Carl F Groupco appointments support service strategy

Stephen Lee and Hailey MelisiHailey Melisi and Stephen Lee have joined Carl F Groupco’s internal sales team. Working as Sales Co-ordinators for the hardware distributor they assist in the company’s focus on the provision of tailored support. With previous experience in customer service roles, Hailey and Stephen have received extensive training in product and procedures to provide comprehensive advice and contribute to the company’s On Time In Full delivery commitment.

The new recruits work alongside Regional Sales Managers (RSMs). Hailey assists Matt Brown, Carl F Groupco’s RSM for the Midlands and the East. Stephen supports Andrew Price the RSM for South England and South Wales. Working in partnership with RSMs ensures that trained personnel who are au fait with the customers’ buying history and product needs are always available to help with enquiries: this is an evolution of Carl F Groupco’s sales ‘back up system’ that has successfully been in place for over a decade.

The role for Hailey and Stephen extends beyond telephone sales and support: their responsibilities include interpreting sales reports and providing quotations. Product training has included SmartSecure, the company’s innovative electronic locking and access control brand that is at the forefront of the Smart revolution in the hardware industry.

The sales teams are supported internally by Regional Team Leader Nathalie McKee who has worked for Carl F Groupco for almost ten years.

Business Support Strengthened at Carl F Groupco

New assistants have been appointed for Carl F Groupco’s Marketing and IT departments. The company’s latest recruits join the hardware distributor to support its focus on innovation, communication and service.

Charlotte Edwards, Marketing Assistant and Joshua Agger, IT Support Technician

Charlotte Edwards takes the post of Marketing Assistant, reporting to Marketing Manager Clare White: previous posts for Charlotte have included Digital Content Assistant. Joshua Agger reports Steve Lamb, Carl F Groupco’s head of IT: he takes the role of IT Support Technician which is the role he fulfilled at his last company.

Charlotte will assist in Marketing functions including advertising, PR, social media and online promotion for the company’s extensive hardware range. Current focus includes publicity for SmartSecure, the Smart locking and access control innovation pioneered by Carl F Groupco in 2016 which put the company at the forefront of Smart tech solutions.

The support role for Joshua will include assisting colleagues with their IT requirements and contributing to the development of programmes such as Carl F Groupco’s established CRM and MRP systems that enable the company to maintain its stringent service levels.

Car F Groupco Storage Investment Supports Brexit Initiative

Carl F Groupco WarehouseAs part of Carl F Groupco’s Brexit planning, the hardware supplier has expanded its storage facilities to house increased stock. Additional eight metre high racking installed at the company’s UK warehouse in Peterborough represents an investment of £30,000. The customised racking has been designed to accommodate two metre long double pallets, which will house multipoint door locks in over 250 locations plus tilt and turn hardware in over 140 Euro pallet locations.

 

Carl F Groupco is also committed to a further £1million investment for stock provision as part of its Brexit strategy to maintain its high service levels and On Time In Full delivery commitment.

 

The hardware distributor offers an expanding catalogue of over 7,000 hardware lines including its own-brand SmartSecure electronic locking solutions.

Christmas Opening and Delivery Information 2018

Our offices will be closing on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Christmas Delivery Information

Orders placed before 12pm on Friday 21st December 2018 will be despatched for delivery on Wednesday 2nd January 2019*

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business in 2018 and wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for a prosperous 2019.

 

*Orders will only be despatched to customers if their account is paid up to date and in line with our credit terms and conditions. Delivery dates are estimated and cannot be guaranteed as per our carriers terms and conditions.

A Smart and Specialist Strategy

Carl F Groupco reports a successful year with ongoing development of its extensive catalogue of over 7,000 lines catering for all window and door hardware requirements. Brands that have performed particularly well for the distributor include SmartSecure that provides new generation electronic door locking and access control: this has achieved a 90% year on year increase in sales since its launch in 2016.

John Crittenden

Key achievements during 2018 include the launch of a new Carl F Groupco hardware website. The company also upgraded its Carl F direct website for its e-commerce tools and consumables business. Providing next working day delivery, Carl F direct enables Carl F Groupco to provide a one stop shop for the window and door industry. Commenting on the successful year, Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“We have made our mark as a major player in the UK hardware supply market and for that I thank our hardworking staff at both our Peterborough and Cumbernauld distribution centres who work tirelessly to achieve our on time in full delivery target. I also thank our manufacturing partners who deliver consistently high quality, innovative products and support our service philosophy.

“Expansion of our product range is a real achievement, particularly in light of turbulent market conditions with fluctuating exchange rates. And, as we brace ourselves for the impact of Brexit, it has to be acknowledged that the beginning of 2019 could be a slightly rocky road for the UK as a whole, but we have plans in place to ensure we continue to meet our performance and delivery targets.”

Looking ahead to 2019, Carl F Groupco reports that demand for SmartSecure is set to continue to grow in a range of markets including Housing Associations and designer installations. Specialist products are also on track for growth including fire rated fittings, high specification aluminium door locks and hardware for Liniar’s new reversible window that is ideally suited to high rise installations.

John King Appointed to Carl F Groupco Board

John King has been promoted to Sales Director for Carl F Groupco. While retaining his national sales management responsibilities, he will also sit on the company’s board of directors.

John King

With over thirty years’ experience gained across management, technical, sales and hands-on roles in the door and window industries, John returned to Carl F Groupco in 2017 to head up the company’s nationwide team of Regional Sales Managers (RSMs): he had previously worked for the company for eight years as an RSM.

Commenting on the appointment of John King to the board, Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“With a strong background in management, a passion for Carl F Groupco’s products and a commitment to
our service ethos, we welcome John to our board of directors. The promotion is highly deserved and he
will be an asset to our board contributing to strategic planning for the continued growth of
our brands and distribution service.”

After starting his career in fabrication in the early days of PVCu, John moved to a technical services post. He went on to take the positions of Production Director and head of a commercial installation operation before
joining Carl F Groupco.

Trends, technology and tactics

Q: What have been Carl F Groupco’s main successes, and challenges, of the past year?
A: Since launching our electronic door locking and access control brand, SmartSecure, in 2016 we have seen a 90% increase in sales year on year. It was a bold move and a massive investment but it is reaping rewards. Early adopters of Smart Tech range from the aspirational residential market to Housing Associations and sheltered housing installations … it is a solution that is popular across all sectors. The success of SmartSecure during the past year has been aided by one of our customers, Grabex Windows, featuring the FUHR 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock on its stand at the 2018 Grand Designs Live London event: our fingerprint and remote key fob access control options were displayed on Grabex’s timber door.

