Saturday, 31 March 2012

Businesses can now protect their offices from Burst Pipe Damage

With a return to wintry conditions forecast for next week, and the possibility of sleet and snow in the north and icy conditions in some parts of Scotland, businesses should be taking steps to protect their premises from burst pipes.

UK businesses are now able to save up to £600 million per year, which was the estimated cost of repairing burst pipes in 2010 was £600mil for UK small and medium sized business, by installing an automatic stopcock from Autostopcock.co.uk.

Originally patented in 1993 the Autostopcock is an electric switch connected to a valve which in turn isolates the mains water for the dwelling at the flick of a switch (as easy as turning a plug on or off). 

Coupled with up to date technology the switch is intelligent and monitors temperature and water flow to protect a home from danger 24 hours a day – automatically terminating the mains water supply in the event of a flood risk and therefore reducing any flood damage.



Matthew Harding, Director of Autostopcock, said today “We are pleased to have re-introduced this product to market as many businesses would find a flood catastrophic and financially unbearable. In fact many businesses may find that their insurance policies don’t cover burst pipe floods in certain circumstances”

Mr R of Kent who had his original electric stopcock fitted in 2007 said “I have enjoyed the comfort of being able to switch my water off easily with my electric stopcock and met Mr Harding two weeks ago to have my new Autostopcock unit which has given me peace of mind during these cold snaps”

The Autostopcock can be purchased online at www.autostopcock.co.uk and only takes an hour to install. The device and be fitted by a keen DIY enthusiast however homeowners can use one of Autostopcocks’ authorised installers or use their own plumber. 




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Friday, 30 March 2012

Guthrie Douglas Support Innovative New Door

When a Guthrie Douglas customer developed an energy saving, fast action, insulated door, they turned to the company’s drives and controls to maximise the environmental returns.

The new two-in-one door replaces the need to have a rapid-action fabric door and security shutter on the same opening. The customer installed three of the doors for a factory that manufactures overhead gantry cranes.

The end user wanted to achieve reduced CO2 emissions and reduced heating costs. They required fast door operation to prevent heat loss from production areas and timed close operation to prevent the doors being left open. They also wanted the ability to open the doors only part way – the openings are large enough for the finished cranes but are used most often by forklift trucks.

Having assessed the size of the doors and the high-speed opening/closing times required, Guthrie Douglas recommended their Safedrive® Fi range of drives. They also provided TS970 panels with auto-close and part-open facility. By advising the use of individual forklift radio controls, it was also possible to keep operation of the doors to authorized users and prevent the number of times the large factory door was opened.

By showing the benefits of the complete package, the end user obtained a grant from the Carbon Trust towards the cost of the door installation.

For advice and support on any cost or energy saving projects you are undertaking, please call the Guthrie Douglas  technical sales team on 01926 452452. 




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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Safety, Speed and Costs on Track

The Guthrie Douglas Safedrive® Fi drive system dramatically reduced site time and costs for a door installation at a British Rail maintenance site.

The customer approached Guthrie Douglas when installing high-speed insulated rolling doors in buildings that house trains under repair. The doors had to work in conjunction with strip curtains cut to the size and shape of the train, allowing for quick sealing of the opening to prevent heat loss.

An additional challenge was the size of the doors. At more than 6m wide, traditional fast-action fabric doors could blow out in strong wind conditions. This is an exposed site, so the door company used high-speed insulated doors with the Safedrive® Fi system to fulfil speed and safety needs.

The Safedrive® Fi’s unique built-on inverter greatly reduces the need for on-site wiring and speeds up commissioning as many parameters are factory-set. Door speeds are set simply by entering the required drive in rpm.

The system is easily plugged in our TS range of controls. On this project, the TS981 allowed the doors to also electronically link into the warm air curtain system.

To find out more about the Safedrive® Fi and the TS981 call 01926 452452 for honest guidance on the right product for your needs.




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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

DORMA launches 9000 Series Exit Devices

DORMA has launched an exit device to be used in fire escape doors, which will safeguard residents living in buildings. Most victims found dead in the recent fire incidents were due to the fire escape door failing to open because the exit device used in the door didn’t function.

 DORMA raised the benchmark for exit devices by introducing the 9000 series Narrow Stile Exit devices. The 9700 series devices by DORMA are an industry first, by testing the product to a dizzy 15 million cycles, way beyond the industry minimum of 500,000 cycles as required by ANSI/BHMA 156.3 for Grade 1 devices. The 15 million cycles have been verified by an independent, globally recognized third party laboratory.

