Connecting systems for modern timber construction

The RICON® S – System holds up to 116 kN and can be used for joints from timber to timber, steel and concrete. The connectors can be installed fully concealed or visible with only 35mm (1 1/2″) of travel required to engage. The RICON® Connecting System is a unique connector for main and secondary beam joints and can be installed on beams with a width as little as 50mm. The GIGANT Connecting System was the first connector to be installed with screws in perpendicular direciton in the end grain and revolutionized the timber industry.

KNAPP® Conncecting Systems provides a very high degree of prefabrication, is compliant with the (ETA) European certification and has the CE-marking. Regular external inspection guarantees maximum security for contractors, architects, manufacturers, engineers and owners. All KNAPP® connectors can simply be snapped in place. The fasteners are recessed and not visible when assembled. In most cases, disassembly is also possible. KNAPP® connectors not only guarantees to meet the highest standards in the manufacturing and assembling process, but also makes the structure esthetically pleasing.

RICON® | The connector for main and secondary beam joints up to 26 kN

The main and secondary beam joint connector RICON® consists of two identical connector plates made of steel. An optional lock can be installed to latch the connector. The RICON® is recessed and non-visible, and can be used with timber widths as little as 50 mm. RICON® is available in a single connector set and double connector set for cross joints in six sizes 60, 80, 100, 120, 140 and 160/40.

NEW and improved:

  • Better grip on the timber by means of a star-shaped embossing on the backside of the connector plate.
  • Mounting also on intermediate layers up to 26 mm (i.e. OSB).
  • Special coating for increased corrosion resistance for indoor swimming pools, riding halls, stables and farm buildings (tested).
  • Approval for off-centered glass loads up to 860 kg given by an additional reinforcing plate.
  • ETA extension for Hardwood (i.e. oak, larch, beech)
  • Concealed – connectors are recessed and non-visible.
  • Disassembly and reassembly possible if needed.
  • High degree of prefabrication – fast and exact assembly on-site.
  • Universal – connectors can fasten timber to timber, to steel and to concrete components.
  • Unique – can also be used for polygon façades.
  • Slim timber dimension – can be mounted on timber with thickness as little as 50mm and up to 450mm.
  • Labor efficient – no additional screwing or nailing needed when assembled on site.
  • Adjustable – can be adjusted according to joints intervals and construction tolerances.
  • Versatile – can be used for single joint and double joint applications.
  • Flexible – direction of assembly can even be from the outside towards the inside and from down upwards.
  • Safety – fire resistance according to (DIN 4102-2) by 4-sided concealed mounting (R30 ≥ 20 mm, R60 ≥ 40 mm).
  • Neutral – can be used in combination with different exterior profile systems such as RP, Schüco, MBJ, Gutmann, RAICO, Stabalux, … etc.

Renovation of the church “Chapelle de la Pureté” (Chapel of purity) with RICON® and RICON® S connectors

Project: Chapelle de la Pureté (Chapel of purity) (F)
Knapp-Connector: RICON®, RICON® S
Architect: Jacques de Welle and Emmanuel de Foresta, Spiridon Kakavas and Antonios lionis (project manager)
Coordination/finances: Association Restauration et Conservation de la Chapelle Bédarride fondation du Patrimoine, Aix-en-Provence
Planning: Cédric Roth-Meyer, www.intuitionbois.com
Builder representation: Elisabeth Hériard-Dubreuill
Builder: Metropole orthodoxe grecque, Paris
Execution: Cédric Roth-Meyer, Bastien Milhau, frédéric tourneux, Matthias Pfister
Press articleHolzbau-Magazin 2012
Brochure: Referenzprojekt Kirchensanierung

“Wal” in Friedrichskoog (D) – wooden frame construction with RICON® system

Project: Indoor playground „Wal“ (Whale) in Friedrichskoog (D), www.wal-friedrichskoog.de
Knapp-Connector: RICON® und GIGANT
Architect:  rimpf Architektur, www.rimpf.de
Timber Company: Gebr. Schütt KG GmbH & Co., www.schuett-holzbau.de
Press article: Sonderdruck mikado 1/2009
Brochure:: Referenzprojekt Indoorspielpark Wal

