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Mila Delivers Major Advance on Bi-Fold Door Magnets

Advance™ Bi-fold door Magnets are the first products in hardware specialist Mila’s new ‘designed for aluminium’ range.

The Magnets, designed to hold open both traffic and intermediate bi-fold doors, feature clever, self-aligning pivot technology on both sections. This allows them to move up to 30° from side to side so that they always achieve 100% face-to-face contact for a more secure and reliable hold.

Mila’s design team have developed the free-moving pivot technology in house and a patent is pending on the self-aligning element.

Product Design Director Paul Pearson explained:

“With the fixed bi-fold door magnets that have gone before, you only get an optimum connection when the doors are consciously opened fully by the user, so there is always a danger that they will swing back or dislodge in blustery weather. With the more ‘Advanced’ Mila Magnets, you get optimum connection as soon as the magnets come within reach of each other and that guarantees a more secure hold.

“They also feature top quality N52 neodymium magnets inside which have a high strength to size ratio, so they are just 20mm wide and visually neat and discreet.”

The new Mila Advance™ Magnets are available in two variants – for traffic doors and intermediate panels, and in six of the most popular suited finishes – anthracite grey, black, white, polished chrome, polished gold PVD and satin nickel. A clear, durable anti-scratch shield protects the surface from scratching when the magnets are moving.

Mila’s Managing Director Richard Gyde commented:

“When we announced the AdvanceTM initiative last month, we promised precision engineered products with clever design features which would solve the kinds of hardware problems regularly encountered by aluminium fabricators.

“That’s exactly what we’ve delivered with the new AdvanceTM Magnets. They represent real progress in terms of performance and, at the same time are quick and easy to fit. As a result, we’re already partnering with some of the UK’s leading aluminium systems companies to supply these Magnets with their bi-folds.”

The Mila Advance™ Magnets have been successfully tested to BSEN 1670 for weather resistance and are backed with a 10-year surface finish and mechanical operation warranty.

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