Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Garador introduces Wireless Optical Sensor for GaraGlide


Garador’s new electrically operated roller garage door, the GaraGlide, is now available with a wireless optical sensor as an option. You can therefore now choose between a wired or wireless optical sensor for this roller door.

The wireless optical sensor is built into the floor seal and utilises light beam technology, so if there is an obstruction in the way of the door curtain’s downward path, when the light beam is broken the door curtain will stop.




The new wireless optical sensor means there is no spiral cable required to connect the safety edge to the separate control panel housing. Batteries are required for this new device. This new feature provides the same reliable level of protection as the wired version and recognises when there is an obstacle in the door’s path.

Close-up of Sensor
The GaraGlide is powered by a tubular drive motor and is supplied with two remote hand transmitters as standard, with either a standard (433 MHz) or bisecur (868 MHz) hand transmitter design.

It has been designed so that it is quick to fit and easy to transport to site; the entire garage door fits neatly into just two double-wall cardboard boxes. Choose from 16 colours and 2 timber-effect finishes.

Find out more about Garador’s new GaraGlide roller door by visiting www.garador.co.uk 





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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The New Kids on The Block - UK Doors (Midlands) Ltd


Black Country 
based roller garage door and continental shutter trade supplier, UK Doors (Midlands) Limited, opened the doors of their new 10,000 sq. ft. production facility at the beginning of January 2021, and are already exceeding expectations.
 
Led by Managing Director Simon Perks, who boasts 26 years of experience in the door industry, most of these dedicated to developing and managing the manufacture and distribution of Roller Garage Doors & Roller Shutters. 

Alongside Simon are long-standing and trusted colleagues, Production Manager Steve Brough and Technical Manager Ian Wallace, both of whom have also surpassed over 25 years in the industry.


Whilst the company may be in its infancy, the team behind it are past masters. Giving valuable support from the wings are two familiar faces from the Industry - Directors Steve Hudson of JD UK/Alutech Systems and Andrew Nurse of Southern Grille and Gate.
 
Being incorporated into an already successful group, the company is able to draw upon a wealth of experience and a network of customers and suppliers.

Launching in the year of the pandemic is definitely a challenging and potentially risky feat. However, like many home improvement products, the Roller Garage Door saw an unprecedented boom in sales, and with the message from the government to stay at home, the trend has continued into 2021 and hopefully beyond.


This increase in demand has created a headache for manufacturers, many have struggled to cope with the sheer volume of the additional work, coupled with problems importing stock from overseas and lead times have suffered as a consequence, with some manufacturers taking 3 months to produce and deliver a standard specification door.
 
This, however, is not the case at UK Doors Midlands. The process of ordering, producing, and delivering a door has been meticulously thought out to ensure minimal delays, and together with a supporting cast of companies within their group, and a strong relationship with suppliers built up over many years, lead times do not exceed 3 weeks, even for the more unusual specifications and colours.


Location is a benefit too - being located in the heart of the country (Tipton, West Midlands) helpfully surrounded by a network of motorways, delivery to all four corners of the country is possible, via a fleet of dedicated vehicles.
 
The modern and spacious building that houses UK Doors Midlands is arguably one of the most impressive in the industry and enforces the ethos of a well organised 21st Century company. The 10,000 sq. ft production facility allows for seamless expansion, a space capable of producing over 150 doors per week.

Brand awareness is at the forefront of the company’s thinking, and with this in mind, they have created a range of doors, under the banner “Vertic-al” - a fusion of the vertical motion of a roller door and the aluminium construction of the profiles that they are produced from.


Within this range are the “Classic 77mm”, the brand leading roller garage door, the “Compact 52mm” for garage openings with reduced headroom, and the “Micro 44mm” continental roller shutters for window and door security. 

The Vertic-al roller garage doors are inclusive of the industry-leading Somfy Rollixo RTS remote control system and wireless optical safety edge technology, and the option of either an Ellard or Somfy tubular motor drive, all of which come with a standard 5-year manufacturers’ warranty.
 
