Pella Designs New Way to Open and Close Windows
December 9, 2020
Pella Corp. unveiled the new Easy-Slide Operator, launching a new way to open and close casement and awning windows. The new hardware solution allows homeowners to easily slide the operator up to open and down to close the window, say officials, offering a much smoother operation than continuously cranking.
Pella continues to focus on innovative designs that bring modern technology and aesthetics to the window and door industry. The company was the first to introduce the Fold-Away style crank for casement and awning windows in 2000. Now, 20 years later, Pella has developed an even simpler and aesthetically pleasing way to operate casement and awning windows.
“We listened and worked carefully with our customers for feedback on how we could design something better for them. We quickly discovered that homeowners need hardware that is easier to use, and designers want an option that achieves a minimalist, low profile look. The Easy-Slide Operator delivers on both form and function for the modern consumer,” says Nicolle Picray, brand communications and public relations manager, Pella Corporation.
Research and Development
The simple operation, minimal design and long-lasting durability of the Easy-Slide Operator are the results of over two years of design development, operator refinement, and consumer testing across the country.
“Our innovation team continuously iterated and refined the slide operator concept to make the mechanism simple, smooth, and durable,” says Jenn Tuetken, design and insights manager, Pella Corp.. “The Easy Slide Operator has been tested to 20,000 cycles, which is the equivalent of opening your windows once per day for 54 years.”
Launching on Pella Impervia
Easy-Slide Operator is now available on Pella Impervia casement and awning windows. Impervia’s proprietary fiberglass material is the strongest material available for windows and doors, engineered for lasting durability. This makes it a leading choice for homeowners nationwide. The company plans to expand the availability of Easy-Slide Operator to additional product lines in late 2021.