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Gyms scheduled to re-open

With the news that gyms are due to reopen, giving the fitness industry a huge boost, we've been looking at the different ways that the will combat the obvious challenges that they will face. Systems are being put in place to check the temperature of those entering site, which is great to see if someone has virus symptoms. Sanitiser in place to make sure hygiene it a priority throughout the site, and more focus put on socially distanced classes. What about making sure that people entering the site sanitise their hands before entry? After all you can't control what people do before they arrive.

 

The TFS San-Gress system

Our access control sanitisation unit only grants access when hands have been fully sanitised, and the light flashes green, releasing the door to gain access. It's difficult for some businesses to know what to do, especially when they aren't given the information about what's available to safeguard their business.

Everyone knows that sanitiser gel is available, and anyone can be told to wash their hands, or keep their distance, but have they been made aware of the best way to open safely, and reduce the risk to their clients and themselves, or are they simply being left to find their own way?

Download the San-Gress product datasheet
Download the San-Gress user guide and installation manual

 

Friday, 10 July 2020 14:19:00 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,
With the situation surrounding COVID-19 and how we are able to operate and function as a country changing daily, we have been looking at ways to support our customers, and to help secure sites that will be vital to us as we try to beat the current pandemic. Our online supply service continues to operate, allowing us to ship direct to sites across the country, and our team are still contactable by phone and email, but we will now extend our services to our customers to supply a nationwide 24 hour delivery and fitting service for all manual gate hardware. With a fully stocked warehouse and all the supplies needed to perform essential site maintenance and installations, this will enable businesses to cut down on the multiple handling of products through the use of couriers, and reducing the risk of a potential virus spread with one person dealing with the operation from start to finish. This is an additional service that will only be used at critical sites that have urgent need for the service due to potential of security and safety being compromised, and will be suspended once virus is brought under control. Unfortunately the risk of crime doesn’t stop at times like this and the more vulnerable sites can often be targeted by criminals, and we want to do our part to minimise this risk. As a business we want to support our customers as much as possible at this time, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01270 527470
Friday, 27 March 2020 09:29:46 Europe/London By TFS Direct Blog,
In the teeth of Hurricane Brendan an engineer on the coast of North West England called TFS technical support. His LIFE Optimo system was opening the gate but not closing it. Immediate thought was photocells. Powered, in line, damaged? Any number of things could have happened in such stormy weather.
In the teeth of Hurricane Brendan an engineer on the coast of North West England called TFS technical support. His LIFE Optimo system was opening the gate but not closing it. Immediate thought was photocells. Powered, in line, damaged? Any number of things could have happened in such stormy weather. LIFE’s visual based control panel made diagnosis simple. Is LED 5 lit? No. Try moving the photocells in case they’ve been moved or bumped. Receiver photocell was adjusted and LED5 lit up. Gates opened and closed as required. Simple “fault” to diagnose, the engineer got out of the wind and rain and the customer had an operational gate within minutes. The LIFE approach to visual setup and support makes it simple to diagnose faults as well as making initial set up simple. Using LEDs for key functions makes fault finding a breeze. Pardon the pun Making set up and maintenance so easy reduces the time needed to set up and maintain safe gates.
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:38:23 Europe/London By TFS Direct gate automation, automation, TFS, gates, Blog,

Every company trying to win your business will tell you they are the best, the cheapest, offer the highest quality service, and that there’s nobody like them. So how do you decide who to use? Is it still price alone, or is it value? This latest blog post shows how one of our colleagues solved a problem for the customer, adding more value to the service provided.

“This week I had a client come to me with an issue that needed solving ASAP. He was just at completion stage on a beautiful installation of an automated hardwood gate, with a pedestrian access gate to the side. This was controlled using a Locinox SEH Electric Strike with a full stainless steel Locinox H-Wood insert lock setup. The issue was with the Locinox 3006KR blocking handle, which through a rotating spindle and steel blocking plugs allows you to open the lock freely on one side, but only use the handle on the opposite side as a means of gripping/operating the door, not to operate the lock. The spindle on the Locinox 3006KR was too short to reach through the 60mm wooden door, with a further 12mm needed for the cover plates, plus enough spindle left for the handle to grip. With only one size of spindle available to work in this way, we needed to find an alternative solution. Down to the manufacturing unit we went and simply made the spindle longer! To do this we took a spare spindle and cut the correct length we required to join it to a new 3006KR spindle. We then made some welding notches to make a strong bond between the two spindles and welded them together, creating the perfect solution for this situation. The call was at around 1pm and by 11am the next morning the spindle was delivered, problem solved, and we had a happy installer, perfectly functioning lock, and a happy end user!

Although it was only a very simple solution, we rose to the challenge of making that extra effort to solve the situation, and solve it quickly.”