They also stock the most comprehensive range of colours and finishes within the trade, boasting over 40 different colours, with colour matching frames as standard. They also stock an array of Somfy smart home devices to accompany the doors. All their doors are fully compliant to the current legislation.


Managing Director, Simon Perks says: 
“Our approach at UK Doors (Midlands) Ltd is to think big, to develop a brand leading range of products, and be at the forefront of design and innovation. We are fortunate to have a highly motivated, friendly, and ambitious team, with bags of experience.
“We ensure our customers are supplied with doors of unquestionable quality, whilst maintaining sensible lead times, and a competitive pricing structure, to give them every opportunity to secure the order and give them piece of mind to look back on the final outcome with pride”.
To find out more about what UK Doors Midlands can offer, visit the website, call or email using the contact details below.

W: UKDoorsMidlands.co.uk
E: sales@ukdoorsmidlands.co.uk
P: 0121 759 7575




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Monday, 12 April 2021

A traceable locking system for one of the UK’s biggest ports


Security experts Abloy UK have supplied a combination of 156 CLIQ® keys and padlocks the Port of Southampton, run by the Associated British Ports (ABP). This system increases the traceability and helps to manage access across their large estate.  

The challenge
Southampton is one of the UK’s busiest and most important ports handling in excess of 14 million tonnes of commodities a year. The port is widely recognised as the centre of the country’s cruise industry and the biggest turnaround port in Europe, welcoming over 2 million passengers a year, using five world-class cruise terminals. 

It is also the number one car handling port in the UK, handling over 900,000 vehicles. This is in addition to handling fresh produce, a variety of general cargo including dry bulk cargoes, minerals such as animal feed, agribulks, sand aggregates, marble chippings, ferrous scrap and woodchip.  

The scale of the site and nature of its operations means that many individuals have access to the quayside, creating challenges with both security and health and safety. 

The port owner, ABP, sought out a system that could more effectively secure the berths. They required a traceable system which would provide audit trails, allowing them to authorise and identify each key holder. In addition, the system needed to be efficient, without the need to replace the entire suite if one key was stolen or lost. 


The solution
ABP selected CLIQ from Abloy, comprising padlocks and electronic keys which can be programmed to give authorised people access to specific areas of the port at designated times. The project began with a trial of 20 CLIQ padlocks and now comprises 156 components and this is expanding. 

The CLIQ system allows the security team to have complete control over access to the port berths. Should there be a breach to the security or health and safety protocols, such as leaving a gate open, audit trail generation will allow them to identify which keyholder is responsible. 

The keys can also be reprogrammed, for instance if someone leaves the company or requires different access, so key management is much more secure and convenient. This also reduces the risk from lost or stolen keys which can simply be deleted from the system. 

Furthermore, with the initial configuration in place the system is scalable, so ABP can easily expand the system by ordering new keys and locks and programming them on the management platform. In addition to the Port of Southampton, ABP has rolled out CLIQ at Hull, Immingham and other smaller ports too.

Andrew Billings, Group Head of Security at Associated British Ports, said: 
“The project was seamless. I had a lot of support from Abloy all the way through - there’s always someone at the end of the phone ready to help. The port now has a product that will last, has a high security specification and which gives us absolute peace of mind.” 
Steve Wintle, Head of Critical Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: 
“A complex site does not always require a complex solution. CLIQ’s simplicity, and the efficiency it brings to managing access is why it continues to be the locking and security system choice. I’m exceptionally pleased with the success of the project with ABP, and it’s fantastic to know that our solution is helping to bolster their robust health and safety practices.”
For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, email info@abloy.co.uk or visit https://bit.ly/3sR04nO




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Sunday, 11 April 2021

A 70 Year Old Minor Miracle


For sale – a mint condition 70-year-old Morris Minor that spent 27 years in Africa. 

Looking almost as fresh as the day it was born, ‘YSY 530’ appears to have lived a sheltered life, yet is so well travelled it arguably deserves to star in its own movie! 

