Wednesday, 13 November 2019

DHF launches CSCS Card Partner Scheme

DHF’s Training Coordinator, Beth Woodward, issues the very first DHF
CSCS card to Richard Warmington, Director of Titan Door Systems Ltd

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has, this week, launched its CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA).  

The DHF CSCS card provision is for those who work with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors.

DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explains:
“Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job that they are doing,
“By ensuring that the workforce is appropriately qualified or experienced, the card plays a vital role in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.  Indeed, the majority of principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.”  
As part of the scheme, and in addition to any criteria set by CSCS such as a relevant NVQ for the Skilled Worker card, DHF is asking that anyone who is applying for a card has evidence of CPD (continued professional development).  This will usually be in the form of a valid DHF training course certificate.
“Each card is specific to the requirement,” continues Patricia.  “In addition to the Blue Skilled Worker card, there are several other cards available, check the DHF website for further information.”
The launch of the CSCS card partner scheme is a further ‘feather in the cap’ for the pro-active federation who, in July of this year, announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based ABBE-qualification for three of the industries it serves, approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation.  The move was described as ‘ground-breaking’. 

The launch of CSCS cards is further endorsement of DHF’s drive for safety and best practice.

Gordon Jenkins, Director of Operations at CSCS comments: 
“CSCS is pleased to see the collaboration between DHF and ADSA in the issuing of cards for the Doors sector.  This collaboration demonstrates DHF’s commitment to meeting the requirements of the CLC and ensuring that construction site workers are appropriately qualified. 
“In the process, we are all playing our part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.  CSCS looks forward to a long and productive relationship between our three organisations.”

For further information, or to apply for a CSCS card, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fife Housing chooses Secured by Design member Videx for Acess Control to Apartments


One of East Scotland’s largest independent housing associations, Fife Housing, has teamed up with Secured by Design member company Videx, a leading access control and door entry manufacturer and supplier, to equip 84 social housing flats in and around the Fife area.

The 14 separate residential blocks, each comprising six apartments, have been fitted with bespoke access control systems that have been tailor-made to meet the security and accessibility needs of residents and visitors.

Speaking at the Security Twenty 19 Security Conference and Exhibition in Dublin, Billy Paton, Videx’s Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager, explained that their VR120 vandal resistant entry system had access panels fitted to the flats with Videx’s standalone, offline proximity system, MiAccess.

This provides a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices and has the added advantage that it enables remote programming and replacement of entry key fobs without an engineer having to visit the development.

Billy said:
“The requirement was clear – Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there.”
Features include:

  • high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons
  • remote programming / replacement of fobs
  • housing staff access to all blocks
  • enhanced security via remote relay for locks
  • sized fully-engraved panels including addresses
  • user friendly

Fife Housing reported that they are pleased with the new system with residents expressing great feedback on how easy they are to use while being a nice modern design too.

A spokesman for Fife Housing said: 
“Security yet ease of access and a user friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that.
“What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands-on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice before, during and after installation.
“I also know that if I had any issues with the systems, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Videx – the system is doing a sterling job.”
National Secured by Design Manager, Kenny McHugh, said:
“The Videx installation at these flats is an excellent example of how Secured by Design and our member companies are working together to make a real difference to help people live safely.”

Stuart Ward, Police Scotland's National Designing Out Crime Manager, said he is delighted that Fife Housing and Videx, which has a range of security related products accredited by SBD, have come together to provide access control security at these flats.
“Including SBD accredited products in new or existing developments will go a long way to ensuring that the risks associated with criminal activity will be significantly reduced. This in turn ensures that police resources in the Fife division are available for other tasks and are not being further tied up in the investigation of preventable criminal activity such as housebreaking/burglary,” explained Stuart.
Throughout Scotland, Police Designing Out Crime Officers are available to assist housing associations, developers and designers to consider the risk of criminal activity and can provide security options through SBD, such as the Videx solutions.

Support and advice can be provided through contacting the National Designing Out Crime Manager either by email: architectural.liaison@scotland.pnn.police.uk or alternatively by phoning 01592 418461.

Videx has been supplying and manufacturing access control and door entry systems for more than 30 years. Their systems are fully compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements including IS09001:2015 Quality Management Standard, the Equality Act 2010 guidelines, and Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, which accredits companies for security-related products that meet robust standards required by the Police Service throughout the UK to deter and reduce crime in local communities.

