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20.03.2017 - HALFEN Certificate DNV-GL for ship-building and offshore industries

Please be informed the renewed Germanischer Lloyd Type Examination Certificate accepting hot and some cold-rolled HM/HZM/HL channels in the ship-building and offshore industries, calculated under EC3 and with manufacturing control according to EN 1090, approved for applications subject to vibration, is now available on the HALFEN website.

08.03.2017 - Larger joint spacings with HALFEN HIT Insulated connections

More design possibilities for all balconies geometries, for access balconies and parapets.

After the German Institute for Building Technology’s (DIBt) amendment to the general building approval Z-15.7-293 in November 2016,   further updated approvals, Z-15.7-312 and Z-15.7-309, for simply supported balconies and loggias are now also available.

In addition, verification of the compression strut, 1/3 VRd,max is no longer necessary. This leads to more planning freedom, especially for (simply) supported balconies and Loggias.

Your advantages for planning and execution:
  • more planning freedom for all balcony geometries
  • façade expansion joints spacings up to 23 metres are now possible in simply supported balconies and parapets
  • flexible planning of concrete sections and reduction in the time and effort required for formwork and reinforcement preparation, and concreting
  • more effective use of transport lengths with prefabricated balconies

HALFEN HIT Insulated connections fulfill the highest fire protection requirement according to REI 120 as standard. You can find our products as (Tekla) building components in BIM libraries and on the HALFEN PARTcommunity as CAD drawings. To ensure economic planning, HALFEN provides the HIT design software and a HALFEN ψ-calculator. Contact HALFEN at: ti.stahlbeton@halfen.de, phone: + 49 2173 / 970-422.

27.02.2017 - HK5 – with increased load capacities and reduced thermal heat transfer

Combining timeless design with long life and low maintenance costs: the brickwork façade. To ensure that brickwork façades continue to meet the increasing demands for energy efficiency, we have been continuously developing our brickwork support over the years.

The HK5 is the latest generation of brickwork support. Improvements in geometry and material mean a more energy efficient, stronger and more economical bracket.

Reduced thermal conductivity
HALFEN HK5 is characterized by the highest energy and cost efficiency. It incorporates the advantages of proven Lean Duplex steel and has optimum, expertly confirmed Chi-values. The new slim design reduces heat transfer by up to 27% compared to the already improved HK4 Thermo. No additional insulation of the bracket is necessary.

Higher loads – more economical
Optimised geometry and a stiffer, angled design through the body of the bracket make for higher load classes (4.0, 8.0 and 12.0 kN) and mean fewer brackets are needed – reducing installation times, transport costs and storage requirements on-site.

HALFEN HK5 is type-tested and approved by DIBT, and is engineered to the high standards our customers have come to expect of all HALFEN products.
The notched head plate provides positive load transfer to the structure and the anti-slip protection ensures safe assembly.

Choose a brickwork façade for your project now – for economy, long-life and aesthetics, while meeting the highest building physics requirements!

20.02.2017 - HALFEN HIT Insulated connection and HALFEN Cast-in channels receive an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

An EPD® (Environmental Product Declaration) provides transparent and comparable ecological data which helps to evaluate the sustainability of a building. Already during the planning phase the data provided here is of great significance for architects and planners. The data provided also helps to ensure the high demands on the environmental performance of the building are met.

EPDs form the data basis for an environmental building assessment in accordance with DIN EN 15978. The declarations are internationally coordinated; they are based on international standards (ISO 14025; ISO 14040ff) – as well as on European DIN EN 15804.

The EPD for the HALFEN HIT-HP MVX-0805-20-100 balcony connection and HALFEN Cast-in channels HTA-CE and HZA was presented by the Institut für Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) during the BAU 2017 Trade fair.

13.02.2017 - HALFEN PSA Anchor point for use with personal fall protection equipment

We would like to present the HALFEN PSA Anchor point for use with personal fall protection equipment.

The anchor point for use with personal fall protective equipment (PSA) consists of an approved DEMU T-FIXX, stainless steel sleeve anchor, an identification cap, and a connecting hook. The suitability of the approved sleeve bolt for fall protection was conducted in a DGUV test based on EN 795 for 1 person and in accordance with CEN/TS 16415 for 2 people.

