RICON® S – Beam Hanger / Mass Timber Connector

RICON® S – Beam Hanger / Mass Timber Connector

ICC Code Approval ESR-4300 for RICON S VS

Introducing the RICON® S mass timber connector – a pre-engineered solution designed for seamless and rapid beam joining. This innovative connector comprises two identical plates featuring bolts that interlock in a dovetail-style configuration. Installation is a breeze, thanks to self-tapping structural screws applied perpendicularly to the plate. For added convenience, KNAPP® offers Routing Jigs compatible with handheld routers.

Enhance the connector’s functionality with an optional Locking clip, ensuring a secure latch. Versatile in application, RICON® S effortlessly connects timber to timber, steel, and concrete. Choose between fully concealed or visible installation, with two available versions: Welded Collar Bolt (VS) and Screwed Collar Bolt (VK).

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The pre-engineered RICON® S mass timber connector is made of galvanized steel and allows a smooth and fast joining of beams. It consists of two identical connector plates with bolts that hook into each other in a dovetail-like manner with only 35mm (1 1/2″) of travel required to engage.  Simple installation possible with self-tapping structural screws perpendicular to the plate. When cutting with handheld router KNAPP® also offers Routing Jigs. An optional Locking clip can be installed to latch the connector. RICON® S connects timber to timber, to steel, and to concrete. The connectors can be installed fully concealed or visible and are available in two versions. With a Welded Collar Bolt (VS), and Screwed Collar Bold (VK). Both versions are available in four sizes: 140/60, 200/60, 200/80, 290/80. An additional size called RICON® S VS XL 390/80 is available with the VS version.

*Note that the numbers in the name of each RICON® S size indicate the size of the connector in millimeter. I.e. RICON® S  200/80 is 200 mm long by 80 mm wide.

Features and Benefits:
  • Pre-engineered beam hanger
  • Fast and simple assembly
    • self-tapping screws without pre-drilling.
    • Short hooking way –35mm (1 1/2″).
    • Beams simply slide and join together
    • Reduces labor and equipment cost
    • High degree of prefabrication
  • Non-visible connector
    • Appeals to the architect and customer
  • Self-tightening
    • prevents forming of gaps in the joint over time
  • Adjustable collar bolt (VK version)
    • can be adjusted up to 5 mm in timber length tolerances.
  • Flexible
    •  Disassembly and reassembly possible if needed
  • Universal
    • connectors can fasten timber to timber, to steel, and to concrete.
  • Versatile
    • can be used for single joint and double joint applications
  • Safe
    • Fire resistance according to (DIN 4102-2) by 4-sided concealed mounting (R30 ≥ 20 mm, R60 ≥ 40 mm).
    • Optional locking clip – latches the fastener against slide-in direction (e.g. wind suction forces).
New and improved:
  • Beam hanger for glulam and normal beams
  • Connector for timber frame construction
  • Connector for log home building
  • Connector for mass timber construction


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Additional Applications


Crafted Excellence at Mastercard VIP Lounge in Kitzbühel (A) – A Showcase of Innovation with KNAPP® Connectors

Project Details:

  • Location: Mastercard VIP Lounge, Hahnenkamm Streif, Kitzbühel finish area slope
  • Connectors Used: MEGANT®, RICON® S, RICON®, and WALCO® V
  • Architect/Planning: Ing. Lukas Moser, Kuchler Blockhaus (P. Lienbacher Holzbauwerk GmbH
  • Structural Engineering: Torsten Langejürgen, dimensioning Knapp GmbH
  • Carpenter: Kuchler Blockhaus Lienbacher Holzbauwerk GmbH
  • Client: WWP Weirather-Wenzel & Partner GmbH
  • Building Type: Cross laminated timber with insulation and wooden facade
  • Construction Time: Initiated in 2019
  • Address: Kitzbühel, Austria
  • Gross Building Volume/m²: 240m²

Witness the seamless integration of KNAPP® connectors in a project that marries innovation with architectural finesse. Our connectors, including MEGANT®, RICON® S, RICON®, and WALCO® V, played a pivotal role in creating a wooden facade that stands as a testament to craftsmanship and durability.

Partnering with visionary minds like Ing. Lukas Moser from Kuchler Blockhaus and Torsten Langejürgen in structural engineering, we ensured the Mastercard VIP Lounge reflects excellence from design to construction.

Architectural Elegance with HUF Haus ART 3 – A Seamless Blend of Tradition and Innovation featuring WALCO® V Connectors and RICON® S

Delve into the sophistication of the HUF Haus ART 3 project, where architectural excellence meets modern ingenuity. WALCO® V connectors played a pivotal role in bringing this vision to life, seamlessly integrating into the construction process.

Project Highlights:

  • Project Name: HUF Haus ART 3
  • Knapp Connectors: RICON® S and WALCO® V
  • Architect: Josef Günster
  • Planning: HUF HAUS
  • Timber Construction: HUF HAUS
  • Builder: Private client
  • Year of Construction: 2020
  • Construction Duration: Approximately 2 weeks for building completion
  • Construction Method: Modern half-timbered architecture with glued timber framework construction
  • Gross Building Volume: 219 m²

Under the guidance of architect Josef Günster and the meticulous planning by HUF HAUS, this project stands as a testament to the seamless integration of tradition and innovation. The application of RICON® S and WALCO® V connectors ensures a structural harmony that resonates with both durability and architectural finesse.

Elevate Your Formula 1 Experience with the Red Bull Energy Station

Dive into the world of precision engineering and alpine elegance with the Red Bull Energy Station Formula 1 project, a dynamic event building that pushes the boundaries of timber construction. Our Knapp connectors, including RICON® S for the structural framework and WALCO® V for the facade, seamlessly integrate to create a structure that embodies both strength and style.