Videx can manufacture to a specific style, shape and size and engrave it with 6mm in-filled black characters to identify each button. Optional colours for specific applications can also be specified along with custom logos.

The company offers 24 months’ warranty and provide spare or replacement parts for up to 15 years following installation. During the entire lifecycle of a system, Videx will provide full technical support to all local authorities and housing associations at no extra cost.

www.videxuk.com





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Monday, 11 November 2019

The Nuki Smart Lock launches new night mode


Nuki, the European market-leading name in smart locks proudly announces the introduction of its ‘Night Mode’ feature, an update and new feature-set designed to help customers as winter approaches.

Nuki’s Night Mode brings a new level of comfort and safety to the Nuki Smart Lock by combining and automatically activating specific features of the Smart Lock during the night. This ensures, amongst other features, the greatest possible security at night by double-locking the door.

Users can use this function to meet their individual needs and have the option to disable Auto Unlock during the night should they wish. The Nuki Smart Lock also switches to low-power mode at night and sends out a Bluetooth signal less frequently, therefore significantly increasing battery life.


Improved User Experience

Nuki’s day and night profiles allow customers to adapt their Smart Lock to their individual needs. For example, families with small children whose sleep could be easily disturbed by Auto Unlock can disable it and instead use a normal key when they come home late.

The same applies if you work from home during the day and don’t need Auto Lock during this period but want to make sure that your house is always safely locked during the night.


Improved Low Battery Warning

Do not be afraid of low batteries! Before the current update, Nuki notified users via a notification in the app and optional push notifications as soon as battery power was below 20 percent. With the new update a battery warning will now be displayed in the lock overview of the app for extra reassurance.


About Nuki

Devised by multi award-winning Austrian designers EOOS.com, built in Europe, and utilising bank-grade security software, the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Opener are fully compatible with Android and iOS and can be used to assign digital access rights to friends, family, and service providers via the companion app.

Nuki offers the convenience of the optional Nuki Fob and Nuki Keypad –ideal access solutions for children, tradespeople, carers and for those without a smartphone. The optional Nuki Opener also enables the operation of the front door to apartment buildings simply via the Nuki app, as well as remotely.

To date, Nuki has delivered over 70,000 Nuki Smart Locks to customers, by the end of 2019 the company expects to surpass 100,000 installed locks.

"We are incredibly proud of how positively our system has been received by customers and that we are experiencing fast and healthy growth", says Martin Pansy. "With over 70 million detached houses and 50 million apartment buildings in Europe, our core market, there's still plenty of room to grow."

For more information go to Nuki’s website to check out their full list of products - https://nuki.io/en/






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Sunday, 10 November 2019

IndyCar Legend Dario Franchitti to make Race of Remembrance Debut

Dario Franchitti

Mission Motorsport, the charity that supports the rehabilitation and employment of former military personnel, has announced a star line up in the unique Race of Remembrance at Anglesey circuit.


Four-times IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti MBE joins a Mission Motorsport-run squad, partnering with his brother Marino Franchitti, racing journalist Dickie Meaden and Ferrari Challenge UK Champion Jamie Clarke. 

This formidable line-up also includes charity beneficiary Sophie Burt who will be making her racing debut at the Race of Remembrance.

Sophie Burt joined the Army in 2007 and having gained her HGV 1 licence at 18 was posted to military logistics in support of the British Army in Germany. In late 2009 she spent six months in Kandahar on Operation HERRICK where her camp was under mortar and small arms fire daily. 

Returning to Germany in 2010 she was posted to 6 Supply Regiment in Gutersloh where she fulfilled a variety of roles. As a mark of her ability and professionalism, she was promoted to Corporal in 2013 aged just 23. 

Sophie Burt

Health issues including PTSD meant she was forced to surrender her driving licence in 2016, isolating her from friends and family, and was downgraded and signed off from work. She battled to recover and came to Mission Motorsport in early 2017 where, she says, “I found a new family that helped me focus and gave me hope and quite honestly saved my life.” In January 2018 she drove in the Live Action Arena at Autosport in front of thousands.


Dario Franchitti is a four-time IndyCar Series champion (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2007, 2010, 2012) and winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona (2008). 

Following an injury from a racing accident in 2013, Franchitti announced his retirement from racing and became an advisor for Chip Ganassi Racing and co-commentator for Formula E.