Benefits to the user:

The benefits to the end user are plenty with an unprecedented and unequalled milestone of 30 times the industry standard for cycle testing, assuring 'Best of Class' performance. It is the only device which can be used for all door configurations including narrow, medium or wide stile, flush, full glass, hollow metal, wood or composite.


 The elegant aesthetics of the narrow stile by DORMA, removes barriers for adoption by designers, due to big and bulky looks with which exit devices have been associated for years. Apart from the device being narrow, the stile is also unique of being available in the market in the premium category with true stainless steel touch bar and assembly. 

The 9000 series Narrow stile Exit Devices have a full length touch bar which makes it easier for the user to release the latches or bolts of the exit device compared to a partial touch bar. The devices have both ANSI and EN standards. It is also the first device to be listed in the 'Future Build' portal of MASDAR, becoming the product of choice for Sustainable Projects. 

Furthermore, an antimicrobial coating option of the device is available for ultra clean environments like hospitals. With these features, the 9000 series Narrow Stile devices will satisfy the demand for aesthetic and reliable safe egress solutions with the highest level of security, putting DORMA as the clear leader in the market for Premium Access Solutions and Services. 




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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

SWR’s new Website has arrived!

SWR have recently launched their new Website, and I'm sure you'll agree it is their best Website to date.

“The new site has been designed to be user friendly and informative to help make customer’s decision making as easy as possible,” explains Paul Kehoe, Sales Director.

The Website also incorporates SWR’s latest range of Markilux Awnings, Hörmann Front Doors and Steel Handrail Systems.

To view the new site please visit: www.swrgaragedoors.com 




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LHC Opens New Fast Track Procurement Route for External Doorsets

LHC has launched a new External Doorsets (C6) framework arrangement for the supply and installation of made to measure, quality and complete external doorsets.

The collaborative procurement network has introduced the new C6 framework arrangement to help public sector professionals save time on separate tenders and allow work to start on site in a shorter timescale, meaning scarce staff resources can be used more efficiently.

Main features of C6 include a wide variety of door designs, which all comply with latest Building Regulations, DDA requirements and conform to BS 8300.

A choice of additional options includes enhanced security, high levels of weather resistance and operation by people with special needs. All doorsets are compliant with BS 8529, PAS 23 -1 and BS EN 14351-1 ensuring quality standards of manufacture and performance.

John Skivington, LHC Director said:

“This framework arrangement is suitable for all residential applications and other types of public sector buildings across the UK. Offering a range of composite, timber engineered, PVC-U and fire door assemblies and a choice of colours and finishes, C6 allows customers to retain their individual freedom of choice over specific product selection.

“With such a complete offering, which is already pre-tendered and compliant with EU and UK Building Regulations, procurement professionals need go no further to sort all their external doorset replacement needs.”

LHC has appointed eight companies to service C6 across fourteen areas in England, Wales and Scotland, to provide the opportunity for local companies to be involved in framework arrangements.

To find out which companies operate in your area, or discover more about the new C6 framework arrangement, please visit www.lhc.gov.uk/c6 for more information and to download the C6 Procurement Guide.


LHC is a not-for-profit, local government organisation available for any public sector organisation to procure building products and services for construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing, schools and other public buildings.




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Monday, 26 March 2012

Garage Door or Gate Opener not Working and your car won’t start?

Radio frequency issues known as spurious emission coming from household gadgets may be the cause of these problems.

Recent personal experience by Les McLaren from Chamberlain Liftmaster may have revealed an explanation to many of the unexplainable interference related problems experienced with many brands of garage door and gate openers. He describes what happened below.

"We visited our house in Sweden recently and when we arrived I noticed that the outside temperature transmitter was out of batteries. It is of Chinese manufacture; CE marked and has been in use with the batteries changed periodically for around 5 years.

"On replacing the batteries I noticed the display had not regenerated properly, what I did not realise was that it must be transmitting a constant signal! 

First consequence:
"Our Ford Kuga which has a totally keyless system failed and the key would not open or close the doors, even when the override buttons where used. Also the whole electrical operation had seized up and the engine could not be started. Using the spare "key" which probably has a stronger battery and being right up close to the car door, I managed to get in and start the engine - which promptly told me that the key was outside of the car so I could not drive away! 

Second consequence:
"And the one that triggered my understanding of what had happened! - The Liftmaster LM60 garage door opener would not operate unless I was standing directly in front of the door!

"I took the batteries out of the temperature transmitter - everything worked again immediately! 

The bottom line:
 "If a customer suddenly gets short range this could be a helpful and beneficial indication of what the general problem is and they should start investigating such devices nearby!

