Thursday, 21 October 2021

JD Drives Celebrates Initial Success with Plans to add more to the Range


In June 2021, JD (UK) Ltd, sole UK distributor of Alutech garage door products, launched an exciting new sub brand, JD Drive Systems. Under this brand, they introduced a new safety brake package, which has been well received by garage door fabricators and installers, with sales already doing well. 

Following on from this initial success, JD Drives will soon be adding further products to its line of accessory products, replacement parts and consumables.

JD (UK) Ltd MD, Steve Hudson, said: 
“The idea behind JD Drives is to eventually create a one-stop-shop for our customers where they can get everything they might need, taking away the headache of having to source from multiple suppliers. 
We’re delighted with how well-received the new safety brake package has been and are looking forward to adding more products to the JD Drives range over the coming months.”

The first in the series of product launches under the JD Drive Systems brand was a safety brake package containing a safety brake, dummy end and interlocking cable. The safety brake, Series: JD18S-DB, has a Max Speed (rpm): 22, Run Torque: 130 N.m and Max Torque: 520 N.m. The parts are priced individually as well as priced as a package.

For more information and to order products from the JD Drives range, please call 01924 472924, email sales@jdukltd.co.uk, visit www.jdukltd.co.uk 

Alternatively, you can visit Instagram @alutechgaragedoors, Facebook @Alutechgaragedoorsuk, Twitter @AlutechGD, and LinkedIn @JD UK LTD.




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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Norseal Launches New Air Transfer Grilles


Norseal is now offering the easiest-to-fit Air Transfer Grilles on the market as part of its specialist range of fire protection products. 

The Mann McGowan Pyrogrille 100 been tested in fully operational FD30 and FD60 doors, stud walls and ducts. Unlike other ATGs on the market, they are fitted without a hardwood liner making them cost effective and quick and simple and accurate to fit.

The Pyrogrille 100 range from Norseal is Certifire-approved to provide resistance to fire and hot smoke of up to 60 minutes in doors and walls. The door grilles have been tested in fully operational FD30 & FD60 doors to EN1634.1 and BS 476. 

In everyday operation Pyrogrille Air Transfer Grilles allow free passage of air but in the event of fire, the intumescents in the frame and slats expand to many times their size to stop hot and cold smoke and fire to pass. 

Manufactured by Mann McGowan using high performance intumescent slats spaced 12mm apart, the finished units are a slimline 25mm and 38mm, making them suitable for most applications. Available in sizes up to 600 x 750mm size for doors and 600 x 690mm for walls as standard and Norseal can provide specials in 1mm increments available on request. 

Part of the European Athmer Group, Norseal is the leading provider of specialist fire door seal solutions, with a long track record of innovation, developing products which meet and exceed the latest industry standards for fire and smoke protection, acoustic properties, accessibility, and thermal insulation. 





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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

XL Joinery Launches first Fully Integrated Fire Doors with the help of ASSA ABLOY


Working collaboratively across several business units, the ASSA ABLOY Group has enabled valued customer XL Joinery to launch its first ever range of fully integrated fire doors for residential apartments.

The Simpli Advanced® range from XL Joinery required a high-quality range of door hardware to achieve fire integrity. 

Through close collaboration with the XL Joinery team, ASSA ABLOY was able to offer the perfect solution, supplying components from UNION, Yale Door and Window Solutions and Lorient – all of which work hand-in-hand to maintain integrity during a fire.

XL Joinery – an established door distributor for more than 25 years – had previously sold its doors and ironmongery separately, and was seeking to launch its first range of fire doors with the components pre-fitted as standard. 

To achieve this, the company turned to ASSA ABLOY for not only the hardware, but the support behind this to ensure a compliant solution and support around testing and accreditation.

Key to the success of the project was the way in which ASSA ABLOY established and understood the customer solution, before project managing this process, pooling the resources of its UK group business units to make it a reality. 

This allowed the company to provide XL Joinery with a combined offering of UNION hinges and door closers; Yale Door and Window Solutions’ multipoint lock range, suitable for PAS24 doorsets and assessed at ASSA ABLOY’s UKAS testing laboratory; and Lorient’s intumescent and acoustic components, as well as acoustic testing and indicative fire tests.


