Secure Support For Shelforce's Multi-Skilling Initiative

Rapierstar is supporting Shelforce

Fastener specialist Rapierstar is providing extensive support to window and door manufacturer Shelforce to streamline fastener usage.

The move will ensure Shelforce's workforce is fully supported to achieve the highest quality finished products.


 “The process changes that Rapierstar has helped us to implement have enabled us to further improve manufacturing efficiency and optimise quality.”

– Howard Trotter 

Business Manager, Shelforce




"The move will at the same time allow us to multi-sklill workers so they are able to work on any part of the production line as required."

Shelforce in Birmingham is a manufacturer specialising in the supply of windows and doors to the social housing, new build and schools sectors, is already benefiting from a 25% reduction in the number of different types of fasteners it uses following a Rapierstar fastener ‘Health Check’. This identified instances where a single fastener type and size could be used for multiple purposes throughout the assembly, a move that has reduced fastener stockholding, made ordering easier and simplified manufacture.


Colour-coded charts

Given the nature of Shelforce in its provision of employment for people living with a wide range of disabilities, its production lines are configured in a way that enables operatives to clearly identify which fasteners to use for each part of the window or door’s construction. Here, Rapierstar has helped by not only reducing the number of different types of fasteners being used – and thus the scope for selecting the wrong one – but also by producing colour-coded charts for every workstation so fabricators have a quick and easy-to-use fastener reference guide in front of them at all times.


All-austenitic fasteners

Howard Trotter, continues: “Multi-skilling workers means they are able to work on any part of the production line as required. This ensures we remain competitive in the market with a range of windows and doors that offer significant quality benefits, supported by technical documentation and test data that satisfies client audit requirements.”


Productivity benefits

Mark Calpin, Technical Sales Consultant at Rapierstar says: “Shelforce has chosen Rapierstar as its supply chain partner for fasteners and we look forward to supporting the company wherever we can as it develops and grows. Bringing fresh insights to its fastener usage, our technical support is designed to help Shelforce maintain its reputation for consistently high quality finished products, whilst at the same time delivering important productivity benefits.

“Rapierstar is positioned to support manufacturers like Shelforce to implement a fastener strategy that ticks all the boxes. In addition to the corrosion resistance benefits that austenitic stainless steel fasteners offer, the products used by Shelforce are also all CE marked and every batch is tested against numerous performance criteria at Rapierstar’s in-house test centre to maintain quality consistency. Rapierstar is also supporting Shelforce’s development of its aluminium window and door range, including a bi-fold door option.

“We work with customers across the UK and Ireland and our service is backed by a technical support team with a collective experience in the fastener market of more than 150 years, helping hardware and systems manufacturers and fabricators to deliver safe, secure, high performing finished products.”

Picture: Rapierstar is supporting Shelforce with fasteners that allow the company to multi-skill its workforce.

Article written by John Roper
17th March 2020


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