Saturday, 29 February 2020

A Smarter Spring Clean

Steven Montgomery, Managing Director
of Somfy UK and Ireland

Spring may not quite have sprung yet, but it’s never too early to think about a good clean-up and de-clutter. Most homes get grubby around the edges and accumulate unnecessary clutter over the winter months, and a spring clean can quite literally be a breath of fresh air!

And whilst a vacuum and a bottle of bleach will always be a good starting point, the latest smart home technology can help you streamline and straighten up your home in truly intelligent ways.

A helping hand - Robotic vacuum cleaners were something of a gimmick when first developed, but the technology has come on in leaps and bounds. The latest devices can undertake multiple different types of cleaning, respond to voice commands, integrate with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and run for an hour or more on a single charge. If you have lots of hard floors, a robotic mop could be a better choice – or why not invest in a robot window cleaner?

Wonderful windows - On the subject of windows, a pair of tongs, rubber bands and an old pair of socks make for a surprisingly effective blind-cleaning contraption, whether your blinds are horizontal or vertical. And don’t forget to consider the timings of your window coverings – as the days get sunnier, it’s important to avoid UV damage to your furniture and artwork if you forge to close your shades. Motorised window coverings can be automatically scheduled to shut out the light at the brightest times of day.

An integrated approach - From music to movies, gaming to online learning, most homes today incorporate countless devices for consuming media. Speakers in particular can be a real source of clutter – and yet smaller smart speakers, including in-ceiling installations, have never been more effective. There is no longer a need to compromise on sound quality whilst also making your home media more discreet.

Centralise your technology - Technology clutter is a growing problem in modern homes – not just from smartphones, tablets and media devices, but from an array of more specialist smart home technologies too. It might seem counterintuitive to streamline this with yet more technology but placing your various smart home controls under a single automation hub can have a dramatic impact. Not only will you eliminate multiple remote, control panels and apps on your smartphone, but you will gain a single centralised tool for controlling multiple aspects of your home, from heating and lighting to home security.

Let there be light - Little has a greater effect on the ambience of a home than the lighting – and once you’ve gone to the effort of cleaning or even redecorating, the right lighting will make all your effort worthwhile. Smart lighting systems enable you to programme in a wide array of looks and feels, which you can adjust in line with the time of day, how much natural light your rooms receive and which activities are taking place, from home working to hosting a dinner party. Combine these with smart shutters or curtains and you can even automate a natural light wake-up call every morning.

Lock it up - Once you’ve gone to the trouble of deep-cleaning your home, it’s wise to give a thought to securing it. Consider your doors and windows, and whether it is appropriate to add extra shutters or even motion detectors which can alert you to any break-in attempts. Smart locks can enable you to lock or unlock doors at any time and from anywhere via your home – a godsend for those of us who sit at our desks panicking that we left the front door open. Smart doorbells connected to camera systems enable you to see who is at the door and even speak to them if you are not at home, whilst connected cameras allow for remote monitoring – even if just of what your pets get up to during the day.

Somfy can help homes to become Smart ....

Somfy’s leading smart management solutions for homes and buildings have been improving people’s daily lives for over 50 years.

Developed with comfort, ease of use, security and sustainability in mind, our innovations automate and connect rolling shutters, curtains and blinds, gates and garage doors, lighting and heating, alarms systems and more. Somfy are committed to creating useful solutions that are accessible to all, designed for today and beyond.

It might not feel like it yet, but the days are getting longer, and spring is on the way – so why not take steps now to make your home smarter?

www.somfy.co.uk


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Friday, 28 February 2020

Garador Supports Local Football


Leading garage door manufacturer Garador is a keen supporter of Yeovil Town women’s football team.

Now Garador say it has seen some really good results coming in during recent months.

Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe said:
“The team members are talented and dedicated and the football club is highly regarded.
“They acquired full time professional status ahead of the 2018-19 WSL season and now play at the elite level of women’s football in England.”
Neil concluded: 
“The club is now keen to make it into the top division, WSL1, and we wish them all the best to realise their ambitions.”
Garador, recognised as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of up & over, sectional and roller garage doors, has had its head office and manufacturing plant based in Yeovil for over 70 years and is a keen supporter of local events and charities.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Optex Vehicle Sensor Vehicle Detector



The Optex vehicle sensor is a dual technology vehicle detection sensor designed to be used in conjunction with an automatic gate, barrier or industrial door. 

Mounted above the ground, it will detect a vehicle arriving at a speed of 2 to 20km/h and then stopping. Vehicle detection is ensured by a combination of microwave and ultrasonic wave. In many cases, it can replace a ground loop sensor.