Project Details:

  • Project Name: Red Bull Energy Station Formula 1 (Event building)
  • Timber Construction: Complete timber construction with an alpine style
  • Knapp Connectors: RICON® S for Tragkonstruktion, WALCO® V for the facade
  • Design & Planning: Claudio Hatz, Salzburg
  • Static: KPZT Kurt Pock, Klagenfurt
  • Steel Construction: Leuprecht, Höfen, and Asen, Seekirchen
  • Facade: Walch & Partner, Reutte
  • Wood Construction: Holzbau Saurer GmbH & Go KG, Höfen/Tirol
  • Builder: Red Bull GmbH, Fuschl
  • Year of Construction: Assembled and dismantled up to 200 times in 2019
  • Gross Building Volume/m2: 1221 m2, column girder system which is 32 m long, 14 m wide, and 11 m high.
  • Address: Worldwide for Formula 1 teams – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso – with a planned utilization of 10 years.

Picture Source: Andreas AUFSCHNAITER / Red Bull content pool.


Dive into Architectural Brilliance with the Indoor Swimming Pool at Ried im Innkreis

Project Details:

  • Project Name: Indoor Swimming Pool at Ried im Innkreis (AT)
  • Knapp Connector: RICON® S
  • Architect: Gärtner + Neururer ZT GmbH, Stadtplatz 14, A-4840 Vöcklabruck
  • Planning: ISG Innviertler Gemeinnützige Wohnungs- und Siedlungsgenossenschaft reg. Gen.m.b.H., Riedauer Straße 28, A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
  • Structural Engineering: DI Weilhartner ZT GmbH Ing. Konsulenten für Bauingenieurwesen, A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
  • Timber Construction: Structurlam, Penticton, BC (CAN)
  • Builder: Stadtgemeinde Ried, Hauptplatz 12, A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
  • Year of Construction: 2016
  • Method of Construction: Solid wood glue construction
  • Address: Volksfeststraße 14, A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
  • Gross Building Volume: 27,000 m²

Designed by Gärtner + Neururer ZT GmbH and brought to life by Structurlam’s timber construction expertise, this project is a testament to sustainable architecture. RICON® S ensures a robust connection throughout the solid wood glue construction, delivering both durability and aesthetic appeal.

Reviving Heritage: The Renovation of Chapelle de la Pureté with RICON® and RICON® S Connectors

the meticulous renovation of the Chapelle de la Pureté (Chapel of Purity). This historic project, situated in France, showcases the expertise of Knapp connectors, including RICON® and RICON® S, ensuring both structural integrity and preservation of cultural heritage.

Project Details:

  • Project Name: Chapelle de la Pureté (Chapel of Purity) (F)
  • Knapp Connectors: RICON® and RICON® S
  • Architects: Jacques de Welle, Emmanuel de Foresta, Spiridon Kakavas, and Antonios Lionis (Project Manager)
  • Coordination/Finances: Association Restauration et Conservation de la Chapelle Bédarride Fondation du Patrimoine, Aix-en-Provence
  • Planning: Cédric Roth-Meyer
  • Builder Representation: Elisabeth Hériard-Dubreuill
  • Builder: Metropole Orthodoxe Grecque, Paris
  • Execution Team: Cédric Roth-Meyer, Bastien Milhau, Frédéric Tourneux, Matthias Pfister
  • Press Article: Holzbau-Magazin 2012
  • Brochure: Referenzprojekt Kirchensanierung

As a vital part of the restoration, Knapp connectors RICON® and RICON® S played a crucial role in ensuring the structural stability and longevity of this historical gem. The project, featured in the Holzbau-Magazin 2012, stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern engineering.



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  1. Cut recess with CNC or by means of MULTI F 60 and/or 80 Routing Jig
  2. Install connector plates with self-tapping screws
  3. Slide and hook beams into each other

Specifications | Processing Choices



Discover the perfect connection for your project with RICON® S, available in five sizes and offering a range of collar bolt variants tailored to wood, steel, and concrete applications:

  1. Welded Collar Bolt (VS): Ideal for projects demanding the highest load capacities, providing robust and reliable connections. The XL variant (VS+ZP) offers extended options for larger-scale applications.
  2. Screwed Collar Bolt (VK): A cost-effective choice for projects with lower load capacities, ensuring efficiency without compromising strength.
  3. Adjustable Collar Bolt (EK): Engineered for tolerance adjustments of up to 5 mm, making it perfect for timber structures and wood-concrete hybrids.
  4. S80 Adjustable Collar Bolt with Insert Screw: Specifically designed for tolerance compensation up to 5mm, ensuring precision in timber structures and wood-concrete hybrids.
  5. Spring Loaded Collar Bolt (GK): Recommended for assembling sturdy walls, offering a secure connection by simply pushing it inward until it snaps into place against its counterpart.

Each variant is crafted to meet specific project needs, ensuring a seamless and secure connection. Choose the collar bolt that aligns with your requirements:

  • VS: Welded collar bolt for highest load capacities
  • VK: Screwed collar bolt for moderate charge capacities
  • EK: Adjustable collar bolt for tolerance adjustments
  • GK: Spring-loaded collar bolt for special assembly requirements
  • VS+ZP: Welded collar bolt XL version
  • S80 Adjustable with Insert Screw: For tolerance compensation up to 5mm

Please note that characteristic value F2,Rk in the insertion direction only apply for original KNAPP CS-Screws according to ETA 10/0189 (2022/08/25). Elevate your construction projects with the precision and adaptability of RICON® S connectors.


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