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Roof Reinforcement

Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution for reinforcing the roof of a manufacturing facility prior to installing solar panels.

Location: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Product: Type AF Girder Clamps
Client: Trane Inc.
Installer: GE Solar
Specifier: Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Trane Inc. is a global manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with 104 manufacturing locations in 28 countries. The company has an ambitious Global Climate Commitment which includes a 35-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. As part of this commitment Trane wanted to install a solar power system on the roof of its factory in Trenton.

To determine if the existing steel roof was capable of taking the extra loads that would be imposed by installing 5,500 photovoltaic panels, engineers needed to cut out a section of the existing roof joist for testing. The test results concluded that reinforcing from the lower joists to the main support beam was required at about 40 load critical locations, and that a safe and secure method of connecting bracing would be required.

Lindapter provided a custom splice support connection, consisting of a location plate and 8 x Type AF girder clamps, to reinforce the joist where it had been cut to remove a section for testing. To strengthen the roof between the lower joists and main support beam a girder bracing assembly was designed to increase lateral stability. This involved a reinforcement assembly being connected to the main beam using Type AF high slip resistance girder clamps in a four-bolt configuration and new WT steel sections connected to provide bracing.

Each bracing assembly was carefully lifted into position and then secured to the bottom flange of the existing steel joist using size ½” Type AF girder clamps. The adjustability of the girder clamps allowed the contractor to slide and align the bracing assemblies into the exact positions required, before they were tightened with hand tools. The new WT steel bracing sections were then connected to the bracing assembly and attached to the outer support beams.

Lindapter girder clamps provided a drilling and weld free connection that reduced disruption, shutdown time for the factory and labor costs. Reinforcing was accomplished without contaminating the manufacturing floor and the high capacities of the Type AF provided the necessary tensile, slip and combined loads. Independent technical accreditations such as the CE mark (ETA-13/0300), TÜV, Lloyd’s Register and ICC-ES verify the load and slip capacities that led to successful reinforcement of the roof. The factory now generates around 15% of its own power through the solar power system and over the next 20 years will save an estimated 35,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • High slip resistance for tensile and frictional loads
  • No drilling or welding required
  • Fully adjustable in the field for easy installation

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Reasons to choose Lindapter

  • Save time and money

    Save time and money

    Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.

  • Safer connections

    Safer connections

    Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.

  • High strength

    High strength

    Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.

  • Industry leading approvals

    Industry leading approvals

    Lindapter has earned a reputation synonymous with safety and reliability, gaining multiple independent approvals.

  • Adjustable


    Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.

  • Free connection detailing

    Free connection detailing

    Lindapter’s experienced Engineers can detail a custom connection based on your specific requirements free of charge.

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