Monday, 30 April 2012

Silvelox Overlap - Trackless Sectional Garage Door


A unique two panel system like no other.

 


Silvelox, the manufacturer of some of the world’s finest garage doors, has announced two firsts for the company: the introduction of a new door technology and the decision to give garage door providers the opportunity to act as resellers.

In a major departure from the company’s standard business model, Silvelox is inviting expressions of interest from businesses to act as resellers for the significant new technology – known as Overlap – and benefit from association with this prestigious manufacturer.
  
What of Overlap itself? 
Well, there is a strong clue in the name, because the technology involves splitting the garage door into two panels and overlapping one panel above the other as the door is raised. The result is an overhead panel door that gives minimal intrusion into the garage itself. So little intrusion in fact that there is no need for the guide rails that create so many problems in traditional overhead doors, even the motor is integrated invisibly in to the head of the frame.

Not only does Overlap take up less space within the body of the garage, it also allows you to use more of the door opening height. In fact, in the open position, the underside of the raised door is just 180mm below the top of the frame, which will usually mean the structural opening is reduced even less. A small difference perhaps but it may mean vehicles traditionally too high for a given door opening can now be accommodated.

The minimal intrusion of the Overlap technology also opens the way for the use of overhead doors on non-standard spaces, say with oblique access (see below).

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The absence of ceiling guides means that awkward overhead beams and vaulted spaces are no longer a barrier to a Silvelox door.

Furthermore, Overlap technology allows the vehicle to park closer to the door than ever before, both inside and outside the garage, because of the minimal sweep of the split panels as they raise or lower.

A boon for the shorter garage or where the garage entrance is close to the highway.

Watch the door in operation on YouTube below - you will be amazed at how it works, we were!



Choosing Overlap from Silvelox not only frees you from the need for intrusive tracks and saves you precious extra space, it opens up a world of choice in the finish to your new garage door. The name Silvelox has long been synonymous with the finest garage doors and the full range of Silvelox finishes is available for Overlap doors, including their exclusive Multi-Ecowood panels. Solid timber doors are possible with Overlap because the technology can handle doors that would be too heavy for traditional mechanisms.

Choice is further enhanced by the ability to add windows panels for improved vision and the ability to let natural light into your garage. Ventilation grilles (circular or rectangular) can also be inserted into Overlap doors.


As if all this were not enough Overlap technology is virtually maintenance free. An easy thing to claim perhaps, but Silvelox back this claim with a full ten year guarantee. 





Opportunities like this do not come along very often. Overlap is a totally new type of garage door that will appeal to a wide range of users, including many who may previously have thought that Silvelox quality was beyond their reach. 

If you supply garage doors and have wished you could offer the Silvelox brand to your customers, this is the chance you have been waiting for.

Ring Silvelox today on 0800 915 1019 and ask about becoming an Overlap supplier, alternatively email them at sales@silvelox.co.uk . 




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Sunday, 29 April 2012

THE ALL-NEW MINI ROADSTER














  • First two-seater convertible sports car from MINI 
  • Robust all-season fabric roof with semi-automatic operation 
  • Typically MINI: distinctive design with extensive personalisation programme, outstanding driving performance 
  • Four-model engine line-up; three petrol, one diesel 
  • Built in Britain at Plant Oxford 
  • On sale now priced from £18,020 OTR

The critically acclaimed MINI family is expanding again. Hot on the wheels of the stunning Coupé comes the launch of the sixth unique model in the line-up, the eagerly anticipated and all-new MINI Roadster.

 
MINI continues to rewrite the rulebook; this is the first open-topped two-seater in the company’s history. The cutting-edge design is typically MINI – an authentic re-interpretation of a classic motoring concept. 


This latest model offers the fun of driving a taut-handling roadster, with all the character of MINI. And being built at Plant Oxford means it can justifiably claim to be a spiritual successor to the traditional British roadsters of old.
 
The semi-automatic operation of the tailored soft-top roof means rapid opening and closing, and it doesn’t affect the MINI Roadster’s practicality in any way. This is a versatile two-seater with a stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats, generous 240-litre luggage area and through-loading system.

The MINI Roadster is the first premium model of its kind in the small car segment, offering buyers a unique package that will bring the joy of MINI ownership to a passionate and demanding group of new customers.

