Monday, 30 June 2014

P C Henderson sliding door gear system BIM components now available


Manufacturer of sliding door gear systems P C Henderson has announced that its range of Husky products as well as its Pocket Door systems are now available as BIM components that can be downloaded from the company website www.pchenderson.com and bimstore www.bimstore.co.uk .

Andrew Royle, UK Commercial Director at PC Henderson commented:
“We are committed to creating quality content to ensure that the specification, build process and building life cycle is supported by the manufacturer. Continual investment in R&D allows us to provide the latest, performance led solutions to answer specification demand and BIM components are crucial to this offering.”

Over the coming months the manufacturer will continue to add BIM components for all products from its vast range of sliding door gear solutions. This will be in line with the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016. By doing this, P C Henderson will be providing specifiers with the tools necessary to not only comply to these requirements, but also to create outstanding buildings delivered on time and to budget.

P C Henderson have a resident BIM expert, Philip Jones, Technical Services Manager, available to help with the specification process of their sliding door gear systems. 

The Husky models available on the bimstore include Husky 50-Bi Passing door, Husky-50 Face-Single Door, Husky-100-Bi Passing Door, Husky-110 Face Single and Husky-100 Pocket Door. Versatile and quiet, the Husky sliding door systems are ideal for wardrobe doors and room dividers. Tracks are available in galvanised steel, aluminum or anodised aluminum, coupled with nylon rollers, Husky provides a low maintenance, durable, high quality solution with the addition of optional extras such as soft stop and low headroom functions.’
Royle adds: “Our British engineered designs offer high performance solutions ideal for both new build and refurbishment projects. They can be used for a range of sectors including housing, education and retail to create space in an interior environment or to provide an indoor/outdoor experience. BIM is a hot topic in the industry, we have focused on working with knowledgeable and experienced partners to ensure that we offer BIM components that reflect the quality of Henderson products and exceed industry expectations.”

Gillian Smith, Partnership Manager at bimstore, comments: 
“bimstore are ecstatic to see another field specialist join our family of manufacturers. We are proud to have a business established as far back as 1921 giving us their vote of confidence, and believe it shows that PC Henderson are equipping themselves for the future. We are pleased PC Henderson chose us to help them progress with BIM, and look forward to continuing to do so.”

P C Henderson’s solutions can increase the interior floor space available by the use of sliding door gear systems which provide an easy access solution that is versatile and silent in use. They can be used as room dividers to create a flexible living space as well as for wardrobe doors which helps create space and allow more light into a property by opening up rooms. In addition, pocket doors glide neatly into the wall cavity to provide a modern aesthetic for dividing rooms or for use with en-suite bathrooms and cupboard doors.

All content on bimstore is built to the highest quality in accordance with industry standards and guidance. Content hosted on Bimstore meets and exceeds UK Industry Standards AEC, Bsi, PAS1192.2 together with required COBie parameters to meet UK Government standards.

For more information visit www.pchenderson.com  and  www.bimstore.co.uk 


 
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ford’s New Focus St Performs At Goodwood Festival Of Speed


The new Focus ST makes its global debut tomorrow at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – the ideal location to showcase the speed and enhanced driving dynamics of the global performance car.

The most advanced Focus ST yet offers new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification that ensure an even more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience. And for the first time, it will be offered with the choice to two powerful engines – one petrol and diesel.

The first diesel Focus ST takes day-to-day usability and sportiness to a new level by delivering the most fuel efficient and lowest CO2 Ford performance car ever; 185PS 2.0 litre TDCi achieves 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, 64.2 mpg and 114 g/km CO2.*

For customers who prefer petrol, the 250PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, fuel efficiency of 41.5 mpg and 158 g/km CO2. Both models offer Auto-Start-Stop for the first time that improves the EcoBoost version’s fuel efficiency by 6 per cent and help make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever.

“The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style – the core of Ford’s Sports Technologies DNA,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive and with the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own.”

The Focus ST also will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus – the world’s best-selling global nameplate.** The sporty and aggressive new five-door and wagon models will offer class-leading driver assistance technologies and connectivity features including the SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system.

Ford has sold more than 140,000 Focus ST models in 40 countries worldwide since the car was first launched in 2002.


Enhanced driving dynamics
Ford Team RS, the award-winning European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, made improving the entire driving experience the number one objective for the new Focus ST.

