasteners, introduces the easy-to-install DSSCB bypass framing drift strut connector to support cold-formed steel bypass framing while accommodating horizontal building drift.

The patent-pending DSSCB connector is uniquely formed to friction fit within 13/16" or 1-5/8" commodity strut channels currently in the market place. To install, simply slide the clip into the strut channel and twist.

As a dual-function connector with prepunched slots and round holes for slide-clip and fixed-clip applications, the DSSCB allows contractors to install finished panels while working from the top of the slab without the need to predrill or to preinstall anchors for each clip. Made from 12-gauge steel and tested in accordance with ICC-ES AC261, the DSSCB is available in 3-1/2" (DSSCB43.5), 6" (DSSCB46) and 8" (DSSCB48) lengths. In addition, an optional DSHS drift stopper is sold separately to make framing easier to adjust and lock into place as required.

The prepunched slots provide a full 1" of upward and downward deflection. Precision-manufactured #14 shouldered screws, included with the DSSCB, are designed to prevent overdriving for proper clip functionality, while slot markers ensure perfectly centered screw placement.

Depending on the application and the Designer specifications, struts can be mechanically anchored, welded or cast in place. Design values for the DSSCB and strut channel have been provided in easy-to-use load tables and are based on assembly testing to mitigate risk for Designers.

Learn more about the DSSCB bypass framing drift strut connector, including screw patterns and allowable load tables for fixed and slide clip applications.

Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Disaster Relief from Hurricane Harvey posted 8/30/17

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt throughout Houston. Thousands of people remain stranded while Harvey continues its harmful path as a tropical storm, expected to drop historic levels of rainfall in Texas.

The Red Cross has ranked Harvey a Level 7, the highest level of disaster designation within the American Red Cross. The organization has mobilized disaster relief workers, emergency response vehicles and supplies throughout the area while continuously monitoring the situation to provide needed support.

"The number of people affected by this disaster is profound and devastating. We are actively pursuing additional ways we can help locally," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "We will keep the communities in Texas in our thoughts."

To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.

Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes Nationally Recognized "Partners of Choice" Award for 13th Consecutive Year posted 8/28/17
Partners of Choice

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has earned the highest award – an "A" ranking for both quality and service – for the 7th consecutive year from David Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held home builder. Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious Partners of Choice award – denoting "A" ranking in either quality or service, or both – for all 13 years since the program began.

The Partners of Choice award is part of the David Weekley Homes Supplier Evaluation Platform, a rigorous quarterly review of 200 national trading partners. Approximately 1,000 national team members at all levels within the company participate in the review. Their feedback provides partners an opportunity to evaluate and improve their channel alignment and performance. Survey feedback is offered to suppliers and conducted through a series of individual and group discussions, mentoring calls and strategy sessions to ensure ongoing improvement. The award program honors the suppliers who earn an "A" in quality, service or both within a 12-month period.

"It's just not enough to manufacture a great product anymore," said Bill Justus, Vice President of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes. "Our suppliers have to be aware of the entire 'purchase to installation' process, which means timely and accurate product delivery, providing product training, and identifying any problems within the supply chain. Suppliers' ability to do this well ensures we can build homes more efficiently for our home buyers."

Every supply chain partner is evaluated and measured by the same standards, regardless of their industry or product. At the heart of the evaluation process is the "National Trading Partner Survey," a web-based, interactive feedback platform that tracks employee responses to measure how effectively partners are managing the supply chain. Respondents are asked to rank how each supplier executes in several key areas. The suppliers are given detailed survey results so they can gauge their areas of strength and areas for improvement throughout the year.

"Simpson Strong-Tie is thrilled to receive the 'Partners of Choice' award," says Roger Dankel, President of North American Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie. "To be recognized by a valued partner for quality and service is the highest honor. Providing consistent, reliable customer service and value to our partners is our number one mission. Excellent customer service is what our company was founded on, and we diligently work to achieve that level of quality service with our customers."

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates to Clemson University Institute to Support Wood Products Building Industry Advancement posted 8/8/17
Clemson University Logo

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announces its support of Clemson University's Wood Utilization + Design Institute with a $50,000 donation.

The Institute brings together foresters, architects, engineers and other building industry professionals to design advances in wood-based products through education and training, product research and development, and development of technical and design solutions.

"Simpson Strong-Tie has been a strong supporter of Clemson University's work in wood construction for many years, with sponsored research, product donations and other projects," said CEO Karen Colonias. "We are pleased to continue our support by funding the Wood Utilization and Design Institute."

A representative from Simpson Strong-Tie will also serve on the institute's advisory board and work with other board members to shape the direction of the institute.

"Clemson's WU+D Institute is delighted to have the support of Simpson Strong-Tie. Innovation in wood products is intimately linked to innovation in fasteners and connections. The support financially and intellectually of Simpson Strong-Tie allows us to be on the cutting edge of the next generation of wood building products and systems," said Patricia A. Layton, director Wood Utilization + Design Institute.

New Hanger for Two-Hour Fire-Rated Walls Easily Installs Before Drywall posted 8/2/17
Compact Metal Post Bracket Makes Connections Strong and Easy to Conceal posted 7/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Habitat for Humanity Support with Increased Habitat Strong Sponsorship and New Local Funding posted 7/19/17
The Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck-Drive™ DWP WOOD SS Screw Is Now Load Rated posted 7/12/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Debut Deck Planner Software™ and More at PCBC in San Diego posted 6/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Free, Web-Based Deck Planner Software™ posted 6/21/17
Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce Fellowship for Engineering Excellence posted 5/16/17
Enhanced Hidden Deck-Fastening System for Premium Decking Delivers Increased Versatility posted 5/10/17
New, Stainless-Steel Titen HD® Screw Anchor from Simpson Strong-Tie Combines Cutting Ability with Improved Corrosion Resistance posted 4/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Recognized as 2016 Vendor of the Year by U.S. LBM posted 4/21/17
New Fence Bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie Installs Easier with Lower Profile posted 4/19/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Updated Strong-Wall® Shearwall Selector Web App for Construction Projects posted 3/27/17
Redesigned Foundation Plates Provide Stronger Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Older Homes posted 3/1/17
New, Innovative Moment-Resisting Post Base Offers Greater Design Possibilities for Freestanding Structures posted 1/31/17
Faster Stud Layout with Innovative Spacer Bracers posted 1/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Highlight New Products and System Solutions at World of Concrete 2017 posted 1/11/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Announces Acquisition of CG Visions, Inc. posted 1/10/17
New Products Unveiled at 2017 Builders' Show with Guest Visit from Building Expert and HGTV Star Mike Holmes posted 1/3/17
New Innovative, Easier-to-Install Rafter Hanger for Roof Framing posted 11/17/16
New Decorative Hardware Brings Strength and Style to Outdoor Living Structures posted 11/15/16
New Fastening Solutions for Underlayment and Subfloor Installation posted 11/1/16

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