Monday, 23 September 2019

Specifying Door Closers for Fire Doors


Fire doors are the first line of defence in protecting building occupants in the event a fire breaks out. As such, it is crucial to make a robust specification that includes the door closers. 

Here, Graham Hulland, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba will explain what to consider.

There are two key factors that must be considered when specifying closers for fire doors: does it satisfy Approved Document B, and does it meet the requirements of the 2010 equality act? To ensure these are met, there are other considerations that must be adhered to when specifying to ensure legislative compliance.

Look for the CE-mark

Any door closer being specified for use on a self-closing fire door in the UK must be CE-marked to BS EN1154, under the EU’s Construction Products Regulations.

Once the closer has been successfully tested and CE-marked, a Declaration of Performance should be issued by the manufacturer. This will detail the in-situ performance of the product, and ensures the sustainability of the door closer for its intended application.


Third party certification 

To ensure compliance, the door closer must also be fire tested to demonstrate that it is suitable for its intended purpose. The CE-mark does not detail a specific application, so therefore, this classification cannot be applied to any fire door type.

A scheme that will detail all applications for which the closer is suitable is Certifire.  This third-party certification not only certifies that the product will meet intended fire performance, but also meets mechanical performance, and requires audit testing of product and factory production control to ensure what is currently supplied is as originally tested.

Accessibility

It is imperative that fire doors are easy to use and do not negatively impact access requirements of building occupants, or there is a risk they will be removed or disengaged.

By specifying an adjustable powered closer, the device can have the closing force adjusted to the exact requirements and keep opening force required to a minimum. The maximum opening forces allowed for door sets are stated in BS 8300 and Approved Document M of the Building Regulations. To help ensure compliance, door closer torque curves are available from manufacturers that detail the opening force throughout the opening cycle.

Prevent tampering

Tampering can unfortunately occur on any element of a building, whether it is accidental or intentional – the end result, however, can result in fire doors no longer being able to work properly, which can prove fatal in the event of a fire.

Due to projecting arms, it is more likely they can be the subject of tampering and vandalism. Side arm cam action door closers are a much less intrusive solution that are highly efficient and can assure opening forces are kept to a minimum. In addition, specifying units with concealed fixings also eliminates the risk of tampering.

It is essential that fire doors comply with all relevant fire and access legislation to ensure the safety of all building’s occupants. By ensuring all door hardware, particularly door closers, are correctly specified and sourced from reputable suppliers, appliance can be achieved.

To find out more about achieving fire and access compliance, please visit: www.dormakaba.co.uk







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Sunday, 22 September 2019

British Motor Heritage to Aid the Rebirth Of ‘Frankie’, TV Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer’s Beloved Mini-Cooper S


The classic Mini-Cooper S is the all-time favourite car of Britain’s treasured Wheeler Dealer, Mike Brewer. Having let one slip through his fingers many years ago, he now has another, but it’s in urgent need of restoration, which is where British Motor Heritage (BMH) comes in.

As the owners of the original BMC tooling, BMH is uniquely placed to supply the original specification replacement bodyshells and panels that have already helped save thousands of classic Minis from that automotive scrapyard in the sky.

Mike’s Cooper S is a 1964 example (just like the man himself) that he acquired by chance at auction, and is in need of a complete new shell to make it pristine once more. To kick the project off, both the mighty Mini and its replacement body will be presented live on the stage of The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (November 8-10, 2019).


The restoration will then take place over the ensuing 12 months and in time for the finished article to be revealed at 2020 show, following which ‘300 NOH’ will become the star of Mr Brewer’s eclectic car collection.

The car’s resurrection will be supported by Andy Harrison of Acespeed, the West Yorkshire-based restorer renowned for the quality of his classic car rebuilds.

The full story of Frankie’s rebirth is being chronicled in Mini Magazine, and both car and owner star on the front cover of the latest issue. Fans will also be able to monitor the Mini’s progress via the social media channels of all the participants.

