MiTek’s Hardy Frame® Offers New Lateral-Load Solutions, Rounding Out a Complete Product Line

MiTek USA just announced that its Hardy Frame brand now offers a range of seven products in a “full spectrum” offering of lateral-load solutions for light-frame, multistory construction. Two of the Hardy Frame solutions introduced here – the Hardy Frame® CFS Moment Frame™ and the Hardy Frame® CFS Picture Frame™ – are entirely new to the market.

“MiTek is the innovator in the field of lateral-load solutions. With this full spectrum of solutions, anyone designing or constructing light-frame, multistory structures now has more choices, more advantages, and better value,” said Scott Miller, MiTek’s Senior Vice President of Engineering. “Our new cold-formed steel solutions are especially innovative, allowing easy, on-site assembly. We stand alone in the industry with this new alternative to structural steel moment frames.”

The full spectrum of Hardy Frame solutions includes:

     

1)

Hardy Frame Brace: The “original” Hardy Frame diagonal member resists lateral loads in both tension and compression.

 

2)

Hardy Frame Panel: This panel offers the industry’s narrowest (9”) pre-fabricated shear panel; back-to-back installation doubles capacity.

 

3)

Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame (New!): This cold-formed steel (CFS) frame is an alternative to structural steel moment frames: Cost-effective; easy assembly on site; back-to-back installation doubles capacity.

 

4)

Hardy Frame Moment Frame: This frame is pre-assembled and pre-welded, with pinned base: No lateral bracing required at the beam; it’s the first special moment connection designed for use in residential construction to be prequalified in AISC 358.

 

5)

Hardy Frame Picture Frame: The “picture frame” has double the capacity of a pinned-base frame; it replaces grade beam design and construction.

 

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Hardy Frame CFS Picture Frame™ (New!): This cold-formed steel solution is for multi-family shear wall systems; it’s an effective solution for multi-story application with large window openings. This self-reacting moment frame distributes compression on wood members below. Two panels installed back-to-back can double capacity; it incorporates the MiTek Z4 continuous tie-down system; it’s easy to assemble on-site.

 

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Z4 Tie Down System: It perpetually adjusts its connections to the floor system as a building deforms, with one-time installation and inspection.

 

About MiTek

MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial, construction sectors. MiTek Industries’ passion for its associates’ well-being and its customers’ success is the company’s hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B) since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents. Learn more: www.MiTek-us.com and www.MII.com.