 The vehicle sensor detects small and large vehicles within a 5.5m range without using any in-ground device. There is no need for civil engineering work, making the installation non disruptive and an ideal replacement to induction loop in areas difficult to dig.

The calibration is done easily with a quick distance and sensitivity adjustment settings.

Applications:

Sliding gates, swing gates, sectional doors, rolling shutters, Free exit and pulse and presence.

Characteristics:
  • 12-24VDC Power Supply
  • Combined FMCW (Microwave) and ultrasonic technology
  • Pulsed and presence output NO/NC
  • Maximum detection range 5.5m
  • Detecting vehicles at a speed from 2 to 20km/h
  • Installation height of 500mm in a IP65 housing

For more information please call 0121 433 3348 (Birmingham) or 020 8360 8022 (London), visit www.seaukltd.co.uk or email sales@seaukltd.co.uk .





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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Yale Door and Window Solutions unveils new developments on AutoEngage multipoint lock


Since its launch in 2019, Yale’s Lockmaster AutoEngage lock has made great developments in quality, durability and convenience. 

The multipoint locking system is known for combining security and versatility to create the ideal solution for a wide range of door applications. Now, with new commitments to fire door safety and sustainability, the AutoEngage lock continues to set the standard for both contemporary and heritage doorsets.

Providing a range of new user features and benefits, the Yale Lockmaster AutoEngage multipoint lock will now be available in stainless steel as standard, resulting in advanced product durability, improved aesthetics and reduced carbon footprint.

As part of Yale’s commitment to fire safety, the Lockmaster AutoEngage is designed and tested to exceed the requirements of FD60, when tested as part of a doorset. The FD60 specification tests doorsets to withstand at least 60 minutes of protection against fires.

The AutoEngage lock also features a new holdback snib to prevent accidental lockouts; as well as an automatic lock mechanism which engages as soon as the door is closed – making it ideal for the growing trend in non-lever operational door styles.


Available for both composite and timber doors, and with backsets now available in 45mm, 55mm, and 65mm, the AutoEngage is designed and built to Yale’s exacting standards.

Thanks to a unique gearbox design, the system can be used with either key retract or lever operation furniture, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director at Yale comments:
“We are so pleased to announce our developments on the Lockmaster AutoEngage, and we are always working towards a more durable, sustainable and accessible future for all our product ranges.
“The AutoEngage system is designed to offer leading installation tolerance to aid easy fitting, and is also extremely easy to use – therefore ideal for residents with limited dexterity. We hope this product will add convenience as well as improved security to homes across the UK.”

To find out more about Yale’s Lockmaster AutoEngage lock, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

How Homeowners Can Enhance the Security of their Entranceways



Security should be a top priority for all homeowners. In 2019, it was reported that 67% of burglars break in via a door, yet recent research conducted by bifold door manufacturers Vufold shockingly discovered that 34% of the UK public don’t do anything to make their doors more secure.

There’s a range of ways to enhance the security of your home’s entryways:

Ensure locks meet British standards

The survey discovered that over a quarter of the public ensure their door locks meet British standards (BS3621).

Doors in the home may already conform to BS3621 as standard. If you’re unsure whether your doors meet British standards, it’s easy to find out, simply look for the British Standard Kitemark (BSI) on the faceplate of the lock which can be seen when the door is opened.


Fit additional locks

Adding additional locks to your doors is a simple way to ensure extra safety.

Rick Collins, director at Vufold, said: 
“Most bifold doors can be fitted with a multi-point locking system which can provide at least three times the level of security given by a single deadbolt or mortice lock.”
Only 15.3% of people take the time to fit additional locks, despite a wide range being available. 


Installing door alarms

Almost one in ten respondents fitted door alarms to prevent break-ins. Alarm systems must be kept up-to-date, otherwise burglars may assume it doesn’t work or isn’t used.

Katherine McEntire, safety expert at SafeWise, said: 
“Most security mistakes boil down to simple negligence such as, owning an alarm system but never arming it, leaving access codes in sight or not keeping them secret and not using strong passwords or changing them frequently, especially if you have smart devices (e.g. cameras) in your home.”

Fixing a security light above the door

A further 8% of survey respondents fitted a security light above their door, which can alert you to suspicious activity and scare off intruders. However, it isn’t enough to stop somebody from entering the property.

Findings revealed that 58% of burglars break-in when somebody’s at home, so stringent security measures must be taken to stop burglaries.


