Saturday, 31 October 2015

Excel Wear It Pink For Breast Cancer Now

Excel Industrial Doors and Shutters wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Now

Yorkshire-based Excel Industrial Doors and Shutters has raised an impressive £314.12 for Breast Cancer Now as part of the charity’s ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign.

On 23rd October the team wore bright pink hi-vis waistcoats, with some even donning pink accessories such as scarves and shower caps on their quest to gain donations from customers and the general public. Back at the Excel head office the company also held an internal raffle and bake sale.

Wear it Pink is an annual event run by leading breast cancer awareness charity Breast Cancer Now which sees companies and individuals wear pink to raise money and awareness to the cause as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year the charity raises around £2 million on the day with approximately 7,093 schools, 39,964 workplaces and 8,256 homes and social venues getting involved.

Duane Swift, managing director at Excel Industrial Doors and Shutters, said:
“It’s so important that we get involved with charity events such as the Wear It Pink campaign to raise money for a disease which affects so many people up and down the country, even here in Yorkshire. Everyone in our team really got involved and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication in parading around in pink shower caps! We enjoyed the day and hopefully our contribution will help the charity move forward in finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Excel Industrial Doors and Shutters is dedicated to helping charities in Yorkshire and all across the UK, with fundraising efforts going on regular at the Huddersfield head office.

Excel is a leading manufacturer of roller shutters, industrial doors, personnel doors and roller garage doors, serving both commercial and domestic properties in the Leeds, Wakefield and the surrounding Yorkshire area.

For more information see www.excelrollershutters.co.uk



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Friday, 30 October 2015

Hidden dangers of roller shutters - safety advice from DHF


Maintenance is a vital and legally required factor in ensuring the continued safety of a rolling shutter. However, in many locations, safety-critical elements of the shutter are hidden behind fixed panels and cannot be accessed by service engineers.

The warning that the safety of many shutters is seriously compromised has come from the Door & Hardware Federation which represents the UK’s leading manufacturers and maintainers of industrial and commercial shutters and doors.

It is vital that an engineer or technician carrying out service and maintenance can reach the shutter’s fixings, springs, brakes, drive chains, electrical wiring and other structural parts that make up the head-gear of a shutter. Over the operating life of a shutter these parts are all subject to wear, corrosion and failure. Such failures have been responsible for deaths and injuries and therefore these parts must be accessible to be inspected in a planned maintenance programme.

Workplace safety legislation demands that building owners, managing agents or landlords must ensure that all doors and shutters under their control are safe. In addition, any contractor installing, maintaining or repairing a door or shutter must always leave it in a safe condition if any work is carried out on it.

DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding said:
“There are good reasons why a building owner might want to conceal the workings of a roller shutter behind a panel or in the ceiling space - for the sake of aesthetics, for example. However, if an engineer cannot gain access to safety-critical elements of a shutter, then the safety of that shutter cannot be assured.

“We advise architects, owners, shopfitters and shopfront designers to make sure that if moving parts of the shutter are boxed in or concealed in any way, then proper access is made available to an engineer carrying out safety maintenance work. This can be as simple as ensuring inspection hatches or removable panels are incorporated. Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, there is a specific duty for designers to consider the safe use and maintenance of new buildings.”

When an engineer finds he cannot access safety critical parts of the shutter he will inform the owner that the safety of the shutter cannot be established. Repairing or carrying out other work on such a shutter could then be in breach of health and safety legislation. If an accident subsequently occurs due to failure to maintain the shutter, then both the maintainer and the owner could face criminal proceedings.

Michael Skelding added:
“Roller shutters are a familiar sight in a wide variety of industrial and commercial premises and in particular in shopping centres and retail parks. We strongly urge designers, contractors and building owners to be aware of the dangers posed by poorly maintained shutters and to ensure service personnel have access to all mechanical,. structural and electrical parts of rolling shutters.”
For further rolling shutter and door safety information from the DHF visit www.dhfonline.org.uk .


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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Urmet video entry at former Walthamstow greyhound-racing track


London and Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Association has opted to use Urmet’s 2-wire video door entry and access control systems at its new Walthamstow Stadium Development.

