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Getting started with FRP Bars

Getting started with FRP Bars

Change is never easy and it’s not different when it comes to the concrete industry. For years now, we have been using Steel bars to create strong concrete structures, and several challenges have surfaced. However, it is what we are accustomed to, and moving away from this solution shouldn’t be hard. At SFTec, we believe the best way to adopt a new solution, like SFT-Bar®, or FRP bars, in your construction projects, is by learning more about it. Here are a few steps you can take to help you make your decision.    Step 1 - Read about it The…
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Where is the FRP industry headed in North America?

Where is the FRP industry headed in North America?

We are very confident that the FRP industry will see tremendous growth in the coming years thanks to the various benefits associated with these building materials. In fact, following a few discussions with our Canadian distributors, a common belief is that the need for GFRP bars will increase as long as we are able to successfully educate the market, as lack of knowledge represents the major challenge against the adoption of FRP.  Growing slowly, but surely As GFRP bars become more and more common, we can note a high customer satisfaction. While it is not a new technology, its benefits…
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SFT Products, in a nutshell

SFT Products, in a nutshell

With all the information available online, it is very easy to get lost. That is why at SFTec Inc., we do our best to make the facts easily accessible to our visitors and customers. If you have landed on this page, you are already planning your next concrete project and you are looking for the right building materials. Simply put, SFTec offers a variation of products, in different types, shapes, and sizes, adapted to your project needs.  Our 3 main products are the following: SFT-Bar® SFT-Bar® is the perfect material for concrete reinforcement. You’re gathering your project assets and you…
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SFT-RockBolt For Pre-Grouted Holes

SFT-RockBolt For Pre-Grouted Holes

Rock Bolts are used in concrete as anchors for stabilizing concrete structures. The most popular type of Rock Bolts are made out of steel, and due to the growing popularity of GFRP in the market, GFRP Rock Bolts are facing a growing demand. SFTec is happy to introduce their own version as an addition to their product line: the SFT-RockBolt.  What is SFT-RockBolt? SFT-RockBolt is a rock-bolting system based on a fully threaded solid GFRP bar. It was introduced to be applied in mine & tunnel support, face stabilization, slope protection, and can be used for temporary or permanent applications. …
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Behind the first waffle slab reinforced with GFRP

Behind the first waffle slab reinforced with GFRP

When Polycorp reached out to SFTec three years ago, it was the beginning of a solid partnership. Polycorp, a developer and a property management company, was looking for products that will help reduce the lifecycle costs of the buildings they operate, while respecting the budget of their project.   Their project, at the time, consisted of building a waffle slab reinforced with GFRP - something that had not been successfully achieved anywhere in the world. SFTec is proud to be part of this journey and to share a few insights with our audience.  About Polycorp Polycorp is a progressive development and…
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SFT-Bar Test Results for Concrete Sandwich Wall Shop Project

SFT-Bar Test Results for Concrete Sandwich Wall Shop Project

SFTec’s distributor, Westek Enterprises (president Brent Neudorf, P.Eng.), was approached by a client for a concrete sandwich wall shop project. In order to clearly demonstrate the advantages of SFT-Bar, Westek set off on a testing procedure with the help of Duracon Concrete Corp (https://www.duracon.rocks/) to assess and evaluate the potential of GFRP for this type of project.  The tests were scheduled to be held at Duracon and would replicate a sample of the project requirements to help the client make the best decision for this structure. In the context of the series of tests that were conducted, the following criteria…
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GFRP bar: a Sustainable solution

GFRP bar: a Sustainable solution

A responsible choice FRP bars were developed with sustainability in mind whereas Steel bars were introduced to the world at a time where eco-friendly initiatives were not as crucial as they are today. This already gives FRP bar an advantage over its popular alternative. Imagine being able to realize all your construction projects, with the peace of mind that you are not damaging the planet and you’re ensuring durable results. This has been a pain point in the construction industry for the longest time, and FRP is the solution. Making the responsible choice of abiding by the rules of green…
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How to place an order with SFTec

How to place an order with SFTec

So you’re planning your next project, and you’re looking for ways to reduce the project’s cost while improving its durability so you reach out to your favorite suppliers, like SFTec Inc. Our experts are ready to assess your project needs and make the best recommendations concerning design codes, best practices and cost comparison with steel. Our goal is to make sure you have the appropriate amount to build your concrete structure, while reducing your construction costs.  So how do you get started? Step 1: Contact our sales team While it may sound cliché, our services will always start with a…
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SFTec Inc. moving to new office in Montreal, Canada

SFTec Inc. moving to new office in Montreal, Canada

SFTec Inc. is a professional entrepreneurial company that specializes in the business of composite rebar. They dedicate their expertise to develop innovative technology that can improve the concrete and construction industries by manufacturing FRP rebar, SFT-Bar. The applications of FRP rebar are vast; being used in bridges, barrier walls, decks, marine structures, tunnel segments, and any other concrete-based project that requires reinforcement.  The multitude of benefits of using FRP rebar in such a variety of projects helps make it a simple choice for engineers looking for a lightweight, durable, and eco-friendly solution for their concrete-based projects.  The R&D and design…
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Top 3 Challenges of Construction Projects

Top 3 Challenges of Construction Projects

Construction projects come with many challenges at different steps of the building process. Recently, the demand for construction has skyrocketed, which, while much of industry benefits from, there certainly have been ripple effects and challenges that affected the actual completion of construction projects.  The responsibility of ensuring that the construction is completed on time and on budget falls on the project managers. The following list covers 3 of the most common challenges that are faced on construction projects and ways managers can avoid these issues.  1. Poor Direction from Management If management on a construction project has no set plan…
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