For the last 30 years Force 8 have led the way in profile bending, and still to this day none of their competitors can match their seamless one-piece bend, says the company.
The seamless bend was developed by Force 8 and it was seen as the best quality system. Other companies produce their bends in sections using a hot air system, and then weld them together but, according to Force 8, this creates weak spots throughout the profile.
“When we first looked at profile bending as a business opportunity, we wanted to be the best”, comments Dennis Sumner, managing director of Force 8. “Developing the one-piece bend was not an easy option, which is probably why even today, none of our competitors have attempted anything similar”.
“It makes sense that an unbroken system retains its strength, the only time we have a weld on a profile bend is on a complete circular window or a segment” comments Dennis. The latest composite door brochure from Force 8, displays a whole range of arched profile frames from the simple to the unusual. To compliment the brochure, the online door designer from Force 8 is the only online system that incorporates arched frames. All the arched door sashes are fully reinforced with curved steel reinforcement right through the arched section (which is important with wood grained finishes), and is unique to Force 8. Coupled with the seamless system, this enables Force 8 to offer extensive guarantees on the frames.
Previously the seamless bending process was very time consuming as the profile bend was carried out first using hardboard or MDF templates. The measurements were then used to cut the rest of the profile to complete the frame. After significant investment in new machines and software the new system is so accurate that now the profile can be cut at the same time as the bending process is taking place. This eliminates the need to check the fitting, therefore cutting the production time in half. Once the process is complete, the components are fitted together with a near perfect match with a quality that is second to none. “It also meant that we could bypass the need for the old wooden templates so our trade customers could just e-mail us the technical details, which in turn speeds up the ordering process” comments Dennis.
This has allowed Force 8 to create beautiful arched Georgian sash frames, complete with a sash horn, which is milled beforehand and the length is calculated by the radius, including any shrinkage for a perfect alignment. To the company’s knowledge, there is no other company in the UK who can create an arched sash horn to such a high accuracy.
Throughout the pandemic and the periods of Lockdown, Force 8 has continued to manufacture due to an unprecedented increase in orders. The boom in home improvements has created a high demand for bespoke products such as special shape windows and frames. Alongside the profile bending, Force 8 manufacture an extensive range of composite doors, enabling them to not only get a perfect fit on arched doors, but also thanks to their in-house paint facility, produce a perfect colour match between door and frame.
“The investment in technology is just part of the of the story. All this is backed by over 30 years’ experience from an established family run business, and within that time Force 8 have been listening, and meeting the needs of both the commercial and the residential sector”, comments Dennis. “We will continue to innovate and push the envelope as we believe in evolution, after all if you don’t evolve, you become extinct”.
To find out more visit www.force8.co.uk