Carl F Groupco: FIT and Ready

In this article for Glass Times, two of the managers at hardware distributor Carl F Groupco provide insight into important areas of focus at the FIT Show.

Spotlight on Smart Tech

Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s Business Development Manager for SmartSecure.

Following the successful launch of SmartSecure at last year’s exhibition, Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s Business Development Manager for the brand explains how the company’s electronic locking and smart access control solutions will be key features of the company’s display.

“With interest in smart access control gathering momentum, we are preparing a larger, dedicated area to cater for interest in SmartSecure demonstrations. The solutions have wide-ranging appeal from architects and specifiers through to fabricators and installers: with this in mind, the display will illustrate a range of technology applications. It would, of course, be much simpler to just show PowerPoints and hand out brochures, but we strongly believe that people need to experience the technology.

“This year we are preparing doors to reflect three scenarios that fabricators and installers regularly come across namely, high end residential, communal and commercial applications.
“It is always a challenge to incorporate all our hardware and services without just exhibiting rows of handles and literature, but the marketing team have once again come up with a design that showcases all our most important product lines in a way that is very hands on and far from boring.

“Some might say it is a brave move to invest so heavily in up and coming technology and to devote such a large area of our stand to it. But society is waking up to Smart Tech and becoming increasingly reliant on it. It’s only a matter of time before people expect more from their front door. Already home owners and commercial organisations are demonstrating they are prepared to invest more in their entrance doors and systems.
“Events around the world are dedicated purely to this topic – we can’t be on the fringes, we have to fully commit. Of course, all our mainstay hardware lines are at the heart of our stand – these are essential to the ethos of Carl F Groupco, but Smart Technology needs separate focus and this is reflected in the design.”

 

Roto: Acquisition Advancements

Julie Warner, Carl F Groupco’s Roto / PN Product Manager with the company’s Technical Manager, John Mitchell.

The forthcoming FIT Show is also Carl F Groupco’s opportunity to launch the System 700, a new range of fully reversible hardware for windows manufactured by Roto/Peder Nielsen (PN).

As sole distributor of PN hardware by Roto in the UK, the new range will be showcased on the stand. This is significant as it reaffirms a relationship with the manufacturer that dates back to 2001 – a partnership that has continued to flourish following the acquisition of PN by Roto in 2016.

Commenting on advancements, Julie Warner, Carl F Groupco’s Roto/PN Product Manager explains,

“We have a long legacy with PN and we are building on this relationship. The PN brand is well respected throughout the industry, known for durability and offering impressive functionality for outward opening windows.  The main lines are the UNI top swing reversible gearing with two variants, Standard and Hotel, which complement the rest of our hardware range and are believed to be the most popular reversible products in the UK. 

“With enhanced development capability, the acquisition of PN by Roto has paved the way for new innovation. In terms of product development, the System 700 launch at the FIT Show is particularly exciting: the slimmer hinge, which works on a 7mm groove, is ideal for systems companies who are looking to complement their flush casement window range with a fully reversible option. Aesthetics are consistent across all window types, which opens up potential for the range to new build housing markets.”

 

Carl F Groupco: Stand E40
Carl F Groupco will also feature Cotswold, FUHR, Greenwood, Hoppe, Ingenious, Kenrick, MACO, Siegenia and Trojan on its 96 sq metre stand. An innovative hardware selector, which summarises product options, will be displayed for the first time at FIT Show 2017.

 

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

 

For more information about our range of PN reversible hardware by Roto, please click here.

Both ranges will be on show on our FIT Show stand, to register as our VIP guest 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.

Carl F Groupco’s Reversible Record

Julie Warner, Carl F Groupco’s Product Manager for the PN by Roto range pictured with  the company’s Technical Manager, John Mitchell.

Julie Warner, Carl F Groupco’s Product Manager for the PN by Roto range pictured with
the company’s Technical Manager, John Mitchell.

Record sales are reported by Carl F Groupco in 2016 of UNI reversible window hardware manufactured by Roto/Peder Nielsen (PN), with growth predicted to continue through 2017. The main market for the gearing, supplied solely to the UK by Carl F Groupco, is Scotland but growth has also been seen in England, Ireland and Wales.