Using laminated glass

Many homeowners choose to install large glass doors, such as bifolds, as an entryway to their back garden.
“Laminated glass involves bonding two panes of glass together with plastic interlayers,” Rick explained. “This makes it difficult to shatter and even if a breakage occurred it would stay in place.”
Surprisingly, less than 5% of survey respondents ensure their doors have laminated glass.

Katherine added: 
“Most criminals do not want to make sound or cause a scene, so they will not try breaking the glass first.”
To prevent intruders removing the door from its frame to gain access, install doors with high-security hinges, a roller system and tracks.

Ensuring your home has stringent safety features allows dwellers to feel safe at all times and gives peace of mind whenever they leave the house, whether it’s for an hour or a week.

www.vufold.co.uk




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Monday, 24 February 2020

dormakaba to attend HRC 2020 - Stand H110


Leading security and access control solution manufacturer dormakaba, will be attending the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering (HRC) event at the ExCel in London. Taking place from 3rd – 5th March 2020, it is the UK’s largest event for the hospitality industry. 

During the three day event, dormakaba will be showcasing its range of innovative, high-end hotel and leisure products on the stand, including its RT electronic lock.

Powered by Radio-frequency identification (RFID), this durable lock works with a remote access management system, offering ease of use as well the ability to monitor door activity, receive alerts for multiple or failed key card use and for staff to add, remove or alter guests access rights instantly, for increased security.

In addition, this innovative technology also allows hotel guests to use their smart device to access hotel rooms, enhancing the guest experience with wider flexibility and negating the need for check in, or remembering to keep key cards safe.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to view the Saffire, Ambiance, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Quantum Pixel range of products – as well as a full-sized demo door, complete with the TS92 door closer and RT and BLE specification, to demonstrate how the products create a solution for door packages.

John Hardman, Product Marketing Manager for Electronic Access Control at dormakaba says: 
“Sometimes, seeing is really believing – we are looking forward to welcoming hoteliers to the stand to see how our door solutions can provide their guests with safe, ease of access as well as a comfortable, peaceful night’s sleep thanks to the silent closer design. 

“We provide end-to-end access control solutions for the hotel and leisure industry, with our systems designed to work in perfect unison with one another without impacting the user experience. What’s more, our access systems are incredibly simple to retrofit, minimising room downtime and maximising peace of mind for hotel and leisure centre owners.”
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Sunday, 23 February 2020

A Mammoth Mini Adventure, Five Mini Derivatives Going to Auction

1962 Austin Mini Cooper Mk1 Project

Five superb variations of the Mini, all with fascinating stories, are set to go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions March sale held at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show.


The Mini which celebrated a significant birthday throughout 2019 continues to hold the limelight and is one of the most recognisable cars on the road. It also spawned a number of derivatives making it an extremely versatile car for its size.

Classic Car Auctions have five versions in their March sale on the 28th and 29th at the NEC in Birmingham which will certainly get the enthusiasts fired up.

Bought 58 years ago this 1962 Austin Mini Cooper MK1 has remained with its first and only owner for its entire life achieving a staggering 300,000 miles. Now in need of restoration but still in regular use, this Mini apparently goes like the clappers with an 850cc short-stroke in place over the original 997 and will be driven to the auction.

Originally presented in Almond Green with an Old English White roof, it is now in red but retains the original Dove Grey/Porcelain Green interior vinyl.

With a very desirable and valuable registration of 150 FOC and estimated at £12,000 to £15,000 this is a Mini with a maxi story.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions Manager commented:.
“These are great cars and they all come with their own unique story and have wonderful characters. The 300,000 mile MK1 Cooper is staggering and has the most fascinating story,”
“The vendor told us it was bought new for him by his mother-in-law because she didn’t like his choice of cars to drive her daughter around in!”
1968 Austin Mini Moke

One of the Mini variations was the Moke, originally designed for military use and to be parachuted into action, but due to ground clearance issues, it wasn’t to be. However, it found a different audience across the world and developed a cult following as an easily maintainable recreational vehicle.

The first Mokes were produced in Birmingham at BMC’s Longbridge plant between 1964 and 1968. In later years they were produced in Australia and Portugal with production ending in 1993.

Classic Car Auctions have this UK supplied 1968 Austin Mini Moke which has been with the vendor for the last 13 years. Finished in white with 89,000 miles on the clock, this car is well presented but with age-related wear, however with a little bit of work could be made Concours. Estimated at £10,000 to £12,000 this a great car for the summer.

