Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Everyone at the Door Industry Journal


The Door Industry Journal offices will be closed from 12 noon on 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Monday 8th January 2018.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Morgan Motor Company announces Technical Partnership as Morgan EV3 begins Production


Morgan Motor Company has announced a technical partnership with industry leaders Frazer-Nash Energy Systems as the all-electric Morgan EV3 prepares for production in 2018. 

The EV3 extends Morgan’s truly unique offering. Industry-leading EV technology combines with a lightweight coach-built body to offer an unparalleled mix of craftsmanship and technology.

Inspired by 1930s Aero-engine race cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons, the EV3 embraces new technology while delivering the raw driving experience and traditional British craftsmanship synonymous with every Morgan.

First revealed in 2016, the head-turning EV3 signalled the British marque’s first production entrance into the world of all-electric propulsion, following the Plus E concept in 2012. Working with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems means that the EV3 will have greater performance with rapid charging technology, proven reliability, a lower centre of gravity and greater acceleration over and above what was previously expected.


As a result of the partnership, the production EV3 will feature all-new, more robust architecture, greater levels of torque, a stiffer chassis and underslung battery beneath the skin. Encased within the tubular space frame chassis is a 21 KWh Lithium Battery and a liquid-cooled 34.8kW (41.8kW peak) FN A010229 motor driving the rear wheel.

The EV3 will have a range of 120 miles and will provide occupants with a hands-on, exhilarating driving experience that has not previously been associated with electric vehicles. The production EV3 is anticipated to have comparable performance figures to its petrol sibling.

Production will begin in Q3 of 2018 at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory following the completion of the model’s rigorous test and development programme.

Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said:
“We are delighted to announce our technical partnership with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems as we enter this exciting phase of EV3 production. We have been working closely on optimizing the EV3’s architecture in every way to develop a car which will offer proven reliability range and cooling performance, combined with the pure driving experience that is expected of every hand-crafted Morgan.

“The greatest challenge lies within introducing EV technology into our factory work flows, customer experience and supporting dealer network in a robust and most importantly safe manner. Frazer-Nash Energy Systems offer us every confidence in achieving this. This will result in Morgan’s first entrance to the world of EV being incredibly rewarding, but moreover sets the scene for many exciting future opportunities.”

Noamaan Siddiqi , Business Development Director , Frazer-Nash Energy Systems said: 
“The EV3 plays an important role in Morgan’s future strategy. Achieving Zero Emissions using electrification is a requirement no manufacturer can afford to ignore. Morgan has always embraced the latest technology within its vehicles to ensure it can continue to build relevant hand-crafted British sports cars. 

“At Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, we appreciate the heritage and craft that Morgan brings to the world of EV technology and we in turn will bring decades of EV expertise to ensure that EV3 customers will receive a car that is reliable, proven and exhilarating to drive, a thoroughbred Morgan. We are very pleased to be able to provide energy management and propulsion systems to the EV3. A lightweight, spirited driving experience beneath a coach-built body is key to the identity of any Morgan. This remains a core focus throughout the development of the EV3.”
 
About Morgan Motor Company

Morgan Motor Company is a family owned, British manufacturer of hand crafted sports cars. Located at their factory in Malvern Link, UK, the world-famous Morgan cars offer a unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. Morgan remains the oldest privately-owned motor manufacturer in the world – handcrafting coach built traditional British sports cars that are fun to drive and unique within the market place.

Morgan built on a successful 12 months of sales, production and development in 2016, and continues to go from strength to strength in 2017. Now in its 108th year of manufacturing, the British company built 750 vehicles in 2016, of which 70% were exported through 60 official dealerships in 32 countries

www.morgan-motor.co.uk




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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Tom Jenkins celebrates 25 years MLA membership.…and so much more.


Tom Jenkins, Commercial Projects Manager at ABLOY UK began his illustrious career 36 years ago as an apprentice Locksmith at Kwick Key and Lock Service and completed it at Bramah Security to become a fully qualified locksmith. Tom joined the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) over 25 years ago.

