With a hardware supply track record of over fifty years, Carl F Groupco has a long standing history supplying the UK’s window and door industry. Locking systems have been at the heart of the organisation’s offer through its five decades of service.
In this article for The Fabricator, the company highlights the importance of a three-pronged approach to supporting customers for their locking technology – first, a comprehensive range of appropriate locks needs to be identified second, partner relationships need to be developed with manufacturers to stock these products and third, comprehensive technical support should be offered to provide essential advice.
With regard to the categories of door locks considered essential to be featured in its catalogue, Carl F Groupco sub-divides its products into devices catering for standard residential; timber & composite; stable; French; bi-fold; patio; electronic and emergency escape applications. Strong partnerships with leading manufacturers are maintained to ensure that industry leading product lines are stocked to provide a rapid supply service for each product category. Door lock manufacturers represented by Carl F Groupco include FUHR, Ingenious, Kenrick and MACO.
Pre-selection of partners plays a key role in maintaining the company’s high quality standards: all manufacturer suppliers to Carl F Groupco have demonstrated product durability, extensive safety & security features and appropriate customer guarantees to offer reassurance regarding performance.
Taking the example of standard, residential door locks, a flagship Carl F Groupco line is the FUHR 856 Type 3 PAS 24 and Secured by Design lever operated door lock for single hinged residential doors. Renowned for their ease of use, reliability and durability, FUHR MultiSafe, multi-point door locks featuring profile specific keeps ensure secure fastening to the outer frame. Where security is a greater concern on main residential doors, the FUHR 856 Type 3 product, with two hook bolts and two roller cams, is recommended.
With regards to timber & composite locks, the new Ingenious multi-point lock Professional and Duplex ranges are taking centre stage at Carl F Groupco. Based on the company’s expertise in locking solutions, established credentials and focus on customer support, Carl F Groupco was selected to be one of the launch partners for product distribution for this pioneering new range. The Duplex dual spindle door lock series from Ingenious is particularly inventive which features five hooks, two rollers, latch and serrations to allow the addition of shootbolts as required. The Ingenious door locks are available to suit standard residential doors for PVCu, French master and slave applications, plus options for composite and timber doors which feature no rollers and rounded end faceplates.
Turning to Carl F Groupco’s innovative fully electronic solution for door locks, the FUHR 881 is a product that provides state-of-the-art Smart functionality. A dual motor feature facilitates unlocking as well as engagement of all locking points, including deadbolts, when a door is shut.Engagement is more reliable than alternative lock options with a force of 400N ensuring the locking points close securely and, for users seeking additional safety assurances, an optional panic function allows egress.
Specialist door lock technology solutions are also included in the MACO range. Multipoint solutions for heritage door designs are catered for with the Colonial door lock; automatic and electronic locking is supported with Z-TA door locks and options extend to devices for flood doors: these products are available from Carl F Groupco in addition to the standard MACO C-TS range for residential doors.
Carl F Groupco emphasises that it is essential to go beyond a well-stocked catalogue offering best products at best prices: service is key to differentiation. Service does not simply mean a dedicated field sales representative, internal staff are fully trained to provide both technical support and accurate order updates. And commitment to service is second to none, with the entire company taking responsibility for shipments delivered on time and in full.