Another significant success for us has been the achievements of our PN-Roto technical team who liaised with Liniar providing hardware advice and development input for a new range of reversible windows which are ideally suited to high rise applications. Our staff were involved in the development project from start to finish and it resulted in Carl F Groupco being selected as a hardware supplier and we will be selling the established PN by Roto Uni Hinge and Roto TSL Espagnolette fitting options directly to Liniar’s customers.

John Crittenden

One of our ongoing challenges is stock management – if we haven’t got stock we can’t maintain our high standards of delivery. We offer over 7,000 lines and orders are often ad-hoc / contract led – this means a frequent requirement to supply a wide number of options in varying sizes. And colour profiles are growing in popularity which also means we need to stock more variants. But it is a challenge that we rise to on a daily basis: we have become very good at predicting industry trends. The bar that we set for ourselves is very high for On Time In Full (OTIF) deliveries – we frequently achieve 98% and we measure this on the basis of complete orders … rapid despatch is no good if you have bought a tilt and turn set and only receive 14 out of 15 parts.

Q: What have been this year’s hot topics for hardware?
A: Smart Tech, as previously mentioned, and automatic locking (the FUHR 833) have been hot topics. Sales of the Yale Conexis, which can be a DIY after fit, are also growing so all three levels of the Smart lock market are increasing – the retrofit, the mechanical 833 and the “all singing all dancing” locking and access control solution. Other buzz subjects have included high security hardware and growing demand for high-end aluminium products. Fire doors have also been a strong feature with the Grenfell tragedy having widespread repercussions – it has had major impact on industry standards for fire regulations and shown how important testing is. The disaster has shown it is essential to use the right product for the application with correct installation. I feel strongly that our industry must have input into all relevant Government enquiries.

Q: Looking to the future, what products do you predict will be the big sellers of 2019? And what is Carl F Groupco’s strategy for growth?
A: The most popular products for the coming year are set to be the more specialist lines like hardware for the new Liniar window that I’ve mentioned, fire rated fittings and high specification aluminium door locks. With regards to Carl F Groupco’s strategy for growth, we will increase investment in our customer service teams and continue to work closely with our manufacturing partners. We will also maintain our focus on offering exceptional service.

Q: Are there any changes to legislation, regulations or standards that will impact the hardware sector in the year ahead?
A: The answer to this question unavoidably has to link to Brexit. In reality, I believe we will mirror European standards. The bigger issue is what the new bureaucracy is going to be and the impact on logistics i.e. getting the products, delivering them and the associated paperwork. We are already talking to our European based suppliers about how we manage the situation in the short term and we will be building buffer stocks in case there are logistical problems.

Q: If you were to sum up Carl F Groupco’s brand values, what would these be?
A: Customer service is at the heart of our brand including reliability, durable products, a responsive team and ability to offer solutions. Carl F Groupco is about products, delivery and people.

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

Carl F Groupco Leaders Complete Management Course

As part of Continuing Professional Development at Carl F Groupco, the management team undertook a BTEC course in the Principles of Leadership and Management and the Principles of Managing Performance. All seven of the company’s managers successfully completed the coursework and sat an exam to achieve BTEC certification.

John Mitchell

The course, which addressed key management issues, principles and legal matters, was part of Carl F Groupco’s ongoing commitment to training: the department heads gained additional management expertise to assist them in their daily dealings with team members.

One of the main benefits to the company of all its managers receiving the education and instruction has been harmonisation across the organisation. Management skills have also been developed that support a new on-line appraisal system that is used on an ongoing basis and accessed by both the managers and their team members.

Non-certified professional management training has also been provided to three Carl F Groupco supervisors, this included Management Principles, Appraisals, Managing people and Good Documentation.

SmartSecure Adopted by South Wales Social Landlord

As the result of a successful tender, Carl F Groupco is supplying hardware to Tai Tarian, one of the largest social landlords in Wales with responsibility for over 9,000 properties. The prestigious contract which supports all Tai Tarian’s hardware needs for  maintenance, renewal and new build across its full housing stock includes SmartSecure, Carl F Groupco’s electronic door locking and access control technology.

Carl F Groupco’s Smart solution isSmartSecure and Tai Tarian Project being used by Tai Tarian for independent living accommodation and the adaption of properties for social needs. A major advantage of SmartSecure reported by the social landlord is in the area of access: where tenants have mobility constraints, the ability to control who enters the property is a practical solution that gives peace of mind.

Commenting on the adoption of SmartSecure, Steve Meredith, Tai Tarian’s PVCu Production Manager said:

“The technology is empowering. Tenants find it easier to use than traditional locking systems because they don’t have to move to open the door. Carers and family members also benefit from ease of access.

“Support is important, particularly with adoption of Smart technology, and the service from Carl F Groupco is outstanding. The Regional Sales Manager and his colleagues who support us are excellent – the team is extremely responsive, they answer all our questions and always follow up on our enquiries.”

Tai Tarian is a community housing mutual with homes located across the Neath Port Talbot County Borough it is one of the only housing associations in Wales that manufactures PVC windows and doors for its own properties, leaseholders and other external clients for a wide range of property types. A range of fittings is supplied by Carl F Groupco from the distributor’s catalogue of door / window products and accessories.

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

SmartSecure’s Sales Success

SmartSecure’s Sales Success

 

Since launching SmartSecure in 2016, Carl F Groupco reports sales revenue increases of just under 90% year on year for its electronic door locking and access control brand.

Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure.
Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure. Photograph shows Managing Director John Crittenden.

The company advises that early adopters of its innovative Smart technology include the fabrication market and Housing Associations who recognise benefits across different access control applications, the sophistication of the technology and its simplicity of configuration that enables easy integration.

Commenting on the early growth of the SmartSecure brand, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“In just two years since the launch of SmartSecure, we have seen a significant shift in perception of electronic locking and Smart access control. As we adopt Smart Technology in other areas of our homes with lights, heating and cameras, Smart door locks are becoming increasingly accessible.”

As a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK’s hardware market, Carl F Groupco has continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure including designing a dedicated showroom.  And, in addition to solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock with automatic locking, the range was increased earlier this year to include Yale’s Conexis L1 retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle.

Carl F Groupco advises that the SmartSecure brand is set to continue to be one of the significant differentiators for the company’s hardware supply service, enabling the business to offer high-end technology as part of tailored solutions.

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

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.

