Sunday, 31 July 2016

Green Goddess - "Time Warp" 1963 Ford Cortina


Historics offers for sale arguably the finest remaining 1963 Ford Cortina, that’s travelled an average of one mile-a-day in its 53 years.

‘Exclusive’ isn’t a word that best describes the Mk. I Ford Cortina after sales that crested one million.  Nevertheless an early, immaculate, and very original example of the 1500 GT model that comes to sale at Historics at Brooklands major classic car auction near Weybridge on Saturday, August 20th is a wholly different matter, having travelled an average of just one mile a day since it left the Dagenham factory 53 years ago.

Fitted with a tuned 1,498cc engine, the 1500 GT was the top specification model of the day, its  zesty 78bhp sufficient to propel the svelte four-door to 95mph, with a 0-60 acceleration time of just 14 seconds… leaving the Morris Oxford of the day some five seconds in its wake.



Despite its performance, when it appeared in the Ford showroom at a princely £748, this 1963 Cortina 1500 GT would have played second fiddle on the attention stakes to the fleet of Mk.I’s that starred in the saucy ‘Carry on Cabby’ film that screened at the time, helping to secure valuable awareness for Ford’s new model.  However, since it was first registered on 4th July 1963, the fastidious care and obsessive attention paid to it by its two owners – the last acquiring the car 27 years ago - makes this 19,244 warranted mile car arguably the finest and most original Mk.1 Cortina remaining today.



This multiple concours* winner, ARE 163A, features superb Goodwood Green coachwork, and the interior is utterly as-new. The dashboard, featuring the early strip speedometer and pod-mounted rev counter, has no age-related blemishes and the seating, trim and and original carpets are unmarked.  Interested parties should note that the car is currently fitted with a period Les Leston Grand Prix steering wheel, and that the original is sold with the car.

The scene under-bonnet is delightful and exactly as it should be, and ditto beneath the car,
where the condition is as fine as topside, with the jack and tools - spotless and polished - all present and correct.


The garage owner who has conducted the majority of the MoT tests has re-affirmed the car’s magnificent condition, adding that he recalled a time when the previous owner refused to drive the car home after the test as it was raining, choosing to walk instead. He collected the car three days later… when the roads were dry.

Very substantial interest at the estimate of £24,000-£28,000 is anticipated in acquiring this very rare, superb 1963 Ford Cortina 1500 GT in time-warp condition. It is one of the highlights of the sale of 140 fine classic motor cars and motorcycles, across a wide range of values, marques and eras, on Saturday, August 20th by Historics at Brooklands Museum, Surrey, where all consignments can be viewed on the Thursday and Friday prior.

Full consignments and information are available to view at www.historics.co.uk, or contact Historics at Brooklands on 01753 639170, or email auctions@historics.co.uk.


*The current vendor has shown the car at a number of events, unsurprisingly with great success. The following are just some of the awards it has won:
1990 Mk.I Cortina Owners Club - Concours winner
1991 Mk.I Cortina Owners Club - Best GT (National Rally)
1992 Mk.I Cortina Owners Club - Concours winner
Ford 1600E Owners Club, Visitors - Concours winner
Auto-Glym Concours 1960-1970 - Classic saloons winner
1995 Mk.I Cortina Owners Club (National Rally) - Concours winner



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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Powered gate death triggers new DHF call to check gates for safety


The tragic death of a man crushed by a falling metal gate in County Meath, Ireland on Tuesday (July 26) is a salutary reminder to all those responsible for powered gates of the vital importance of regular inspection and testing of powered gate installations.

The call to powered gate owners, installers, repairers and maintainers to have all gates checked for safe operation has been issued by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), the powered gate industry body which is campaigning for higher standards of safety for automated gates and barriers.

The accident happened at the delivery entrance to the Navan Retail Park. The victim, a man in his 40s, was found pinned to the ground under the large rolling gate. This appeared to have fallen off its guide track and toppled over. An inspection of the gate is being made by the Health and Safety Authority.

