Unrivalled technical support from JCP 28 July 2021

JCP Construction Products, the specialist fixing division of Owlett-Jaton, is renowned as a brand synonymous with quality and an ever expanding product range. This includes its nylon frame fixing and stainless steel heavy-duty anchor ranges, which are backed up with unrivalled technical support and on-site product testing.

JCP offers a comprehensive range of CE approved and ETA certified nylon frame fixings, with R90 fire rating (90 minutes resistance) too. Available in either 8mm or 10mm diameters, with a polyamide PA6 nylon sleeve, the 10mm diameter option is fire rated up to 90 minutes for the fastening of façade systems on concrete.

Tested to ETAG 020 – plastic anchors for multiple uses for non-structural applications – the ETA substantiates that these nylon frame fixings can be used for a range of solid and hollow base materials for multiple fixings in non-structural applications. The base materials include cracked and non-cracked concrete, lightweight aggregate concrete, solid masonry, hollow or perforated masonry, and AAC (Aerated Autoclaved Concrete).

The nylon frame fixing is available with a bright zinc plated steel countersunk screw, hexagon flange head screw and countersunk A4-70 316 stainless steel screw. The stainless steel screws are ideal for external use, including marine environments. The countersunk head design offers a flush finish, with a TX drive offering a fast and strong insertion, whilst the hexagon flange head design spreads the load out over a greater surface area and is compatible with respective sockets.

JCP has also expanded its stainless steel A4-316 heavy-duty anchors offering by introducing hexagon bolt and countersunk types to its ever-expanding product range. The anchors are approved for use under seismic actions C1 and C2 and offer high tension and shear resistance. Both are resistant to fire exposure of 30 – 120 minutes, with a fire classification of A1.

These two types line-up with the existing stud and nut type of A4-316 heavy-duty anchor, which features the same criteria. The A4-316 stainless steel body enables the heavy-duty anchors to be used in interior and exterior applications, including marine environments.

To support the entire product range, JCP offers an Anchor Calculation Program (ACP), which is designed to simplify specifying connections to floors, ceilings, and walls, and factors in loadings, spacing and edge distances. The ACP is available from the JCP website and is free of charge to download and available to anybody. Users of the ACP simply enter in relevant data for a specific application, and the program recommends fixings accordingly. It includes fire and seismic requirements and can accurately suggest suitable anchors based on the connection configurations.

The specialist fixings brand has also invested in detailed animation videos, showing clearly how these fixings should be installed correctly. Created with the end-user in mind, JCP hopes that the videos will support their customers when dealing with end-users.

With the ever changing demands of the construction industry, and ultimately the needs of its customers, JCP’s support also extends further to its highly experienced area sales managers carrying out on-site product testing, right across the UK, when requested. The construction industry has witnessed an increase in such requests, and in turn, site visits occur on an almost daily basis – performing pull-out tests to demonstrate the suitability and capability of JCP products, as well as to ensure correct installation.

The test rig is attached to the fixing and load is applied to the specified level, which determines the strength of the application. Upon completion, the customer is provided with documentation, substantiating the application. This includes a report that records the loads achieved, the corresponding product data sheet for comparison, as well as a calibration report – proving that the results are true and accurate. Whether it is in-line with a building regulation requirement, or for peace of mind, JCP area sales managers are on hand to provide advice on behalf of customers.

The site tests are predominantly performed on new construction projects but also include new extension work to an existing structure. Testing can be carried out on any JCP branded product to the respective specifications, which factors in the relevant base material too. This includes the wide range of CE and ETA affiliated products available from JCP.

Many contractors are now required to provide proof testing for fixings. It is an expensive and time-consuming practice. Proof testing, to validate the quality of installation, might not be necessary if approved anchors are installed by trained operatives working under supervision. JCP’s technical department offers installation training sessions for contractors and their personnel.

Many JCP products are certified and regulated, including CE approved, ETA certified, WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme), and fire rated products. This is all backed up by a great reputation, technical support and a wide range of packaging options. 

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

Claire prides herself on keeping readers well informed and up to date with the latest industry news.