The former Grade II-listed Art Deco greyhound-racing track, which first opened its gates in 1933, provides 294 new homes, predominantly in the form of apartments. Visitors announce themselves at the entrances to the apartment blocks using Urmet’s 2Voice two-wire colour video system. The external video entrance panels, from Urmet’s award winning Elekta range, are compatible with both Urmet’s IPervoice (IP) and 2-wire systems.

Unique to the Elekta range the panels have a 3.5” colour display which provides visitors with instructions on how to call an apartment and a block name can also be displayed. Residents, staff and trusted contractors gain entrance using the integrated proximity reader. There is integrated assistance for disabled residents and the units comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) including voice announcements such as “call in progress”, “please speak” and “door open”. These are vandal-resistant panels that offer vandals minimal potential to pry the unit away from its mount. Their high IK09 rating offers good protection against deliberate or accidental damage.

Urmet has also supplied its Passan wired network solution for the development, with door controllers connected via a hard-wired installation. The residential blocks at the stadium site vary considerably in layout and number of apartments, but the Passan system copes with these variations by allowing the installer to use different combinations of panel mount readers and additional standalone readers. At Walthamstow, residents and staff also have Urmet’s RF controllers for the remote operation of vehicle entry gates. The development makes maximum use of the stadium’s entire original structure, with buildings such as the former kennels serving as communal areas, connected through a third-party PC to the Passan system via a modem.

Residents receive calls from visitors on Miro colour video monitor handsets with 4.3” 16:9 screens. The video handsets are fitted with an induction loop compatible with hearing aids. They also feature a two colour LED to indicate the status of the system e.g. Green LED on indicates that a call is being received, Rapidly blinking red: mute on, Red on steady: main calling panel door open, Slowly blinking red: secondary (lobby) calling panel door open.

Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director said:
“Our 2-Voice solution was well suited to this kind of project where you only need 2 wires throughout making the install very quick and simple.”

He continued, “We were delighted to be asked to supply an access control system that will enhance the safety of the residents and visitors. We are also well aware of the greyhound and stock-car racing history of the site and are proud to be supplying security equipment to such an historic London venue.”
Wider facilities for the community at the Walthamstow Stadium include a nursery, café, sports centre and pocket allotments. The Tote building (also Grade II-listed) will likewise be brought into long-term use for residents in the borough.

For further information, please visit www.urmet.co.uk or email marketing@urmet.co.uk



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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Complying With The New Guidelines Set Out In Approved Document Q


Approved Document Q, which came into effect on 1 October 2015, is an approved government document containing new guidelines to help ensure all dwellings are fitted with windows and doors that meet the legal requirements of the Building Regulations 2010. 

Martin Smith, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, explains these guidelines in more detail and discusses how Approved Document Q can help to increase security in dwellings.

It is the hope that the introduction of Approved Document Q will help ensure that all new easily accessible windows and doors fitted to dwellings comply with recognised standards. Adhering to these standards can help to deliver the highest levels of security to protect homes against opportunist burglars. The document works as a guide for tradespeople so they are able to provide and install windows and doors, and accompanying hardware, that meet the requirements explored below:


•    Windows – All easily accessible windows including skylights and basement windows should meet the guidelines set out in Approved Document Q. The design of the windows and the thickness of the pane are both key considerations. It is also important that all frames are mechanically fitted to the main structure of the dwelling.

•    Doors – All residential, patio and communal doors should follow the Approved Document Q guidelines. Any doors which can be used to gain indirect access to a dwelling, e.g. through a garage, must also meet the requirements. The thickness and height and width of the doorsets should be regulated and all external doors should have a means to safely identify a caller without having to completely open the door. In addition, it is advised that only door accessories that have been approved by the document should be installed to the door, to ensure it remains compliant.

It is vital that tradespeople are up-to-speed with the new guidelines set out in Approved Document Q so that all new windows and doors fitted meet the criteria set out in The Building Regulations 2010. Tradespeople with concerns about meeting these guidelines can find more information on the government’s website. It is the hope that the guidelines will have positive social implications by reducing the number of unlawful attempts to enter dwellings.

For more information visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk/home-security

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Don’t hand the keys to your house to thieves, Master Locksmiths Association warns homeowners


NEW homeowners are being urged to change their locks when they move house to avoid becoming victims of crime.

