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altCONNECT

It’s a new way of connecting steel members. Without bolts. Without welds.

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altCONNECT

It's a Game-Changer!

We’re challenging the current manufacturing methods used to construct mining structures where sections and plates are bolted and welded together

Faster Construction

Fewer elements in the construction process. The connections don’t  need any bolts or welds, rapidly increasing erection times.

Lower Cost

Reduced time on site means lower labour and equipment hire costs.

Increased safety

through reduced connection labour, and less human involvement in construction.

Better Access

The structural system doesn’t require bracing, meaning better access for maintenance in mining structures

Easier Installation

Equipment can be pre-installed on platforms, then lifted onto the columns. No scaffolding required because there’s no need to work on the connection

Less Fabrication Errors

The connection components are made to exacting tolerances, then cater for normal fabrication tolerances so pieces fit together perfectly.

How Does It Work?

Manufacturing techniques have progressed and it is now possible to print steel components.

This means we can now print spigots and sockets that fit together with minimal clearance, and weld these to conventional columns and beams.

So this technology makes the altCONNECT structure a possibility.

Most structures are subjected to vertical forces due to gravity – self-weight, weight of equipment, and “live” loads – those that come and go. These forces transfer to columns and produce compression.

Then there are horizontal forces – they come from environmental loads like wind and seismic action, and from equipment like belt pull on conveyors. These forces transfer to the ground in two main ways
   – through bracing
   – through frame sway
and produce bending in beams and columns along with tension (uplift) and compression.

altCONNECT requires “frame sway” to work, so we don’t need or even want bracing. The sway produces bending in the connection, and the friction this causes stops the connection from coming apart. If there’s no bending, then there’s no uplift.

That’s it!

There are numerous possibilities for altCONNECT structures in mining and petroleum plants where on-site costs are huge, but there are also huge possibilities for multi-storey commercial and residential buildings too.

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