 
Selling alongside the Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman and Coupé, the MINI Roadster will arrive in UK showrooms next spring. As with the recently launched MINI Coupé, all variants of the MINI Roadster carry the Cooper name in their model titles. 


Full details of standard and optional equipment on each will be released nearer the launch. A wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will be available.

Find out more at www.mini.co.uk 




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Saturday, 28 April 2012

FORMULA 1 FAN?

If you are, why not head to Pau for its Grand Prix and while there see the wonders of the Pays Basque and the Béarn Countyside. Mix motoring fun with the great outdoors! 

The Grand Prix that will take place in Pau from the 11th to the 13th of May is the perfect opportunity to discover the beautiful region of the Pays Basque & Béarn.

As Pau welcomes car enthusiasts from all over the world by hosting this key occasion in the automobile calendar, it will be turned into a motoring heaven as a number of events will be taking place over the days preceding the Grand Prix. 

For instance, the Grand Prix Historique will showcase classic cars as part of its “Circuit in the City” on the 5th and 6th of May.

For more information, please visit www.grandprixdepau.com
and for local accomodation read the full article here.

Alternatively, visit www.holidaylettings.co.uk/pau for more local accomodation or for a bit of peace and quiet away from the town, take a look at www.mascaraas.com but be quick as places are going fast. 




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Friday, 27 April 2012

SWS UK Announce Winner of Prize Draw Held at their Recent Open Days

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout February and March trade customers were invited to a sneak preview of SWS UK's new look at a number of specialist seminars held at their offices in Lancaster and various other locations across the country.
 
The image above shows SWS UKs Regional Sales Manager Philip Cooper presenting James Taylor of Secure Door Services, the winner of the prize draw held at the seminars, with an Ipad. 
 
The draw was open to all attendees who filled in a feedback form at the recent open days/specialist seminars in Lancaster, Coventry, London and Weston-Super-Mare. James who attended the Coventry event was the lucky winner. 
 
To find our more about SWS UKs product range visit www.sws.co.uk
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Making the Pre Qualification Tender Process Easier

 
  • Do you find yourself spending more and more time submitting H&S documentation for Pre Qualification Tender documentation? 
  •  Are you confused about what H&S Assessment Schemes you need –SMAS Worksafe, CHAS, Exor, Constructionline etc?
Hopefully, SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) can make life a little easier.
 
Background:
 
Clients and Principal Contractors have a responsibility under H&S legislation (Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007) to ensure that any sub contractors they employ have appropriate H&S systems in place.
 
To comply with this responsibility, they either send out their own Pre Qualification Questionnaire and complete an assessment in-house or ask contractors to provide a valid H&S Scheme certificate, such as CHAS or SMAS Worksafe.
 
Whilst sending in a Scheme certificate saves a lot of time for both the Contractor and the Client, not all Clients ask for the same Scheme. This means that often contractors are required to obtain certificates from a number of Schemes – incurring a duplication of effort and cost.
 
Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP):
 
The revised Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, which came into force in April 2007, introduced the Stage 1 Core Criteria for assessing health and safety competence of contractors and consultants working in the construction industry. The introduction of these competence criteria provided an opportunity for existing Health and Safety prequalification schemes to build a common assessment standard.
 
As a result and with the support of the HSE, the SSIP Forum was created with the aim of cutting out duplication and costs in the pre Qualification process.
 
All SSIP Forum Member Schemes (www.ssip.org.uk) assess to the CDM Core Criteria and are audited annually by an independent Auditor appointed by SSIP to ensure quality standards are maintained. As a result, all SSIP Schemes are happy to recognise each other’s certificates. (See notes below regarding Constructionline.)
 
In effect this means that if you have gone through an assessment with a recognised SSIP Scheme you should not need to go through another full assessment with another SSIP recognised Scheme whilst your certificate remains valid. Instead, if you need to, you simply need to register and validate your original certificate with the other Scheme(s) at a much reduced rate.
 
Alongside the mutual recognition process, SSIP are also looking to educate Principal Contractors and Clients that they can save money and reduce administration by adopting an SSIP approach to Stage 1 assessments – simply asking contractors to provide a valid and in date certificate from any recognised SSIP Scheme. This will free up their resources to concentrate on the Stage 2 and on-site assessments.


Read on to find out more about the benefits and costs involved.....