Fresh adventures now await this venerable classic, as it’s due to go under the hammer at Hampson Auctions’ sale, Thornton Manor, Wirral on April 28.

It was acquired by the vendor, Mr James Davies, from a private owner in Rhodesia in 1954 where, aside from a memorable 2,500 miles trip to and from Umtata, South Africa, it was primarily used for journeys on the local roads around Salisbury, whose primitive strips of tarmac were far better suited to trucks than the relatively narrow track of the Morris. 


Come 1960, when James moved to the UK to further his education, the mighty Minor was sold to an elderly lady. Imagine his surprise then, on returning to Rhodesia three years later, to find the car being advertised in a local paper for c.£200. Back in the family fold once again, it then experienced seven years in Zambia. 


This was followed by a six-year spell in South Africa, the journey to which via Salisbury is one of many the Davies family are unlikely to forget. Initially, husband and wife convoyed in separate cars, with James in the Minor accompanied by no less than four spaniels. But they became separated and, on nearing the Zambesi, the Morris’s fuel tank sprung a leak. 

The 1,820-mile trek by road and rail was ultimately only completed by plugging the hole with soft soap (a proven ‘get you home’ repair) and topping up with fuel at each of the heavily spaced petrol stations. 

Mrs Davies recalls her relief at hearing the Minor finally steaming up the Zambesi escarpment to the hotel at the top, where she had waited, desperate for news of her husband, dogs and car. 

Following its stint in South Africa, where the Morris had served as a school taxi for the couple’s two boys, it and the rest of the family’s worldly goods were shoe-horned into a 20ft shipping container en route to a fresh start back in the UK. 

Despite its international adventures, this stunningly original, rust-free 1951 Morris Minor MM has still only clocked 62,900 miles from new, and is now being sold by Mr Davies for the second and, doubtless emotional, last time in 67 years. 

The car carries a pre-sale estimate of £7,000-8,000 – see www.hampsonauctions.com for further details.





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Saturday, 10 April 2021

U-turn on Pre-Plaster Door Inspections is Good News for Fire Safety

Richard Kowalski

The NHBC has announced a U-turn on its decision to insist all fire frames must be installed and sealed at the pre-plaster inspection stage.
 
The amended guidance was published in a new technical update and comes after Stairways Midlands highlighted the potential threat to fire safety in new homes as a result of the change, which came into force in January, designed to demonstrate the product has been sealed to the partition correctly.

It caused concern as it made it impossible to supply door sets that offered greater fire resistance, despite fire safety being in the spotlight more than ever and door sets widely being seen as the way forward to ensure compliance and improve safety.

The updated advice now offers three options for installers and contractors, which helps maintain both the high levels of safety offered by door sets and testing for integrity:

Option 1: Fire door frames installed at pre-plaster stage

This was the original requirement from the update in October 2020 and is still a valid option.

Option 2: Fire door linings installed at pre-plaster stage

Fire door linings could be plywood or part of the fire door set provided by the manufacturer or supplier. The lining would be installed at pre-plaster to allow the fitting of the frame at a later stage of the build process. The fire door frame should fit tightly within the plywood lining.*

Option 3: Fire door frames installed after pre-plaster

Fire door frames can be installed post-plaster and architraves not fitted until satisfactory inspection by NHBC has been completed. Once installed, the site manager should notify their Building Inspector that the door set is ready for inspection. The Building Inspector will then inspect the door frame installation on their next visit to site, thus negating the need for a separate inspection.

The NHBC is also conducting a trial to assess the viability of accepting UKAS-accredited installers (third-party certificated) as an additional option.

Richard Kowalski, Technical Manager (Doors Division), at Stairways Midlands, who voiced concerns after the initial change, said: 
“This is definitely a win for safety and we are very grateful that NHBC has taken comments on board and looked again at its guidance.
“The three options now give much more flexibility and allow for fire secure door sets to be fitted and inspected at appropriate times, rather than making it all-but impossible to use them.
“It demonstrates that consultation with industry on these types of decisions, intended to further improve quality and safety, is essential.”

