The Connect-EZ Products
Since the introduction of the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) code requirement (ACI 318 ('08) 126.96.36.199 sub-paragraph B) to provide a pair of minimum 10,000 lbs. tension connections between concrete wall panels and foundations, engineers have struggled to find a connection solution that was simple to design and detail, and economical to fabricate and install in the field. The CONNECT-EZ® Panel Anchor (“PA") has met the challenge!
Developed in response to requests from steel erectors and concrete contractors, the CONNECT-EZ® “V” provides a secure mechanical connection for erection of structural steel to concrete without the expense and uncertainty of field welding. The interlocking chamber and bearing seat engage remotely, eliminating the need to manually connect the steel to the concrete. The result is reduced labor and equipment cost, as well as increased job site safety during steel erection. The CONNECT-EZ® “V” mechanical connection ensures contractors and engineers an increased confidence in the integrity of every connection. Further, third-party structural inspections are conducted quickly and reliably.
The CONNECT-EZ® “ST" (Shear Tab) is designed for connecting WIDE-FLANGE BEAMS to concrete structures. The connection requires NO WELDING DURING ERECTION!The “V-ST" is used routinely in Tilt-Up and Precast concrete panels. It may to be used in Cast-In Place construction as well. The “V-ST” chamber is designed to attach easily and securely to concrete forms. The “V-ST” has been tested to support working loads up to 30,000 lbs with a 2.5 factor of safety.
The new “PA-EX” is a low profile concrete panel-to-foundation connection device that meets ACI 318 188.8.131.52b code requirements to resist 10,000 lbs tension loads. The “PA-EX” is fully galvanized for panel exterior installation. The devise frequently installed with a threaded rod and epoxy and can be used in high seismic zones. Only 4 inches of the device is exposed above the bottom of the tilt-up panel and is easily concealed with pavement or landscaping. As with all CONNECT-EZ® products, the “PA-EX” requires NO FIELD WELDING.
Custom designed to accommodate any steel column size... tube or wide flange; the CONNECT-EZ® Column Sockets save time, money and remove a safety hazard from slab-on-grade concrete floor construction. By eliminating the traditional column “diamond box-out”, concrete contractors can eliminate costly forming and concrete placement and finishing by hand at every column foundation. The top of Column Sockets are set 3/8” below finished floor elevation to afford uninterrupted screeding and finishing operations. Reusable steel caps are available.
Designed to eliminate the troublesome need to remove the shoe on temporary wall braces when connecting to helical ground anchors, the CONNECT-EZ® Helical Anchor-Wall Brace Connector (H-B) makes the connection safely and efficiently. Due to long term exposure to weather and job site conditions, brace shoes can be difficult to remove from the wall brace and once removed are frequently lost. The H-B provides a simple solution to this costly problem and affords a greater degree of flexibility when aligning the connection of the brace and helical anchor.