"It just underlines what happens out there in reality - irrespective of what frequency used. Yes this one was 433 MHz because I know that this is the frequency which Ford uses.

"It could just as easily have happened on 868 MHz if the interfering signal and other items had been on 868 MHz or any other corresponding frequency.

"What it clearly demonstrates is that as we have always said - many Chinese [and other] radio devices “broadcast" a signal that vastly exceeds the power laid down in the radio emissions regulations".

www.liftmaster.eu

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

ART OF THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

Stunning Photographs of Legendary Motorcycles. 

The story has been told time and again during the past 100 years or so…. about the small wooden shed where three young men, William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson and his brother Walter created the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle - these were the men from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who successfully built a business empire that became known as the Legendary Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

 Art of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle is a fascinating combination of both an artistic and factual look at the history of this famous motorcycle, from the early 1900s to today, with each model receiving equal attention. Photographer David Blattel treats every photo shoot as a work of art, setting the iconic machines against beautifully chosen backdrops – where the machines themselves shine as works of art in their own right.

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle includes over 100 stunning machines, and with Harley-Davidson expert Dain Gingerelli putting each machine in historical and technical context with informed profiles that complement the stunning images - the result is an attractive, informative overview of Harley-Davidson's 100-plus years of style and innovation.
 
Photographer David Blattel treats every photo shoot as a work of art. His career as a professional photographer began when he opened his first commercial studio in 1978 and from the beginning he fantasied about doing a shoot for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In 1989, his dream came true when he was chosen to shoot for their calendar; he shot the calendar for Harley-Davidson for five years, and hasn’t stopped shooting Harley-Davidson motorcycles since.
 
Author Dain Gingerelli began writing for motorcycle and automotive magazines in 1970. He’s been an editor for six motorcycle magazines, and he’s authored numerous hot rod books for Motorbooks. His motorcycle titles include 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride and Harley-Davidson Museum Masterpieces. 

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is available to order in the UK from Grantham Book Services on 01476 541080 or from Amazon.co.uk below




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Friday, 23 March 2012

Parker and PaperMate Pens - Reader Offer

Quality and excellence will define 2012 our Olympian year…..what better way to promote your business than with a quality Parker pen with your company's logo and contact details printed on it.

We have partnered with Rowtex Ltd to offer you Parker Ball Point pens with visuals, artwork, origination, printing and delivery for only £3.99 each (RRP £7.89).

And, as a special reader's bonus, we are including with every order 500 PaperMate Ball Point pens FREE OF CHARGE printed with your logo.



If you would like to see a 'no obligation' visual of how your company logo and details could look please let us know and we will arrange for this to be produced and emailed back to you by return.

Parker and PaperMate pens are the perfect incentive for customer gifts, lead generation; sales leads, exhibitions and promotions. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 020 8398 9925.

The Parker Ball Point pens are available complete with your logo printed on the pen for just £3.99 per pen (plus VAT) based on a minimum order of 500 pens - The price includes visuals, artwork, origination, a single colour print, presentation tube or gift box for Parker pens, PaperMate pens are supplied bulk packed with delivery to a single UK address. The pens are offered subject to availability, final confirmation and our normal conditions of sale.

All orders and enquiries should be directed through our dedicated contact, Henry Padolsey at Rowtex Ltd quoting DIJ-Pen Offer.

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Thursday, 22 March 2012

ADAMS RITE UPDATES KEYLESS ENTRY OFFERING

Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, has updated its keyless entry control solutions, with the introduction of the eForce-150.

Suitable for use with Adams Rite deadbolts, deadlatches and exit devices, the battery-operated keyless entry control is an alternative to electronic keypads, electric strikes and magnetic locks.

The eForce-150 can accommodate up to 150 users, including master, supervisor, emergency and one-time codes for added flexibility and convenience.

Featuring a robust clutch increasing protection against vandalism and surface mounted with concealed fixings for a streamlined appearance, the keyless entry control can be programmed via the keypad to operate in three modes – standard, passage and lockout.

Supplied in an attractive satin chrome finish, the keyless entry control from Adams Rite can be retro-fitted to existing applications and is suitable for use on perimeter doors. Powered by 4 x AA batteries, other features also include UV stable keypad material, field selectable handling and die cast housing.

Andy Stolworthy, Product Manager for Adams Rite, said: 

“This latest access control solution, is ideal for a variety of applications where a simple but effective method is required to control passage through a door. Plus, for end users, keyless operation is easier to manage creating a more secure environment.

“Featuring all the credentials of its predecessors, the eForce-150 is suitable for use on aluminium, steel and timber door sets, providing a comprehensive solution for first fit or retro-fit to existing Adams Rite hardware.” 

