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Build More Safely

At a Glance

Successes and Actions

  • Training and consulting to support high-quality installations
  • Hilti Tracefast as an innovation for the unique identification of anchors throughout their entire life cycle
  • Software solutions for support in the design process and for seamless documentation

Building Safety

Sustainability has become an essential element of construction. New construction projects aim to reduce negative effects on the environment and at the same time create a positive situation for the people who live and work in these buildings. At Hilti we have been offering products to make buildings safer for more than 40 years – and we have helped to establish high standards in this area. Our cooperation with universities, research institutes and approval bodies have made a significant contribution to raising the safety in buildings to a higher level. 

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Our target is to meet the highest standards in building safety with our products.

Our strategy for the better protection of people and their property rests on two strong pillars – better protection against critical events, such as fire or earthquakes, and lifetime performance, ensuring the long-term durability of our solutions.

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Better protection against critical events 

Within the first pillar, we focus on mitigating the two main impacts to building and occupant safety: earthquakes or seismic events and fires. 

In the field of earthquake protection, we offer a wide range of solutions helping to ensure fasteners, rebar connections, fire protected penetrations and joints can withstand the impact of an earthquake. An example of this is the extensive effort we do within the field of our anchor fasteners: We carry out comprehensive testing that simulates the magnitude and frequency of an actual earthquake to enable our products and solutions can still perform during and after a seismic event in all dimensions of performance.

Photo: Hilti: Man with helmet works on a construction site and uses the adaptive torque module.
The intelligent adaptive torque module helps to ensure that anchor systems are fastened with the correct installation torque. The correct anchor setting is simultaneously documented and can be transferred seamlessly to a PC after the work is done.

In the area of fire protection, we are offering industry leading passive firestop solutions that enable fire containment and thereby reducing impact on both occupants and building structure. In addition to fire protection devices and chemicals, we also research how our fasteners and rebar connections can withstand and outperform during critical temperature conditions occurring during building fires.

We partner closely with standardization organizations helping to ensure compliance with regulations and the effective safety performance of our solutions. As an active member of standardization organizations, such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Organization of Technical Assessment (EOTA) and the International Code Council (ICC), we always strive to help develop standards and regulations that create a foundation for both safer and more practical solution design. We promote these standards and regulations in the markets in which we operate, and we participate in public consultations of the respective national committees.

Photo: Hilti: Man in fireproof clothing stands in front of stove with open fire
Our passive fire protection solutions are integrated into the structure of a building helping to seal off pipes, cables or even building joints from fire and toxic smoke in the event of a fire. This helps prevent the fire from spreading further into the building and minimizes its devastating effects.

Lifetime performance

Within our second pillar we develop solutions that aim at providing these innovative products support an extended lifetime of a building. 

The foundation of long-lasting buildings is durable hardware elements in those buildings. We strive to offer hardware that outlasts the life of a structure. We help to ensure the performance of our fasteners by running long-term testing in corrosive environments across the globe, for example, in locations in the immediate vicinity of the sea with fluctuating temperatures and high humidity. 

Foto: Hilti: Edward-Louis Przybylowicz, Leiter der Business Unit Anchor Systems

We strive to design our solutions to outlast the life of a structure.

Edward-Louis Przybylowicz,
Head of Business Unit Anchor Systems

Leading product features and lifetime performance can, however, only be realized if products are installed correctly. Therefore, we have developed systems and services that enable the high quality of installation. To help construction workers make best use of our products, we offer professionally delivered trainings: We consult the installers on the construction site through a combination of technical knowledge and hands-on modules.

In addition, we support long-lasting construction with systems that prevent errors during the installation of our products and that provide reports on the proper installation. 

An example of this is our Adaptive Torque Module which helps to ensure all anchors and installation systems are set with the proper torque or our digital On-Site Testing systems that validate anchor performance. 

In order to validate lifetime-enhanced performance of our solutions we offer documentation solutions like the Hilti Documentation Manager. This supports contractors in extensively and effectively documenting their work, while also aiding facility managers in monitoring the critical areas of their facility – like firestop seals or critical anchors – with the help of cloud-based software.

Another example for an innovative documentation feature is the Hilti Tracefast, a unique QR code imprinted on our high-performance anchors that represents a new concept for fasteners. This data matrix code (DMC) makes each fastener uniquely identifiable and thus traceable throughout its entire life cycle – from manufacturing to the end of the building’s use. The DMC contains a unique ID that includes all relevant information: instructions for use, approvals, technical data and even the batch and article number. 

More information: Company Report

Photo: Hilti: Man with helmet on construction site uses Tracefast QR code
Hilti Tracefast is a unique QR code that is printed on our high-performance anchors as a new concept for fasteners.

Safety begins with design

The foundation in the field of building safety is a safe building design. We partner closely with specifiers and architects to enable the consideration of building and occupant safety at an early stage in the planning. This is the prerequisite for being able to provide the resilience of a building in the long run.

Our field-based engineering force consults with regard to critical safety problems, provides technical assessments and on-site testing during the design phase. This support function is further enabled by providing software solutions like PROFIS Engineering and the recently launched Firestop Selector. In this way, we help various construction communities to find and design safer and more cost-effective solutions. Furthermore, we support general contractors in planning their projects more effectively, modeling and calculating their safety-critical solutions directly within the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology. 

More information: Company Report

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Research with the support of students

Innovations through research and feedback

In order to further develop and innovate our current portfolio of products and solutions, we also research and develop through partnerships. A key contributor for continuing to advance our understanding of the impact of critical events on the performance of building structures is our collaboration with universities and research groups having specific expertise in these fields.

For example, the partnership with the University of Canterbury helps us to continuously improve fire protection solutions, which are enabled to effectively perform their sealing role even after a significant earthquake. While traditional firestop solutions have shown their limitations in facilities hit by earthquakes, by failing to keep fire contained, more innovative pre-formed firestop devices have proven much more resilient to vibrations and movements, better stopping the spread of fire and smoke after seismic events.

Together with the University of San Diego we are developing testing requirements for safer seismic fastening solutions with a strong focus on the capacity to recover quickly after a seismic event. 

University of Canterbury

Development of a methodology to assess the residual performance of penetration firestopping systems exposed to seismic conditions.

 

University of California San Diego

Development of new product qualification and design guidelines for seismic resistance, safety, and resilience of structural and nonstructural fastening applications.

Within our own value chain, the topic of building safety is on the agenda of the individual business units: We follow a structured development process to integrate security features into our products at a very early stage. In addition to the tests anchored in the guidelines, we check for a wide variety of contingencies, such as incorrect product storage or deviating installation conditions. We only launch a product on the market when all these risk assessments have been completed. After product launch, in addition to the product monitoring obligation, the feedback from our customers plays a very relevant role in the continuous improvement of our offering. Experts in our development teams carry out structured reviews of customer complaints, including additional tests and site visits, if necessary.