YouTube Video of FX-70 Testing Shows Industry First

My wife and I have been attending a boot camp class for a little over a year now. We have a great coach who always varies the workouts and keeps things fun while really challenging us. He likes hip hop music, so that is what we listen to as we suffer through our squats, kettle bell swings and burpees at 5:30 in the morning. I really just told you that story so I could tell you another one.

Earlier this week I was talking to one of our younger R&D engineers about a test project and I responded to one of his questions with a quote from rap lyric. You have to throw humor into engineering meetings when you can. He laughed and then gave me a puzzled look and said, “I’ve never had a boss anywhere near your age who knew who Jay-Z was.” I try to take it as a compliment, but I think he was calling me old. He would also be surprised to know I have my own YouTube channel, mostly so I can post videos my daughter creates of herself making rainbow loom rubber band bracelets. I think my channel has zero followers.

Rainbow Loom iPod Case
My daughter Kira made an iPod case out of rubber bands.

Simpson Strong-Tie also has a YouTube channel where we have videos on a variety of topics relevant to designers, contractors and do-it-yourselfers. Be sure to check out a new video called “FX-70® Pile Repair Cyclic Testing” on the Simpson Strong-Tie YouTube channel. It gives an overview of the testing we did to support one of our new products, the Simpson Strong-Tie® FX-70® Structural Repair and Protection System. This video captures the industry’s first scaled, cyclic test of a repaired wood pile.

Testing a wood pile.
Testing a wood pile.











As you may recall, I wrote a post last September called Not Just a Connector Company describing how our Engineering/R&D team developed and performed the test protocol for this product. FX-70 is a part of our Repair, Protection and Strengthening Systems for Concrete and Masonry, which is the result of our acquisition of Fox Industries, Inc., in 2011.

FX-70, which has been used successfully for more than 40 years, uses high-strength fiberglass jackets and high-strength water-insensitive grouting materials to repair and protect wood, steel and concrete structural members.

We wanted to evaluate the performance of the system under seismic loading. And, the cyclic static test frame at our Tye Gilb Research Laboratory in Stockton, Calif., enabled us to fully test the system on 16-foot-tall wood piles.

The results of this test will provide structural engineers with real-world data to help them evaluate the FX-70 system as a potential solution to their structural repair applications.

Tell us what you think of the video and testing.

FX-70® Structural Piling Repair and Protection System

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Mixing It Up with Concrete Specification

Around Christmas, the Engineering Department does a white elephant gift exchange. We have no idea who framed this picture and wrapped it up the first time.

Lab Guys Concrete Pour

Several of our lab technicians (plus a product manager) are posing for the camera, and obviously trying to flex while sucking their bellies in during a concrete pour to test our SSTB(R) anchors. The tradition has it that if you end up with this picture, you hang it on your wall and re-gift it at next year’s gift exchange – so there it is, on the wall in Engineer Dustin’s office. The trick has become wrapping it so that nobody recognizes that it is the picture frame.

Speaking of concrete, between our test labs in Addison, Ill., Stockton and Pleasanton, Calif., we test a lot of concrete. We will certainly be doing a lot more testing to continue to support our new Repair, Protection and Strengthening Systems for Concrete and Masonry product line. But I will ask the lab technicians to keep their shirts on.

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