At the start of 2016 FGS decided to use the skills used designing the new AFFIX Spider Range, to design the best strength to weight Minipost in the Australian Market. The aim was two fold, manufacture a post that was incredibly strong but also very light, which translates to extremely affordable. The less the weight, the less the cost! This minpost was designed and tested exclusively in Melbourne by the FGS Engineering Team
We did a 3D model of our existing minipost and redesigned the internals and externals, by using FEA tools we were able to learn the best way to remove material, whilst increasing strength. This design was complete at the end of May and first article parts made, flown across to Melbourne and assessed in our Test Laboratory. We were extremely happy to see that they all tested excellently, if not extremely better than anticipated. We then started to test our Minipost against all of our major competitors and so far are extremely proud to say we have the strongest Minipost of all those tested. The Titan / Gemini didn’t beat the competition by a small amount, it was significantly better than all of them.
Whilst we designed for strength, we also added lots of additional features to make the Minipost a favorite amongst those that install them. We believe it will be a pleasure to use and will be the No.1 selling Minipost.
We have put together a short video to show you the process we went through to get the Titan and Gemini to market. The new posts will be available from early September 2016. With our incredible design features and extremely competitive pricing, why would you buy another minipost?
FGS Titan Splay Test
A major bugbear of installing miniposts has always been miniposts splaying when tightened up on the glass. Not only does this look ugly but it is a trap for spiders webs and debris. This often leaves the end user with unattractive miniposts, which can lead to complaints.
When we designed the Titan and Gemini, strength and reducing deflection were front of mind. We have already shown the significant testing we put our and our competitors miniposts through. We showed how the FGS Titan and Gemini were far superior to all of the competition.
We decided to put a piece of glass into a Titan and into our competitors minposts. We used a torque wrench to ensure each one was tightened up the same, making sure that we didn’t over tighten any minipost. The attached video shows how easy glass fits into the Titan, due to the fantastically designed gasket. The video also shows how difficult it is to install glass into some miniposts. Our test only used a small piece of glass, this would be multiplied with a full size panel.
We then showed the amount of splay on each minipost, after being tightened with the torque wrench. The result of the Titan minipost was outstanding, far surpassing our expectations. The splaying was minimal, almost non existent. However, our competitions miniposts didn’t fare as well. In some cases the results were embarrassing, with huge amounts of splay, leaving these miniposts looking very ugly.
If you were the end user and had the choice, you would only choose the FGS Titan and Gemini range, everytime. The other miniposts do not stand up to such testing conditions. This video is 4 minutes long and is well were watching.