Stairways Midlands Ltd will continue to highlight updates and any further inspection changes. For more information, visit, www.stairways.co.uk


*Installers must ensure that the certification for the door/door set allows this type of installation. If unsure please check with the door supplier.






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Friday, 9 April 2021

Jewers Doors Opens the way for Gulfstream Aerospace at Farnborough Airport


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, outfits, manufactures and maintains business jet aircraft for corporations, government, and individuals around the world. It has almost 2,900 aircraft currently in service. 

In May 2019 work began on a purpose-built 225,000 square-foot Customer Support Service Centre at Farnborough Airport and was completed on time, amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, in the summer of 2020. 

The new facility which can easily accommodate 13 large-cabin aircraft, offers maintenance, repair and overhaul services, as well as interior refurbishments and after-market modifications. 

Working closely with the main contractor Volker Fitzpatrick and architects; Gebler Tooth, Jewers Doors were delighted to be awarded the contract to supply and install three sets of our Esavian Type 126 power operated Steel Sliding doors for this prestigious project. 


Each set of doors were manufactured to suit a clear opening 67.4 metres wide by 9.25 metres high. Each set of doors is in four equal leaves, each leaf is 16.98 metres wide running on four tracks – all four leaves move independently of one another within their 67.4-metre wide opening. Each leaf is fitted with a continuous band of double-glazed windows at eye level and there are two personnel doors in each bay of hangar doors.

For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk or contact Jonathan Jewers at jjewers@jewersdoors.co.uk




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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Garage Space or Extra Workspace – Security is Paramount


For many, having a secure space to store their vehicle is an important priority. Whether you use your garage space for storing your vehicle or as an extra workspace like a tool shed, home office or gym, you will want to make sure it's adequately secure in order to protect the valuables inside.
 
Domestic garage doors can offer users many features that we will mention further down, but one of the most important to be considered is always security.

Vortex Garage Doors provide users with independently tested and approved security certification both to Secured by Design and LPS 1175 issue 8, security rating B3 (SR2).
 
Secured by Design certification means that the garage door is police and insurance approved and that it has been specially designed to resist forced entry attempts using patented internal systems.

LPS 1175 is a certification used to test the resistance to unauthorised access offered by physical security products. 

LPS 1175 considers the resistance of security equipment to forced entry based on the type of tools used and the time that intruders will spend attempting to gain entry. 

LPS 1175 is the most widely recognised, trusted, and often preferred marque of third-party approval.

Installing a certified security product not only helps keep intruders out but will also avoid the emotional burden that comes with having a property violated.

Also, the greater the security around your property, the more attractive your insurance premium will be. Therefore, not only do Vortex Garage Doors act as a strong physical barrier and effective deterrent, but they can also potentially reduce the cost of your insurance premiums.
 
Attention to detail is extremely important when creating a highly secure product, which is why Vortex Garage Doors feature high strength extruded aluminium profiles, the shutter curtain is retained within the side guides and an end retention system on each lath delivers massive resistance to impact or forced entry. The UK manufactured product is certified to resist wind speeds of over 110 mph for widths up to 6 metres wide.

Vortex Garage Doors are unquestionably one of the most secure garage door systems on the market; third party certification provides property owners with confidence that they are receiving a professionally and independently certified product, and peace of mind in assuring their vehicle and other high-value contents are truly safe.

Additional features from the Vortex Garage Door include:
  • A patented lath design to allow 40 – 50% smaller roll zones than any other rolling door system on the market. In fact, the Vortex Garage Door fits a 2600mm high door into an impressive 165mm box.
  • Minimal protrusion into the garage & maximised clear opening dimensions as a result of smaller roll-zones.
  • A wide variety of control options to open and close the Vortex Garage Door at the push of a button - perfect if it’s cold, icy, or rainy outside and you don’t want to leave the comfort of your vehicle to open the door.
  • All doors are fully factory-installed and set up to ensure fault-free installation in reduced time. Vortex Garage Doors are delivered with pre-wired control panels and factory coded fobs and safety.