Julie Warner, Carl F Groupco’s Product Manager for the PN by Roto range, reports that growth is due to loyal customers who put value on the benefits of the hardware.  She adds that this extremely high quality gearing is ideal for multi-storey public and commercial buildings, including hotels. Equally suitable for high-rise domestic applications, the gearing is supplied with an integral child restrictor and reverse catch as standard, which ensures safe operation when cleaning the window from the inside. Commenting on the aesthetic advantages of the gearing, Julie Warner explains:

“The UNI range, including the Top Swing, Top and Side Hung gearing, has been designed for full flexibility. Frame and sash groove details are the same across the UNI range, which means that any of the solutions can be fitted to ensure a uniform aesthetic appearance on all window styles across aluminium, PVCu and timber profiles. 

“The full UNI range is also capable of achieving emergency escape – providing all relevant building regulations are met.”

A strong relationship with PN and Carl F Groupco dates back to 2001 and this has continued following the acquisition of PN by Roto in 2016, with exciting new product launches set to be revealed at the FIT Show 2017.

 

For more information about our range of PN reversible hardware by Roto, please click here.

 

The range will be on show on our FIT Show stand, to register as our VIP guest click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330

www.carlfgroupco.co.uk

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

SmartSecure: Straightforward Sophistication

In this report for The Fabricator, Carl F Groupco reports that the industry is on the cusp of a major smart home technology revolution. To assist those working in the front line, this article sets out to provide an overview of the company’s SmartSecure brand, which offers a range of electronic door locking and smart access control solutions.

 

Image shows the SmartTouch access system activated by simply touching a sensor.

Image shows the SmartTouch access system activated by simply touching a sensor.

Incorporating state-of-the-art FUHR multitronic 881 locking technology, aesthetic, practical and technical benefits are offered across a wide-range of installations including housing associations, the growing retirement-living sector and care homes.

The traditional key is replaced with a range of access control options. ‘SmartConnect easy’ is an optional access control package using a smartphone: this intelligent WLAN-based system is a significant USP that provides keyless operation and monitoring. Sensor monitoring of door leaf and bolt position ensures complete peace of mind as locking status can be verified from any location, whenever required.

‘SmartTouch’ is a pioneering access system that is another SmartSecure option. Easy entry is enabled by simply touching a sensor. Using innovative technology, access is facilitated if an active, moving transponder is within range. 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.

With strong security and safety benefits, SmartSecure has wide ranging appeal including the fact that doors are automatically locked on closing, which means that occupants are always secure. Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s Business Development Manager for SmartSecure explains:

“Importantly, FUHR multitronic 881 locking technology is a highly secure and reliable solution. With a patented twin motor, all locking points are secured in just seconds after closing the door. The multitronic 881 automatically locks the door to a maximum level of security, ensuring that human error is avoided and enabling the door locking status to be checked at any time.

“There are clearly significant benefits of SmartSecure to users, whether these are people living in ‘grand design’ properties with a desire for latest technology or in the retirement / care sector where safety, security and simplicity are key to its appeal.”

Straightforward Sophistication

It would be easy to think that with all this capability comes complexity of installation but Carl F Groupco emphasises that this is not the case, the company stresses that SmartSecure products are very simple to fit and technical experts are on hand to answer any questions. It is also stylish – all components can be concealed, which reduces the risk of tampering and, for total flexibility, the system can be integrated with existing access control or building management systems. The lock requires just four additional routings compared to a standard multipoint lock, this allows the transformer and cabling to be fully concealed into the frame. If any assistance is needed, the company is on hand to support – as with all Carl F Groupco’s hardware products, comprehensive service and technical assistance is readily available.

To demonstrate the sophistication and simplicity of SmartSecure, a high quality, professionally animated video has been commissioned.  The three minute film depicts the capabilities of the company’s state-of-the-art SmartSecure solutions for electronic door locking and smart access control. With particular focus on access control options, the video enables end-users to visualise the application, and advantages, of a SmartSecure installation in their home.  The video can be viewed on the SmartSecure website http://www.smartsecure.co.uk or via the Carl F Groupco YouTube channel.

Carl F Groupco encourages anyone working in the fenestration sector to visit their stand at the forthcoming FIT Show. The company is putting significant effort into creating hands-on demonstration areas where visitors can, without obligation, experience the capabilities of SmartSecure.

For SmartSecure demonstrations visit Carl F Groupco at FIT Show 2017.

Stand: E40

To register for the FIT Show as our VIP, click the link.

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.

