Hardware & glazing systems
Jobsite Product Showcase – August 2015
By Glass Canada
By Glass Canada
Eliminate pour strips
Halfen USA aims to eliminate pour strips from post tensioned concrete construction with HSD-LD Lockable Dowels and new HSD-LD calculation software. With over 80 years of innovative experience, Halfen introduces the HSD-LD Lockable Dowel system which offers a new approach to designing and realizing post tensioning construction without the need for pour strips and complicated formworks. Together with the new HSD-LD calculation software, the HSD-LD system offers the complete package: from designing and calculating the tension joints in the concrete slabs to eliminating the need for pour strips altogether. Knowing the advantages of post tension construction, but also the difficulties that come with this construction method, Halfen has engineered the HSD-LD Lockable Dowels system to help designers, engineers, and contractors work closer together on their projects while eliminating the time management issues that arise from having to deal with pour strips on site. Halfen HSD-LD Lockable Dowels are designed to be used at temporary movement joints that are most commonly found in post-tensioned concrete frames. HSD-LD Lockable Dowels allow initial shrinkage of the concrete to take place, and are then locked in position with a mechanical plate and a controlled amount of epoxy resin. The locked dowels continue to transfer shear, but prevent further movement from taking place. The result: Halfen HSD-LD’s accelerate the rate of construction, improve site access, and minimize formwork requirements. The HSD-LD Lockable Dowels calculation software is intuitive to use and offers straightforward ways to dimension joints using HSD-LD Lockable Dowels. The software allows calculations of slab-to-slab (HSD-LD), as well as slab-to-wall (HSD-LD-W) connections. The program is designed to offer quality printouts of the calculations and an easy-to-follow, detailed parts list of the required HSD-LD system. In addition, the software enables the designer to combine multiple conditions in one file, and offers 2D and 3D illustrations of the calculated situations.
Eye on the work
The BCC 100 Construction Camera by Brinno can show daily progress on any construction project. The Brinno Time Lapse Video Construction Camera is an easy way to record any projects with a time-lapse video recorded at any rate you want, and played back at any rate you want when the project is done. The BCC 100 is worker-friendly and can be set up anywhere to capture video at a 140-degree angle. It is completely dust-proof and includes a water-resistant housing so it can easily be mounted anywhere outdoors. The BCC 100 will turn eight hours of time-lapsed pictures into an eight minute video easily. And the battery can last for up to 2 1/2 months while taking photos at 30-minute intervals. The Brinno Construction camera delivers Brinno proprietary “instant video,” which means you can play the time lapse video on the spot once filming is completed. No big files are needed to transfer and no video editing or even post-processing are needed. Brinno is one of the world leaders in image-processing and power-saving technology, specializing in producing long-lasting battery-powered autonomous photography appliances.
Defense against a fall
BlueWater Manufacturing has introduced its Skylight Defender. Engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights, this non-penetrating fall-protection solution meets and exceeds the 200-pound U.S. OSHA regulation as well as the California OSHA mandates by withstanding and supporting at least 400 pounds. To eliminate any damage to the skylight or roofing membrane, the Skylight Defender requires no drilling. Using basic tools, the Skylight Defender simply fastens onto the skylight frame using a unique compression system in about 30 minutes. Depending on the application, larger skylights may require some drilling. For increased endurance, the Skylight Defender features a wire screen thickness of 1/4 inch. Constructed of welded galvanized mesh, the Skylight Defender screen ensures complete skylight protection.
A pocket for your phone
Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its storage solutions within the hand tool category with the introduction of a new line of work gear that delivers enhanced durability for the end user. Featuring 1680D ballistic nylon construction and double-stitched riveted seams for superior wear protection, the new work gear line will include a contractor belt with a suspension rig.
“As we spent time on the jobsite investigating this category, it was clear that users were frustrated with the premature wear and tear they were seeing in their existing work gear products,” says Bobby Shaw, director of marketing for Milwaukee Tool. “The new line of work gear delivers unmatched durability, comfort and organization for the professional tradesmen, with features that keep their everyday needs in mind and make them more productive in their jobs.”