Why Frankie? Explained Mike Brewer:
“Frank was the name of the lovely man that initially recommissioned ‘300 NOH’ for me, yet refused any payment, saying ‘the smile on my face was reward enough’, so I named the car after him. In my experience, genuine car people are all nice guys, as British Motor Heritage have further confirmed by generously contributing a new shell to the cause and helping me to achieve my dream machine, for which I’m more than grateful.”

Added BMH’s Managing Director John Yea:
“Mike’s enthusiasm for Project Frankie is truly infectious, and we are delighted to be playing a key part in the rebuild and saviour of another Mini for posterity that, courtesy of Mike’s fame, will doubtless bring much pleasure to a great number of people.”

Further information on British Motor Heritage and its products can be found at www.bmh-ltd.com.





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Saturday, 21 September 2019

DHF publishes new document on changes to CE marking of fire & smoke resisting industrial doors


Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has published a new downloadable document for the industrial door sector, named Changes to CE marking of Fire and Smoke Resisting Industrial Doors.  

The long-awaited publication reveals what is required, and is to be used, in conjunction with DHF TS012:2019 and is now accessible from the federation’s website.

CE marking of powered doors, whether fire/smoke resisting or not, has been mandatory under the Machinery Directive since 1995; this remains a constant and will not change.

As of November 2019, there will be significant additional requirements for CE marking of both powered and manual fire and smoke resisting doors covered by EN 13241:2003+A2:2016.  This is because compliance with the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 (CPR) becomes mandatory for both manual and powered fire resisting industrial doors on this date.

Whilst many manufacturers have been CE marking their products under the new rules on a voluntary basis during the co-existence period, the new rule will become compulsory from November 2019.

DHF’s General Manager and Secretary, Michael Skelding explains:
“DHF’s new publication is supplementary to, and should be used in conjunction with, DHF TS 012, and covers industrial doors and shop front shutters covering doorways that have fire/smoke resisting properties. 
“It is important to note that it does not cover pedestrian doors, except for retail shutters (which clearly resemble a shutter in a warehouse more than they do a hinged or sliding pedestrian fire door).  For CE marking purposes, only fire test evidence to EN 1634-1 can be used,” 
“Existing fire shutters tested to BS 476-22 remain acceptable, but fire shutters placed on the market after 1 November this year will need the CE mark.  As well as fire test evidence, the CE mark must be supported by evidence of the shutter’s ability to self-close and its safety in everyday use. 
“We hope that our new guide will help to make this clear.  It is worth noting that fire shutters, new or old, are not exempt from normal health and safety rules for doors in a workplace.”

DHF’s new publication can be downloaded here: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Friday, 20 September 2019

DIN Rail Single and Dual Loop Detector provides Reliable and Safe Vehicle Detection


Carlo Gavazzi’s latest compact DIN rail mounting LDD loop detector provides reliable and accurate vehicle detection in a compact housing just 22mm wide and is designed to ensure ease of installation.

The LDD has a loop input inductance of 20 μH to 1000 μH and an adjustable sensitivity in 10 steps -  0.01% to 1.00% via potentiometer.  The multicolour power/fault LED feature ensures simple diagnostics and ensures rapid troubleshooting; providing an effective method for monitoring the loop status, cross talk, short circuit, open circuit and inductance out of range.

The new slimline LD series comes with two SPDT relay outputs that can be independently configured to operate in pulse or presence mode, with adjustable pulse and presence detection. The dual loop version can also determine vehicle direction.

The automatic frequency tuning ensures that each time it is powered up or reset it will automatically detect disturbances present on any of the four channels and in turn will choose the channel with the best signal condition whilst the selectable sensitivity allows adjustments in 10 steps from 1 to 10. 1 being the least sensitive and 10 the most sensitive.

The Automatic Sensitivity Boost (ASB) ensures accurate detection of high-base vehicles such as trucks and buses whilst the automatic loop frequency tuning avoids cross talk between loops when installed in close proximity to each other.

