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How to save time and money with a planned maintenance agreement.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Planned maintenance agreements are an excellent way to keep costs and disruptions to a minimum while maximizing your system’s performance through timely planned maintenance. When it comes to Safety, or any other type of critical hardware, a service contract can simplify your repair and maintenance commitments. Here are five reasons why a service contract is actually a very cost-effective deal:

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How to have your own personal Alfred Lock Concierge.

Monday, July 22, 2019

A new smart home touchscreen deadbolt for your door and you personal concierge.

How to Make Sure Your Next Project Runs Smooth.

Monday, August 1, 2019

You may have read before, why having a hardware consultant is important. It won’t be the last time either.

Hardware consultants ensure the hardware being supplied on a building has the correct function and meets the local building codes. Obviously very important.

After seeing many many schedules over the years I can share with you what a good architectural hardware consultant (AHC) will provide vs what a great AHC will provide. Because there is a difference.

A good AHC will write a hardware schedule that meets building and fire codes. They will interpret plans and specify the correct hardware and functions to the best of their ability. They may even provide a specification or modify the Consultants hardware specification and door schedule to make sure there aren’t any contradictions between the documents. Sounds great, right?

A great AHC will have a different approach. They will meet with Consultants, End Users, and/or Contractors. They will ask questions about design, use of the building, and budget. They will then proceed to provide a specification and hardware schedule that incorporates aesthetics, proper use as to the owner's requirements, and to the project's budget.

Great AHCs will choose the best products for the project and not concern themselves as much with specific product lines.

Great AHCs write a schedule for the End User, and the Consultants benefit; not their own. This is a very important point.

So the next time you have a project that needs an AHC (trick statement, every project requires an AHC), make sure they are writing your schedule for the right reasons.

Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs) are trained to recognize a builder’s hardware requirements for door openings in all types of public, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. AHCs coordinate thousands of builders' hardware items and options to ensure door openings are in compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements.

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How to Make Sure Your Next Project Runs Smooth Part 2

August 26, 2019

Hardware consultants ensure the hardware being supplied on a building has the correct function and meets the local building codes. Obviously very important.

After seeing many many schedules over the years I can share with you what a good architectural hardware consultant (AHC) will provide vs what a great AHC will provide. Because there is a difference.

A good AHC will write a hardware schedule that meets building and fire codes. They will interpret plans and specify the correct hardware and functions to the best of their ability. They may even provide a specification or modify the Consultants hardware specification and door schedule to make sure there aren’t any contradictions between the documents. Sounds great, right?

A great AHC will have a different approach. They will meet with Consultants, End Users, and/or Contractors. They will ask questions about design, use of the building, and budget. They will then proceed to provide a specification and hardware schedule that incorporates aesthetics, proper use as to the owner's requirements, and to the project's budget.

Great AHCs will choose the best products for the project and not concern themselves as much with specific product lines.

Great AHCs write a schedule for the End User, and the Consultants benefit; not their own. This is a very important point.

So the next time you have a project that needs an AHC (trick statement, every project requires an AHC), make sure they are writing your schedule for the right reasons.

Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs) are trained to recognize a builder’s hardware requirements for door openings in all types of public, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. AHCs coordinate thousands of builder’s hardware items and options to ensure door openings are in compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility, and building code requirements and that they function properly for the lifetime of the building.

Richard Beebe, AHC, EDAI
Kelly Chimilar, AHC, FDAI
Dean Eichorn, AHC
Todd Hirsch, AHC
Hugh McAlary, AHC, FDAI
Gheorghe Mujdei, AHC, FDAI
Kristi Scott, AHC
Lionel Scribner, AHC
Scott Suppes, AHC

Why You Should Consider Preassembled/Prefinished Doors and Hardware for Your Next Project.

September 15, 2019

CP Distributors has been looking after your door and hardware needs for over fifty-seven years.

We want to share with you a new way to deal with a very traditional industry.  Our Preassembled, Prefinished option, saving you time, saving you money, and reducing your risk.

CP Distributors has invested money, time and materials into creating a Preassembled and Prefinished option for any project imaginable.  Saving you time and money is our goal.

Here's how we ensure that we satisfy your client's needs.

From the time of contract award, our Project Management teams begin to engineer your openings.  Employing state of the art software and years of experience, we ensure that the openings we design for your project are as per your requirement.  When you choose the Preassemnbled and Prefinished option, we engineer this into your opening.

Upon receiving your approved shop drawings CP Distributors acquire the raw materials to begin the manufacturing process for your order.  Upon receiving the frame and door material, we put them through our CP360 application, to ensure they comply with your specifications.

Using our paint booths or 3rd party professional painting services, we can match any paint colour that your project requires.  After drying we once again check the quality of our work, ensuring that the prefinished product will meet the project's needs.

With the door now professionally finished, we go about the task of hard-wearing your door.  Being in a controlled environment, we catch any hardware issues and correct them well before an opening hits your site.

Once the hardware is installed on the doors, we get them ready for shipment to the job site.  With one last quality control check, they are loaded and on their way.

One of the biggest benefits of our Preassembled and Prefinished option is that al the excess packaging is recycled at our facility before it reaches your job site.  This process saves you time, money and space on your job site.

Now that your door aha arrived on-site, we are ready for installation.  Our trained technicians an complete the installation in a matter of minutes.  One final quality control check and your opening is complete!

Experience the difference the prefinished/preassembled option can make on your next project.

Contact your local CP Distributors branch today for more details.

Have you had your annual Fire Door Inspection?

October 2, 2019

Fire-rated doors and frames play a vital role in keeping people safe and minimizing property damage during a fire. In fact, there has never been a loss of life due to a properly installed and maintained fire door.

It’s estimated that 80% of the 14 million commercial door systems installed in North America don’t receive routine maintenance, or aren’t equipped with properly installed or functioning safety devices, such as photo-eyes or sensing edges.

Based on NFPA 80, standards for Fire Doors and other opening protectives (2007 edition), documented inspections for fire-rated door assemblies are now required on an annual basis.

As 5.2.1 states, “Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, AHJ.”

 Who is responsible for the maintenance and care of fire-rated door assemblies? Responsibility rests solidly on the shoulders of the building owners.  The role of the inspector is to simply record and report the condition of the door assemblies to the owner.  Owners will have to decide if, when and what corrective actions will be taken; otherwise, they will run the risk of being cited for violations by the AHJ.

Here are 11 things our inspectors look for during an inspection:

  1. Damage to the door and frame
  2. Security of glazing, if present
  3. Security, alignment and operability of the door, frame, hinges and hardware
  4. Missing or broken parts
  5. Door clearances
  6. Properly operating the self-closing device
  7. Operation of a coordinator, if installed
  8. Operation of the latching hardware
  9. Illegal field modifications
  10. Presence and integrity of gasketing and edge seals
  11. Presence of auxiliary hardware items which may interfere with door operation

Avoid unpleasant surprises with planned maintenance.  A regular checkup of your facility will save you time, money and headaches, along with protecting you from potential liabilities, call us at 1-888-875-9090.

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to fire-rated products. Please take a look at this excellent video that SDI has developed, showcasing a variety of resources for architects, specifiers, building owners and distributors.