Steel Beam Connections

Anchorframe Modular Steel Components

Steel Beam Connections

Anchoframe modular steel components are versatile structural systems that are lightweight, simple to assemble and flexible, making them compatible with different primary piping systems, prefabricated metallic structures and diverse construction projects. The design of these structures guarantees optimum performance, with smaller steel structures providing sufficient torsional resistance, permitting them to support heavy loads. Assembling these structures requires little time as they eliminate the need for welding during installation. Similarly, the structural components are connected using standard fasteners that are crucial for customizing frame configurations, load-bearing capabilities and tolerances depending on the design specifications.
Here is a broader look into the diverse components of the Anchorframe modular structures and popular connection methods to new and pre-existing structures and pipe systems.

Structural beams (Anchorbeam)

Anchorbeam sections AF3-040001 and AF3-040001 boast high load capacities and are fabricated using galvanized steel. The structures can be connected to fittings and sliding frames using self-threading bolts. Slot holes, centrally placed on the beam profile, are used for connections with structural rods. These beams are available in 80mm and 100 mm cross-sectional sizes and diverse lengths for customized utilization in different projects. The slots and bolt holes are available on the four surfaces implying that the frame can support additional mechanical connections or structural joints on any of the faces. View full range here!

Modular Fittings

Modular fittings consist of diverse components that enhance the adaptability and flexibility of modular structures. These fittings include base plates, end supports, couplers, corner brackets, mounting plates, quick studs, quick nuts, slide guides, pivot joints, swivel hangers, etc. Each of these components is used to provide structural strength and customize frame configurations to suit particular industrial, pipe support, or construction applications. View full range here!

Self-forming screws

Creating a modular steel connection may sound strenuous given the number of structural components involved. Connecting these components using traditional methods like welding requires plenty of time and may be prone to errors due to improper configurations. However, during the installation of modular steel components, engineers use a standard piece of hardware to create strong mechanical connections. All Anchorframe components are joined using the self-forming M10 screw. Using one screw size for all mechanical connections eliminates stocking challenges and reduces installation errors.

When driving the screw through the holes on the surface of the frame or fitting, it creates a thread. As the screw moves across the steel profile, the steel components are hardened, forming air-tight seals between the screw and the adjacent modular components to form strong connections. They resist vibrational loosening, thus increasing the reliability of modular structures.
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Cantilever brackets

Cantilever brackets require less installation time since the base plate is welded to the beam section. These brackets have high load-bearing capacities and are suitable for connecting to existing primary structures.
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The structural members feature standard slots, hole patterns and spacing, allowing multiple configurations and connections to existing structures and systems. The slot holes are engineered to precision to prevent component collisions during installation.
There are two methods for connecting Anchorframe Modular Structures.
Beam to primary structure OR Beam-to-beam connection
The above mentioned connections can be achieved using:
A single pre-welded beam section. That is Anchorbeam Cantilever Bracket which has a welded base plate. There are three codes for this product, namely: AF3-040005, AF3-040006 and AF3-040007. The allowable deflection of these components is limited to L/180.
Separate modular components. They include base plates, beam sections and connection hardware. The different modular components are joined using a self-forming screw that is precision designed for safe connections. View full range here!

The benefits of modular steel components

Using modular steel structures has several benefits. The use of prefabricated components reduces the time required for the installation or modification of pipe support systems. The elimination of on-site fabrication means material wastage in large piping and construction projects is controllable since offcuts and poorly fixed components are fewer. 

Using a single screw size means the installation team does have to worry about missing or wrong stock. Modular steel does not require post-installation treatment like painting as it comes with standard coatings. Overall, they are flexible, strong and compatible with diverse primary structures.