Ancon introduces batch testing for BT Coupler System in New Zealand
Ancon designs and manufactures high integrity steel products which have been successfully deployed on many construction projects in New Zealand, Australia and other countries worldwide.
We have recently identified issues with the performance of some batches of reinforcing steel that have been supplied to us. We have engaged specialist engineering consultancy Holmes Solutions as local technical experts to investigate matters further so that we can ensure our BT Coupler System remains compatible with all types of reinforcing steels currently in use in New Zealand.
While this investigation is ongoing, we have introduced batch testing for all reinforcing steel used in combination with our BT coupler system. While each thread is proof loaded to 100% Yield as part of the standard manufacturing process, additional test samples are being produced from each batch and tested to ensure ductile behaviour occurs in the reinforcement bar outside of the coupler.
MBIE is being kept informed throughout this process by Holmes Solutions.
For more information, please contact Andreas Boomkamp, Technical Manager AUS/NZ, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lapped joints are not always an appropriate means of connecting rebar.
Ancon is exhibiting at the 2016 NZ Bridges Summit on 1st - 2nd November in Auckland. The conference is endorsed by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and we will be showcasing our BT range of threaded reinforcement couplers, our MBT range of bolted couplers and various Lifting Systems including our brand new EdjPro Narrow Anchor system.
Having recently identified issues with the performance of some batches of reinforcing steel supplied to us, we have introduced batch testing for all reinforcement used in combination with our BT coupler system in New Zealand to ensure compatibility.