Thanks to this cooperation between ASSA ABLOY’s different brands, XL Joinery was able to bring to market a range of residential apartment fire doors that offers its customers the highest standards of quality, protection and functionality.

Sean Williams, OEM Regional Sales Manager for the North & Ireland at UNION, who led the project, comments: 
“XL Joinery had the doors, but what they needed was the door sets, with everything that entails in terms of the different components and the testing required. 

As a Group, we had everything they required, including the knowledge and experience to guide them through the testing process. This meant we were the perfect partner to help them bring the Simpli Advanced range to market.

“This project was a case of teamwork between the different partners, and while Covid-19 restrictions at times made face-to-face meetings impossible, we always managed to adapt and keep the project on track without delays.

“The project has been such a success that we are now moving on to a second phase with XL Joinery, extending the project to encompass the company’s external entrance door range.”
Mark Williams, Director of Technical & Product Development at XL Joinery, adds: 
“From the very first consultation, through extensive security and fire testing, and culminating in fully compliant and third-party accredited fire doorsets, ASSA ABLOY has provided a breadth of product, knowledge and support that is unparalleled in our industry.
 
“Considering the challenges that the last year has presented, the achievements made in bringing the Simpli Advanced doorset range to market is phenomenal and ASSA ABLOY and XL Joinery will continue to move forward developing products and solutions that meet the highest regulatory and aesthetic requirements.”

www.xljoinery.co.uk


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Monday, 18 October 2021

New Door Sizes on Garador Carlton and Horizon Garage Doors


Garador’s recent launch of higher garage doors has proved a big success.

Garador introduced new 6’8’’ and 7’2’’ door heights to the size range for their popular Carlton and Horizon up and over garage doors back in April this year. The sales of these new height doors have increased steadily through the summer months and now winter orders are exceeding expectations.

Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe said: 
“Our commercial and engineering teams are constantly looking at new ideas and trends to ensure our garage doors remain leaders in the UK market,” 

“The idea of taller garage doors was examined to fit in with the increase of larger family vehicles on the road, but it also made sense for many new builds where standard imperial size 6’6” and 7’0” garage door heights don’t always match standard openings.”

Garador’s new 6’8” and 7’2” garage door heights, which include a 6mm fitting tolerance, offer a perfect fit for more common standard brickwork opening sizes. This means there is no need for uPVC cladding, saving both time and materials.”
The new height doors are available for both the Carlton and Horizon door models. These doors are recognised for their exceptional value, durability and design. Constructed from high grade galvanised steel, they are low maintenance and come with a strong box section chassis with superior lifting gear. 

The design is rivet free and with their vertical or horizontal lineage and a huge range of colours, these doors are an excellent match for both modern and traditional homes. 

Security is important and both door designs come with a secure euro cylinder and solid locking rods as standard. Furthermore, both doors can be upgraded to Secure by Design specification if required.

The new 6’8” door heights in the range can be supplied with either canopy or retractable lifting gear, whilst the 7’2” door heights are available with retractable lifting gear only. 

Find out more by visiting www.garador.co.uk or call 01935 443722




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Sunday, 17 October 2021

NEC Classic Showcases Electric Classics in Motion


This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery Channel, is embracing the future with a brand new feature showcasing not only the look of classic electric cars but also how they drive.

Twice-daily, a range of electric classics will be driving around a purpose built oval within Hall 5, next to the Discovery Live Stage, with Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer talking to the various companies and owners.

Show Director Lee Masters said: 
“Electric cars may seem like they’re fast becoming part of our future but what most people don’t realise is that they’ve been part of our motoring heritage for over 100 years.”
This includes the 1912 Baker Electric, on loan from Mr Andrew Wood. Manufactured in Ohio from 1899 to 1914, the first Baker vehicle was a two seater with a selling price of $850 and boasted Thomas Edison as one of its first buyers. Edison also designed the nickel-iron batteries used in some Baker Electrics.

Unlike other early cars, the Baker Electric needed no cranking, had no gasoline smell and was essentially maintenance-free. Not surprisingly, it was marketed to women. In late 1910, the Baker Electric was quite luxurious and priced at $2,800. It had a seating capacity of four passengers.