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Low Cost Web Based Surveillance for Home or Office from Jabbakam

The latest crime survey statistics show that there were 479,000 reported incidents of car theft in the 12 months to June 2010.

So, if your clients insist on leaving the car on their drive instead of safe and secure in the garage and  want to make sure their wheels are safe and secure while they’re out, recommend a Jabbakam (£59.95, www.jabbakam.com) to act as their eyes and ears.

Jabbakam  is a simple plug and play IP security camera, which works hand in hand with a social networking site, very much like Facebook and can easily keep an eye on a garage or driveway.

No need to be a computer expert, simply attach the camera to the router and a power source, point it at a particular space, login to www.jabbakam.com and it’s up and running.

Jabbakam allows users to view recorded footage remotely, on Internet-connected PCs, laptops, smartphones or PDAs from anywhere in the world, using a secure platform that ensures only authorised network members can view the footage they have been given permission to view.



Find out more at www.jabbakam.com





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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Legbud Announce New Garage Doors Brochure

 
Legbud are pleased to announce the launch of their new 2012 brochure which showcases a number of new products including:
 
  • New canopy gear
  • New premium designs available as a canopy or retractable
  • New timber range
  • New openers compatible not only with retractables; but also with side-hinged and wicket doors
 
View the brochure online in turning pages format or to download your copy in PDF format visit this link.

For more information or to request a printed copy, please contact Legbud UK on 0121 749 3699, visit the website at www.legbud.co.uk or to arrange a meeting call Matt Berry on 07900 943 262.
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, 23 April 2012

ADAMS RITE ADDRESSES CRIME WITH ANTI-SNAP CYLINDER

In response to industry demand, following a rise in lock snapping, Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, has plans to launch an Anti-Snap Euro Profile Cylinder.

The forthcoming enhancement to Adams Rite’s commercial door opening solutions, will offer anti-snapping capability as part of a PAS24 and BS EN 1627-tested doorset. This ensures doorsets’ resilience against to casual or opportunist attack via brute force and manipulation, as well as cylinder snapping methods.

With three innovative defences, the cylinder features a front section, which will snap off upon attempted break-in. Hardened grip deflectors then make gripping the rest of the cylinder more difficult. The final line of defence, the hardened, re-enforced bar, is designed not to snap, but to flex in a way that will defeat most attempts at forced entry.


In addition to these new fortifications, the Adams Rite Euro Profile has all the features of the original Kitemarked Euro Profile cylinder, including anti-drill, anti-screw, anti-bump and anti-pick protection, offering a robust component for a doorset.


 Andy Stolworthy, Product Manager for Adams Rite, said: “Anti-snap cylinders represent the next generation of enhancement for doorset security, and helps to meet the requirements under PAS24 and BS EN 1627 testing. Offering additional security options will aid trade professionals in securing lucrative contracts, as cylinder snapping is an increasing concern amongst building owners and managers, with specification requirements reflecting this in the demand for anti-snapping solutions.

“The latest cylinders will also meet attack resistance for PAS 24 and BS EN 1303: 2005. Offering locksmiths opportunities in the replacement market, whether a project incorporates security doorsets or not, every building could benefit from improved security, and the easy to fit cylinders are an ideal upgrade.”


Adams Rite is the leading supplier of aluminium door locking, electric locking and escape devices. 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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Sunday, 22 April 2012

BLIMP TAKES FLIGHT TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY

Goodyear has announced the return of its global brand icon as it continues to educate motorists on the importance of road safety.


The Goodyear Blimp will take flight from mid March until July to embark on a nationwide tour in support of the tyre brand's planned road safety initiatives.

Named the Spirit of Safety, the airship will deliver road safety messages as it underlines the importance of The Highway Code with particular emphasis placed on young driver education.

A renewed media partnership with Sky Sports will also reach out to a worldwide sporting audience as the Goodyear Blimp flies over major Premier League football matches as well as International cricket, golf and rugby.

Eddy Geerdink, Goodyear's marketing director, said:

"We are delighted to bring back the Goodyear Blimp as it takes the lead on a number of road safety initiatives. The Blimp is an integral part of our ongoing communications with drivers and their families as we look to promote the importance of tyre safety with motorists."

The Goodyear Blimp has graced the skies for more than 85 years. It has established a reputation for being a "guardian angel" for the brand, which symbolises the work of Goodyear's innovation centres to help improve road safety.