Crucially, the built-in fail safe / fail secure function; on detection of an error such as power loss or loop fault allows the loop detector to operate either to open or close the barriers safely.

It comes with a wide power supply range from 24 to 240 VAC/VDC, together with many other features, contributes to make the new loop detector the state-of-the-art solution for reliable universal vehicle detection.

The LDD loop detector is the perfect solution for applications such as car parks, drive through and car access control applications to control barriers, gates, bollards and car access equipment and is designed in accordance with the latest standards and European and North American regulations and is CE, UL508 and CSA certified.

For more information regarding Carlo Gavazzi and its range of products, please visit the website: www.carlogavazzi.co.uk or call the sale team on 01276  854110.





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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Losing Sleep Over Fire Safety Compliance


As the UK strives to improve fire safety and building standards, Karen Trigg of Allegion UK discusses the pressure on specialised housing landlords and how to keep residents safe.

For landlords, providing residents with a safe environment is key. For residents living in specialised settings, such as sheltered housing, extra care and supported living accommodation, fire safety is critical.

In fact, landlords and providers of specialised housing and houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) have a duty of care under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that their properties meet all aspects of fire safety compliance.

Yet, right now, question marks reside over the state of fire safety in the UK. Each week, the news highlights a number of incidents, suggesting a lax approach toward fire safety compliance by some. While it’s true that the running of HMOs and specialised housing facilities is more varied, fire safety compliance remains the same for all.


Vulnerability at night

In 2017, the National Fire Chiefs Council produced a comprehensive guide, titled Fire Safety in Specialised Housing. The guide includes a series of recommendations designed to protect the estimated three quarters of a million residents in specialised housing.

Amongst escape routes and warning signs, fire doors are recognised in the document as a major contributing factor to fire safety. For all buildings, fire doors are the first line of defence when a fire does occur, helping to protect premises by preventing or slowing down smoke and fire from spreading.

What’s more, fire doors act as protection for residents when they’re most vulnerable – while sleeping. It’s documented that most fires in the home occur when people are asleep (between the hours of 10pm and 6am).

Through compartmentalisation, fire doors are key in providing occupants those extra seconds, and in a building with multiple residents, this can be a huge contributing factor for successful escape. With this in mind, the importance of correct installation and maintainence can’t be understated. Without it, fire doors simply won’t function effectively.


However, all too often, fire doors are the one piece of equipment that is subject to neglect, becoming a secondary concern by landlords and facility managers. In some cases, they are the first item to be downgraded in a specification as a way of saving money.

Even if the correct fire door is chosen, they can often be used incorrectly, being left propped open or even locked, and are often badly maintained and damaged.

It’s no surprise to learn that fire door failure is still a prominent problem in many residential settings. In 2015 alone, 58 percent of all fire door fines were issued to landlords of HMOs in the UK. Adding to this, a recent report led by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) found that 61 percent of the fire doors inspected had fire or smoke seals missing or were installed incorrectly.

At the same time, one in three had gaps of 3mm or more between the door and the frame – making them suspectible to increased fire damage. Failure to meet the stringent regulations associated with fire safety compliance can result in legal action and heavy financial penalties. So why are we seeing this large number of incidents in this sector?

A sound sleep

In order to remain compliant, education is key. It’s now as important as ever for landlords and facility managers as a collective to improve their understanding of fire safety and alleviate the pressure associated with fire safety compliance.

When used correctly, fire doors can protect occupants from danger for anywhere between 20 minutes and 120 minutes – depending on the specification of the door. Using what is commonly known as ‘the five-point check’ – checking certification, gaps, seals, hinges and closing mechanics – enables a user to see if a fire door is functioning as it should be.


Responsibility lies with the landlord, but any staff should also have a responibilty to report any doors not functioning correctly that are in a HMO or specialised housing facility.

The smallest of changes in a fire door’s function can have detrimental effects. Although landlords have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that fire doors are compliant and fit for purpose, sometimes a full inspection may need to be carried out by a qualified specialist.

Should an issue be found with a fire door, it’s important to know that contacting a certified inspector is an option, as opposed to leaving it to chance.

