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Milgard Windows & Doors - SmartTouch™ Lock, United States

Tuesday 01 Dec 2009

Simple and secure

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Milgard’s SmartTouch lock engages with one light touch, providing simple security and streamlined style 

Unlike conventional cam-style locks mounted atop window sashes, Milgard’s SmartTouch has an integrated, low-profile design. The lock mechanism is recessed into the window frame, providing a clean, sleek look that complements any type of architecture or interior design. When the window is closed and locked, the latch is down and out of sight. When the window is open, the latch stays open, indicating the window is unlocked.

Milgard designed the SmartTouch lock out of several design specification needs:

  1.      A need for a lower profile modern locking mechanism that didn’t detract from the aesthetic of either the window or the view it frames.
  2.      A need for a highly-secure lock that is easy to both lock and unlock by universal design standards of accessibility.
  3.      The desire to be able to visibly see from across the room if the window was securely locked or just closed.

The resulting design accomplishes all of the above with aplomb. It is so easy to physically operate, it was recognized by the American Arthritis Foundation. The sleek design was awarded the International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek magazine. The SmartTouch Lock was also recognized in the trade magazine icon, published by the American Society of Interior Designers.

The SmartTouch lock is in the vanguard of an important new trend in home design know as aging in place. With so many “baby boomers” in the U.S. and elsewhere approaching their senior years, this technology and others are enabling people to live independently in their own homes longer and more comfortably. Milgard is committed to developing innovative products and solutions for this fast-growing market.

The SmartTouch lock is designed to engage when the window is closed, providing simple, one-touch operation to close and lock the window. Unlocking and opening the window is just as easy – again requiring just one touch to lift the latch and raise the sash.

Milgard’s SmartTouch lock is offered on Milgard’s vinyl Tuscany and Montecito windows.


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