A simple yet ingenious solution for blind fixing applications, Blind Bolt is a high performance constructional cavity fixing covering both horizontal and vertical applications. The simplicity of Blind Bolt makes it an ideal choice for fixing to steel sections where access is restricted or when working at height.
Earlier this year, Owlett-Jaton was named as a master wholesaler for Blind Bolt across the UK and Europe, and the product has also been included in its JCP specialist fixings range. With three different ranges available they are widely utilised throughout the construction industry in hollow sections, girders and beams, masonry support systems, as well as cladding and façades. “Independently SCI assessed, Blind Bolt brings exceptional qualities to the market and is changing the way architects, specifiers, builders, and engineers alike, approach their designs,” points out Owlett-Jaton.
The complete range
Owlett-Jaton states that as the only true removable blind fixing available for structural connections, Blind Bolt does not require an oversized hole and can also be installed in just a standard hole clearance. It is a high performance fixing with a product range of M8 to M30 in diameter and manufactured in high-tensile steel. For applications requiring a high degree of protection, a Geomet® 500 finish offers approximately 1,000 hours of salt spray protection. Certain sizes are also available in A4 stainless steel.
In addition, the heavy-duty version features an expanding base and unique pin locking mechanism; has a higher tensile strength than the standard Blind Bolt; and guarantees fast installation with no special tools required.
Developed to address the need for a shorter blind fixing, with improved performance, it is the ideal fixing solution between heavyweight steel sections. Employing a simple activation method, designed to reduce installation time and expense, a hammer and spanner are all that’s required.
There is also the thin wall bolt, which was developed to address the need for a blind fixing to be used in a lightweight steel sheet or cladding material. After installation, a neat low profile head is left with no stud. The thin wall bolt has a strong shear capacity and is available in A2 stainless steel or with a zinc electroplate finish for excellent protection.
Supporting distributors and the construction industry
“As the construction industry starts to recover following the Covid-19 pandemic, innovative solutions such as Blind Bolt will play a key part in changing the way projects are delivered,” comments Owlett-Jaton. “Simple solutions that minimise labour requirements will provide cost benefits and also comply with current social distancing requirements.”
To support distributors and their customers, Owlett-Jaton carries the complete Blind Bolt range making it readily available for next day nationwide delivery. The fixing has already been used on many prestigious UK projects – including the Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham, Heathrow Airport and the London 2012 Olympic Stadiums. It is also railtrack approved for up to 125mph and has been used in the Cross Rail project.
“We can provide detailed technical information on the installation and removal of Blind Bolt to both our customers and end-users. The Blind Bolt is a very innovative and clever product, and we are keen to support distributors who can benefit from a predicted growth in demand. Since its inception the uses for the Blind Bolt range have grown considerably and new and innovative ways are constantly being identified.”
Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.
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