Carl F Groupco raises funds for local charities

Carl F Groupco staff pictured on a fund-raising dress down Friday. Stef Brown from the  company’s internal sales team who organised the charity initiative is pictured centre (seated)  with bake sale cakes and jar of money raised.

Carl F Groupco staff pictured on a fund-raising dress down Friday. Stef Brown from the
company’s internal sales team who organised the charity initiative is pictured centre (seated) with bake sale cakes and jar of money raised.

Kind hearted staff at Carl F Groupco have chosen Homes 4 Dogs as its new nominated charity. Over the course of the year, money is being raised for the organisation which for over 30 years has rehomed thousands of dogs and puppies. The company previously supported Little Miracles, a charity that assists families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. Both charities are local to Carl F Groupco’s UK administration and distribution centre in Peterborough.

Initiated by Stef Brown who works in Carl F Groupco’s internal sales team, the company has a ‘dress down day’ every Friday with each participant donating 50p to the designated charity. Other events that have also contributed to the funds raised have included bake sales.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
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Carl F Groupco’s successful year for hardware supply

A successful year for Carl F Groupco has affirmed the company’s position as a leading UK hardware supplier. Landmark achievements in 2017 have included the launch of a new catalogue. Featuring over 7,000 product lines, the reference source contains a comprehensive overview of all products supplied including door & window fittings, ventilation solutions and tools for aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber profile systems.

John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco comments on the company’s successful year.

John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco comments on the company’s successful year.

Commenting on the year, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“Key areas of growth have included high security hardware, with increased demand triggered by Document Q. Our specialist brands including Carl F direct – our e-commerce tool supply business – and SmartSecure have also contributed to the positive year end picture.

“As a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK hardware market, we have continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure. In addition to our existing solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock, we have increased the range to include the Yale Conexis L1, a retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle. We have also opened a new, dedicated SmartSecure showroom at our UK distribution centre in Peterborough.”

Looking to the year ahead, Carl F Groupco predicts continued strong interest in high security hardware, growing demand for high-end aluminium products and the ongoing expansion of its specialist brand ranges.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
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Carl F Groupco & FUHR mark 55 year partnership

A 55 year partnership is celebrated by hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR. The company, then Groupco, was the original distributor of FUHR products in the UK and, after significant growth, Carl F Groupco is now FUHR’s largest single customer worldwide.

A landmark anniversary of a partnership dating back to 1962 is celebrated by hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR.

A landmark anniversary of a partnership dating back to 1962 is celebrated by
hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR.

The collaboration between the two companies dates back to 1962 and, from the earliest days, FUHR’s extensive range of locking solutions have been flagship lines in the Carl F Groupco catalogue. Six FUHR products are currently featured in Carl F Groupco’s top 10 best seller list: the biggest selling line overall is the FUHR 856 Type 3 door lock.

Endorsing the partnership, FUHR’s Managing Director and owner, Andreas Fuhr said:

“We value our relationship with Carl F Groupco extremely highly. The strength of the partnership comes from our shared values and history – we look forward to continuing to work with the team to supply our traditional markets and expand into new sectors such as Smart Tech.”

Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden expanded on the significance of the relationship:

“We have grown with FUHR to increase our offer from standard mechanical locks to the fully motorised 881 multipoint lock. FUHR is an important partner to us for a number of reasons including product quality, innovation and service commitment. Support also plays a key role and training is extensive – our entire sales team has visited FUHR’s German headquarters to gain a deep understanding of product features, benefits and how to make a lock.”

An extensive range of FUHR products is offered by Carl F Groupco including hardware that caters for all major aluminium systems. The FUHR multitronic fully motorised multipoint lock plays a pivotal role in Carl F Groupco’s pioneering SmartSecure electronic door locking and Smart access control brand.

 

Take a look at our product pages, here, to view our FUHR products.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
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Standard Issue

An article written for Clearview, October 2017.

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John Mitchell, Technical Manager, Carl F Groupco.

Carl F Groupco recognises that regulations are an important element of any report on Home Security. As a long-standing distributor of window and door hardware, services and solutions, the company understands the importance of providing a comprehensive service: this includes a thorough understanding of relevant standards and a willingness to share this information.

Currently Document Q, which stipulates a requirement for adequate prevention of unauthorised access and safe means of escape for new buildings, is ensuring that security standards remain a hot topic for hardware. This encompasses Technical Specification (TS) standards including TS 008. This rates letterplates or flaps that cover door apertures and any associated boxes, walls or panels inside the door. Supporting this standard, one of the latest products to be added to Carl F Groupco’s portfolio of over 7,000 lines is the Trojan Unicorn TS 008 letterplate. With a simple yet elegant design, the patented TS 008 letterplate is suitable for composite and PVCu doorsets that need to be Document Q or PAS24:2016 compliant. Produced in a style that will complement any door design, the letterplate is available in a wide range of external finishes to suite with the Trojan door furniture range. The internal letterplate can be colour coded to match door colours.