Carl F Groupco hardware selector created for FIT Show

Carl F Groupco
FIT Show 2017
Stand E40

John Mitchell, Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager with example lines from the company’s catalogue of over 7,000 products

John Mitchell, Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager with example lines from the company’s
catalogue of over 7,000 products

With a focus on high level service, quality lines and practical displays, Carl F Groupco has addressed the challenge of presenting its range of over 7,000 window and door fitting lines with a hardware selector that will be presented for the first time at the FIT Show 2017.

The concept, which was inspired by a desire to simplify the hardware selection process, is an intuitive display supported by product examples, graphics, information points and a touch-screen catalogue.

Carl F Groupco’s purpose-built stand (E40), which can easily be found in Hall 6, presents flagship product lines and new additions to the range. Focus is placed on showing hardware in-situ; ensuring visitors can see at-a-glance how the products can be installed and their functionality. The stand will feature dedicated areas for both SmartSecure, the company’s electronic locking and smart access control systems and Roto/Peder Nielsen (PN) window gearing.

Specialist doors will also be featured, along with tilt and turn windows. Other products on the stand will include ranges from Cotswold, FUHR, Greenwood, Hoppe, Ingenious, Kenrick, MACO, Siegenia and Trojan.

To register for the FIT Show as our VIP, click the link.

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.

Bumper Carl F Groupco catalogue is biggest to date

A new 248 page full colour catalogue from hardware supplier Carl F Groupco featuring over 7,000 product lines confirms the company’s position as a leading distributor in the UK’s fenestration sector. The bumper edition is a must have industry compendium of door & window fittings, ventilation solutions and tools for aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber profile systems.
The hard back catalogue, which is a major publishing achievement for the company, is designed to be a hardware “bible” providing a one-stop source for practical, innovative and high quality components.  An impressive 65 additional new product pages have been incorporated into the reference document including a dedicated section for SmartSecure – the new smart locking and access control brand launched in 2016 that is set to lead the door hardware electronic evolution.

Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes (left) and  Marketing Manager Clare Crockett launch the company’s  new hardware catalogue

Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes (left) and
Marketing Manager Clare Crockett launch the company’s new hardware catalogue

Commenting on the new directory, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager, Clare Crockett said:
“Production of this catalogue has been a major undertaking and considerable resource was drawn on, including canvassing the input of twenty leading hardware manufacturers.
“The catalogue is representative of the scale of our range. It showcases the scope of our product portfolio, the depth of our knowledge and the excellent relationships we have built with Europe’s most innovative manufacturers – we work with these companies, and our customers, to ensure that current market trends are represented and demands for high quality are met.
“The range, which has been crafted to deliver the most comprehensive collection of hardware in the industry, is tested and accredited to the latest British Standards to ensure security, durability and functionality.”
Supporting production of the new catalogue, and the company’s customer service focus, next day delivery of all stocked hardware remains a key objective for Carl F Groupco. To ensure orders are fulfilled on time, in full and delivered to customers the next working day, two distribution centres are operated in Peterborough and Cumbernauld.
For a copy of the new catalogue, contact Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office on sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk, call 01733 393330 or request a copy online at here.

Carl F Groupco extends Kenrick door lock family

Carl F Groupco has expanded its range of door locks with the addition of the Excalibur split spindle door lock from Kenrick.

Kenrick and Carl F Groupco have collaborated for more than a decade. During this time, Kenrick has supplied several million window and door locks to the hardware distributor.

To complete the range of Kenrick locking systems it offered, Carl F Groupco decided to add the Kenrick Excalibur split spindle door lock to its family of locking solutions.

John Crittenden, managing director at Carl F Groupco, explains:

“As a leading distributor of window and door hardware solutions, it’s important for us to develop strong partnerships with our suppliers so that we can offer a wide portfolio of high quality products. We’ve worked with Kenrick for many years and there is a great synergy between the two companies. Kenrick supplies a solid range of products, which are backed by great technical support so we had great confidence in adding the Excalibur split spindle door lock to our range. It delivers speed, simplicity and versatility to fabricators, enabling them to quickly and cost effectively fabricate either a lever/lever or a lever/pad system from just one lock.”

Kenrick developed the Excalibur split spindle door lock as an alternative to traditional twin spindle locks which need a longer back plate for all types of operation. The door lock incorporates a standard 92mm centre, which accommodates both long and short back plate handles and either a solid spindle to create a lever/lever lock or a split spindle to create a lever/pad lock.