The suitability of the load-anchor for personal fall protective equipment was tested in dynamic case studies. The tests were carried out in accordance with DIN 795:2012, whereby a fall of a total of three people was simulated.

Connecting hooks are third party and not included in the HALFEN Product range; these must be sourced separately. A good example for a suitable connecting hook is the RUD PSA INOX STAR M16.

Item number: 0020.270-00508 T-FIXX M16x100 A4

Application examples of construction and maintenance at great heights, which require a maximum level of safety:
  • lift maintenance work
  • maintenance work on masts and towers
  • maintenance work on solar and wind turbine projects
  • roofing projects
  • façade work (projects)
  • façade and window cleaning

01.02.2017 - Ceremonial presentation of an environmental product Declaration EPD at the BAU 2017, trade fair in Munich

During the BAU 2017 trade fair, the Institut für Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) presented HALFEN with a EPD declaration for the the original HALFEN Channel and the HALFEN HIT Insulated connection. An EPD® (Environmental Product Declaration) provides transparent and comparable ecological data which helps to evaluate the sustainability and service life of a building.

30.01.2017 - HALFEN Innovations and New Products

We at HALFEN are always busy – continuously moving forwards! Our product developers don’t just concentrate on improving and optimizing existing HALFEN products; they`re also involved in developing new products for the current market, and for the market of tomorrow. Current trends, impulses and customers’ feedback as well as new developments in the construction sector are all considered in this process. This is how we continue to develop as a company, allowing us to set new trends.

HALFEN also has to think outside of the box, to look beyond the obvious. As a major player in our field we have to continually ask ourselves: what is our current position in the market? What do we want to be? The intention of this brochure is to provide an insight into our World of Innovations for 2017.

23.01.2017 - Video: HALFEN HIT Insulated connections for cantilevered structural components and balconies

Welcome to our HIT-Show house: sit back and enjoy the tour! This unique, virtual building contains numerous examples of our HIT insulated connections in use.

With its HIT Insulated connections, HALFEN provides a versatile and innovative range of products. The connections not only ensure optimum thermal insulation, they also fulfill the highest fire protection requirements as standard and can be used in many different installation situations.

You can find our products as (Tekla-) Buildings components in the BIM-Library and under HALFEN PARTcommunity as CAD drawings. HIT planning software is available to ensure efficient planning.

We will also gladly provide you with solutions specifically developed for your individual building projects. Contact us at: es.res@halfen.de, Phone: +49 2173 / 970-422 or -461.

16.01.2017 - HALFEN sets new standards with the HTA-CE Plus!

The classic anchor channel is now ready for a leap in its evolution: Thanks to outstanding engineering improvements and multiple optimized details  a new, more efficient HALFEN channel is now available.

The innovative hot-rolled HALFEN HTA-CE plus channels provide you the following benefits:
  • Due to the new, higher load range more applications can be covered with the new HTA-CE 40/22P and HTA-CE 50/30P channels. This reduces the risk of channel and bolt confusion on your construction site and in your precast plant.
  • When selecting the new HTA-CE 40/22P for higher loads, the HS 40/22 bolt is used. In comparison to previous solutions using the HTA-CE 50/30 you also reduce costs and the number of different bolts that are required on construction site.
  • With the new plus channels you can now select smaller profiles for the same loads requirements. The HALFEN channel with a height of only 23 mm (HTA-CE 40/22P) and 30mm (HTA-CE 50/30P) is almost always installed completely in the required concrete cover. This allows more efficiency to your reinforcement planning.
  • For more ambitious constructions the curved HTA-CE-CS, HALFEN channel pairs, corner elements and customized elements are available as options. HALFEN bolts and the complete portfolio are available in the current B17.1-E technical catalogue.
The new HTA-CE 40/22P and HTA-CE 50/30P channel profiles are approved with ETA-16/0453 for use in Europe and are CE marked. They can be easily and efficiently calculated using the HALFEN HTA software. After selecting a HALFEN channel and a suitable bolt the calculation results can be easily copied in a list and saved in a file. Click here to download the current HTA software.

