There are a few ways to create a clean lined modern handle-less kitchen, however truly handle-less functiona are created with only two options, mechanically or electrically assisted. So let’s explain the differences.
TIP-ON and TIP-ON with Blumotion are the names our mechanical technology goes by. The systems work on a push activation trigger to activate the function. A gentle push is all that is required. A synchronisation bar operates with an activation trigger to make sure equal pressure is applied to the cabinet face. This is particularly important when the push activation is not in the centre of the cabinet face.
TIP-ON is available in cabinets with doors and TIP-ON with Blumotion in cabinets with drawers only. TIP-ON for the AVENTOS system is available in the HK operating motion only, however clever design in the overheads cabinet area by dropping the door slightly below the cabinet face, means you can pull from behind the door, reducing the need for a handle.
Considerations of Mechanically Assisted
Whilst the TIP-ON function gives you everything you need in a truly handle-less design style, there are trade-offs with the system. The system requires slightly deeper cabinet end panels as the cabinet front activation area is 1-2mm greater than standard handle operated functions.
The system does not feature lean protection, meaning the drawer or door will open with any pressure applied, whether you meant to open it or not.
TIP-ON for doors and TIP-ON for AVENTOS systems use a manual close. This means the system does not operate with a spring mechanism to pull the doors in like traditional soft close systems. Because of this the mechanical system can’t feature soft close.
TIP-ON with Blumotion in a mechanically assisted operation featuring soft close, is now available in both our ANTARO and LEGRABOX drawer programs
Like anything there are a considerations with any choice and once understood, TIP-ON provides great motion technology to give you that dream kitchen look.
SERVO-DRIVE is our electrically assisted motion technology. SERVO-DRIVE works on the same type of pressure applied to the cabinet face, but unlike TIP-ON with its mechanical activation, SERVO-DRIVE uses a small electric trigger to push open the drawer or lift-up door. The difference between SERVO-DRIVE and TIP-ON is the electric activation and because of the electric assistance, the drawer or lift-up features soft close as its closing function, it really is the best technology money can buy.
Now we leave out doors with SERVO-DRIVE as the truth is there isn’t any options and the TIP-ON system works just fine.
Considerations of Electrically Assisted
The SERVO-DRIVE technology is really very good and in truth there are very few considerations. Activation distances are in line with all standard kitchen hardware and the system features soft close. The system also features lean protection, meaning the drawer or lift-up will not open when prolonged pressure is applied.
The major consideration is the price. The technology is expensive when compared with traditional hardware. Power locations are also required in certain areas of the kitchen, meaning you have added cost with Electricians when you undertake your kitchen project.
As with TIP-ON, SERVO-DRIVE once truly understood provides a truly wonderful motion experience for your kitchen and cabinets.