There’s no longer an excuse to leave fire safety to chance. Moreover, there’s no longer a need to lose sleep over fire safety compliance. Begin with the basic checks and seek further advice should it be required. No occupants of specialised housing or HMOs deserve to live in constant concern of fire safety.

For more, visit www.allegion.com





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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Register to attend the 2019 Fire Door Symposium – 26th September, Waterfoot Hotel, Londonderry



This free informative and educational event for building owners, managers, architects and property management professionals is taking place as part of Fire Door Safety week 2019.

The half-day symposium will feature seminars from four keynote speakers, focussing on the topic of Fire Door Safety. Attendees will hear from industry experts such as ABLOY UK, the Automatic Door Supplier Association (ADSA), the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) and Fire Doors Inspections, part of the KCC Architectural group. 

The keynote speakers will discuss areas such as fire door and hardware safety, issues relating to specification, installation, maintenance, certification and compliance, what can happen when it goes wrong, powered pedestrian doors and accessibility considerations, for example.


The half-day event will commence at 9am on September 26th 2019, in the Waterfoot Hotel, Caw Roundabout, Londonderry, with lunch and refreshments provided for attendees. Registration for the event is free but places are limited so if you or your team would like to attend, register your interest at symposium@firedoorsinspections.com.

This event has been proudly facilitated by KCC Architectural and Fire Doors Inspections and kindly supported by Elite Doors Ltd, GEZE, Firestop and Access2.


www.firedoorsinspections.com
 





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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Door-Stop Shows Commitment To Quality & Product Development With Veka Partnership


Door-Stop is pleased to announce that it has partnered with VEKA UK Group, the renowned profile system manufacturer, to expand its door frame range with a new VEKA profile, now available as standard.

Door-Stop has long placed an emphasis on customisation, allowing homeowners to select the design, colour, glazing and hardware to create a front door that reflects their individual style. By collaborating with VEKA UK Group, Door-Stop is ensuring that customers continue to be offered a great selection of design choices and assured product quality, with the VEKA brand recognised worldwide for its premium PVCu profile systems.

The new VEKA UK Group frame option will be available in a Chamfered profile, creating a clean, modern look, and will be offered to Door-Stop customers as the default option when ordering a door. The other frame profiles currently available are Rehau, also in the Chamfered shape, and Liniar, in a Sculptured style.

Patrick Dean, Head of Sales and Marketing at Door-Stop said:
“We are really excited to be working with VEKA UK Group to bring a new profile option to our range, further expanding the choice available to our customers and demonstrating our commitment both to product development and ensuring product quality.
“We have currently launched the new profile in the clean and contemporary Chamfered shape; however, we hope to also introduce a sculptured frame detail later in the year, which will provide a more curved, decorative and traditional finish.”

VEKA UK Group is part of the global VEKA Group, which celebrates 50 years in business this year, meaning that Door-Stop customers will benefit from the experience, reliability and security that comes ‘as standard’ with such a long-established and industry-leading supplier.

VEKA UK Group’s Sales Director Neil Evans said:
“We’re pleased to partner with Door-Stop, a company that shares VEKA’s values when it comes to customer service; providing choice and guaranteeing quality with swift lead times. We look forward to seeing this new partnership flourish in the years to come, with Door-Stop customers enjoying the high quality and low maintenance benefits of VEKA’s industry-leading profile systems.”

Door-Stop prides itself on its collection of door designs and colours, with a host of different styles and shades suitable for all property types, whether traditional or contemporary, allowing customers to highlight the character of their home. To help make a stunning new front door even more readily available, Door-Stop’s handy online door designer tool enables homeowners to easily create their own unique door, with a range of customisable options.

For more information, please visit: www.door-stop.co.uk





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Monday, 16 September 2019

Yale bucks trend with UK manufacturing investment despite Brexit uncertainly


With Britain’s manufacturing industry reporting all-time lows in outlays amidst Brexit uncertainly, Yale is bucking the trend by investing heavily in its UK manufacturing offering.

