Simpson Strong-Tie launches Steel Concealed Beam Hanger for mass timber applications in seismic regions; new beam hanger provides a concealed connection to preserve a wood-only look while offering allowable design load of approximately 20 kips

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PLEASANTON, California , December 19, 2023 (press release) –

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, continues to grow its lineup of mass timber hardware with the addition of the SCBH™ steel concealed beam hanger suitable for high-drift, high-capacity seismic applications. The new beam hanger provides a concealed connection to preserve a wood-only look while offering an allowable design load of approximately 20 kips (equivalent to 20,000 pounds of force) and a one- or two-hour fire resistance rating per ASTM E119 for a wood-to-wood connection.
The new steel beam hanger matches the beam-to-column load of the company’s ACBH™ aluminum concealed beam hanger, while increasing the ability to deform when subjected to joint rotation due to seismic forces and inter-story drift. This combination makes the SCBH ideal for use at glulam beam-to-column connections in high-seismic regions.
“As mass timber construction continues to gain traction around the US and Canada, architects and engineers need more connection solutions that meet the unique requirements of earthquake-prone areas,” said Michael Weinert, senior product manager for Mass Timber and Offsite Construction at Simpson Strong-Tie. “The new SCBH steel concealed beam hanger offers immense versatility for these applications by satisfying the combined needs of aesthetics, strength and fire-rated performance alongside compatibility with seismic deformation.”
The SCBH installs easily in the factory using Simpson Strong-Tie’s fully threaded Strong-Drive® SDCF Timber-CF structural screws. A generous onsite fit-up tolerance provides for smooth and easy beam installation.
Double connectors can be used on a single beam end for increased connection capacity, and a weldable SCBH-W backplate option is available for glulam-beam-to-steel support connections.
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About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural solutions — products and technology that help people design and build safer, stronger homes, buildings, and communities. As a pioneer in the building industry, we have an unmatched passion for problem solving through skillful engineering and thoughtful innovation. Our structural systems research and rigorous testing enable us to design code-listed, value-engineered solutions for a multitude of applications in wood, steel, and concrete structures. Our dedication to pursuing ever-better construction products and technology and to surrounding our customers with exceptional service and support has been core to our mission since 1956. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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