You also find our HALFEN channels as (Tekla-) building element components in BIM libraries and as CAD drawings in the HALFEN PARTcommunity.

12.01.2017 - HEK Precast Coupler - The practical solution for quick and economical assembly

We are pleased to inform you that we have expanded our product range with the new HEK Precast Coupler. An innovative and versatile solution for the connection of precast elements.

The connection of precast elements on the construction site is achieved only by screw connection between the HEK Precast Coupler and a suitable anchoring. In total a time- and cost-efficient solution.

The instantly loadable connection means that concrete elements can be connected together without any additional effort of time and material. The connection is immediately fully loadable without regard to curing times, thus providing considerable time and cost savings compared to other conventional construction methods.

The HEK Precast Coupler can be combined with a freely selectable anchoring such as e.g. the DEMU T-FIXX®. Thereby various kinds of precast elements and connection situations can be technically solved. The HEK Precast Coupler thus offers unrivaled flexibility.

A first overview can be found in our flyer, more detailed information is available in our Technical Product Information. Just take a look inside!

09.01.2017 - Larger required spacing between expansion joints in cantilevered balconies, access balconies and parapets

In November 2016, the General Building Authority (DIBt, Deutscher Institut für Bautechnik) approval no. Z-15.7-293 for the HIT Insulated connection element was amended to include the updated expansion joint spacing. The substantial increase in the maximum allowable spacing of the expansion joints significantly extends the range of applications for the HIT Insulated connection elements. This includes the following advantages when planning:

  • the lengths of individual balconies, access balconies, and parapet elements can be designed up to twice as long as previously possible
  • increased flexibility and planning for external and internal corner balconies
  • façade expansion joints up to 23 meters are now possible in parapets
  • reduction in time and effort required for formwork, reinforcing and concreting
  • flexible planning of concrete sections
  • more effective use of transport lengths with prefabricated balconies
In addition, the HIT-HP with 80mm insulation thickness and the HIT-SP with 120mm insulation thickness fulfil the highest fire protection requirement according to REI 120 as standard, and can be used as fire barriers without requiring further measures.

You can find our products as (Tekla) building components in BIM libraries and on the HALFEN PARTcommunity as CAD drawings. To ensure economic planning HALFEN provides the HIT design software and a HALFEN ψ-calculator. Contact HALFEN at: ti.stahlbeton@halfen.de, phone: + 49 2173 / 970-9030.

HALFIX – The new versatile fixing system from HALFEN

With the new HALFIX range, HALFEN is one of the world's first manufacturers to present an adaptable fixing system. In contrast to the traditional installation and bolt/channel fixing system, HALFIX allows storing once set installation positions for reuse when required at any selected time. HALFIX leads the way for adapting to future, not yet defined situations and thereby provides a totally new type of fixing system.
 
Further information can be found at the HALFIX product page.

12.09.2016 - BIM files for HALFEN Cast-in Channels in the DigiPara® Liftdesigner for elevator planning

You can now find HALFEN Cast-in channels in the DigiPara® Liftdesigner Software product library.

BIM is also becoming increasingly important in the elevator industry: The BIM process optimizes the cooperation between architects, builders and elevator companies. The BIM process allows verification of all details of elevator planning in a building project at any time, and therefore pre-empts any possible errors.

The DigiPara® Liftdesigner is a software tool for efficient planning and configuration of elevators and escalators; this significantly speeds up planning. The DigiPara® Liftdesigner includes predefined elevator parameters, component structure and elevator specifications. It combines all important elevator information for effective 2D elevator drawings and 3D elevator models.

Link to BIM files for HALFEN Cast-in Channels in the DigiPara®
Liftdesigner for elevator planning.

25.08.2016 - HALFEN Receives ICC Approval for HTA Anchor Channels

HALFEN HTA Anchor Channels and matching HS T-bolts have recently received an evaluation report (ESR#1008) from the ICC Evaluation Services (ICC-ES). ICC-ES is the industry leader in performing technical evaluations for code compliance.
ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs) provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. ICC ESRs are the most trusted and recognized approvals by building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and engineers. Code compliance is insured through the detailed approval process consisting of thorough examination of test reports, calculations, quality control methods and production processes.