According to a survey by industry trade body EEF, investment by UK manufacturers in new plant and machinery slowed to 6.5% of turnover from 7.5% in 2016 . This is a trend that has continued into 2019, with uncertainty over the UK’s exit from the EU holding back planned investment in many cases.

Yale Door and Window Solutions, however, continues to invest in UK manufacturing to the benefit of its customers. The company has continued to invest in automation at both its Willenhall and Cheltenham sites, allowing it to bring product manufacturing back to the UK from overseas.

The move brings with it the close quality control measures that Yale prides itself on. With both sites accredited to EN ISO 9001:2015 for quality management, the sites will contribute to the rising quality standards in UK industry.


Yale is also in the process of expanding its warehouse to 254,008 ft2, approximately four times the size of the previous building, and moving it to a more UK central location to help provide best-in-class services, all in time for winter 2019.   

As well as these investments, Yale is also introducing a new CRM system across the business that will enhance customer service, communications and account management, improving the customer experience.

The CRM system will put customer experience at the heart of the business, helping to maintain strong relationships with both new and existing customers. With a single client focus throughout all units, each new offer, product and service will be immediately visible and available. The automated system will also ensure a greater alignment in project and trade sales processes.


Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director of Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments: 
“We have always been passionate about maintaining and building on a UK manufacturing base, especially with the current uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU. There are multiple benefits to manufacturing in the UK; being closer to the market we operate in means we are able to respond to customer requirements and fluctuations much quicker. 
“There are also research and development benefits for our customers when it comes to new products. For example, we recently announced that we were upgrading to stainless steel on all of our multipoint lock faceplates as standard, with the whole manufacturing process taking place solely at our Midlands head office.
“We also see a benefit in supporting the local and UK economy; by maintaining and growing manufacturing at our Willenhall and Cheltenham sites we believe this will help contribute to the UK job market. In a similar vein, Yale is proud to be an official member of Made in Britain, which aims to bring together the entire British manufacturing community.”

For more information on Yale DWS, please visit www.yaledoorandwindowsolutions.co.uk.






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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Gotcha! Police Car from Noel’s House Party up for Grabs - Now wait till I get it home!

1992 Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ex-Noel Edmonds House Party Car

The CCA sale on the 5th October at the Warwickshire Event Centre will be selling one of the props from Noel’s House Party, the famous BBC One TV show, an Ex-Garda Police Car.

Among other lots, there are some lovely British classics, a Sunbeam Tiger, a series 2 Jaguar E-type and two classic Jaguars, a Mk 2 and a 340 from the same owner.

All the puns will be coming out for this lot, now is your chance to Grab a Police Car that featured in the famous BBC television show Noel’s House Party. This 1992 Ford Sierra XR4x4 as shown in the documents was originally an Irish Garda car which was purchased for the tv programme.

In full working order after being recommissioned, it retains its Police livery and working flashing lights. Powered by the 2.9-litre V6 we are told it drives very well Offered at £5,000 to £7,000 this is a great opportunity to own a piece of TV memorabilia from one of the most famous shows of the 1990s.

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Series 1 V8

Now for something a bit more classic, a real British Bulldog from the swinging sixties era, a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. This series 1 V8 has had four keepers and been in the same ownership since 1992. The car has been treated to some slight upgrades with improved brakes and suspension as well as a tweaked engine.

Fitted with lovely 15- inch Pansport American alloys and presented in Mediterranean Blue, this is a stunning and well-sorted sports car with an estimate of £40,000 to £50,000.

1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 S2 Roadster

The next three lots are all Jaguars and one not to be missed is this 1970 Series 2 E-Type Roadster. Estimated at £40,000 to £45,000 this is a very sensible guide price for a British Icon of the motoring world. This 4.2 E-Type was imported from America in 1989 and was professionally converted to right-hand-drive.

It has been with the current owner for the last 18 years and has an indicated mileage of 79,822 miles. Finished in Regency Red and with a removable hard-top, this is a great E-type which has been guided to allow for some tidying up and detailing.