Ten Year Milestone for Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager

Ten Year Milestone for Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager

 

Clare White, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager, celebrates ten years working for the national hardware distributor. Her career with the company has seen her progress from Marketing Assistant to Executive and, in 2014, she was promoted to Marketing Manager.

Marketing Manager Clare White celebrates ten years working for hardware distributor Carl F Groupco.
Marketing Manager, Clare White, celebrates ten years working for hardware distributor Carl F Groupco.

Career highlights have included helping to establish the organisation as a major player in the UK’s hardware distribution market. The opportunity to launch two brands have also been significant landmarks – the first was Carl F Groupco, which followed the merger of Groupco with Carl F, and secondly, Clare played a key role bringing SmartSecure to market, which put the company on the map as pioneers in electronic door locking and access control.

Clare confirms that the company’s main focus is to ensure the customer is always front of mind and to put the building blocks in place to support ongoing development of the organisation. She reports that Carl F Groupco is focussed on both today’s hardware needs and ensuring the business continues to be centrally placed in the fittings industry of the future.

Commenting on her  objectives in managing the marketing for Carl F Groupco, Clare said:

“We create literature, websites and catalogues designed to bring real benefit to our fabricator customers. Rather than merely being a promotional opportunity for Carl F Groupco, our marketing is produced as an extension of our customer service to enable easier purchasing decisions.

“We are all about long standing relationships with our customers and manufacturing partners, which gives us a client centric focus and strong foundation to continue to grow our business.”

Reporting to Managing Director, John Crittenden Clare manages a Marketing Assistant and liaises closely with
Carl F Groupco’s sales, technical, purchasing and distribution teams.

 

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.

SmartSecure Showcased by Grabex Windows

SmartSecure Showcased by Grabex Windows

 

Grabex Windows featured the FUHR 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock, supplied by Carl F Groupco, on its stand at the 2018 Grand Designs Live London event. Considerable interest was shown in the innovative lock that was displayed with Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure fingerprint and remote key fob access control options on Grabex’s timber door.

SmartSecure featured on the Grabex Windows stand at Grand Designs Live London, 2018.
SmartSecure featured on the Grabex Windows stand
at Grand Designs Live London, 2018.

Commenting on the exhibition coup, Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager for Carl F Groupco said:

“Grand Designs Live is a multi-award winning event. It is a prime location to showcase the FUHR lock and the capabilities of our SmartSecure electronic locking and access control brand: we were delighted that our technology was selected by Grabex to be incorporated into its stand design.

“This was a major opportunity to promote SmartSecure to the domestic market and, having visited the stand, I saw first-hand the keen interest shown in the FUHR hardware and Smart tech that we supply.”

Carl F Groupco’s range of SmartSecure access control options allow the user to electronically unlock the door. The FUHR mulitronic 881 is at the heart of the solution – when the door is closed, all locking points, including the deadbolt, lock automatically driven by a dual motor to engage and secure within three seconds of closing. The FUHR 881 integrates with all SmartSecure access control options including the fingerprint and remote key fob access displayed by Grabex at Grand Designs.

Returning to Grand Designs for the ninth time, Grabex Windows presented a wide range of glazing products manufactured at its factory in Orpington.  Carl F Groupco is an established supplier of hardware including FUHR mechanical and electronic door / window locks for Grabex’s aluminium, uPVC and timber range of windows, doors and conservatories.

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

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 confirms growth of high spec hardware

Carl F Groupco confirms growth of high spec hardware

 

Carlia Corras, Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office Manager confirms sales growth for SmartSecure, the company’s electronic and access control brand.
Carlia Corras, Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office Manager confirms sales growth for SmartSecure, the company’s electronic and access control brand.

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco endorses the findings of the ‘Door and Window Fittings Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ produced by AMA Research Ltd. The established fittings supplier confirms demand for both high specification products and mainstay lines.

Affirming growth in electronic multipoint door locks, Carl F Groupco reports that SmartSecure – the company’s electronic locking and access control brand, has seen a seven fold increase in year on year sales to end March 2018. Early adopters include Housing Associations and fabricators who recognise the benefits of added value opportunities, the access control options for domestic use and wide range of applications supported.

AMA research findings also showed that multipoint locks comprise 62% of the market, a fact which underscores the continuing importance of the FUHR 881 locking system supplied by Carl F Groupco: the 881 is a fully electronic, motorised multipoint locking system with integrated panic function for security and convenience.

The 12th edition of the ‘Door and Window Fittings Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ provides detailed insight into the market. The report offers analysis of all major product groups and the issues impacting the market. Supply and distribution channels are also reviewed.

 

www.amaresearch.co.uk/products/door-window-fittings-2018

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

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.

2017/18 Christmas Opening Times

2017/18 Christmas Opening Times

 

Our offices close on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 4:30pm and re-open at 8:00am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Christmas Delivery Information

Orders placed before 3.30pm on Thursday 21st December 2017 will be despatched for delivery on Friday 22nd December 2017*

Orders placed after this time will be processed and despatched on Wednesday 3rd January 2017*

 

*Orders will only be despatched to customers if their account is paid up to date and in line with our credit terms and conditions. Delivery dates are estimated and cannot be guaranteed as per our carriers terms and conditions.

Carl F Groupco Hardware Report: Premier Products

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:

Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure brand, offering premier products, targets the savvy home improver
Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure brand, offering premier products, targets the savvy home improver

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 door lock, please click here.

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

For more about Panic and Emergency Exit options, visit the Carl F Groupco website here.

For more about the HS Portal bu Siegenia, visit the Carl F Groupco website 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.

Conexis L1 strengthens SmartSecure’s retrofit remit

Conexis L1 strengthens SmartSecure’s retrofit remit

 

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.

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 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
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Embracing Automation

Embracing Automation

 

John Crittenden, Managing Director, Carl F Groupco
John Crittenden, Managing Director, Carl F Groupco

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

Company-wide technical training is seen as essential – photograph shows Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager John Mitchell
Company-wide technical training is seen as essential – photograph shows Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager John Mitchell

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.

SmartSecure – Carl F Groupco’s electronic locking and access control brand supports Smart Tech
SmartSecure – Carl F Groupco’s electronic locking and access control brand supports Smart Tech

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 door lock, please click here.

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

Tel: 01733 393330

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

Follow SmartSecure on Twitter using the handle @_SmartSecure.

SmartSecure: Intuitive Installation

SmartSecure: Intuitive Installation

 

John Mitchell, Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager demonstrates SmartSecure Intuitive Installation.
John Mitchell, Carl F Groupco’s Technical Manager demonstrates SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco reports that the industry is embracing 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.

