Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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field—pulling and pushing on them until they break so that we know their ultimate strength," Shackelford explains. "en we ap- ply a safety factor as required by the building to allow for things like variability of wood and [oversight]. at way, we know the product will always perform better than required." MiTek uses a combination of full-scale physical testing and high-tech virtual test- ing—computer simulations with phys- ics-based finite-element modeling (FEM)—to develop products and ensure they will per- form as needed under extreme weather events and conditions, Karns notes. Building code standards usually define the physical testing requirements for many product types, he adds. the time it is sold, to the use of specialized manufacturing machines that can use a laser to cut the metal for a part and then automat- ically punch all the holes [in that part] in the proper places," Shackelford adds. Simpson Strong-Tie has a main component test lab at its headquarters in Pleasanton, California, and employs component test labs in its factories throughout the country. e manufacturer also operates a state-of-the-art system testing facility in Stockton, California, where workers can test entire structural sys- tems and examine how Simpson products perform in a whole-house setting. "We test our products in the same man- ner that they would be installed in the the connection between the beam and the piling, and it makes installation easy because the strap uses screws instead of bolts. Technology plays a few essential roles in the company being able to manufacture more disaster-resistant products, Shackelford ex- plains. "First, we use technology in the prod- uct development process to be able to model on a computer how a product might perform under actual loading," he says. "at way we can design it virtually before we fabricate a prototype for physical testing. "We [also] use technology in the manufac- ture of our products—from quality control procedures that allow us to track a product from the time the raw material comes in until SIMPSON-STRONG TIE's SDWF Floor-to- Floor screw attaches upper and lower walls together from the top. The Titen HD stainless steel screw anchor provides fast and easy installation combined with long-lasting corrosion resistance. MASA mudsill anchors are a time-saving alternative to anchor bolts. The SDWC Truss screw is ideal for joining trusses and rafters to top plates. PSQ pile straps are designed to attach girders to piles. Circle 4 on inquiry card QualifiedRemodeler.com QR December 2018 35

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