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Upset Parallel Thread

Mechanical Coupler for Reinforcing Bars

About BAR-US Why a Mechanical Splice? SimGrip Upset Parallel System SimGrip System Equipment SimGrip SimGrip LT SimGrip PS SimGrip TS Anchor - Nut Structural Solutions Accessories

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ABOUT US

BAR-US, Corp. is a global design, manufacturing and service company of engineered splice solutions for the heavy construction industry. BAR-US mechanical reinforcing bar couplers, anchorage, structural products, precast connectors and similar valueadded engineered splice systems offer a variety of solutions to meet the challenges of heavy construction.

Powered by manufacturing and engineering capabilities, BAR-US is committed to exceptional customer satisfaction, sustainable product initiatives and service quality at every job site. Because BAR-US values our customers, we employ a dedicated staff of administrators, engineers, and technicians to ensure that we provide the best customer service possible.

DESIGN
Our Research and Development team is comprised of skilled Mechanical, Civil and Industrial Engineers. These dedicated professionals specialize in rebar splice solutions for challenging construction projects. In addition to the products in our catalogs, we can custom design special mechanical connectors and a variety of other engineered steel products to fit the needs of each project. For large-scale projects, we also offer solutions for your rebar splice design problems.

PRODUCTION
BAR-US production follows the guidelines established by our Quality Assurance Program and we are certified by an ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems accredited agency. Our certification was granted because quality and accountability are two major pillars in our production process. All of our materials, documents and processes are carefully filed for traceability and a tracing code is printed on each product we produce. BAR-US also manufactures rebar splicing solutions locally to avoid long lead times, transportation and customs issues, and the expenses of manufacturing abroad.

SERVICE
BAR-US assists our customers throughout the entire production process: from concept and design to the installation at the job site. Our aim is to provide the most applicable and economical design solutions for mechanical couplers. Along with our design and manufacturing abilities, we also offer an extensive array of related services, such as rebar upsetting and threading, at your job site. In addition, our equipment and technicians are available for the duration of the project so that you dont need to purchase any equipment or hire extra technicians.

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WHY A MECHANICAL SPLICE?

2000s
High Tech Mechanical Coupler

Due to the growing technical challenges faced in todays construction industry, traditional methods for connecting rebar, such as lapping or welding, is no longer the best method to connect rebar. More and more construction codes are specifying a mechanical coupler because it provides better structural integrity while minimizing costs. Some of the benefits of using a BAR-US mechanical coupler include:

More reliable and more structural integrity than lap splices because they no longer rely on the concrete for load transfer Lowers the risk of rock and air pockets by reducing rebar congestion Efficient and easy design options result in smaller and stronger columns with the maximum amount of useful area Avoids drilling and/or cutting forms, especially in crane, elevator openings, and stairwells Installs easily and quickly

Reduces the amount of rebar, which reduces the labor and crane time improving the construction schedule No lapping length necessary reduces inventory which lowers cost Better splice inspection lowers quality control costs Allows for same line splicing no staggered splices Minimizes rebar waste

1900s
Obsolete connection method

SIMPLICITY
allows for the design of fast, easy, economic, and ultimately, enjoyable construction projects.
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STRENGTH
provided by the coupler offers a solution for handling and moving massive reinforcing structures.

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The SimGrip System is used in applications where the continuation bar can be rotated freely and is comprised of an internally threaded coupler with a single right hand thread. The ends of the bars are upset and threaded for half the length of the coupler.

The SimGrip LT System is used in applications where it is more difficult to rotate the continuation bar. It is comprised of the same coupler as the SimGrip System, however, one bar is threaded for a full coupler length.

