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9.11.2020 - Exciting Changes: We are Leviat. We are Ready.


From 9th November 2020, we will communicate with you as Leviat.

Exciting changes have taken place in our business that enable us to provide you with an enhanced product and service offering, and strengthen our ability to meet your evolving needs in the future.

Read on to find out more.


We are Leviat
Leviat unites the expertise, skills and resources of CRH’s construction accessories companies in a single global organisation.
Leading industry names, including Ancon, HALFEN and Plaka, have come together as Leviat to better support our customers. We are building on our individual strengths to enable us to be even more agile and responsive to your needs, as they evolve over time.
The world is changing. Whatever the future demands of our industry and the world around us….We are ready.

Our Product Brands & Technical Support Services
Leviat is the home of Ancon, HALFEN, Plaka and many more trusted product brands.

HALFEN has transitioned to a product brand within Leviat’s comprehensive product portfolio. This means the branded products you know and trust, such as the HALFEN Cast-in channels, the HIT balcony connectors and all other HALFEN products from the fields of anchoring, fixing, façade and industrial technology are all still available from us, and with even greater company resources behind them, these products will continue to be developed and improved.

Furthermore, as Leviat, we will continue to provide the first-class technical design assistance that you value from us at every stage of a project, from initial planning to installation and beyond.

Our Global Resources & Local Support
Leviat comprises almost 3,000 people at 60 locations worldwide.
Now, every promise we make locally to our customers has the commitment and dedication of this global team behind it.

This is what you can expect from Leviat:
  • Leveraging our global engineering resources and manufacturing footprint will enhance our services locally, by making us more flexible and responsive
  • Combining our extensive technical expertise and market knowledge, and coordinating all our research and development activities, will allow us to innovate faster and more effectively
  • Dedicated digital engineering resources and investment will accelerate our design and service capabilities, and help us to better support your business
Any Questions?
We look forward to continuing to work with you as Leviat, and supporting your business in the years ahead.
If you have any questions about our evolution to Leviat, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team or visit www.leviat.com.

To the Leviat-flyer "The world is changing"

Imagine. Model. Make.

30.11.2020 - NEW: Software HIT 9.40 for HALFEN HIT Insulated Conncetions

A new version of the software HALFEN HIT 9.40 is now available to download. The software serves as a design aid for the application of thermal balcony connections and includes comprehensive, user-friendly innovations:

  • The special HIT elements HT1 to HT5 for horizontal loads longitudinal and transversal to the joint have been integrated into the software.
  • New link to halfen.partcommunity.com providing 3D data models in various file formats is integrated.
  • For standard wall/balcony geometry with ETICS, a thermal resistance calculation according. to ETA-18/0189 is carried out. For all HIT elements, results of λeq and ψ are shown in graph and table respectively.
  • Language change on the user interface and in the printout is possible.
  • The load bearing capacities of the HIT elements and the minimum and maximum load forces are graphically clearly represented. At the same time, the numerical values for the maximum and minimum load forces in the support area as well as the load bearing capacity and the percentage utilisation of the selected HIT elements are shown.

These new features are not exhaustive, you will discover more improvements when using it.

The new version of the design software is a powerful tool. Click here for the free software download!

30.11.2020 - HALFEN Cast-in channels HTA-CE PLUS substitute HTA-CE

HALFEN Cast-in channels HTA-PLUS, with their additional load bearing capacities, were launched in 2016. The now popular channels HTA-CE 40/22P and HTA-CE 50/30P, off er up to 45% higher load bearing capacities than our previous channels of similar dimensions. With the HTA-PLUS range now firmly established and preferred, HALFEN Channels HTA-CE 40/22 and HTA-CE 50/30 will be phased out at the end of 2020. You will find further details here.

12.10.2020 - We are evolving. On 9th November 2020, we will become Leviat.

Leviat will become the new brand of CRH’s construction accessories companies worldwide, including HALFEN, from Monday 9th November 2020.

Under the Leviat brand, we are uniting the expertise, skills and resources of HALFEN and its sister companies to create a world leader in connecting, fixing and anchoring technology.

This is an exciting evolution. We are embracing change to better meet the demands of a construction industry that is increasingly more globalised, sustainable and technology-driven.