Adams Rite is the leading supplier of aluminium door locking, electric locking and escape devices, supplying the top OEM door manufacturers worldwide. The company is part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. 

For more information visit www.adamsrite.co.uk 




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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

DHF spells out benefits of CE marked doorsets to architects and specifiers

The UK’s leading doorset manufacturers are working closely with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to give architects and specifiers vital guidance on new CE mark legislation.

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) is pointing out the benefits of specifying doorsets that carry the CE mark. The Federation is also informing architects that from July 1, 2013 new legislation that governs CE marking of doorsets is coming into force.

 The DHF is providing information and support to architects and specifiers via RIBA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. CPD gives RIBA members the chance to stay up to date by receiving information from organisations such as the DHF.

 The DHF has produced a presentation on CE marking under the new Construction Products Regulation and its specific application to doorsets. This will be presented to architects and specifiers around the country.

The CPD presentation makes the point that a doorset carrying the CE mark gives architects the assurance that the doorset conforms to consistent performance standards and meets health and safety requirements.

 In addition, by choosing a CE marked doorset, the architect is giving an added benefit to the building owner or occupier. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, the owner or occupier has to carry out risk assessments on fire doors. However, if the door has a CE mark he does not have to carry out a risk assessment concerning the fire resistance of the doorset as supplied.

 Said DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding: “At the moment, CE marking of construction products such as doorsets is governed by the Construction Products Directive under which CE marking is voluntary in the UK. When the Directive is replaced by the new Construction Products Regulation, CE marking will be compulsory.

 “We are working closely with RIBA to inform their members that there are real benefits to specifying CE marked doorsets. We are also taking the opportunity of telling them that the CE mark on the door gives them and the building owner peace of mind.

 “It indicates health and safety conformity, simplifies risk assessments and establishes that the building owner or occupier has applied due diligence under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.”

 For more information on CE marked doorsets, visit www.dhfonline.org.uk . 




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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Agency Workers Regulations the Facts


A detailed look at the requirements courtesy of Citation plc to help businesses, who may not already be aware of these regulations, comply.


The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into effect last October. They give agency workers certain rights from the first day in an assignment and, after 12 weeks' service in that assignment, they will be entitled to basic terms and conditions of employment that are no less favourable than the terms they would have been entitled to had they been hired directly by the organisation in which they are working.

WHO IS COVERED BY THE REGULATIONS?

The regulations apply to individuals who have a contract with a temporary work agency and who are supplied by that agency to work temporarily under the supervision and direction of a 'hirer' (the agency's client).

In general terms, the supervision and direction of an agency worker by the hirer is what makes an individual an agency worker. This means that if a worker accepts direct instruction in relation to their work from the agency (their employer) and not from the 'hirer', they will fall outside the scope of the regulations. Consequently genuine outsourcing arrangements (such as a third-party caterer operating an in-house canteen) are not affected by the regulations because the contractor's personnel are not subject to supervision by the 'host' organisation. In addition, the genuinely self-employed are out of scope because they are effectively supplying themselves and are not being supplied by an agency.

ENTITLEMENTS FROM THE FIRST DAY ON AN ASSIGNMENT

Access to information about the hirer's job vacancies

For most organisations the 'access to information' will be the same as for the hirer's employees so that, for example, if the hirer has a 'vacancies' board, the agency worker will need to be told of its whereabouts so that he or she has the same access to information about job vacancies.

There is no requirement for the hirer to do anything 'special' in relation to the agency worker unless, for example, vacancies are notified through an intranet system and the agency worker has not been given access to the hirer's intranet. In this situation the hirer will need to devise a method to ensure that the agency worker is also kept informed of any internal vacancies.

The same access to the hirer's collective facilities and amenities as the hirer's employees

These facilities and amenities are generally limited to on-site facilities and include a canteen or similar facilities, a workplace crèche, toilet/shower facilities, vending machines, car parking, etc
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Again, the 'access' should be the same access as the hirer's employees, so if there is a waiting list for car parking spaces, then the agency worker is entitled to join the waiting list on the same terms as the hirer's employees. In addition, the 'access' does not normally include access to off-site facilities, such as off-site gym facilities provided as part of a benefit package.

ENTITLEMENTS AFTER 12 WEEKS IN THE SAME JOB

After 12 weeks in the same or similar job with the same hirer (the 'qualifying period') an agency worker will be entitled to the same basic pay and other basic working conditions (annual leave, rest breaks etc) as the equivalent hirer's employees. This applies even if the agency worker has been supplied by more than one agency during the 12-week period. In addition, after completing the qualifying period, pregnant agency workers will be allowed to take paid time off (paid by the agency) for ante-natal appointments during an assignment. Note also that the 'structuring' of assignments, such as attempting to defeat the objective of the regulations by moving the agency worker to a slightly different job after 11 weeks, is prohibited.