To find out more visit www.goodyearblimp.co.uk. 




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Friday, 20 April 2012

May Day call for tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging anyone who has still not done their 2010/11 tax return to send it online before the end of April, or be charged daily penalties from 1st May.

Anyone whose Self Assessment return is more than three months late will now be charged a further £10 penalty for each day it remains outstanding, up to a maximum of 90 days. This is on top of the £100 late-filing penalty they have already received.

This means people who file their 2010/11 return online on or after 1st May will be liable to daily penalties, as the deadline for these was 31st January. Daily penalties for paper returns began on 1st February, as paper returns were due by the earlier deadline of 31st October.

Looking ahead, further penalties of at least £300 (or 5 per cent of the tax due, if that is more) will be issued for returns that are 6 and 12 months late.

Anyone who’s received a late-filing penalty, hasn’t yet sent a return, but thinks they don’t need to be in Self Assessment, should call HMRC on 0845 900 0444. If HMRC agrees, the return and any penalty will be cancelled. Visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/latetaxreturn for further information.

HMRC’s Stephen Banyard said: “We want the returns and not penalties. So, if you haven’t sent us your 2010/11 return, you need to do one of two things urgently – either send it online by 30th April, or call us if you think you shouldn’t have to complete one.”


Produced from a press release issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office on 19th April 2012 




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Thursday, 19 April 2012

'Madonna generation' of women aged over 50 defy jobs recession

In its latest Work Audit report, published yesterday, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) looks at how the jobs recession that began in 2008 has affected men and women across the age spectrum:

The report Age, gender and the jobs recession, which is based on official statistics from the Labour Force Survey, finds:

• There are 271,000 (8%) more women aged 50-64 in the labour market than at the start of the recession and 200,000 (6.2%) more in work. The number of men in this age group in employment has risen by only 3,000.

• Women aged 50-64, and men and women aged 65 and over are the only age groups to have registered an increase in both the number in work and employment rates since the start of the jobs recession and have also registered the smallest increases in unemployment.

• People aged 25-34 are the only other age group to see a rise in employment over the course of the jobs recession, with the number in work increasing by 249,000 (4%), much of the increase likely to be due to inward migration.

• Across all age groups there are 387,000 fewer men in work (a net fall of 2.4%) than in the first quarter of 2008. By contrast the number of women in work is only 8,000 (0.05%) lower. 
Read the full report and gain access to downloads on the CIPD website. 
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Automatic door operator takes heat off kitchen staff

Fireco Ltd the UK's leading specialist in ironmongery and access control products, has supplied and installed an automatic door at multi-award winning Orwell's restaurant near Henley-on-Thames that is proving to be a great success with both waiters and kitchen staff.

The Global Automatics Premier-Slide automatic door, that replaces a cumbersome solid wooden door, ensures easy access to and from the kitchen, providing a versatile, practical solution that integrates beautifully with the interior of the building.

Restaurant owner Ryan Simpson says he is 'delighted with the new door that has proved to be very convenient for everybody at Orwell's. Our waiters no longer have to struggle with the door or use their backs to push it open, with the risk of causing an accident.'

Fireco, are specialists in simple, effective services and solutions for fire safety management, are suppliers and installers of a comprehensive range of ironmongery and access control products, door retainers and safety solutions, including their award winning fire safety products Dorgard X and Freedor.

For product information please contact Fireco Ltd.

t: 0845 241 7474
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Legbud Announce New Products and Designs!

Following numerous requests from customers for a good quality reasonably priced Canopy door, Legbud has added them to their range.

At present, they have in stock both 7066 and 7070 horizontal and vertical white canopy doors with or without a 60mm frame from just £385 (list price). 

Delivery time for these models is around a week and from next month, they will have expanded the range to stock virtually all standard sizes.

The new canopy doors have a smooth opening action which is achieved with spring assisted arms lifted by a reliable cable and drum system. 


Also included is an anti-drop feature which, in the unlikely event of a cable failure, prevents the door falling. The system is fully compliant with all European legislation and all doors are CE marked. 

Premium Doors: 

Legbud has also expanded the range of Premium doors.

The popular wide ribbed design is now available non-insulated and if required on their new canopy gear - (see picture above). Delivery is currently 4-6 weeks from order.