Throughout over three decades in the industry he has continued to learn about a profession that still uses the mechanical platform first designed by the Egyptians, but which ASSA ABLOY has developed to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Tom appreciates that his experience has been enhanced by the MLA’s knowledgeable training teams over the years, and he’s now proud to be a trainer to MLA members regionally, and for CPNI nationally, as well as a supporting member of the GAI. He’s also keen to ‘give back’ in other ways and enthusiastically gives his time to charity where his most recent efforts have helped to raise money for the 2nd London Air Ambulance and a Mobile Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Tom has put his experience to good use, and in March 2014 he was awarded Freeman of the City of London for his services to the Royal Household, for whom he has provided expertise as Master locksmith to the Crown Jewels and the Royal Family private apartments. The award was also given for supporting the Metropolitan Police & Security Services for over 10 years with industry knowledge and training.

He joined ASSA ABLOY in 2003 and acknowledges that staying in manufacturing since then has enabled him to learn a new set of skills, and add benefit to the industry.

Tom commented,
“I strongly value the knowledge I have gained over the last 3 decades and I’m very proud to work for ABLOY UK and to be a long standing member of the MLA. The combined association continues to help me grow and develop my knowledge and skills, as in different ways they are both leaders in the business of providing locking solutions, ensuring safety and security for people and businesses.
Tom says “Successfully delivering ‘change’ is key to our continued safety and security. Digital and technological developments have been revolutionary in our industry and will benefit us all globally; I’m proud to be part of that and proud to ware my badges for ABLOY UK and the MLA”

Steffan George, Managing Director of Master Locksmiths Association added,
“With the MLA about to enter its 60th year the association is all about its members, and it has come a long way since those first meetings back in 1958 in London. 
“We’re always pleased to see members who keep their membership going for long periods as it shows that they are benefiting from being part of the association and we are therefore delighted to be able to award Tom with his 25 year Certificate Of Appreciation; proof of the emphasis on standards that Tom has put, and continues to put into his career. We hope to be able to continue awarding Tom with long service badges for another 25 years!”

For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or email marketing@abloy.co.uk




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Friday, 22 December 2017

Garador Supports Charities at Christmas


The folks over at Yeovil based garage door manufacturer, Garador, have been busy in the run up to Christmas! 

Over the last few weeks, the staff at the company have been setting time aside to support local charitable organisations, with a donation of food to Yeovil food bank, The Lord’s Larder, and a financial donation to St Margaret’s hospice in Yeovil.

During November and early December, food donations were gathered from staff across the business. A variety of dried and tinned products were given, including peas, beans, cereals, pastas, tomatoes and much more.

Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave commented:
“I’m really pleased with the variety of food donated by the team here at Garador; everything from rice and beans through to tinned vegetables has been donated. The Lord’s Larder provides a great service in Yeovil to those in need and we are delighted to support them.”


With the food drive over, Garador continued its charitable efforts during early December with a Christmas raffle for Garador staff, Christmas jumper day and a skittles evening with all the proceeds going towards St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil, who provide care and support to terminally ill patients and their families.

Over £285 was raised from the raffle, Christmas jumper day and skittles evening, with great generosity from the staff at Garador. Local companies donated prizes ranging from chocolates and bottles of wine through to a power washer.

Simon Hipgrave said: “We would like to thank all of the companies that donated prizes, which helped us to run a successful raffle and most importantly, raised lots of funds for St Margaret’s hospice.”

Garador would like to thank Yeovil Buildbase, Yeovil Town Football Club, Wincanton Race Course, Jungle Jungle, Falmer Palmers, Yeovil Hobby Craft, The Manor Hotel Yeovil and Brimsmore Garden Centre Yeovil for their generosity for such a worthwhile cause.

Please visit www.garador.co.uk to find out more about Garador’s garage doors.




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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Assa Abloy Tailor Security Door for High-End Residential Market


Assa Abloy Security Doors, a UK division of Assa Abloy, the global leader in door opening solutions, has manufactured a new high-security doorset for upmarket residential developments.

Following a surge in demand by architects, specifiers and contractors for high-end residential doors that combine robust protection with a premium finish, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors has developed a bespoke doorset solution that combines detailed aesthetics with secure protection.

Adapted from the organisation’s high security Safeguard timber range, the new doorset is available with the highly sought after Pickersgill-Kaye multi-point locking system, discretely morticed into the door.

The doors can be designed with a range of features, including raised and fielded panelling, specialist wood veneers and other bespoke finishes, providing a door that offers high levels of security while subtly blending in with the interior features of a high-end residential building.