Dario returned to motor racing, albeit as an amateur, at the 2019 Goodwood Revival – the Race of Remembrance is the second race since his comeback. The squad will be driving a Mazda MX-5 prepared and run by Mission Motorsport employees and charity beneficiaries.

Marino Franchitti
Marino began a successful racing career in the late 90s. He won the GTO Championship in British GT, raced for numerous factory teams including Panoz, Acura and Ford, and has raced at Le Mans on multiple occasions. 

He’s the 2013 ALMS LMP2 Champion and took overall victory in the prestigious 12-hours of Sebring in 2014. 

He continues to race sports cars at the highest level and finds the time to be an official development driver for Singer – the brand that restores and modifies ultra-high-end Porsches.

“It’s a real honour to race with Sophie and Mission Motorsport,” says Dario Franchitti. “I have a great appreciation for the charity and while I’ve never raced at Anglesey before I can’t wait to get out there.”
Marino Franchitti added:
 “There is no event like the Race of Remembrance. It really does make a huge difference, and I can’t wait to join my brother and Sophie in this year’s race.”
James Cameron, CEO, Mission Motorsport stated:
 “I’m still pinching myself. To have Dario, Marino, Dickie and Jamie join Sophie in a team run by Mission Motorsport will not only make a huge difference to her but also shine a light on a unique event that truly aids the recovery journey of so many others.”
Dickie
 Richard Meaden, co-founder of evo magazine and one of the most respected motoring writers in the world, is also a successful racer – with a win at the Goodwood Revival on his CV. He has also competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“It’s a pleasure to share the car with Dario, Marino and Jamie – but most importantly with Sophie. This shows just how effective Mission Motorsport is in assisting those who most need it,” says Meaden.

Clarke, the 2019 Ferrari Challenge UK champion, swaps a mid-engined supercar for a front engine sports car but is equally relishing the challenge: “To be in a team that’s crewed by Mission Motorsport and to share a car with Sophie is a real honour.”

The 12-hour Race of Remembrance hosts over 50 teams, taking place at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales over the weekend of 9-10th November. Mission Motorsport will be running four of these teams, crewed by over 40 charity beneficiaries in a variety of roles across the event – all of whom are working towards individual recovery goals.

Now in its sixth year, the Race of Remembrance is the culmination of the Charity’s sporting year and raises awareness for the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. The race is suspended at 11am on Remembrance Sunday for a unique pitlane remembrance service, then restarted to its eventual climax at approximately 1500 on the same day.

www.missionmotorsport.org




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Saturday, 9 November 2019

DHF’s Growing Team Welcomes Two New Members

Membership Manager, Craig Wilde

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced it has welcomed two new members of staff to the team. Craig Wilde joined DHF’s proactive group of employees in July as the new Membership Manager.  

With more than 10 years' experience in business-to-business projects and customer service across a range of sectors, Craig is perfectly placed to take DHF’s every-growing membership to even greater levels.  His responsibilities will include overseeing the customer service process of retention, and recruitment of members, in addition to progressing the CRM system used.

Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill
 Craig is joined by new Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. 

Steve has worked for a variety of organisations that are current DHF members and has represented past employers at various DHF group meetings. 

Therefore, he had an excellent knowledge of DHF’s training offering, benefits and services ahead of taking up his new post.


Renowned for delivering outstanding levels of training, this is one of the areas for which DHF has become most known.  Over the past 12 months, almost 800 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 550 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and more than 220 trainees opting for the one-day safety training certificate. 

More than 2500 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or certificate course.  Training continues to be the backbone of DHF’s operations.

Both Craig and Steve join a flourishing team at the federation which is enjoying another highly successful year.  Members have swelled to more than 500 with more than 60 joining DHF this year alone. 

The high-profile organisation continues to prioritise its members – and its employees - with 15 employees and six consultants driving DHF’s objectives. 

Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens said: 
“We are delighted to welcome both Craig and Steve to DHF and look forward to benefiting from their knowledge and experience. 
“By creating a new membership position and placing a further staff member into our training function, DHF continues to highlight the importance of these particular areas of the business.  
“2019 has been another exceptional year for DHF across all areas of the federation and we are confident that, with Craig and Steve on board, we will continue to grow successfully and maintain our position as the UK’s foremost trade association in the areas that we serve.”