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has sent out the warning after shock statistics revealed that most people do not change their locks when they move home, leaving them vulnerable to someone entering their home and stealing their valuables and possessions.

Research by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) has highlighted a hole in home security, finding that two thirds of the 6,000 respondents to a survey do not change their locks when they move home. Some 86.2 per cent of those who don’t change their locks, do not even consider it.

The MLA – the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession – is urging new homeowners to change their locks before they move in, as well as consult an MLA-approved locksmith to carry out a security check on their property.

Dr Steffan George, development director from the MLA, said:
“If you are moving into a new home, you don’t know who has the keys to your property and how many sets are in circulation.

“Previous occupants might have given them to friends, family members, tradespeople, babysitters and neighbours. There is potential for keys not to be given back or to be copied, so someone could walk into your property because they, quite literally, have the key to your door.”
The latest Office for National Statistics crime survey revealed that 92 per cent of all domestic burglary in a dwelling in England and Wales is committed through either the front or back door, highlighting the need to tighten up on door security.

Dr George added:
“The figures are worrying but I am not surprised by them because unfortunately security is not at the forefront of the minds of many people.

“We would say, irrespective of whether it is a new build or an existing property, the first thing is gets an MLA-approved locksmith to conduct a security review and change the locks. The expert locksmith can ensure that your insurance requirements are met, while also offering you a ‘keyed alike’ service, whereby you can use the same key for multiple locks.”

Here are some simple dos and don’ts from the MLA to keep your house safe:
 

DO

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house even when you’re just out in the garden.
Ensure fencing is in good repair as a high fence is a simple and cost-effective way of safeguarding your home against potential burglars.

Trim high hedges as they will improve natural surveillance at the front of your property.

Get an MLA locksmith to ensure your locks are of an appropriate quality and standard. Act on the locksmiths advice and upgrade security where necessary.

Use timed lighting to make it look like your home is occupied (ensure one of the lights is upstairs).

Consider installing some electronic security such as a burglar alarm or CCTV.

Secure bikes, lawnmowers, ladders and tools inside a locked shed or garage, using third party accredited products such as Sold Secure-approved products (www.soldsecure.com).

Get an MLA locksmith to check if you have externally beaded windows and if you do what options you have to secure them properly (bonding in external beading could be an option).


DON’T

Don’t leave ladders, bins and tools outside where they could be used to break into your home.
Don’t leave keys, including car keys, on view or in the lock and keep them away from the letterbox in case a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox

Avoid glass panels on doors as they are particularly vulnerable. Where this is not possible, ensure they are toughened glass. Also, security film can be applied to add another layer of defence.
Don’t risk giving burglars the benefit of ‘cover of darkness’ - install good outside lighting.

Don’t leave high value items like jewellery and passports on show. Lock them in a properly secured safe.

A list of approved MLA companies can be found on the MLA website. For further information please visit www.locksmiths.co.uk.



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Monday, 26 October 2015

Relcross Automatic Door Systems: Continued Growth at Harper Adams University


The relationship between Relcross Ltd and Harper Adams University goes back a long way with specialist installer Rowsman Ltd the happy intermediary. Since 2008 Rowsman have installed 25 Relcross LCN Auto Equalizers around the campus to provide occasional automatic opening for doors designed primarily for manual operation. The six latest to be installed are all in their new, and very impressive, Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre.

The University recognised that some of their staff and students would struggle to operate some of the doors encountered in the course of their normal daily routines. So they have been steadily installing LCN Auto Equalizers that can be activated in a variety of ways including wall mounted push buttons and wheelchair mounted fobs.


When activated, the pneumatically powered Auto Equalizer silently pushes or pulls the door open depending on which side of the door it is mounted. After a short delay the integral traditional door closer takes over to close the door and complete the cycle. Power is supplied by a pneumatic compressor tucked away out of sight and a single compressor can power up to 5 or 6 doors. The capacity of the compressor is selected carefully at the specification stage to accommodate the likely traffic profile (i.e. frequency of use of doors) and the distances involved between the compressor and the doors to be controlled. In fact costs per door leaf decrease significantly as the number of door leaves increases.