These days, owners include Jay Leno in the USA and there are only three Baker Electrics on the UK’s DVLA database including this example, of the 85 historic vehicles powered by electricity.


Amongst the other electric cars that will be driving will be the Porsche 356 inspired Electric Chesil E, the Westfield Eleven, an electric replica of the iconic Lotus Eleven produced in the 1950’s to race at Le mans, and the Westfield Sports.

The RBW Electric Roadster ‘restomod’ will also feature. The roadster is a brand new electric car with a MGB heritage bodyshell that has been slightly modified. Whilst the car has all the styling of a classic car, it drives like a modern sports car.  

These will be joined by converted classic cars from Electric Classic Cars, the subject of Discovery Channel’s Vintage Voltage. Founder Richard Morgan has converted a whole range of cars from a Mini and a Land Rover to a Ferrari and BMW 2002.

Masters added: 
“With some classics being converted and other ‘restomods’ coming to market, we wanted to highlight the options available to enthusiasts who are interested in electric motoring but still want that classic styling. It’s a perfect fit for our show theme of The Journey Continues…”
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will be held at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November 2021. 

Tickets are on sale now, check the website - www.necclassicmotorshow.com or sign up for the newsletter for the latest updates at www.necclassicmotorshow.com/newsletter.



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Saturday, 16 October 2021

DHF announces Martin Keelagher as its newest Board Member


Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that its newest Board Member is Director of Security Access Systems Ltd, and Chairman of DHF’s Automated Gate Group, Martin Keelagher.  

Following eighteen months of unprecedented challenge, during which DHF has flourished as an organisation, it is continuing to strengthen its infrastructure and plan for the future.  Martin’s presence on the Board also ensures vital representation from the automated gate sector.
 
Working in the industry since 1997, Martin is a fierce advocate for safety across the profession.  This passion, and his support for DHF’s clarion call that ‘safe gates save lives’, has enabled him to make a tremendous success of his position as Chairman of the Automated Gate Group, a role he has held since 2019.  

His mission remains that of spreading the message that those with responsibility must be legally compliant, and of the importance of education through training.
 
DHF’s Head of Commercial Operations, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens said:  
“Martin is a highly skilled and seasoned professional whose objectives are perfectly aligned with our own, Martin possesses a raft of strengths, knowledge and experience that he brings to the Board and we are delighted that he has made this commitment.”  

“Furthermore, his appointment also comes at a time when DHF is celebrating ten years of support for the automated gate sector.”

“Martin’s continuing dedication to DHF and to making the industry safer is widely known, and we are thrilled to have him on board, particularly as this is a voluntary role.” 
Martin adds:
“I am very honoured to have been voted to join the DHF Board and look forward to working with them to ensure that progress in achieving greater standards of safety, continues to be made,” 

“DHF has created an enviable training programme that not only offers accredited training that educates the gate sector, but that of the Industrial & Garage Door sector, and with its collaboration with BRE, fire door sector.  

“It is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected trade associations and its tireless efforts in promoting industry standards are renowned.  I look forward to contributing to their future endeavours.” 
DHF represents all the key players in the following sectors: locks and building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors and shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates.  

With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet minimum standards of competence and customer service. They all operate within a Code of Conduct governing standards of workmanship, quality assurance, training, safety, business integrity and CE marking compliance.

Door & Hardware Federation   |   01827 52337   |   www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Friday, 15 October 2021

Hörmann UK launch apprenticeship scheme

Matt & Callum Irons

Working together with SMB College Group at their Stephenson Campus in Coalville, Hörmann UK have introduced an apprenticeship scheme to train and educate the next generation of industrial service engineers, whilst providing young people with valuable real-world experience in the workplace.

The first apprentice Callum Irons, who joined Hörmann in early August, is working towards the Level 2 Engineering Operative apprenticeship standard. He will spend two years on the scheme, splitting his time between studying at college for his academic qualification and working on-site with Service Engineer Matt Irons, his mentor and father.

Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager at Hörmann UK comments: 
“Training has always been a priority at Hörmann, and we have always provided comprehensive training for the industry, strengthened by the launch of the Hörmann Academy in 2019. 
The introduction of an apprenticeship scheme further enhances this commitment and is a natural extension to our training plans which enables us to offer young people the opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable, experienced staff and acquire job-specific skills.