UPSET PARALLEL THREAD MECHANICAL COUPLER FOR REINFORCING BARS


The SimGrip PS System is a Position Type coupler is used where

System parallel threaded mechanical coupler is a steel sleeve which is internally threaded. SimGrip System couplers are used when joining deformed grade 460B and B500B reinforcing bars complying with BS4449, S420 and S500 reinforcing bars complying with TS708. To better suit the couplers, the deformed high-yield carbon reinforcing bar ends are enlarged to a predetermined size with a cold forming press before cut or roll threading. This method provides a larger diameter of rebar ends for threading. Rebar ends enlarged and threaded by BARUS have no loss of cross-sectional areas. Parallel thread couplers are available in four types: SimGrip, SimGrip LT, SimGrip PS, SimGrip TS and Anchor-Nut

SimGrip

the continuation bar cannot be rotated and therefore includes an additional locknut. The continuation bar is threaded for the full coupler length plus the length of the locknut.

The SimGrip Transition Coupler is used to splice different diameter reinforcing bars. The transition coupler comprises an internally threaded sleeve with two right hand threads. Spliced bars provide full strength in tension, compression and stress reversal applications and behave as continuous lengths of rebars. The diameter of each thread corresponds to the appropriate bar size.

The parallel threaded headed Anchor-Nut provides an alternative method of creating a simpler and more effective rebar end anchorage than the traditional hooked rebar within the concrete.
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TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
Wall-to-slab connection, Wall-to-precast beam connection, Column construction, Repair and retrofit applications, Precast element-to-precast element connection, Closing of access openings, Rebar cage prefabrication, Bar end terminations.

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40 Rebar Connection in Sea Piles Metro Bridge Project

BEFORE
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AFTER
Closing of openings in Top Down Construction Shangri-La Hotel Project P.15

BAR-US EQUIPMENTS

SYSTEM & EQUIPMENTS


The BAR-US method enlarges the rebar ends using a BAR-US cold forging press. This method proves a larger diameter of rebar for threading. Rebar ends enlarged and threaded by BAR-US have no loss of cross-sectional areas.

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Machines and equipment provided are designed and manufactured by BAR-US and have received CE and ISO 9001 quality certifications. Equipment is packaged and shipped shop ready to operate and comes complete with a cold forging press, threading machine, band saw and grinding machine. BAR-US SimGrip equipment is usually located on the rebar suppliers premises and the couplers are supplied pre-fixed to the threaded bar ends. For large projects where bar end preparation can be carried out onsite, equipment can be made available for hire.
BAR-US Cold Upset Press. PLC controlled heavy duty hydraulic press. CE and ISO 9001 certified.

Cut end square

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Rebar end enlarged by cold forging with BAR-US cold forging press designed and manufactured for this purpose

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Rebar end is cut threaded by BAR-US bench threading machine, designed and manufactured for this purpose

WHY UPSETTING?

Upsetting a system provides a larger diameter for the rebar end to be threaded. Rebar ends enlarged and threaded by BAR-US have no loss of cross-sectional areas. Note the reduced crosssectional area of the non-upsetted rebar.

Threads on a P.16 non-upsetted rebar.

Threads on an upsetted rebar. P.17

SUSTAINABLE QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM

BAR-US Quality Control and Quality Assurance Systems provide sustainable quality for engineering, products and services.

Under the BAR-US Quality Assurance Program, codes are stamped on all of our mechanical couplers. These codes allow the couplers to be traced back to the original lot of steel and the mill which produced it. Certified Material Test Reports (CMTR) are archived for future use as required. Full-Tension splice, bar break under tensile tests. The BAR-US mechanical couplers are designed to exceed 125% of the specified yield strength in the US when used with Grade 60 rebars. Bar Break performance for all standard rebars (Q12 - Q58) BAR-US Mechanical Couplers are designed to comply with: ACI 318, IBC 2006, BS 8110, Eurocode 2, DIN 1045, TS 500

CONTINUITY
of reinforcing bars is an added value in structures that are going to be lived in.