By bringing together our construction accessories family as one global organisation, we will be more responsive to our customers’ needs and the demands of their construction projects, on any scale, anywhere in the world.

As Leviat, we will offer an extended range of specialist products and services, greater technical expertise, a larger and more agile supply chain and better, faster innovation.

The brands you know and trust will remain.

HALFEN products will be an integral part of Leviat’s comprehensive product portfolio and, backed by large company resources, this range will continue to be improved and extended under Leviat’s stewardship.

Specification and supply of HALFEN Cast-in channels, balcony connections and all other HALFEN products from the fields of anchoring, fixing, façade and industrial technology will continue, backed by the enhanced service offering of Leviat.

Rest assured that while we complete our evolution to Leviat, our focus will remain on maintaining the service standards you expect from us. The reasons you choose to work with HALFEN will not change, they will simply be strengthened as we unite our capabilities under Leviat.

We will become Leviat on Monday 9th November 2020. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or visit www.leviat.com for more information.

30.06.2020 - NEW: ETA 19/0438 for HALFEN Framing channels

When used in combination with HALFEN Bolts, the framing channels create a versatile system that can be used in a wide range of applications, for example in lift shafts or utility tunnels.

High loads also require maximum safety (and reliability). HALFEN Framing channels have been extensively tested and approved by independent testing institutes. A new feature is the award of the European Technical Assessment ETA 19/0438 by the German Institute of Construction Engineering (DIBT. Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik) including CE marking. The CE marking confirms the conformity of the product with the performance described in the (DoP) Declaration of Performance. This means that all relevant European legislation has been observed.

As usual, all documents are available for download. In addition, you can use our BIM library, which includes 3D models and CAD drawings as well as our current tender texts, to make planning easier and to improve cooperation with all participants involved in a project.

09.06.2020 - NEW: HALFEN HIT Insulated Connection for beam and wall connections

Two new product groups are now available in our wide range of thermal connections: Beam and wall connections. These elements are used as a thermal break between two reinforced concrete components and complete the HIT product portfolio of concrete to concrete connections.

Benefits of the HIT-ST and HIT-WT:
  • Highest fire resistance class REI 120 as standard
  • Various dimensions with high load capacities
  • Reduction of thermal bridges and minimization of energy losses
  • Robust PVC box for reliable protection of the mineral wool against the influences of weather and mechanical damage

18.05.2020 - "Seal of Approval: Innovation through research"

Following similar success in 2014, 2016 and 2018, HALFEN has again received the biennial R&D seal of approval "Innovation through research" from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) in 2020.

Research and innovation are an important part of HALFEN's corporate culture alongside quality and customer service. Innovation and patent manager, Dr. Raimo Füllsack-Köditz, is therefore particularly pleased about this continuing independent acknowledgement: "The seal of approval underlines our strength to offer our customers groundbreaking technical developments and innovations through intensive research and development in order to simply build better, safer and more efficient. Through our proven commitment to applied research, HALFEN makes a significant contribution to future innovative and sustainable technologies in the construction industry."

The “Seal of approval: Innovation through research”
Since 2014, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. has been awarding the "Innovation through research" seal to companies that are particularly committed to research and development. HALFEN outlines its considerable research activities in the association’s regular R&D survey from which those businesses worthy of recognition are identified and selected.

About the Stifterverband
The Stifterverband is one of the largest private science sponsors in Germany. In addition to its commitment to young academics, first-class universities and top-level research, it is also responsible for investigating and evaluating the country’s research and innovation system. Key questions such as ‘how much does industry invest in research and development in Germany?’ and ‘what impact does this have on the future viability of the country?’ are the focus of the R&D survey that the Science Statistics Unit of the Stifterverband conducts annually on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. (Source: https://www.stifterverband.org/forschungssiegel; translated to English)

International Women's Day 2020

Sunday was International Women's Day. Since 1911, this special day has been dedicated to raising awareness of the role of women in society and has been celebrated annually on March 8 since 1921.

The HALFEN works council took this as an opportunity to surprise the female colleagues with a rose on Monday. Under the hashtag #eachforequal HALFEN also recognises women as equal partners.