1961 Jaguar Mk2 2.4 (O-D)

The final two cars are both from the same vendor and finished in Old English White. The first is a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 2.4 with Overdrive. An original matching numbers car which has undergone some excellent sympathetic restoration to the bodywork, mechanicals and interior leatherwork and documented in the excellent history file.

Estimated t £18,000 to £22,000 this lovely classic also has the number plate 84 UPJ included in the sale.

1967 Jaguar 340 (O-D)


The second of the Old English White Jaguars is the 340. In 1967 Jaguar rebadged the Mk 2 with the 3.4-litre cars being badged as 340. This Jaguar has been subject to a full bodywork, mechanical, electrical and trim restoration over the last four years and is now a lovely matching numbers car.

It does come with an interesting history file with photographs of the rebuild and other associated documentation. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 another great car to be enjoyed.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented:
“Well what can I say about this batch of cars. I remember Noel’s House Party well and this spoof Police car will, I am sure, attract interest. There are always people out there who are keen to own memorabilia and as this programme had a huge following, Grab a Grand, Wait Til I Get You Home and who could forget Mr Blobby? This car could be a chuckle for someone. Just imagine what you could do with it!
“We always love Jaguars and these three cars are superb, the two Old English White cars coming from the same owner are lovely examples and well guided.
“We are still accepting entries for this sale, entries close this weekend, and if you are thinking of consigning your car in the future, you can pop along to our Cars Coffee and Consigning event that we are holding at the British Motor Museum on the following Wednesdays 25th September, 9th and 23rd October and 6th November where one of our consigners will be on hand to help you through the process.”
Classic Car Auctions are still accepting cars for the auction and can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and the team would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively, you can also use their online Value My Classic service.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Element makes further investments in UK Supersite


Element Materials Technology (Element) has made further significant investments in its center of excellence in Wednesbury, UK, two years after opening.

Since the laboratory opened its doors in June 2017, Element has continued to invest in the facilities at the 50,000 square foot Wednesbury site, with continued growth in capabilities and overall capacity.

In the last 12 months, Element has procured multi-point lock durability test rigs which facilitate testing to the latest draft of EN 15685; an Erichsen 430P scratch hardness tester, which enables the team to perform testing against the latest Jaguar Land Rover specifications; and several new aftermarket vehicle security testing capabilities, which come in response to changing market conditions.

Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: 
“We opened the Wednesbury laboratory because we recognized the demand from national and international customers in the automotive, doors and windows and hardware industries, and we have continued to see this demand grow over the last two years.

“The sectors we serve are always evolving, and our offering must develop with them, while maintaining the highest level of technical proficiency. We are dedicated to delivering certainty to our customers and nurturing a relationship of trust, and our most recent investments reflect our commitment to the provision of industry-leading testing services.”
The Wednesbury laboratory conducts testing for products used in the built environment, including security, durability and weather testing of doors, windows and hardware. The laboratory also tests components and full vehicles for corrosion, UV weathering, environmental ageing, flammability, vibration and emissions.

The site currently employs 35 people, and offers testing to British, European, international and OEM standards.

www.element.com






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Friday, 13 September 2019

DHF publishes TS 007-2:2019 in collaboration with the Glass and Glazing Federation

DHF’s newly-published document:
 TS 007-2: 2019

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has published a new downloadable document for the building and hardware sector, named TS 007 - 2:2019 - Enhanced security for mechatronic cylinders and/or associated hardware.

DHF's new Technical Specification (produced in association with the Glass and Glazing Federation) has been prepared following the emergence of an attack method focused on cylinders used in locks.

New door assemblies are covered by PAS 24 and complete mechatronic lock assemblies by DHF TS 621.  The ‘TS 007 - 2:2019’ publication aims to provide a level of security for mechatronic cylinders comparable to that specified in BS 3621 and PAS 24.