The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier new shock absorber tuning front and rear. In combination with the model-specific anti-roll bars and rear springs from the previous generation ST, these enhancements deliver an even sharper dynamic performance.

The calibration of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering and electronic vehicle control systems also has been revised to meet the specific sporting requirements of the new Focus ST.

These changes deliver:
• A quicker response from the variable ratio steering, improving turn-in and delivering better overall balance
• A new Electronic Transitional Stability function in the advanced three-stage Electronic Stability Programme. This senses vehicle stability and driver inputs, intervening as required to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed – for example in a lane-change situation
• Revised Electronic Torque Vectoring Control settings that further optimise wheel torque distribution, maximizing traction through corners and increasing agility

Power delivery refinement under hard acceleration – particularly front wheel traction and gear shift quality – is also assisted by engine mounts engineered specifically to accommodate the performance of the new Focus ST. Additionally, Ford worked with Michelin to develop a new 19-inch tyre that complements the driving dynamics, especially maximising lateral grip.

“Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics and the new Focus ST more than lives up to that pedigree,” Bakaj added. “The engineering enhancements to the suspension, steering and electronic control systems deliver greater responsiveness, agility, precision and an exhilarating driving experience – whichever powertrain you choose.”

Power of choice
The new 185PS 2.0-litre diesel engine that debuts in the new Focus ST has been optimised to deliver ST performance and character alongside fuel efficiency and everyday practicality.

The increased power output of the Focus ST 2.0-litre TDCi – a 23 per cent gain over the 150PS 2.0-litre engine in the new Focus range – is achieved by electronic calibration, a revised air intake system and a new sports-tuned exhaust.

Peak power is developed at 3,500 rpm and there is 400Nm of torque available from 2,000-2,750 rpm, enabling the new Focus ST diesel to achieve a maximum speed of 135mph. The torque output enables impressive in-gear acceleration and strong performance at low rpm. In 6th gear, acceleration from 50-75mph takes just 9.7 seconds in sixth gear, the combination of a shorter ratio and the increased power enabling the Focus ST to outpace the 150PS Focus by 2.2 seconds.

Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing technology, and high-pressure direct-injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak power is available at 5,500 rpm, 360Nm of torque is available from 2,000-4,500 rpm, and maximum speed is 154mph.

Both engines use a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shift. The gear ratios – exclusive to ST and matched individually to each engine – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.

Powerful appearance
The new Focus ST features sportier and more aggressive styling than the previous generation, with a lower, wider stance; new dynamically sculpted bonnet; slimmer headlamps and rectangular foglamps.

The sports bodykit also includes body coloured side skirts and diffuser elements either side of the exhaust, and a rear roof spoiler optimised for aerodynamic performance. All new Focus ST models feature twin-hexagonal centre tailpipes.

Black lamp bezels, ST badging and new 19-inch ST Design alloy wheels – that are available as an option – complete the look.

“Focus ST has proved very popular with Ford’s sporty customers and the new model takes that to an even more striking and dramatic level,” said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe. “The signature honeycomb upper grille has been reproportioned, there are new rectangular fog lamps in the outer apertures, and the lower fascia offers a much sharper definition and profile. At the rear, the width of the car is emphasised by a new full-width graphic.”

A new dark grey exterior paint colour called Stealth is introduced exclusively to the Focus ST. Deep Impact Blue also is new to the range that includes Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black and Race Red.

Cockpit-style cabin
Ford has redesigned the Focus interior for a more intuitive layout that also is simpler, with a clearer visual connection between the key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.

An additional bank of three gauges – an ST hallmark – is situated on the instrument binnacle and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim; a satin chrome-topped gear lever; and ST pedals deliver the interior that ST drivers expect.

Satin chrome door grab handles and illuminated aluminium scuff plates add extra touches of refinement, and sports seats developed jointly by Ford and Recaro provide the support required to fully enjoy the ST driving experience, and also are comfortable for every day driving.

The new Focus ST will be available in ST1, ST2 and ST3 trim levels. ST1 seats feature grey/charcoal/anthracite black fabric; ST2 adds partial leather with base and side bolsters available in four colours (Tangerine Scream; Performance Blue; Smoke Storm or Race Red); ST3 seats have a full charcoal black leather finish.