19.02.2020 - HALFEN HIT steel to concrete connector

Steel structures, steel balconies, canopies or shading systems are often connected to reinforced concrete elements. Steel’s high thermal conductivity requires an efficient thermal separation in the connection to minimize thermal bridges, to reduce the higher energy consump-tion, and to prevent condensation damage to the structure.

HALFEN HIT Insulation connections for steel-to-concrete application reduce thermal bridges to a minimum with high loads transfer capability. They consist of an insulation material with a steel rebar system for reliable transfer of the loads.

Fields of application
  • Steel balconies
  • Steel canopies
  • Shading systems
  • Façade construction 
Benefits
  • General technical approval no. Z-15.7-336
  • Type tested according to EC2
  • Reduction of thermal bridges in accordance with DIN 4108-2 and EnEV and minimization of energy losses
  • Prevents condensation and mould formation
  • High load capacity with corrosion resistance according to corrosion protection class III
  • Time-saving installation with adjustment plate
  • Freely adjustable to compensation for construction site tolerances
To product page HIT Steel to concrete connection

11.11.2019 - HALFEN receives the Architects’ Darling® Gold Award 2019

Planners and architects chose HALFEN as their favorite and industry champion in the category of "Fixing technology" at the Architects‘ Darling® Awards organized by Heinze in Celle.

The manufacturers that are among the favorites of the architects received their awards in various different product areas at a celebratory ceremony, as part of the business day in Celle on the 7th of November 2019.

Thank you for your choice!

This reinforces our commitment as a reliable partner with innovative products, to continue to advise and deliver the best technical solutions, in order to be one step closer to our customers all around the world.

18.09.2019 - HALFEN HIT-MVXL Insulated connections for demanding architecture

The new versatile HIT-MVXL elements allow you to enjoy the sun on the balcony for longer – even when it disappears around a corner. With their huge shear load capacities, it is now also possible to realize unusual shapes. Now the whole family can even sit on the balcony together; each on their own sun lounger. Also suitable for inspired architecture!


Thanks to the intelligent reinforcement layout, installation of the HIT-MVXL elements is both safe and quick.


  • The main slab reinforcement can be laid quickly and safely, as there are no interfering pressure bars at the bottom of the HIT-MVXL elements. Our smart, red CSBearings assume this function.
  • Also on the balcony side on-site reinforcement is quickly added. The HIT bars are arranged here in one layer.
  • And finally, the new HALFEN HIT-MVXL is perfectly suited for reliable transfer of bending moments and shear forces with good thermal insulation.
Applications:
  • Highly loaded or large cantilevered balcony slabs
  • Large overhanging balconies at outer corners
Benefits:
  • Fire protection REI 120 as standard – for fail-safe installation
  • Can be used as a fire-break in ETICS facades (Expanded polystyrene)
  • European Technical Assessment ETA 18/0189 
  • Type tested according to EC2 
  • Reduction of thermal bridges according to DIN 4108-2 and EnEV and minimization of energy losses 
  • Prevention of condensation and mould 
Technical details:
  • Insulation material thicknesses of 80mm (HIT-HP) and 120mm (HIT-SP) available
  • Insulation material: Thermal-insulating fire protection material of building material class A1 – non-flammable insulating material
  • Stainless steel in the joint

09.09.2019 - New software HEK 1.00 for precast connections

The new design software for HALFEN HEK precast connections is now available for download.

Conventional precast concrete connections with e.g. flexible loops or re-bent reinforcing bars must be grouted in the connection joint. They are therefore not fully load-bearing immediately after assembly.
The "dry" HALFEN HEK Precast concrete connections do not require mortaring of the connection joint and thus achieve a considerable reduction in assembly effort and time.

In order to be able to quickly and effectively calculate these approved bolted connections, HALFEN again provides one of its proven design programs.
After a minimum number of entries, the user receives either a detailed, verifiable calculation or a short printout, both with a detailed representation of the selected connection.

15.07.2019 - HALFEN is shortlisted as “A leader in German Innovation”

HALFEN’s persuasive success: The acclaimed German newspaper FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) shortlists the company as one of Germany's leaders of innovation. The study took all patents applied for by German companies in the last ten years into account. Out of 33,000 companies, 3,500 ultimately ended up on the shortlist.

