Leinfelden-Echterdingen – The “Roto Con Orders” online tool is a proven hardware configurator that is extremely popular among manufacturers and specialist dealers alike. With its user interface in 18 languages, it helps to quickly and accurately plan hardware solutions for windows, doors and sliding systems around the world. A few days ago, Roto Fenster- und Türtechnologie GmbH (Roto FTT) announced that it will start developing a number of new features so the effective planning tool can provide its users with even more comprehensive support.
Added value for manufacturers and trade
The aim is for manufacturers to be able to send a configuration’s data directly to a hardware dealer’s shopping basket – a service that reduces the work involved in placing orders and even further reduces potential sources of error. “Roto will establish the technical conditions so that dealers can offer their customer this option,” explains Eberhard Mammel, Head of Range Marketing and Product Adaptation at Roto FTT and in charge of the “Roto Con Orders 2.0” project.
Window manufacturers can also look forward to new imaging functions with added value. With a single click, this will make it possible to create an image of the drilling pattern for the hardware solution that was just developed.
In 2023, a product finder for Deventer sealing profiles will be integrated into the configurator. Martin Werk, who is in charge of the “Roto Con Orders” data service, describes this as “a very innovative tool which makes it easy to select sealing profiles that are compatible with your own profile and window system”.
Always up to date
For years now, Roto has been creating ideal conditions for planning by constantly updating the data that is processed for “Roto Con Orders”. “Users can be certain that the data of new products will already be saved by the start of delivery,” emphasises Werk. The hardware configurator already contains the data of the latest products to be added to the “Door” and “Patio” ranges. “From my point of view, this also makes ‘Roto Con Orders’ an indispensable tool for everyone who wants to offer high-quality and innovative windows and doors.” Once the new functions are integrated, the online tool will play an even greater role in digital hardware configuration in future.
The manufacturer itself will inform users around the world about the new functions of “Roto Con Orders 2.0”. Mammel would like to “invite anyone who is unfamiliar with ‘Roto Con Orders’ to rectify this now”. The Roto Sales department can grant access to the hardware configurator for any customer at any time.The user interface will change over the next few months to make the configurator even more intuitive to use.Thanks to its usability, this optimised version will give users ultimate support.
An e-learning module that will be available from the Roto Campus in time for the launch will explain how to use these additional, completely new functions of the hardware configurator.
The manufacturer describes the general benefits of the configurator as follows: working with “Roto Con Orders” guarantees technically correct results, as each configuration is tested for plausibility by comparing all its parameters.
The company goes on to explain that renowned window manufacturers have already programmed interfaces that can be used to automatically process data from “Roto Con Orders” to convert it into parts lists and orders in their own IT system. Bills of materials and prices from the user’s PC can also be incorporated.
Just a few operation steps are all it takes to produce a precise parts list for a hardware solution, including a technical illustration. Window manufacturers and dealers can export this to PDF, Excel and CAD file formats in order to integrate it in their own offers and orders.
Planning in a team
The “Key User” function enables registered users to save hardware templates and data in their own “Roto Archive”. On request, multiple users can access the data pool created in this way at the same time. They can work on planning together.
The hardware configurator is still available free of charge for Roto customers using the link https://ftt.roto-frank.com/int-en/services/online-hardware-configurator/. It is optimised for mobile use on tablets and smartphones.