Leading South West fabricator and installer Seal-Lite Group is gaining an important competitive edge for its PVC-U doorsets through a mix of aesthetics, quality and reliability by combining the Swish profile with Dynamic 2D hinges by SFS.
The Clevedon-based company, which serves trade and retail customers throughout the South West of England, produces more than 300 PVC-U doorsets every month, all featuring Dynamic 2D hinges supplied by Safeware. The combination of the Swish profile design and the Dynamic 2D’s bespoke hinge sash plate delivers excellent visual appeal in a robust, secure doorset in which Seal-Lite customers can have complete long-term confidence.
Seal-Lite Group Managing Director, Chris Shearn, said: “The quality of our doorsets, and all the products we manufacture, depends on choosing the right components and system, and our excellent customer feedback to date suggests that our new specification for PVC-U doors is ticking all the boxes. Switching to the Swish system has enabled us to achieve an important uplift in quality, and one that has been amplified through our decision to use Dynamic 2D hinges.
“SFS provided excellent technical support from the outset to ensure the hinges provide us with that ‘fit and forget’ solution, which is so important for customer satisfaction and for protecting our reputation. The hinges also mean we can provide the assurance of Secured by Design on our doorsets, and the ability to colour match with a durable finish gives our doorsets a visual appeal that sets us apart.”
SFS – a global leader in the design and manufacture of door hinges – is a long established supplier to the Epwin Group’s hardware specialist business Safeware. This organisation offers a ‘one stop shop’ for fabricators of all the window and door systems produced by the Epwin Group, providing a simplified supply chain with easy access to the highest quality hardware and technical support.
Paul Hinds, National Sales Manager at Safeware, comments: “We’ve stocked the Dynamic 2D hinge ever since it was launched in the UK and it continues to impress our fabricator customers, whether it’s a Swish profile or any of the Epwin Group systems. The excellent results that the Seal-Lite Group is achieving with the Swish system and Dynamic 2D hinge combination is a clear demonstration of the technical excellence that lies behind these products, particularly in respect of the system-specific sash plate developed by SFS.”
Find out more about the Dynamic 2D hinge range at www.sfsintec.co.uk.
Andy Stolworthy, Product and Market Development Director at SFS, one of the world's largest manufacturers of fastening systems and high performance hinges as well as designers and manufacturers of Soter roof safety systems and Nvelope rainscreen cladding support systems, shares SFS's viewpoint and progress on BIM.
BIM - A manufacturer's viewpoint
SFS is fully behind the ethos of BIM, but as a manufacturer we've had to carefully consider the value and benefits of creating BIM objects for all of our product ranges. We want to fully support our customers and specifiers throughout the entire specification, selection and replacement process, but we believe structured product data is the answer for some of our products and this data will still enable clients to compare and select products based on value and life cycle costing rather than just price. This should allow for better quality products to be selected so that life cycle costings reduce. This is obviously a far more sustainable approach to construction and something that fully matches our values at SFS.
Structured Product Data
A large part of SFS's UK business is the manufacture and supply of fasteners for the building envelope. The fastener plays a fundamental role in the roof or façade system but with current working practices and BIM software technology we believe at this time a 3D BIM object would be irrelevant.
At SFS, we believe structured data, product information in plain language with simple questions and answers allowing integration into a greater system element, be that data or 3D geometry is the way forward and SFS is leading the way, by developing data for our products that can be used now.
In addition to our CAD drawings, ETA and Technical Value sheets, we have defined our own structured product data templates. Last August, we introduced our self drilling fasteners and offered 5 structured datasheets for fasteners SL2, SX3, SX5, SXC5 and SXC14. These datasheets provide information content that defines our product, its properties and functional characteristics. The datasheets are available in pdf format for free download from our website at www.sfsintec.co.uk . You can also request excel files by contacting us on 0113 2085 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following positive feedback from specifiers, we have continued to develop our data and specifiers can now download a further 30 product datasheets for SFS self drilling fasteners for isofast®, isotak® and isoweld® flat roofing applications.