“It also helps us to expand our team of Service Engineers with operatives who are equipped with an extensive understanding of the market and have been trained by us in the skills necessary to ensure that our service offering is second to none.

“Callum is the first of three apprentices who will be recruited to work in the Service Team, with further schemes being developed and introduced for other departments within the company.”
Paul Dancer, Director of Curriculum for Engineering at SMB College Group, added: 
“SMB College Group are delighted to be embarking on this exciting new initiative with Hörmann UK to educate a series of well-trained industrial service engineers. In addition to excellent education in the workplace with Hörmann UK, the apprentices will learn from industry-expert teaching staff in the state-of-the-art facilities at our Stephenson Campus in Coalville.”
The apprenticeship scheme is designed to provide a structured training and work programme which will provide the necessary experience and knowledge required to become a skilled Hörmann Service Engineer. 

Callum will have the opportunity to be involved in the service and repair of the most advance doors and loading technology throughout the industrial market.

For further information on Hörmann UK’s visit Hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868 




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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Norseal goes down Wembley Way


Hundreds of Norseal fire and smoke seals are helping make a new student accommodation development safe and  protected in North London. Factory fitted on FD30 and FD60 fire doorsets from Dorplan, the seals offer a totally unobtrusive yet effective barrier to the passage of smoke and flames in the event of fire.

The Norseal Rigid Box Offset Flipper seals were fitted on Dorplan Expa-Fit doorsets which were supplied to the Albion Way as complete doorsets. Fire tested to BS 476-20:22 & BS EN 1634-1 and smoke tested to smoke tested to BS 476-31.1 & BS EN 1634-3, these Norseal intercalated graphite intumescent seals are suitable for FD30,60 and 90 timber fire doors and are available in black, white, brown, cream and grey.

Albion way was designed by architect Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher as a 253-bedroom student accommodation development in the Wembley Growth Area, in the London Borough of Brent just northwest of Wembley Stadium. The single storey workshop that was originally on the site has been replaced with this seventeen-storey brick-faced building with active commercial spaces at ground floor level.


Part of the European Athmer Group, Norseal is the leading provider of specialist door seal solutions, plus a wide range of ancillary door products. The company has a long track record of innovation, developing products which meet and exceed the latest industry standards for fire and smoke protection, acoustic properties, accessibility and thermal insulation. 

Products are backed by a qualified and experienced technical team offering advice and guidance on all aspects of intumescent and acoustic seals. 

As well as its core range of seals, Norseal supply a wide range of supplementary door products including fire-rated glazing, electrical and plumbing solutions, fire rated ventilation, letter plates, door viewers, threshold plates, weather seals, and finger protection products. 

For more information please visit www.norseal.co.uk or contact Norseal on 01661 830088




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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Fire test success for Rhino Doors’ London Underground project


Rhino Doors has successfully fire tested its bespoke doors designed for the cross passages of London’s Moorgate Station, with the doors far exceeding expectations.


As part of their major new contract with Transport for London, Rhino put the performance of the double-leaf fire doors to trial by testing for fire integrity from both sides of the door for 60 minutes, in accordance with EN1634-1.

The back-to-back tests, conducted in June 2021, far exceeded the 60-minute testing expectations and successfully achieved a 2-hour rating.

Dr Chris Norris, Group Engineering Director of Rhino Engineering Group, said: 

“Huge congratulations to the team at Rhino, who, with the support of our client, Transport for London, have fast-tracked the design and testing of this safety-critical fire door.

“With the door performance far exceeding the required integrity time, we now have an established and verified door design that will find applications not only in rail projects but also in other market sectors requiring high-performance, stainless steel fire doors.” 

The self-closing doors were specifically commissioned for use in Moorgate Station and must be carefully designed and undergo rigorous testing to meet safety standards.

The doors will provide passengers with reduced mobility a place of refuge during emergency situations and will feature panic bars and vision panels.

For more information on Rhino Doors and its work with Transport for London, please visit www.rhinodoors.com.

About Rhino Doors

Established in 1983, Rhino Doors is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance engineered doors. Providing a range of bespoke, primary and multi-performance rated doors for the protection of national assets, the organisation works with clients across key sectors including critical national infrastructure, defence, and oil and gas.