Said DHF training officer Nick Perkins:
“At this stage we can’t speculate on the exact cause of the incident, but photographs taken at the scene show an upper guide roller lying on the floor next to the fallen gate. There appears to be no evidence of any physical travel stops for the stricken gate leaf. Structural failure like this is the most common cause of accidents with both manual and automated gates.

“This dreadful accident is a stark reminder of the vital need for regular inspection and testing of all powered gate installations.”

He said regular planned preventative maintenance is absolutely essential if a gate is to remain in a safe and serviceable condition. This should include detailed inspection of all elements of the gate together with any necessary adjustment, cleaning, lubrication and performance (force) testing of automation safety systems.

Six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland in recent years. It is estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use.

The DHF, which represents the leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, set up its Powered Gate Group in 2010 to raise safety standards in the industry.

Added Nick Perkins: 
“Correctly installed and regularly maintained powered gates are perfectly safe to use. But like any machine, they can be dangerous if they are not installed or maintained to the highest standards. Our industry is absolutely determined to confine tragic accidents like this latest one in Ireland to the history books.”

The DHF has made tremendous strides in raising powered gate safety standards since 2010. It provides in-depth training covering all aspects of powered gate safety. More than 700 powered gate installation engineers have successfully gained the Powered Gate Safety Diploma qualification.

The federation has recently published DHF TS 011:2016 which is a code of practice covering the safe installation, repair and maintenance of powered gates and traffic barriers. It is designed to reduce the risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable. 

In partnership with DHF, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) now offers 3rd party independent auditing of powered gate and barrier work against the DHF code. The NSI is the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits security and safety providers.

Every year the DHF runs Gate Safety Week, a campaign to create awareness of the need for correct installation and maintenance of powered gates. This year’s Gate Safety Week runs from October 10 - 16. Visit www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk for more information.

Detailed guidance on powered gate safety can be found on www.dhfonline.org.uk .




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Friday, 29 July 2016

Old vs New – Rise of the Machines


We live in a digital age and technology has become an essential part of our lives, whether it’s 4K super HD TVs, computers or smartphones, machines are all around us. Technology is trying to make our lives easier, but is this always the case?


Technology is prevalent among the door hardware industry and brands such as SimonsVoss offer innovative, clever and secure keyless locking solution. For example, the brand new MobileKey from SimonsVoss is an electronic access control system that uses a transponder, pin code keypad or smartphone to lock and unlock a door, thus moving away from the traditional key.

Keys have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. We know how to use them, and we know to call a locksmith if we have misplaced them.

So now with all this technology and smart devices allowing people to access buildings remotely, how safe and secure is it? And when are the traditional methods more suitable?


Advantages of electronic access control


Keyless locking systems are the very latest in state-of-the-art technology. The trusty key is replaced with a digital transponder, PIN code keypad or smartphone, and instead of a mechanical cylinder an electronic one is installed.

There are advantages of using electronic access control systems, like the MobileKey:

• Pick proof

Locks that don’t actually feature the traditional ‘keyhole’ that we think of, make it more difficult for burglars to gain entry. As there is no lock to pick!

• Ditch the keys

Maintenance managers and supervisors find themselves carrying around big sets of keys to access all areas of a building, with MobileKey keys can be ditched and replaced with a single transponder for all doors.

• Control

It’s important not to overlook the additional advantages offered by electronic locks that are not possible with mechanical systems. Logging, auditing, intrusion detection, monitoring, and remote or automated locking/unlocking allows those responsible for building security (such as facilities managers) to know who was in a room and for how long. Access rights can be modified with a smartphone as and when.

SimonsVoss MobileKey 


Advantages of mechanical access control systems


• Electrical failure won’t cause a problem

Some digital locks are powered through electricity, and although power cuts aren’t all that common in recent times, should there happen to be a power failure, the lock may cut out – restricting you from entering the building. However, some do not have to be hardwired in and are standalone, such as the intelligent SimonsVoss Mobilekey.

