New generation of timber connector gains ETA 20 August 2015

Innovative German wood connection system manufacturer, Pitzl Metallbau GmbH & Co KG, has recently gained an ETA (ETA – 15/0187) for its new HVP connectors, which are distributed within the UK by partners Aptus Fastener Systems Ltd.

Pitzl’s HVP connectors are two-piece, face fixed beam hangers to be used in timber-to-timber or timber-to-concrete/steel connections. They can achieve a characteristic load carrying capacity from 3kN to 616kN along with fire resistance of up to 60 minutes. They are made from aluminium alloy EN AW-6082 T6, which is non-staining and resists attack from tannic acid in oak.

HVP connectors are intended for use in making connections in load bearing timber structures. They form a secure connection between the wood-based joist and a solid timber or wood-based header. They can also be used in timber/concrete and timber/steel applications.

HVP connectors are approved for use with the following materials:
• Structural solid timber according to EN 338 / EN 14081.
• Glulam according to EN 14080.
• LVL according to EN 14374.
• Parallam PSL.
• Intrallam LSL.
• Glued solid timber according to EN 14080.
• Cross laminated timber.

The Pitzl range also includes post bases, plug in connector systems, post-purlin connectors, balcony and fence posts, as well as innovative tools that simplify the everyday work of wood construction companies.


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