Based in Port Talbot, South Wales, and Burscough, Lancashire, Rhino Doors is part of the Rhino Engineering Group, and is a sister company to Rhino Site Systems and Rhino HySafe.




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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Triton2 Master Key System helps transform Access Management at Bath NHS Trust


The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is the latest healthcare site to benefit from Triton2, a patented, high-security master key system from ASSA ABLOY, delivering assured security and key control.

The Trust’s Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and Brownsword Therapies Centre is a key facility to take advantage of the Triton2 system. 

Opening in 2019 at the main Royal United Hospitals site in the Weston area of Bath, the Centre is an outpatient facility providing treatment, care and education to those recovering from episodes of illness or injury, or who need help managing long-term conditions. 

With services covering rheumatology, therapies and pain management, the Centre includes clinic and treatment rooms, a gym, hydrotherapy pool, an assessment and teaching kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, Skype clinic room, and education rooms for forums and classes.


The Triton2 master key system has also been installed in the Bernard Ireland House residential building, which offers specially-designed accommodation for patients, with facilities including group treatment areas, office space, and a dedicated therapeutic courtyard area. 

Triton2 provides a safe, secure and reliable means of key management for both the residents and staff, so they can focus on delivering the highest standards of care to patients.

When searching for a suitable master key system for these buildings, the Trust had a wide range of requirements that needed to be satisfied. 

Hospitals and healthcare estates typically have large and complex key demands, because of the high number of staff employed, the variety of areas requiring different levels of access rights, and the fact that security and safety must not be compromised.

Fortunately, Triton2 was ideally suited to meet the Trust’s needs. Supplied and installed by local distributor Gemsec, the platform raises security standards by ensuring employees have different levels of security access based on their roles, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorised access and security breaches. 

A hierarchy of access rights means no matter what an individual’s role at the site – whether it’s a general manager, doctors and nurses, tenants, porters, and so on – all have access to only the areas they need. 

And within each type of role, a large availability of differs ensures acess rights can be personalised to meet an individual’s exact requirements. 

The Trust’s estates team then has a master key, and there is a grand master key that sits above this that can access all areas.


The system helps simplify key management too; a member of staff is able to access a range of rooms and areas from a single key, rather than having to carry around a collection of them. Furthermore, the fact that one key can open a number of locks means less duplicates are needed. 

Should there be a security breach, it’s easy to identify who has access to a particular area and ensure the appropriate action is taken.

One of the key features of Triton2 is its long-lasting patent protection. Guarding against unauthorised and 3D key copying, Triton2 is patented until 2036 for guaranteed peace of mind. 

Keys can only be cut by registered dealers, maintaining a high level of security should a key ever be misplaced.

With built-in anti-pick, anti-pull, anti-drill and anti-bump protection, the system’s cylinders exceed the requirements of BS EN 1303:2015, meeting the highest standards for physical security. 

The platform has also been fire tested in line with BS EN 1634-1:200, and so is suitable for use on 30- and 60-minute timber fire doors.

Anthony Green, Senior Estates Officer at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said: 
“We’ve been so impressed with the Triton2 master key system from ASSA ABLOY that we’re now planning to review the rest of the estate in line with the capabilities of the platform, with a view to roll it out to other facilities across the site.

“The system delivers an assured future-proof solution. The Gemsec team have been a big help in ensuring we consider all likely events, as we continue to redevelop and expand the hospital site, so that Triton2 can meet any possible needs. 

Even simple considerations, such as the fact that Triton2 is available with a comprehensive range of cylinder profiles to suit every type of lockcase, helps us save money in the long run by making sure we would not have to install new lockcases if we were to expand the system to existing buildings across the site.

“ASSA ABLOY’s Triton2 is so impressive because it perfectly meets the complicated key needs of a healthcare site such as ours, but does it in such an intuitive, efficient and easy to manage way.”
Craig Birch, Head of Product Management at the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, adds: 
“With long-life patent protection and 1.5 billion different master keying combinations, Triton2 delivers a secure and practical key management solution, built to last. 

For the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Triton2 offers a highly secure and durable master key platform.”
To find out more, please visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk/triton, email AASS-Forum@assaabloy.com or call 0845 223 2124.




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