For further information about DHF, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Friday, 8 November 2019

The Joinery Network Launches Test Licences for Fully Certified Timber Doors and Windows


Joiners can benefit from a fully certified system of timber doors and windows thanks to testing done by The Joinery Network.

The co-operative, which has been set up to help joinery companies manufacture superior, fully certified windows and doors, has successfully tested a range of timber products against a selection of tests to meet regulations.

Vertical sliding box sash windows, vertical sliding spiral balance, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows, entrance doors, (including low thresholds), French doors, Single doors, (including in & out opening), and bifold doors have all passed tests for PAS 24:2016 and Document Q for security, BS 6375: 1 and Document L1B for weathertightness and energy efficiency, and Document M for accessibility.

O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, says: 
“We’ve tested a comprehensive range of timber products against all of the necessary tests for Building Regulations compliance so that joiners can offer a suited range of certified windows and doors.
“Joiners can choose what they need, getting licences for each product, against each test result and cascading the data to use as their own. This means that that both big and small joiners, offering a full or selective range, can comply with regulations and won’t have to worry about falling foul of the law.
“They also don’t have the hassle of spending upwards of £80,000 into testing themselves as The Joinery Network has already made that investment. It’s an easy way for joiners to show that their products comply with Building Regulations and win more sales.”

The Joinery Network was created to support joiners looking to grow their business by getting into the new build market. The founders, BJ Waller, Balls2 Marketing, Close Brothers, DJH Group Ltd, Fiscale, Leitz Tooling UK, and OT Dare Joinery Consultants, offer expertise through every step of the supply chain and are on hand to offer advice.

“We’re really pleased that every product passed each test and we’re glad to play a part in supporting the timber industry and back UK manufacturers providing superior, high quality timber window and doors,” adds Owen.

Joiners can get licences for their timber door and windows by calling 0333 344 9895 or emailing hello@thejoinerynetwork.co.uk

Find out more at: www.thejoinerynetwork.co.uk





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Thursday, 7 November 2019

GEZE Doors Hit the Right Note


GEZE’s automatic doors have hit just the right note in the development of a London building which is the new home of Universal Music.

Two automatic circular sliding doors create a chart-topping entrance to 4 Pancras Square - one of a cluster of new buildings that have led to the emergence of Kings Cross as a creative hub.

They are a statement piece to the 11-storey angular building which reflects the area’s lineage as a former goods yard to King’s Cross railway. With an exposed weathered steel frame, Eric Parry Architects’ building echoes the industrial revolution which enabled the expansion of London.

Positioned side by side, the two Slimdrive SCRs provide a 360° drive solution combining high performance with unobtrusive operation – the  drives are just 7 cm in height and very discreet – and as pass doors are not needed, they maintain the clean aesthetics of the glazed facade.

Focchi undertook the installation of the façade:  glazing, entrance and building envelop and worked with GEZE UK to identify the right solution – moving away from an original design featuring revolving  doors which would have prompted requirements for pass doors.

There are also environmental benefits to the Slimdrive SCR selection – having only one set of doors open at a time, reduces heat loss and air pollution. Emergency buttons on reception were also added to immediately close the doors and prohibit the building being surged by fans in the wake of a visiting celebrity!

There is also bespoke lettering in the canopy of the Slimdrive SCR which was laser cut by GEZE UK  and  bespoke bronze lettering was added.
Other GEZE products used around the building include a Slimdrive SL NT automatic sliding door with access control. This allows workers to access a cycle ramp, meaning that they can ride straight up to a cycle store – an ideal solution for city commutes.

The Slimdrive SL NT is a good solution for buildings with high levels of footfall and a continuous flow of people moving in various directions. Almost invisible, it is virtually silent in operation and can move leaf weights of up to 125kg.

In addition, there are eight pairs of TS 550 floor springs fitted to retails units within the building. This provides an option to automate the entrances in the future– effectively ‘future proofing’ them.

Extensive rooftop gardens were added to the office block, which were intended to evoke a ‘windswept moorland’ and provide a peaceful oasis in the midst of the city with panoramic views across London.

Said GEZE UK sales and marketing director Andy Howland: 
“Music is so important to our cultural landscape, so we are delighted to be opening doors for Universal Music which will no doubt benefit from its move to such an exhilarating part of the capital and present an inspiring environment from which to work.”

The relocation puts Universal amongst a vibrant set of neighbours, including Google, global media company Havas, Louis Vuitton and PRS, as well as Central Saint Martins, the world’s leading fashion college.