• Less maintenance

Having manual door and access controls tend to require less maintenance, but it’s extremely important to still check them regularly.


So what’s best for your building? Digital access or a good old-fashioned manual system?


The distinction between mechanical and electronic locks is complex, but important. In most settings electronic locks offer far more benefits than drawbacks compared to mechanical locks. It’s sensible to be cautious when adopting this new technology, but not so timid as to deny the numerous advantages electronic systems have to offer over mechanical ones.

Whether we like it or not, the digital age is here. It will stay and it will grow. Those who try to ignore it will get left behind, so why not give it a try and join the keyless revolution.

Allegion is a specialist security and safety manufacturer and provide a specification service called Inspec. For more information please visit www.allegion.com/uk





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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Letterbox company delivers at Fitzroy Place


A specialist British letterbox manufacturer that provides hi-tech, bespoke and secure letterboxes throughout the UK and globally, has completed a high-end, design-led project in the heart of London. 

The Safety Letterbox Company, the UK’s leading manufacturer and installer of secure mailboxes, worked with designers and award-winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson, to create a collection of mailboxes for residents of Fitzroy Place, located in Fitzrovia in London’s West End.

The company designed multiple banks of bespoke mailboxes specifically for the project, which were installed within the lobby and mailroom areas of Fitzroy Place.

To ensure consistency with the elegant simplicity and classical style of Fitzroy Place’s interiors, designed by acclaimed interior architects Johnson Naylor, the mailboxes were customised to meet the specific space available and finished with a high-end bronze powder coating. To accentuate the clean design of the mailbox, laser cut lettering was produced by The Safety Letterbox Company using a bespoke font created specifically for the Fitzroy Place project.

Fitzroy Place has been described as the most significant development in Fitzrovia for over 50 years.  The area is fast becoming an important creative hub in the heart of the British capital, with a variety of designers, art galleries and advertising agencies being based in its locality. Fitzroy Place comprises of over 230 private residences and two new office addresses with complementary retail and restaurant offerings.



Alison Orrells, managing director of The Safety Letterbox Company, said:
“We are delighted with the outcome of the Fitzroy Place project and feel we have met the client’s brief meticulously. Using both freestanding and wall recessed arrangements, we created a visually interesting statement to compliment colour, tone and materials used within the project.  
“As with all aspects of this project, the design and creative element is paramount throughout. Through paying careful attention to design details and working closely with leading architects and designers over a three year period to ensure we were in line with the aesthetics of the building, we were able to create and install the mailboxes that matched the destination perfectly.  
“Through priding ourselves on offering a bespoke service to clients, the reputability of this project, as with many others we have completed, will allow us to continue to service clients with high-end and extremely specific project requirements.”
Completion of the Fitzroy Place project adds yet another property to The Safety Letterbox Company’s high-end client portfolio, which also includes the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the tallest skyscraper in the world.

The Safety Letterbox Company Ltd is the UK's leading manufacturer of secure mailing systems. All products are completely designed, manufactured, powder coated and finished within its factory in South Wales, UK. The company has over 150 models in its standard range available to provide full flexibility as required.

For more information either call 01639 633525, email: sales@safetyletterbox.com or visit www.safetyletterbox.com



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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Our Summer 2016 Digital Issue has been Published Today


Bang on time the Summer 2016 issue of the Door Industry Journal was published online early this morning. Extending to 124 pages this edition is packed with content covering industry and product news from all sectors of the door, hardware and gate industries. 

Here are some of the highlights:

Lead Story
Our lead story aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding the subject of force testing doors, gates and barriers.

Industry News 
Sommer-Time in Stuttgart - a report on a customer visit to the Sommer Group in Germany.

Garage Doors
Woodrite provide a pictorial glimpse of their new timber sectional garage door.

Industrial Doors
Jewers Doors install a thresholdless Kingfisher sliding door system at Boathouse 4 in Portmouth's Historic Dockyard.

Powered Gates
Belfox prepare to present their latest offerings at Fencex 2016 in October.

