Glide-On Variation: Remote Locker Design

Innovation is one of the core principles of Sapphire’s existence. ‘Innovation to prosper the Community’ is a belief we have held strongly onto since our founding in 1992 and we continue to innovate to this day. Therefore, varying our Glide-On application and our use of our robotic Remote Locker design is paramount to success.

The Remote Locker is a smart device, no bigger than a toolbox, which allows for the installation of a balcony in an advanced, safe, and cost-effective manner. The Remote Locker is fixed onto a prefabricated balcony over preinstalled arms within the balcony Cassette®, the building arms already installed. The Remote Locker then allows an installer to fix the arms to the stubs via radio. Finally, the remaining bolts can be safely fixed, and the Remote Locker can be removed, without a harness being needed.

Why is innovation important?

Sapphire has always endeavoured to innovate within the construction industry. With mass timber, unitized facades and precast walls becoming increasingly popular, the Remote Locker brings a modern method of construction to the balcony business. By being a forward-thinking, modern company, we can change with the industry as opposed to constantly catching up to it. The world of construction is ever-changing, so working with a 21st-century mindset is incredibly beneficial.

The remote locker is another one of Sapphire’s inventions which has been patented because of the novel and inventive nature of the concept.

Is Remote Locker safer to install?

The Remote Locker has significant health and safety benefits as it removes the need to harness a worker to the building for installation, as the fixing of the balcony to the building can be done via a radio controller. Our innovative Remote Locker is battery-operated and charged on-site so once the Remote Locker is operational, the safety benefits are instantly tangible.

How can I save money with Remote Locker?

With the Remote Locker design, the balcony arms are installed within the Cassette® inside the factory. This comes with cost benefits at two major junctions. Firstly, time spent is reduced at the arm installation stage, as no stub arms will need to be fit onto the building’s façade at a later point. Secondly, labour costs will be reduced as the arms are already fitted inside the balcony, so less time will be needed to fit a two-piece arm onto the stub bracket.

Cost improvements often marry well with sustainability too – by using an innovative installation technique, the time spent on site can be reduced and so too will the carbon emissions present in longer installations, where workers must travel to and from a site each day.

Transforming the way balconies are installed has always been at the forefront of Sapphire’s ethos. By improving safety during the installation phase, we can improve costs, spend less time on site and work more sustainably as a result. To find out more about how we strive to innovate, read more here.

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