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  Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces New Strong-Drive® SDW Screws and Expanded Strong Frame™ Ordinary Moment Frame Sizes and Software

For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research and testing, Simpson Strong-Tie® products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems in the world.

Simpson Strong-Tie continues their tradition with the launch of a new series of structural wood screws for fastening multi-ply truss and engineered-wood assemblies. The new Strong-Drive® SDW screws install from one side, firmly cinching piles together while eliminating the need to flip heavy girders.

The bold thread design of the SDW allows installers to fasten 2, 3 and 4-ply trusses or 1 ¾-inch engineered lumber from one side, saving time. Unlike typical hex-style screws, the SDW features a large, flush head that makes applying drywall to structural composite lumber much simpler since the head doesn’t protrude from the girder. The flush head also causes less interference when handling trusses and installing connectors. In addition, the screw’s deep head recess reduces bit pop-out, making installation faster and easier while the high shear strength of the SDW cuts down the number of fasteners required, reducing material and labor cost.

The Strong-Drive SDW screw series is offered in eight lengths from
2 7/8 to 6 ¾ inches. For additional information, visit www.strongtie.com/fasten.

In April, Simpson Strong-Tie is enhancing its Strong Frame™ ordinary moment frame (OMF) product line with new frame sizes and software as well as an updated catalog. With the addition of 172 frame configurations, designers will have a total of 368 frames to choose from. The additional frame configurations are a result of a new 16-ft. tall column and 14-, 18- and 20-foot wide beams. Simpson Strong-Tie also is launching a made-to-order Strong Frame OMF program to quickly deliver custom frames using their current plate girder geometries. Clear opening frame sizes are available in widths 6-ft 0-in. to 20-ft 4-in. and heights 6-ft 0-in to 19-ft 10 ½-in. There is an extended lead time of four to six weeks for custom-size, non-catalog components.

To help designers with specification, Simpson Strong-Tie has created a new Strong Frame™ OMF Selector Software. By simply inputting loads, height, width and available space for columns, the program will create a list of available frames, ranked according to relative price, and provide anchorage options.

All of the new frame sizes will be featured in a new Strong Frame catalog (C-SF10). Product information, the catalog and the new software will be available in April at www.strongtie.com/strongframe.

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