Entrance Doors
Hormann reveal an extensive range of high performance composite doors.

Doorsets
Assa Abloy Security Doors supply steel doorsets for Custom House Crossrail station.

Fire and Security
Sovereign Fire and Security launch a room observation system for the welfare of vulnerable people.

Building Hardware
Pampered Puss: Urban Front launch a passive house certified designer pet flap.

Across the Pond
We report on the 95th Anniversary of the Overhead Door Company of America.

Take a Break
How much is that doggie in the window - Alutech share a strange request involving a sectional garage door.


The Door Industry Journal is also available in print, which the majority of people find easier to read.

With the above in mind and to expand our printed copy coverage, we have recently signed a deal with iSubscribe to provide us with an online subscription service for the Door Industry Journal.

If you are not already a subscriber you can take advantage of a two-year subscription at a discounted rate - saving 17% by signing up here - www.isubscribe.co.uk .

To find out more about what the Door Industry Journal can do for your business please visit www.doorindustryjournal.co.uk or download a media pack from www.dijonline.co.uk




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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Manage solar shading devices with P C Henderson hardware


With summer upon us, longer days mean an extended admission of sunlight into our buildings. Access to natural light has been linked to improved occupant productivity and reduced energy usage. 

However, elements such as solar gain, glare and disparities in daylight availability during different times of day can negate all the positive benefits. Utilising sliding hardware from a manufacturer such as P C Henderson when installing solar shading systems such as shutters and louvres can help manage the need for natural light and views.

Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson, comments:
“Solar shading devices are seeing a growth in popularity as building owners and occupants seek to balance elements such as exposure to sunlight, views and overheating. Considering we spend over 90 percent of our time indoors, it is crucial that the correct shading devices are utilised in order to meet the desired design and functional requirements.
“Our hardware is extensively tested making it suitable for everyday use. Our expert team can offer advice throughout all stages of specification to ensure customers select the appropriate sliding door hardware, even for bespoke projects, meeting the most exacting needs.”


For interior applications, P C Henderson’s Flexirol Multidirectional hardware is ideal for internal door shutters. The system can meet a multitude of applications from traditional windows to floor to ceiling apertures. It has the capability to carry wood, aluminium or steel framed shutter doors, and offer users a smooth and effortless operation.


P C Henderson’s Husky and Soltaire systems are perfect for moving louvre systems. Made from anodised steel, the components are ideal for external applications, including in coastal areas. Husky hardware can carry louvre screens weighing up to 80kg with Soltaire having a capacity of 120kg. 

These systems offer further variation as they can function in a single run, simultaneous run, and telescopic run with up to 3 leaves each side. Additionally, they can be operated manually or electrically with the use of either a 24v or 230v motor, with different guiding options available.

P C Henderson has been manufacturing sliding door hardware systems for over 95 years in the UK. Its British engineered systems are cost efficient and combine high performance with aesthetic appeal, meeting the requirements of architects and their clients alike. With an experienced in-house technical team and despatch base both located in the UK, customers can expect unrivalled service and support.

For more information and to download the latest digital brochure please visit www.pchenderson.com


For product information please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 191 377 0701

Website: www.pchenderson.co.uk

Email - UK: sales@pchenderson.com




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Monday, 25 July 2016

New Allegion Website Makes Product Specification Easy



Specialist security manufacturer, Allegion, has launched a brand new website to present its trusted security and safety solutions. The new website makes it easy for customers to specify and select door hardware that is most suitable for their requirements.

It has been designed with Allegion customers in mind, with digestible and helpful information in the form of guides and video content that proves valuable to users.

Pages for each vertical market presents regular problems in public sector buildings and the best way to resolve them with specialist solutions from Allegion. These pages allow facilities managers, architects, builders and installers to select the correct products easily, focusing on finding a solution for common issues regarding doors and door hardware as quickly as possible.