TYPICAL TEST RESULTS


Nominal Bar Size Dia. mm 16 20 25 32 40
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Yield Stress (N/mm2) 531 518 522 484 512 510

Ultimate Stress (N/mm2) 587 596 625 604 629 669

Elongation % 18 20 18 20 18 17

Failure Mode Bar Break Bar Break Bar Break Bar Break Bar Break Bar Break
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INSTALLATION
l/2 l l/2 d

Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Thread Size Thread Pitch Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code

12 17 30 M14 2.0 Orange 0.04


SG12

14 20 35 M16 2.0 Purple 0.07


SG14

16 25 40 M20 2.5 Pink 0.09


SG16

18 28 45 M22 2.5 Grass Green 0.12


SG18

20 30 49 M24 3.0 Dark Green 0.16


SG20

22 35 51 M27 3.0 White 0.26


SG22

25 36 59 M30 3.5 Blue 0.32


SG25

28 40 63 M33 3.5 Levander 0.43


SG28

30 45 65 M36 4.0 Grey 0.50


SG30

32 45 70 M36 4.0 Yellow 0.58


SG32

36 50 80 M39 4.0 Brown 0.87


SG36

40 55 82 M45 4.0 Red 1.13


SG40

50 75 110 M56 4.0 Black 2.17


SG50

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The SimGrip System is used in applications where the continuation bar can be rotated freely and is comprised of an internally threaded coupler with a single right hand thread. The ends of the bars are upset and threaded for half the length of the coupler.
Screw the coupler onto the fixed bar until it hits the end of the threading and lock tight. The bar end should be centered within the coupler.

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Remove the plastic caps from the coupler and rebar.

COATING OPTIONS
Epoxy coated mechanical couplers for splicing epoxy coated bars that comply with ASTM A775/A775M. Hot dip galvanized mechanical couplers for splicing galvanized bars that comply with ASTM A767/ A767M. Stainless steel SimGrip couplers for splicing stainless steel bars and special use.

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Attach the continuation bar into the coupler and rotate as far as the continuation bar will turn.

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Tighten the joint using a wrench on the continuation bar.

After tightening, there should be no more than 2-4 mm of thread exposed depending on the diameter of the rebar. Detailed visual control and quality assurance information are available upon request.
Contact BAR-US for reusable accessories

and waste-reducing products for LEED and environmentally friendly projects.

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INSTALLATION
l/2 l l d

Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Thread Size Thread Pitch Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code

12 17 30 M14 2.0 Orange 0.04


SGLT12

14 20 35 M16 2.0 Purple 0.07


SGLT14

16 25 40 M20 2.5 Pink 0.09


SGLT16

18 28 45 M22 2.5 Grass Green 0.12


SGLT18

20 30 49 M24 3.0 Dark Green 0.16


SGLT20

22 35 51 M27 3.0 White 0.26


SGLT22

25 36 59 M30 3.5 Blue 0.32


SGLT25

28 40 63 M33 3.5 Levander 0.43


SGLT28

30 45 65 M36 4.0 Grey 0.50


SGLT30

32 45 70 M36 4.0 Yellow 0.58


SGLT32

36 50 80 M39 4.0 Brown 0.87


SGLT36

40 55 82 M45 4.0 Red 1.13


SGLT40

50 75 110 M56 4.0 Black 2.17


SGLT50

The SimGrip LT System is used in applications where it is more difficult to rotate the continuation bar. It is comprised of the same coupler as the SimGrip System, however, one bar is threaded for a full coupler length.

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Remove the plastic cap from the rebar.

COATING OPTIONS
Epoxy coated mechanical couplers for splicing epoxy coated bars that comply with ASTM A775/A775M. Hot dip galvanized mechanical couplers for splicing galvanized bars that comply with ASTM A767/ A767M. Stainless steel SimGrip couplers for splicing stainless steel bars and special use.

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Screw the coupler onto the fixed bar until it hits the end of the threading and lock tight. The bar end should be centered within the coupler.