These entitlements are not retrospective and, for those agency workers already on an assignment before 1 October 2011, the 12 week qualifying period starts from 1 October 2011.

The same basic pay

The same basic pay is the same pay as permanent employees, including individual performance bonus schemes, contractual overtime pay and shift allowances, etc., but excluding group bonuses, incentive payments and rewards.

Under Regulation 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, an agency can derogate (opt-out) from the requirement to pay an agency worker the same basic pay as permanent employees after 12 weeks in an assignment by giving the agency worker a permanent contract of employment, rather than offering them work 'as and when'. There are strict rules relating to this derogation, often referred to as 'the Swedish derogation', and agency workers are entitled to refuse to accept a 'Regulation 10 contract'.

The same basic working conditions

The same basic working conditions include comparable hours, breaks and holiday entitlement but do not include company notice periods, sick pay, redundancy pay, pension arrangements or benefits in kind.

PENALTIES

In addition to failing to give access to collective facilities and amenities and to view information on job vacancies from the first day of their assignment, there are two main offences for those who hire agency workers. These relate to information to ensure equal treatment after 12 weeks in the same assignment:

  • Failure to provide information requested by the agency on pay and basic working conditions.
  • Providing false information to the agency about pay and basic working conditions.

There are also two main offences for temporary work agencies in relation to temporary workers who will be with the hirer for more than 12 weeks:

  • Failure to request information from the hirer on pay and basic working conditions.
  • Failure to give the agency worker the same basic pay and working conditions as the equivalent hirer's employees, based on the information supplied by the hirer.

This factsheet has been provided by Citation plc who has been operating throughout the UK since 1995. Citation provides professional advice and compliance packages to business clients. Independently endorsed at the highest level its market leading services provide guaranteed protection in the high risk areas of employment law and health & safety regulations.

Members of the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) receive Citation's services as part of their membership benefits package - look into joining and your company could benefit too.



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Monday, 19 March 2012

Gliderol's Push Button Luxury

The Glidermatic GTS Optima garage door opener has a new luxury handset. The sleek three-channel transmitter has a sliding cover to protect the buttons from accidental activation and battery drain.

Light and small, the new profile has a handy loop for a key ring and a useful holder with a clip for attaching to a sun visor. It's every inch the essential modern accessory!

The new transmitter operates the Glidermatic GTS Optima, Gliderol's flagship boom garage door opener, complete with low energy, long life, LED courtesy light and 1000N DC motor - powerful enough for the largest garage door.

Call 0191 518 0455 or email info@gliderol.co.uk for more details and pricing. 




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Sunday, 18 March 2012

1 in 3 drivers would fail their theory test, according to new survey

One in three drivers believe they would fail their theory test if they had to take it today according to a survey conducted by Haynes Publishing.

The research also reveals that 20% of drivers don’t know how to carry out basic car checks, such as oil level, battery and brake fluid. Almost 7% admitted they knew nothing at all about car maintenance.

The survey showed the over 55s are the most confident at car maintenance with 60% in this age group reporting they know how to check and change the oil, battery and brake fluid.

Haynes is publishing a new version of the Highway Code for Drivers. Priced at just £2.50, the book includes the official rules of the road plus an extra section on basic car maintenance, car care and other practical matters such as tax, MoT and insurance.

Jeremy Yates-Round, MD Haynes Publishing said: 

“We all remember cramming the Highway Code. The problem is we don’t remember much of the Code itself. But what’s really useful about Haynes’ new version is the extra, practical advice on looking after a car and handling the paperwork – and all for the same price.” 

The maintenance and paperwork sections make this low-cost publication an invaluable tool for budding and experienced drivers. Using the famous Haynes how-to format, readers will learn to carry out oil and tyre checks, replace light bulbs and deal with paperwork involved in keeping a car on the road.

Haynes has also published a specialist version for motorcycle riders, Highway Code for Motorcyclists.

Sales Information:

Highway Code for Drivers and Highway Code for Motorcyclists are available from all good bookshops and direct from Haynes at www.haynes.co.uk or call 01963 442030, priced £2.50. 




