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AFCON AF727 Cuts Install Time in Half and Reduces Total Number of Braces Required

Oak Brook, IL, April 22, 2024 – ASC Engineered Solutions now offers its AFCON® Figure AF727 “Bear Claw” universal structural attachment and swivel. The Made in America AF727 has been designed to attach steel I-beams, flanges, and joists to brace members and rigidly braces fire sprinkler piping systems subjected to horizontal and vertical seismic loads. Use of the AF727 attachment and swivel assembly reduces the total number of braces required, due to its high UL maximum horizontal load rating of 1885 lbs.

The AF727 is a time-saving, innovative solution that can be installed quickly and easily in one step – cutting typical structural brace attachment install time in HALF. It also saves assembly time, as the structural attachment and swivel component come pre-assembled for easy incorporation into a complete bracing system. Set screws provide a built-in visual verification of the required installation torque.

Constructed of Ductile Iron with Carbon Steel Hardware, the AF727 is designed to fit beam thickness up to 3/4" thick and works with brace pipe from 1" through 2" IPS size. This product is both UL Listed and FM Approved and ready for incorporation into your seismic bracing system design. It complies with NFPA 13, ASCE 7, IBC, & MSS SP- 127 bracing requirements.

ASC proudly manufactures the AF727 Bear Claw at our Columbia, PA foundry. It meets Buy American, Buy America, & AIS.

Software Support: The AF727 is now available as a design option in Seis Brace. Using Seis Brace 2.0, ASC’s free seismic fire protection calculation software, enables spacing maximization and a reduction in material costs while ensuring NFPA 13 code compliance.

For more information about the AFCON AF727 structural attachment and swivel, and ASC’s complete Seis Brace seismic design solution, contact your local ASC Engineered Solutions sales representative or visit us online at

About ASC Engineered Solutions

ASC Engineered Solutions (formerly Anvil International & Smith-Cooper International) is defined by quality—in its products, services and support. With nearly 2,000 employees, the company’s portfolio of precision-engineered piping support, valves and connections provides products to more than 4,000 customers across industries, such as mechanical, industrial, fire protection, oil and gas, and commercial and residential construction. Its portfolio of leading brands includes ABZ Valve®, AFCON®, Anvil®, Anvil EPS, Basic-PSA, Beck®, Catawissa, Cooplet®, FlexHead®, FPPI®, Gruvlok®, J.B. Smith, Merit®, NAP®, Quadrant®, SCI®, Sharpe®, SlideLOK®, SPF®, SprinkFLEX®, Trenton Pipe, and VEP. With headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, ASC also has ISO 9001:2015 certified production facilities in PA, TN, IL, TX, AL, LA, KS, and RI.