Simpson Strong-Tie wins 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award for Timber Drive Structural Fastening System; it is also named a finalist in Technology Design/Layout category for its Deck Planner Software app featuring augmented reality

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PLEASANTON, California , September 28, 2023 (press release) –

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has received the 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) in the Drills/Drivers Attachments category for its Timber Drive™ Structural Fastening System and was named Finalist in the Technology Design/Layout category for its Deck Planner Software™ app with augmented reality (AR). The awards are judged by a diverse panel of industry professionals with decades of combined experience handling, operating and/or testing hundreds of tools, accessories and fasteners each year. 

The Timber Drive Structural Fastening System is a first-of-its-kind, heavy-duty structural fastening system designed for stand-up, semi-automatic operation while driving 3" to 6 ¼" structural screws. Ideal for heavy-duty jobs that require repetitive fastening, such as decks, docks, boardwalks, piers and flooring, as well as for fastening metal straps to wood, engineered wood or mass timber panels, its ergonomic design makes it a faster, easier way to work, and a patent-pending drop-feed gravity loader allows for semi-automatic driving of a wide variety of Simpson Strong-Tie fasteners. 

The judging panel said, “Simpson Strong-Tie has had back-saving collated screw fastening systems for a while, but the Timber Drive takes them to a whole new level. [The system is] specifically designed to handle longer, thicker, structural screws, [so] you’re no longer limited to the slow process of driving with a standard drill or impact driver. Thanks to Simpson, you can get the natural look and strength of timber building with far greater efficiency and convenience than ever before.” 

The Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software provides a suite of intuitive tools and resources for designing and building sturdy, attractive decks, pergolas and other outdoor living spaces. With new AR functionality, users can quickly and easily design their desired deck and then engage in a realistic interactive AR experience within the deck design. When users are satisfied with their design, the app generates a permit submittal page and materials lists to get projects started. 

To learn more about the heavy-duty Timber Drive stand-up driver from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit

For more information about the company’s Deck Planner Software, go to

 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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