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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!

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

04.09.2017 - HALFEN HIT Balcony Connections: 2 hour fire protection as standard

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.

08.03.2017 - Fewer movement joints with the new HALFEN HIT Insulated connections

Following amendments to the DIBt approval Z-15.7-293 in November 2016 and further changes to technical approvals, Z-15.7-312 and Z-15.7-309, the distance between movement joints for propped balconies, access walkways and continuous parapets has increased by more than 100% to 23 metres.

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 technical@halfen.co.uk, tel. 01582 470 300

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!

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: technical@halfen.co.uk, Phone: +44 1582 470 300.

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.

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.

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.