Advanced technologies
Driver assistance, convenience and connectivity technologies that will be introduced for the first time include the Ford SYNC 2 connectivity system. SYNC 2 offers access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones using class-leading voice control and a high-definition, 8-inch colour touchscreen that displays the ST logo on start-up.

Adaptive Front Lighting, available for the first time on the Focus ST, adjusts the intensity and angle of the Bi-Xenon HID headlamp beams according to vehicle speed, steering angle and distance to objects to provide optimal illumination. Cross Traffic Alert also is a new addition for Focus ST, and warns drivers reversing from parking spaces if other vehicles are about to cross their path.

Ford’s enhanced Active City Stop collision avoidance system – now operative at speeds of up to 31mph – readies the brakes if a potential impact is detected and – if the driver does not respond – will automatically apply the brakes. Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the Focus ST back in to lane if drifting is detected.

Available to order in Europe from autumn 2014, the first new Focus ST models are scheduled to be in dealerships from early 2015. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.



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* The declared fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets.

** The Ford Focus is the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world, based on Ford’s analysis of the latest Polk global vehicle registration data through the third quarter of 2013.


 





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Gamer-Turned Racer Jann Mardenborough Smashes Supercar Record at Goodwood


Gamer-turned racer Jann Mardenborough smashed the supercar record for the Goodwood Hillclimb with a sensational performance in a dramatic Michelin Supercar run at the Festival of Speed on Saturday afternoon.

Welsh wizard Mardenborough, whose only race experience until winning the GT Academy in 2011 had been of the online variety, was at the wheel of a Nissan GTR-NISMO ‘Time Attack’ and assaulted the 1.16-mile Hillclimb in a staggering 49.27 seconds, his run edging out the Noble M600, driven by touring car legend Anthony Reid.

Lexus, Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, McLaren, Audi, Jaguar, Pagani, Bentley, Maserati, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Sin, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and Ginetta were all represented with ex-Formula 1 racers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan and sportscar legend Derek Bell all taking a turn behind the drivers’ seat.

The Supercar Run was not the only highlight on Saturday. Fresh from his pole position at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa wowed the crowd by driving Damon Hill’s 1996 Formula 1 World Championship-winning Williams FW18 and 2009 champion Jenson Button did likewise in a McLaren MP4-26-Mercedes-Benz.

The Forest Rally Stage presented by Skoda featured former World Rally Champions Sebastien Loeb – driving one of his title-winning Citroen DS3 WRCs – Hannu Mikkola in an Audi Quattro S4 and Bjorn Waldegard in a Toyota Celica, while two-wheeled legends Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and Dougie Lampkin grabbed plenty of attention on the Hillclimb and the GAS Arena respectively.

Celebrity guests included Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay in the ultra-special LaFerrari, Sir Chris Hoy driving a Nissan in the Supercar Run, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, current England international footballer Glen Johnson, TV presenter Jake Humphrey and rockstar Chris Rea while the traditional Festival of Speed Ball was set to round out the day’s proceedings with a special performance from The Beach Boys.

 
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Friday, 27 June 2014

Bouygues Construction Shares its Vision of Digital Modelling with Customers and Partners

http://www.bimgeneration.com/english/ 

Bouygues Construction has published a brochure entitled Building Before Building. Intended for customers and partners, it is dedicated to the subject of digital modelling.

Through this publication, Bouygues Construction demonstrates how digital modelling and the management of the data it employs – known as Building Information Modelling, or BIM – make it possible to design, construct and operate buildings and structures more rapidly and more effectively.
Building Before Building attests to Bouygues Construction’s commitment to promoting digital modelling and BIM. The Group has already launched around ten R&D projects devoted to these topics, and has put them into practice on construction projects both in France (the Paris Philharmonic Hall, the Amiens-Picardie teaching hospital) and abroad (Ivory Coast, the Singapore Sports Hub).
Yves Gabriel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bouygues Construction, said: 
“We are in no doubt that digital modelling is the future and it represents a major source of progress. More than ever, we have to find a different way of working that will enable us to confront the new challenges in the construction industry. BIM is today playing a key part in the shift to more industrial construction methods, which will allow us to significantly reduce lead times and costs, which will be in everyone’s interest.”