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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sir Stirling Moss becomes HGPCA President


Great Britain’s favourite racing driver Sir Stirling Moss OBE has been named President of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, a body which has celebrated and protected the heritage of cutting-edge competition cars built from the late 1920s through to 1965 since its foundation in 1979. Sir Stirling, winner of 16 Grands Prix, was runner-up in the Formula One World Championship every year from 1955-’58 (three times behind Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina and the last time to Englishman Mike Hawthorn) and third from 1959-’61.

Moss, who first raced as a teenager in 1947, remains the most prolifically successful racer of all time. He won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including Grands Prix for Daimler-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall and Rob Walker Racing, for which he scored maiden victories for the iconic Cooper and Lotus marques and Coventry-Climax engines. Highlights of his parallel sportscar career were the fabled 1955 Mille Miglia victory with journalist Denis Jenkinson for Mercedes-Benz, and seven Tourist Trophy wins (the last four at Goodwood), 1959’s victory sealing the Manufacturer’s World Championship for Aston Martin.

His frontline career was cruelly cut short by the terrible accident at Goodwood on Easter Monday, 1962, which left him critically injured. Although tempted back to the cockpit by Audi in the 1980 British Saloon Car Championship (driving alongside current Sky TV Formula 1 commentator Martin Brundle), his return to modern racing circles was brief.

Stirling’s subsequent participation in historic racing brought renewed enjoyment of the wonderful cars he raced in their heyday. And won him legions of new fans, his mastery of a Maserati 250F in the wet at Goodwood in 1999 reminding onlookers of his sublime car control. Britain’s most highly respected racer finally hung up his helmet during practice for an historic race at Le Mans last summer. He had contested the Le Mans 24 Hour race 10 times, finishing second with Peter Walker (Jaguar C-type, 1953) and Peter Collins (Aston Martin DB3S, 1956).

Sir Stirling Moss’ patronage of the HGPCA, which he describes as “an honour and my pleasure,” coincides with the return to the tracks of the Lotus 18 in which he won his last two World Championship rounds, the Monaco and the German GPs of 1961. The old warhorse – which the late Tom Wheatcroft acquired in the late 1960s as he built his museum at the Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire – has not been raced in more than 40 years. The car will return to the racing circuit at Silverstone in April for the first round of the HGPCA 2012 calendar.


For further details, please contact HGPCA Competition Secretary Marcus Pye.
E-Mail: marcuspye@waitrose.com Tel: +44 (0) 7710 094522. www.hgpca.com
 
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Friday, 16 March 2012

Wireless Video Door Entry From Tate Colson

Security and Access Control specialists Tate Colson have announced the introduction of the new and innovative Vu-Com, one of the most convenient, easy to install and simple to use, colour video door entry control systems on the market.

The Vu-Com 2000 series incorporates the very latest in wireless technology, providing audio and colour video monitoring, day or night, via the weatherproof call station. The external unit, powered by a simple plug in supply, transmits directly to an easy to operate and fully mobile handset with an impressive free field range of 300 metres.

The simplicity and reliability of the new wireless system enables the occupier to safely screen and speak to callers without the need to open the door or leave the secure environment of the office or armchair. Once the caller has been identified and permitted access the door can be opened manually or by pressing the electronic release button on the handset to activate a separately supplied electronic door lock to allow remote access.

The highly versatile Vu-Com system can be expanded to enable one handset to monitor up to two access call stations or provide a linked audio and paging facility where two handsets are used on the same system.

For further information on the Vu-Com 2000 series or for details on any of the other Tate Colson security and access control products, please contact us on 01704 502801, Email: sales@tatecolson.co.uk or visit us at www.tatecolson.co.uk 




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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Securefast are launching new products at IFSEC

Securefast stand IFSEC 2012
Securefast, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of Fire, Safety and Security Access Controls have announced that they will be showcasing a number of new and innovative products at the forthcoming IFSEC International exhibition at the NEC, 14th to the 17th May.

IFSEC is now well established as a global event, bringing together the entire international security supply chain together under one roof, with over 700 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitor from over 100 countries.

Visitors to Securefast’s 21sq m stand in Hall 4, stand A140, will be able to view the wide range of exciting new products, including the latest Entra Access Control System, the stylish Net2 Paxlock Wireless Access Control and the launch of Tate Solutions, a comprehensive commissioning service designed to provide the very latest technology in electronic control systems, including personnel and vehicle access, ventilation controls, automatic doors, fire and smoke alarm systems.

Also on display will be the company’s recently launched Easy Code Plus Digital Locks, Vu-Com Wireless Door Entry System, Deedlock Biometric Readers and the highly acclaimed APX 16 Waterproof Keypad.