An added advantage is reliability and ease of service. A lack of reliance upon micro-processors and (often) complicated electronics means the Relcross Auto Equalizer has much less opportunity for failure. Estate Foreman Arthur Broadhurst said “They are very cost effective and virtually maintenance free”.

For further information call Relcross on 01380 729600, email sales@relcross.co.uk or visit www.relcross.co.uk


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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Shopping for Cars on Regent Street’s ‘Mile of Style’


Hundreds of veterans, classics, moderns and futuristic electric vehicles will turn London’s premier shopping street into a unique free-to-view motor show for the day

A celebration of 125 years of motoring’s past, present and future awaits visitors to London’s Regent Street on Saturday, 31 October between 10.30am and 4pm.

The annual free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show promises something for everyone as the busy thoroughfare is closed to through traffic for the entire day.

Among the Show’s attractions will be displays of cars from the dawn of motoring, glorious classic cars and moderns while the story will be brought right up to date with the latest ultra low emission electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. There will also be a stunt bike display, musical fun from the West End Kids and driving simulator experiences.


Its centrepiece will be a display of more than 100 veteran cars, all taking part in the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance. Many owners and their passengers will be in period costume, preparing themselves for the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which sets off from nearby Hyde Park early the following morning (Sunday, 1 November). There will also be the chance for those present – as well as further afield – to vote online for their own favourite with the Spectators Special Award, sponsored by Renault.

Among the veterans on show - each and every one is at least 110 years old – will be a number for whom the phrase ‘Back to the Future’ might have been invented. The 1901 Waverley owned by the famous London store Harrods, for example, is a zero-emission battery-powered electric vehicle.


It will be rubbing shoulders with its great grandchildren – cars like the zero emission Renault Zoe in a display of modern EVs and hybrids backed by two organisations helping to shape our motoring future – Go Ultra Low and Transport for London (TfL). There will also be a display of the Tesla Model S.

Other attractions include what will be a remarkable display of men at work. A team of four technicians from Caterham will build a brand new Seven sports car from a pile of parts with the aim of driving the car off the stand at the end of the show.

James Bond’s latest Aston Martin – the unique DB10 from the film Spectre – will turn a corner of Regent Street into Bond Street for the day while another attraction will bring the high octane excitement of the Silverstone Classic into the heart of London.


Visitors to the Regent Street Motor Show will have the chance to win tickets to next year’s Silverstone Classic festival (29-31 July 2016) as they gaze at the glorious race winning Ferrari 250 GTO ‘breadvan’ and the evocative RAF Village, a recreation of a bygone era.

Race Of Champions, the end of season motor sport spectacle, which is back in the UK at the former Olympic Stadium, Stratford on the 20-21 November, also has a presence. Visitors will be to find out more about the fast and furious action anticipated when some of the world’s very best drivers race head-to-head in identical machinery to see who really is the fastest. Show goers will also be able to have their picture taken at in a ROC racecar.

The two classic buses due to be driven by Radio 2 DJs Chris Evans and Ken Bruce in the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will also be on display. At daybreak on Sunday 1 November these buses will be packed with successful bidders in a BBC Children in Need auction for the trip from capital to coast.

Steve ‘Showtime’ Colley
The West End Kids street theatre troop will be performing songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang while motorcycle stunt rider Steve ‘Showtime’ Colley will be defying gravity. And anyone who fancies piloting a superfast Ariel Atom along Regent Street can do it ‘virtually’ in the Top Gear Experience simulator, and there’s also the McLaren Honda F1 Experience. At £8 a ride, it’s the only time visitors will need to pay for any entertainment during the day.

Enticing over 350,000 enthusiasts, tourists and shoppers last year, the Regent Street Motor Show offers plenty of family fun for everyone… and that’s without considering the ‘mile of style’ pre-Christmas shopping opportunities promised by Regent Street’s fabulous shops.

The Regent Street Motor Show was first held in 2005 and takes place from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday, 31 October.

Keep up-to-date on all the latest news on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RegentStreetMS , on Twitter @RegentStreetMS or via the official website: regentstreetmotorshow.com.



