New Horizons for Hardware

Behind every change in window and door design there is an evolution in fittings to support the latest trend. In this article for Glass News, established hardware supplier Carl F Groupco reports on the growing popularity of bi fold and patio products. An update on latest hardware solutions is provided from one of Carl F Groupco’s main suppliers, Siegenia.

The company highlights how full consideration to consumer’s needs and desires should be given and observes that options for patio openings are becoming increasingly important. Carl F Groupco also advises that it is necessary to look beyond standard options to offer end users creative, effective and empowering door solutions.

FS Portal PLUS
Important development requirements for hardware manufacturers have been to provide quality, flexible, secure and complete solutions. Ticking all these boxes is FS Portal PLUS, an enhanced bi fold door hardware system which replaces the FS Portal that has been popular for a number of years.

Carl F Groupco believes that bi fold doors are all about giving home owners flexibility regarding the configuration. Designed to cater for all bi fold options, and offering inward and outward opening options, FS Portal PLUS gives this flexibility, plus it meets the needs of aluminium, PVCu and timber profiles.

As well as catering for the home owners’ increasing desire for innovative door designs, the FS Portal PLUS system boasts a number of features that appeal to fabricators and installers. For example, the opening on the track is covered by an integrated brush seal along its complete length – not only does this keep the track free of dust and other debris, but the installation also looks neat and tidy. A further development to the enhanced range is the addition of a return leg on the top track to improve the top wheel stability.  Carl F Groupco reports that customers have successfully tested hardware components from the FS Portal range to Secured by Design specification.

HS Portal 300
Additional advancements are reported across patio products. Siegenia’s HS Portal 300 Lift and Slide hardware is an advanced product series which supports increased demand for high specification hardware. As with the FS Portal PLUS range, the HS hardware can be used with timber, PVCu and aluminium profiles. The range is designed for simple yet straightforward operation of sashes weighing up to 450 kg: the HS Portal innovation makes it possible to now open widths up to 12 – 19 metres. With an operational height rise of just 19mm, the system meets the DIN 18025 standard and thermal insulation significantly exceeds the EnEV Germany energy saving regulations.

In common with other Siegenia hardware initiatives, design simplicity is combined with sophistication – the HS Portal gearing enables the lift and slide door to be operated with just one finger. Additionally, wheels easily clear gaskets which avoid friction in the slide position, making opening and closing the door virtually effortless. An optional electronic opening device is a further design feature which aids easy operation.

Support and Service
Carl F Groupco prides itself on providing rapid service backed by technical support and this philosophy has been maintained for new generation hardware: drawing on its relationship with Siegenia, the company ensures that its staff are fully versed in the specification of all product ranges.

Strength in technical expertise across all hardware types, enables Carl F Groupco to work with its customers, providing the best solution for their individual project requirements.

For more information on the FS Portal PLUS range, click here

For more information on the HS Portal range, click here


The Electronic Evolution

Working in the front line of the hardware supply industry, Carl F Groupco has observed the growing confidence, and corresponding uptake in use, of electronic fittings. In this article for Glass Times, John Mitchell, the company’s Technical Specialist, details the new generation technology that is changing the capabilities of hardware and makes a prediction for its widespread adoption.

“If we take the example of keyless technology – this has been widely adopted in commercial applications for over a decade and potential in the domestic market is beginning to be realised. The success of access control across offices, warehouse and other industrial premises, combined with the automotive industry moving to electronic controls, has boosted confidence in keyless solutions.

And our emotional attachment to the metal forged key is changing. For the more mature reader, memories of coming of age were traditionally linked with a particular ditty ‘21 today, I’ve got the key of the door, never been 21 before’. While a large number of us Baby Boomers will remember this Music Hall tune, I have a strong suspicion that Generation X readers will be less familiar with the song which reflects, amongst other things, our changing emotional attachment to the traditional key.

Highline Gearing

In our experience at Carl F Groupco, the first wave of electronic hardware technology to capture the imagination of our customers has been highline gearing. Designed for remote control of window systems, the technology provides single, group and zoned operation ranging from manually operated switches to automated control panels.

A variety of brackets and extensions means that highline gearing suits most applications and a range of automated control panels open up sophisticated options including a thermostat, smoke or rain sensor, break glass switch and S50 switches.

FUHR Multitronic
The trend towards electronic locking solutions is reflected in new generation hardware technology such as the FUHR 881 Multitronic electromechanical door lock which provides the home owner with a remote control key: the access device is simple to use and activated to unlock and open the door. The door automatically locks on closing requiring only a key or thumb turn cylinder to deadlock the door.

There are many access options which can be incorporated into the FUHR 881 system, including finger print or iris recognition, key card and motion sensor – in fact, most components that can remotely unlock a door can be fitted. As an additional safety measure, in the event of a power cut, a panic function will release all locking points from the inside.

A new addition to the Carl F Groupco range is the MACO Z-TA automatic multipoint door lock which again features automatic engagement of all locking points when the door is closed. To open the door, a simple half turn of the key retracts all locking points and operates the handle. An additional electric motor for the Z-TA Comfort facilitates access devices such as key pads and finger print recognition.

Growing Confidence

Against the backdrop of progressive technology such as Highline gearing, the FUHR 881 and the MACO Z-TA, we are confident that we are witnessing the first wave of the electronic era for hardware solutions. Looking to the future, we predict a significant increase in its use as the practicalities and user benefits are extensive.

Hospitals, hotels, office blocks and many public buildings are already recognising the significant benefits of keyless security and have embraced this technology for both external security and on internal doors to control access to different parts of the building. The domestic sector is set to follow and it is our conviction that this technology, which is already very popular in Germany and Italy, will be further adopted in the UK as confidence in electronic solutions grows.”

 For more information on Electronic Highline Gearing, click here

 For more information on FUHR 881 Multitronic door lock, click here

 For more information on MACO Z-TA Comfort, click here