The document provides information on enhanced security mechatronic cylinders and security hardware intended to be used on dwellings and other buildings requiring similar levels of security.

The specification includes a classification method and references test methods and acceptance criteria for the assessment of enhanced security mechatronic cylinders and associated security hardware.

It covers replaceable cylinders intended for use with rim locks, and/or mortice locks, (including euro profile, oval and threaded cylinders) and associated security hardware intended to give these cylinders protection from attack.  The publication covers such cylinders and associated security hardware supplied either as a package or separately.

In the document, which is an extension of DHF’s original specification first published in 2014, both DHF and the Glass and Glazing Federation strongly recommend that manufacturers of TS 007-rated cylinders and security door handles/escutcheons carry out third-party certification of every product claiming compliance with this specification.

This is of particular importance because the TS 007 specification employs human testing, and certification ensures that this gives, as far as is reasonably practicable, consistent and reproducible results.  BSI offers third-party certification against TS 007 using its Kitemark brand.  In this case, the TS 007 star-rating is displayed alongside the Kitemark logo on both products and packaging.  (Other certification bodies may offer similar schemes.)

DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explains: 
“We have worked closely with the Glass and Glazing Federation to produce part two of our TS 007 specification which offers information on levels of security for mechatronic cylinders comparable to that specified in BS 3621 and PAS 24,” 
“We hope that it provides the basis for a greater element of clarity for those working in the security hardware sector, and most importantly, improved security performance and protection for mechatronic cylinders.”

The new specification can be accessed here: www.dhfonline.org.uk

DHF will be exhibiting at the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) event at The International Centre in Telford from 4-6 October and can be found on stand TT8: www.locksmiths.co.uk






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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Videx Strengthens Flagship VX2200 Door Entry System


Videx, a leading manufacturer and supplier in access control and door entry systems, has improved its flagship VX2200 door entry system, by introducing a lift interface module which enables lift control via the entry intercom within an apartment or office. 

The 2216 is the latest accessory for the VX2200 system, a two-wire audio and six wire video system for up to 998 apartments with multiple entrances and full concierge facilities.

Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager at Videx UK, said:
“The 2216 makes the VX2200 an even more ideal door entry system for a wide range of buildings, from residential flats to commercial offices, by enabling occupants to control the lift from their office or home. 
“When entry is granted, the lift can be called and access to floors can be restricted accordingly so the visitor can only access the floor where they’ve been given authority by the resident or occupant. 
“For example, a tenant on floor two can call the lift for their visitor and will only allow them to get off at floor two. Restricting visitors’ access to only the floors they’re allowed to visit strengthens the building’s security while also helping the visitor to find the apartment or office they’re visiting.”
 
The 2216 is fully programmable via bespoke software allowing any floor to be assigned to any apartment. Additionally, the entrance panels which are allowed to call the lift can also be selected.

The interface includes eight relay outputs, which can each be assigned to a floor, serving eight floors at a time. For buildings with more than eight floors, it’s possible to use multiple 2216 modules for a maximum of 128 floors.
Neil continued: “Once set up, the module is controlled via the lock button on the intercom telephone within the apartment. When the occupant grants access to the visitor by pressing the lock button on their telephone or videophone, as well as opening the door to allow them into the building, the lift will also be called automatically.”

The 2216 can be used on new or existing installations and is powered from a 12Vdc power source. Additional features include a lift override feature to either disable all lift calls or enable calls to all floors and both USB & RS485 connection for programming via the Videx VX2200 PC software.

The 2216 accessory is also ready for the new Videx IP system where it can be used as either a lift interface or additional relays controlled by apartments for features such as turning on lights and activating third party technology and integrated appliances.

For more information about the 2216 and how it strengthens the VX2200 door entry system, please visit: www.videxuk.com.






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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Raising Awareness of Fire Doors that protect us while we sleep


Fire door safety campaigners are stressing the life-saving role that fire doors play in protecting us while we sleep, as part of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (23-29 September), run by the British Woodworking Federation.
                                       
The awareness week, now in its seventh year, will once again highlight the importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice. This year it will focus on the critical role fire doors play in protecting us when we’re asleep, particularly in specialised housing such as care homes, children’s homes and sheltered housing as well as houses in multiple occupation and communal properties.

