Capacity to perform strength calculations
The largest warehouse of architectural glass fixings in Estonia
1,400+ projects in the Baltics and Scandinavia

Custom solutions

R-FIX helps you carry out complex or large projects by providing technical support and design and production of project-based products.

Often, a standard product is not suitable for use in specific projects either because of price, complexity of the installation or the specificity of the fastening.

In such cases, customisation of a standard product to fit a project usually helps, for example, by using specific fixing apertures or by using railing profiles with special anodisation.

In some projects there are fixing assemblies, in which case it is not enough to change a standard product. In such cases a custom solution must be designed.

We provide advice at the project preparation stage, help to refine work designs and select suitable fastening fittings.

Over many years, we have helped both designers and builders create safe and cost-effective glass-metal structures, and we can make the right recommendations based on this experience.

Our work process

STEP 1

Together with the customer, we map the requirements of the fastening fittings according to the project drawings and requirements. From our side, specialists with extensive experience are involved in finding a solution that is beautiful, safe and competitive at the same time.

STEP 2

We choose suitable standard products or design project-based products. We choose the most cost-effective solutions for the customer.
In the design process, we perform strength calculations on the glass and fastening fittings based on the weight of the glass pane and the loads imposed on the glass, such as the operating load and wind load. Based on the complexity of the design, we perform manual calculations as well as FEM calculations with Autodesk Nastran.

STEP 3

We suggest suitable fixing assemblies for the design and provide the customer’s designer with instructions on how to use our products correctly in the design.

STEP 4

We produce the fastening fittings approved for the project and, if necessary, we will carry out load tests in the laboratory to demonstrate their compliance with the requirements.

STEP 5

We deliver the products as agreed, either to the site or to the customer’s production facility. We issue the documentation needed for the project with the products – DoP certificates and user manuals.

STEP 6

We will always be there for the customer after the sale, and we will help resolve possible issues.

Here you can calculate the glass thickness for glass railings by using our calculator

ReferenceGlass roof of Grand Poet Hotel

Our customer had to build a roof of ready-made glass units with an exceptionally high snow load requirement – 7.5 kN/m2. This requirement was due to the fact that the glass roof is located lower, between the other roofs, and there is a risk that a large quantity of snow could fall onto the glass roof all at once.

In order to determine the necessary thicknesses of the glass panes, we performed FEM strength calculations and the result was that the thickness of the glass panes in a glass unit should be 10 mm hardened + 1012.4 hardened-laminated. Fastening fittings – point fixings for glass and spider fixings are designed to be stronger than usual to be able to resist a large load of snow.

ReferenceGlass facade of Solna beach parking house

The Solna Beach parking house in Stockholm, with its 11 floors and unique, round form, fits well between the office buildings surrounding it. The facade of the parking house is made up of glass panes located both horizontally and vertically under different angles. The glass panes are attached to the bearing steel frame by means of point fixings specially designed and manufactured for the project.

Photo: Michael Perlmutter

Klaasfassaad Parking_Garage_Campus_Solna_(c) Michael Perlmutter

ReferenceGlass ceiling of Otaniemi metro

A glass curtain wall was designed for Helsinki Otaniemi metro station to provide daylight to the underground passenger hall. This glass curtain wall is distinguished by the fact that, first, the glass units rest on glass posts; secondly, it is in a triangular shape; and thirdly, it is not vertical but at an angle to the ground. Our initial task was to refine the work design of the glass curtain wall together with the selection of suitable fastening fittings. The underlying information was the 3D measurement of the concrete aperture for the glass curtain wall made by the surveyors.

Otaniemi metroojaam klaaslagi

ReferenceGlass railings with golden profile

The Mono building in Stockholm was designed with bottom-profile glass railings with a U-strip on top of the glass pane. The desire of the architect was to get anodised profiles of glass railing in a special colour shade and handrails installed on the glass of the same colour shade. We sent samples of different colour shades of anodising to the customer, from which the customer chose a suitable colour shade. In addition, we designed custom-sized U-strips according to the customer’s request and made new aluminium matrices.

Kuldse profiiliga klaaspiirded MariaBangata2B

ReferenceGlass facade of ENM

The building of the Estonian National Museum was designed with a point-fixed double-skin facade with a volume of 6,500 m2. For this, a point-fixed facade solution with a suitable price and design was required.

Standard swivel point fittings could not be used as they did not fit into the project budget and were of an unsuitable shape and size for the architect.

First, we made strength calculations for the glass according to the wind load. Based on the result, the optimal glass thickness is 8 +10 mm hardened-laminated.

ReferenceGlass curtain wall of the Tampere University Hospital

In front of the main entrance to Tampere University Hospital, the architect had indicated a place for a glass curtain wall with glass posts which our customer had to build. The hanging glass posts are 8 m high and designed to resist a wind load up to 1.5 kN/m2.

We performed FEM strength calculations with the prescribed wind load and glass division to find the suitable thickness of the facade glass panes and the width and thickness of the glass posts.

Tampere Ülikooli haigla klaasfassaad

ReferenceCurved edged glass canopy

Our client needed to build a curved edged glass canopy with measurements of 7,2 m x 3 m. At the beginning they had an idea to fix the glasses to steel frame, but in cooperation with client we found the way to design the canopy without steel frame, using our standard RC1-model canopy system combining it with special-design details. The outcome is aesthetical full-glass canopy that harmonizes well with glass facade.

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