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Attach the continuation bar into the coupler and rotate as far as the continuation bar will turn.

After tightening, there should be no more than 2-4 mm of thread exposed plus half the length of the coupler depending on the diameter of the rebar. Detailed visual control and quality assurance information are available upon request.
Contact BAR-US for reusable accessories

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Tighten the joint using a wrench on the continuation bar.

and waste-reducing products for LEED and environmentally friendly projects.

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INSTALLATION
l/2 d l l/3 5l/6

Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Thread Size Thread Pitch Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code

12 17 30 M14 2.0 Orange 0.04


SGPS12

14 20 35 M16 2.0 Purple 0.07


SGPS14

16 25 40 M20 2.5 Pink 0.09


SGPS16

18 28 45 M22 2.5 Grass Green 0.12


SGPS18

20 30 49 M24 3.0 Dark Green 0.16


SGPS20

22 35 51 M27 3.0 White 0.26


SGPS22

25 36 59 M30 3.5 Blue 0.32


SGPS25

28 40 63 M33 3.5 Levander 0.43


SGPS28

30 45 65 M36 4.0 Grey 0.50


SGPS30

32 45 70 M36 4.0 Yellow 0.58


SGPS32

36 50 80 M39 4.0 Brown 0.87


SGPS36

40 55 82 M45 4.0 Red 1.13


SGPS40

50 75 110 M56 4.0 Black 2.17


SGPS50

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The SimGrip PS System is a Position Type coupler is used where the continuation bar cannot be rotated and therefore includes an additional locknut. The continuation bar is threaded for the full coupler length plus the length of the locknut.
Remove the BAR-US concrete spacer plug and rebar thread protector.

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Attach the locknut then the coupler to continuation bar with the coupler against the end of the first bar.

COATING OPTIONS
Epoxy coated mechanical couplers for splicing epoxy coated bars that comply with ASTM A775/A775M. Hot dip galvanized mechanical couplers for splicing galvanized bars that comply with ASTM A767/ A767M. Stainless steel SimGrip couplers for splicing stainless steel bars and special use.

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Screw the coupler from the continuation bar and rotate until it hits the end of the threading on the opposing bar and lock tight.

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Hold the bent rebar in its required orientation and tighten the locknut against the coupler with a wrench.

After tightening, there should be no more than 2-4 mm of thread exposed depending on the diameter of the rebar. Detailed visual control and quality assurance information are available upon request.
Contact BAR-US for reusable accessories

and waste-reducing products for LEED and environmentally friendly projects.

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INFORMATION ABOUT
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Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code

12-14 23 35
Orange

18-16 27 45
Purple

20-16 29 46
Pink

26-20 38 53
Grass Green

26-22 38 60
Dark Green

28-20 43 51
White

28-22 43 59
Blue

28-26 43 63
Levander

30-26 47 65
Grey

32-26 48 70
Yellow

32-28 48 74
Brown

40-32 58 82
Red

50-40 67 96
Black

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SGTS 14-12

0.20
SGTS 18-16

0.215
SGTS 20-16

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SGTS 26-20

0.30
SGTS 26-22

0.42
SGTS 28-20

0.44
SGTS 28-22

0.45
SGTS 28-26

0.56
SGTS 30-26

0.575
SGTS 32-26

0.60
SGTS 32-28

0.88
SGTS 40-32

1.00
SGTS 50-40

The SimGrip TS is used to splice different diameter reinforcing bars. The transition coupler comprises an internally threaded sleeve with two right hand threads. Spliced bars provide full strength in tension, compression and stress reversal applications and behave as continuous lengths of rebars. The diameter of each thread corresponds to the appropriate bar size.

COATING OPTIONS
Epoxy coated mechanical couplers for splicing epoxy coated bars that comply with ASTM A775/A775M. Hot dip galvanized mechanical couplers for splicing galvanized bars that comply with ASTM A767/ A767M. Stainless steel SimGrip couplers for splicing stainless steel bars and special use.