All ironmongery is fitted at ASSA ABLOY Security Door’s manufacturing facility, meaning the doorset can also be delivered ready to be installed.

Nigel Cronin, Regional Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: 
“This tailored solution is a response from architects, specifiers and contractors, requiring doorsets for clients that must deliver strong protection with a premium, high-end look. Applications for the doors include front entrances, safe refuges and strong rooms.

“With the capability to build custom-made doorsets, based on individual, site-specific requirements, this new offering satisfies a need for safety and security but not at the expense of aesthetics.”

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk.




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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Somfy TaHoma Opens Up to the IFTTT and Amazon Alexa Interoperability Platforms


ALEXA is the cloud‐based voice service that powers Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. ALEXA is always getting smarter—just ask and ALEXA answers questions, plays music, reads audiobooks, turns on and off the lights, gives you sports scores, checks the traffic, and more.

Now, with the new TaHoma skill for ALEXA, you can also control your TaHoma Smart Home as well.

Just by asking ALEXA, you can launch and control one of your pre‐programmed TaHoma Smart Home scenarios — allowing you to control blinds, shutters, curtains, lights or heating using just your voice. Just ask, and Alexa will take care of it for you.

Compatibility between TaHoma and Amazon ALEXA from Autumn 2017, depending on ALEXA availability in your country.


If this happens then launch a TaHoma scenario…

IFTTT empowers people to do more with the services they love. The acronym stands for If This, Then do That.

Working with over 510 apps, services, and devices including Facebook, Twitter, Philips Hue, Dropbox, Google, Nest, Fitbit, BMW, and Slack, with Applets. Applets bring these services together to create new experiences of all types, from automating simple tasks to transforming how someone interacts with and controls their home.

You, (the end user or manufacturer) can experiment with all IFTTT partners and create your own Applets. (Applet = smart automatism created between your devices under the condition “If This happens Then do That”).

With IFTTT and TaHoma, you can look for existing applets proposed by SOMFY or other TaHoma users who decided to publish them or create your own applets.

Any compatible service with IFFFT can then interact with TaHoma and launch pre‐ programmed TaHoma scenario. More than 400 apps work today with IFTTT: home appliances, AC systems, connected cars, gardening equipment, health devices and personal trackers, security solutions, voice assistant, weather information … and much more. The only limit will be your imagination.

The connected homes market 

“The connected homes market should grow quickly to exceed 70 million households worldwide in 2021. Somfy is already anticipating this major challenge.

“The Group’s recent acquisitions ‐ Opendoors, the pioneer in smart locks, and Myfox, which specialises in smart solutions for home security, the partnerships that the company is entering with leading players in homes and the opening up of TaHoma to other ecosystems, such as Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, must enable consumers to control all the useful equipment in their homes directly in the TaHoma application.

“In this way, they will be able to easily find the solutions for thermal comfort, the control of natural and artificial light, easier access to the home and greater security that they are looking for,” emphasises Marc Westermann, Director of Somfy’s Connected Solutions Activity.


Compatibility between TaHoma and IFTTT in Autumn 2017

For more information visit www.somfy.co.uk/products/smart-home





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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Promat Glass delivers Fire and Acoustic Solution for luxurious Trinity properties


A multi-million pound project to create an exclusive residential development in a Cheshire conservation area, which has given a new lease of life to a beautiful unused Victorian church, has demonstrated how Promat UK’s high performance, fire-resistant glass range represents the assured choice for developers.

The Trinity development at Bowdon near Altrincham by Hale Estates has created nine luxury residences in a variety of configurations and sizes from one to three bedrooms. The project has converted the former Trinity United Reformed Church, which dates from 1872 but was last used as a place of worship in 2004. 

Designed by award-winning architects Ollier Smurthwaite, the new properties sensitively respond to the material and detailing of the impressive Grade II listed building, with new components sitting sympathetically within the volume of the historic structure, taking reference from existing forms and fabric.

One of the building’s key features, given its ecclesiastical heritage, is the 3m wide communal corridor which passes through the centre of the church. This gives views up to the church roof and allows the original clerestory windows to provide natural light into the centre of the building. 

Maintaining this spectacular communal aspect with its original features and window shapes, whilst delivering superior quality properties with assured levels of fire protection and acoustic insulation, was the brief met by Promat UK, whose Glazing for Life® ethos is centred on delivering assured passive fire protection.