1975 Innocenti Mini Cooper 'Export 1300'

The Innocenti Mini Cooper was built between 1965 and 1975 with production taking place in Italy. The Export 1300 was the most popular and what made it stand out from other Minis was the black plastic grille and plastic chrome Innocenti badge and side repeaters on the front wings amongst other small details.

This 1975 Innocenti Mini Cooper Export 1300 was imported in 1982 and then re-shelled. In 2014 the current vendor purchased the car which was in great condition but needed some of the missing Innocenti details. This he did and three years ago had the car re-sprayed and re-trimmed correctly.

Estimated at £12,000 to £15,000 this is one of the last Export 1300s and is presented in great condition after a faithful restoration. It also comes with a good history file with brochures, handbooks, workshop manual and spares.

1962 Austin Mini Seven Pick-up

Our fourth Mini derivative is this wonderful 1962 Austin Mini Seven Pick-up. In 2004 it was rescued by the current vendor a known marque specialist and restored to the superb condition it is now presented in. In 2010 a bare metal restoration got underway, it was returned to the original Tweed Grey paintwork and Tan interior. The original engine was re-installed along with all period correct features.

In 2011 this little Pick-up was featured on the cover of the Mini World magazine, such was the detail of the restoration. Estimated at £16,000 to £20,000 this is a cracking, accurately restored Pick-up.

1984 Mini 25

Our final Mini is the 25th Anniversary edition. Amazingly this 1984 Mini 25 has just 8,730 miles on the clock. The first and second owner did near equal mileage in the time they owned it. The current vendor, a marque specialist, has owned the car since 2016 and has kept in excellent condition, it scores 115 out 135 on the condition report. It has had little use on the road and when it has gone out it has been by trailer to shows.

Estimated at £6,000 to £8,000 it comes with great originality, history and a fresh MOT.

Viewing takes place on the 27th March between 10am and 5.30pm with the auction getting underway on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th from 12pm.

Classic Car Auctions are online at www.classiccarauctions.co.uk or you can phone 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk 





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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Abloy Scoops Healthcare Innovation Prize


The Medilink West Midlands Medical & Healthcare Business Awards have recognised Abloy UK for innovation within the healthcare sector, thanks to its CLIQ® locking technology.


The annual awards bring together clinicians, researchers and academics to celebrate the impact organisations have made to the medical and healthcare sector in the West Midlands.

Abloy UK took the top prize in the Delivering Innovation into Health and Care category, sponsored by West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, which recognises innovations adopted by the NHS which demonstrate an impact on efficiency, patient outcomes and system costs.

The security experts have worked alongside a number of West Midlands hospitals to implement its CLIQ® locking technology, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital.

  CLIQ® utilises mechanical, high security disc cylinders combined with highly encrypted electronic locking and identification. It provides a system of remote key management, providing access audit trails and the ability to remove lost or stolen keys.

Within healthcare, installing CLIQ® on drug cabinets has made medicines more secure. As the key provides power to the lock it also requires no batteries or wires, making it an ideal retrofit solution for the NHS.

The system gives every nurse their own key, programmed to provide entry to every cabinet they are authorised to have access to and validated for the duration of their shift.

Subsequently, this frees up nurses time looking for keys allowing more time to care and quickly administer medicines. In one instance, figures from an audit of patients who felt their pain killers were given promptly jumped from 79% to 92% following the installation of CLIQ®.

Aaron Yule, Managing Director at Abloy UK, said: 
“The healthcare sector is facing enormous strain, so we’re constantly striving to deliver value and innovations that will relieve some of that pressure. We’re incredibly proud of the CLIQ® system and the tangible efficiencies it brings to many NHS trusts across the country.
“That’s why we’re delighted to be recognised with this award. It firmly belongs to the outstanding and dedicated Abloy healthcare team who always go the extra mile with customer support and installation.”
Abloy UK will now advance with the rest of the winners to the national Medilink UK Awards, which will be held in April at the NEC Birmingham Metropole.

For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.






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Friday, 21 February 2020

Increase Privacy, Reduce Door and Frame Damage


Perfect for any setting with corridor to-interior openings such as hotels, university accommodation, hospitals or apartments, the Pemko Privacy Latch from door hardware specialists Relcross allows occupants to identify callers before fully opening the door while retaining privacy and security and all without damaging the door or frame.


A further benefit to the building owner is achieved because the Pemko privacy latch cannot be used to hold the door open, which frequently happens with conventional chains or flip latches. 