SimGrip TS is a transition type mechanical coupler used to join reinforcingbars of different diameters The coupler is normally supplied fixed to a reinforcing bar, ready to be installed and cast in concrete. SimGrip TS coupler comprises an internally threaded sleeve with two righthand parallel threads centered in the middle of the coupler. Spliced bars provide full strength in tension, compression and stress reversal applications and behave as continuous lengths of rebars. Thus structural integrits is procured. In tension test, bar break occurs on smaller reinforcing bar. It is allowable also, in most cases, to reduce the size of the larger bar and to use a standard coupler.

After tightening, there should be no more than 2-4 mm of thread exposed depending on the diameter of the rebar. Detailed visual control and quality assurance information are available upon request.
Contact BAR-US for reusable accessories

and waste-reducing products for LEED and environmentally friendly projects.

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INFORMATION ABOUT
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LARGE ROUND REBAR HEADS, ANX10


Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Thickness (t) Net Surface Area (mm2) Surface Ratio Weight (kg) Color Code Product Code 12 42 14 1.232 10.89 0.22 Orange
SGAN12

16 52 20 1.810 9.00 0.42 Pink


SGAN16

20 65 24 2.866 9.12 0.78


Dark Green
SGAN20

25 85 30 4.968 10.12 1.65 Blue


SGAN25

28 95 33 6.233 10.12 2.22 Levander


SGAN28

32 105 36 7.641 9.50 2.98 Yellow


SGAN32

36 120 42 9.924 9.75 3.35 Brown


SGAN36

40 130 45 11.683 9.30 5.70 Red


SGAN40

50 145 56 18.919 9.64 4.65 Black


SGAN50

The parallel threaded headed Anchor-Nut provides an alternative method of creating a simpler and more effective rebar end anchorage than the traditional hooked rebar within the concrete.

COATING OPTIONS
Epoxy coated mechanical couplers for splicing epoxy coated bars that comply with ASTM A775/A775M. Hot dip galvanized mechanical couplers for splicing galvanized bars that comply with ASTM A767/ A767M. Stainless steel SimGrip couplers for splicing stainless steel bars and special use.

BAR-US Anchor-Nut is an easy to install and structurally improved rebar anchorage system that replaces hooked rebars in concrete based on the principles of the Shear Cone Theory used by ACI-355.
Traditionally, anchorage of rebars within a concrete section is done by creating long hooked ends on the rebar. BAR-US Anchor-Nut creates an anchorage in the concrete, transmitting the bond force from the rebar to the concrete by a combination of head-bearing and development length. Anchor-Nut can simplify scheduling and bar placement as well as reduce congestion and air pockets in the concrete. By using headed mechanical end anchors, hook bars are eliminated and rebar congestion is minimized resulting in improved space for pouring and vibrating, thereby enhancing concrete consolidation, lowering concrete placement costs, and improving in-place concrete quality. When using reinforcing bars with headed ends, the load reaction between the rebar and concrete is evenly distributed. Custom designed for use on #4 (12 mm) to #8 (57 mm) reinforcing bars, BAR-US Anchor-Nut creates a full length splice with the mode of failure being bar break. BAR-US Anchor-Nut is

After tightening, there should be no more than 2-4 mm of thread exposed depending on the diameter of the rebar. Detailed visual control and quality assurance information are available upon request.
Contact BAR-US for reusable accessories

designed to exceed the strength requirements of ACI 318, Section 12.6 or 100% of the Specified Yield Strength of Grade 60 bar.

and waste-reducing products for LEED and environmentally friendly projects.

