Content with EN 14399

03 May 2022
The clamp length is the distance between the bolt head and the nut holding all the components together. It includes steelwork, any shims, plates and washers used. The grip length is the thickness of the steelwork (that includes plates, shims etc.) that can be gripped together by the bolt and nut assembly. It strictly depends on the specific application (how many washers are used in the assembly). Example For EN 14399-3 hexagon bolt assembly type HR , diameter M30 and 100mm in length, the reference clamp length will be between 48mm up to 69mm, whereas the grip length with one washer will be 44-63mm and two washers 40-57mm.
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04 February 2022
Apart from dimensional differences ( bigger heads of bolts and bigger nuts on preloaded assemblies), the main difference is in the way how these goods are installed. Non-preloaded bolting assemblies are generally tightened to at least snug-tight. The connected components are drawn together to achieve firm contact without any specific preload. The “snug-tight” is generally referenced as tightening the assembly by one man using a normal-sized spanner without an extension arm until the wrench starts hammering.
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12 January 2022

We understand the difficulties by the end-users and purchasing departments in choosing the right components for different installation methods of High-strength structural bolting assemblies for preloading (HR) .

This is why we launched the BS EN 14399 (HR) Configurator .


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12 January 2022
We understand the difficulties by the end-users and purchasing departments in choosing the right components for different installation methods of High-strength structural bolting assemblies for preloading (HR) . Different installation methods and product grades may require additional components like DTI washers , hardened washers, bolt face or nut face washers. Sometimes, the number and type of component change, depending on which part is rotated (the nut or the bolt head).
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02 March 2021
When ordering Preloaded Assemblies (EN 14399-1) to be installed with Direct Tension Indicator Washers (DTIs) , there are 4 different methods of how they can be installed. Depending on the access or preference, you may choose one method, over another. At the purchase stage, we may not know how you will be installing your assemblies. Please read below, as you may require an additional washer(s) to be purchased. Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Installation methods: Installing DTI under the bolt head when the nut is rotated (Figure 1)
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26 January 2021

Following Lloyd’s audit on Monday, 25th and Tuesday, 26th January 2021 we are happy to inform, that Andrews Fasteners Limited successfully passed and been recommended for Certificate Renewal.


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02 February 2018
Following certification renewal audit carried out by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) on 31st January 2018 and 1st February 2018, Andrews Fasteners Limited has been found to comply with the requirements and been recommended for the renewal of its certificates for ISO 9001:2015, National Highway Sector Scheme 3 (NHSS 3) and Construction Product Regulations approvals (EN 15048-1:2007 and EN 14399-1:2015). Our final certificates, once issued will be published on our Certificates and Approvals section.
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11 July 2017
High-strength structural bolting assemblies for preloading with specified k-Class shall be tightened using below methods (See BS EN 1090-2:2008+A1:2011, Table 20 for more details). Method k-Class Torque method K2 Combined method (torque / part-turn) K2 or K1 Direct Tension Indicators (DTI) K2, K1 or K0 k-Class K2 using Torque Method Torque method uses a torque wrench in two steps of assembling. km figure is required for calculating first tightening torque value and Vk is required for calculating final tightening torque.
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03 July 2017
Andrews Fasteners Limited, following recent transitional process with Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) gained approval to the latest version of EN 14399-1:2015. We are proud to be the first company in the United Kingdom to become approved to the latest edition of the standard and one of the first companies in the world. Following new approvals, new assemblies for preloading will be associated with a new type of CE Labels and a new layout of Declaration of Performances following the strict requirements of the new standard.
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29 January 2016
Due to the compression ability of paint, galvanising coating and other types of surface protection , it is required that places of joints for high-strength structural bolting assemblies for preloading are cleaned from any coating before installation. After the installation process, depending on the type of coating of the assemblies, the whole surface can be further covered to restore corrosion protection in joint places. Please refer to EN 1090-2:2018 pt. 8.
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