Value-Addition Through Innovation

Industry Testing

The goal of structural component industry-centered product testing and intellectual property development is to provide immediate value back to component manufacturers and their suppliers.

To that end, the Truss Plate Institute (TPI) and SBCA have had a collaborative testing agreement to conduct industry testing since 2009 (which was renewed in 2013) based on the following guiding principles:

  • Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss (MPCWT) components perform in unique ways as installed in assemblies.
  • Further studying of MPCWT components, through testing of as-built assemblies and analysis of the results may provide the industry with additional information and knowledge. The goal of this testing is to enable greater understanding andĀ  continued advancementĀ  of MPCWT design while continuing to maintain truss analysis and design foundedĀ  on sound engineering principles.
  • Pursuing testing and analysis of MPCWT components in as built assemblies will present unique opportunities that may challenge current thinking and practices which is viewed as healthy and a worthwhile step in advancing the industry.
  • While assembly testing is desirable, integrating this new knowledge with individual MPCWT component testing is also desirable so that future advancements can also be made using empirical correlation and modeling.

To understand the significance of this collaborative approach, below of examples of industry testing.

Past Industry Testing

These tests have been completed, and the data has been shared in the marketplace.

Current Industry Testing

This testing is either in the final planning stages or is currently being undertaken.

Future Industry Testing

These concepts are being considered for future test plan development.