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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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Stig helps shift GAI Awards into Top Gear


Former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins, has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards.  

Ben will join the awards, which recognise the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry, at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London tomorrow, 7th November.

Ben started his motorsport career in 1994, competing in Formula First, Formula Vauxhall Junior and International Formula 3. He is best known as The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear, but throughout his career he has also been a television presenter, author, stunt driver and World Record holder.

The GAI Education Awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the top students in the GAI Diploma, as well as the Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Eurobond Doors, for the student with the best aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme. 

The GAI Diploma is designed to give students a high level of product knowledge and the ability to write accurate hardware specifications and quotations. The qualification is particularly suited to those in customer facing roles, contract management, scheduling and estimating, and sales. 

GAI president, Julian Newman, said: 
“Scrutiny of the skills and competence of everyone in the building industry has never been higher, and each part of the supply chain needs to prove its worth. The GAI Diploma makes this possible in our sector – it is the only recognised architectural ironmongery qualification to British and European standards in the world.
“As we celebrate the fantastic achievements of this cohort of students, it’s important to reflect on how far the education programme has come and to recognise the hard work of our members and committees that have shaped the course to ensure it is always relevant to today’s ironmongery professionals.” 
The Guild’s education programme has been running for more than 50 years, training future generations of architectural ironmongers to British and European standards.  

This year’s GAI Education Awards is sponsored by ASSA ABLOY opening solutions.

To book your tickets to the 2019 GAI Education Awards, visit the GAI website.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Secured by Design are working to ensure development in East London is safe and secure


The Metropolitan Police working closely with Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, is working to ensure the development of 3,000 homes at Beam Park between Dagenham and Rainham in East London are going to be safe and secure for residents.

Building work began earlier this year at the £1bn development of homes beside the River Beam. The first homes are due to be ready in 2020 and the development due for completion in 2030.

All the homes are being built to Secured by Design standards. This will ensure that doors, windows and locks, will be of sufficient robust quality to deter and reduce crime.

Situated on part of the former Ford plant at Dagenham, which was one of the largest car plants in the world and the backdrop for the iconic British film ‘Made in Dagenham’, its 72 acres will provide up to 50% of affordable homes, two new primary schools and a generous allocation for parkland and open spaces.

Beam Park will have its own railway station, which is scheduled to open in May 2022 providing a 20-minute commute to Fenchurch Street in the City. It will be fronted by a station square, which is hoped will become a community hub with dining, health and leisure facilities.

Beam Park is a partnership between the Greater London Authority, the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering, and Countryside and L&Q.

Vicky Savage, London Managing Director at L&Q, said:
“L&Q is committed to providing quality affordable homes for everyone, within a neighbourhood they can be proud of. Barking Riverside and Beam Park are truly fantastic new developments, which have been designed to be safe and welcoming for everyone.
“We are proud that our work has been recognised in this way and look forward to continuing our journey with our partners at the GLA and Countryside.”

Commander Mark McEwan, of the Metropolitan Police, said: 
“This is another example of the important work being completed by our Designing Out Crime Officers across London in reducing crime by influencing the built environment.”

SBD is a police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit - find out more at www.securedbydesign.com .




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Monday, 4 November 2019

Take a Proactive Approach to Preventative Maintenance this Winter


Every winter, the hectic festive period places supply chain operators across the UK under increased strain as they process a substantial increase in orders for Black Friday, Christmas gift buying and January sales. 

Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager for Hörmann UK, is urging the logistics industry to ensure all necessary warehouse maintenance is completed well before the influx in orders occur.

Whilst warehouse operators will have been busy increasing product inventories in preparation for the staggering increase in retail products they will distribute over the next four months, it’s likely the servicing of their loading areas will have fallen down the list of priorities.

Combined with the increased pressures same day or next day delivery is placing on the logistics sector, it’s easy to see why servicing may not be taking precedence during the winter months.

However, lack of regular maintenance can have a detrimental impact on a business’ operations and profits, particularly throughout the busy festive season where there is pressure to distribute a higher proportion of products.

Phil Clark
Door cycles are significantly increased throughout this period due to the rise in operational output, and this is where lack of servicing can become a critical issue for warehouse operators.

The increased use of loading bays and dock levellers places greater strain on technical components that may already be damaged or worn, including panels, rollers, cables, springs and hydraulic pumps.