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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Garador Opens the Door to World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


Yeovil based company, Garador led the way in kick starting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Employees at leading garage door manufacturer Garador were among the first in the country to bake a fabulous array of cakes in aid of the official Macmillan Coffee Morning which was held on September 25th.
“There really was an amazing selection, from coffee and walnut gateaux to highly decorated sponges and healthy fruit berry cup cakes,” said Garador’s managing director Simon Hipgrave. “I didn’t know we had such culinary talent here at Garador!”

The cakes were sold as part of Garador’s official support for the Macmillan Coffee Morning with all proceeds going to the charity.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's main fundraising event which raises millions of pounds annually for people living with cancer. The charity says that one in three of us will face cancer at some point in our lifetime, and the money raised by this event helps ensure no one has to face it alone.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

New DHF NSI powered gate code of practice to play vital safety role


A new code of practice (DHF TS 011) designed to raise standards of powered gate safety to new levels has been announced by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) and the National Security Inspectorate (NSI).

The code aims to reduce the risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable. It draws on safety legislation, European standards, and industry best practice. It gives practical help to all those involved in powered gates to meet their legal obligations by providing clear guidance on the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of powered gates.

The DHF’s Powered Gate Group represents more than 100 of Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment. NSI is the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits over 1,800 security and fire safety providers.

The two organisations, led by DHF training officer Nick Perkins and NSI technical officer Mark Gallagher, have spent two years developing the DHF Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates. NSI will audit organisations seeking NSI approval against the code to verify compliance. NSI approval will initially be offered to DHF members and to existing NSI approved companies.

All members of the DHF Powered Gate Group must abide by the code of practice when it comes into operation, regardless of whether or not they wish to seek NSI approval.

The new code covers manufacturers' and installers' responsibilities for gate design, new gate installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It details their responsibilities for maintenance and modification of existing gates covering risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.

Organisations granted NSI approval will be eligible to issue their customers with renewable DHF/NSI certificates of compliance for their powered gate installations, providing customers and users with peace of mind regarding the safety of their powered gates.

Bob Perry, DHF CEO, said:
"Since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least nine serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It's estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use. As an industry we find this completely unacceptable. We’re absolutely determined to do everything we can to ensure no more tragic accidents happen. This new DHF code of practice will help us achieve our ultimate aim of confining powered gate accidents to the history books."
Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO, said:
“At NSI, our first and only mission is to raise standards of safety and security for people and property. Properly installed and maintained powered gates are a key part of the safety and security landscape, so collaboration between the DHF and NSI is a perfect fit. Organisations who sign up to the DHF’s Code of Practice and choose the NSI approval route will have the right to issue their customers with a unique Certificate of Compliance for each powered gate they install and/or maintain, providing the customers with the greatest confidence in their equipment and maintenance regime.

“With several tragic accidents involving powered gates, the potential value of certification in helping increase safety in this area is clear. We are confident that professional installers will seek NSI approval and certificate powered gate installations as a demonstration of their commitment to safety for their customers and users alike.”
The two organisations are about to embark on a pilot scheme which will include a select number of DHF members and NSI approved companies. This will run to March 2016. It is anticipated that the NSI approval scheme will go live in the second quarter of 2016.

The Code of Practice DHF TS 011 will be available shortly. For further information email the DHF info@dhfonline.org.uk or telephone 01827 52337. For further information about DHF or the NSI visit www.dhfonline.org.uk or www.nsi.org.uk .




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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Securikey Launches Brand New Digital Door Locks


Leading physical security product supplier Securikey has launched two new models as part of its best selling Keylex digital door lock range. The Keylex 700AR Series for commercial applications and the Keylex 700M Series for domestic use extend the options for customers requiring a high quality, user-friendly and quick to install access control solution.

The Securikey Keylex 700AR combines robust structure with adaptable functionality to meet a variety of customer requirements. Perfect for use on LL standard duty, high security external door installations requiring either the Adams Rite 4710 or 4720ANSI Deadlatch, its narrow design also makes this model perfect for stile widths down to 60mm. It is particularly well suited for use on aluminium or hollow metal door sections. An inbuilt ‘free exit’ feature enables users to depart through the door without code entry, regardless of the lock status, ensuring strict control for those accessing the building while allowing a quick and easy exit for those who have authorisation to enter. If required, the ‘passage function’ feature allows free passage from both sides at the security manager’s discretion.