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.

Reinforcing the high calibre of security offered, 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.

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  access control solutions while also being compatible with third party building control systems, alarms, door openers and access control.

Simple to Fit

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 depicts the capabilities of the company’s state-of-the-art SmartSecure solutions for electronic door locking and smart access control. The video can be viewed on the SmartSecure website http://www.smartsecure.co.uk or via the Carl F Groupco YouTube channel.

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Control

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

 

Tel: 01733 393330

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

Follow SmartSecure on Twitter using the handle @_SmartSecure.

Doors Open for Smart Tech

Doors Open for Smart Tech

 

An article written for Glass Times, July 2017.

John Crittenden – Managing Director of Carl F Groupco reports that markets are opening up for SmartSecure, the company’s Smart Tech electronic locking and access control technology.

Representing the biggest investment ever made by the company, SmartSecure was no leap of faith.

The solutions incorporate FUHR’s multitronic door lock – these have been distributed by FUHR within Europe and they are already widely adopted in Italy and Germany. Other European countries are following the Smart Tech trend with Carl F Groupco championing roll out of the technology in the UK.

The Smart Tech FUHR multitronic twin-drive motor which has the capability of locking and unlocking doors.
The FUHR multitronic twin-drive motor which has the capability of locking and unlocking doors.

The traditional key is replaced with a range of access control options. ‘SmartTouch’, where entry is made by touching a sensor, was particularly popular with stand visitors at the FIT Show. Access is simple, it is facilitated if an active, moving transponder is within range – it means that you can walk towards your door with your key in your pocket, touch a sensor and the door will automatically unlock. For a stylish, concealed solution, the sensor can also be fitted within a pull handle.

The SmartSecure brand also includes ‘SmartConnect easy’ an access control package using a smartphone: an intelligent WLAN-based system 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.

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

Early interest in SmartSecure in the UK is coming from care homes, residential & Housing Association organisations and this is where the first contracts have been won.

Selling Solutions

Expanding on the value of the technology, John Crittenden says:

“The appeal to Housing Associations comes from the safety and access features afforded by FUHR’s multitronic
locking system. This is a very neat product which, although it can be described as hi-tech, it is by no means complicated.

“What we are selling here are solutions. We’re not promoting the FUHR multitronic per se, we are providing an answer to controlled access… this means that only authorised visitors, such as care staff, can enter. And access is easy; the person in the home doesn’t even need to go to the door.

“People reading this might think that all this is great in terms of access and control, but what happens in the event of an emergency escape. That is catered for very efficiently, and very simply, with a door handle over-ride all to EN 179 and EN 1125 emergency and panic escape standards.

“And, aside from care home organisations, this solution has individual appeal. If anyone is worried about an elderly relative, SmartSecure will give peace of mind. The door lock automatically throws all locking points and fully secures the door on closing, meaning that the door is safe from opportunist burglars.”

Both Carl F Groupco and FUHR recognise that the potential for Smart Tech is huge and that care homes are just the tip of the iceberg.  Around the corner are the ‘Grand Design’ opportunities where, increasingly, people with the aspiration for home improvements are looking for state-of-the-art solutions to advance controls and enhance their door locking technology.

Supporting the company’s promotion of SmartSecure is a permanent stand at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon.  The display presents the solutions, and their advantages, to the self-build, renovation and home improvement markets.

The potential for SmartSecure is such that the brand has become  a major new division for Carl F Groupco supported by specially commissioned marketing materials including a video, website, literature and showroom at the company’s Peterborough distribution and administration centre.

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock, 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.

Carl F Groupco’s hands on hardware

Carl F Groupco’s hands on hardware

 

An article written for Window News, July 2017.

SmartSecure & Carl F Groupco’s hardware selector information point.

Exhibiting on its largest ever purpose built stand, a wide range of hands-on hardware displays were by presented by Carl F Groupco at this year’s FIT Show. Centre stage was SmartSecure – Carl F Groupco’s electronic locking and smart access control solutions: launched at last year’s exhibition, the company celebrated the first anniversary of the brand and its success becoming established as a smart hardware hub.

Managing Director John Crittenden was pleased to meet Window News to present a display which distilled the company’s range of over 7,000 product lines and highlight a handy hardware selector tool that has been developed in-house – watch this space for a new app based on the selector.

Regarding SmartSecure, first year achievements have included developing a fully equipped showroom at the company’s UK distribution centre in Peterborough which presents solutions in a range of installations. Carl F Groupco has also established a permanent SmartSecure display at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) and supplied doors for a number of customers’ demonstration showrooms.

Not Just a Lock in a Box

Commenting on the interest in Smart Tech, John explained:

“Attitudes are changing. The UK market is starting to put value on locking and control technology. What we are doing here is selling solutions…..this is not just a lock in a box and it isn’t a gadget. The real value comes from ease of access and the ability to check remotely that people are secure. This technology is of huge support, and interest, to the care sector, and this is where we are experiencing early attention that is converting to sales.  With the likes of British Gas heavily promoting its HIVE system, there is growing awareness of the capabilities of smart home technology.

“Electronic locking and smart access control are no longer visionary technologies, they are a practical reality. This market is huge: it represents over 20% of FUHR’s business and we are just starting to tap into its application potential. Italy and Germany are the biggest markets, with the UK 

and Holland following as major growth sectors.

“We recognise the importance of providing a full range of solutions with comprehensive support. We have never been just ‘box shifters’, we have always backed our product ranges with full technical service and this philosophy has never been more important than in our support for the electronic evolution.”

System 700 Show Launch

Aside from SmartSecure, there was plenty to talk about regarding Carl F Groupco’s mainstay hardware range that is the backbone of the company’s offer. As sole distributor of PN hardware by Roto in the UK, the new System 700 range for reversible windows was revealed. The fully reversible system features a slimmer hinge that works on a 7mm groove. With consistent aesthetics across all window types, widespread appeal is predicted including the new build housing market. Expanding on the product launch, John said:

“Reversible windows are an established market dating back over twenty-five years. What we have with the System 700 is an upgraded version of the PN UNI product that retains the trademark durability and functionality while advancing the range making it easier to fit. The latest product in the PN by Roto series is ideal for timber fabricators and systems companies looking to complement their flush casement window range.”

There was a real buzz on the Carl F Groupco stand with staff kept busy demonstrating products. The comprehensive selection of hardware on display also included Cotswold, Greenwood, Hoppe, Ingenious, Kenrick, MACO, Siegenia and Trojan products.

