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01.12.2016 - HALFEN USA Inc. is proud to announce the release of our new HSD Shear Dowel Software

The HSD Shear Dowel Design Software is intuitive to use and offers straightforward ways to dimension structural joints using HSD Shear Dowels. The software allows calculations of slab-to-slab as well as slab-to-wall connections, providing the minimum supplementary reinforcement requirements as well. Users have the option to either manually select the dowel and spacing for a specific joint length or the software can select the most efficient dowel and spacing based on the specified loads and other parameters.

A 3-D user interface as well as a 2-D graphical representation of the system is utilized to provide visual confirmation as well as confidence to the designer. The program provides a comprehensive calculation summary that can be placed in any submittal calculation package. A detailed parts list is also offered to streamline the ordering process/

The new HSD software is now available for download on the HALFEN USA website. The technical catalog can be accessed here.

01.12.2016 - HALFEN USA’s HIT II receives the Architectural Record Product of the Year Award

HALFEN USA is proud to announce that the HIT-MVX insulated connection has been selected as one of Architectural Record’s products of the year. A jury of six design professionals selected the best new products of the year out of hundreds of entries submitted to Architectural Record’s annual competition. Entries were rated based on innovation, usefulness and aesthetics. HALFEN’s HIT II system excels in all three of these categories with its sleek design, innovative compression shear bearing pads, while providing one of the most efficient structural thermal breaks in concrete balconies. The HIT II insulated connection provides the following benefits:

  • Eliminates adverse effects of thermal bridging (mold, energy loss, cold floors)
  • ICC approved – Ensures Quality
  • Increases the overall lifetime of balconies
  • Reduces overall energy costs
  • Standard 2 HR fire rating

August 25, 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.

August 25, 2016 - HALFEN USA Inc. is proud to announce that we have a new Halfen HTA Anchor Channels Software now available

Halfen HTA v2.4 comprehensive design software is now available on Halfen USA Inc. website for download.
Halfen HTA v2.4 software allows for visual control. All verifications for the current channel profile are listed in a tree structure. Green check-marks indicate successful verifications. For further visual control, a progress bar on the right indicates the status of the verification process. Detailed calculation information (e.g., load positions, section sizes and utilization ratios) can also be selected within the tree structure. After selecting a Halfen Anchor Channel and suitable T-bolts, the dimension results can be imported into the data list and saved.

Calculation reports are available in a brief summary form or a detailed version that can be placed into a calculation package. The detailed version provides all required verifications and individual capacities as well as a 2D graphical representation including applied loads.

04.08.2016 - Modular design with HALFEN mounting channel – Bombardier BiLevel

125 of Bombardier’s recently re-designed BiLevel commuter cars, which incorporate HALFEN HZM toothed channel as an adjustable mechanical connection in the chassis structure, have just been ordered by Metrolinx Ontario. The $428 million contract will go into production late 2018 at the Thunder Bay, ON plant.

Over 1300 Bombardier BiLevel coaches are in operation across North America, making it the most popular double-decker railcar on the continent. HALFEN HZM toothed mounting channel was chosen by Bombardier engineers to help make the base chassis of the new generation BiLevel more easily adaptable for different operators across the USA and Canada. HALFEN adjustable mechanical connections are used by designers of complex machinery to develop a more common platform, which can be readily customized to meet the needs of individual clients. Shorter delivery lead time and lower cost production using a modular approach to design.

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.

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 wholes)
  • 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.


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.

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

07.04.2015 - HALFEN assembly solution in San Francisco BART

HALFEN is pleased to confirm its innovative mechanical assembly products will be used by Bombardier in the 2014 order from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) for a new generation of rail cars for San Francisco. The first cars for testing are due to be delivered this year, and should enter revenue service in the second half of 2016.

Bombardier developed custom cars to suit BART’s specific requirements for this build. Seating areas have two types of standard layout– to suit travelers on longer-distance commutes and traditional open-area seating for shorter metro journeys. The seats themselves are fully modular, so the layout can be reconfigured according the changing needs of commuters and the operator on particular lines and over the life of the cars.