The 45mm glazing units provided by Promat UK were required to achieve strict acoustic and fire protection standards, in numerous shapes consistent with the Gothic style windows. The solution was a sealed unit specification incorporating EI60 fire rated insulated glass units. These are fitted into oak frames to deliver high quality windows which reflect the high-end specification of the development.

This sealed unit specification ensures the windows provide assured passive fire protection to EI60 – 60 minutes minimum for the window’s integrity as well as insulation from the heat of any fire. This protects the communal areas to provide a safe, sufficient window of opportunity for residents and visitors to exit the building safely in the event of a fire.

In addition to the fire protection dimension, the glazing units also work to provide residents with insulation from unwanted external noise in the communal areas. This is achieved through the glass types used and their thicknesses, to deliver windows with an acoustic sound reduction level of a minimum of 43db.

Cath McLean, Segment Manager – Glass at Promat says: 
“The team at Promat worked with Hale Estates at an early stage to provide specialist guidance through the design and specification stages of the project, and we continued to work closely with them right through to installation. This ensured we were able to provide a high quality solution that met the full specification criteria and stringent fire ratings in what is ultimately a stunning residential development by Hale Estates.”

Promat UK is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fire, thermal and acoustic solutions. Its extensive range of glazing products are widely used in residential, public and commercial buildings, providing passive fire protection in both integrity only (E) and integrity with insulation (EI) from 30 to 120 minutes. 

It is also the only company providing specifiers with the assurance of a complete fire-rated system in SYSTEMGLAS®, which is checked for fire safety compliance at every stage; design, manufacture and installation.

Find out more about Promat UK’s fire-resistant glazing solutions at www.promat-glass.co.uk.


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The Trinity development at Bowdon near Altrincham, which features fire resistant glazing by Promat.



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Monday, 18 December 2017

Yale launches premium Bi-Fold door package


The door and window market is witnessing an increase in demand for bi-fold doors as hardware diversifies and becomes more accessible for all budgets and the trend for outdoor living grows. 

With this in mind, Yale has combined a range of door hardware to create a superior bi-fold door offering – including a new 28mm slim backset multi-point lock, a slim backplate door handle and a colour coded maximum security cylinder.

Brett Evans, Technical Director for Door Hardware at Yale, commented:
“Currently, aluminium has a 67% market share over PVCu when it comes to bi-folds*. This is due to aluminium frames having slimmer sight lines, thereby allowing more light in, not detracting from the view and giving the feel that, even when the doors are closed, you’re still in the great outdoors.

“In response to customer requests for a Yale lock to fit into slim sightline profiles, we have developed a bi-fold offering that maintains a high level of security, whilst also complementing modern interior design trends.”

The new Yale Lockmaster 28mm backset multi-point lock fits into slim sightline profiles. It features a combination of hooks and anti-lift bolts for greater security, along with smooth operation, tolerance and ease of use, whilst continuing the Lockmaster story as part of the Lockmaster® range. Available in standard 16mm euro groove and u-channel variants to suit various aluminium systems. What’s more, all of the Lockmaster® range is manufactured in the UK and carries the Made in Britain marque.

The bi-fold door package from Yale includes the maximum security Platinum 3 Star cylinder, which is now available in a black finish to complement modern designs, along with a brand new handle that comes in a range of finishes including black, anthractice grey and brushed stainless.

Ideal for narrow door sets, the handle is manufactured from 304 Stainless Steel and has a 28mm wide backplate, incorporating a patented spring cassette which eliminates the drooping handle effect. Suited to 60mm and 70mm profiles, the handle has been corrosion tested to 480 hours and cycle tested to 50,000 cycles.

Paul Atkinson, Sales & Commercial Director for Yale adds:
“Bi-Folds are a premium aspirational purchase for most people and the fine detail around the lock, handle and cylinder are important aspects,  “We can now offer a high security bi-fold package that enhances the  aesthetic appeal. This allows our installer and fabricator customers to promote a secure solution with a Yale guarantee that fits the slim style aluminium look that is popular today.”

Yale’s bi-fold solutions have been rigorously tested in the UK to deliver the highest levels of performance and can help assist fabricators in achieving PAS 24:2016 compliancy. Doors fitted with the hardware may also be protected by Yale’s ‘Lifetime Security Guarantee** which allows door fabricators and installers to take advantage of Yale's reputation for excellence and offer additional confidence to prospective customers.