Vortex Garage Doors are manufactured in the UK under ISO 9001 conditions, ensuring complete control over product quality and lead times.

Vortex Garage Doors are the smallest rolling and strongest in the garage door market, which combined with the speed and ease of installation, are making it the preferred choice of both property owners and garage door installers.

Find out more about the Vortex range at cgtsecurity.com/vortex.







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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Get spruced up for Spring with new POS from Alutech!


JD UK has wasted no time this year in developing two new brochures to support their hardworking customers. 

The new sectional door and auto brochure, along with the new point of sale brochure, published in March 2021, premiere a whole host of new products and goodies that installers can take advantage of to boost their business.

The Alutech sectional door and auto brochure 2021 has been updated to include the two exciting new product launches from 2020; the Prestige range, which allows for bespoke, digitally printed designs, and the Panoramic range, which offers the option of a fully glazed door. 

The new-look brochure has been designed to be more informative and uses updated, improved images for the ultimate professional finish. Perfect for installers to give to homeowner clients to help secure the sale.

And new for 2021 is JD UK’s Point of Sale (POS) brochure. 


In response to customer feedback, JD UK is launching Alutech point of sale items to installers. The sales and marketing team at JD UK have developed a selection POS for installers to utilise at their premises and showrooms. 

The new POS brochure demonstrates the different options available from JD UK, including a new look popup banner that can be personalised with the installer’s details and a new look external banner.

JD UK National Sales Manager, Jason Wade, said: 
“Supporting our customers through challenging times has been our number one priority this past 12 months. We’ve been blown away by the resilience of our installers and this year we’re offering more support than ever to help their businesses to keep going strong. 
“We encourage all our customers to take full advantage of what we have to offer and ask anyone experiencing problems with their supplier to get in touch to find out how we can help.”
To receive a copy of the brochures please call 01924 472924, email sales@jdukltd.co.uk , visit www.jdukltd.co.uk or find JD UK on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.





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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

High Performance and Enhanced Choice - Entrance Doors from Hörmann UK


Hörmann has expanded their range of Thermo 65 steel entrance doors to now offer a new acoustic-rated door, additional door styles and accessories, together with increased colour options. 

The Thermo 65 door range offers solid construction - featuring a 65mm door leaf, exceptional thermal insulation and can achieve U-values as low as 0.87 W/M2K.  Impressive security is in-built with all doors equipped with a 5-point security lock, with RC2 security equipment available as an option.

A new acoustic-rated door, which includes a thermal break, has been launched to combine both protection against noise pollution along with good thermal insulation.  The door provides an acoustic rating category of 3 (43dB) and a U-value of 0.95 w/(m2K).

To add to an already impressive selection of door styles, several new designs have been introduced featuring additional glazing options.  

Whilst the introduction of one-way plate glass, which is also available for side elements and transom lights, provides an additional opportunity to add light and creative design whilst also protecting privacy.  

Further enhancing the ability to create a unique front door is the introduction of a range of accessories in elegant Jet-black, which mirror the latest trend for black interior fittings popular in both kitchens and bathrooms.  

The Thermo 65 black.edition provides both exterior and interior lever handles and matching stainless steel glazing frames which together create a sleek, modern look.

The selection of Hörmann preferred colours available has also been expanded to include a selection of on-trend greys such as Basalt Grey, Dusty Grey and Grey Aluminium.  Designed to complement modern architecture these new preferred colours are also available in the Hörmann sectional garage door range, which means that matching entrance doors and garage doors has never been easier.

To find out more about Hörmann entrance doors visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.





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Monday, 5 April 2021

Garador Implements 5S Projects to Improve Production Environment


As part of a drive to improve their production facility, Garador have invested heavily in renewing and replacing the machinery inside the factory and have also looked for ways to improve the production environment for manufacturing garage doors and working processes more generally, with a 5S programme.

Put simply, 5S is a workplace organisation method developed in Japan that helps to reduce manufacturing waste and optimise productivity. There are five phases: Sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain.