Research conducted for this year’s Fire Door Safety Week amongst care home workers will reveal concerns about fire safety as well as a lack of clarity about the crucial role that fire doors play in care home buildings.

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation, said:
“We all need to feel protected, and especially so when we are asleep. Fire doors play a vital role as the first line of defence against fire and smoke, containing their spread while buildings are evacuated. But they must be properly installed and maintained, and good fire safety practice must be shared and followed. That’s why we continue to raise awareness every year through Fire Door Safety Week. 
“Good practice is especially important in buildings with multiple occupants and residents who may be vulnerable. It is quite literally a matter of life and death.” 

Numerous events and campaign activities are being held throughout Fire Door Safety Week, which is supported by a number of agencies, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.

A free toolkit of resources, available at www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk, is available to help landlords, tenants and anyone with an interest in or responsibility for fire safety at a property to get involved.

The week will also see the launch of a hard-hitting video underlining the powerlessness of tenants and residents to protect themselves from fire if responsible authorities fail to take action over fire safety.

Brand new for this year’s campaign is an interactive mock criminal trial, aimed at providing manufacturers of fire safety products, consultants, contractors, designers, installers and other potential duty holders with an insight into where they may be liable in the event of a fire incident.

Helen Hewitt added: “We encourage individuals and organisations to get involved this year, share our free resources and run their own publicity campaigns and events to support the campaign’s vitally important messages.”

The campaign aims to build on the success of 2018’s Fire Door Safety Week, which reached over 35 million people through PR, social media and events with the message: shut the door on fire and smoke.

About Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week, the brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect. It is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. Guidance on fire door safety is provided through the campaign’s Toolkit – visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk to find out more.





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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Bespoke Addition for a Building with ‘Edge’


An office and retail development in central London gave GEZE UK some big ideas for a bespoke entrance solution. Four Kingdom Street is the first of two office buildings to be completed at British Land’s canal-side Paddington Central development. 

The nine-storey re-designed building comprises of more than 145,000 ft of space near to Paddington railway station. With communal roof terraces on all floors, a roof garden with views over Little Venice and sporting facilities, including the highest basketball court in London, it needed a proud entrance to complete an imposing aspect.

 A tailor-made solution was devised with Focchi S.p.A., a leading company in the curtain walling sector, which was commissioned to execute an industrial aesthetic with city chic, created by architects Allies and Morrison.

GEZE UK worked with its German parent company to adapt its TSA 325 NT manual revolving doors to produce two, three-leafed, glass-topped entrances with extra height – the doors are 3.5m high compared to the standard 3m.

The doors have positioning drives which mean that after someone has walked through them, they continue to rotate until parked with the leaf wings close to the edges of the openings. The parking mechanism is driven by a motor installed beneath the floor.

The doors were installed within the line of the building to provide a flush frontage under the overhang of the first floor. Inside, the leaves of the revolving doors are powder coated to match the façade and echo the engineering/transportation elements of the design concept – a subtle nod to the heritage of the site - a former railway goods yard.

Between the revolving doors is a pass door powered by GEZE’s Powerturn swing door operator.

This aesthetic was applied inside and out: each elevation features vertical and horizontal aluminium fins of many shapes and sizes which lend a bold aspect to Four Kingdom Street.

It incorporates a structural steel frame and rougher, industrial materials, not usually incorporated into commercial offices, which contribute to its personality. Focchi describe it as “an office building with a bit of an edge”.

Said Andy Howland, director of sales and marketing for GEZE UK: 
“Four Kingdom Street presented us with an exacting and challenging brief which required us to be adaptable to meet those needs. We liaised with our parent company in Leonberg to ensure that we could meet the desired spec without compromising the integrity of the products and in doing so were able to deliver a bespoke configuration for this special project.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk






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