The 700M Keylex model is suitable for all residential external doors where a conventional multi-point lock is required and offers two modes of operation depending on the level of security required. In both instances, unless double locked, the inside lever is always operable so residents and visitors can easily exit the property, and there are various possible configurations to control access from outside by code or key. If required, the key override facility allows key holders access in all instances, which is more convenient as they do not need to know the user code. Featuring a narrow stile design, the 700M model is ideal for PVCu, aluminium and hollow metal door sections.


Both the 700AR and the 700M models are built to the same high standard as the rest of the Securikey Keylex range and will withstand many hundreds of operations per day for years of reliable service. Their entirely mechanical operation means that there is no complicated electrical wiring involved, ensuring quick and easy installation and straightforward use. Code combinations of up to 12 buttons can be set if desired, with over 4,000 selectable code permutations, and reinstating security is quick and easy if a code is ever compromised. For added security, a slipping clutch mechanism protects against forced attack or vandalism from the outside and the brushed stainless steel buttons prevent usage being indicated.

Both models are suitable for use on all internal doors and external perimeter doors, including timber, aluminium, steel, PVCu and composite doors. Securikey extends the options still further by offering factory-fitted modifications such as extended fixings, spindles and free passage turns to suit doors up to 75mm (700AR model) or 80mm (700M model).

Securikey’s complete range of existing Keylex mechanical digital door locks offer the perfect access control solution for nearly any building, whether domestic, light commercial or heavy industrial, thereby eradicating the need for keys, cards or tokens that could be lost, stolen or damaged. With four Keylex ranges depending on the level of security required, including Mini, Light Duty, Medium Duty and Heavy Duty, there is a model to suit any specification.

 For those requiring information on the new Keylex 700AR and 700M models, or to receive advice on selecting a digital door lock to match specific requirements, Securikey is always available to help. Please contact 01252 311888, email enquiries@securikey.co.uk or visit the website at securikey.co.uk



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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A Multi-Point Lock That Looks Like a “Yale Lock”


Yale Door and Window Solutions has launched the Yale LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn, a multi-point lock that on the face of the door looks like a traditional Yale rim latch lock.

Designed to complement a wide variety of furniture for both contemporary and traditional door styles, the LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn features all the benefits of a multi-point lock, with a cylinder that can be positioned at both chest and waist height.

Paul Atkinson, Sales Director of Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments:
“The UK has a huge amount of older housing stock that people want to complement with ‘period feel’ high performance composite doors. The majority of these doors have always aimed to replicate traditional timber door styles, with panels, wood grained skins, stained glass and classical furniture.

“I often hear people asking for ‘a modern multi-point lock that looks like a Yale Lock’ and we can now offer this. The new LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn visually replicates the Yale rim latch that was widely used on all timber doors for many years, with the cylinder set within in a finger pull escutcheon”.
The different gearbox heights offered by the LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn are designed to complement two distinct styles in the composite door market. Chest height with finger pull escutcheon for an authentic ‘period feature’ look on classical doors, and waist height plain escutcheon for contemporary European style doors with architectural bar handles.

Compatible with euro profile cylinders, this new lock is a welcome addition to Lockmaster, Britain's best selling multi-point door locking system.

Locks and strikers come non-handed as standard so there is no need for left and right-handed products, which will benefit Yale’s fabricator and installer partners with lower stock holding inventory.

Paul adds: “We will shortly also have a TS007 2* finger pull escutcheon to accompany the LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn. This will improve traditional door style aesthetics, while also assisting fabricators in achieving PAS 24 accreditation.”

The LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn has a Yale branded stainless steel faceplate, tested to 240 hours of natural salt spray, to deliver extensive corrosion resistance, and is backed by Yale’s 10 year mechanical guarantee.

Available in 16mm or 20mm faceplate widths and in 45mm and 55mm backsets, the LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn has been awarded the Police Secured by Design accreditation and is fully PAS 24 compliant.

Doors fitted with LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn, together with Yale approved hinges, handles and cylinders, are also protected by Yale’s 10 year security guarantee.