So the question you need to ask is does your supplier simply offer a cheap price, or do they add value to your business?

 Full Locinox setup used in the pictures was the following:

 

  • SEH-E Electric strike for insert/hybrid locks with Emissa version (Fail close)
  • H-Wood Insert lock
  • 3020-HYB-A2 Stainless steel cover plates
  • 3006KR Stainless steel blocking handle
  • 3012-80-VSZ Keyed to differ 80mm euro double body cylinder
Monday, 2 December 2019 11:59:02 Europe/London By TFS Direct Blog,

The introduction of our new lean lift has allowed us to streamline the purchasing process for our customers, cutting down on lead times, ensuring you get what you need, when you need it.

The introduction of our new lean lift has allowed us to streamline the purchasing process for our customers, cutting down on lead times, ensuring you get what you need, when you need it.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:34:00 Europe/London By TFS Direct Blog,

We think you will agree with us - Locinox is all about engineering smart solutions to obtain better fences for your clients. Every year we launch more than 15 new products. Most are developed from scratch, but some are optimized developments on existing products. We are thus happy, excited and proud to announce the VTC-2 – the updated version of the well-known Verticlose-STD and Verticlose-RAIL gate closer. Both are high runners and we are convinced the VTC-2 will even be better.

We think you will agree with us - Locinox is all about engineering smart solutions to obtain better fences for your clients. Every year we launch more than 15 new products. Most are developed from scratch, but some are optimized developments on existing products. We are thus happy, excited and proud to announce the VTC-2 – the updated version of the well-known Verticlose-STD and Verticlose-RAIL gate closer. Both are high runners and we are convinced the VTC-2 will even be better.

 


But how much better is it?

  • A faster and easier assembly, thanks to the integrated pretension
  • No more choosing – the 90°, 180° and wall situations are all included in one package.
  • A better position of the VTC-2 in relation to gate and post allowing more installation possibilities
  • For heavy gates : up till 150cm wide and 150kg
  • Go for an even faster assembly, thanks to the optional drilling jig (coming soon)
  • A more compact design, assuring a discreet yet elegant look
  • Micro-adjusting speed and final snap in a continuous way


And the best of it all – the price is exactly the same. More value for your money!


When, how, what?

This is a ‘running change’, the new VTC 2 will be launched when stock of VTC STD and Rail goes under a minimum. As of this date, no more Verticlose-STD and Verticlose-RAIL gate closers will be delivered. After-sales service to the Verticlose-STD and Verticlose-RAIL gate closers will keep on going for a while. The exact date will be communicated later.

What about the drill pattern?

The VTC-2 uses another drill pattern as the Verticlose-STD and Verticlose-RAIL. This is important for you to know if you or your clients prepare the posts and gates in advance. As usual, you can expect all the necessary drill templates from us. And if you want an even faster installation, use the drilling jig (coming soon).

What if I want to replace my Verticlose-STD or Verticlose-RAIL by the new VTC-2?

This is perfectly possible. We will inform you extensively soon with a thorough manual for retrofitting the new VTC on the existing hole pattern. There will be a special installation video as well.

We understand you have a lot of questions. We strongly recommend you to get in touch with us if you would like more support or input on the VTC-2. In the meantime, we are working hard to complete all the documentation about VTC-2 (manual, installation video, comparison sheet, drill pattern, technical drawings …). As soon as we have more information to share with you, you will hear from us. Don’t forget to keep an eye to our website for the latest information.


We cannot give exact dates yet but we thought it to be important that you were informed well in advance. 

Friday, 1 June 2018 13:47:00 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,

With the SlimStone keypad, Locinox is taking its first steps in the outdoor electronic access control industry. As one of the trendsetting players in the fencing business, the strategy to develop a high quality keypad is actually a very logical one, as explained by Lieven Pieters, Sales & Marketing Director at Locinox.

 

“With the SlimStone keypad, Locinox emphasizes more than ever to be a supplier of total concepts for the gate and fencing industry. This way, we offer a total solution to the manufacturers and installers : Locinox becomes the one-stop-shop for required accessories which are necessary to operate a gate.”

“A few months ago we launched the Modulec-SA Kit. This kit consists of the premium surface mounted electric Modulec keep, the SlimStone keypad and the power supply. This way, the installer orders very quickly everything he needs to turn a regular gate in an extra safe environment where intruders are kept out.” explains Lieven Pieters.

WORRY-FREE USE

Quality is one of the most important focus points from Locinox. Lieven Pieters : “We are renowned for our high quality and good looking products. With the SlimStone keypad, this is no different. I think it’s vital our installers have a worry-free installation and our end clients can fully rely on its many functionalities. Even after many years of use. That’s why we put quality and ease of installation in the first place during the development process. In the end, we are all winners. Not only the client will be happy but we as Locinox hardly get any complaints or callbacks. That gives peace of mind to anyone.”