To produce this publication, Bouygues Construction’s Forward Planning and Strategic Marketing, R&D and Technical departments enlisted the help of experts in digital modelling and BIM from all the Group’s business
sectors. They also benefited from the feedback of those who work with digital modelling and BIM on an everyday basis: customers, partners, software houses, BIM professional user groups and academics were invited to contribute their points of view to the brochure.
Building Before Building can be consulted and downloaded on the www.bimgeneration.com website, where visitors can discover further information on the topic and see virtual 3D modelling in use for
themselves.
The Building Before Building brochure is also available in printed form on request.


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

BWF Members Day sets out the paths to industry growth


Improving the profitability of joinery manufacturing and shouting about timber products’ green credentials were the key areas of focus for the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) at this year’s Members Day.

Rupert Oliver from Forest Industries Intelligence gave the keynote address on what he highlighted was “true sustainability” in the wood sector. He urged joinery and woodworking businesses to promote their products more vigorously to head off the “single-issue greenwash” from other material sectors that risks skewing the debate on sustainable products.

Workshops and masterclasses followed, covering business guidance for joinery firms, the next chapter of CPR and CE Marking, and technical issues such as window thermal transmittance values.

The afternoon session began with a minute silence to note the passing of former director and Technical Committee Chairman of the BWF, Keith Clark.  Keith made a phenomenal contribution to the BWF and the development of the Fire Door Scheme over many years and was always a source of wise counsel and dedicated support to the BWF team.

Noble Francis, CPA Chief Economist, presented the latest forecast in construction over the next few years, including highlighting threats to the sector such as the risk of losing skilled labour to other industries.

Charlie Law of BAM Construct and the UKCG provided the contractor’s view. He noted how contractors were increasingly looking for Chain of Custody certification and highlighted new resources such as the supply chain sustainability school.

Craig White of White Design Associates gave a specifiers perspective, promoted innovation and low carbon building, and also noted the importance of a dynamic training landscape. 

Casey Rutland of Arup Associates picked up on the issues associated with the adoption of BIM, urging delegates to get into a “digital frame of mind”. BIM has opened the door to different sectors of the construction industry working together and sharing knowledge, which he saw as a first. He warned members to understand where the Government are heading with BIM and what that means for the industry.

Concluding the event, Liz Male from the Construction Leadership Council facilitated a ‘Question Time’ style debate addressing additional hot topics such as the new construction industry fair payment charter and the proposed changes in the apprenticeship system.

The day was hailed by members as informative and a great success.  As one BWF member, Paul King from Vicaima, said: “It was an excellent and well attended event, with good structure and relevance to joinery businesses today.”

BWF President David Pattenden also used the conference to highlight the BWF’s own strong growth over the last 12 months.  The federation smashed its membership targets, recruiting 168 new members against a target of 100, and also extended the reach of its support to the industry through providing huge amounts of advice on the big issues of 2013: the introduction of the EU Timber Regulation, changes to the Construction Product Regulation including CE marking, and the HSE’s new fees for intervention. 

Such significant growth has already led to the BWF being shortlisted for the ‘Membership Success of the Year’ award at this year’s Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards being announced next month, and has laid the foundations for even greater successes in 2014.

All the presentations and other resources from BWF Members’ Day 2014 are now available for members to download from www.bwf.org.uk

 

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The NASSAU Network


NASSAU Industrial Doors Ltd of Stoke-on-Trent have taken their first steps towards a digital future as part of the companies continued focus of bringing the most innovative products to the UK industrial, retail and commercial markets. Over the next 12 months NASSAU will be introducing a series of digital tools for Architects to help them with their door solution requirements, as well as connecting with existing and future customers via their new social media network. 

NASSAU launched its new website in late June allowing customers to see the full range of Sectional Doors, including the brand new NASSAU Energy door (featured in the Summer Edition of Door Industry Journal) and revealed its working partnership with the DYNACO range of High-Speed Doors. The website; which can be viewed at www.nassau.co.uk features their product range split into 5 easy to manage areas, starting with Sectional doors before moving on to DYNACO high speed doors, Roller Shutters, Steel Doors and finally Industrial Docking Bay products. Alongside this NASSAU has established itself as a leading social media network leader, with channels including facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. 


