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Revolutionary AutoLock Launched by John Fredericks

November 3, 2015

For John Fredericks, launching a dynamic, new security product on today’s market takes more than a simple evaluation of current industry products and then making improvements on what already exists.  Revolutionising a sector takes time, patience and a commitment to innovation that will provide a unique solution, which combines superior quality and lasting guarantees.

As such, the R&D department at John Fredericks has taken this responsibility very seriously with the launch of a new, fully patented product that will revolutionise door security across the UK and Europe. When looking at tomorrow’s secure door market the company considered it vitally important to consider today’s issues with an eye on future market direction and end user requirements.  Consequently, the new Autolock was created which provides the ultimate in security and functionality.

For the last 18 months, technicians and senior management at the company have been working closely with the MACO team in Austria and the UK, and subsequently have introduced the proven, patented door locking solution for domestic and commercial applications. This device is available exclusively from John Fredericks and can be adapted for a broad range of applications including domestic properties, schools, commercial premises and properties with high security specifications.

Currently it is estimated that 70% of consumers do not use the multi-point locking facility now fitted to most pvc-u doors, leaving people vulnerable to break-ins and the door susceptible to misalignment.

With this in mind, the Research and Development team evaluated the needs of all types of consumers during the design and development stages of the new Autolock product.  In particular, this new system now provides specific technical advantages for the elderly and vulnerable, which was an essential part of the product development according to Managing Director, Steve Darkins.

The unique capabilities of the Autolock maximises security via IS. cams and hookbolt combinations that are PAS24 tested.  On closing the door, all locking points are automatically triggered without any need to activate the lever handle, and a turn of the key deadlocks the door. This also prevents the door from bowing as the locking points are always engaged when the door is closed.

Subsequently, the configuration of the device completely eliminates warping, twisting and air leaks thanks to meticulous Austrian design from the MACO engineers.  The distinctive features of this proven device provide a unique ten point locking system that automatically secures the door via the MACO ‘Silent Latch’ function.   This ensures easy to use doors with latch compression and a flexible adjustment on the lock side.

The Autolock is available only from John Fredericks and will be introduced initially as a standard fitting on all new composite doors and other single doors in the company’s range from 1st December 2015, with the idea of developing this further and rolling it out into a double door solution early in 2016.

Recognised as an industry leader in relation to thermally efficient, innovative, pvc-u windows and doors, the company also supplies purpose-driven locking devices and a wide range of exceptional solutions for the building sector.

Kevin Whiting, Managing Director of MACO UK, long term partners with John Fredericks Plastics, a division of A&B Glass Group, commented: ‘’MACO understood the detailed findings by the research carried out by John Fredericks Plastics in regards to specifically targeting the problem of consumers not properly locking their doors , whilst at the same time still enabling the elderly and less able to operate them easily.

John Fredericks Plastics commissioned our Research and Development teams in the UK and Austria to fulfil this need, we in turn developed a smooth operating, highly secure automatic door lock with absolute minimal force required to lock it. Simply push the door closed and a turn of the key it’s locked.

When A&B Glass Group approached MACO some 18 months ago to develop the project MACO were driven to ensure that their in-depth knowledge of the industry was paramount to the door locks’ final design and build, the design and engineering is a truly revolutionary solution not just for today but also the future of the door locking industry as a whole.

The system is extremely versatile and can be configured for all styles of single doors including composite doors.  Ensuring customers can offer innovative design options that will provide matchless security and exceptional quality has been a priority for management at both John Fredericks and MACO.

Steve Darkins, Managing Director at John Fredericks comments, “The new Autolock has been meticulously designed alongside the MACO development team, with the specific purpose of bringing a lock to the market that excels in terms of performance and security standards.

We are driven to satisfy the emerging lock needs of an ever changing market and believe that the Autolock will deliver the perfect combination of optimum security and easy use.  The John Fredericks brand has an established pedigree for excellence, leading the market in terms of performance guarantees and security features and this new system is a testament to our progressive approach to innovation and customer support.”


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