The overarching theme is to decrease the amount of waste that is produced in the production plant, all the while trying to optimise how things are produced thereby increasing productivity. One of the first steps in Garador’s 5S journey has been to educate the workforce, helping them to understand how 5S works and what it does. 

Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe comments: 
“Firstly we setup an in-house training programme back in 2019 to get everyone up to speed on the 5S & the Lean Manufacturing System. It’s not just about implementing 5S measures in the workplace, but about helping everyone to understand why we are doing it too. We really wanted to get everyone moving in the same direction.”
After a few months the progress from the training programme was visible. The staff were more aware of 5S and how it could be used to improve the way Garador manufactures its garage doors. But this was only the first step and there was much more to do.

Garage doors are systematically manufactured on a large scale at Garador’s production plant in Yeovil, with raw materials entering at one end of the factory and finished products leaving at the other end. The plant is organised into key areas, each of which performs an important part of the production process, from cold-pressing sheets of steel to painting the garage doors. So it has been crucial to get each area organised and optimised. On the framing lines, for example, there are clearly defined positions for every screw, fixing, washer and component so optimal throughput is achieved.


You can often hear Garador’s Lean Leader David Burton using the phrase “A place for everything and everything in its place” in a team briefing or a quick chat with one of the production operatives. It all forms part of the mantra to create and maintain a clean, organised environment for production and David Burton is really enthusiastic about the positives of this approach.

David comments: 
“We’ve spent a lot of time optimising different parts of the factory where people are working to make a component for the door. Whether that’s a locking mechanism, a spring assembly or a sheet of steel for the infill, we make sure that an area is well-organised and optimised for the task that is being performed there.”
The practicalities of such an approach might involve marking out the floor, re-organising the workspace or even storing the different parts that are needed in a way that is more conducive to producing something more quickly. One area of improvement has been the section where they produce Canopy Track assembly; all components have been neatly placed into plastic boxes, the walking distance to reach components has been reduced and the floor has been painted to clearly delineate the production area.

With everyone getting up to speed and each production area being optimised, another programme was put into place using the Kanban System. The Kanban system is a method for visualising the workflow of a particular part of a manufacturing process, so you can understand the actual work that passes through that process. This enabled them to only produce what they need, when they need it.

Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe comments: 
“We’ve used Kanban systems so we can speed up material flow and the production process.”
The team have invested a lot of time and resources into the Kanban system. Garador’s Lean Leader has worked tirelessly with the production team to try to get things running at full capacity. 


Maintaining a clean and tidy factory environment is a never-ending journey. Sometimes things make their way into a production environment whose immediate use or need is unclear. On a larger scale, this can result in lots of unnecessary clutter across the factory. So Garador’s Lean Lead, David Burton, has put in place a red-tagging system where just about anything from pieces of equipment through to pallets of components, are tagged, logged onto the Red tag register and put in a special “red tag” area until a decision is made with what to do with them. 

Neil Discombe says: 
“We want to make Garador’s factory more organised and less cluttered, and so we use a red-tagging system to eliminate any unwanted items. Thus far it’s been very successful.”
This red tagging system has been further backed up with “Gemba Walks” where Neil and his team regularly inspect the factory and look for ways to improve it.

Neil says: 
“We are always looking for a way to continuously improve things on the factory floor and that’s where the Gemba Walks come in. It’s a really simple way to observe the actual working processes, talk with staff about what’s happening, gain knowledge and look for ways to improve things.”

Getting the Garador plant’s production processes organised and optimised so that garage doors are manufactured more efficiently only solves part of the problem. If the changes that are implemented to the production environment aren’t maintained for the long-term, then gradually overtime things fall apart and you end up back where you started. 

As a result, the areas that have been improved undergo a weekly audit, which will help sustain the changes that have been introduced. In addition, each project will undergo a review every six months to make sure the improvements are sustained and to look for further ways to continuously improve how they manufacture garage doors at Garador. 

Find out more about Garador and the range of garage doors it manufactures by visiting www.garador.co.uk or calling 01935 443701.




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