Stewart Plant, UK Marketing Manager (AM Group) said:
“We wanted to develop a way of connecting directly with our customers and interacting in real time as our first steps in the new NASSAU network. This has required the production of a new website that offers not only ideas for how our products can be used but the technical information as well for using them.” He carried on by saying “As part of the strategy over the next 12 months, we are planning on developing and publishing tools that will make our clients roles easier when it comes to selecting door solutions. As experts in our field we want to use our knowledge base to make their job easier and allowing them to get the right product every time.”

NASSAU Industrial Doors Ltd was established in 1990 and is the main distributor, installer and service agent in the United Kingdom of NASSAU sectional doors, DYNACO high speed doors and also offer Bespoke Roller Shutter solutions, Steel Personnel and High Security Doors as well as Docking Products. 

Having local sales executives and independent mobile engineering teams located up and down the country means that they can respond to your exact needs as and when you need them. From concept design to installation, NASSAU work with you to ensure that the right product, be it a NASSAU Sectional Doors, a DYNACO High Speed Door or a Bespoke Roller Shutter solution is sourced, supplied and installed on time.

Alongside this NASSAU offers a full nationwide servicing department that can tailor make a service contract for your business. Having your doors serviced on a regular basis not only meets Health and Safety requirements but also prolongs the life of the door, so saving money across the business.

NASSAU Industrial Doors Ltd is a proud member of the AM Group of companies around the world and holds recognition as a member of the Door and Hardware Federation, CHAS, Safecontractor, Constructionline and ISO9001:2008 which means you are always in safe hands.
 




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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sesame Access Offers Sympathetic Wheelchair Lift Solutions for Listed Buildings


Sesame Access are the country’s premier providers of bespoke wheelchair access solutions, balancing the demand for high-quality disabled lifts with the need to maintain the architectural integrity of some of the country’s most prestigious listed buildings. With the ethos that disabled access solutions can be just as beautiful as any sweeping staircase or high-tech elevator, Sesame are dedicated to providing aesthetically pleasing wheelchair lifts that integrate impeccably with any building, whether it’s a Grade I listed building or a sleek new retail outlet.

There is a common misconception among many that disabled access lifts and ramps come with high-visibility boundaries and unsightly metal barriers, ruining the exterior and interior aesthetics of listed buildings and important venues. Sesame Access create custom lifts that are sympathetic to each building, cladded with materials that blend immaculately with the existing environment, whether it’s marble, stone, wood or carpet. Disabled access can be made stylish and tasteful without ever compromising on durability, functionality and security for all users. 

Steven Lyons, Managing Director of Sesame Access, says, 
“Our philosophy is based on retaining the architectural integrity of our clients’ buildings by creating beautiful bespoke lifts that cater to their every need. There have been objections to disabled access in the past, especially where listed buildings are concerned, because many have viewed them as an eyesore that compromises the history and the aesthetics of the building.”

He adds, “We’ve worked on listed buildings all over the country; we’ve even installed a lift at the Institution of Civil Engineering – if that isn’t a testament to our high quality engineering and sympathetic lifts, we don’t know what is! We have installed lifts in Kensington Palace and the Barbican Centre, with many commenting on the stellar work our master craftsmen have carried out at each venue. Our lifts are designed to integrate with the building itself, so that they look like they have been there all along.” 

Sesame Access lifts are ideal for heritage buildings, museums, places of worship and other venues that require that require top class engineering and a lift that is integrated into the surroundings. Accessibility is a crucial factor in everyday life for many people living in the UK, and giving disabled members of the public access to some of our most prestigious buildings without affecting the protected architectural hallmarks of the venue is what sets Sesame Access apart.

The lifts are available for both public buildings and private residences, and there are dozens of case studies and examples on the Sesame website, so that potential clients can see the truly supreme finish and lasting excellence each lift provides.

For more information about Sesame Access Systems, and to take a look at their product range, visit their website: www.sesameaccess.com

Company Background:
Sesame Access designs, builds and installs bespoke 'invisible' wheelchair lifts into stunning listed and non-listed buildings, both in the UK and in Europe. They provide unique retracting stair lifts and invisible platform lifts to ensure that access is available to all, without affecting the wonderful interiors or exteriors of these protected architectural marvels.




