What’s a Web Plate?

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Web plates are used to join two supports together, often in a perpendicular way. They are commonly made from steel and have a triangular shape with rounded corners. The shape of the holes in the plate gives it the nickname T-connector. The use of hardened steel is important for structural integrity. The dimensions of the materials must be considered when choosing the appropriate web plate.

Web plates are used in most cases to join two supports together. Usually, one medium is vertical and the other is horizontal. Essentially, this means that tape plates are just plates used to join two different materials together in a perpendicular way.
Within mechanical and construction applications, there are literally hundreds of different methods used to connect two materials together, whether by fusion, such as welding, or by bonding. Regardless of whether the application is constructive or mechanical, one of the most popular connection methods is the web plate. The web plate is also called a T-connector in some applications due to the shape in which the pre-drilled holes are available.

The spider web plate shape is also where the connection method gets its name from because when the plate is applied, especially in construction applications, it resembles a spider web. The angled sides of the plate also generally protrude into the open corner of the bonded materials. On the other hand, the shape of the holes provided for attaching fasteners to materials is where it gets its nickname, the T-connector. The nickname comes from the fact that the fasteners run up the middle of the plate and then along the upper flat edge of the connection device.

Web plates are often triangular in shape with each corner of the triangle rounded. They are most commonly made from steel. This strong material is chosen to maintain the structural integrity of the connection.
The use of hardened steel for the fabrication of the web plates is imperative due to the number of applications in which the plates can be used. Because the fin plate is considered a structural bond, it must be able to withstand strength tests and be evaluated for strength before it can be applied in any application, no matter how small the design may seem. Some plates are made of hard plastic and used to ensure connection and stability in the plastic shelving structure. In industrial, mechanical, or construction applications, however, web plate should almost always be fabricated or machined from hardened steel or an alloy product.

To know which web plate to use, the dimensions of the materials must be taken into consideration. The material must be large enough to allow the fin plate to be applied to the joint. The fin plate must also be large enough to provide solid structural support for the materials to be joined.

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