Considerations for Safety, Construction Convenience, and Post-Installation Management

December 8, 2023
Kim Pyeong-sik, Director of DOORCAP

There is a growing trend toward enhancing safety in the field of interior architecture, with a particular focus on measures to prevent door finger protector incidents. In accordance with revised building regulations, apartments with 16 or more floors and office buildings with 30 or more rooms are now required to install 'door finger protector prevention devices.

'Kim Pyeong-sik, Director of DOORCAP, notes, "Among the household safety incidents that occur annually, 'door finger protector accidents' occur in the blink of an eye." He emphasizes that installing door finger protector prevention devices is a crucial preventive measure.

Furthermore, Kim highlights that during product installation, considerations should extend beyond safety design to include the convenience of construction and post-management, as well as a design and color scheme that complements interior doors.

In response to these requirements, DOORCAP has introduced the 'DoorCap,' a door finger protector prevention device, after three years of research and development aimed at differentiating their product in the market and ensuring competitiveness through trial and error.

Director Kim Pyeong-sik has shared insights into the newly launched product, DoorCap, stating, "DoorCap is designed for easy installation on existing doors, making it accessible for anyone. The precise alignment of the cushion and the door ensures a clean finish after installation, and the door can be opened beyond 180 degrees.

"He further explained, "An aluminum plate that secures the cushion material prevents warping of the door and allows for easy replacement in case of external impact damage, restoring functionality without major repairs." Kim showcased various installation cases in apartments, houses, public buildings, nursing homes, and schools, emphasizing the versatility of the product suitable for both sliding and swinging doors.

Starting a startup requires policy support from the beginning Founded last year, DoorCap entered the hand entrapment prevention device market by developing and refining its product, DoorCap. The company obtained patents, certifications from KCL (Korea Conformity Laboratories), KTL (Korea Testing Laboratory), and other examination reports while preparing for the product launch.

Despite high expectations for the future, market penetration proved challenging. Director Kim mentioned, "While our new product was recognized for its excellence, construction companies exhibited a conservative attitude toward replacing existing products. Faced with an economic downturn, we shifted our focus toward the public sector. However, we are facing challenges. Developing new products requires continuous investment, and lacking financial resources, meeting the criteria for initial purchases or entering national tenders becomes difficult.

"However, rather than giving up, Kim expressed a proactive approach, aiming to overcome obstacles step by step. The company is actively pursuing NEP certification, innovation enterprise certification, and entry into national tenders. Simultaneously, they plan to strengthen marketing efforts to raise awareness of the product's quality in the market.

Kim concluded by saying, "Even Apple started in a garage. Korea needs an environment where newly budding companies can survive and leap into unicorn companies. I hope to see realistic support measures emerge to facilitate the beginning of ventures and startups."

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