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Monday, 23 June 2014

Garador takes Cyclists for a Ride

Leading garage door maker Garador organised an efficient transport system
to reunite hundreds of riders with their cars 50 miles away.
Garage door manufacturer Garador played its part in a recent major charity cycle ride.

Over 500 cyclists turned out to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance by cycling 54 miles from Watchet Harbour on the north Somerset coast down to West Bay on the south.

The problem was that most of the riders had arrived at Watchet bringing their bikes by car and trying to get so many riders and bikes reunited with their vehicles 50 miles away was a logistical challenge.

Garador decided it was a job for their distribution team. They provided a huge truck for transportation and also devised a unique trailer and pole system so that the bikes could easily be taken into the trailer and firmly secured for the journey.

“Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a vital charity and we were delighted to be able to assist,” said Simon Hipgrave, managing director of Garador. “It was wonderful to see so many people taking part in this challenging event. It was also a tribute to our distribution team for their expertise in making it all work so smoothly.”
 






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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Jaguar Set To Star At Goodwood Festival Of Speed With New Car Debut


Long-term supporter of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar, will be making some noise at next week’s event from 26-29 June with an exceptional line-up of its cars, both old and new.
Visitors to the Jaguar stand at the spectacular automotive show will be delighted to see the first new product from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations - the new division of Jaguar Land Rover responsible for a range of special product and service programmes for Jaguar and Land Rover customers.

Chiming perfectly with Goodwood’s 2014 Festival theme of ‘Addicting to Winning’, Jaguar will have an extensive selection of its past, present and near-future models at the event, including victorious examples of the racing D-type, XJS TWR and XJR-9 tackling the famous 1.16-mile hillclimb.

Two of the Jaguar Heritage Trust’s significant D-types will be in action as this legendary Jaguar marks its 60th anniversary. The original 1954 D-type prototype will be demonstrated, as will the later 1956 ‘Long Nose’ model, to be driven by ex-Grand Prix racer Bruno Senna. Bruno recently covered over 1,000 miles in this car at the 2014 Mille Miglia, with co-driver and fellow Formula 1 star, Martin Brundle.

Other Jaguar Heritage competition racers in action at Goodwood will include the iconic ‘Group 44’ E-type, the Group-A XJS TWR and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 LM, the latter being reunited with one of its victorious team drivers; Andy Wallace.

Away from the competition cars, examples of Jaguar’s new production F-TYPE R CoupĂ© and XFR-S Sportbrake will be publically seen in action at the Festival, with both set for high speed drives up the famous Goodwood Hill.
 
 


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Friday, 20 June 2014

Adams Rite Supplies Sentinel M

 
Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY has supplied its new commercial Multipoint lock, integrated in a Kawneer door set, to an Innovation hub that exists to serve the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Since 2006, Hethel Engineering Centre, in Norfolk, has developed and grown more than 70 start-up businesses. The strategic site provides incubation space and bespoke business support for companies and also aims to become a component in achieving a low carbon economy. The facility has recently expanded and 16 new offices and workshop spaces have been built to create a better environment to support businesses.

The centre’s tenants use the workshops to store equipment and machinery to make everything from road car simulators to software development for the lighting industry. JPJ Installations Limited of Braintree, Essex, an approved Kawneer fabricator, integrated Sentinel M panic locks within Kawneer door sets, offering tenants the reassurance that the units they rent will be reliably and securely locked, so their assets are protected.

A complementary range of accessories, including panic exit devices, supports the Sentinel M range. The range aids specifers in meeting the latest industry standards; all panic locks are CE marked and tested to EN 1125 with additional hardware, allowing building users safe and speedy escape, without prior knowledge of the device.

Lee Sharp, Contracts Manager at JPJ Installations Ltd, said: 
“According to the BBC, recent research has shown that, manufacturers experience the highest levels of theft of physical assets, compared to other sectors. So it was crucial that we invested in a lock that could resist the latest methods of attack, whilst balancing the safety of occupants, allowing them to escape quickly and with ease in case of an emergency.

“Adams Rite offered the perfect solution for us, we are really pleased that we offer the first Kawneer doorsets to integrate Sentinel M.”

Richard Lawes, Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: 
“Hethel Engineering Centre revolves around unearthing innovative companies, so I think it is quite apt that one of Adams Rite’s newest, most innovative products was installed on the project; In fact this is the first time Sentinel M has been fitted in the UK.”