The study was carried out on behalf of the FAZ by the Prognos AG research company, in cooperation with the IMWF (Institute for Management and economic research). Data from the European Patent Office (EPO) Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT) served as the basis for the analysis. This database contains information on more than 100 million patents from leading industrialized and developing countries. Patent families were evaluated from over 500 technology and fields of knowledge.

Questions asked included, to what extent did a particular patent affect other inventions, the extent to which the new invention differs from previous patents, and whether German researchers were involved in the new inventions. HALFEN's patents met the criteria in all areas while showing great potential in the field of technical progress.

02.07.2019 - DETAN: New ETA and higher steel strength

Modern architecture is always striving for functional, practical, and simultaneously for exceptional designs.

With the DETAN Rod system, HALFEN offers an innovative product solution that meets the highest aesthetic, safety and quality requirements.

The new steel grades have a higher tensile strength of up to 720 N/mmwith the same cross section of the tension rod.

This means up to 15 % higher load capacity. In some cases the rod cross-sections can be decreased; this results in a tension rod structure that appears even more filigree.

11.06.2019 - HALFEN is awarded a “Stein im Brett”

In response to a survey carried out by ibau in cooperation with Heinze-Marktforschung (German Market Research Company), HALFEN ranked first in the “Reinforcement Technology” category selected as “A company to recommend” ("Stein im Brett") by its customers. One of the coveted awards was therefore awarded to HALFEN Langenfeld. According to ibau, all 190 participating manufacturers were scrutinized and judged by one of the “toughest jury in the world”, which consisted of almost 2,750 skilled tradesmen.

The jury, consisting of bricklayers, concrete finishers and construction specialist from leading companies throughout Germany, rated the company and its products in a nationwide online survey according to various criteria: How good are the products? How well known are they amongst the various trades? How easy are the products to use? What about price-performance? Questions like these, and most importantly, whether there was a willingness to recommend HALFEN, were all considered. HALFEN was the winner in almost all reinforcement technology categories and was awarded the “Stein im Brett” award.

We thank you for your choice.

19.01.2019 - World of innovation HALFEN Products 2019

HALFEN Innovations and 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 2019. Be part of our journey. We’ll be pleased to welcome you.

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18.01.2019 - Innovation and high-performance system: Fixing for thin, large-sized concrete facade elements

Architects appreciate the modern look and the creative freedom that is possible with concrete curtain-wall façades. Now, thin, large-sized concrete façades with a thickness of only 30 mm can be securely fitted using the new HALFEN FPA-SL30 fixing system.

FEATURES:
• Complete system; Building Authority Approved (abZ)
• Versatile application
• Quick, simple installation
• The HALFEN Service team is available for technical and on-site support

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17.01.2019 - HALFEN HLX Lift-Box: The strength behind lift installation

The new generation of the HALFEN HLX Lift-Box is now available.
Two new load steps and a new design complement the HALFEN
product range of attachment points for installation and maintenance
of lifts.

FEATURES:
• CE marking with European Technical Assessment
• Additional load steps: 2000 kg and 4000 kg
• Chain-link as attachement point: Automatic release and self-locking

more information

16.01.2019 - With more load capacity: The punching shear reinforcement for foundations

Using the newly developed HALFEN HDB-Z, foundations and foundation
slabs can now be reinforced even more efficiently to prevent
punching shear failure. Due to its shape, which has been specially
designed and adapted for typical load paths in foundations, and
the multiple, low-slip anchorages, the HDB-Z achieves a significant
increase in load-bearing capacity in comparison to conventional
punching shear reinforcement: 100 % higher load capacity or 40 %
less foundation height!

FEATURES:
• DIBt (German Centre of Competence for Construction) General
building approval no. Z-15.1-330
• For foundation slabs and single foundations with a thickness
from 230 mm in concrete strength class C12/15 and higher
• The shape of the HDB ensures it remains firmly upright and
stable between the reinforcement layers

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15.01.2019 - The HTU Profiled sheet fixing channel

The HALFEN HTU Channels are ideal for simple fixing of all types of profiled metal sheets or sandwich panels – using self-tapping screws. Thanks to its innovative shape and profiling, the new, optimized generation of channels are self-anchoring and are cast completely into the concrete cover.
(Available from June 2019)

14.01.2019 - New HVG VERSOGRID Installation grid

The versatile fixing system
Whether in exhibition halls, train stations and airports or other large indoor venues with fluctuating public traffic, suspension systems must be designed for maximum flexibility and adaptability. Roof and ceiling elements — beams, girders, existing building services or unevenness in the main building structure — often make installation difficult when large display screens or panels, loudspeakers or spotlights or other objects and paraphernalia need to be installed.

