New Plate Repair Tool
 
Robbins Engineering is proud to announce a new automated plate repair tool for the Online Plus truss engineering software. The tool's first feature will allow the customer to repair damaged or missing plates on 4x2 floor trusses. Just right-click the joint with the damaged/missing plate(s) and select the "Repair Joint Plate(s)" function. A pop-up window will come on the screen and allow you to choose the joints to be repaired, as well as allow you to select the plywood material you want to use for the repair. When you close out of the pop-up window, the program will automatically calculate a repair with the selected plywood.

 

For situations when loading changes occur, the second automated plywood repair feature will allow truss plate designs to be held fixed, and if necessary, supplement the original plates with plywood gussets.

 

Example: You have a set of floor trusses that were originally designed and built for 10psf top chord dead load. There is a design change, and the trusses need to be designed for 20psf top chord dead load.

 

Solution…

1)  Turn on the hold plates function.

2)  Modify the loading.

3)  Run structure analysis (Fixed Member Grades) on the truss.

4)  The pop-up window "Gusset Repair for Overstressed Plates" will come up, and will allow you to select the plywood material you want to use for the repair.

5)  When you close out of the pop-up window, the program will automatically calculate a repair with the selected plywood.

 

 

If the plywood material selected is insufficient for any of the plywood repair tool's functions, then the user may choose a different plywood thickness, or use the "Auto-Repair" function for the program to determine the proper repair plywood material for you.

 

 
 

We here at Robbins Engineering are always working to find new ways to keep our customers running efficiently with our products and services. In the near future we will be releasing similar plywood repair tools for roof trusses. Please feel free to contact us anytime with comments and suggestions.

 
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