If you’re in the construction industry to improve buildings, revolutionize processes and work smarter, it may be time to rethink your concrete reinforcement.

Sure, rebar still has a place in this world for certain applications, but for many, such as slabs, walls, roads and even precast structures, another solution is staking its place.

The concrete reinforcement you’ve been waiting for is Helix Micro Rebar™, a one-inch twisted piece of steel that gives people in the construction industry more reasons than ever to innovate.

Why Should You Care About A Better Concrete Reinforcement?

Rebar has had its day in the sun. Helix Micro Rebar can often do much of what rebar does and much more. Here are some highlights:

Stronger Concrete

Helix Micro Rebar™’s small, twisted design creates phenomenal strength in concrete. The pieces are evenly dispersed throughout the concrete to create a composite material that retains its composition better than concrete with rebar. This eliminates corrosion, reduces cracks, and can increase load capacity without rebar added.

Streamlined Concrete Placement

Unlike rebar, which requires complex placement, laborious tying and time-consuming inspections, Helix Micro Rebar™ is pre-mixed directly into the concrete, either at the batch plant or at the job site, eliminating the need for additional labor and equipment. This streamlined installation process accelerates construction timelines and reduces overall project costs.

With a simplified concrete placement process, overall project expenses are lower, making Helix Micro Rebar a better choice for developers seeking to maximize their ROI.

Reduced Environmental Impact

We all care about the environment and reducing unnecessary materials, which is yet another reason to consider Helix Micro Rebar™.

Its design creates stronger concrete yet requires less steel compared to traditional rebar, minimizing your environmental impact. Helix Micro Rebar™ also helps to extend the lifespan of your concrete structures, reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements and ultimately conserving resources.

Tomorrow’s Concrete Needs Helix Micro Rebar™

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It’s easy for contractors to continue using rebar. But for those who want to be innovative, think smarter and innovate to make their lives easier, Helix Micro Rebar™ must at least be a strong consideration.

If you’re intrigued, fill out our online form for a free lunch and learn. Our team of creative construction professionals will tell you more about this American-made innovation and introduce you to success stories related to your applications of interest.

If you have any questions, reach out to Helix Steel. We look forward to hearing from you!

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) are increasingly becoming essential for modern warehousing and distribution facilities, revolutionizing how materials and products are stored and retrieved.

These systems can increase space utilization by 90%, productivity levels by 90%, accuracy to 99.9%+ levels and throughput by 750 lines per hour/per operator or more depending on the configuration of the system. 1

With countless benefits, these storage systems certainly are the way of the future, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t come with unique challenges—especially when it comes to the concrete slabs beneath them.

Concrete Slab Challenges in Facilities with ASRS

These high-rise structures are heavy and require a concrete slab that performs far better than the standard.

Challenge #1 – High Load Requirements

ASRSs need to be properly supported for the goods that they store as well as the hefty systems themselves. Traditional rebar reinforcement may struggle to meet the load capacity or require far more concrete to compensate for the difference.

Challenge #2 – Rebar Placement Issues

Thicker concrete, double rebar reinforcement, and ASRS anchor bolts often complicate the concrete process. This stage will incur added costs, but even more so when ASRS anchor bolts hit rebar—an entire installation project can come to a halt, resulting in expensive delays.

Challenge #3 – Flat Floor Requirements

With increased load at greater heights comes more need for a laser-accurate flat floor. Equipment like laser screeds need to perform at their very best to ensure the flattest surface.


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How Helix Micro Rebar™ Addresses ASRS Challenges

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By incorporating Helix Steel’s twisted reinforcement directly into the concrete mix, Helix Micro Rebar™ is able to improve the structural integrity of concrete slabs. In doing so, they are able to overcome all three of ASRS facility challenges:

Challenge #1 – High Load Requirements

Helix Micro Rebar™ improves the flexural strength and ductility of concrete, allowing it to withstand higher loads with far less rebar. Choosing this super-strong one-inch reinforcement allows ASRS buildings to support heavy loads with the durability, speed and safety you need, reducing cracking and shrinkage due to high loads.

In many applications like warehouses with ASRS, Helix Micro Rebar is combined with Infinity Slab, which has been used in projects featuring world-class businesses like Ulitum Cells, DHL and Wal-Mart.

Challenge #2 – Rebar Placement Issues

Rebar requires complex installation and inspection processes, demanding labor that is experienced and knowledgeable in these complexities. Since Helix Micro Rebar™ is added to concrete at the batch plant, and pours very similarly, your construction costs will be reduced, and rebar placement errors will be a thing of the past. 

Testing of Helix Micro Rebar™ has shown that it has increased pull-out strength for ASRS anchor bolts.

Perhaps most valuably, Helix Steel’s team works alongside your rack supplier and contractor to create a design based on the rack layout and bolt locations.

Challenge #3 – Flat Floor Requirements

With practically no rebar in the way of your laser screed’s operations, you will quickly see the difference that a reinforcement upgrade can make. Your screed will be able to move faster with the same accuracy while minimizing the need for other equipment and tools.

What to Do When Your ASRS Facility Needs to Do More

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Move forward and have a conversation with Helix Steel. There will always be challenges with placing structural concrete slabs with ASRS, but with Helix Micro Rebar™ along to help, you will have answers to many of your most pressing issues. 

Learn more about how Helix Micro Rebar™ is revolutionizing the way ASRS buildings are constructed.

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