For information on the exhibition visit www.ifsec.co.uk or to receive further information on the Securefast products mentioned above please contact the sales team on 01543 501600 or visit www.securefast.co.uk 




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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Prastel Wireless Transmission Kit for Safety Edges on Powered Gates

Increased awareness of the need for safety devices on powered gates, has led to unprecedented sales of the Prastel TCO6 bi-directional radio transmitter kit for safety edges, since its launch late last year.

Composed of a TCO6TX transmitter and a TCO6RX receiver, the unit permanently monitors the attached safety edge via 868Mhz radio signal.

The main benefit of this device over the competition is its range. Many other radio transmission units struggle with range but the TCO6 Kit has a signal range of up to 50 meters. The transmitter is powered by 2 batteries and it is housed in a dark weather-proof ABS enclosure with 4 mounting points for external use.

The unit has two relay outputs and can manage four transmitters per channel and Complies to EN12978 CAT 2.

For more information contact EGD Distribution on 0845 054 5070 or visit www.egduk.com . 




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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Simple Self Assembly Safety Edge for Automated Gates

KS8L Plug n Sense
Cable and End Cap
What has been described as one of the most signifi­cant advancements in gate safety installation tech­nology has established a strong position in the UK since its launch last October by EGD Distribution. 

KS8L Plug n Sense
8.2k Resistor and End Cap
ASO Safety Solutions spent nine months developing the latest ASO Plug ’N’ Sense System for safety edges, which has cut installation time and provides the most effective self‐assembly safety edge system of its kind on the market.

 There is no need for costly glue sets anymore as the system uses a sophisticated plug connection that has its own expanding sealant with clip-on caps to complete the construction.

GEF65SK 65mm
Safety Edge Profile
 It now takes as little as two minutes to self‐as­semble a safety edge ready for fitting, helping gate installations meet key requirements for Safety Cat­egory 3 according to BS EN Standards & Machinery Directive guidelines.

GEF 45SK 45mm
Safety Edge Profile
EGD Distribution supply the separate parts in individ­ual kit boxes with their own instructions printed on the outside. 

By packaging this way we eliminate the possibility of confusion for the installer and reduce any training time. Again, an­other element to make self‐assembly faster and to ensure that it is correctly carried out.

See how easy this system is to use - view video.
Training for Machinery Directive guidelines and UK gate legislation is now available from EGD, as well as full ASO product assembly and fitting workshops. Please call EGD on 0845 054 5070 to arrange free training.




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Monday, 12 March 2012

Is your "Radio Security" up to Scratch?

Product Focus: Prastel SECURE Radio Systems

With so many "cloning" radio remote control products hitting the market these days it can be very confusing and difficult to know if your installations are "secure". For example, an installer may believe he has installed and commissioned a high security gate system with all appropriate physical security but may have overlooked one simple thing - Radio security!

Many products are available in the UK market now that offer cloning facilities of existing fixed code (and now rolling code) radio remotes. All that is needed is an existing remote from the site, or very brief access to the radio receiver to enable un-authorised remotes to be learnt in to the system and used without the prior knowledge of the installer, Site Management Company, or end user.

This can lead to un-authorised, non-audited access to sites and can result in the loss of property or damage.

The secure range of Prastel radio transmitters and access control products provides the solution to combat this growing issue. They are able to offer a unique SECURE coding system which not only employs rolling code technology but also utilises installer/site coding systems to prevent the possibility of remote control & receiver cloning. Using the provided PC programmer device an installer can quickly establish a safe & secure radio system unique to their company that cannot be copied by anyone else.

For more information contact EGD Distribution on 0845 054 5070 or visit www.egduk.com 




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Affordable Handsfree Access

Nortech, a UK based manufacturer of access control equipment for personnel and vehicles, has the ideal and cost-effective solution for virtually any access problem.

uPass enabled Parking Barrier
One of the latest products added to its comprehensive range is the uPASS Reach, which comes courtesy of a Nortech technology partner, Nedap AVI.

The uPASS Reach uses the latest UHF Technology to ensure an incredibly reliable read range up to 4 metres (12ft). The IP65 rated reader works with passive tags that are both battery and maintenance free. This ensures an incredibly cost effective and enduring solution for vehicle access.

UHF Windshield Tag
The combination of uPASS and Nortech's access controller range provides simple and affordable hands-free vehicle access, suitable for a range of applications, from single car park entry to a large integrated system.

uPass Reach Reader
Nortech only distributes industry leading products alongside its own offerings. The uPASS Reach boasts simple installation and high security capabilities making it a perfect fit for Nortech's own access range.

Rod Munn, Nortech's General Manager states, 'The new Nedap UHF product line fully complements Nortech's current offerings for vehicle access. We endeavour to provide our customers with innovative access products using the latest technology and this product certainly fits the bill.'