Where BIM objects do offer significant benefits to specifiers, SFS has created 3D BIM objects for its products. For example, QBM, SFS's sister company, has created 18 3D BIM models for its Soter Fall Protection System which is specified and installed on the roof as a complete system. Authored in REVIT, all standard applications are covered for Trapezoidal roof profiles, Standing Seam and Flat Roof - this model has user configuration on toggle lengths to suit the depth of roof insulation. All Soter BIM models have a data structure with all relevant product information, including COBie and links to the website for details of installation and maintenance. These models are easy to download from www.sotersafetysystems.com/bim-models/ and are ideal for architects or designers who wish to take a proactive and responsible approach to health & safety by integrating a safety system to work with each building’s bespoke design. A more detailed, accurate and prescriptive specification or warranty that protects the building over its entire life, can be requested by contacting QBM on 01924 472251 or by emailing email@example.com.
Nvelope, also a member of the SFS Group based in the UK, have likewise introduced BIM objects for its Nvelope rainscreen cladding support systems. BIM objects provide detailed technical information, accreditations and other background data to integrate into virtual model and simulated building designs. Compatible with both Revit and IFC software versions, Nvelope objects are hosted on the NBS National BIM Library and are available for download to integrate into any BIM software.
Nvelope's online Project Builder tool available at www.nvelope.com goes that extra mile by helping specify a project-specific Nvelope exterior rainscreen cladding system solution taking into account factors such as local wind loads, height of the façade, substrate being fixed to, selected cladding material and the cladding zone.
The Future of BIM
At SFS, we see BIM as a key enabler in achieving significant improvements in cost, value and sustainability during the construction and operation phases of buildings. We will continue to develop our structured product data and BIM objects and embrace any feedback to help us improve our working partnership with specifiers.
For more information, visit www.sfsintec.co.uk
SFS, the world’s leading manufacturer of fastener solutions for the building envelope, has published a new catalogue for its flat roofing product range which is presented in a user-friendly format.
Now available to download at www.sfsintec.co.uk and to request as a printed catalogue, the new 200+ page Flat Roofing Catalogue is a comprehensive update to the previous issue to reflect the extensive range of products and systems offered by SFS. The catalogue details the innovative solutions available for the three main SFS systems – the isofast® fully metallic system, the isotak® thermal break fastening system and the isoweld® induction welding system.
The easy-to-use format, makes finding the right SFS product quick and simple and encompasses fastener solutions for steel, concrete and timber deck, along with critical decks and a new section for flashings, upstands and termination bars. It also includes details of fasteners for metal deck to steel and timber structures, as well as information on SFS’s tools and accessories. The catalogue is also available on our interactive e-Literature platform at www.sfsliterature.com along with our Roofing and Cladding Catalogue.
Martyn Holloway, SFS Flat Roofing Business Unit Manager, comments: “The new catalogue provides an easy to follow guide to our market-leading range of fastening systems for flat roofing. This will assist customers to choose a reliable, fully approved and easy to install solution for fixing membrane, insulation and termination bar to every type of substrate".
The new Flat Roofing Catalogue is part of SFS’s extensive programme of support for roofing contractors, specifiers and membrane suppliers. This includes UK-wide sales and technical teams who provide on-site pull-out testing, wind load calculations and resources including BIM data and project support where required, as well as training facilities to ensure the best possible result in the finished building envelope.
Expert technical support has been at the core of SFS’s success in serving the building envelope market for more than 30 years with a wide range of fasteners for flat roof, pitched roof and façade construction. Operating from its UK HQ in Leeds, the company is part of the Swiss-based SFS Group which has annual sales in excess of £1.1bn and a history dating back to the 1950s serving customers in the construction, automotive, electronics, industrial and medical products markets.