For further information on Yale’s bi-fold door hardware offering, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk, follow @YaleDWS on Twitter or call 01902 366800.



*AMA Research

**For full details of the ‘Yale Lifetime Security Guarantee’ please visit www.yaledws.co.uk 



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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Second-Hand Car? Mustangs Destined for Scrapheap Get New Life as High End Watches


It could be the ultimate Christmas present for the petrol head in your life – a handmade watch, lovingly crafted from components that in a previous existence were used in classic Ford Mustangs. 

The idea is the brainchild of Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup, who together scour salvage yards around the world for models, each of which can be transformed into hundreds of unique timepieces, costing from $1,495.


For the true Mustang enthusiast, REC Watches, based in Denmark, will even create an entirely new watch from parts donated by customers, including World Champion Drifter and professional fun-haver Vaughn Gittin Jr., who wears a watch that includes carbon fibre bodywork from his 700 horsepower World Drift Series Ford Mustang RTR.

“Most people would just see a pile of metal, a ghost of a Mustang. We see something completely different – the soul of a car and a story that needs to be told,” said co-founder Mygh. “I’m not cutting up Mustangs. I’m bringing Mustangs that are beyond repair back to life as a watch.”


To ensure these stories continue to be told, REC Watches painstakingly trace the history of each vehicle; talking to previous owners, collecting stories and images from the car’s past lives, and incorporating them into a bespoke video.


Each finished design incorporates the vehicle identification number, year of production and classic Mustang design cues. A power dial designed to look like a fuel gauge shows remaining battery life, and the hands, date, and dial numbers are all influenced by the iconic car’s dashboard. On one trip to Sweden, the team struck gold with a rare 1966 Raven Black model that has become the basis for their limited edition P51-04 collection of 250 watches.


Named after a World War II fighter plane and launched in 1964, Mustang’s radical styling and aggressive performance made it an instant classic. Its superstar status was cemented by a starring role in the 1968 action movie “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen, as well as a string of songs and films focused on, or incorporating the groundbreaking car.

The modern-day Ford Mustang keeps the excitement alive with exhilarating high-performance from the 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and the 290 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit.

Find out more about REC watches visit: www.recwatches.com/

Learn more about the new Ford Mustang here: www.ford.co.uk/cars/mustang





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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Allegion Appoints New Architectural Consultant for UK, Scotland, Ireland


Safety and security solutions provider Allegion UK has appointed Andrew Shaw as “architectural consultant” for its UK and Ireland businesses to build and strengthen relationships in specification.

Andrew joins Allegion UK following more than 20 years of experience in architectural sales in the construction industry.

Beginning his career as an architectural technician, Andrew worked on major projects such as The Albert Dock in Liverpool, before moving on to Marley Building Materials as a technical adviser. This role required him to provide technical support aross the product range to both internal and external clients. Andrew’s subsequent successes facilitated a move to area sales manager for roof tiles in the Yorkshire Region.

Since then, Andrew has consistently occupied commercial sales and specification generation roles, with notable positions at the likes of Deceninick UK and Ubbink UK.

At Allegion, Andrew will consult with architects, clients, quantity surveyors, project managers and facilities management teams to provide ironmongery schedules ensuring that building standards are met and that products are selected to match the requirements for projects. By communicating with decision makers, Andrew can customize Allegion’s offering to ensure that the ironmongery lasts, is easy to use and fit for purpose.

Andrew will also be responsible for providing CPD seminars, which will offer Architects and Specifiers a consultancy-based service. He will play a key part in ensuring that their designs and aspirations are brought to full fruition.

Marc Lengahan, commercial director of Allegion UK and Ireland, said, 
“We are delighted to be welcoming Andrew on board. His collective 20 years in the sales industry makes him the perfect fit for Allegion and its innovation in safety solutions.”
Andrew commented, “I was immediately drawn to Allegion on account of their professionalism and the way they research their markets, giving rise to a clear direction for the future. I’m very excited to become a part of that process.”

Allegion UK develops and manufactures a full range of door hardware and furniture, from door closers, locks, deadbolts and latches through to fully integrated electronic access control solutions.