Clare Vandaele, Allegion Marketing Communications Executive, commented:
“This website has been developed with the buying journey and individual interests of our numerous customer bases in mind. For example, we’ve prioritised detailed product information for contractors, including guides to EN classification and CE marking, alongside practical installation videos.
“For architects, the site represents a total product and specification solution; they can save time when researching products thanks to clearly presented solutions that offer a wide choice and work perfectly together when needed. It also meets the needs of facilities managers working within different market sectors such as those within the healthcare, education, commercial, and hospitality sectors. Plus, the site is compatible with all browsers and mobile devices to make it accessible wherever and whenever it’s needed.”
To find out more information about the services offered by Allegion and to see the new website, visit www.allegion.com/uk



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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Top Gear Stunt Team to perform at first Beaulieu Supercar Weekend - August 20th and 21st



The Top Gear Stunt Team featuring precision drivers and some of the special vehicles from the global Top Gear Live franchise is to perform at the first Beaulieu Supercar Weekend in August.

They’ve performed across the globe to over two million people as the precision driving team from Top Gear Live for over 10 years, creating and honing an impressive repertoire of stunts, precision driving sequences and even world records.

Led by precision driving maestro Paul Swift, the Top Gear Stunt Team will perform at Beaulieu as part of its UK tour providing spellbinding entertainment. The team’s summer 2016 routines will include contemporary road cars and some special cars from Top Gear Live which many Beaulieu visitors will never have seen before.

Launched and managed by Sub Zero Events, the team behind the award-winning Top Gear Live global arena tour, there is a huge deal of excitement surrounding the injection of high octane entertainment that the Top Gear Stunt Team will bring to the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 20th and 21st.

Paul Swift, who leads the team, said:

“The Top Gear Stunt Team is a fabulous opportunity to create brand new sequences with mainstream cars, as well as wowing audiences with some of the incredible vehicles that we toured around the world as part of Top Gear Live.”


The Top Gear Stunt Team performances are just one of the features at Beaulieu Supercar Weekend, the first event to run under a strategic new partnership between Beaulieu Enterprises and Brand Events. Other highlights include:

o An eye-catching display of more than 350 supercars set against the stunning backdrop of the Beaulieu parkland for a two-day celebration of the supercar, its icons, its history and its future.

o Murray’s Magnificent Machines will honour the iconic voice of Formula One motorsport Murray Walker OBE with a special tribute collection, featuring some of his favourite cars and motorcycles from F1, race and rally on the lawns of Palace House. The veteran commentator will talk about his chosen collection and career highlights in conversation with racing driver and TV presenter Tiff Needell at a Saturday night Gala Evening.

o Supercar to Race Car will trace the exotic origins of our modern GT race cars and the influence of the track on today’s everyday supercars.

o Ferruccio Lamborghini: 100 Years will honour the man who brought us many of the most memorable supercars ever made and celebrate in appropriately flamboyant style the centenary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth.

o The Hypercar Holy Trinity blends heart-stopping looks with pulse-racing performance and brings together the undisputed kings of the modern supercar class – the Porsche 918, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1.

o The Super-SUV Secret Garden showcases modern monsters unreliant on smooth tarmac for their supercar thrills. Each is in excess of 500hp and is just as capable of crossing continents in a single day as its low-slung siblings but with enough room to take the family along too!

o An extended Parade for visitors to enjoy even more supercars close up and in action as they make their way to the start line for the higher speed track section.

o An Action Arena featuring the Top Gear Stunt Team performing precision driving demonstrations, start-ups, sound-offs and all kinds of fast-road runs throughout the weekend.

o Manufacturer Village areas for special display cars.

o VIP Experience will provide exclusive access to the Palace House Hospitality Enclosure. For those wanting to also attend the Gala Evening, glamorous camping will be available with Pillow Camping’s pre-pitched and furnished tents.


Tickets to the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend are on sale at:

VIP one-day tickets (for Saturday or Sunday) are £99. One-day tickets to include the Gala Evening, lunch and a dinner buffet are £179 (Saturday only). While VIP weekend tickets are £229 and also include the Gala Evening.