Download the new Flat Roofing Catalogue now at www.sfsintec.co.uk or use our e-Literature site to navigate the catalogue online - www.sfsliterature.com
Leading roofing and cladding fastener systems and door hinge manufacturer, SFS, has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar programme for building specification professionals, providing the latest technical insights into creating high quality and safe building envelopes.
Five complementary CPD seminars are now available to book at www.sfsintec.co.uk, which can be delivered at clients’ offices and are worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects. All the seminars provide up to the minute technical information and guidance for designing-in longevity, safety, security, legislative compliance and client satisfaction.
With seminar topics including support systems for rainscreen cladding, envelope airtightness and thermal efficiency, fixing of warm roofs, designing roof safety systems and hinge technology, the CPD seminar programme utilises a wealth of technical know-how from right across the SFS Group. In the UK, SFS customers also benefit from a specification team which is supported by a technical team and a host of practical resources. These include BIM data for fasteners, ETAs and the unique Project Builder software by NVELOPE for achieving the right solution for rainscreen support systems.
Craig Winstanley, Senior Specification Manager at SFS says: “Our new RIBA-approved CPD seminars encapsulate five key areas in relation to the building envelope in one series for the first time. It’s important to provide clients with long term assurance, and this requires detailing the fastening systems and door hinges at the design stage - and not leave these essential components to chance. With our guidance, our CPD seminars will help building designers succeed in this highly technical aspect of building design.”
To find out more about the SFS CPD seminar programme – and to book a seminar – visit www.sfsintec.co.uk or call 0113 208 5500.
High-performance Just 3D door hinges from SFS are helping Grabex Windows, a leading window, door and conservatory fabricator and installer with multiple operations across London, to grow its share of the timber residential doors market.
The company, who have worked with SFS for the past five years, offers more than 50 different fenestration products in timber, aluminium and PVC-U, serving customers across the capital and surrounding counties. It operates a 45,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at Orpington to ensure all products are custom-made to a consistently high standard in-house - products which have featured in a property on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
Underpinning the success of Grabex Windows’ rapid growth over the past decade is its uncompromising commitment to using only high quality materials and components in its products. This applies to its timber residential doors, a product range in which it is experiencing growth as more and more homeowners and developers seek the natural beauty, performance and sustainability benefits of timber.
Every timber residential entrance door that Grabex manufactures is bespoke to customer requirements enabling the scope to deliver both traditional and contemporary styles. One consistent factor is that every one of their timber entrance doors features high-performance Just 3D hinges from SFS.
Just 3D is a European-manufactured, precision-engineered hinge designed for flush-fit doors which provides adjustability in three dimensions – height, horizontal and gasket pressure. This ensures a precise fit for the doorset to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction and reduce the risk of call-backs and the reputational damage that can bring.
The ability to achieve a superior installation is backed by the quality and visual appeal of Just 3D hinges. Self-lubricating bushes ensure smooth, long term operation, verified when tested to EN 1935, with a load rating of 100 Kg achieved in testing. Being of symmetrical design, Just 3D suits both left and right handed applications with security screws ensuring suitability for both internal and external doors. The system is also applicable to steel frames as well as glass doors.
Michael Grabowski, Managing Director of Grabex Windows says: “We use SFS Just 3D hinges as standard on our timber doors because they deliver the quality and performance that our customers expect from our doorsets. We’ve established an excellent reputation for quality, which has helped to drive our business growth, so we really value components like the Just 3D that we can fit and forget, safe in the knowledge they will stand the test of time extremely well.”
The Just 3D hinge is part of the wide range of hinges manufactured by SFS for internal and external doors. This includes the new W-Tec 3D+, which is a robust concealed hinge specifically designed to stabilise the opening and closing of the door, the Easy 3D hinge for heavy entrance doors and a choice of pivot, adjustable and standard hinges.
Find out more in the Fenestration section at www.sfsintec.co.uk