For more information on Allegion UK door solutions portfolio, please go to www.allegion.co.uk



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Friday, 15 December 2017

Inconspicuous Draught Stripping for Steel Doors


Designed to provide a neat way of draught-proofing internal steel doors, the W20 profile end cap is now available from Steel Window Association members and can be factory-fitted into the bottom of internal pivot or sliding doors of any size.

The end cap offers an inconspicuous alternative to the brass draught strips that have traditionally been surface-mounted along the bottom edge of doors. The new, specially moulded profile is made of rolled aluminium and installed to close off the W20 end section during the fabrication of the door; it is finished to match the door’s colour. The draught stripping then slides into the aluminium section with the option of either a rubber strip or a wool pile brush strip which can be of varying sizes depending on the width of the gap under the door.

Traditional steel window screens are being ‘reinvented’ to meet unprecedented demand for bespoke internal glazed partitions in high-end schemes and doors are often an integral part. Door thresholds are unnecessary so the finished floor is uninterrupted but this means that draught stripping of the doors is important in certain situations.

Steel bridges the contemporary and traditional aesthetic in a way that is unachievable with other materials such as timber and aluminium while providing solidity without being overpowering. Glazed steel screens allow excellent visibility and the passage of maximum light between different areas so are being installed to screen everything from boardrooms and wine cellars to kitchens and showers in commercial and residential projects.

The Steel Window Association and its members, under the umbrella of the 'product development group' are continually developing new and innovative products to complement the existing steel window and door profile range to ensure that their products stay relevant in today’s market place.


For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.




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Thursday, 14 December 2017

UK Security Shutters Launch Command-X State-of-the-Art Remote Access Shutter System


A Command-X door at Rectory Road Station
Stoke Newington, London N16

Staffordshire based UK Security Shutters Limited has launched a new state of the art remote access security control shutter system – the launch of Command-X represents a significant leap forward in terms of design and ease of use for remote access control. 

With this latest edition to our product portfolio, UK Security Shutters can provide clients with a multitude of door and remote access control systems.

This system is suitable for individual shutter doors or as part of a complete access control solution, and can be designed for hassle free implementation and use which allows administrators to manage and monitor access rights.

“When it comes to security solutions, dealing with a trusted and experienced brand is vital” explained Steve Shirley, Managing Director at UK Security Shutters Ltd.
“UK Security Shutters is a trusted partner for remote access solutions with experience at major projects throughout the UK. 
“At UK Security Shutters we can provide a single source of design, supply and install a truly integrated solution.”

Security is a major critical element in the design and construction of modern buildings and electronic
access control is an increasingly required specification for architects and designers, with monitored control. Command-X offers a complete security solution and can combine the highest levels of enhanced security resistance with their high security door range. 

Typical applications include high value storage such as utilities, retail, national infrastructure, military buildings, government buildings, cash handling facilities and high terrorist risk areas. Our high security roller shutters are security rated LPS1175 Issue 7 – SR 2-3-4, all doors are fully tested against; anti-jacking, prising, gouging, impact, cutting and drilling. 


The Command-X system was recently installed at over 30 London Overground stations in a major project for ARRIVA Rail (London) Ltd and is now specified for all future station fit-outs. These shutters, which secure the stations overnight, are controlled at a central command centre in London and can be operated remotely at any time.

UK Security Shutters Limited is a long standing company based in North Staffordshire. The ethos of the business is based on quality and customer service which is matched on a strong sales force capacity to deliver schemes nationwide.

UK Security Shutters Ltd, was established by Steve Shirley and Robert Hoskins twenty years ago and over the years the company has grown into a successful shutter supplier and installer with a growing nationwide customer base.

With the launch of the new Command-X remote access system and the addition of High Security Roller Shutter doors puts UK Security Shutters in a UK leading supplier and installer of bespoke high security systems.

If you would like more information please contact Su Beardmore.





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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Connect yourself to your Home through the Somfy Open Smart Home Platform TaHoma


SOMFY is focused to make, with its customers and partners, home openings, access motorisation and home automation available for all. This ambition is pursued with TaHoma, one of the pioneering solutions on the Smart Home Market.

Already compatible with more than 200 ranges of products, from SOMFY and partners, and more than 1 million of connected solutions today, SOMFY will enrich even more the width and depth of usages for our end users with their home through TaHoma. Install the free app on your smartphone and link your products. It's that easy! Then you’re ready to live smarter.

