Combining strength and speed - Windsor's new rapidFIT system
Windsor Architectural Hardware has launched a new fitting system for their door hardware ranges.
The New Zealand designed and patented system, rapidFIT, has been designed to create a faster installation process and adds strength to the handle on the door.
The system uses one simple 48mm cropping hole in the side of the door in place of the three separate holes previously required.
These are supplied mostly preassembled in the packaging, one half of the handle set has the rapidFIT boss and spindle attached, leaving just two screws to be fitted through the opposite side into the rapidFIT® boss to secure the second handle in place.
The rapidFIT system is designed to hug the latch mechanism securely inside the door reducing the chance of any movement of the rose over time.
Once the latch and striker plate are installed, rapidFIT can be installed in under one minute.
This system can save installers an average of five minutes per door and at least half an hour per house lot.
Bennett Doors Managing Director, Craig Bennett comments “any time we can reduce on jobs is great, so this increase in efficiency has been well received by our business.”
When developing this system, we had both builders and the DIY handyman in front of mind. The goal was simple; make a fitting system that’s easy to use and fast to install” says Vanessa Mellin, Windsor’s New Product Development Coordinator.
This ease of use has followed through to the new packaging utilising a custom tray made from recycled paper to house the hardware as part of Windsor’s movement to create more environmentally friendly packaging by reducing the amount of plastic their products are packaged in and utilising recycled materials where possible.
“This has simultaneously created packaging that is stronger and better protects the hardware in transport. The tray is more functional for the installer on site and is quicker to remove the hardware” adds Mellin.
The rapidFIT® system has been included with all passage and privacy handle sets in Windsor’s popular Futura and Galaxy ranges, available in most hardware merchant stores nationwide from 21st October.
“Continuous improvement and our products being made to last has always been part of our ethos at Windsor. Whilst it’s great to bring new products to market, we are proud of the style and quality of our core ranges and the rapidFIT® system has produced an innovative functional improvement to those” says Peter Hickmott, Windsor Managing Director.
For more information and an installation guide for our handle sets with the new rapidFIT system, visit windsorhardware.co.nz/how-to-videos