Premium doors are available in - Non-insulated Canopy, Non-insulated Retractable and Insulated Retractable. 

Available colours are -  White, Golden Oak, Dark Oak, Metallic Black and Graphite.

See below for the new range which is available on both canopy and retractable gear, with optional Ekstra styling.

 










For more information contact Legbud UK on 0121 749 3699, visit the website at www.legbud.co.uk or to arrange a meeting call Matt Berry on 07900 943 262.


 





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Monday, 16 April 2012

The Countdown is on to Securefast 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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Sunday, 15 April 2012

A Magnificent Series of no less than 22 Ferraris go up for Auction


More Ferrari Competition Greats added to RM's Glittering Monaco sale ....

  • RM Auctions announces latest entries for forthcoming Monaco sale, 11th–12th May
  • Catalogue headlined by a magnificent series of no less than 22 Ferraris, spanning 60 years of production
  • Latest Ferrari highlights include a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider, a 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder, a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider and an ex-Schumacher 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 racing car

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce a superb roster of incredible new Ferrari consignments for its forthcoming Monaco sale at the Grimaldi Forum, 11–12 May.

To view select videos, visit the RM YouTube channel

Scheduled during the same weekend as the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the highly anticipated RM sale has seen an unprecedented number of historic racing cars joining the ranks of fine sports and road machinery.

Continuing its standing as the global leader in the presentation of important Ferraris at auction, RM is now able to confirm a string of additional significant Ferraris for the sale, headlined by one of the two 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spiders ever built and a delectable 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder, offered for sale for the first time in over 40 years.

Other notable entries include a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider and an ex-Michael Schumacher Ferrari Formula One Racing Car from the 2000 season. In total, no less than 22 examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse, spanning 60 years of production, will go under the hammer at the May sale.

To view select videos, visit the RM YouTube channel.

For further information on the upcoming sale, including afrequently updated list of auction offerings, please visit www.rmauctions.com or contact RM’s London office on 020 7851 7070. 

Photo credit: 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider (credit – Ron Kimball © 2012 courtesy RM Auctions) 




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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Coventry to celebrate car heritage with a free motoring extravaganza

Coventry will be going car crazy this summer with a celebration of the city’s motoring heritage set to take place on Saturday 9th June.

Coventry Car Day, which is being organised by Coventry University, will celebrate the great cars of the past and present – particularly those with a link to the city – and will look ahead to the vehicles of the future.

A host of prestigious cars – including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Jaguars – will be lined up in University Square (opposite the cathedral steps) and around the University’s new £32m student building, The Hub – which will also play host to a motor industry careers fair and symposium on the future of the car.

Autocar magazine editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, who is a visiting professor at the University, will chair a free-to-attend questions and answers session in the afternoon with a panel of automotive industry experts. The event will also mark the return of the annual Bugatti Lecture.

Coventry Car Day will feature:
  • a free motor show with a host of cars from marques such as Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Ariel;
  • a Q&A session for members of the public to ask questions and share thoughts with automotive industry luminaries;  
  • a symposium (for which tickets will be sold) to debate the future of the car, with a keynote speech from former Jaguar chief executive Sir John Egan;    
  • a motor industry careers fair offering advice from employers and industry bodies on automotive careers. 

Andrew Noakes, associate senior lecturer on the Automotive Journalism MA degree at Coventry University, said:

"This is going to be a fantastic free day out for car fans in Coventry. It will be exciting to see some new cars fresh from the Geneva motor show, and a host of other cars vintage and modern. The careers event will be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to work in the motor industry, with free advice from automotive employers and our team from the University.”

Brian Clough, senior lecturer in Automotive Design, added:

“Coventry graduates drive car design at all kinds of car companies, from Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin to Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan and Ford. We’re delighted to be bringing some of them back to the city for the symposium to debate the future of the car.”

For further information, please visit the website or contact Alex Roache, External Press & Media Relations Officer, Coventry University, on 024 7679 5050 or email alex.roache@coventry.ac.uk. 




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Friday, 13 April 2012

Carl F Groupco T-Fold makes life easy for Manufacturers

Carl F Groupco has announced that its fully inclusive folding sliding door hardware kit designed specifically for timber bi-fold doors has been branded the ‘T-Fold’. Promoted as the first of its kind, the T-Fold package provides all the hardware needed for timber bi-fold manufacturers in one box. 
 
