Carl F Groupco: The Smart Cookies

Helping to mark the first anniversary of the SmartSecure electronic door locking and smart access control solutions brand, and back due to popular demand, are freshly baked cookies available from Carl F Groupco at the FIT Show.

Freshly baked cookies return to the Carl F Groupco FIT Show stand. Carl F Groupco staff pictured from left to right: Rebecca Haynes, Carlia Corras and Julie Warner.

Freshly baked cookies return to the Carl F Groupco FIT Show stand.
Carl F Groupco staff pictured from left to right: Rebecca Haynes, Carlia Corras and Julie Warner.

The tasty treats, which are free for any visitors to the company’s stand E40 in Hall 6, can be enjoyed with a complimentary drink in Carl F Groupco’s hospitality area on its 96 square metre stand.

Commenting, Clare Crockett, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager said:

“We like to think of all aspects of stand requirements, and we like to go the extra mile in all areas of our business. It does take a bit of extra effort to produce biscuits at the show, but there is nothing nicer than freshly baked cookies.

“Alongside our hospitality, we have an extensive range of window and door hardware products on display selected from our range of over 7,000 product lines: these will be installed on the stand to ensure visitors can appreciate their features and benefits. We also have our new catalogue, which can be collected from our stand.”

Appointments are not necessary, but anyone wishing to pre-arrange a meeting at the FIT Show can contact their Regional Sales Manager or the Carl F Groupco Sales Office Tel: 01733 393330.

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

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SmartSecure lock achieves Secured by Design accreditation

The FUHR 881 multitronic lock, which is at the heart of Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure electronic door locking and smart access control solutions, has achieved Secured by Design accreditation.

The FUHR 881 multitronic lock, a central element of Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure solutions, has gained Secured by Design accreditation.

The FUHR 881 multitronic lock, a central element of Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure solutions, has gained Secured by Design accreditation.

As the latest in a series of hardware products offered by Carl F Groupco to achieve Secured by Design, the company was confident of gaining the certification as the lock design, consistent with the established process for all FUHR locking systems, had already passed rigorous security testing.

Commenting on the importance of being able to display the Secured by Design logo for the FUHR 881, John Mitchell, Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager said:

“As an officially recognised accreditation body, Secured by Design reassures home owners that products are tested to the most stringent and current security standards. It also aids fabricators and installers in demonstrating the quality of their offer.

“This achievement affirms our commitment to the evolution of our range and underscores our objective of providing the very latest in technology without compromising security.”

The FUHR multitronic 881’s intelligent technology, combined with a modular construction, has made the versatile locking system ideally suited for SmartSecure’s range of solutions including the smart phone / tablet based SmartConnect easy; the transponder / sensor variant SmartTouch comfort and the brand’s radio-based access control systems.

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock, please click here.
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Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330

For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk

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A Private Matter

An article written for Glass News, April 2017.

John Crittenden, Managing Director, Carl F Groupco.

John Crittenden, Managing Director, Carl F Groupco.

As one of the last remaining privately owned hardware distributors, Carl F Groupco has the ability to adapt, pre-empt demands and respond quickly to changing requirements. In this article for Glass News, John Crittenden explains how autonomy gives the organisation the ability to be open with its staff and flex its offer to react quickly to market demand.

 

“A major advantage of private ownership is that the company doesn’t have layers of group management to negotiate before implementing new procedures or processes, this ensures high levels of responsiveness throughout the business.
“We can be totally open with our staff which offers significant value… our workforce understands fully the direction of the organisation and importance of service excellence, including next day delivery targets.

“As part of this transparency we introduced Business Conferences where we talk honestly, including reporting our On Time In Full service statistics and sales figures. We look at where we are, what we are doing and what we are going to do. Questions are encouraged, which are collated and responded to. Nothing is hidden which builds trust and understanding. All staff attend, and at each conference one department presents its contribution to customer service: this helps everyone understand that they have a key part to play in meeting our business objectives. Members of our accounts team – traditionally a department that works behind closed doors – presented at the last meeting.

“Staff members at every level are encouraged to be proactive in making proposals for new systems. We don’t just pay lip service with suggestion boxes, when our workers identify areas that could be improved they simply talk to us and initiatives are given due consideration… some of our most effective advancements have come from our workforce.

“Taking the example of customer quotations, an improvement to how these are generated originated from our employees that work with the system. Linking quotes to our central CRM operating system resulted in instant access across the team to view quotes and data regarding profit margins. This empowerment is all important in releasing discretionary effort; it means our workforce doesn’t stick to the letter of job descriptions. 

“Our buddy back up concept was also inspired by front line workers. Members of the internal sales team recognised the benefits of working in tandem with Regional Sales Managers. As everyone has access to the same information, the customer is assured there is always someone available to help.

 

Warehouse team member Richard Booth with bespoke packaging that he helped design.

Warehouse team member Richard Booth with bespoke packaging that he helped design.

Joint Responsibility

“We all roll our sleeves up, coming together to take joint responsibility. A good example is stock take weekend where everyone, including the management team and company Directors, pulls together to complete the essential audit.

“Refreshingly, warehouse staff are also highly engaged in our customer focus. I believe this is because they are recognised as an essential part of the team and included in all communications. There are many examples of our warehouse staff’s contribution to the bigger business picture. As part of our bespoke packaging for a number of major profile companies there have been a number of occasions where we have presented new challenges. Rather than balk at additional work, they have come up with a brief of how to pack and label to speed up the process and improve the packaging quality. If they have a quiet day, stock is pre-packed in readiness for shipping – this lack of ‘jobs worth’ mentality is invaluable to the successful running of the organisation.

“The benefits of organisational autonomy mean we can move quickly to pre-empt market trends. Carl F direct was our first venture more than one step aside from hardware distribution, this evolved from selling a few tools to a dedicated service. Being constrained by a parent group probably wouldn’t have allowed this initiative.

 

Full Commitment

“SmartSecure is an excellent example of rapidly establishing a position at the forefront of new technology. There is undeniable growth in smart home technology and we recognised the importance of grabbing this window of opportunity – after extensive research we moved quickly to invest fully in the concept and our solutions.  With our freedom of operation, we have been able to fully commit to the new brand investing in the appointment of a highly qualified Business Development Manager, a showroom and significant marketing collateral including a dedicated website and video.
“As we aren’t overly reliant on own brand hardware we are able to assist customers in developing their own product lines. We can also create bespoke hardware ‘kits’, mixing and matching brands which means  customers buy from one supplier source. To us it just means a willingness to tailor our service, a little extra time and additional wrapping, but the value to our customers is huge.”

 

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Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
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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

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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

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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

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Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330

For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk

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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

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