“When we say SlimStone is weatherproof, we really mean it. Thanks to the 100% resin encapsulated housing, water nor dust can ever harm its functioning. SlimStone is perfectly weatherproof, whatever the circumstances! We actually exceed by far the IP68 rating since we have entirely submerged the SlimStone for a period of 70 days, and it is still working flawlessly. Did you know the integrated Smart Heating System allows a frost-free use, which is excellent for the arctic regions where temperatures drop well below zero?”

“We are not launching an innovation without having it fully tested. In SlimStone’s case, this resulted in a few remarkable tests. We tested the buttons on more than 2 million pushes by emphasizing its durability. For example : if you use the SlimStone 4 times a day, your SlimStone keypad will be your closest ally during 342 years. Even if you use it 20 times a day, you are enjoying a perfect use for 68 years.” continues Lieven Pieters.

HYPERFAST INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION

“The installer is able to install and configure the SlimStone keypad very easily. That’s why we developed highly detailed step-by-step installation and configuration videos which guarantee a swift and perfect installation. This is in line with our philosophy to be by our clients side all along the way. Also thanks to the Quick-Fix system, the SlimStone keypad is attached very tight to the gate post.”

VANDAL-PROOF YET ELEGANT DESIGN

In the first place, the SlimStone keypad has to work correctly but has to look good as well. Lieven Pieters : “The SlimStone is made of a powder coated aluminium housing with a brushed stainless steel keypad and push buttons which have been lasered. Even after years of use, these buttons won’t show any wear and tear, providing extra security and comfort. The textured lacquer is scratch proof, even after many years of use. We claim this since the SlimStone keypad has endured a 1.000h salt spray test. Since the housing itself is vandal-proof as well, you are sure no one unwanted will be able to enter.”

The adjustable integrated white LED-lights allow a safe and efficient operation during the night or in case of bad weather. And as a nice extra, the energy use is kept very low – which is a plus on the energy bill.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

The SlimStone is the first yet highly convincing step by Locinox in the outdoor access control industry. But there is more to come. Lieven Pieters : “Right now, we are developing a keypad with Bluetooth technology allowing automatic access thanks to your smartphone. And we are looking even further than that, a keypad connected to the internet is in development as well.”

Friday, 30 March 2018 14:26:00 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,
Once again, Locinox pushes the boundaries of the gate closers industry by launching its latest 180° hydraulic self-locking hinge: the Tiger. 



Some years ago, Locinox launched the Mammoth: a 180° hydraulic self-locking hinge for gates up to 150 kg and 1,5 m wide. The ease of instalment of this product – drill 8 holes and secure with Quick-Fix – has become legendary, and its sale continues to increase. 

Locinox’s hydraulic self-locking hinges offer many advantages to all market players. The installer doesn’t need to worry any longer about the standard distances between hinge and gate closer. The manufacturer can include a self-locking gate in his product range, so the installer no longer has to pass a separate order for a gate closer. The distributor can easily recommend this solution without any installation support being required. 

The Tiger can be mounted on gates up to 75 kg and 1.1 m wide, and is now available.
 
Friday, 9 June 2017 20:36:13 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,

Puma: the aesthetic hinge for residential gates

In 2017 Locinox keeps on innovating by launching new products. We are proud to present the first one: Puma, the perfect aesthetic hinge for residential gates. This 180° hinge can easily be installed thanks to the Quick-Fix fasteners. No welding required! 

The Puma hinge supports gates up to 1 m wide and with a maximum weight of 60 kg, without loss of convenience.

Thanks to the aesthetic design and the powder-coated aluminium housing, the hinge can be combined with the latest gate concepts.

The PUMA hinge is in stock and available for next day delivery right now.

Go to product >> PUMA
 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:40:21 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,

Running change: 4D hinges ( 3rd phase)

All items in our Locinox GBMU product range are fully interchangeable. From this perspective, and in order to obtain a more precise and secure weld between the hinge claw and gate profile, we decided to improve our 4D hinges.

In 2015 we launched the Locinox phase 1 change with a universal claw nut 4D-FIX for the GBMU4D16 and GMBU4D20 hinges. Phase 2 came with a new and smaller claw.

And now we have reached the final phase. We introduce the updated GRIP 20-ALUM which fits the universal claw even better. The other colours are to follow in the upcoming months.

 

 

These innovations are full of benefits:

  • A more precise and secure welding connection
  • Further standardization of our product range

GRIP 16 will be launched in March.

Friday, 20 January 2017 13:25:50 Europe/London By TFS Direct Product News,
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