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Innovative Steel-to-Concrete Connections Solve Many Building Construction Problems

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Feb 18, 2020 4:55:58 PM

EM-BOLT is developing a series of innovative steel-to-concrete connections to solve many structural steel construction problems.

The construction industry is facing a well-known and unprecedented skilled labor shortage. Construction PMs have to allocate skilled resources carefully in order to meet construction project cost and timeline goals.

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Announcing - Free Embed Plate Design Calculations and Details!

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Feb 13, 2020 10:51:31 AM

Using the innovative EM-BOLT embed plate design is a proven way to reduce construction costs and construction project timeline risks.

We've seen lots of repeat customers after they've used our innovative embed plate designs and thermal break solutions for the first time.

That's because of the impressive construction and energy cost savings that our innovative products deliver.

We want every Structural Engineer, Architect, Owner, and Construction Manager to feel confident when specifying and using EM-BOLT embed plates and thermal break solutions.

That's why when you use EM-BOLT products in your next construction project, EM-BOLT licensed structural engineers alleviate pressure on your structural design team by providing the embed plate design calculations and details free of charge.

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Are You Looking for Concrete Weld Plates for Sale?

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Feb 4, 2020 4:07:03 PM

When you’re evaluating a critical construction component such as concrete weld plates, it’s important as a Construction Manager, Structural Engineer or Construction Project Manager that you weigh the costs and benefits of a particular design that’s for sale against the needs of your project.

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Thermal Break Embed = Construction Cost & Energy Savings vs Weld Plate

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Jan 28, 2020 2:34:57 PM

Eagles Landing Mixed Use Building

Eagles Landing is a mixed use building built for Champlain College in Burlington, VT. It includes housing for 314 students as well as retail stores. The building achieved Two Green Globes certified by The Green Building Initiative (www.thegbi.org).

In order to achieve the Green Globe awards, energy efficiency of the building envelope was a priority. That’s why replacing standard weld plates with thermal break embeds was important!

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Installation of Steel Embeds

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Jan 20, 2020 5:29:00 PM

We're often asked about the differences between installing our patented EM-BOLT boltable steel embeds and installing standard field welded steel embeds.

You can take advantage of the construction efficiencies of boltable steel embeds while maintaining your existing design engineering and structural steel fabrication and erection processes. The boltable steel embeds are largely installed using the same process that you'd use for standard welded steel embeds.

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Reducing Construction Field Welding Costs

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Jan 20, 2020 9:33:00 AM

Field welding is a common construction practice to assemble structural steel elements. Most construction welding is done using ‘stick’ welding, or SMAW, Shielded Metal Arc Welding. SMAW uses an electrode (euphemistically called a ‘stick’) and electric current to create an electric ‘arc’ between the stick and the base material, which has a ground clip attached to it to complete the electric circuit. This arc creates a very high temperature between the electrode (stick) and the metal being joined or welded. The electrode is a solid metal selected to be compatible with the material being welded (base material) and is coated with compounds and metal powders (flux) that improve the weld quality. The flux generates a gas when heated by the arc which surrounds the point being welded and reduces contamination of the weld from the atmosphere. The electrode is ‘consumable’ in that the electrode core metal is used to fill the weld joint. 

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Designing Out Construction Delays With Embedded Plates in Concrete

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Jan 13, 2020 9:10:20 AM

Construction has evolved to become an extremely competitive industry. Owners, Architects, Structural Engineers and Builders compete every day in a rough and tumble industry where small decisions can have big financial implications.

As they say, the devil is in the details and sometimes a minor change in an approach to building can yield big improvements in cost, efficiency and timeline.

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Introduction to Concrete Embeds

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Dec 17, 2019 4:03:26 PM

Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material on Earth. From dams, to bridges to culverts, concrete is everywhere that you look. Concrete is a composite, made from portland cement and water, with a filler of aggregate material (sand or gravel). Because of its makeup, concrete can be very strong under compression loads, but does not hold up as well to shear loads and is not a good design material for tension loads.

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Embedded Plate Inspection to IBC Chapter 17

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Dec 10, 2019 1:42:17 PM

In order to remain competitive and consistently win new business, Architects, Engineers, General Contractors and Sub-Contractors must diligently find new ways to lower construction costs, save time and improve building envelope energy performance for Owners.

Since construction is largely a service-based business, nothing is more valuable than time. The EM-BOLT patented boltable embedded plate is proven to save construction cost, labor and timelines.

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EM-Bolt Boltable Embedded Plate Installation Details

Posted by Tim Hardy P.E. on Nov 10, 2019 5:22:34 PM

The EM-BOLT boltable embedded plate design follows many of the installation steps of the traditional welded embedded plate design, making on-site installation easy with little difference to skilled labor.

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