For further information on the Yale LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn please contact the Yale Door and Window Solutions on 01902 366800 or visit www.yaledoorandwindowsolutions.co.uk



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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Successful Gate Safety Conference

Left to right: Tony Weeks (NSI), Michael Skelding (DHF), Bob Perry (DHF),
Graeme Hazelwood (NSI) and Nick Perkins (DHF).

The third Gate Safety Conference took place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in the West Midlands.

Attendees from numerous industry sectors including property management, gate, garage door and facility management visited the one day event hosted by ASO Safety Solutions, supported by EasyGates.



The event took place during the DHF’s Powered Gate Group, Gate Safety Week and included guest speakers from across the industry addressing the ongoing issue of gate safety awareness.

Simon Mersch

Simon Mersch of ASO Safety Solutions opened the conference with some key industry facts and figures followed by EasyGates Stuart Roddy who recapped on the two previous conferences and discussed new developments in the UK door and gate market.

Stuart Roddy

Bob Perry

Bob Perry from the Door Hardware Federation was joined by Neil Sampson of the Powered Gate Group to discuss the importance of Gate Safety Week, reasons, objections and participations.

Neil Sampson

The HSE’s Stuart Charles presented a hard-hitting and emotive detailed section on possible penalties and how they can be prevented, how the safety expectations have changed within the industry and what liabilities there are.

Stuart Charles
Tony Weeks, head of Technical Services at National Security Inspectorate presented on the NSi’s involvement in the UK gate industry and developments in the code of practice.

Tony Weeks

Michael Skelding and Nick Perkins of the DHF updated on the renewal of EN 12453 and the UK’s position on the international committee for standardisation. Nick discussed practical applications of solutions and technologies.

Marcus Horstkemper of ASO then discussed the different types of force limitation, signal transmission and closing edge safety devices.

Gte’s Christian Pfeiffer presented details on force testing and its role in gate maintenance with a demonstration.

EasyGates Managing Director, Tony Daniels-Gooding said:
"The conference was very well received and attendees have expressed how worthwhile and interesting it was. Taking place during Gate Safety Week, it was an ideal time to highlight the importance and responsibility we all have in the industry to ensure we meet the requirements of contracting, installing and maintaining safe and proper gate installations".

EasyGates are ASO Safety Solutions UK competence partners, supplying a number of the core safety products to the UK marketplace and providing quality, safety and technical service to a wide range of customers.



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Sunday, 18 October 2015

DS Virgin Racing Ready for Action as Season Two of Formula E Gets Underway


DS Virgin Racing will take to the streets of Beijing next weekend with a new driver line-up, new partners, a new powertrain and plenty of momentum.

The FIA Formula E Championship returns for a second season in Beijing on 24 October and the DS Virgin Racing team will be looking to continue where they left off at the end of season one.

Back in June, home favourite Sam Bird stormed to a win in the final round in London. The British driver will be looking to build on a promising first season – which also saw him pick up a win in Malaysia – alongside new recruit, Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.

With the arrival of the DS brand, the race car also has a new look for season two. Combining the DS and Virgin brand identities, the new design represents a dynamic integration of both the DS Automobiles and Virgin colour schemes, and maintains the distinctive red and chrome features from season one. The DS brand logo now appears proudly on each side of the car on a black background, alongside fellow partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The battery cover remains purple as in season one.

 It is not just the outside of the car that is different. Changes to the technical regulations have enabled teams, including DS Virgin Racing, to develop their own electric powertrains for season two. The team has chosen to re-design its powertrain significantly in order to increase efficiency – and in order to account for the increase in race power allowed in season two, which rises from 150kW to 170kW. This package was tested extensively in the pre-season and proved to be reliable, but it is difficult to predict how it will stand up versus the competition until all of the teams hit the streets in Beijing.

Additional changes to Fanboost, meanwhile, will give fans the chance to vote for Sam and Jean-Éric until six minutes into the race, providing a power boost of 100kJ of additional energy that can be used during the rest of the race.

Speaking ahead of the season opener, Sam Bird said;
“To finish last season the way we did in London was really special, so I’m hoping that we can build on that and come into the new season with the same impetus. It was a great feeling to get on the podium in Beijing last year and I’ll be looking to go one, or hopefully two better this time around!”



