Seismic Bracing from the Experts

Properly Swaged Fittings Are the Key to Seismic Bracing Installations

When properly installed, fittings maintain the break strength of their respective cables without the need for a thimble. This allows installers to use smaller cables and cable kits instead of bulkier, oversized cables that require hand-tightened fittings. With the correct tools and guides from our website, you can easily cut, swage, and install seismic cable that has the capacity to protect infrastructure from destructive earthquake activity.

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Design Guides for Architects and Engineers

Have you visited the Design Guides page on our website? This web page includes free downloadable copies of our NFPA-13 2016 and NFPA-13 2010 Seismic Design Guides, which are available in both English and Spanish. These guides were authored by our engineers to assist you through every stage of your seismic bracing building project, from hardware selection to product installation. Ideal for use with our Engineers’ Tools Seismic Calculator, these resources help generate mistake-free NFPA forms and planning solutions. Here is an overview of the valuable information included in our guides.

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Two Seismic Hardware Fittings That Make Retrofitting Possible

It may seem intimidating to retrofit new seismic bracing to existing building structures, especially where there is little to no space for these modifications. As an added challenge, many modern building codes work retroactively, which means they require older facilities to install new structural supports in accordance with updated policies. This can seem like an expensive and difficult process if you are not equipped with the correct hardware to make appropriate upgrades. Luckily, Loos offers two different hardware fittings to assist with the retrofitting process: SAFR (Seismic Anchoring Fitting Retrofit) and SAF2R (Seismic Anchoring Fitting – 2-Way – Retrofit).

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How to Use Engineers' Tools

The Loos & Co. web-based trade calculator, Engineer's Tools, makes it easier than ever to fill out the NFPA-13 Seismic Bracing Calculation form by guiding users through the process with step-by-step instructions. The program also makes it easy to create and save designs for multiple projects all in one place, and the completed forms are available for printing so they may be submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). If your project conditions change, the calculator allows you to easily edit your design, and it warns you of any errors or discrepancies before finalizing the document. Along with the ability to print submittal documentation, our Seismic Calculator will generate a complete bill of materials to be submitted to your local Loos distributor for quoting. 

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What is Seismic Bracing?

Did you know that most of the destruction generated inside of buildings during an earthquake is not actually caused by the quake itself? The damage is actually triggered by improperly supported gas lines, sprinkler systems, and electrical trays that rupture and arc, producing floods, fires, or other hazards. These situations can be costly and dangerous, creating headaches for business owners long after the ground stops shaking. That is why it is important to employ code-compliant seismic bracing from Loos & Co. to defend against system failures before they happen. So how does this bracing actually work to avert accidents, and where is it used?   

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Why Should You Use Loos Seismic Bracing Cable?

When it comes to selecting a bracing cable company, you have choices when it comes to reliability, performance, and qualifications. Fortunately, Loos Seismic Bracing offers an unmatched balance of all three, with certified bracing cable and high quality tools. Here are three benefits of using Loos Seismic Bracing as your top manufacturer:

Reliability

Loos & Co., Inc. has been manufacturing wire rope, cable, and cable accessories since 1958. We are specialists in small diameter wire ropes and aircraft cables. You can find Loos' cables and cable assemblies used on critical flight control and mechanical control systems on the commercial and military aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Lockheed, Airbus, Bombardier, and Embraer, just to name a few. We are found on US Government military equipment, NASA flight systems, and on commercial lifting and rigging applications where connections and strength ratings cannot fail.

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Announcing Loos' Engineers' Tools Seismic Calculator

Our commitment to lead and advance the field of seismic bracing has built the Loos & Co. reputation as pioneers in the field since 1993. We continue that tradition with the introduction of the Loos & Co. Engineers' Tools Seismic Calculator. We are proud to reintroduce this web-based, mobile-responsive resource capable of completing the complex calculations required to create code-compliant seismic bracing designs.

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