Fastmount launches fastening solution for aluminium

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hidden panel mounting solutions boatAt furniture production and interior design show Interzum next week, Fastmount, leaders in hidden panel mounting solutions, will present their new Stratlock Range, designed in collaboration with Poliform Contract Italy.

The Stratlock Range is a heavy-duty hidden panel mounting solution for installing large interior panels onto aluminium or steel extrusion framework. A purpose built system, the Stratlock Range is the only product on the market that provides versatility in modular design, and adjustable panel installation, thanks to its patent pending dual locking function.

The screw- or adhesive-fix male (SL-M15) features a double-detent shank which locks into the teeth of the rapid-fit female (SL-F15A or SL-F15B) in the aluminium frame. Upon the first click, the panel is supported, with a 10mm adjustable tolerance to find the correct panel position. The second click then locks the panel into position, secured with a 10kg pull out load per clip set, making the system ideal for heavy decorative panels.

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand specifically for the contract interiors industry, the Stratlock Range was designed as an answer to enhance the current selection of fixing systems that are available for aluminium framework, which interior panels are attached to in large-scale contract interiors.

Encouraged by Poliform Contract’s enthusiasm to see a new product designed for this sector, Fastmount’s Managing Director Gregg Kelly worked closely with the technical department of Poliform Contract to improve the selection of fixing systems used with aluminium frames that Poliform were employing in their supplies all over the world.

To date, we have always used fixing systems that exist on the market – both frontal and bayonet fixings – but choosing one of those would always limit our versatility in another area, the versatility that is essential to facilitate site management and installation,” affirms Poliform Contract.

Fastmount worked with Poliform Contract, their framework manufacturers and Fastmount distributor Promotech Italia over an 18-month period. “This ensured that we were hitting all the right points – from a design and manufacture perspective, as well as an end user perspective. We had to create something that would lock panels into place, but provide flexible installation; be rapid to install but extremely robust,” said Kelly, commenting on the design process. “We are confident that the Stratlock Range will reduce installation time for large-scale interior fitout projects.”

Fastmount showed first protoypes of the range at last year’s METSTRADE, to gauge how the superyacht industry would respond to this solution originally created for the architectural industry. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting a trend towards more streamlined construction processes, and an increase in the use of aluminium framework in superyacht interiors.

Visitors to this year’s Interzum in Cologne can experience the new Stratlock Range from May 21-24 at Fastmount’s stand at Koelnmesse in Hall 5.1, #063. The range will be available after Interzum from any one of Fastmount’s global distributors.

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