Advance Beaulieu Supercar Weekend tickets can be bought at a discounted price online only. One-day tickets are £19 an adult, £9 a child or £49 a family. Two-day tickets are £34 an adult, £20 a child and £89 a family. Advance tickets are available until midnight on August 19th.

On-the-door event tickets are £24 an adult, £12 a child and £64 a family for one-day tickets, while two-day tickets are £44 an adult, £24 a child and £115 a family.

Admission includes entrance to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and grounds. For more details see www.beaulieusupercarweekend.co.uk or call 01590 612345.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

What Knot Makes Securing Loads a Cinch


What Knot, the revolutionary device that can tie and unfasten rope, between 3 mm and 15 mm thick, is available from Screwfix.com.

Designed and made in the USA, What Knot is a tried and trusted way to secure ropes anywhere along their lengths in less than six seconds. It lets you secure or connect multiple ropes with a simple twist without ever tying knots. What Knot is totally waterproof - it will never rust or rot, is unaffected by UV and comes with a lifetime warranty.

With a recommended retail price of just £7.99 for a single item, and with multi packs available, What Knot offers excellent value for money and the knowledge that loads will be safe and secure.

Steven Daniels, owner of Just Right Products UK & Europe Ltd, the exclusive importer of What Knot, said: 
“It’s great news that What Knot has been recognised and stocked by Screwfix. I’m delighted to be aligning my business with such a reputable brand. It’s a dynamic organisation and it’ll give What Knot access to a huge market.”

Steven has won a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award. These awards recognise innovative SMEs throughout the country. 

What Knot is quicker and safer than the bungee type luggage straps or cords, which, having the potential to recoil at 60mph or more, are dangerous. While it should never be used as a climbing aid, it’s an ideal alternative for any other situation that involves rope. What Knot has been tested holding over 600kgs without breaking, though its intended use is lower than this.

Watch how it works here.









A few of the popular uses for What Knot include:


• securing luggage to car roofs and trailers

• securing car boots when moving large items

• tying down awnings, tents and tarpaulins

• securing goods or furniture in vans

• securing and quickly adjusting boat fenders

• towing water skiers and wake boarders

• hoisting and adjusting multiple items prior to permanent fixing

• storing items in garage roofs and creating an easy pulley

• use with supplied net for football practice, garden waste collection

• creating a quick loop for pulling cabling through voids or overhead

• tying the bottom of a ladder for health and safety purposes

As well as Screwfix, What Knot is stocked by Robert Dyas and a growing number of independent retailers across the UK. 

For more information, visit www.whatknot.co.uk.


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Friday, 22 July 2016

The smarter way to hold open fire doors


Based in County Durham, the manufacturers of the Agrippa fire door holder and closer launched the wire-free range at the International Trade Show, Firex. Three years on, sales of the Agrippa devices have gone from strength to strength. Here we look at what makes them stand out from the rest.


Until now, the reliability of wire-free fire door holding and closing devices has been questioned by fire safety professionals due to false activations and damage caused to soft furnishings and the fire door itself. It was in response to these concerns that innovators of fire safety products, Geofire developed its unique ‘listen and learn’ technology. This advanced pre-programing means that the devices pre-record the sound of the building’s specific fire alarm and only release the fire door should they hear this particular sound. 


Geofire’s Agrippa range of wire-free fire door holders and closers have been very popular in environments where minimal disruption is desired such as care homes, schools and hotels. The cleverly designed battery-powered units mean that there is no need to re-wire a building’s current fire door activation system. The devices can be fitted in a matter of minutes and are even complete with a handy, step-by-step installation video.

Both products are hygienically installed at the top of the door, ensuring there is no damage to floors/carpets or any warping of the fire door. It is often beneficial in such environments to hold open fire doors to ease access and increase ventilation during busy periods, where as many building facilities managers fall into the trap of wedging open fire doors without realising they could be prosecuted for doing so.

