A Channel support system is a convenient system used to carry building services like pipework, ducting, cables, and other arrangements that need to be supported and kept out of the way. They are known by the names metal struts, struts, Chanel struts, Unistrut, metal framing hardware, and construction struts. These are products that are widely used in the mechanical and electrical industry and are designed to support lightweight structures that include plumbing and wiring. An endless variety of structures can be created by using channel support systems. They also consist of many component parts like brackets, nuts, and channels, which can be assembled in various ways for different applications and can be used conveniently to achieve the desired finish.
Channel Support Components
You can build up the framework or the structure from various components by which you can make almost any type of structure layout that you desire. The most key components of a channel support system are:
- Plain and slotted channels come in various lengths and cross-sections.
- Channel brackets are available in different sizes and angles.
- The channels or fixings needed for connecting everything.
The standard channel lengths come in 3m and 6m lengths, but they can also be provided cut to size for allowing swifter construction on-site. A broad range of channel lengths or profiles is available that depend upon the application. Usually, you will find the standard sizes of 41 x 21mm and 41 x 41mm back-to-back or single channels. You can also see larger sizes than the standard size, which can be 41 x 62mm and 41 x 83mm. You can choose between heavy-duty and ultra-lightweight options, and most of these types are designed as either plain or slotted and consist of pre-cut slots for quick fixing. Channel lengths can be provided in either pre-galvanized, hot-dip galvanized, or stainless steel, depending on the desired finish.
Channel brackets are necessary to connect a range of channel lengths. A wide range of brackets is required to connect the various lengths. The bracketry includes everything ranging from straight flat connectors to a range of different angled brackets, beam clamps, base plates, and bracing brackets.
Fixings are known as channel nuts or plates, and they are essential for fixing everything together. These are mainly designed for the channels. To fix the plain nuts in place, they are inserted and turned 90 degrees. On the other hand, the spring channel nuts will hold the nut set in place and make the assembly process more manageable. You will also find square or lipped plates suitable for various-sized bolts or threaded rods.
Benefits of Channel Support Systems
- Channel support systems are widely used in the electrical and mechanical industries from light to heavy-duty applications.
- Its other applications include storage racks, ceiling support grids, tooling and equipment support, pipe support, and many more. The main benefit of channel support systems is that one plan provides the flexibility to create many other structures.
- There is no welding and drilling needed for channel struts. They are versatile, reliable, and reusable because they suit various applications.
- The channel support systems are available in different materials like pre-galvanized, stainless steel, etc., to suit the various applications.
- They are widely used for electrical cabling systems and are convenient in such cases.