For further information please visit or www.assaabloy.co.uk/securitysolutions


 

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Exova investment triples door and window testing capacity


 Exova Warringtonfire, the specialist fire and security testing and certification provider, has announced new investment in door and window testing capabilities at its Willenhall site, with new window durability test rigs tripling existing capacity.

The investment will enhance capacity and allow a faster turnaround of testing results and reports for customers.

Mark West, Door & Window Laboratory Manager, explains: 
“The recent move of our Door & Window testing division into its own dedicated facility has freed up the extra space to increase our durability testing capabilities. We have received a large number of enquires for these tests in the past 12 months, and this expansion allows us to complete the suite of operational, security and weather tests within a much shorter timeframe.”

Durability testing of windows has become a key area since it was introduced into the British Standard for operational & strength requirements BS6375-2 in 2009. For products to claim compliance with PAS24, and the material specific standards BS644 for timber windows, BS7412 for PVC windows or BS4873 for aluminium windows, or be entered into Secured by Design approved certification schemes, all windows are required to undertake a minimum of 10,000 opening and closing cycles. These ‘real life’ tests simulate years of service of a window in just a few days, and can identify potential problems far in advance of failures in the operational environment.

Many customers are also keen to state the durability performance of their windows on their CE-marking Declaration of Performance, a mandatory requirement to sell windows in the UK and Europe, where products that have completed a number of cycles in excess of the UK industry minimum classification of 10,000 can appear more attractive than their competition.

Mark adds: “With the help of our increased capacity many of our clients are now looking to go above and beyond the minimum requirements providing them with a clear competitive edge in the market place.”


About Exova

Exova
Exova is one of the world’s largest dedicated testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 117 permanent facilities in 22 countries and employs more than 3,600 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia/Asia Pacific.

Exova’s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers’ products, processes and materials. With over 90 years’ experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors from food and pharmaceuticals to aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, fire, engineering and construction.

Exova Warringtonfire

Exova Warringtonfire offers independent fire engineering, fire testing and fire certification services that are a globally-respected mark of quality assurance, from its network of sites across Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Australia and Asia Pacific.

Exova Warringtonfire tests reaction to fire, as well as fire resistance of different materials and products for the construction and transportation sectors.

With more than 45 years’ experience, Exova Warringtonfire is the world’s leading independent fire and certification organisation, with a diverse range of services including fire, security, and automotive testing, fire engineering and a range of specialist fire safety services. It operates globally covering multiple international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.


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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

New Slim Fit From Astra

The 3000 series of fully-controlled concealed door closers from Astra Door Controls now features a new slimline face plate to make it easier and quicker to fit, and even more discrete and attractive in situ.
The 3000 Series concealed closers offer all the adjustability and control of an overhead closer, with the aesthetic appeal of a concealed device. They are often specified when clean, minimal design is required without compromising on performance - even on ½ hour and 1 hour fire doors.
The closers’ face plate has now been reduced in width to just 32mm. Not only does that mean it looks more unobtrusive than ever, it is also easier to fit as less timber needs to be removed to fit the closer into the door edge. Specifiers appreciate the Astra closers’ understated appearance so it is regularly selected for the most prestigious projects – in fact any scheme where the clunky institutional feel of an overhead closer is inappropriate.
The 3000 series of concealed door closers from Astra is manufactured in the UK, in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and latching action for different size and weights of doors. A unique hydraulic piston assembly, designed by Astra, offers an adjustable, controlled rate of door closure together with an adjustable ‘snap action’ for overcoming the latch.
The closers’ quality design and build makes it perfect for high traffic applications, both commercial and residential. Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable, making it a really viable alternative to overhead products at a sensible price. This adjustability helps specifiers to achieve doors which comply with the Equality Act 2010, Building Regs and PAS 24 for entrance doors and the RRO for fire doors.
The Series 3000 range of closers was developed in-house by Astra. The Size 3 version (3003) is approved to EN1154 (when the power latching action is set to maximum) and CE marked. Fire tests in accordance with BSEN 1634-1:2000 and BSEN 1634-1:1999 have also been carried out making the closers suitable for fire doors. Astra also carries out continuous in-house testing up to half a million cycles.
Astra is well known for its door closer range including the popular Gibraltar range. The Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years experience in the sector and carries out all of its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers all across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies.