The contractor belt includes a padded four-point harness that distributes weight evenly for all-day comfort. In addition to such features as all-metal hardware, integrated handles and a padded breathable belt, this model also includes a dedicated smart phone pocket that is large enough for all modern smart phones.
Take it closer to the edge
Hilti has introduced a new generation of innovative, high-performance cast-in anchor channels for reliable load transfer to building structures. The innovative V-form shape of the HAC channels allows for high loads to be taken closer to edge zones. The Hilti anchor channel can be a simple and reliable solution for fastening applications such as curtain wall brackets, guide rails for elevators, sliding door mechanisms for elevators, securing machines to floors or walls and grids for ceilings in showrooms. With a protective LDPE foam insert and end-caps, the channel is sealed effectively, helping to prevent concrete slurry from entering. The foam insert features a tear-out strip for trouble-free removal, which avoids damage to the channel through use of drill bits, hammers or gas torches. Available in seven different standard profiles and various lengths between one and 7 ½ feet, this new generation of cast-in anchor channels has a special uniform inner profile that allows the use of a single T-bolt type for all channels sizes, saving time during installation.
Activated two ways
Capital Safety has introduced the Lad-Saf X2 detachable cable sleeve, a next-generation cable sleeve designed to be used as part of the complete Lad-Saf flexible cable ladder safety system. The Lad-Saf X2 cable sleeve offers hands-free climbing, automatically following the user during ascent or descent, and one-handed cable attachment or detachment for fast, easy and safe connections. Its lightweight stainless steel construction offers added durability and longevity to the sleeve.
The compact and more ergonomically refined Lad-Saf X2 sleeve has two independent means to activate its fall arrest function: a mechanical system that locks onto the cable almost immediately in the event of a fall; and a supplementary inertia system that activates locking independent of the mechanical system, providing a redundant safety system for added protection. In addition, the inertia system prevents unintentional upside-down installation. The Lad-Saf X2 sleeve also features an in-line shock absorber to reduce the forces a worker’s body will experience in a fall arrest event.
Insulate difficult spaces
Building designers and architects no longer have to make trade-offs in design to meet energy performance codes and regulations and reduce thermal bridging, thanks to a thin-profile, flexible insulation solution from Dow Corning. The HPI-1000 building insulation blanket offers significantly improved thermal resistance as compared to conventional insulation products, providing a high insulating value of R 9.8 per inch. Its thin profile, superb flexibility and compression resistance allow for thermal protection in hard-to-insulate spaces while eliminating the need for bulky or messy insulation in tight areas of a building’s design. The grey-coloured insulation blanket can be easily cut and conformed to complex shapes and tight curvatures and adhered to building products without difficulty, either in a shop or on site. In addition, the 10-millimeter-thick blanket is fire-resistant, hydrophobic and does not settle over time. HPI-1000 blanket can be used at service temperatures up to 200 C. It carries a Class A fire rating per ASTM E84, with a flame spread index of 5 and a smoke developed index of 10.
All-terrain glass lifting
The latest addition to GLG’s glass handler line represents the next generation of multilifters and glass handlers; the GlasLift 400/880 not only looks tough, it is tough. The front twin-wheel design, coupled with a reliable hydrostatic drive, make it both manoeuverable and capable of operating in all kinds of different terrains and environments.The GlasLift 400/880 can lift 880 pounds up to 157 inches with precision, as the upper arm moves in an upright position, parallel with the facade. A sledge makes it possible for the arm to move parallel to both sides, one millmetre at a time. It offers 17 inches of boom extension. It can also pick objects off the floor with ease.On top of being tough, the GlasLift 400/880 is compact and uniquely adaptable. It can pass through door openings and hallways as narrow as 29.5 inches, as the outside wheels can be removed easily and in just three to five minutes. It can be carried from site to site in a small trailer, and it can pick up virtually every known building material.