Clearview National October 2017 - Issue 191 - Page 58

PROUD SPONSOR OF DOORS & WINDOWS DOORS&WINDOWS DOORCO CHOOSES BUSINESS MICROS AS SOFTWARE PARTNER Production ramped up with factory expansion » » POLYFRAME HAS embarked on a major expansion programme to increase the factory space of its Norwich site by 50 per cent and ramp up production rates by 55 per cent. The new purpose-built factory will increase Polyframe’s production space on the site from 48,000 square feet to 72,000 square feet. Operational by the end of October, the enlarged factory will allow the Norwich site to boost production output from 4,500 frames a week to 7,000 frames a week on a 24- hour shift basis. The expansion is the biggest landmark development at Polyframe since it became part of Customade Group earlier this year and it will enable the business to comfortably maintain its position as the largest fabricator of Rehau frames in the UK. 150 people are currently employed on the site and the headcount is expected to rise in line with increased production. It is now the second largest production site within Customade Group after the group’s 200,000 square foot Polyframe Halifax site, which fabricates Halo and Eurocell frames. The Norwich site will manufacture the complete range of Rehau PVCu windows and doors, including the new smooth grey on white chamfered profile. » » BUSINESS MICROS HAS proved once again that it is the first-choice software provider for the composite door sector, with the supply of a completely custom-built system for leading composite door manufacturer DOORCO. DOORCO switched to Business Micros mid-way through 2016 because it wanted a provider who could keep pace with its dramatic growth, and ensure that DOORCO continues to deliver the outstanding customer service which has made it such a favourite with fabricators and installers. The system has taken Business Micros more than 12 months to build because it is a bespoke software solution, designed specifically to enable DOORCO to deliver on its primary objectives which were to guarantee faster deliveries and improved OTIF scores for its distribution and manufacturing customers, without sacrificing product quality or consistency. The software builds the order for DOORCO, plans it into production and then even tracks it around the factory using a series of Scanpoint stations, giving the production team a constant overview of performance. The first phase of the project has been such a success that Business Micros and DOORCO are already moving on to phase two which is to add despatch planning. PROVEN PASSIVHAUS STANDARDS FOR KOMMERLING » » THE LAUNCH OF SYSTEM 76 BY KÖMMERLING at the FIT Show earlier this year, also extended to the development of a range of Passivhaus solutions for windows, residential doors and large span lift and slide doors, as the company looks to redefine standards of PVCu profile performance. There are also many new hybrid designs from KÖMMERLING which bring together the architectural appeal of aluminium, with the energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of PVCu together. As part of an expansive range of Passivhaus solutions, a new inward opening residential door has been added to the range of AluClip 58 » OCT 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Zero products, with a design that adopts a unique floating panel, to cope with the extremes in temperature across Europe. Brian McDonald, commercial manager of KÖMMERLING has been involved in the introduction of these new Passivhaus products, with the company eager to open new opportunities with architects and building specifiers. He commented: ‘Our range of Passivhaus solutions are unsurpassed in such a shallow frame depth, which is beneficial for the installation process, building design and for obvious commercial reasons. The proEnergyTec technology is also fully recyclable unlike most foam inserts, which further enhances our sustainability credentials.