The FAST™ (FERO Angle Support Technology) system was devised to meet a demand for building technology that offers fast, low-cost, and effective shelf angle installations. When compared to alternative offset shelf angle supports, such as gusset plates, the FAST system requires a fraction of the time to install and is proven to be more economical and buildable, and better performing. In fact, the supply and installation cost for the FAST system is about 50% less than other support systems.
With the FAST system, the size of the shelf angle remains the same, and the supporting brackets vary in size to accommodate a wide range of design cavity widths. The FAST system uses a 100 x 100 x 6 mm (4″ x 4″ x 1/4″) angle which is readily available from local suppliers, and less expensive than using larger non-standard angles.
The FAST™ System also includes a Type II Shelf Angle Support for applications requiring a flush shelf support and a Modified Angle Lintel Shelf Support for above wall openings. The Modified Angle Lintel Shelf Support creates a clean reveal on the underside of openings ready for installation of window or door framing all with the ease of installation of our existing FAST System.
And when the design requires that the masonry veneer start below the floor level we responded with a FAST Extended Shelf Bracket, a completely customized bracket that can be manufactured to satisfy your building specifications.
One of our newest product developments are the FAST I-Beam Shelf Brackets, designed for buildings constructed with steel columns and beams that require shelf angles to support the cladding. All FAST I-Beam Shelf Brackets have been engineered to the same high standards as the original FAST Bracket and allows the angle to support veneers from an I-Beam where this option is desirable. These I-Beam Shelf Brackets can be customized to align with the bottom, middle, top or above the I-Beam while maintaining the same wall design specifications.
FAST HAB (Hold Above Beam) I-Beam Shelf Brackets supports the veneer above the I-Beam, either flush or 3 inches above the beam.
FAST Slab Brackets are used when it is desirable to support the veneer vertical from the slab.
Thoroughly tested and proven both in the laboratory and the field, the pre-engineered FAST System is used to support dead load from:
• Masonry veneer
• Thin granite veneer
• Pre-cast concrete
• Large stone panels
• And more!
All the FAST Systems utilize the same series of patented anchor bolts, brackets, shim plates, wedge shims and retaining pins.
Brackets are fastened to anchor bolts, and shelf angles are inserted into the brackets. Shimming may be required to achieve the proper angle and position.
The FAST System provides accurate and permanent placement of the angle installation without compromising the air/vapour barrier, and is simple enough in the installation to be performed by one person.