The innovative aluPilot fitting system from Winkhaus saves aluminium window manufacturers time and money by making the fabrication process more production-friendly and efficient.
Fabricators can save up to 10 minutes’ production time per window compared to the traditional systems available on the market, according to the company’s calculations.
Multiply those 10 minutes saved per window across weekly production of several thousand windows, for example, and those time savings really start to add up, significantly reducing production costs of the entire window.
Mike Rushen, Winkhaus UK’s National Sales Manager says: “In manufacturing, time really is money. Tests conducted with manufacturers during aluPilot’s development and ensuing roll-out to European systems houses have confirmed these savings.
“aluPilot suits all types of applications, both commercial and residential. Designed as the aluminium window manufacturer’s ‘friend’, it reduces costs through efficient installation.”
Four key concepts – fastening, tooling, innovative design and handling - plus a combination of factors are behind the 10 minutes’ time-saving.
The fastening concept uses fewer screw positions, which means all the hardware parts can be joined to the sash outerframe using ‘clamp and clip technologies’. The screws don’t enter the profile, so securing components with clamps and clips makes fabrication much faster.
Connecting the sash components are drive rods, which are available in seven fixed lengths.
This eliminates preliminary work steps, such as punching and cutting connecting rods to length. All the main parts arrive already pre-assembled, so these can be installed straightaway in the window.
The aluPilot tooling concept eliminates production steps associated with inserting hardware. Two screwdrivers and an installation lever are all that’s required to install and adjust the components, so no need for time-consuming and costly machines, such as punches.
Thanks to innovative design, fitting components are installed frontally into the fitting groove of the sash or frame without the need to punch out the sash groove. As the fixed lengths are delivered cut to size, all components are simply slid into place.
Finally, there’s much less handling involved during installation as pre-installed components reduce the number of parts in a set of fittings by up to 25%. Everything is supplied pre-assembled to the manufacturer’s bespoke requirements.
Winkhaus aluPilot caters for all types of aluminium window – left or right-hung, with visible or invisible hinges and all the tilt and turn, tilt before turn or turn only options. The standard hardware can take 130 kg sash weight on the invisible hinges (or top-hung style) and can be upgraded up to 180kg. The Concept range, on visible hinges, can take 130kg. Giant, the new upgraded range, accepts 200kg on a tilt and turn window or 300kg turn only on visible hinges.
Mike adds: “We at Winkhaus see ourselves as a partner working with system houses to make their lives easier. aluPilot is a very easy and simple system to work with. Each systems house can truly have its own bespoke window – each one saving 10 minutes to make!”