Add on packages for additional door leaves are also available.The initiative that provides complementary components for a harmonised hardware solution has been researched and manufactured in the UK. It has been developed to offer timber joinery manufacturers full flexibility when designing bespoke folding sliding door and frame details. 
 
Key benefits of the T-Fold are that it simplifies and speeds up the product ordering process for timber joinery manufacturers. Included in the base pack, which is a three leaf set, are nine hinges, stainless steel pull handle, shoot bolt assembly, roller and guide sets, top / bottom tracks with track entry cover and track adapter jamb. Top quality materials are used throughout, providing a superior finish and durable components. 
 
The only information required when ordering is the door width and leaf configuration. Furniture and locking mechanisms to complete the door are available from the hardware supplier.
 
Carl F Groupco are window and door hardware specialists including ventilation, consumables and tools, for more information, please contact Clare White or visit the website .
 
Phone: 01733 393330
 
Mailing Address: Carl F Groupco Limited, Culley Court, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6WA

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

New Joint Venture Opens Doors

Novoferm and Cardale are pleased to announce the merger of their UK based businesses. This will be effective from the 20th April 2012. 

This joining of forces of one of the World`s Premier Producer of Garage Doors, Novoferm /Sanwa, and Cardale offers the ideal combination of British bespoke manufacturing and European volume production of all types of garage doors.

Novoferm and Cardale will operate as Novoferm UK Ltd but both brands will be retained. Cardale excels at special sizes, quick turnaround, special colours, UK popular designs, UK popular materials. Novoferm excels at sectional doors in many different designs and finishes and volume production of standard sized doors.

The combination of these two businesses will be a formidable player in the UK Garage Door Market. 

The business will be headed jointly by Steve Hobbs and Jeremy Baker who both remain shareholders as will Novoferm Group in this new Joint Venture.“This Joint Venture offers real alternatives to the UK market. The JV will be greater than the sum of its parts.” States Steve Hobbs joint MD.


Novoferm is part of the Sanwa Group, a world leading manufacturer of entrance systems through a global network of 107 Companies and thousands of Approved Distribution Partners. Founded over 50 years ago, with sales in over 60 countries totaling more than 2.5 Billion Euros and around 9000 employees, Sanwa Group provides everything from Garage Doors, Industrial Doors, Door and Gate Automation, Roller Shutters, Shop Front Entrances as well as Steel Fire Doors.

For more information on each company, visit www.Novoferm.co.uk or  www.cardale.co.uk . 




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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Householders call in security professionals following BBC lock snapping exposé

Householders concerned about the security of their homes are calling in locksmiths, installers and security professionals for advice following a number of BBC programmes on lock cylinder snapping, according to the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) and the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF).

In one programme it was revealed that more than a quarter of all burglaries in West Yorkshire are being committed by criminals using snapping techniques. It showed how euro cylinders in external doors can be forced in under a minute.




Secured by Design, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ crime prevention initiative, has worked with the UK door and window industry on a new standard for lock cylinders and security hardware, such as handles.

The standard has been developed by the DHF and the GGF with consultation and support from other leading industry associations. The new domestic lock cylinder and hardware standard -Technical Specification 007 (TS 007) - has now been published and lock cylinders and hardware are currently undergoing testing to TS 007.

Said DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding: “Locksmiths and installers need to be aware that there’s likely to be an upsurge in inquiries from householders wanting their locks to be checked following the BBC programmes. At one stage the online BBC news story about lock snapping featured in the ten most viewed UK news websites. So it has triggered a great deal of consumer interest in home security.”

The TS 007 Kitemark security retrofit standard features enhanced security performance requirements for replacement lock cylinders and associated security hardware such as handles. The correct combination of lock cylinders and protective handles or hardware that carry the Kitemark to TS 007 will resist cylinder snapping, bumping and other forms of cylinder attack.

The new TS 007 specification has been modelled on the cylinder security requirements of the long established PAS 24, the security “gold standard” for domestic doors that come pre-fitted with security locking systems.

The TS 007 standard incorporates the use of a Kitemark symbol and star ratings that range from one to three stars. TS 007 is designed as a three star solution. Security can be achieved by either a combination of a cylinder (marked with one star) and security door furniture such as a strengthened door handle (marked with two stars); or a “super cylinder” (marked with three stars) that successfully resists snap attack. In both cases, the same degrees of resistance against attack will be provided.

