Breezway is highly invested in improving their products so that they can deliver better performance in the end application. These improvements can range from major projects such as the launch of a new window frame to making relatively small changes to specific parts of their products. Large or small, these improvements help make Breezway products better.
The latest improvement from Breezway concerns the ring handle, which is generally used when Altair louvre windows are installed out of reach. The ring handle makes it possible to operate the window with a map rod. Of course, automated Altair Powerlouvre windows offer the most ideal solution for out-of-reach windows.
The ring handle has been improved by changing its stainless steel construction to an acetal plastic construction, helping deliver three key benefits:
1. Improved durability
Stainless steel is a strong material but it can be bent with enough force applied on it. Unfortunately, it will also stay bent. Acetal plastic, on the other hand, springs back to shape when it is bent. This means that if excessive forces are applied to the plastic ring handle, it will not get permanently deformed, but will simply spring back to shape.
2. Reduced damage to finishes
Stainless steel ring handles have a powder coated finish that can wear off over time, damaged by the metal head of the map rod used to operate the window. Changing the ring handle to an acetal plastic construction avoids the metal-on-metal contact that can potentially damage it.
3. Improved colour matching
Colour matching identical materials is fairly straightforward; doing so for different materials can be complicated. When a clear anodised aluminium finish is chosen for the window frame and a stainless steel ring handle is used, a powder coat closely matched to clear anodised aluminium is used. Although close, it is not possible to exactly match the two finishes. Adding colour matched plastic clips into the equation results in three different materials and finishes. Admittedly, the differences in the colours and finishes of the three materials is slight, but changing to only two materials and finishes will be an improvement to those with a finely tuned eye for colour.