To complement HALFEN’s new ESR report, HALFEN has developed a comprehensive design software that allows engineers to easily prepare calculations for anchor channels.

Benefits of Software:
  • The software quickly processes all verification and presents a list of suitable HTA Anchor Channels to meet the defined parameters
  • Visual control provided through a well-organized tree structure identifying detailed results for each verification
  • Accommodates cracked/non-cracked concrete
  • Offers a combination of edge conditions and full variability of bolt loads across the length of anchor channels
  • Provides a comprehensive print out summarizing all the required verifications and inputs
  • User-friendly with interactive 3D display

The full ICC product range and technical details can be viewed in the new HTA 16.1-US Technical Catalog.

18.07.2016 - HALFEN HIT as symmetrical connection for easy installation

HALFEN has developed a new symmetrical HIT balcony connection - the installation direction is not important anymore. Due to the new geometry of the double-symmetrical CSB the insulated balcony connections for cantilevered balcony slabs (HIT-HP/SP MVX) are symmetrical and they can be installed irrespective of the slab or balcony orientation. This feature ensures more safety on the building site.

The new product line offers clear advantages:
  • Planning reliability with the same familiar level of fire protection: HIT-HP and HIT-SP elements have the maximum fire protection class REI 120 as standard. Therefore they can be planned and installed without mix-ups.
  • Improvement in thermal values: due to the optimized geometry of the red CSB a significant reduction in the number of bearings is possible. This improves the thermal values by up to 30%.
You can find additional information in the new HIT application brochure. This brochure illustrates numerous, varied areas of application with the corresponding requirements and solutions.

The new version of the HIT 9.00 program provides the designer with a powerful calculation tool. The software is available for download here.

Our technical support team is at your disposal any time using the following contact information. For further enquiries and support please contact us at (+49) (0)2173/970 – 9031 or ti.stahlbeton@halfen.de.

15.07.2016 - Technical Approval for HALFEN Cast-in Channels in China

HALFEN received the first technical approval for HALFEN Cast-in Channels in China as a result of the first project and cooperation of the certification body CABR (China) and DIBt (Germany). The event held on 6th July at CABR HQ in Beijing got a lot of attention from the Chinese authorities (CNAA, CNCA) and technical community.

15.07.2016 - Congratulations to all winners of the HALFEN online game of the EURO 2016

On 10th July 2016 HALFEN´s online game of the EURO 2016 ended and we would like to thank the many interested participants for your participation!

The prizes have been awarded in accordance to the ranking list of the countries (DE, AT, CH, FR, BE, CZ, PL, SE, NL) after the termination of the EURO. In the case of same points the lots has decided.

We congratulate the lucky winners and wish them joy with their prices!

23.05.2016 - "Seal of Approval: Innovation through research"

HALFEN again receives the "Seal of Approval: Innovation through Research" of the Stifterverband Germany for its success in innovation!

09.05.2016 - BIM supported by HALFEN

In addition to the element drawings in the HALFEN PARTcommunity portal, which can be downloaded in BIM format IFC, HALFEN offers a direct support for the BIM-enabled CAD program Tekla Structures.

Using Tekla Warehouse, a special developed platform for Tekla users in the internet, a number of product libraries can be downloaded and implemented as a macro into the Tekla Structures user interface.

The following component libraries are available for a comfortable, menu-based configuration:
  • DEHA Spherical head lifting anchors
  • DEMU Coupler
  • DEMU Fixing anchors
  • FRIMEDA Lifting anchors
  • Brickwork support systems HK4
  • DETAN Tension rod system
  • Insulated connections HIT
  • HD Lifting anchor system
  • Sandwich panel anchors (SPA, FA and MVA)
Furthermore HALFEN offers its element drawings in the BIM portal BIMcatalogs.net directly for download.

Drawings for the following product lines are available:
  • Framing systems and PowerClick
  • HALFEN Cast-in channels and accessories
  • Lifting anchor systems
  • Reinforcement systems and
  • Concrete façade.
The required components can be comfortably configured and than downloaded in selected 2D and 3D formats (preferably in IFC, the BIM exchange format).