For more information, visit:

http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/downloads/pub194.pdf.






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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

FAAC to Reveal First Hybrid Barrier at IFSEC

FAAC will be unveiling its first hybrid powered barrier range at this year’s IFSEC exhibition, Hall 4 Stand C10 NEC Birmingham. Combining the high performance and reliability of hydraulics with the flexibility and safety benefits of a 24v motor, the B680 barrier is ideal for a wide variety of commercial applications with high volumes of traffic.

With twice as much power than an electromechanical barrier, the B680 can operate beams up to 8 metres in length and, with fewer moving parts, it is more economical to maintain. An oil-bath lubrication system reduces the wear of the mechanical components, resulting in a longer life span and less operating noise.

Helping installers to comply with current European standards, the B680 features an integrated encoder which monitors the position of the beam and instructs the barrier to reverse if an obstacle is detected. The beam speed can be adjusted through the integrated control board, providing precise control over beam movement.

For increased safety and visibility, the B680 is available with cabinet and beam dual-coloured LED lights.
Also on the stand will be the innovative A140 AIR automatic door system which offers energy savings of up to 40% compared with standard automatic door systems, helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. Unlike standard automatic doors, which often stay open much longer than necessary, the A140 uses information from a sensor to optimise opening/closing times, reducing air loss and energy consumed by internal air-conditioning and heating systems.

For applications requiring a wider opening, the A140 AIR is now available with telescopic leaves, providing the perfect space-saving solution. In many cases the A140 can be retro-fitted to an existing automatic door system by simply replacing the internal components in the operator.

With more than 40 years’ experience, FAAC is a world leader in gate and door automation. The company has manufacturing and development facilities in Italy and Ireland and distributes its products in more than 90 countries. Within the UK, FAAC (UK) based in Basingstoke is the market leader in residential and commercial markets, which it serves through a national network of 800 approved installers, all trained to FAAC’s high standards. 





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Monday, 9 April 2012

Fire Safety Roles and Responsibilities

Fire Safety doesn't leap immediately to mind as a top priority for many companies. But as we all know, fire kills and even in the least severe of cases it can cause extensive damage to buildings which could put the company permanently out of business.

The latest national statistics and analysis provided by the Fire and Rescue Services in the United Kingdom state that in 2010-11, there were 388 fire-related deaths in Britain, 28 fewer than in 2009-10. Nineteen people died and there were 1,200 injuries in fires in buildings other than domestic dwellings. The highest number recorded was 1,096 deaths in 1979. Through the 1980s and 1990s there was a general downward trend. The 2010-11 figures are at the lowest level since the late 1950s, however, we must not get complacent when it comes to this destructive force.

It is not clear why there has been a general downward trend in fire related deaths but it can be perhaps attributed to better fire related legislation, greater awareness of fire and improved fire precautions.

The fire safety legislation in the UK changed on the 1st October 2006 with the introduction of "The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005" (RRO). This regulation places the responsibility for ensuring the health safety and welfare of employees and others on the employer. Consequently in order to comply with the legislation it is imperative that a responsible person in all organisations compile a written risk assessment outlining the hazards associated with fire from both work activities and hazards found within the workplace. (In Scotland the regulations are slightly different and are known as the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the above responsibility is imposed on the employer.

Under the previous legislation a fire officer would generally provide you with a lot of free advice and direction, their approach is now less that of an advisor and more of an enforcer. The RRO places the onus on the "responsible person" to ensure that their premises are suitable, and give them ownership of the problem rather than rely on guidance and direction from fire officers.

So who is the responsible person? Where there is an employer, it will be the employer, but others also have duties placed upon them, and this is often overlooked. Many Landlords do not realise that the Order applies to them, as well as the occupiers of the premises. When a landlord/owner is responsible for a building occupied by more than one occupier, even in the case of flats and other residential property, they are responsible for ensuring compliance with those aspects that are not under the effective control of the occupiers, for example, public areas. 
 
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The Order also states"duties are also imposed on any other person for whom the workplace is to any extent, under his control". It also states that "where a person has, by virtue of any contract or tenancy, an obligation of any extent in relation to the maintenance or repair of any premises, including anything in or on the premises; or the safety of any premises, that person is to be treated as the person who has control of the premises to the extent that his obligation so extends".