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STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS
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The SimGrip Weldable is similar to the SimGrip standard coupler, however only half of one end is internally threaded and the other end is prepared for welding. These couplers are machined from weldable grades of material depending on rebar size conform to ASME Section III Division 2. Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Bevel (b) Thread Size Thread Pitch Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code 12 21 32 3
M16

d l

16 26 40 4
M20

20 32 48 5
M24

25 40 60 5.5
M30

28 45 66 8
M33

32 50 72 8
M36

36 57 84 10
M42

40 62 90 10
M45

50 77 112 10.5
M56

2.0 Orange 0.04


SGWD12

2.5 Pink 0.09


SGWD16

3.0
Dark Green

3.5 Blue 0.32


SGWD25

3.5 Levander 0.43


SGWD28

4.0 Yellow 0.58


SGWD32

4.5 Brown 0.87


SGWD36

4.5 Red 1.13


SGWD40

5.5 Black 2.17


SGWD50

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SGWD20

SimGrip couplers are used to unite rebars to a metal object through an 8.8 heavy duty bolt.

BENEFITS OF BAR-US Anchor-Nut


Standard threads and upset threads alternatives Pre-installed saves field labor Easy placement Simplifies fabrication Eliminates rebar hook No special bend direction less confusion No bending and cracking of bars No welding or hot forging no heat Saves space and reduces member size Reduces congestion Improved job site safety

SOME POTENTIAL HOOK BAR PROBLEMS YOU CAN AVOID BY USING BAR-US Anchor-Nut
When a tensile load is applied to a hooked bar embedded in concrete, a complex stress pattern in generated on the inside radius of the bent bar. Most likely, the bar tends to straighten and cause splitting of the concrete cover in the plane of the hook. At the same time, there is a high risk of concrete crushing beneath a bent anchorage. The primary objective of architects and engineers is to minimize structural element size. Building code requirements for hooked bars can compromise such objectives. Utilizing hooked bars will result in steel congestion, making the fabrication and construction more complicated. Geometric limitations often prevent the use of larger diameter reinforcing bars due to construction limitations arising from lengthy hook extensions and large bend diameters. If spalling of concrete cover occurs around the leg of a hook bar, by fire, corrosion or another mechanism, the effectiveness of the hook is severely compromised. Bar Diameter External Dia (d). Coupler Length (l) Thread Size Thread Pitch Color Code Weight (kg) Product Code 12 21 32
M16

16 26 40
M20

20 32 48
M24

25 40 60
M30

28 45 66
M33

32 50 72
M36

36 57 84
M42

40 62 90
M45

50 77 112
M56

2.0 Orange 0.04


SGBC12

2.5 Pink 0.09


SGBC16

3.0
Dark Green

3.5 Blue 0.32


SGBC25

3.5 Levander 0.43


SGBC28

4.0 Yellow 0.58


SGBC32

4.5 Brown 0.87


SGBC36

4.5 Red 1.13


SGBC40

5.5 Black 2.17


SGBC50

Minimal detailing more design Reduces bar bond slip flexibility

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ACCESSORIES

Concrete Spacer Plug


BAR-US Concrete Spacer Plugs combine a traditional concrete reservation and a form adapter. Used primarily with the SimGrip LT and the SimGrip PS couplers, it creates a pocket in the concrete while its collar enables nailing to the formwork.

Form Adapter

BAR-US Form Adapters are used to attach the coupler to formwork. When used with the threaded rebar, the formwork does not require rebar holes in order to have a continuous path of reinforcement.

Plastic Sleeve

BAR-US marked plastic sleeve are used to protect the threaded rebar end. Like other plastic products, the plastic sleeve is color coded to indicate the size of the rebar.

Plastic Plug

BAR-US marked plastic plug is used to protect the threads of the color. Like other plastic products, the plastic plug is color coded to indicate the size of the rebar.

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The information provided in this brochure and in our web site is of a promotional nature only. The construction applications and details provided in this literature are indicative only. In every case, project working details should be entrusted to appropriately qualified and experienced persons. Whilst every care has been exercised in the preparation of this document to ensure that any advice, recommendations or information is accurate, no liability or responsibility of any kind is accepted product design and specification without due notice.

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