Jean-Éric Vergne said; 
“I’m very excited to have joined DS Virgin Racing and I’m looking forward to getting things off to a positive start in Beijing. I didn’t race here last year so it will be interesting to get out on the track and experience another unique street circuit.”

Alex Tai, DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, said;
 “It is unbelievable how quickly a year goes by. This time last year, we entered into the relatively unknown world of electric racing, during the first season we learned a great deal and have developed strongly as a race team. I believe we have brought great talent into the team both on and off the track and adding this to the experience learned in the first year I feel confident we will deliver a strong performance in the coming season starting right here in Beijing.

Yves Bonnefont, CEO of the DS Brand, said;
“Following the announcement of our new partnership with Virgin Racing in June, it has been an exciting few months for the DS brand working towards our first race in Beijing. Having recently marked our 60th anniversary, it would be fantastic to celebrate this special landmark with a race to remember, particularly in China which is a very important market for us.”

For more information on the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, please visit: www.virginracing.com



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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Retail Therapy for ACT at Manchester Arndale


Dante Group has installed ACTviquest, an integrated access control and video management solution, at the £100m Manchester Arndale shopping mall. Unique in the security industry, ACTviquest from ACT enables users to operate cameras and access control from a single platform as part of a unified suite.

The Arndale is the third largest city-centre shopping venue in Europe. It has complex needs and required a scalable solution that would combine VMS with access control as a genuine integration rather than a ‘bolt-on’ compromise.

ACTviquest offers flexible video recording, retrieval and archiving options with broad access control information such as break-glass, door forced or door ajar scenarios. Users at the Arndale are benefiting from a GUI that shows the site with a 3D feel which represents all devices and their current status as icons. Fire alarm systems and break-glass incidents are included in these views.

If a member of the public or an intruder attempts to use a restricted door anywhere on the 140,000 square-metre Arndale site, ACTviquest highlights this to operators and presents them with camera feeds in the relevant zone. The Arndale has a nine-floor central tower with offices that are used by its own staff and third parties. Employees use MIFARE cards with access privileges appropriate to their job. They present their card to readers, and door control is then managed via ACTpro 4000 controllers. These units are designed for high-traffic volumes where changes to the cardholder database are a regular occurrence. They can manage up to 60,000 users.

ACTviquest has a mobile app that not only allows Arndale managers to view the site remotely but means they can leave the control room during an incident to gain information on the ground as a situation unfolds while still viewing camera streams and access control status from a smartphone or tablet. This level of information can contribute to optimum decision-making. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, gives comprehensive PTZ control of cameras. As an alternative, users outside the operational hub can both view and control up to six cameras as well as monitoring access control events simply by logging in to any major web browser.

Thousands of business visitors come to the site in Manchester’s city centre for appointments every week. ACT worked with Dante Group and Thames Valley Controls (a high-technology lift control specialist) to ensure that ACTviquest is aware of which lifts and doors are appropriate for each visitor’s destination. If a visitor tries to enter areas that are not applicable to them they will be denied access.

As the project develops, ACT will be integrating with over 150 cameras (both IP and encoded feeds from analogue) at the Arndale. The software supports all major camera brands including Hikvision, Ganz, Vivotek, Bosch, Samsung and Sony.

Michael Byrden, Sales Director of ACT, said:
“The installation shows ACT supplying unified access control and situational awareness to one of the most important shopping malls in the UK. Unlike most retail sites, the focus here is public safety and general logistics rather than shrinkage. ACTviquest is empowering management at Manchester Arndale to process an ever-increasing range of data types and combat broad security threats.”
ACT solutions are being used extensively in the retail sector. Other major applications include the French chain Hyper U, Asda in the UK (a subsidiary of Walmart), Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Ocado (an online supermarket).

Dante Group provides project management services as well as commercial fire and security systems throughout the UK. The company has mechanical and construction divisions. It has achieved the quality standard ISO9001 and environmental standard ISO 14001. Specialisms include CCTV, door entry, intruder alarms and PA/VA.

ACT
T: +353 1 466 2570
E: info@act.eu 
W: www.act.eu



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