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Research, Testing, Engineering and Innovation
From its first years of operation, Simpson Strong-Tie has led the industry in structural connector design. Today, Simpson Strong-Tie holds more patents than all other connector companies combined and has more than 40 engineers on staff. The work Simpson Strong-Tie does in its labs not only helps with new product development, but also with new technology and ideas on how structures are designed and built.
Tyrell Gilb Research Laboratory, Stockton, California
The Tyrell Gilb Research Lab is the hub of the company's research and development activities. The lab's highly specialized equipment tests a structure's ability to resist earthquakes, high winds and other natural disasters. Full-scale structural components are tested using the lab's seismic shake table and cyclic/static test frame. The shake table re-creates ground motion, moving back and forth horizontally at the foundation level. The cyclic static test rig applies force laterally to the top of a wall structure. Together, the two types of testing provide an accurate measurement of a structure's resistance capabilities. In addition, the lab's three-dimensional testing of full-scale buildings is used to help clarify issues regarding allowable resistances of bracing methods under various load conditions. (click here for recent 2D and 3D testing)
The lab is named in memory of Tyrell (Tye) Gilb, a former professor of architecture who led the company's research and development efforts for 35 years. "Tye's legacy of innovative product development lives on through the work done here," say Tom Fitzmyers, Chairman of Simpson Strong-Tie. "The laboratory's testing capabilities allow us to advance our structural design technology, which improves building safety and ultimately help save lives. That would have made Tye very proud."
Anchor Systems Research and Development Facility, Addison, Illinois
The main function of the Addison facility is to test the structural integrity of concrete structures. On-site equipment can simulate earthquakes and other forces that can cause concrete to crack. Research from the Addison lab is used primarily to develop new mechanical anchor and adhesive products for commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction. It is one of only a few labs in the U.S. accredited for this type of testing.
In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie has a Connector Lab at its home office in Pleasanton, California as well as several regional research facilities across the globe.
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