The Agrippa fire door holder is a simple solution to holding open internal fire doors. It is competitively priced and easy to install. The holder is particularly useful for holding open fire doors in corridors and there are many accessories available including chain keepers and extension brackets for non-standard installations. 


The Agrippa fire door closer is a swing-free device which allows the fire door to be held open in any position. It will make the door resistance-free and so it will feel light and easy to move. The closer has been installed into care homes in the UK to reduce isolation for residents in their rooms.

Last but by no means least, the devices comes supplied with two C-cell batteries, can be programmed for daily release, have a battery life indicator and both products are approved to EN1155 and CE marked.

The illustrations show how the Agrippa fire door holder can be installed in five easy steps. Designed with the installer in mind, the holder can be fitted in less than ten minutes.

For more information go to www.geofire.co.uk , call 01388 770 360 or email enquiries@geofire.co.uk.





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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tate Solutions ensures School Security is top of the Class


Heath Park School, a mixed secondary school and sixth form has put security top of the class with the installation of a new wireless electronic access control solution from Tate Solutions Ltd, the specialist access controls and security division of the Securefast Group plc.

The school has recently relocated to a brand new campus located in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton, catering for 1,300 pupils and 140 teaching and support staff.  This is an exciting new three-story development complete with the sports hall and outdoor sports facilities, all ready for the new school term in September and beyond.

Keith Clare-Brown, director of Tate Solutions commented:
“School security is probably one of the most sensitive issues facing today’s head teachers and trustees. Problems can happen very quickly due to a wide range of incidents including strangers coming into the school, violent actions by children, parents or staff, burglary, theft and arson to name but a few”.
“With this in mind pupils need to know they have a safe place in which to be educated and that staff are in a safe place in which to work. Delivering on that is a given but it is not always easy to achieve”.
Keith added: “Further problems arise from the fact that while everyone wants their school to be safe, no-one wants it to end up looking look like a prison with high walls and fences. While all of this may make a building secure, it is not user friendly.  Our aim was to achieve a sensible balance, implementing sufficient levels of security to cope with perceived threats while providing a pleasant environment in which to learn and work”.
 
To complement their newly constructed school, Heath Park called on Tate Solutions to provide the very latest security system that ensured strictly controlled access into the building, whilst allowing free movement within the facility. The system selected to deliver these objectives was SALTO’s high specification XS4 proximity wireless based solution, which incorporates the very latest technology that provides a safe, secure and almost totally keyless environment for the benefit of both staff and pupils.

The XS4 solution is a state-of-the-art electronic lock system that programmes contactless smartcards to allow access to specific class rooms or other areas for selected time periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times.  If security is breached due to the loss or theft of a card, it can be instantly deleted from the system without the need or cost of changing any locks – saving the school time and money.

For further information on SALTO XS4 and other access control and security solutions please contact the Tate Solutions team at Securefast plc on 01543 501600 or visit the web site www.securefast.co.uk for a comprehensive insight to our complete range of products.





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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Protec2 Cliq® Helps to Keep Power Flowing to North-West England


Abloy UK has supplied Electricity North West with 3,300 CLIQ® cylinders and padlocks, 10,800 mechanical padlocks and cylinders; and over 40 CLIQ® programming devices in order to secure over 23 terawatt hours of electricity.

Project
Electricity North West Limited (www.enwl.co.uk)
Type: Utility provider
Location: North-West England, UK
CLIQ® devices installed: 3,300 CLIQ® cylinders and padlocks and 10,800 mechanical padlocks and cylinders; over 40 CLIQ® programming devices
ASSA ABLOY brand: ABLOY UK

Challenge
Electricity North West Limited is the distribution network operator for the North-West, England. The company serves around 5 million people via 57,000 km of overhead lines and under- ground cables, and more than 34,000 transformers. Electricity North West Limited sought a solution to control access at its sites, which are spread across urban and remote rural locations.

