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Here at Hilti, we believe in making things as simple as possible for our customers. Our products may be hi-tech, but that doesn't mean they can't be intuitive, or easily comparable to industry benchmarks and regulations. This is especially true in areas like design engineering, where work is complex enough without having to worry about whether or not the anchor fastenings you're using are going to be up to the task. 

That's why it's such an important step forward to have a new standard for concrete anchoring incorporated into the National Construction Code (NCC). In the past, we've had standards for concrete and standards for steel, but it wasn't until December 2015 that there was one introduced for the critical fastenings that connect the two.


The new standard SA TS 101 brings a wealth of benefits to engineers

First drafted by the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council (AEFAC) before being introduced into the NCC in May 2016, this new standard was developed through consultation with industry experts. Now that there's a firm set of rules to follow when designing and using anchors, all engineers can enjoy a level playing field that clearly lays out what is and isn't acceptable. From directions on how anchors should be tested, through to more technical specifications such as load capacity, it's now easier than ever to compare different fasteners and work out which is right for a particular job.

This wasn't always the case in days gone by, when different test techniques could be used throughout the industry - creating confusion and an inability to really know what was what. The team at Hilti has always striven for utmost accuracy and consistency across countries, using the European Technical Assessment (ETA) as a benchmark for every one of our products. This automatically meets the Australian requirements under the new standard, and the ETA seal of approval is what design engineers should always be looking for when designing an anchor system.

In addition to the standard making it easier to choose a quality anchor, it also makes the process of connecting steel and concrete safer. This is hugely important, as with there also being new directions on how to design anchors, we'll all be able to enjoy the benefits as we start to see a difference in quality of work with everybody now complying to a higher assessment criteria.

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Hilti’s ETA-approved anchors are fully compliant with the new standard

When it comes to designing anchors, Hilti's PROFIS Anchor is the only design software that's fully compliant with the new standard.

Hilti has the widest range of NCC-compliant anchor systems, along with all the dispensers, accessories and testers needed to ensure they're used to their full capacity. Because we've always had our products tested via an ETA, there's no need to change any of the technology as it's already at the top of the tree. Finding out which one is right for you is as simple as browsing our selection or getting in touch with our engineering or customer service team on 131 292.

In addition, when it comes to designing anchors, Hilti's PROFIS Anchor software is the only anchor design program that's fully compliant with the new standard - providing a one stop solution for engineers across Australia. So, whether you're after chemical and mechanical anchors, or cast-in anchor channel, you can rest easy knowing that PROFIS Anchor will help you to use them to their best ability.

After all, anchoring is a crucial part of construction, and it's important to get it right. We at Hilti are driven to make a difference to Australia's anchors, whether that's through providing the best products or testing existing anchors to make sure they're up to par.



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