For more information please visit our website: www.nortechcontrol.com or contact a member of our sales team on 01633 485533. 




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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Cost of Motoring is Putting UK Lives at Risk Finds New Survey

British drivers are cutting back on vital motoring checks to help them save money, despite the recent wintry weather, says major new survey.

A new survey of over 2,300 motorists has found many are now risking their lives to save money on their car maintenance costs - 1 in 3 have delayed servicing because of the costs involved and 1 in 5 have put off changing bald tyres, despite the recent icy conditions.

The survey, for car hire comparator Carrentals.co.uk, questioned drivers across the country on their motoring expenditure in the current financial climate, and also found that over 1 in 10 have now changed their car insurance from comprehensive to third party to help them save money.

60% of drivers questioned said that they don't even get their tyres checked in preparation for wintry conditions, while over 80% don't get their brakes checked because of the costs involved.

The survey also found that 1 in 10 have delayed changing their brakes/brake pads because of the expense, causing real danger for themselves and other drivers on Britain's roads.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: "Many people are having to cut back their expenses in the current financial climate, and motoring is one area that can incur hefty costs. Unfortunately it is also one that can directly affect the safety of not just the driver, but other motorists and road users.

"The past couple of winters have seen treacherous conditions on our roads, so drivers should think carefully about what they cut back on. Car maintenance and checks are vital at any time of the year. It's far better to save money by buying fewer clothes or missing a night out, rather than delaying a service or tyre change, which can result in lives being put at risk."

Nearly 1 in 3 drivers questioned said they had changed their car to a model that is cheaper to run over the last two years, underlining the increasing financial pressures faced by many people. Over 56% also said they have now switched their car servicing from an authorised dealer to a cheaper, independent garage to help them save money.

Rescue cover is also being hit, with 1 in 10 saying they have cancelled their service over the last 12 months, while 3% said they have driven without insurance because they couldn't afford to pay for it when it was up for renewal. 

"The survey highlighted just how many people are now trying to cut back on their expenditure," adds Gareth. "While for many having a car is vital for their daily life, they are increasingly looking for ways to cut back the costs associated with driving, be that safe changes such as buying a more economical vehicle, or the more dangerous cuts in maintenance. Safety has to be paramount, so we would ask anyone needing to save money to think carefully about where and how they cut their expenses."

To compare car rental charges from major providers for your next getaway to sunnier climes, visit www.carrentals.co.uk . 




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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Doctors urge motorists with diabetes to 'steer clear' of driving licence scaremongering

DOCTORS are reassuring the UK's growing number of people with diabetes that changes to the way driving licences are issued will not spell the end of their days behind the wheel.

The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) is urging motorists who are diagnosed with diabetes to 'steer clear' of scaremongers who claim that as many as one million drivers may be forced off the roads as a result of a new European directive.

"The changes are not as far-reaching as many people had feared and focus in the main on people who have had two episodes of hypoglycaemia, and required medical intervention as a result, within a 12 month period," said ABCD national committee member Dr Ian Gallen, a consultant diabetologist at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and an advisor of diabetes driving issues.

"So far relatively few licences have been revoked because of the change in definition of severe hypoglycaemia.

"However, what is deemed to be a hypoglycaemic episode can be confusing and open to misinterpretation. As a result it is absolutely vital that the exact nature of each episode is closely explored by a specialist in diabetes as part of the medical assessment.

"This approach will protect the safety of all road users, including the patient, while at the same time ensuring that the driver with diabetes is not disadvantaged by confusion over what is, and what is not, a hypoglycaemic episode."

The new EU directive also contains good news for insulin-treated diabetics who want to drive lorries and large minibuses as they will now be able to apply for the appropriate licence for the first time.

ABCD, which represents more than 500 consultant physicians and registrars specialising in the condition, is currently working with the DVLA to set up a network of expert assessors, and develop a set of safety standards, to help introduce this new initiative as smoothly as possible.

"With our support and guidance, we look forward to the first member of the insulin-treated diabetes community driving these vehicles safely on the nation's roads," said Dr Gallen. "This is an important development and a new era for them. It adds an extra dimension to their employment opportunities, which we strongly support." 




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Thursday, 8 March 2012

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Classified Page Layout
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The Door Industry Journal has a combined print and digital circulation currently reaching around 15,000 readers. The circulation reaches manufacturers, distributors, merchants, architectural ironmongers, locksmiths, architects, specifiers, facilities managers in addition to installers and repairers of garage doors, industrial doors and powered gates.

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Media Pack 2012
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