Tie bars are increasingly being used in structures and buildings architecturally as well as a structural element.

Ancon Tension Systems comprise a range of components that can be used to create a variety of assemblies, from simple tie bars to complex bracing systems involving several bars joined at one point.

Unlike standard tie bars that require turnbuckles, adjustment to the length is accommodated within the fork connectors.

Systems comprise fork connectors, locking nuts, bars, anchor discs and couplers. Components are available in various bar sizes from 8mm to 42mm in carbon and stainless steel.

All components can be supplied in a variety of finishes to provide corrosion resistance and to meet the aesthetic requirements of many architectural applications. Finishes include zinc plated carbon steel and hand-polished stainless steel. The system can be extended over the maximum available bar length by the inclusion of couplers or anchor discs.

Ancon steel contains approximately 60 percent recycled material content and is fully recyclable at the end of a long, low maintenance service life.

Ancon Tension Systems have a high load capacity, are available in carbon and stainless steel, have bars from 8mm to 42mm in diameter, offer a choice of surface finishes including hand-polished stainless steel, have aesthetically designed forks, have locking nuts as standard and offer full adjustment within fork connectors.
Ancon Tension Systems can be used in a variety of applications.

Trusses and lattice frames which support roofs can benefit from the replacement of tension members with the Ancon system. This will allow generous site adjustments to be made to accommodate inaccuracies within the frame. This would not be possible with a conventionally bolted frame.

Canopies are frequently supported from above to provide unobstructed access below. Ancon tension bars transfer the load from the front of the canopy back to the main structure or to a mast for free standing canopies.

The passage of light is normally a vital consideration in the design of glazed structures. The small profile of the Ancon Tension System ensures the maximum transmission of light while enhancing the overall appearance of the structure.

A combination of timber and steel can use the best properties of each material and achieve a cost-effective and attractive design. Ancon Tension Systems can be connected to timber compression members.

To complement our tension bars, Ancon designs and manufactures Compression Systems which use high strength tubes in place of bars. They use the same fork connectors and locking nuts as the Ancon Tension Systems, and are available in the same materials and surface finishes.