Client: Era Products
Project: Retrofit lock range for timber and metal doors & windows
Expertise: Product Design, Mechanical Engineering
Reducing life-cycle costs with design for the whole service
- Range of retro-fit door and window locks
- Eight months to design and develop
- Component count reduced from 72 to 27
- Innovative lock barrel design
- Materials specification to resist UV and solvents
- Materials specification and mould-flow optimisation
- Prototypes assembled and tested by Lucid team
- Structural packaging design
- Supplier sourcing and liaison
As wooden windows are replaced with uPVC frames with integrated locks, the market for retro-fit locks has shrunk.
ERA Products needed to reduce the component count and parts costs, and significantly speed-up and de-skill assembly operations to gain competitive advantage in this difficult market.
All this had to be achieved whilst still maintaining the same high quality standards. New designs were expected to pass the same demanding structural tests.
New structural packaging was also required, with clam packs to support a strategic move into shed retail.
Our team began by reviewing the design of the range as a whole. Discovering value engineering scope in more commonality of components was critical, and helped to keep tooling costs down which was critical to justify the project.
Engineering development of a unique, injection-moulded, snap-fit lock barrel was a breakthrough. A single component replaced numerous individual parts and separate assembly operations.
Still on sale over 12 years on, this robust, elegant range is typical of the longevity of Lucid Innovation’s designs.
Our team consistently helps cost-focussed businesses, creatively developing effective means to stay in competitive markets.