The HALFEN element drawings offered in the BIMcatalogs portal are continuously updated, so that BIM-compatible drawings are available in the future for the complete HALFEN product range´.

04.05.2016 - Energy management system at HALFEN is now certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001

With the European Energy Services Act coming into effect at the beginning of 2015 HALFEN has been working to develop and to implement an energy management system, which after successful implementation leads to certification according to DIN EN ISO 50001

After approximately 10 months implementation period HALFEN was certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001 on the 15th April 2016 for all its 18 locations inside Europe, the United States of America and in China by the SWEDAC Certification Institute International GmbH.

02.05.2016 - New CAD libraries in HALFEN PARTcommunity

The HALFEN building component libraries placed in the HALFEN PARTcommunity portal have been enlarged significantly. For the following product segments, drawings are available now:
  • Framing systems and accessories
  • PowerClick
  • HALFEN Cast-in channels (HTA-CE, toothed and with slots)
  • Spherical head lifting anchors and clutches
  • Shear and punching shear reinforcement HDB
  • Insulated connections HIT
  • Sandwich panel anchors (SPA, FA and MVA)
  • Betojuster
The drawings required can now be intuitively configured; a scrolling through long tables is no longer necessary!

The users can select an output format between more than 40 different 3D and more than 20 different 2D CAD formats. They include both native formats such as AutoCAD, AutoDesk Revit, Nemetschek Allplan and Sketchup as well as interchange formats such as STEP, IGES and PDF. Obviously, the IFC format needed for BIM applications is supported directly.

The required element drawings can optionally be downloaded to a computer, sent as e-mail or directly be opened to a running CAD system.

The HALFEN PARTcommunity libraries will continuously be updated, so that CAD drawings are available for the complete HALFEN product range in the future.

29.03.2016 - Training films for the new HALFEN calculation software SPA 4.00 for Sandwich Panel Anchors

In addition to our new calculation software for sandwich panel anchors SPA 4.00 with integrated FE-kernel we also provide short training films from now on.

The training films assist you in using the software regarding concrete tasks like:
  • Project set up
  • Default settings
  • Toolbar
    - Design tools
    - Calculation details
    - Manual positioning of load bearing anchors
    - Anchor selection
  • FEM Calculation
    - Start calculation
    - Editing pins
    - Editing load bearing anchors
  • Print out
  • Part lists
Our technical support team is at your disposal any time using the known phone numbers.

You will find the training films on our homepage under Downloads - Software/CAD – Dimensioning software – Concrete precast systems – directly below software SPA 4.00.

07.03.2016 - New DETAN user brochure with numerous solutions

This sophisticated, aesthetic; uncomplicated product solution fulfils the requirements for modern building techniques and is suitable for filigree support systems as well as for use in lightweight construction projects.

The new DETAN generation includes the following features:
  • Up-to-date corrosion protection
  • Aesthetic quality
  • Europe-wide planning reliability according to the ETA (European technical assessment)
  • User-friendly calculation software
     
The new DETAN brochure illustrates numerous, different areas of application with the corresponding requirements and solutions.

DETAN tension rod systems are the perfect solution for filigree and efficient constructions in long term installation.

01.03.2016 - HALFEN ψ-Calculator – Thermal bridge calculation tool for HALFEN HIT Insulated connection

HALFEN HIT Insulated connections are load-bearing thermal insulation elements for thermal separation of concrete structures. Calculations of thermal bridges are required as part of the thermal insulation verification according to the (EPC) Energy Performance Certification (EnEV Energieeinsparverordnung).

ψ-values are required to design the structure to calculate the thermal bridges in the balcony connections.  These essential key values are provided by HALFEN.

With the help of the new and innovative HALFEN ψ-Calculator you can quickly and professionally calculate the physical properties of your current installation situation using HALFEN HIT Insulated connections.

Five easy stages are required to enter the necessary parameters:
  • Wall design
  • Wall construction
  • Slab details
  • Windows  / doors
  • HALFEN HIT Insulated connection (type)
For calculation, a selection between a (ETICS) External Thermal Insulation Composite System, a monolithic or double-leaf or a sandwich wall construction can be made. All wall constructions consist of different layers, for example, the exterior render, insulation or the load-bearing layer. The thermal conductivity, materials and the dimensions of the various layers can be defined in following stages. To simplify input, typical standard materials with their properties are available for quick selection. Windows and doors above a balcony can also be considered with this tool.

