Lamb Engineering's innovative approach, a major window company
might have failed to maximise sales to their full potential
on its most up-to-date range of UPVC house windows.
client company, which manufactures UPVC products all over
the UK, planned to divert all production into its new quality
hit a major snag when it was discovered the new window range
was not as easy to install as its predecessor. House building
companies opted to stay with the easy-to-fit existing range.
substitute was urgently needed for the problematic fixing
clips used to secure each window frame to the sub-frame.
The clips were strong but, even with tools, were too fiddly
for speed and convenience. The system also needed time-consuming
checking to ensure the windows were solidly in place.
Engineering's solution evolved after the Technical Team
visited construction sites to watch window fitters in action
and asked questions about their working methods.
prototypes translated into a final product which meets all
the client's requirements. Made from 0.5mm thick spring
steel, it is only one-fifth of the thickness of the original
clip. Its flexibility means it can be simply popped into
position by a thumb push which dispenses with tools. A distinctive
clicking sound confirms the window is located correctly
- without a physical check.
the clips are light and flexible, the combination of six
for each window also delivers a solid window installation.
Engineering manufactured the multi-operation progression
tooling and production continues today at the company premises.