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Expansion Bolts for HSS: An analysis of a new, viable option for HSS connections

expansion bolts

Any structural engineer or architect will tell you that there are several challenges associated with HSS connections. Deciding which type of connection to use, additional installation time, and increased cost are all factors that can dissuade a design professional from specifying HSS connections in a project. However, expansion bolts may be the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Designing Truss Connections [VIDEO]

When designing truss connections, there are several considerations you must take keep in mind to ensure a successful design. Some of these considerations include, but are not limited to, joint strength, fabrication costs, the number and type of connections, and the number of different sized web members.

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Structural Engineering: Opportunity on the Rise [INFOGRAPHIC]

Structural Engineering Opportunity on the Rise INFOGRAPHIC

As manufacturing and other STEM industries continue to thrive, the demand for individuals working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused careers will also grow.

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1000 Jobs for Chicagoans: Revitalizing Manufacturing in Chicagoland

1000 Jobs Campaign

Manufacturing is the foundation of Atlas Tube (along with the five other divisions of JMC Steel Group). Without the men and women who operate our facilities day in and day out, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and neither would our economy.

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NCSEA Annual Conference


The 2014 NCSEA Annual Conference was held this past week in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, this conference draws hundreds of structural engineering professionals each year to attend educational sessions, social and networking events, and visit exhibitors at the trade show. Atlas Tube was one of the exhibitors at this year’s show, giving us a unique opportunity to connect with engineering and design professionals from all across the country. As one of the only steel manufacturers in attendance, we were able to educate hundreds of professionals on our unique ERW (electric resistance welding) manufacturing process, as well as the advantages and benefits of hollow structural sections and structural steel in general.

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