 

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

For more information about the System 700 reversible gearing, visit the Carl F Groupco website.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@smartsecure.co.uk
Follow SmartSecure on Twitter using the handle @_SmartSecure.

Opening Doors: Access Control in The Domestic Sector

Opening Doors: Access Control in The Domestic Sector

 

An article written for Glass and Glazing Products, June 2017.

Access control technology has been adopted in industrial and commercial buildings for decades and has evolved to create hugely complex and effective systems to suit the fast-moving pace of business. What is intriguing is the relatively slow transition into residential property. However, as Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s Business Development Manager for SmartSecure explains in this article, the potential in the domestic sector is about to be realised.

The domestic access control market offers major potential.
The domestic access control market offers major potential.

“The application of, and confidence in, smart solutions in the industrial sector abounds – everywhere we look in the commercial market we see its adoption.

So, why has the domestic sector been slow on the uptake?

One important reason is perception:  the general public often aren’t aware that access control can be simply incorporated into their front door.

All this is changing, interest in Smart Tech is increasing and this is reflected in the number of articles published on the subject, and the exhibitions that are dedicated to the topic, or incorporate it within their remit. We are all familiar with the features regularly appearing in the national press – a simple google search provides numerous articles on the subject.

Smart Technology is also a hot topic at many current events, not least the FIT Show. Outside the glass and glazing industry, there is the Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Summit, now in its third year in London:  a number of high profile brand names backing the event confirm the importance of the subject of intelligent connected living. And, with powerful influencers like Grand Designs promoting Smart Tech, it is clear that we are on the cusp of its more widespread adoption in the home.

People will always want to ensure only those they trust can enter their home: what is evolving is how access is granted.  And, as we rely increasingly on Smart Home technology, the security of the systems in place is becoming more important than ever before.  

At Carl F Groupco, we believe that development and simplification of access control are key to meeting the needs of the home owner. Intuitive design and application is essential: this is the way Smart Tech will move forward in the domestic market.

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

Access control has worked in the commercial sector since the 1960’s and has effectively eliminated the problems relating to the loss of keys and the issues associated with instant barring of access to unwanted visitors. Although ideal for business, entry systems such as swipe cards are not quite slick enough to enhance our experience of entering our homes, and houses aren’t built with the infrastructure required to support and run commercial systems. Addressing this, Smart Tech has allowed access control products normally associated with commercial buildings to be simplified to suit the domestic market.

 

Domestic Demand

The domestic access control market is in its infancy, but growing fast. The major opportunity comes from the lack of access control currently in residential properties. With 28.1 million houses in the UK and a Government pushing to build 250,000 new homes a year, the scope is clear to see.
It’s also clear that the retrofit market is buoyant, with DIY installs on the up. The first fit market for people buying new doors is expanding too, with more and more door manufacturers offering a ‘Smart’ solution.

As one of the UK’s leading distributors of window and door hardware it’s imperative that we stay ahead of the curve. Our dedication to having a specialist SmartSecure brand means we can provide expert guidance on this developing market, and supply products and services to suit.  We have utilised Smart Tech to offer the simplified solutions that home owners need – the development of access via mobile with the SmartSecure option SmartConnect and concealed solutions, such as SmartTouch, have made accessing homes much more convenient.

For a hands-on demonstration, and to have your questions answered about the latest in electronic door locking and access control solutions, visit the purpose-built SmartSecure showroom and training centre at Carl F Groupco’s UK distribution and administration offices in Peterborough. Alternatively, we have a display at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon, the UK’s only permanent venue designed to support the self-build, renovation and home improvement markets.

These are exciting times for the growth of smart solutions: anyone interested in any aspect of the new generation smart access control locking solutions is invited, without obligation, to call our office to speak to one of our technical advisors.”

 

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

Carl F Groupco’s FIT Show Success

Carl F Groupco’s FIT Show Success

 

 

FIT Show Success for Carl F Groupco. Visitors to the Carl F Groupco stand at the FIT Show 2017.
Visitors to the Carl F Groupco stand at the FIT Show 2017.

High quality visits from decision makers, the launch of System 700 – Roto / PN’s new fully reversible hardware, freshly baked cookies and SmartSecure developments showcased on the stand combined to make this year’s FIT Show extremely successful for Carl F Groupco.

The show marked the first anniversary of SmartSecure since its launch at last year’s ‘FIT’. As part of the anniversary achievements, Carl F Groupco has achieved its goal of providing a smart hardware hub based on its electronic locking and smart access solutions.

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

“We are very much about personalised service and support. The FIT Show is therefore the ideal opportunity for us to meet up with our existing clients and showcase our range to potential customers. The exhibition also offers the chance for people to try our products and technology – this is particularly helpful for SmartSecure: once people have seen first-hand how simple and effective our smart solutions are, it is much easier to convey its capabilities.”

Pamela Wilson (left), a Regional Sales Manager for Carl F Groupco and Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes at this year’s exhibition.
Pamela Wilson (left), a Regional Sales Manager for Carl F Groupco and Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes at this year’s exhibition.

Carl F Groupco had expanded its stand to 96 sq metres to include a larger number of hands on displays, hospitality and a hardware selector. The company has also secured a place for the 2019 show.

 

For more information about SmartSecure visit our product pages.

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: The Smart Cookies

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.

 

Click here to register as a VIP for the FIT Show.

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

SmartSecure lock achieves Secured by Design accreditation

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.

 

You can demo our SmartSecure solutions 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: FIT and Ready

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.

SmartSecure: Straightforward Sophistication

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.

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.

SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco replaces the traditional key with a range of access control options.
SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco replaces the traditional key with a range of access control options.

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 hompage 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.

Seven things you didn’t know about Carl F Groupco

Seven things you didn’t know about Carl F Groupco

 

An article written for Clearview, January 2017. Carl F Groupco Building

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.

SmartSecure2. 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.

4. 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 2016.
Sales Office Manager, Carlia Corras, at the FIT Show 2016.

7. 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

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Carl F Groupco’s FIT Show Focus

Carl F Groupco’s FIT Show Focus

 

Carl F Groupco

FIT Show 2017

Stand E40

Carl F Groupco staff prepare to showcase a wide range of hardware products at FIT Show 2017. Sales Office Manager Carlia Corras (centre, seated) proudly displays the company’s 2016 award for the show’s most successful visitor campaign.
Carl F Groupco staff prepare to showcase a wide range of hardware products at FIT Show 2017.
Sales Office Manager Carlia Corras (centre, seated) proudly displays the company’s 2016 award for the show’s
most successful visitor campaign.