With three hooks, two steel anti-lift bolts and three rollers, the Excalibur split spindle door lock provides exceptional levels of security and smooth operation.

The Excalibur split spindle door lock is easily extendable and cost effective thanks to its sprung gearbox which eliminates the need for costly sprung handle sets. A wide choice of components, including a one piece keep, individual hook roller and centre hook latch and roller keeps, is also available.

The operation of the door set can easily be adapted, even after installation, by simply changing the handles and spindles without having to change the lock or re-route the door sash.

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point locking system, the four-point Centurion system and the Easifit and Espagnolette locking systems.

 

For more information on the Kenrick Excalibur Door Lock, 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

Carl F Groupco Building

Seven things you didn’t know about Carl F Groupco

An article written for Clearview, January 2017.

1. Private Ownership: Carl F Groupco is one of the last remaining privately owned distributors, this gives the company the ability to adapt, pre-empt demands and respond quickly to changing requirements. With national field sales representation and two distribution centres in Peterborough and Cumbernauld, Carl F Groupco is a leading player in the UK hardware industry. Free from the constraints of a larger group, the company is at the forefront of new developments. For example, with the company’s recent launch of its SmartSecure brand, Carl F Groupco confirms its leadership in the field of advanced electronic door locking and smart access control.SmartSecure

2. Electronic Locking Leaders / Biggest FUHR Range: Carl F Groupco has the UK’s largest stock of FUHR door locks and is FUHR’s biggest single customer. A partnership dating back over 55 years ensures the two companies work very closely together. Carl F Groupco has in-depth knowledge of the locking systems and often works with the manufacturer to develop new products specifically for the UK market. The comprehensive range available includes high security locks, electronic systems and multitronic FUHR 881 which is at the heart of the SmartSecure solution. Unrivalled technical support for FUHR products is provided based on comprehensive experience of the full range.

3. The Largest Distributor Worldwide of the PN Reversible Hinge: Carl F Groupco is the official UK distributor of PN reversible hardware now manufactured by Roto and the largest individual customer worldwide. For the past 15 years the range has been supported by the company’s dedicated Product Manager, Julie Warner. In recent years, new solutions have been designed specifically to suit profile systems including Combi 500 Reversible gearing for the Eurocell Modus profile and UNI Side Hung Projecting gearing for Rehau’s flush fit profile.

This is Ingenious4. Ingenious Launch Partners: Carl F Groupco was again at the forefront of door hardware initiatives when it was selected to be a launch partner by Ingenious. The hardware distributor supports the full Ingenious range of high security multipoint locks and accessories including the Duplex and Professional ranges, all of which are available ex stock for next day delivery. Commenting on the strength of the relationship and impressive service offered by the hardware supplier, Ingenious MD Nigel Hutchinson said, “We love the brand, the customer experience and the focus that Carl F Groupco brings to customer service: it’s a great fit for both organisations.”

5. Over 7,000 Product Lines: With one of the industry’s most comprehensive hardware ranges, Carl F Groupco’s product portfolio is extremely impressive. Sourcing only the best hardware from leading manufacturers, over £3 million of stock is held to ensure a rapid response to meet customer demands. Two distribution facilities, based in Peterborough and Cumbernauld, support the company’s commitment to next day delivery for orders placed before 3pm. Combined, the warehouses hold almost 1.9 million components, which facilitates the despatch of 3,000 orders per month.

6. A Charitable Organisation: Generous Carl F Groupco staff regularly raise money for worthy causes. Fund-raisers have included Jeans for Genes and the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Marketing Manager Clare Crockett supported cancer when she entered the 26.2 mile London MoonWalk and sporty warehouse supervisor Tim Groves tackled his longest cycle ride to date raising considerable sums for the Sue Ryder Hospice charity, boosted by sponsorship from his Carl F Groupco colleagues.

Sales Office Manager, Carlia Corras at the FIT Show 20167. FIT Show Forerunners: Carl F Groupco is a longstanding supporter of glazing industry exhibitions and events.  The company has attended the FIT Show since its launch and in 2017 will be one of the high-profile hardware exhibitors for its fourth show in succession. Preparations are underway for a purpose-built stand for the 2017 FIT Show designed to catch visitors’ attention with further hardware innovations. As testimony to Carl F Groupco’s standing as a hardware industry forerunner, the company were the winners of the Most Successful Visitor Campaign in 2016.

 

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