Provision for the parking of bicycles will be made at an end door, and more than one wheelchair can be secured near the doors.  3 different floorplans will be trialed in the 10 pilot cars.

BART ridership has grown steadily over the past 40 years and this trend is expected to continue. As a result the new cars will have three doors per side to reduce dwell time during loading and unloading.

HALFEN channel and t-bolts are used by many manufacturers of rolling stock and other complex machines to meet specific client requirements using standard production modules.  This method of mechanical connection permits a custom solution to be made from a common platform, and leads to less design complexity, fewer component lock-ins and lower production costs.

For more information contact industrial@halfenusa.com.

09.03.2015 - Hot Rolled Halfen Mounting Channel for Industrial Applications

Halfen Technical Representative and PE Mark Lesher presented learning unit HDA-814 “Hot Rolled Halfen Mounting Channel for Industrial Applications” to students enrolled in the materials science class of Dr. Amber McClung, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX, November 18th, 2014. 

The presentation was given as part of the Materials Science curriculum, which includes regular appearances by professionals from industrial engineering and manufacturing.  “Our hope is to breed the next generation of mechanical engineers who will be fully aware of the advantages of the Halfen mounting system, as they enter their design careers”.   Previously Mark has also presented to students in the Industrial Engineering department at St. Mary’s. 

Currently, Mark has co-authored a technical paper entitled: “Use of Heavy Duty, Lipped Channel Connections to Improve Rolling Stock Life Cycle Costs: An Analysis of Commonly Used Connection Methods” with Dr. Rafael Moras, PE who is a professor of Industrial Engineering at St. Mary’s. 

The paper has been accepted for presentation at the ASME Joint Rail Conference in San Diego, in March of 2015.

Halfen Learning units are available for presentation to design firms, engineering society chapter meetings and university engineering faculties, and are valid for credit towards AIA, and ASME CPE hours in most states.

31.07.2014 - HALFEN at GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo

GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo, November 18-23, 2015! Check out HALFEN USA at the GREENBUILD Trade Fair in Washington, D.C., USA! For more information, please contact our North American headquarters at: 1.800.423.9140.

29.06.2015 - HALFEN RECEIVES AN AWARD AS ONE OF THE TOP GERMAN INNOVATION COMPANIES

TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar congratulates HALFEN for being awarded the "Top 100" seal of approval for being one of Germany`s top innovation powerhouses.

Innovation is a main focus for HALFEN GmbH; a major supplier of fixing technology.

The company was honoured on the 26th June 2015 with the "Top 100" seal of approval for innovation at the German SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Summit in Essen. For more than 20 years the best, most innovative companies in Germany have been awarded the "Top 100" seal of approval.

Innovation is one of the most important routes to ensure future success. That is why innovation management is an integral part of our business model", explains Richard Wachter, Managing Director at HALFEN GmbH.

HALFEN relies on the team spirit of its employees who realize their ideas in respect to innovative products, technologies and processes, and therefore ultimately generate market success. HALFEN employees have established a worldwide innovation network involving all HALFEN facilities; not just those in Germany. A central contact team made up of members from all business areas coordinate the process from the original ideas to final realization. Project management tools, phase-gates, as well as regular communication are key drivers for success. Early involvement of customers and business partners is of course a must.

For Managing Director, Richard Wachter, the “Top 100“ award is something special, as innovation is managerial responsibility. Every HALFEN employee is an innovation manager; and are also part of this success. Therefore I would like to thank all our employees for their part in achieving the ' Top 100' award. This is another important step towards our common goal, expanding HALFEN`s status for “YOUR BEST CONNECTIONS”.

For its team-orientated commitment towards innovation HALFEN was awarded the "Top 100" seal of approval; the most important award for German SME (small and medium-sized enterprises). The seal of approval is awarded to SME companies that are especially innovative. The Vienna University of Economics examined the innovation performance of 302 medium-sized companies in Germany over several months to determine which companies best fulfil the criteria. The selected 100, including HALFEN, are permitted to use the seal of approval for the following year. Go to www.top100.de for further information about the other 99 award winners and more about the "Top 100" project.