FIT Show forerunner, and winner of the 2016 most successful visitor campaign, Carl F Groupco will return to the 2017 industry exhibition with another impressive, purpose built display. Focus on the 96 sq metre stand will be on practical installations which will showcase premier window and door industry fittings from major manufacturers. Products shown will confirm the company’s position as a leading UK hardware supplier offering solutions to meet all fitting requirements.

SmartSecure, Carl F Groupco’s pioneering brand launched at the FIT Show 2016, will take pride of place. Working demonstrations will enable visitors to trial the easy-to-use, innovative variants for the new generation electronic locking and smart access control systems. Options displayed will include SmartConnect easy – access control that opens doors with a smart phone or tablet. SmartTouch comfort will also be shown which, with pioneering active transponder technology, enables entry by simply touching a sensor when the active transponder is in range.

Other high profile hardware lines and leading edge industry innovations that will be displayed on the Carl F Groupco stand will include products from Cotswold, FUHR, Greenwood, Hoppe, Ingenious, Kenrick, MACO, Roto/PN, Siegenia and Trojan.

 

Click here to register for the FIT Show.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330

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

 

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Hardware Horizons: Predictions for the year ahead from hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco

Hardware Horizons: Predictions for the year ahead from hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco

 

An article written for Windows Active, January 2017.

Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager, Carl F Groupco
Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager, Carl F Groupco

In this report, predictions for 2017 for the hardware sector are given to Windows Active by Carl F Groupco. The established supplier of window and door fittings works hard to keep its fingers on the pulse of industry trends and, as a result, the company is well placed to advise regarding impending advancements.

The technology trend

Commenting on an increasing appetite for advanced technology, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager Clare Crockett says:

“We have seen an increase in awareness of smart locking technology from both fabricators and end users. Launching SmartSecure during 2016 at the FIT Show, and also exhibiting at a permanent display at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC), has given us direct market feedback that confirms the massive future potential of the smart locking and access control solutions market.

“While this area of the market will take time to gather pace in the mainstream, we are confident of it ultimately having widespread take up. Regarding the year ahead, we positively predict continued movement towards electronic locking. With significant interest already being expressed in SmartSecure, due to the convenience that domestic friendly access control offers for the home, we are secure in the fact that early adopters at the forefront of the smart revolution will see significant success during 2017.

“Adoption of other technology in the home is accelerating the trend towards smart technology within the fenestration industry. At Carl F Groupco, we have seen record sales of the FUHR multitronic 881 under the SmartSecure brand and we anticipate that this will increase as fabricators look to differentiate their offer and end users become increasingly aware of their options.

“Specialist sectors, such as housing associations, buildings for the elderly and schools, have shown interest where there is a specific need for this type of technology and there are clear signs that these will be sectors that will be at the forefront of its adoption during the next year.”

SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco, part of the technology trend
SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco, part of the technology trend

Mainstream milestones

Carl F Groupco is at pains to point out that smart technology isn’t set to totally overshadow advancements in mainstream hardware in the year ahead. Commenting on the manufacturers investing in R&D, Clare Crockett says:

“Trojan, for example, has shown a lot of innovation over the past year and their advancements are set to continue to influence the market. One particularly exciting initiative has been the launch of Trojan’s PAS 24 compatible Athena Euro Hinge. Key benefits are the fitting time – it is supplied pre-assembled and can go from the box onto the profile with very little preparation. Aesthetics continue to be advanced and the hinge, which benefits from an unobtrusive appearance, can be matched to any RAL colour to improve the overall appearance of the door. Trojan’s Elite range of pull handles and central knob are also new products to be included in our new catalogue for 2017 that will be launched in January.”

Raising standards

Aside from technology and product developments, Clare Crockett explains that some evolving standards are set to impact the hardware industry.

“Security is the main trend that will roll into 2017 following Document Q, moving on to TS 008 for letterplate security. All items on the door are now being scrutinised… at Carl F Groupco we see this is a positive trend to ensure innovation and product improvement for the future of the market.
“TS 008 relates to enhanced security for letterplates to prevent key fishing and manipulation; to achieve PAS 24 compliance and meet the requirements for Document Q, doorsets featuring letterplates must now pass
TS 008:2015.”

The Brexit effect

And, of course, no viewpoint regarding the year ahead can avoid the tricky topic of Brexit. Commenting on the challenges, Clare Crockett says:

“We sincerely hope that the mist will clear and that in 2017 some of the uncertainties will be clarified. Theresa May has admitted that she has lost sleep over Brexit and she is not alone… as most hardware is produced in Europe or the Far East,  it is highly likely that the UK’s hardware sector will continue to be challenged by currency fluctuations. All we can do is to continue to remain honest with customers, focus on quality products, provide high level service and offer rapid response delivery during the year ahead… and to prepare ourselves for the Brexit effect.”

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Controls

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

For more information on Carl F Groupco’s range of Trojan products, please follow the link eto our door hardware section.

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

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Carl F Groupco Showroom Showcases SmartSecure

Carl F Groupco Showroom Showcases SmartSecure

 

Carl F Groupco’s fully interactive showroom showcases the capabilities of SmartSecure’s electronic locking and smart access control capabilities.
Carl F Groupco’s fully interactive showroom showcases the capabilities
of SmartSecure’s electronic locking and smart access control capabilities.

A fully interactive showroom has been designed and built by Carl F Groupco at its Peterborough distribution centre for its SmartSecure electronic locking and smart access control brand. The facility, which is part of an investment of over £100,000 in SmartSecure, showcases all access control options including fingerprint recognition, transponder, keypad, SmartTouch and SmartConnect easy.

Commissioned to demonstrate the capabilities of the FUHR multitronic 881 hardware that is at the heart of SmartSecure solutions, the comprehensive showroom features eight fully electronic doors and a demonstration area which confirms the simplicity of hardware selection and installation.

Commenting, Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure Business Development Manager said:

“With aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber doors represented, and a separate area for hands on training where Carl F Groupco specialists illustrate how easy it is to prepare a door and fit the hardware, the showroom is already proving popular with visitors keen to be at the forefront of the electronic evolution.”

Anyone interested in booking a free, no obligation, visit to the SmartSecure showroom should contact the

Carl F Groupco sales office on Tel: 01733 393330.

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Controls

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure

New Video showcases SmartSecure Solutions

New video showcases SmartSecure Solutions

Carl F Groupco’s new video detailing applications of SmartSecure, the company’s electronic door locking and smart access control solutions brand.
Carl F Groupco’s new video detailing applications of SmartSecure, the company’s electronic door locking and smart access control solutions brand.