GIGANT | The connector for main and secondary beam up to 29,8 kN

The Gigant connecting system consists of two identical connector brackets made of steel. The brackets are recesseed and screwed on to the timber components. The timbers are joined as the brackets hook into each other in a dove tail-like manner. The Gigant is used in timber structures, such as canopys, pergulas, sunrooms, timber homes and even ingeneered timber structures. The Gigant connectors is non-visible, self-tightening and adjustable, with no aditional screwing or nailing reqired to assemble the timber structure on site. An optional lock can be installed to latch the connector against the slide-in direction. The Gigant is availabe in three sizes, 120/40, 150/40 and 180/40.

NEW and improved:

  • ETA extension for Hardwood (i.e. oak, larch, beech)
  • Available in hot-dip galvanizing for higher corrosion resistance.
  • Concealed – connectors are recessed and non-visible.
  • Highly loadable – in all directions.
  • Short hooking way – only 50mm.
  • Self-tightening – due to dove tail-like mechanism.
  • Optional locking clip – latches the fastener against slide-in direction (e.g. wind suction forces).
  • Disassembly and reassembly possible if needed.
  • Fire resistance according to (DIN 4102-2) by 4-sided concealed mounting (R30 ≥ 20 mm, R60 ≥ 40 mm).

“Wal” in Friedrichskoog (D) – wooden frame construction with RICON® system

Project: Indoor playground „Wal“ (Whale) in Friedrichskoog (D), www.wal-friedrichskoog.de
Knapp-Connector: RICON® und GIGANT
Architect:  rimpf Architektur, www.rimpf.de
Timber Company: Gebr. Schütt KG GmbH & Co., www.schuett-holzbau.de
Press article: Sonderdruck mikado 1/2009
Brochure:: Referenzprojekt Indoorspielpark Wal

RICON® S | The connector for main and secondary beam up to 100 kN

The heavy load main and secondary beam connector RICON® S consists of two identical connector plates, made of galvanized steel. The plates are screwed on to the timber, steel and / or concrete components. The components  are joined as the plates hook into each other in a dove tail-like manner. The RICON® S is used in residential and commercial timber construction, as well as engineered timber structures.

You can meet the needed load capacity through using the appropriate amount of RICON® S SK screws. There are two kinds of RICON® S. First, welded collar bolt (VS), and second, screwed collar bold (VK). Both kinds are availabe in four sizes: 140/60, 200/60, 200/80, 290/80.

NEW and improved:

  • ETA extension for hardwood (i.e. oak, larch, beech).
  • Disassembly and reassembly possible if needed.
  • High degree of prefabrication – fast and exact assembly on-site.
  • Universal – connectors can fasten timber to timber, to steel, and to concrete.
  • Concealed – connectors are recessed and non-visible.
  • Simple – self-taping screws without pre-drilling.
  • Easy – assembly made easy due to V-shaped bracket and only 3.5 cm hook way.
  • Adjustable collar bolt – can be adjusted according to joints intervals and even up to 5mm in timber length tolerances.
  • Optional locking clip – latches the fastener against slide-in direction (e.g. wind suction forces).
  • Fire resistance according to (DIN 4102-2) by 4-sided concealed mounting (R30 ≥ 20 mm, R60 ≥ 40 mm).

Renovation of the church “Chapelle de la Pureté” (Chapel of purity) with RICON® and RICON® S connectors

Project: Chapelle de la Pureté (Chapel of purity) (F)
Knapp-Connector: RICON®, RICON® S
Architect: Jacques de Welle and Emmanuel de Foresta, Spiridon Kakavas and Antonios lionis (project manager)
Coordination/finances: Association Restauration et Conservation de la Chapelle Bédarride fondation du Patrimoine, Aix-en-Provence
Planning: Cédric Roth-Meyer, www.intuitionbois.com
Builder representation: Elisabeth Hériard-Dubreuill
Builder: Metropole orthodoxe grecque, Paris
Execution: Cédric Roth-Meyer, Bastien Milhau, frédéric tourneux, Matthias Pfister
Press articleHolzbau-Magazin 2012
Brochure: Referenzprojekt Kirchensanierung