For all its benefits, the installed cost of EM-BOLT® is essentially equal to or less than the installed costs of the commonly used field welded embed plates. The major difference is the significant labor savings recognized on the job site with the use of EM-BOLT. Contractors report 80-100 man-hours saved in an average-size office building using EM-BOLT plates, which can translate into two or three weeks reduced off a construction schedule.

Gaining time early in a project is a major benefit to the overall project cost and schedule. As contractors know, time lost at the start of a project generally increases exponentially by the end. Saving several days up front can easily double or triple as time savings are passed down to the various subcontractors. Imagine saving a week or more on a large commercial building project by simply switching your embed plating method! This can mean the difference between meeting your schedule and budget, or going over, which is costly for all concerned.

Reduced Safety Risks and Human Error

Engineers and contractors save more than money. Because EM-BOLT welding occurs off-site in a controlled environment without the hazards of weather or high ladder work, they improve job site safety and fewer errors by their crews. The plates have detachable anchor bolts, so they are lighter to position in the formwork and the anchors are easily installed once the plates are in place.

For easy, accurate installation of the plate, the top of the plate is installed at the Top of Steel elevation. In addition, white paint at the top of the plate ensures every plate is installed in the correct orientation. All plates have a notch that indicates the centerline of both the plate and beam for easier alignment accuracy. In addition, the notch is designed to accept the end of a standard tape measure to assist in confirming correct layout dimensions in the field.

An additional improvement is that EM-BOLT will not damage or weaken green concrete because it eliminates the potential damage caused by the intense heat generated during welding that occurs with the use of the current field welded embed plates.

Setting steel and bolting to an EM-BOLT BEP-3

“...using EM-BOLT embed plates has saved 32-40 manhours on an 11,000 square foot project. That time savings ripples through the rest of the schedule...”

— Brett Grimes
Stewart Construction, Inc.
Essex Jct., VT

“...the EM-BOLT Division has revised their details to offer Thermal Pads affixed directly to the EM-BOLT Plate, so when the concrete forms are stripped the Thermal Pads are already in place. This reduces labor costs, as the erector no longer needs to install the loose thermal pad..."

— Mark Dutton
Project Manager
Jeffords Steel & Engineering
Plattsburgh, NY

“After working through the most efficient procedure with Tim and the fabricators, the installation of the framing to the EM-BOLT plates can be completed in 1/3 the time that fully welded connections require."

— Bill Michaud
CSE Inc.
Williston, VT

Traditional Method - 9 Steps

The EM-BOLT Way - 6 Easy Steps


1. Lay out embed plates in formwork.

2. Move rebar or temporarily remove and replace formwork to install embed plate due to potential conflicts with rebar and fixed anchors on embed plates.

3. Install embed plate in the concrete form.

4. Place concrete.


5. After form removal, field weld crash angle to embed plate at correct elevation based on beam size.

6. Erect steel beams and temporarily sets them on the installed crash angle.

7. Field weld knife plate or angle connection from beam to embed plate.

8. Tighten all bolts.

9. Remove the temporary crash angle.


1. Lay out embed plates in formwork.

2. Install EM-BOLT™ plates in concrete form.

3. Install anchor bolts to back side of installed EM-BOLT™ and hand tighten.

4. Place concrete.


5. After form removal, erect steel beam and bolt to EM-BOLT™.

6. Tighten all bolts.