A high quality, professionally animated video has been commissioned by Carl F Groupco to promote SmartSecure. 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. Smart access technologies illustrated in the video include the app based ‘SmartConnect easy’ and ‘SmartTouch comfort’ – pioneering technology which, with an active transponder in the user’s pocket, allows entry by simply touching a sensor.

The video can be viewed on the SmartSecure website http://www.smartsecure.co.uk or via the Carl F Groupco You Tube channel. Designed for sales and training purposes, it is available free of charge for customer use including showrooms to support demonstration products.

You can watch the full length video here:

 

 

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Controls

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

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Carl F Groupco: The demographics of distribution

Carl F Groupco: The demographics of distribution

 

An article written for Windows Active, September 2016.

In this article, Carl F Groupco highlights the importance of considering demographics, such as an ageing population, when developing a hardware range. The importance of this topic has been reinforced with conferences such as ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ which was attended by Windows Active and  Carl F Groupco and addressed issues including smart homes, new financing models and urban retrofitting. 

Carl F Groupco is responding an ageing population with SmartSecure
Carl F Groupco is responding to developing demographics with SmartSecure

The evidence of an ageing population is confirmed by statistics that show an increase in life expectancy in the EU. In 1990, the average length of life was 74.1 years. By 2012, our life expectancy had increased significantly to 79.2 years. By 2025 it is estimated that more than 20% of the European population will be 65 years old, or above.

Developing Demographics

Cities need to adjust, architects need to plan and they need to be supported by a fenestration industry that provides products that support this developing demographic.

Responding to this trend, established distributor Carl F Groupco has looked at what the hardware industry can do to enable people to live independently in their homes for longer. Heavy investment in R&D has ensured that the company has its finger on the pulse of developing trends and Smart technology has been identified as a key element in the hardware supplier’s armoury to support developing demographics.

Launched at this year’s FIT Show, SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco is a state-of-the-art solution for electronic door locking and Smart access control. And, while it was breaking news, the solution can be used with confidence – it has established FUHR technology at its heart, it is fully tested and it is proven in operation.

Home security and access issues have been identified by the company as extremely important for older people. As a result, SmartSecure is designed to make life easier for all age groups including the elderly, and to give peace of mind to carers.

Smart access technologies within the range include ‘SmartConnect easy’, an app based access control and ‘SmartTouch comfort’, pioneering access control technology which means that, with an active transponder about your person e.g.  in your pocket, the door can be opened simply by moving towards it and gently touching a sensor.

Importantly, the FUHR multitronic 881 automatically locks all security points by a patented twin drive motor, securely and reliably in just seconds after closing giving absolute assurance that the door has been locked – this is particularly helpful for people who struggle to find their keys, or those who find it difficult to lift a lever to engage locking points. It also means increased protection is provided.

Peace of mind is also afforded as door locking status can be checked at any time. An illuminated light on the inside of the door indicates that the lock is engaged and locking status can be checked using building management systems.  Sensor monitoring of door leaf and locking status is also available with the ‘SmartConnect easy’ app which means that carers or relatives can check to see if the door is secure.

As well as radio key fobs supplied as standard, additional SmartSecure radio-based access control systems are also available. With a strong security benefit, a radio fingerprint scanner provides keyless biometric access control. A radio keypad allows users to open doors with an individually-selectable 4 to 8 digit code and it is compatible with most access controls.

Housing association feedback has included comments that elderly people can be overly trusting, or may forget to lift a traditional lever handle compromising their security and the lifespan of the door. Both issues are addressed with SmartSecure technology.

Simplicity and Sophistication

Any concern that high levels of sophistication bring complications in use are countered by Carl F Groupco who recognise that simplicity is key to success. Commenting, Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure Business Development Manager Phil Rice said:

“To be truly effective, particularly for older users, Smart access control and locking technology has to be easy-to-use, totally reliable and secure. These requirements have been addressed by SmartSecure – the fob is as intuitive to use as car technology and the FUHR 881 multitronic fully motorised multipoint mechanism has received continued investment over the last decade to ensure that it is a highly advanced, robust solution that can be adopted with total confidence.”

An ageing population is a very real fact of our future and Carl F Groupco is one company that believes in investing in solutions that support this rising trend.

Carl F Groupco advises that, in the constant evolution of the hardware catalogue, the distributor should provide both staple lines and support emerging trends.  As such, it is essential that our ageing population is not overlooked and its needs are comprehensively addressed by the hardware sector.

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

SmartSecure Showcased at Permanent Centre

SmartSecure Showcased at Permanent Centre

Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure range is now on display at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon.  As a result, visitors to the UK’s only permanent venue designed to support the self-build, renovation and home improvement markets can experience SmartSecure’s advanced electronic door locking and smart access control capabilities first hand.

SmartSecures Stand at the NSBRC
Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure advanced electronic door locking and smart access control range is now on show at the NSBRC

With three full size exhibition houses, as well as educational areas, the NSBRC has been identified by Carl F Groupco as the ideal forum to showcase the advanced technology and sophisticated access control offered by the SmartSecure range.

Investment by Carl F Groupco in a SmartSecure stand at the NSBRC supports demand for high end domestic doors within the self-build and renovation market. Commenting Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager Clare Crockett said:

“The smart home sector is fast growing and displaying the SmartSecure range at the NSBRC will enable us to build awareness at the early stages of project planning, this will ensure timely consideration of the technology for self-build and refurbishment projects.”

With over 200 stands, free entry and six day a week opening from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 17:30, plus an easily accessible location, the NSBRC is ideally placed to inspire and advise visitors.  A comprehensive range of displays of essential products and services, including SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco, support the NSBRC’s educational objectives.

 

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

SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco: state-of-the-art access control

SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco: state-of-the-art access control

In this report for The Fabricator, Phil Rice, Business Development Manager for SmartSecure – Carl F Groupco’s new smart door locking and access control brand, confirms the high levels of security afforded by the new generation keyless technology.

Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco SmartSecure Business Development Manager
Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco SmartSecure Business Development Manager

“For hundreds of years people have turned keys to secure their locks and, as a result, this process has been deeply ingrained in our psyche.  However, our attitudes, and confidence in, keyless technology has come on leaps and bounds with the proven abilities of smart systems for cars.

Today, very few people use a traditional key to open their car doors or start their engines and use of a fob has become second nature. The electronic evolution is now gathering pace in the UK’s door industry with widespread recognition of its convenience, energy conservation and enhanced security benefits.