Best Practice:

With regards to home security, PAS 24 and Secured by Design are fundamental and Carl F Groupco supplies one of the largest selections of hardware to the UK market that complies with these accreditations. Best practice advice is to meet the PAS 24 rating when installing a replacement door or window requiring enhanced security hardware.

Secured by Design accreditation is also important and Carl F Groupco is a long-standing supporter of this initiative:the latest product in the company’s portfolio to be the proud bearer of the Secured by Design logo is the FUHR 881 electromechanical multipoint door lock.

The comprehensively trained technical team at Carl F Groupco understands the challenges of meeting the latest home security standards: the company’s advisory service is available to anyone working in the hardware supply chain.

 

To find out more about the TS 008 Letterplate, click here.

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Carl F Groupco Hardware Report: Premier Products

In this report for Glass and Glazing products, Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager for Carl F Groupco highlights the fact that high end hardware has an increasingly important role to play in enhancing and differentiating the company’s range of window and door fittings.

Clare Crockett: Marketing Manager

Clare Crockett: Marketing Manager

“Premier products have strong design appeal and are extremely versatile: they also give leverage to fabricators to offer highly sophisticated products that add value to their range.

With a long-standing track record supplying hardware solutions, at Carl F Groupco we are adept at tailoring our portfolio to meet all needs. Regarding premier products, we offer a range of hardware solutions including SmartSecure, our 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock and smart access control brand. Other high end solutions featured in our catalogue are patio entrance hardware and products catering for the increasingly popular aluminium market.

SmartSecure:

Recognising the Smart Home technology revolution, Carl F Groupco’s high profile SmartSecure solutions replace the traditional key with a range of access control options. While SmartSecure is highly sophisticated, simplicity is at its heart with emphasis on ease of installation, straight forward adoption for fabricators and accessible support.

‘SmartTouch’, which is a pioneering access system, enables entry with the simple touch of sensor: access is facilitated if an active, moving transponder is within range. Radio-based access control systems are also available including a radio keypad, transponder and fingerprint scanner for keyless biometric access control.

Three SmartSecure variants are available tailored for high end residential, commercial and communal doors – all utilise the same base hardware which enables fabricators to target multiple sectors with ease.

With property owners becoming more savvy with their home improvement investments, we believe that the ability to offer products like SmartSecure is instrumental in allowing fabricators to differentiate their offer from the competition.

FUHR Flexibility:

The FUHR multitronic 881 door lock at the heart of SmartSecure technology can be used with combinations of wiring and access control options to suit the differing requirements of the end user, from high end ‘grand design’ style domestic dwellings to a EN 1125 CE marked panic exit door on a commercial building.  As the standard preparation for the lock is the same for any style of door, with just minor adjustments for the associated hardware, fabricators have a valuable opportunity to supply doors to a wider market base.

As it is possible to achieve EN 179 and EN 1125 with both mechanical and electronic door locks within the FUHR range, the FUHR 881 electronic lock is a simple way to add a new revenue stream to a business. With little change to door preparation compared to the mechanical variant, these locks can be fitted along with panic bar and CES free movement cylinders offering complete packages where panic/emergency exit doors are required for commercial work and communal door entrances.

The multitronic 881 is also sold as a stand-alone product which provides a simple upgrade option for end users. With relatively little additional preparation work for the fabricator, the 881 gives the opportunity to sell high end doors with enhanced margin capabilities.

Speciality Sectors:

Other premier products offered include large patio entrance hardware such as lift and slide products. The HS Portal by Siegenia, for example, supports the growing market for stylish, wide span doors that extend the living area of homes to encompass the property’s outside space.

Aluminium is another expanding sector with durability, security and design aesthetics cited as key reasons for its appeal and we are supporting demand with complementary hardware. Ranges included in Carl F Groupco’s Aluminium Collection are the Roto/PN Uni for reversible window gearing, Siegenia ALU tilt & turn gearing and Cotswold Architectural Products’ friction & parallel stays. Products also cater for remote window control, emergency and panic exit / multipoint door locks plus folding sliding door, lift & slide, and tilt & slide hardware.

Having highlighted the significance and importance of premier products, it is important to emphasise that compiling a catalogue is all about balance – high end hardware has an essential part to play, but this should not be at the expense of mid-range or value fittings. All budgets need to be catered for and Carl F Groupco provides a full spectrum of options to meet the needs of all requirements.”

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

For more about Panic and Emergency Exit options, please click here.

For more about the HS Portal bu Siegenia, please click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
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Conexis L1 strengthens SmartSecure’s retrofit remit

Carl F Groupco has added the Conexis L1 – a Smart Keyless Locking Handle, to its SmartSecure range of electronic door locking and Smart access control solutions. Ideally suited for retrofit installations, the addition to the company’s portfolio enhances its range of Smart options and increases its Smart Tech offer. New markets for SmartSecure are opened up as any 92mm PZ door lock can easily be upgraded to incorporate the system, whether this is a retrofit or new door.

