20.07.2018 - New European Technical Assessment (ETA) for HALFEN HIT Balcony connections

HALFEN as a supplier for balcony connections has already had a (ETA) European Technical Approval which offers safety in planning and application in the whole of Europe, since 2013. As an award-winning innovation leader, winning a “TOP 100 Innovation award” in 2018 for the 2nd time, HALFEN continues to lead the way forward and to set new standards. We are pleased to inform you that the HALFEN HIT-HP/SP Insulated connections are approved in a new European Technical Assessment ETA-18/0189 since the 21st June 2018. Therefore you can now realize a larger variation of geometries for cantilevered (building) elements.

Your benefits in planning are:
  • Now also included: HIT-DD Elements for bi-directional moments and shear loads; connectors for parapets and corbels HIT-AT, HIT-OTX and HIT-FT
  • A decrease in thermal conductivity for small load bearing capacities as insulated connections with 2 (instead of 3 or 4) (CSB) Compression Shear Bearings are now approved
  • Improvement for expansion joints: For all standard elements without shear bars (for example HIT-MVX) or with shear bars <12mm (for example HIT-ZVX) the distance between max. allowable expansion joints is 13.5m (HP) and 23.0m (SP)
  • Easier calculation as verifying the concrete compression strut load bearing capacity 1/3 VRd,max is no longer necessary. This makes the load capacity tables for HIT-ZVXX and HIT-ZDX much simpler to use 
With these improvements your planning and designing are now much easier. You can find the new European Technical Assessment here. Take the time and check the details for yourself! The updated technical catalogue will also be available here shortly.

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

17.05.2018 - "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!

14.02.2018 - NEW: HEK Precast Coupler with approval

The universally applicable HALFEN HEK Precast Coupler is a practical solution for fast and economical installation of precast concrete elements. The Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (German Centre of Competence for Construction) has now issued a general building approval for the HEK Precast Coupler. This paves the way for the widespread use of this product on the German market.

Innovative, practical and versatile
Whether for connecting multi-part pipe systems in road and civil engineering, prefabricated elements in hydraulic engineering projects or walls in residential and commercial projects: The HEK Precast Coupler is the perfect solution for a variety of applications and connection situations. It offers unprecedented versatility, as it can be combined with nearly any type of anchor. Embedded DEMU Sleeve anchors, bolt anchors or bar anchors ensure that the connection can be subjected to load immediately after installation, irrespective of the weather.

Easiest possible assembly
In combination with a freely selectable anchor, the connection of precast concrete elements can be achieved by simple bolting directly after positioning on site. This means there is no need for any further materials or auxiliary aids, and no down time during construction due to curing. Compared to conventional construction methods the HEK Precast Coupler is considerably more cost and time efficient.

Visit us at the Concrete Days (The precast industry summit at Ulm, Germany) from the 20th to the 22nd of February and let us demonstrate our latest products. We look forward to your visit.

27.11.2017 - New catalogue: HALFEN Tunnelling

Tunnels are very challenging civil engineering projects with a prospective service life of 100 years or more, and therefore the highest standards for installation of safety relevant fixing are required in their construction.

Our new tunnel catalogue provides an overview of the wide range of HALFEN products used worldwide for fixing in tunnel construction that meet these standards.

The catalogue illustrates examples from Europe, the USA and China of applications in railway tunnels, in road tunnels and in utility service projects.
The first part of the catalogue is a general overview of products to provide easy orientation of the applications followed with a compilation of technical information for the illustrated products.

If you have any questions or require individual consultation for a project, please contact our tunnel team at: kap.tunnel@halfen.com.

Your contcts:
Alexander Kleine Stegemann: +49 172 705 09 66
Ivica Duzic: +49 174 326 87 39

26.09.2017 - New HALFEN software HIT 9.21

The new HIT 9.21 design program is now available for download.

Halfen, the first supplier of balcony connections with European Technical Approval, has expanded its proven design program.

The current software version now includes
  • a new expansion joint spacing,
  • an adjustment of the limitation of the concrete compression strut 1/3 VRd,max,
  • a height offset (up or down) and
  • a variable concrete cover for each direction or support area. 
Click here for a free software download!

04.09.2017 - HALFEN HIT Insulated Connections: Be on the safe side

Structural fire protection is a complex issue that should not to be neglected. Interpretation of the regulations and their correct application requires comprehensive know-how.

An uncomplicated and above all a reliable solution is available for balcony connections. Class A1 rock wool material is used in all HALFEN Insulated HIT-HP and HIT-SP connection elements for energy-efficiency, and also for fire protection. Consequently, HIT elements meet the highest fire resistance REI 120 classification as standard.

Learn more about the benefits in the new HIT flyer.

24.08.2017 - Renewing the Type test in accordance with EN 13480-3

HALFEN Powerclick is a modular pipe support system. Any support can be constructed with only a few standard parts. Using only one channel profile and one type of connection bolt, assembly times are reduced considerably.

European standard EN 13480, under the scope of Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU, regulates the safety of supporting structures in plant construction. By renewing the Type test in accordance with EN 13480-3, HALFEN Powerclick has once again been confirmed to be in conformance with the requirements of harmonized EU regulations, and designers can keep referring to the simple-to-use load tables.

The test results are available as a free download here.

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.

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.

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.