Fastening To Steel Design Center

Fastening solutions designed to meet the demands of the toughest applications and environments.

Realize productivity improvements and predictable cost savings with Hilti Power-actuated fastening systems, a safer and effective method for attaching equipment, fixtures, or supports to structural steel. By making quick, repetitive fastenings, Hilti solutions offer significant advantages compared to traditional methods like welding, clamping, or through-bolting. Hilti offers various product lines that provide corrosion-resistant fastenings for a wide range of applications across many industries and environmental conditions. From the interior of an industrial facility, to outdoor oil and gas sites, to the harshest offshore environments, Hilti fasteners are thoroughly tested to meet your demanding needs. These innovative systems are easy to install, provide consistent fastenings, and bring more productivity to the installer. This Design Center will help you learn more about this technology and where you can save time and money on your next project.

POWDER-ACTUATED ADVANTAGES OVER TRADITIONAL FASTENING METHODS

Fasten to base material with minimal preparation and rework

Unlike welding or through-bolting, Hilti fastening solutions only require a small pilot hole in the base material to fastening. No rework of the base materials is needed after the fastening is made. This makes the overall installation much faster while still providing reliable corrosion protection.

Skilled welder is not required

Fastening to steel with Hilti systems can be completed by most trained operators and does not require a certified welder. Therefore, contractors can deploy welders to other critical applications where welding is an absolute must. On-site training and installer certification is provided by Hilti.

Only access to one side of the steel is needed

Unlike through-bolting or clamping, Hilti fastening solutions do not require access to both sides of the base materials. This improves operator productivity as there is no need to get fingers into tight spaces, and possibly eliminates the need to reposition a lift to access the back side of a fastening.

More flexibility in the field

Hilti powder-actuated tools and cordless drill/drivers for sharp and blunt-tip solutions cab be used in almost all-weather conditions. These tools use powder, gas or battery technology eliminating the need for an external power source, extension cords or leads.

Reliable products backed by extensive testing and industry approvals

Hilti provides comprehensive technical data for each product including, but not limited to, capacity for different steel strengths and thickness, vibration, resistance, and effects on base materials. The data is backed by the international Code Council’s Evaluation Service ( ICC-ES), as well as many industry approvals. In addition, Hilti blunt-tip screw fastening studs are approved for use in aluminum.

Procedures and checks for repeatable, quality installations

Visual aids during the drilling process help create a reliable pilot hole for blunt-tip fastener installation. Power regulation on the powder tool and a depth gauge for the drill/driver help ensure that each blunt-tip fastener can be set to the correct depth for optimum performance. Finally, both Hilti sharp-tip and blunt-tip fasteners are easy to inspect after installation using a visual check.

No through penetration or damage to the back of the steel

With Hilti blunt-tip technology, fastenings can be completed without damaging the protective coating for steel as thins as ¼ inch, making it ideal for highly-corrosive environments.

APPLICATIONS

Grating Fasteners - Structure

Checker-plate Fasteners - Structure

Decking Fasteners - Structure

Grounding - Electrical

Bonding - Electrical

COST ADVANTAGE VS TRADITIONAL METHODS

Hilti blunt tip solutions can be 57-63% more cost effective compared to traditional methods in mildly corrosive environments. Using Hilti sharp tip solutions in mildly-corrosive environments can often provide even more cost benefits in terms of total installed cost per fastening. Contact us for one of our account managers to visit you on-site or at your office to show you how.

HILTI STUD FASTENER TYPES

Three fast and reliable ways for fastening to steel

Sharp tip fastening

A fastening technology where a sharp tip fastener is driven by a powder-actuated tool into the base material, creating a high-quality connection.

  • Suitable for high-frequency applications where each fastening can be completed in a few seconds
  • Stainless steel fasteners for mildly corrosive environments where penetration through base material is acceptable      

X-BT blunt tip fastening

A revolutionary fastening technology where a blunt-tip fastener with a smooth shank is driven by a powder-actuated tool into a pre-drilled hole in the base material, creating a high-quality connection.

  • No damage to base material corrosion protection in non-through penetration applications
  • Stainless steel fasteners (equivalent corrosion protection as A4(316) ) for highly-corrosive environments
  • Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP)/stainless steel fasteners for mildly-corrosive environments

S-BT blunt tip screw fastening

An innovative fastening technology where a blunt-tip stainless steel fastener with a threaded shank is driven by a torque-controlled driver into a pre-drilled hole in the base material creating a strong, tapped connection.

  • No damage to base material corrosion protection in non-through penetration applications
  • Stainless steel fasteners (equivalent corrosion protection as A4(316) ) for highly-corrosive environments
  • Carbon steel fasteners (Duplex coating, equivalent to 45 µm hot-dip galvanized) for mildly-corrosive environments

DIRECT FASTENING TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Powder-actuated

A fastening technology utilizing a powder charge and captive piston for fast, secure fastenings.

Nails & threaded studs for electrical and mechanical applications

Highest energy levels for the most demanding applications

Available for mildly to highly corrosive environments

Fasten to steel, concrete, or masonry

Gas-actuated

A fastening technology that offers the ultimate in productive, light duty applications.

Suitable for high volume, interior applications

Ideal for drywall track, electrical, mechanical and building construction

Wide range of nails for fastening a variety of materials

Fasten to concrete or masonry

Battery-actuated

A fastening technology that offers the ultimate in productive, light duty applications.

Suitable for high volume, interior applications

Ideal for drywall track, electrical, mechanical and building construction

Wide range of nails for fastening a variety of materials

Fasten to concrete or masonry

Screw-fastened

A trusted fastening technology using only a drill/driver and torque-controlled setting tool.

Threaded studs for a variety of electrical and mechanical applications, as well as grating fasteners

Available for mildly to highly corrosive environments

Fasten to steel or aluminum

Highest load capacities of all Hilti Direct Fastening options

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