In a nutshell, a person has "control" of premises if they have any repair or maintenance obligations or any responsibilities relating to safety. This could be the owner, the occupier or the managing agents. This means it is possible for a building to have more than one responsible person, for example, if a building owner lets out one floor to a tenant, then the building owner will be the responsible person for the whole building, except the floor let to the tenant. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises, there is a requirement that all must take reasonable steps to work with each other on aspects of fire safety.

Organisations and businesses can appoint competent individuals to undertake the assessment and implement the necessary fire precautions on their behalf, and indeed many do as it can save time, however the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the premises is safe lies with the employer.

The assessment should identify any key areas within your premises where a fire may develop and outline how the risks are controlled. For example, there should be a suitable means of detecting a fire in place, which gives adequate warning to all occupants of the building. The type of system will often vary and will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis, as it will depend on the size of the building, number of rooms within the premises, number of persons occupying the building, or whether the building is used for sleeping, out of hours work, etc. Any system that is installed into your premises whether it is a simple domestic type smoke alarm or a fully monitored system will need to be tested on a regular basis to ensure that it works when required. In order to demonstrate to any third party such as a fire officer, that the alarm is being tested, suitable written records should be maintained and kept in an accessible location.

Consideration should also be given within the assessment to how individuals will locate emergency escape routes and suitable signs that conform to BS5499 should be displayed in prominent locations around your premises directing people to the nearest safe exit, these signs should display the information in words and pictorially, unfortunately these may not always be seen clearly if the building was smoke logged and if necessary emergency lighting must be considered, especially in your reception area where most people are likely to be located.

When compiling your risk assessments it is important to look at all aspects of the premises especially if the building has mixed use. Fire safety within the home and within commercial property is an important issue for landlords, especially where unrelated occupiers, who live independently from one another, share common areas of the same building. I.e. domestic dwellings attached or above the commercial property.
This is known as a house of multiple occupations (HMO). This area of law is covered by both the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

If your property is classed as a HMO it will be important to determine who is responsible for testing and maintaining the smoke alarms - the landlord, agent or tenant. If the agent/landlord is to be responsible, this should be noted in the management contract. If the tenant is to be made responsible then adequate warnings should be included in the letting agreement or in an additional notice such as the tenancy agreement. An inventory and the appliance operating instruction and emergency procedures information pack should also be provided outlining the responsibility that the tenant has regarding testing of the fire alarms and any other equipment.

In commercial premises, both the landlord and the tenant normally share these responsibilities. For example, in a multi-occupied office block housing a number of employers, all tenants have responsibilities for those parts of the premises used by their employees. The landlord or managing agent must ensure fire regulations are complied with in common corridors and staircases etc and are responsible for maintaining and checking shared fire safety equipment, such as a fire alarm system covering the whole building.

If you are classed as a landlord or managing agent and have domestic premises attached to your business it will be important to discuss all fire related issues with tenants this may include: -

* Ensuring all fire appliances that are placed in common areas are tested, maintained and positioned in the correct locations at all times.
* Ensuring that fire detection is provided in all areas of high risk. This may also include the domestic living quarters.
* Ensuring that the fire alarm system is tested and maintained at prescribed intervals and can be heard clearly within the premises. I.e. in commercial and domestic premises.
* Ensuring that all tenants are familiar with the evacuation procedure and what to do if the alarm is activated during and outside of business hours.
* Undertake regular fire drills. If it is deemed necessary within your risk assessment a fire drill will need to be undertaken outside of core business hours to ensure all tenants are involved.

One requirement of the RRO regulation is to liaise with any neighbouring businesses to ensure that they are aware of your hazards and how they are controlled by you as well as ensuring that they inform you of the hazards associated with their business. This way the risk of a fire should be reduced and your business should not suffer as a consequence.

In order to protect your business from being a victim of a fire it is important to follow simple safety rules:

* Test your fire alarm on a regular basis to ensure that it will work if necessary.
* Ensure everyone knows how to escape safely in the event of a fire.
* Ensure that simple safety procedures are in place when cooking or using any naked flames.

If you are unfortunate enough to have a fire within your premises:-

* Call the fire brigade.
* Get out and stay out. 
 
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