HALFEN VERSOGRID provides an innovative solution: The installation grid creates a level plane below concrete roofs and steel girder structures —
requires minimal time and installation work.

The individual components with a weight of only 5.5 kg/m are connected and secured without requiring any tools. The double slot profile allows load-bearing elements to be fixed under the grid using suspension ring bolts, and cable ducts or other media supply components to be fixed on top of the grid structure. Individual profile elements are easily and quickly removed and replaced. This allows necessary repairs, e.g. to media supply lines to be carried out quickly and efficiently. The large selection of RAL colours for the powder coating also ensures a unique and overall very aesthetic design.


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14.01.2019 - New software version HDB 13.20 for punching shear reinforcement

The latest version of the proven HDB dimensioning software is now available. The current software version now includes new features:
 NEW: The angle of inclination of the slab edges can be varied so that complex slab geometries can be recalculated
 NEW: Alternative design of foundation slabs and single foundations with HDB anchor rails or with the new HDB-Z possible

Click here for the free software download!

HDB-Z - The new punching shear reinforcement for the economic design of floor slabs and single foundations according to DIBt approval Z-15.1-330
Already with the proven HDB anchor rail a higher resistance to puncture failure can be achieved. With the new HDB-Z, an even higher increase in load capacity for foundation slabs and foundations can be achieved. The up to 100 % higher load capacity compared to a foundation without punching shear reinforcement can also be used to reduce the thickness of the foundations significantly. This in turn saves excavation, concrete and construction time.

20.11.2018 - NEW: HALFEN PARTcommunity has been significantly expanded

The HALFEN PARTcommunity, the CAD portal for HALFEN components (free for the end user), has been significantly expanded. Over 100 different 2D and 3D CAD formats are available, including of course BIM-compatible formats such as Revit and Allplan, as well as the BIM exchange format IFC.

In the section “Fixing systems”, HTU Cast-in channels and HGB Balustrade fixings can now also be selected. The “Lifting anchor systems” have been complemented by the Frimeda Ring anchors. HCC Column shoes, HUC Universal connections and HSC Stud connectors are now also available under “Reinforcement systems”.

The HALFEN element drawings can be configured using convenient configurators. The components can be sent per email, downloaded or, when using specific CAD programs, be pasted using the cross-hair cursor directly into the CAD workspace.

Click here for the free-of-charge component drawings.

16.08.2018 - NEW: Design software HSC 2.0 for HALFEN HSC Stud Connector

Corbels, subsequently casted corbels and rebar anchorings at end bearings

The new design software for the HALFEN HSC Stud Connector is available now. It supports the design of concrete corbels, subsequently casted corbels and the anchoring of rebars at end bearings of beams and slabs. The design calculation is based on DIN EN 1992-1-1, DIN EN 1992-1-1 / NA and the DIBt approval Z-21.8-1973. This software is a useful planning and dimensioning tool for the application of HSC anchors and includes information about the reinforcement layout of the connection. The modular design and the graphics in 2D and 3D allow a safe and professional construction of reinforced concrete structures with HSC anchors.

New - Various improvements compared to the previous version.

Up to date - With the automatic or manual "Search update" feature your software is always up to date.

Modular - The separate modules for corbels, beams and slabs provide a clear, systematic and flexible user experience.

Interactive - The interactive user guidance detects incorrect input and provides helpful hints. This reduces the processing time to a minimum.

Clear - HSC anchors and stirrups are drawn to scale. The 3D graphics can easily be zoomed, swiveled, tilted and rotated by 360°. In addition, loads and dimensions are shown in 2D-graphics. The current status of the static proofs and the geometric boundary conditions considering the de-sign rules is constantly adapted to the input. The result print out shows each calculation step.

International - Free selection of German and English language versions.

With the new version of the design software you have a powerful tool at your disposal. Click here for a free software download!