Ultimately, these parts will break under the pressure of being used at a higher frequency, causing long periods of downtime for the warehouse while service engineers are called out to replace or repair damaged components.

For supply chain operators and managers, this can cause significant levels of stress as the distribution of orders can quickly become backed up, ultimately leading to a serious impact on their bottom line.

To avoid this from happening, we are proactively working with all of our clients to encourage and facilitate a change in their approach to servicing. This means taking preventative, rather than reactive, measures to ensure the overall safety, security and efficiency of their site not just throughout the winter months, but all year long.


For many warehouses, loading doors will have been left open for long periods throughout the day during the summer months due to the warmer weather, posing the potential risk for damaged parts due to misuse, accidents or faults to go unidentified.

As the summer is often quieter for the sector, it presents the ideal time for our engineers to conduct servicing on loading areas, enabling them to carry out necessary preventative maintenance without impacting on the overall efficiency of the warehouse.

This subsequently improves the safety and security of loading bays operations throughout the peak season as all potential issues have already been rectified before they have the opportunity to escalate into major problems.

We also encourage clients to have a critical spares holding at the warehouse, as in the event of a major fault, this will increase the responsiveness of the repair as the most vital parts are already on site and do not have to be externally ordered. This is extremely useful for distributors during this time who need their loading bay systems working at full capacity.

Once the level of distribution reduces post January, our dedicated team of engineers will then return to clients’ distribution sites to re-service the technology, checking all critical components to identify any signs of wear that may have occurred due to the increase in door cycles.

Whilst the Safety At Work Regulations do not outline a set number of times loading areas must be serviced each year, we recommend servicing is conducted both twice a year, and more frequently for high usage areas.

We are urging the logistics sector to use the quieter summer months more effectively by taking a proactive approach to the servicing of their loading technology in preparation for the peak winter season. This will not only minimise potential downtime due to faults or accidents, but also ensure the overarching safety and security of all employees when loading and unloading vehicles.

For further information on Hörmann UK’s servicing department and loading technology, call 01530 516850 or visit: www.hormann.co.uk







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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Million Pound Porsche for a Tenth of the Price


Classic car auction disruptor, The Market, will exhibit a Porsche 911 RSR Recreation freshly built to the exacting standards of the Le Mans 24-Hour 1975 car at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, in the car’s first ever public appearance.


“With original 911 & 934 RSRs reaching seven figure prices today, this exacting recreation is the closest that many can get to a car which evokes the spirit of one of the most desirable Porsches ever built,” comments Tristan Judge, director, The Market.
“The Classic Motor Show is one of the biggest events of the year for us and we’re excited to be back this year, especially so with this incredible RSR Recreation on our stand for show visitors to see up-close and admire.”

Created with impeccable attention to detail, this RSR Recreation was originally an American market 1977 Porsche 911 and has been stripped to a bare shell and meticulously prepared and reassembled with some of the finest components money can buy.


Presented in one of the most evocative racing liveries of the 1970s, based on that used on the 1975 Le Mans 24-Hour Porsche 911 Carrera RSR and the 1976 European GT Championship 934 RSR, the striking green paintwork, coloured stripes and Vaillant sponsorship livery are as immaculate as the millimetre perfect shut lines and panels.

Meanwhile, the interior features a genuine Porsche Momo steering wheel fitted to a quick-release hub, black Alcantara covered dashboard, fully welded roll cage, TRS harness and Cobra Evolution S high-back racing bucket seat.

The RSR Recreation also features a 3.6-litre twin-spark ‘964’ engine which develops in the region of 250-260bhp, RSR-spec coilover suspension, 930 Turbo brakes (as per the RSR), Type 915 gearbox fitted with a Quaife limited-slip differential, and a bespoke exhaust system.

It will be on display for all three days of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, (8-10 November) on stand 2-245 and available to buy on The Market’s online auction platform with an estimate of £55,000 to £85,000 from 11th November.

Visitors to The Market’s stand will also be able to watch live online auctions throughout the weekend, as well as discover the value of their own classic car with auction house’s digital Price Trends tool. 

Staff will also be on hand to discuss the benefits of buying and selling through the auction house, which include an industry leading sales rate, the most comprehensive lot listings around, and ultra-low fees.

To find out more about the 1977 Porsche 911 RSR Recreation visit www.themarket.co.uk.