Key requirements included:
Locks that meet the industry security standard for attack resistance, to ensure the continuity and safety of electricity supply
Padlocks which are not made of brass
A locking solution which enables Electricity North West Limited to control keys more easily
The ability to generate audit trails on demand, identifying when keys and locks were operated
A survey and installation service

Solution
In advance of installation, ABLOY UK provided a detailed survey and introduced their trusted reseller and partner. To date, almost 15,000 locking cylinders and padlocks have been fitted at Electricity North West Limited multiple sites. The installed CLIQ® system offers high flexibility, as mechanical cylinders and padlocks were installed in conjunction with the electro- mechanical CLIQ®
cylinders across all the sites.

Electricity North West Limited is also using almost 2,000 CLIQ® user keys and over 40 CLIQ® pro- gramming devices to update access rights of keys remotely. Electricity North West Limited old brass padlocks had on occasion been targeted by thieves for their scrap value. The new padlocks all meet required security standards, are tested to BS EN12320 and are certified to LPS 1654.

The CLIQ® software supports the complex workflow of the utility company, by enabling audit trails to be generated for individual locks, keys or system users. If a key is not returned or lost, this no longer creates a major security risk because all keys can be activated, access changed or removed using the CLIQ® web manager software, making a truly dynamic secure system.

The battery-powered CLIQ® keys are programmable; for example, a temporary contractor can be issued with a key that permits entry to specific sites for a limited time period. After the authorisation period ends, the key is not able to open the lock. Abloy UK are proud to be helping Electricity North West Limited secure electricity supply to 5 million people, with the CLIQ® locking solution.

Rob Bennett, Senior Market Development Manager at ABLOY UK:
“Each CLIQ® key can be programmed and updated individually to allow access to specific areas at specific times and dates, accommodating constantly changing access requirements and ensuring maximum flexibility.”

For more product information visit:  www.abloy.co.uk


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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Major DHF Initiative Ensures Safe Gates Save Lives


The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has launched and published a new industry code of practice which is designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates and traffic barriers to as low as is reasonably practicable. 


The Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers (DHF TS 011:2016) is the 11th in a series of widely respected DHF technical specifications covering the range of industry sectors represented by DHF and is available as a free download from www.dhfonline.org.uk/publications-gates-automation.aspx .

The aim of DHF TS 011:2016 is to give installers, maintainers and owners of powered gates and barriers - and all adherents to the code of practice - a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law. The new code draws on safety legislation, European standards, and industry best practice.

It sets out the legal and technical requirements for all aspects of powered gate and traffic barrier work. It has condensed and refined information from numerous pieces of European and UK criminal law and over 20 European and British standards in order to provide a precise and clear reference for gate and barrier work. This negates the complexity and confusion often caused when attempting to apply information from multi-discipline standards and legislation.

The code leans heavily on the requirements for competence and training at all levels in the process. Every gate repair, maintenance procedure or installation will need to have been executed or supervised by someone qualified in the DHF Powered Gate Safety Diploma training scheme.

This is to ensure continuity of standards across the entire survey, specification, procurement, fabrication, installation, commissioning and documentation of every powered gate installation, repair or maintenance activity.

It is expected that DHF TS 011:2016 will become the benchmark industry reference document setting the standard for owner and installer stakeholders alike. It will end the current, often confusing, situation within the industry caused by conflicting interpretations of the current standards and many apparent grey areas.

Owner and client stakeholders will be able to demand that gate and barrier works are delivered in accordance with the code. Service providers will be able to assure clients that their work is delivered in accordance with the document so protecting the criminal and civil liabilities of all parties concerned.

The new code is the culmination of efforts to raise safety levels in the industry by the DHF Powered Gate Group, which represents Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates, barriers and gate automation equipment. The group was formed in 2010 following the tragic and unnecessary deaths of two young children in that year.

Said DHF training officer Nick Perkins:
"Tragically, poorly installed and badly maintained gates and barriers have caused 12 deaths and many reported and unreported accidents involving serious injury since 2005. 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, backed up by the comprehensive DHF safety training scheme, will help achieve the industry’s ultimate aim of confining powered gate and barrier accidents to the history books."

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