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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2022 / Vol 45 No 2


90 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK U.S. ANCHOR A BRIGHTON-BEST INTERNATIONAL COMPANY 5855 Obispo Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805 TEL 562-808-8000 EMAIL WEB STRONG CUSTOMER SATISFACTION THROUGH TESTING, APPROVALS & COMMITMENT by Jim Hahn, U.S. Anchor Product Manager Since 1985, the U.S. Anchor product line, from Brighton-Best International, has consistently supplied distributors and end users with high-quality Lite, Medium and Heavy-Duty anchoring systems. As the anchoring business has matured over time, new products have been added to the U.S. Anchor line up to meet the demands required on jobsites and industrial facilities. This growth is due to a commitment to invest in product testing to meet and exceed strict industry standards. These new products deliver better performance and improved ease of installation. In today’s pandemic environment there has been more pressure for manufacturers to meet the growing demand of the marketplace. These demands are mostly centered upon supply chain issues. Distributors and users are seeking high fill rates that aid in their planning process. BBI has consistently delivered high fill rates of U.S. Anchor products from 21 regional warehouses. Product Testing & Approvals Product approvals have become a requirement in today’s construction environment. These approvals emanate from industry code committees via consensus agreements. The primary code committees A.S.T.M. and I.C.I. establish new testing criteria for third party testing laboratory protocols. Once established, the main evaluation and approval agencies adopt the testing protocols as part of their overall certification process. Examples include ICC-ES and Miami Dade County. Manufacturers today strive to design and engineer anchoring products to meet or exceed the established criteria conducted by the third party testing laboratories. Once the results of the testing is evaluated for compliance, they are published to the industry. Distributors can sell and market these approved anchoring products with confidence resting on quality assurance from independent evaluation oversight. To better serve U.S. Anchor customers, BBI has made significant financial investments in these important areas. Product Line Profiles HEAVY DUTY ANCHORS The two main areas of anchor industry development and expansion are centered upon the heavier duty wedge and concrete screw product lines. These anchoring designs are typically specified when pull-out, shear and edge & spacing criteria is paramount. The Ultrawedge+, our flagship wedge anchor, has been manufactured at the same factory since 1996, while the Tapking HD is highly engineered, with strict inspection, bi-annually through independent auditors. As a result of code committee oversight and analysis, changes to testing criteria has mandated improved anchor design and performance. The main change in the past 15 years has been ‘cracked concrete’. This has had a profound effect on anchor design and ability to perform under critical field conditions. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 152


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