Simpson Strong-Tie to introduce Yield-Link brace connection for better resilience and reduced construction costs at NASCC: The Steel Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 12-14

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PLEASANTON, California , April 10, 2023 (press release) –

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will introduce the new Yield-Link® brace connection (YLBC), part of a full suite of structural steel innovations and resilient building solutions, at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference, to be held April 12-14 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Steel Conference is the premier annual event for designers, fabricators, erectors, and construction professionals involved in the design and construction of steel buildings and bridges. This year’s event also incorporates the World Steel Bridge Symposium, QualityCon, the NISD Conference on Steel Detailing, SafetyCon, Architecture in Steel, and the SSRC Annual Stability Conference.
Resilient building solutions and new product innovations to be showcased at Simpson Strong-Tie Booth 1532 include the new YLBC along with the Yield-Link moment connection and Edge-Tie™ system for cladding connections. Together, these solutions provide fabricators, erectors, engineers, building owners, and contractors with a tested, more economical solution for structural steel construction and improved resiliency from wind and seismic events.
The YLBC is an innovative structural steel solution for dissipating energy through a fuse connection, creating a resilient steel frame that protects beams, columns, and braces during seismic and wind events. Designed for simple incorporation into either new construction or retrofits, the YLBC requires no field welding, thus helping reduce testing and inspection costs.
Recently re-engineered, the one-piece Yield-Link moment connection likewise requires no onsite welding of moment connections, reducing welding inspection costs and dependency on shrinking labor pools. Because they’re designed to absorb damage and are easy to replace, Yield-Link connections also allow for less costly repairs and shorter recovery times after significant seismic and high-wind events.
Introduced in July 2022, the Edge-Tie™ system is designed to replace field-welded bent plate pour stops with a high-strength, straight-edge, channeled steel beam that accepts bolted connections to facilitate easy cladding installations. Long lengths provide an easy, cut-to-fit solution for steel buildings of any size, and the bolted connections eliminate the need for field welding, delivering faster, safer installation with less labor.
“Simpson Strong-Tie is excited to introduce the YLBC as part of an array of innovative product and technology solutions designed to help the structural steel industry build stronger and work smarter,” said Tim Ellis, market segment manager for structural steel at Simpson Strong-Tie. “Like the Yield-Link moment connection and Edge-Tie system, the YLBC provides fabricators, erectors, engineers, building owners, and contractors with innovative, easy-to-install solutions designed to reduce overall construction time and costs while providing built-in resiliency and fast repair after natural disasters.”
Backed by technical field support and integrated into several widely used design and detailing software tools, the YLBC, Yield-Link® moment connection, and Edge-Tie™ system make up a growing suite of proven structural steel construction solutions designed to simplify design and installation while enhancing building strength and resilience. For more information, please visit:
MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media attending this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference who are interested in previewing new product solutions and speaking with Simpson Strong-Tie category experts and thought leaders can email PR and media manager Chris Wood ahead of the conference to set up interview appointments.
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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