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Saturday, 2 November 2019

ASSA ABLOY Door Group unveils Two Brand New High Performance Steel Door Ranges


Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, has launched two new high performance steel doorsets within its Powershield Security Doorset range.

The new SR3 and SR4 steel door ranges, also known as Torr and Titan, have been developed from scratch to offer a product compatible with increased frame and ironmongery options, allowing greater freedom of design for architects and specifiers.

The doors are suitable for an extensive range of sectors, including banks, power stations, hospitals, safe rooms, MOD buildings, personal security, arenas and stadiums.

After listening to customers requirements, the Torr and Titan ranges have been redeveloped to replace the Glen and Strangford security doors and are certified under LPS1175 Issue 7 to withstand against sustained, professional burglar and vandal attacks.

The launch ensures specifiers, architects and contractors can source a complete doorset solution from one trusted single point of contact.

Compatible with a wide range of Kaye Certified locking systems, in single and double configurations, the two new door ranges can also come with or without LPS rated and certified vision panels, in a range of frame styles.

With a leaf and frame weight reduction of up to 40% from previous ranges, the Torr and Titan ranges are overall easier to install, handle and lighter to use – making them an ideal choice for a wide range of projects.

The ranges prioritise both the performance and the aesthetic of the doorsets, completely removing industrial looking features from the outside of the door leaf, and reducing the leaf skin thickness to tighten the folds and create a softer aesthetic.

The new high security doorsets now look almost identical to standard commercial doorsets, perfect for those looking for discreet or inconspicuous solutions.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Door Group, explains:
“We are always looking for ways to develop ourselves and our trade, ensuring that we deliver the highest quality products and services on the market. I believe both the Torr and Titan ranges really embody this value.
“We are confident that the two new ranges will exceed the needs of our customers and specifiers, providing a durable solution which achieves the performance demands required.”

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Door Group, please visit https://bit.ly/2YnuyTt.







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Friday, 1 November 2019

Business Owners Urged to Assess Security Systems Ahead of Brexit


With a no-deal Brexit still not off the table, there is still a risk of the UK crashing out of the EU according to Michel Barnier in The Independent on Wednesday.

And with official government papers and senior cabinet ministers warning of civil unrest  - following a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit - a leading security specialist is urging UK businesses to make sure they keep their staff and premises safe.

CGT Security is the manufacturer of innovative shutter systems suitable for any physical security challenge in private or public environments.

They are encouraging high street stores and public-facing businesses to make sure their shutters are up to the optimum standard for the potential challenges ahead.


Roger Humphreys, managing director of CGT Security, says:
“Although we all hope that any transition is well-managed there is no getting away from the fact that there are significant risks for UK businesses.
“Too many business premises in the UK are unaware that the security products they have are not of a high enough standard. If the products are rated independently the businesses will often be unaware of that.”

The context for this advice comes in the wake of the government’s own Operation Yellowhammer documents warning that the UK leaving the EU without a deal could lead to civil unrest.


A section of the document supplied by the Home Office says: 
“Protests and counter-protests will take place across the UK and may absorb significant amounts of police resource. There may also be a rise in public disorder and community tensions.”
The document also states that ‘Public readiness for a no-deal will remain at a low level’ and that ‘larger businesses across sectors are more likely to have better developed contingency plans than small and medium sized businesses’.

CGT Security recommends that business owners, facilities managers and loss prevention teams assess the quality of their security hardware including roller shutter systems. Business owners should ensure that the certifications associated with their systems are up to the standard that may be required if there is civil unrest following Brexit next year.

Business owners need specialist advice on the rating that their site and circumstances demand. They should check that the system holds an LPS 1175 certification and consult an expert on the level of rating that they require. The certification gives shutters a rating that starts with SR1.


CGT Security’s Xonar 900 Series offer security shutters certified from SR2 to SR4 and are the only LPS 1175 certified shutters that do not require manual or solenoid locks. CGT Security are also able to offer the only SR2 and SR3 security shutters with perforation.

CGT Security’s team of technical specialists work with installers to devise best-in-class security solutions. They can assess the immediate risks to a property while delivering a system that is functional and easy to use and maintain.

CGT Security is a leading manufacturer and supplier of security shutters. Supported by an in-house design team, CGT Security works with trusted partners throughout the UK.

With three distinct product ranges for specialist markets, CGT Security is driving change in the UK roller shutter market.

For more about their products see https://cgtsecurity.com




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