The results of the ψ-value calculation are available as a concise .pdf with all relevant parameters and can be printed out and included in your project documentation. Individual project details can be included in the PDF output. Using a link, previous defined installation situations can always be reused; these can be edited or adapted to new conditions.
For information and support please contact us under; 02173/970 – 9031 or ti.stahlbeton@halfen.de.

The software is available for download here.

16.02.2016 - New version of the calculation software for the HALFEN FPA Façade panel anchor

Numerous new functions make the software even more effective for the user.

New features in the Software FPA 4.10:
  • Print-out of an element plan with anchor position and anchor type
  • Optimized presentation of results
  • Output of the design loads to calculate the fixings
  • Taking the actual concrete-grade and also the existing reinforcement into account for punching shear verification
  • Implementation of the loadgroups 46KN and 56KN for FPA-5AZ
The new version of the software FPA 4.10 provides the user with an easy-to-use and high-performance calculation tool.

Try it yourself and be convinced!

01.02.2016 - New approval for HALFEN MBT Reinforcement Coupler

The validity of the approval for the HALFEN MBT Reinforcement Coupler has been extended. The application for rebar BSt 420 S is now also covered by the approval. This provides even more safety in planning and execution of construction works on existing buildings.

The rebar connection MBT is a coupler for rebars with diameters from 10 to 40 mm. There is no processing of reinforcing steel required: no threading, no compression, no welding. The MBT Reinforcement Coupler is therefore the ideal solution for new construction, renovations, and expansions. The MBT is suitable for a variety of diameters, steel grades and applications, thus offering a high degree of flexibility.

The approval no. Z-1.5-10 can be downloaded here. For further questions, please feel free to contact us at 02173/970 - 9031 or ti.stahlbeton@halfen.de.

20.01.2016 - New calculation software for HALFEN SPA Sandwich panel anchors

The integrated Finite-Element-Kernel now allows safe and reliable calculation of complex panel geometries.

The user is ensured an even more efficient software due to the numerous new functions.

New features in the SPA 4.00 software:
  • FEM-calculation for all systems (SPA, FA, MVA)
    -> Exact calculation of horizontal influence on all load anchors and pins also for
    - Panels with complex geometry (e.g. large openings, polygonal facing elements, etc.)
    - Panels with large overhang(s) due to exact consideration of wind loads
    - Panels with freely selectable anchor and pin locations outside of a set grid
  • Optional, free selection of load-anchor positions by the user
  • Load resistances according to the current approvals for SPA, FA and MVA
  • Verifiable, printable documents including load-data for all anchor and pin positions
  • Intelligent grouping of icons
  • Updated wind-load tool
This new version of the SPA 4.00 program provides the designer with a powerful calculation tool.

Try it out and be convinced by the numerous advantages!

05.01.2016 - New ETAs for DEMU Fixing anchor T-FIXX®  and Bolt anchor 1988/1985 with classification for fire resistance

The new approval with fire resistance classification for our DEMU Fixing anchors T-FIXX and Bolt anchors is available starting January 5th, 2016.

The following documents/tools can be downloaded.

Approval
  • T-FIXX®: New ETA-13/0222 (European Technical Assessment - ETA) based on the Construction Products Regulation, now with fire resistance classification.
  • DEMU Bolt anchor 1988 and 1985: New ETA-13/0401 (European Technical Assessment - ETA) based on the Construction Products Regulation, now with fire resistance classification.
Design Software
  • In order to facilitate the planning the new design software DEMU 4.1 is available on our homepage
  • New: fire resistance classification, calculation of 2 axis bending, (double bending), extended help function
  • Additional functions, enhancement and bug fixing in comparison to the previous version
Catalogue
  • The new Technical Product Information DEMU-FIX 16 /  16-E is now available as pdf download in German and English on our home page
  • New: Reference to new ETAs / Fire resistance, information of admissible shear loads, new software update, positioning plate for easy installation of anchor groups