For more information please contact Philip Gallagher at Astra Door Controls on 01772 796901 or e-mail: philipg@astradoorcontrols.com

 


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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Powered gate industry renews call for higher safety standards following court case

The UK powered gate industry has renewed its call for all automated gates to be installed and maintained exclusively by qualified and trained personnel.

This follows a court hearing on June 12 where two gate companies were heavily fined for health and safety breaches that resulted in the death of a child in 2010. Karolina Golabek (5) was crushed by a gate that did not meet British and European safety standards.

With encouragement from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) set up its Powered Gate Group on behalf of the UK gate automation industry following the tragedy.

Since then the DHF has played a key role in dramatically raising safety standards within the industry. It has developed the DHF Guide to Powered Gate Safety, which has been endorsed by the HSE. It has set up a stringent two-day gate safety training course which more than 120 automated gate installers have successfully completed.

And it is promoting Gate Safety Week, a week of action designed to alert the public of the need to be aware of the risks posed by poorly installed and badly maintained powered gates.

DHF Powered Gate Group chairman Neil Sampson said: 
“Our hearts go out to the families involved in this tragedy. As an industry we are determined that a tragic accident like this will never happen again.

“To that end, the DHF Powered Gate Group and its members are working towards responsible regulation of our industry that will encompass thorough training, registration of automated gate installers, and inspection of gates to ensure they meet current safety standards.

“We insist that all automated gates are installed and maintained exclusively by qualified and trained installers and engineers.”

Key facts:
•    More than two thirds of all automated gates installed in the UK do not comply with latest legislation and could pose a serious risk.

•    The DHF Powered Gate Group now has 68 members who are the leading UK and European manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered gates and gate automation equipment.

•    By the end of this year the number of installers to have successfully completed the powered gate safety diploma course will have doubled to 240.

•    Every member company called to maintain an automated gate carries out a risk assessment before work starts. If the gate poses a danger, the engineer will switch off the gate motor, issue a warning letter to the gate owner and affix a “danger” notice to the gate.

•    Following this court case, the HSE said no one should install or work on automated gates without knowing the relevant safety standards or without having the right equipment to check the gates are safe. And it called on those responsible for managing properties with automatic gates to ensure they are properly maintained by competent personnel.

•    Gate Safety Week is being held on October 13 - 19. A number of influential organisations in the safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors will be lending their support to the campaign in the coming weeks.

For more information visit www.dhfpoweredgategroup.co.uk .


 

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Monday, 16 June 2014

JOINT STATEMENT FROM GATE SAFE AND THE DHF POWERED GATE GROUP

There seems to be some confusion within the powered gate industry regarding the relationship between our two organisations which we wish to clarify.

The priority for both Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group is to eliminate the risk of further automated gate accidents / fatalities occurring.  The primary route to reaching this end goal is largely reliant on acknowledging that every professional associated with the automated gate ‘food chain’ (including architects, builders, electricians and installers) has a direct responsibility for the overall safety of the installation.

Education amongst these professionals remains key and both organisations are now actively involved in the delivery of specialised safety training for automated gates.  To explain a few points which appear to have caused concern in the past:

Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group agree that:

-    a thorough risk assessment is  a key part of the safety process on every individual automated gate installation, repair or maintenance visit

-    force testing can be used to quantify some hazards and verify control measures, either on site or in a documented type test, but such testing is not a substitute for a thorough risk assessment

-    gates should operate with the minimum force to deliver a reliable installation

It is jointly accepted that every new installation should be installed to a safe standard and that there should be a declaration of conformity with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 supported by the application of a CE mark.

We also agree that the same level of safety be applied to existing installations whenever any work is done or a maintenance contract is entered into and that the industry needs to have clear understanding on how best to approach the issue of old and possibly unsafe installations. 

In the interest of public safety, both Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group continue to work alongside each other in pursuit of a common shared goal.  As agreed at an original Gate Safe Steering Group meeting (15.4.11), attended by the HSE and the DHF, Gate Safe is committed to focusing on building awareness amongst all professionals involved in the industry, while  a prime objective of the Powered Gate Group is to provide a substantially enhanced level of training.

We trust this open statement deals with any of your concerns and reaffirm our pledge to be united in the crusade for improved standards of safety for automated gates.



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