The Conexis L1 Keyless Locking System is added to Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure solutions.

The Conexis L1 Keyless Locking System is added to Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure solutions.

The Conexis L1 joins the SmartSecure brand’s established FUHR multitronic 881 lock technology and access control options, which include the sensor based ‘SmartTouch comfort’ and radio based access control solutions.

All SmartSecure variants are designed to be easy-to-fit and the Conexis L1, which can be fitted in just 20 minutes using a screwdriver and Smartphone, is engineered for ease of installation. Carl F Groupco is confident that the system will support Smart Tech take up. The Conexis L1 allows operation of the door lock through a number of access control methods including key cards, key tags, phone tags and an app.

Technical support is seen as Carl F Groupco’s key strength in supporting the Conexis L1 – easy-to-access experts who provide straightforward advice are seen as essential in supporting the introduction of the product to the company’s portfolio.

Carl F Groupco is an established supplier of window and door hardware. The SmartSecure brand is one of the most recent additions to its catalogue of over 7,000 product lines.

 

For more information about the Conexis L1 Keyless Locking Handle, click here.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
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Embracing Automation

In this article for Window News, John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco explains that attitudes in the hardware sector are changing regarding automation.

Ten years ago some capability was offered, but Smart Tech hadn’t been embraced by the UK market and the appetite for electronic systems was embryonic.

Today that is changing, solutions have been created, capabilities are being recognised and people are putting real value on the technology.

Looking at why we are on the cusp of a boom in Smart Tech, John points to three things:

i)    The acceptance of, and confidence in, automation in other areas of our lives
ii)   The move towards Smart Homes supported by initiatives taken by major utility companies and technology providers
iii)   The impact of national media coverage and the lifestyle vision presented on programmes such as Grand Designs

With regard to the first point, we are immersed in automation and it has widely become the accepted way of life. Cars have been unlocked using key fobs for many years and are even being superseded with keyless entry systems. We don’t question this technology: it has become second nature, it simplifies the process and most of us would be reluctant to return to the traditional key. This significantly helps the evolution to electronic based technologies in the door hardware sector.

Smart Homes no longer sound like a futuristic prediction. Many people have some element of Smart Tech in their property and, spearheaded by major utility providers, we are moving towards full control and connectivity of home appliances.

New electronic era

The new era of electronic living is widely presented on television and in newspaper supplements – it is regularly featured in aspirational TV programmes including Grand Designs. It is also a topic that is taking centre stage at both business and consumer home exhibitions.

Additionally, other countries have been trail blazers setting out the stall for the scope and potential of the new technology. Germany, the home of locking specialists FUHR, has been particularly pioneering in developing and adopting the intelligent home and integrating this within their door fittings.

Against this backdrop, and supported by our long-standing partnership with FUHR, in 2016 Carl F Groupco introduced SmartSecure, our electronic locking and access control brand. With our track record working with FUHR understanding the practicalities and the needs of the market, we made the decision to fully embrace this opportunity.

The established FUHR multitronic 881 locking system is at the heart of SmartSecure – this gives all important validity to the solutions and assurance that it is tried and tested technology.

 

The traditional key is replaced with a range of access control options

‘SmartConnect easy’ is an optional access control package using a smartphone. Keyless operation and monitoring is provided via an intelligent WLAN-based system. Complete assurance is given with sensor monitoring of door leaf and bolt positions that enable verification of the locking status wherever and whenever required.

A second SmartSecure option is ‘SmartTouch’. This pioneering keyless access system enables easy entry by simply touching a sensor. Access to the property is gained if an active, moving transponder is within range and the sensor is touched. This means keys can be in a pocket when hands are full and the door will open – so, no more struggling up to your house with shopping, putting bags down, finding your key, unlocking the door and picking up your bags again. For a stylish, concealed solution, the sensor can also be fitted within a pull handle.

Radio-based access control systems are also available including a radio keypad, transponder and fingerprint scanner for keyless biometric access control.

The real value in Smart Tech, such as SmartSecure, comes from the benefits it affords to users, such as easy access when carrying shopping, as described above. The advantages can be value add aesthetics to create a ‘Grand Design’ style home or  practical and pragmatic reasons such as in the care sector e.g. controlled access to authorised nurse or welfare visitors.

Total support and tailored solutions

Total support is essential. Smart Tech can’t be gloss, hype and vapour ware – it has to be a tailored solution, it has to offer real benefits and it has to be supported. The technology is just the tip of the iceberg. Advice and guidance is needed to assist customers as they embrace the new Smart era – our service team was in place from the outset and we appointed a dedicated Business Development Manager. Additionally, all staff that have customer contact are trained in SmartSecure’s solutions.

These are exciting times for the industry where we are witnessing real change and a real opportunity. At Carl F Groupco we firmly believe that you can’t play around on the side-lines offering ad hoc products: total solutions are needed that are comprehensively supported and this is our focus for SmartSecure.

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.