How to Improve Efficiency in Construction with Steel Connection Systems

Maximizing efficiency is incredibly important when managing and conducting a construction project. This is crucial for meeting deadlines while still delivering quality work. It is also crucial for a construction company’s reputation and continued success. By utilizing less expensive and less invasive alternatives, time and money spent on a project are going in the right places instead of being wasted on construction methods.

In a construction industry landscape where roughly a quarter of construction projects are within 10% of their original timeframes, prioritizing efficiency is more important than ever. This need to focus on efficiency isn’t about cutting corners; compromising in other areas, such as shortening the deadline to reduce time and costs or other similarly self-destructive last-ditch measures, could threaten the safety of workers and risk further setbacks. Suppose you’re hoping to increase the efficiency of a construction project, specifically to reduce time and money spent without sacrificing safety and integrity. In that case, it’s all about using the right tools and methods for the job, something LNA Solutions’ steel-to-steel connection products are designed to accomplish.

If your goal is to meet project deadlines without going over budget, cutting corners and making undue compromises can increase the likelihood of both of those things and create an unsafe working environment. The key is to find solutions to the problems that often cause construction projects to cost more money and take up more time, namely by eliminating processes such as welding or less efficient bolting practices such as through bolting, and replacing them with methods that cost less, are done by one person without specialized skill or equipment, and save time.

With the right implements at your disposal, steel-to-steel connection applications can streamline your construction projects rather than lengthen and complicate them. The key to understanding how to do this is to know what products can help increase your efficiency and how specifically they can achieve this.

INCREASE EFFICIENCY WITH BOXBOLTS®

One especially simple yet versatile way to increase the efficiency of a construction project while decreasing the cost, skill, and installation time required is using a unique type of bolt: the BoxBolt®. Contractors primarily use BoxBolts® to attach steel components when one side of the connection is either inaccessible or hidden from view, such as with a hollow structural section (HSS). In situations like these, BoxBolts® provide a much quicker and easier solution when compared to costly or impractical traditional methods such as through bolting, and welding.

The unique design of BoxBolts® holds the secret to their effectiveness: a sheath-like housing over the body expands as the bolt is tightened, automatically pinning the inaccessible side of the connection close to the nut side, securely affixing the steel components in between. The result isn’t just a time and cost-saving alternative to traditional steel-to-steel connection methods; it’s also a durable and highly reliable method of connection that can surpass the strength of traditional methods when properly installed.

The two most common methods of steel-to-steel connection are usually bolting and welding, but traditionally speaking, the conventional method to bolt together hollow structural sections is a process known as through bolting. Through bolting requires the coordinated work of two people on either side of the connection and a very long bolt between them to get the job done, something that BoxBolts® can accomplish with the efforts of just one person in an even simpler fashion. However, the much more common and versatile way that BoxBolts® can help make a wide variety of construction projects faster and more efficient is in how it replaces welding–like old-fashioned riveting, but with fewer limitations.

BOXBOLTS® VS WELDING:

Welding has been widely used as long as modern steel-to-steel connections have existed. It became commonplace in the 1920s with the advent of skyscrapers and rampant urbanization worldwide. However, BoxBolts® eliminate much of the cost and limitations of welding, making it seem somewhat impractical by comparison in various aspects.

Welding is the act of using specialized equipment to bond steel components using heat, fusing them together in a way that creates a strong, lasting connection. However, this isn’t to say welding is a perfect solution or even the most practical. Firstly, there is the issue that the strength of a weld is not necessarily consistent, instead depending on the quality of the weld itself. Bolted connections provide an assured strength every time that doesn’t require a certain level of skill or specialization to reach its maximum durability. This could potentially make bolted connections, especially HSS connections using BoxBolts®, simpler to plan and engineer around, considering their strength can be easily judged and accounted for. Next, consider if a weld that isn’t as strong as predicted ends up breaking; not only is this a safety concern, but it also costs time to schedule, as well as specialized skill and additional funds to fix.

BoxBolts® also offer much greater flexibility. In welding, if any adjustments need to be made or mistakes must be corrected, the result can be a time and money-consuming process that leaves more unsightly marks in the steel components, a byproduct of welding that is unavoidable considering its inherently damaging form of connection. Making an adjustment or fixing a welding mistake means undoing the previous work and redoing it at the least, but at the worst, it could mean scheduling time for a welder to return to the site and using up additional money from the project budget to compensate them for repairs, which is far from efficient.

Conversely, BoxBolts® offer a much quicker, easier, and, best of all, cheaper option when it comes to fixing mistakes and making adjustments, meaning these kinds of occurrences, which can already set a project back, only take as much time as they need to. Simply put, BoxBolts® can be removed and (if performed shortly after the initial installation) reinstalled just as quickly and easily as they were originally inserted. The non-destructive nature of their connection process also means no unsightly marks or damage will be visible on the components that BoxBolts® attach together.

It’s also important to enforce the notion that bolted connections are just as strong as welding, and in some cases they can be stronger. The key to maximizing the potential of bolted connections is properly accounting for the influence of weight and prying force, as well as ensuring bolts are spaced equally to ensure that weight is distributed evenly throughout the structure. This means that with proper planning and consideration, using bolted connections such as BoxBolts® can increase the efficiency of a project before construction even begins.

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH BEAMCLAMPS®

Another product that can benefit the efficiency of your steel-to-steel connection projects is BeamClamps® ; while their concept is similar to BoxBolts®, their much simpler design and more general purpose make them even more practical, especially considering they can provide an incredibly secure connection without the need for drilling.

BeamClamps® are used to attach steel beams and other adjacent steel components together for construction projects. True to their name, they accomplish this by clamping the two components together, which can be fastened and tightened like a traditional bolted connection. While they can’t necessarily be used to affix hollow structural sections like BoxBolts® can, BeamClamps® are incredibly versatile, able to be used in nearly any steel-to-steel connection scenario, all while offering many of the same efficiency-minded advantages as BoxBolts®. In fact, since BeamClamps® don’t require drilling, their installation process is even quicker and easier.

LNA SOLUTIONS PRODUCTS CAN INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF ALMOST ANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

In any construction project, increasing efficiency shouldn’t be about shorter deadlines, longer hours, or expedited planning; oftentimes, the very methods used for the job are crucial to its efficiency and the key to increasing it. With LNA Solutions products such as BoxBolts® and BeamClamps®, your construction projects can be accomplished faster, with a lesser need for specialized equipment and specifically skilled labor. This in itself largely eliminates the margin for error found in methods like welding, but these types of solutions also greatly eliminate the time taken in fixing errors and making necessary adjustments, something they address with ease.

If you’re looking to better meet your project deadlines with steel-to-steel connection implements made to save time and money while maximizing both flexibility and durability, refer to LNA Solutions’ product page for more information.

 

 

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