There are a number of ways in which SmartSecure provides security advantages. Importantly, the FUHR multitronic 881 locking technology that is at the heart of the solution automatically locks all points by a patented twin motor, securely and reliably in just seconds after closing the door… this means there are no nagging doubts as to whether a door has been locked and increased protection against intruders is afforded. Additionally, the multitronic 881 automatically locks the door to a maximum level of security which avoids human errors and enables the door locking status to be checked at any time.

An illuminated light on the inside of the door is not the only indicator that the lock is engaged, locking status can also be identified via bus systems connected to modern building services, or building management systems if required. Sensor monitoring of door leaf and bolt position is also available with the ‘SmartConnect easy’ app based control, this means locking status verification and reliable display can be provided at any time, from any location.

State-of-the-art Security

The all-inclusive SmartSecure multitronic 881 kit includes harmonised lock, patented twin motorised drive mechanism, concealed transformer, wireless power transfer between frame and sash and full range of accessory components. Pre-assembled plug-in connectors ensure easy mounting.

As well as radio key fobs supplied as standard, additional SmartSecure radio-based access control systems are available to meet consumer demand for state-of-the-art solutions. With a strong security benefit, a radio fingerprint scanner provides keyless biometric access control with 2-channel opening technology. A radio keypad allows users to open doors with two individually-selectable 4 to 8 digit codes and a radio transponder reader option enables easy, and secure, door opening.

Smart access technologies within the range are  ‘SmartConnect easy’, an app based access control as previously mentioned. In addition to this, ‘SmartTouch comfort’ is pioneering access control technology designed to make life more convenient for users of the multitronic 881. All you need is an active transponder in your pocket – you can then open the door just by moving towards it and gently touching a sensor. All these variants were demonstrated at the FIT Show drawing large numbers of people to the Carl F Groupco stand.

The reliability of the multitronic 881 has been independently verified. Numerous tests have confirmed a consistently high locking force. Depending on the lock type, system tests can be carried out to EN 1627 class 4 resistance. Add to this the fact that the lock mechanics have been tested to 200,000 cycles and the patented twin motor has been tested to 500,000 cycles, and the result is a smart locking solution that offers the highest levels of security.”

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

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Controls

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure

FIT Show SmartSecure Launch Success for Carl F Groupco

FIT Show SmartSecure Launch Success for Carl F Groupco

The Carl F Groupco team celebrate the launch of SmartSecure and achieving the ‘Most Successful Visitor Campaign’ at the FIT Show.
The Carl F Groupco team celebrate the launch of SmartSecure and
achieving the ‘Most Successful Visitor Campaign’ at the FIT Show.

Carl F Groupco reports that the FIT Show 2016 was the company’s most successful exhibition to date. With a high specification purpose-built stand, a number of hardware innovations were showcased including SmartSecure, the company’s exciting new smart door locking and access control brand which was launched at the show.

Commenting, Carl F Groupco Managing Director, John Crittenden said:

“With more visitors than any previous exhibition, we were busy from the very start of the show. Enquiries were of an extremely high quality – we even took orders on the stand. The commitment of our sales and marketing team was rewarded with the achievement of the ‘Most Successful Visitor Campaign’ announced at the gala dinner.”

The stand successfully combined brand impact with technical capability, and as a result, Carl F Groupco achieved its objective of presenting key products from its range of over 5,000 hardware lines.  Working displays showing hardware in action ensured that visitors experienced Carl F Groupco’s commitment to practical, fully supported solutions. Strong interest was shown in SmartSecure confirming market demand for the company’s electronic door locking technology.

 

For more information about the SmartSecure Door Lock kit, please click here.

Or click on the Access Control options below for more details:

Radio Access Controls

SmartConnect easy

SmartTouch comfort

Carl F Groupco appoints SmartSecure Business Development Manager

Carl F Groupco appoints SmartSecure Business Development Manager

 Phil Rice joins the management team of leading UK hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco. He takes the post of Business Development Manager for SmartSecure, the company’s new smart door locking and access control brand. Phil is responsible for  the new smart division that has been formed by Carl F Groupco to ensure full support for the new brand. The appointment underscores the importance of SmartSecure to both Carl F Groupco and its customers.

 Phil-Rice-SmartSecure-Business-Development-Manager
Phil Rice is appointed SmartSecure Business Development Manager by Carl F Groupco.

A strong career history for Phil Rice includes eight years working in a range of management roles for one of the largest global suppliers of intelligent lock and security solutions. Immediately prior to joining Carl F Groupco he was responsible for access control business development for a leading UK safety security protection company.

Commenting on the appeal of joining Carl F Groupco as it expands further into the smart sector, Phil Rice says:

“The opportunity to work with smart locking was one I couldn’t turn down, it is one of the most innovative and exciting developments in the sector for many years. It is a fascinating technology and I am delighted to be working with the established Carl F Groupco team to further the company’s activity in this area.

“Carl F Groupco’s values align directly with my beliefs regarding how business should be conducted – this was significant in my decision to join the company at this strategically important time in the growth of the organisation.”

SmartSecure, featuring the FUHR multitronic 881, provides a comprehensive range of smart options for motorised multipoint locking and access control with flexibility to suit all property applications including residential and the care sectors.

Carl F Groupco Limited Tel: 01733 393330
www.carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco  and @_SmartSecure

SmartSecure showcased at FIT Show 2016

SmartSecure showcased at FIT Show 2016

FUHR Multitronic Electronic Door lock - Finger Scanner

A major industry launch at the 2016 FIT Show is SmartSecure from Carl F Groupco. The new brand, centred on the high quality German manufactured FUHR 881 multitronic fully motorised multipoint locking mechanism, offers smart technology. Combining simplicity with sophistication the current trend for automation in hardware is addressed and the wider move toward smart homes is supported. Key brand benefits include Carl F Groupco’s established expertise supporting customers in the selection and adoption of hardware backed by rapid, straightforward answers to technical questions.

Other range additions and advancements:

With an impressive 80 sq metre stand, Carl F Groupco is presenting a number of other breakthrough hardware ranges and advancements, including:

• Document Q and TS 007
• Accessible windows
• New flush casement window by Rehau with PN hardware
• MACO flood door
• FUHR 833 automatic multi-point lock
• Duplex five hook door lock

Visit Carl F Groupco on stand 226 in Hall 2 to view latest hardware lines and speak to on-stand specialists.

To attend the FIT Show between 12th – 14th April 2016, please register here