You can live smarter and easier with Somfy Smart Home.

Monitor garage doors, gates, heating, security and a host of other products with your smartphone or tablet. Somfy Smart Home puts you in control, makes your life easier, more comfortable and gives you peace of mind, wherever you are. You can adjust everything in the Somfy Smart Home System to accommodate your personal preferences.

Somfy TaHoma is a smart box and the heart of your Smart Home.  Scenarios and interoperability with all the leading brands and protocols create not only a smart home when you are there, but peace of mind through implied occupancy when you are not.

For more information visit www.somfy.co.uk/products/smart-home



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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

dhf calls for UK Government to enforce the use of complete fire doorsets in the wake of Grenfell


Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) is stressing the vital importance of compartmentation and the terrible risks of getting it wrong. 

In a bid to prevent the spread of fires in multi-occupancy buildings such as tower blocks and office buildings, the Tamworth-based trade association is calling for a change in Building Regulations, and for the UK government to enforce the use of complete doorsets in fire compartmentation.

Fire compartmentation is the term used for the sub-division of a building into manageable areas of risk, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, and provide adequate means of escape. This involves the use of fire doors on individual flat entrance doors as well as those used in escape corridors and stairways. Fire doors are one of the most important and effective elements of a building’s passive fire protection, with more than three million being installed in the UK each year. Correctly manufactured, installed and maintained, they can save lives by protecting the route of evacuation and provide emergency services with safe access to the building.

However, if fire doors are not compliant, the compartmentation of the building in the event of a fire is compromised and can result in serious consequences. That is why dhf is calling for complete doorsets to be used that are manufactured and certified by a 3rd party accreditation scheme, installed by a 3rd party accredited installer and maintained by a 3rd party accredited company. And the organisation is urging the UK government to adopt and enforce a mandatory requirement for all fire doors to be complete doorsets.

dhf’s CEO, Bob Perry, explains:
 “There are many crucial components of fire doors that distinguish them from conventional doors, ranging from specialised smoke seals around the frame to fire-resistant glazing, but if just one of these components fails due to poor maintenance or damage, the effectiveness of the door can be severely reduced. Problems also arise in ensuring the various components of a fire-resisting door assembly are compatible with each other and that they are correctly assembled. The benefit of using complete doorsets is that they are manufactured and supplied as a complete unit with the frame, the leaf and all the associated hardware having been tested and certified together. This eliminates the risk of non-compatibility between the various components.”

dhf’s recommendations come in the wake of a number of recent tragedies involving fire, particularly the Grenfell disaster which resulted in the loss of 71 lives. Failure to adhere to proper safety regulations can not only result in loss of life, but in legal implications. Earlier this year, Southwark Council was fined £570,000 following a fire at a 14-storey block of flats in South London in 2009 where six people died, including three children. Following the tragedy, inspectors visiting the premises discovered several structural and safety flaws, including breaches of fire-resistant structures between each maisonette staircase and the common internal doors, a lack of compartmentation in the false ceiling structures of common corridors, and a failure to provide fitted intumescent strips (which swell when heated) and smoke seals on fire doors.

“Fire doors are an integral part of the fire strategy for any building, designed to protect the occupants by maintaining compartmentation, essential to those who require speedy evacuation in the event of a fire,” continues Bob. “Properly installed and maintained, a fire door will hold back fire and smoke from 30 minutes to more than four hours. As demonstrated in these tragic cases, these extra minutes can be lifesaving.”

Nor is this a new problem. In 2013, BRE undertook an investigation into fire/smoke doors recently installed in eleven residential tower blocks owned by Stoke on Trent City Council. 66 doors (a random sample of 10% of the total) were subjected to very detailed examination, which included removal of architraves, hinges, locks and other components. This revealed that not one of the sampled doors had been adequately installed, to the extent that they would, in all probability, have failed to perform in a fire.

“Fire doors can be subject to much wear and tear during their lifetime,” concludes Bob. “For this reason, it is essential that they are properly and regularly inspected and maintained by qualified professionals, with any necessary repairs carried out immediately. We would also urge landlords and large housing providers such as local authorities and housing associations to be fully aware of their responsibilities: that their premises meet all fire safety requirements, are professionally maintained to provide protection in the event of a fire, and most importantly, keep their residents safe.”

www.dhfonline.org.uk




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