Rapid Access Ltd was founded in 2008 and is located in the Midlands with two manufacturing facilities in Nuneaton and a warehouse in Atherstone. Over the past 25 years, Rapid Access Ltd has provided a high-quality service in a wide range of access panels, riser doors, loft hatches and fire rated over boxes in various sizes and specifications.
Designing and manufacturing access panels for walls and ceilings, Rapid Access Ltd offer the quickest manufacturing process on the market when it comes to ordering their products. As specialist manufacturers for the construction and building sector, it also extends its unrivalled service to distributors, contractors and architects.
“Our Flipfix Range of Access Panels are five times quicker to fit compared to a traditional panel, with our unique Fitting Device, Mitreless Frame and new Flush Lock system, these panels save 80% on fitting costs as there are no screws or glue required and no need for bracing or supports just cut, fit and flip,” said Kate
With four options available, the FlipFix comes as plasterboard, metal faced, tile faced, or circular. Further benefits including easy to fit, extra lock options, perfect for walls and ceilings, comes with an approved fire rating and no extra materials are needed. The Flipfix allows easy access to hidden domestic services such as shut-off valves, isolation switches, stop taps and other hidden services. The Flipfix is manufactured to an excellent finish.
Kate explained another notable product, “we are also the innovators of the RapidFit hinge system on our riser door range which works on a spring-loaded pin hinge. This means, the installation of the door, once the frame has been installed, is much quicker than a door supplied with a traditional piano hinge.”
The RapidFit sliding hinge system allows for quick and easy removal of the access panel door from the frame. Therefore, allowing the frame to be fitted into the structural opening easily and safely. By aligning the hinge pins and clicking them into place, the access panel door can then be fitted. The product has undergone vigorous testing and can save up to 30 minutes per panel on fitting times when compared with an 1800 x 600mm Rapid Fit and a traditional access panel.
Holding accreditations in ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and UKAS Management Systems, its customer service is impeccable. On hand to assist in any queries, the team aim to respond within an hour and process any order during the enquiry. Working alongside customer service is the technical support team who are a team holding large amounts of experience and technical know-how of all things access panel related. Furthermore, if you require guidance with your order, the website has an access buddy live chat where you can chat with any member of the sales team instantly.
Rapid Access Ltd offer customers large quote support with each quote over £5,000. Offering a pack consisting of a quote summary, datasheets, test certification, product/service benefits and features, fitting instructions and a history of the quote. Additionally, customers are provided with a detailed product brochure including price and product information and guidance. If a customer is unsure of what they’re looking for, Rapid Access Ltd has an access panel builder on the website consisting of expert sales team members to help customers select the correct panel.
Its latest innovation is the Meter Over Box which is designed to be surface mounted onto a structural membrane of a block wall system. Manufactured with a 25mm wide picture frame, the panel comes with a metal faced door.
The panel door leaf is locked in place via a budget lock and an 8mm triangular meter cabinet insert, other lock options are available. The panel is powder coated RAL 9010 30% gloss and is available in multiple colours. The panel is 2-hour fire rated for an integrity up to 1070 x 650mm in a wall application and is tested in accordance with BSEN 1634-1.
“We have recently released our Rapids Flush Lock system, which incorporates a sleek discreet finish and is available on most of our Flipfix products. Customers will never have to worry about losing or breaking bungs again as it has a spring-loaded locking mechanism,” stated Kate.
Further to its product portfolio, the company has a BIM library which acts as a link between manufacturers and BIM. It develops digital replicas in 2D and 3D libraries of real-world building products and interior components. With this technology the company can offer a digital 3D replica of its products.
Kate explained what impact COVID-19 has had on the business, “we felt the impact of material prices rising but as a manufacturer we decided not to implement a price rise during these testing times. Instead, we decided to add a temporary material surcharge, meaning as long as the price of materials come down, so will our surcharge.”
In the future, the company aims to have all its products in National distributors with the ease of purchasing its unique Flipfix product, loft hatches and riser doors, and will continue its efforts to incorporate its products into nationwide industry specific projects.
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