Häfele always has the topical subject of flap fittings for kitchen wall units on its mind. The new Free flap H 1.5 and the electrical drive were the centre of attention at the 2016 Holz-Handwerk trade fair in Nuremberg. The economical Free flap H 1.5 stay flap fitting is made from an innovative combination of materials. A harmonious combination of technology at the highest level, rational installation capability and an attractive design. Another highlight in the range of Free flap fittings is the electronic drive, which is now available for all Free fittings. Certification is in progress, and series production starts in the spring.
Slimmer, lighter, simpler – the Free flap fittings were developed as a completely independent product family in accordance with these requirements. They are designed as modular systems and cover all of the most popular types of opening with Free flap, Free fold, Free up and Free swing.
New lightweight: Free flap H 1.5 stay flap fitting
The latest addition, the new Free flap H 1.5 stay flap fitting, is only a lightweight on the scales. It will be in stock from March onwards, and two design versions will be available. Visually, it looks like the multi-award-winning Free design line. Häfele went in a new direction with its development, since mixed material fittings like the Free flap H 1.5 were previously unknown on the market. The extremely light and elegant fitting weighs two-thirds less than its siblings, without affecting the quality and technology in any way. On the contrary, the plastic construction has cost advantages and also makes it possible for the fitting to be used in environments with higher humidity.
Free flap H 1.5 has a load bearing capacity of up to 5.5 kg when used at one side and with a cabinet height of 400 mm, i.e. 11.0 kg when it is used at both sides. It is suitable for front panels with a handle and also push-to-open applications. Opening takes place extremely conveniently, assisted by an integrated spring package. The multi-position stop function that is so typical of the Free product family stops the flap in any position. Soft closing takes place optionally using concealed hinges with a soft closing system or additional parts. Free flap H 1.5 is easily and quickly fitted to the mounting brackets without tools thanks to push-on fitting.
Free E – Additional convenience with electric drives
Additional operating convenience is provided by new electro-mechanical drives, which will soon be available as additional components for all mechanical Free flap fittings. They open and close the flap automatically by means of a gentle press on the front panel or the push-button sender embedded in the side panel. No cabling is required for push-button sender. In the event of a power failure, the flap can also be operated manually. Free flap fittings can be processed extremely rationally thanks to the tool-less, clip-on front panels, the pre-fixing of the plug to the base plate, the pre-mounted Euro screws, and other quick fixing systems. And the modular principle makes this fitting family particularly economical. All Free fittings have an integrated soft closing system for easy and gentle closing and opening.
They are suitable for all of the common flap sizes and materials and contribute to increasing the value to the furniture thanks to their functionality and appearance.