Simpson Strong-Tie News

New Quik Drive® PRODW Drywall System Provides Faster, Easier Drywall Installation in a Sturdy, Lightweight Tool posted 1/17/18
Quik Drive

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a new, lightweight auto-feed screw driving system for drywall applications, expanding its popular Quik Drive product line. The new Quik Drive PRODW drywall system has a lighter-weight tool body with enhanced durability and ergonomics so drywall installations can be completed more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Builder and contractor benefits of the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system include a collated-screw feed mechanism designed to provide consistent and efficient screw delivery, a self-locking depth adjustment for accurate drive depth and a fully rotatable driver adapter for fastening in hard-to-get areas. Curved, collated strips hold screws away from the tool's nose to prevent scratching or marring the surface of materials, and a hardened-steel feed pawl improves reliability.

Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems allow one-handed operation for improved speed, safety and ease of use, and the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system's lighter weight results in less user fatigue and improved driving for fewer delays or wasted screws on the worksite.

"With construction labor markets still facing a critical shortage of workers, it's increasingly important to design tool and fastener systems that can provide solutions to improve efficiency and reliability on the jobsite," says Galen Longley, product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. "From replacing just a few sheets to hanging all the drywall in a mid-rise building, Quik Drive auto-feed systems require less training and are the ideal solution for a first-day apprentice and seasoned veterans alike."

Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system can be used for attaching drywall, DensGlass® and other sheathing to wood or cold-formed steel (CFS) and comes complete with PRODW drywall attachment, a collated-screw quiver and a Makita® 4,000 rpm screwdriver motor. The PRODW drywall attachment is also sold separately. The PRODW is compatible with collated Simpson Strong-Tie® DWF/DWFSD drywall-to-CFS screws and DWC/DWHL drywall screws.

For more information about the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system, visit strongtie.com/prodw.

Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase Concrete Construction Products at 2018 World of Concrete Show posted 1/10/18
WOC 2018

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase new anchor solutions, Repair, Protection and Strengthening (RPS) products and Composite Strengthening Systems™ (CSS) solutions during the World of Concrete tradeshow January 23-26 in Las Vegas at booth #O30220.

Tradeshow goers can participate in installation demonstrations of several new products including the stainless-steel Titen HD screw anchor and SET-3G™ epoxy anchoring adhesive, which is formulated to provide superior performance in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures and can be installed in dry, water-saturated or water-filled holes. The exceptional bond strength of SET-3G results in high design capacities.

Booth visitors will also be invited to compete in a "Drill 'n' Fill" product installation contest where participants will install Titen HD® concrete screws, drop-in internally threaded anchors (DIAB) and Titen® 2 concrete and masonry screws. The fastest overall participant throughout the tradeshow will take home a Bosch Speed Clean™ DXS dust extraction system, and the fastest daily winners will receive a YETI® cooler. All participants will receive a Simpson Strong-Tie contest t-shirt.

Simpson Strong-Tie will introduce its newly developed fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) and demonstrate crush tests of the company's code-listed fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminates. In addition, the in-place installation capabilities of the FX-70® structural pile repair and protection system will be featured.

Knowledgeable field representatives and product managers will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate product demonstrations and installations. For more information and to demo these and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth #O30220 in the outdoor silver lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

New SHH Steel Header Hanger Provides Fast and Easy Solution for Supporting Lay-In and Cold-Formed Steel Box Headers posted 1/8/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a new steel header hanger to support cold-formed steel framing box headers as well as large-flange lay-in headers used in curtain-wall construction. The new SHH steel header hanger is engineered to ease installation by reducing drywall buildup, and screw count has been minimized with extensive component assembly testing.

Common in low- and mid-rise construction of multifamily and commercial building projects, cold-formed steel framing has emerged as a reliable and durable alternative to light-frame wood construction. The SHH steel header hanger is designed to transfer gravity and lateral loads from headers to the jamb studs and to help support the header assembly during installation.

In addition, the SHH steel header hanger has contractor-friendly geometry to reduce drywall buildup with a coped gusset to avoid the bottom track header legs. Extensive testing by Simpson Strong-Tie has enabled a wide array of available hole patterns to accommodate different load levels while minimizing installation costs and reducing screw count.

"As cold-formed steel framing increases in popularity, there is an opportunity to optimize installation times and material costs by innovating new structural connector solutions," says Clifton Melcher, senior product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. "The SHH steel header hanger is designed with features to make drywall installations faster and easier while ensuring even load distribution to the jamb studs with minimum eccentricity."

The SHH6 is manufactured in steel thicknesses of 54 mil (16 ga.) and 68 mil (14 ga.) and is intended for use with 6" (min.) box headers. The SHH3, manufactured from 68 mil (14 ga.) steel, is intended for 3 5/8" or 4" (max.) box headers and large-flange lay-in headers. Screw-hole layouts at the jamb studs accommodate flange sizes of 1 5/8", 2", 2 1/2", 3" and 3 1/2" in addition to built-up jamb configurations. All SHH steel header hangers feature a galvanized G90 finish.

For more information about the SHH steel header hanger for use with cold-formed steel framing, visit strongtie.com/SHH.

Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase BIM, Deck Planning Software, and New Structural Connectors and Fasteners at 2018 International Builders' Show® posted 1/2/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase new construction planning technologies and innovative time-saving structural engineering products at the International Builders' Show (IBS) January 9-11 in Orlando, FL.

To help builders and contractors "make the connection" between state-of-the-art planning software and cost-effective structural engineering solutions, the Simpson Strong-Tie booth (W4641) will be joined to the CG Visions booth (W5653) via bright yellow floor markers that create an easy-to-follow path connecting the two booths. Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in 2017, CG Visions is a leader in Building Information Management (BIM) technology for the residential construction industry.

With investments in outdoor living and residential remodeling expected to increase throughout 2018, Simpson Strong-Tie will also exhibit their innovative Deck Planner Software™, a 100% free, cloud-based technology solution providing 3D plan views, materials lists, permit information and more to improve the overall deck-building experience for builders and do-it-yourselfers.

Additional Simpson Strong-Tie products featured at IBS 2018 include the following:

  • The EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™, a new and improved fastening solution designed for structural strength and easy installation
  • The Deck-Drive™ line of wood, composite and exotic hardwood decking screws available either for hand-driving or collated for the Quik Drive® system
  • The DGH fire wall hanger series, designed for connecting floor trusses and joists to wood stud fire walls, and available with either skewed or offset options
  • The Outdoor Accents® line of decorative hardware – including screws, washers, angles, straps, hangers and post bases – combining strength and beauty for custom outdoor living structures
  • Strong-Drive® SDWF Floor-to-Floor screws, SDWC Truss screws and SDWS Framing screws designed for fast installation and superior holding power

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
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Microsite for OSHA Silica Dust Regulations posted 10/4/17
New Drift Strut Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Simplifies Panelized Installation in Cold-Formed Steel Construction posted 9/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Disaster Relief from Hurricane Harvey posted 8/30/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes Nationally Recognized "Partners of Choice" Award for 13th Consecutive Year posted 8/28/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates to Clemson University Institute to Support Wood Products Building Industry Advancement posted 8/8/17
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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