So often doors and frames become badly damaged and unsightly when doors are allowed to slam against a traditional flip latches or chains. The Pemko Privacy Latch will prevent this from happening. It also features silicone pads where it contacts the door surface to provide additional protection to the door.

Widely used in the hospitality industry, the Pemko Privacy Latch from Pemko is just as useful in university and military housing, apartments, private homes, and hospitals staff accommodation since it is so easy to operate.

The Pemko Privacy Latch from Relcross is available in polished brass, satin brass, bronze, polished chrome and satin chrome/satin nickel to suit any door hardware scheme.

As the UK’s principal distributor of ANSI standard hardware in the UK, Relcross offers a free technical specification and advisory service to assist you in the correct choice of hardware. 

The company keeps substantial stocks of most products, backed by a team of trained specifiers that discuss problems, offer guidance, make recommendations and help on site if difficulties should occur.

For more information contact: 
Stuart McMaster 
Relcross Ltd
Tel: 01380 729600





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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Garador Appoints New Area Sales Manager


Garador has appointed a new Area Sales Manager to cover the north of England and the east midland regions.

Stephanie Jennings brings to Garador a wealth of experience from a range of building trade roles including working in business development and account management for companies such as Sash UK, BSS pipeline and heating solutions and Rixonway kitchens.

Originally from Yorkshire, Stephanie already has a good range of contacts with builders' merchants which will enable a fast transition into her new role. Her proven talents in business development as well as in customer relations and sales will ensure Garador can continue with its strong and growing presence across both the North and East Midlands.

Roy Sargant, Garador’s National Sales Manager, commented: 

“Stephanie is joining Garador at an exciting time in the company’s development. Her excellent experience and track record in the building trade will play a key role in our plans for spearheading further growth across these regions.”

Garador is recognised as one of Britain’s leading garage door manufacturers with its own purpose built factory and head office in Somerset. It offers a full range of modern and traditional garage doors and front entrance doors for every type of domestic build.

For more information on Garador’s garage door range, please visit www.garador.co.uk





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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

P C Henderson’s Tangent Round the Corner specified for UK’s Longest Heritage Railway



P C Henderson has recently been specified for a new build project at the UK’s longest heritage railway - Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway.

As the oldest independent railway in the world, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway is a major tourist attraction - taking passengers on a scenic 40 mile journey through the hills between Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog harbour and Caernarfon.

Boston Lodge Works is the railway’s main workshop and base for the daily train service. With over 55 carriages in service, the station required a storage facility which could house up to 30 carriages whilst also providing shelter for train cleaning and preparation which could be done away from the public eye. The project brief included the need for a robust entrance solution which could provide easy accessibility to the shed.


Ian Hartill, Project Engineer at Ffestiniog Railway, commented:
“The original brief detailed the use of traditional outward opening hinge doors which we have used in previous projects. However, due to the coastal location of the building and the possibility of strong winds, this option was not possible.
“As a more suitable alternative, we found P C Henderson’s Tangent Round the Corner which could comfortably hold the large custom made doors”.

P C Henderson’s Tangent Round the Corner sliding door hardware was specified for both entrances of the storage facility and then combined with vertical multi-hinge round the corner doors to allow for easy access.

“The project brief also included significant aesthetic importance to maintain a similar visual appearance to the original 19th century workshop buildings on site. With its traditional hardware components Tangent Round the Corner achieved this perfectly - whilst also providing protection against corrosion due to the systems galvanised steel track”, continued Ian.

Catering for metal and wooden doors weighing up to 70kg, Tangent Round the Corner is particularly suited to applications whereby a bunch of parked units is not practical. 

The system caters for extremely wide openings whilst also removing the need for protruding doors and therefore making the best use of space. To provide maximum security, all components of the system are installed to the interior of the door.

For further information please contact:

P C Henderson Ltd
Durham Road, Bowburn
County Durham
DH6 5NG
England
Tel:  +44 (0) 191 377 0701
Website: www.pchenderson.com
UK Sales: sales@pchenderson.com
International Sales: international@pchenderson.com




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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) reflects upon 2019 as one of its most successful years


Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), is reflecting on what has been one of its most successful years to date.  

In 2015, the pro-active federation had under 300 members on its books, but the past five years in particular, has seen considerable growth across every area of the organisation; today, it has more than 500 members.  It remains the oldest trade association in the industry, and the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, and practical help as well as training.

Highlights from 2019 include:


  • A successful collaboration with Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA) in March, to publish a joint document on fire safety.

    The publication: A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, brings together the best industry advice in one straightforward document, highlighting the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets and enabling greater clarity in an increasingly complex market.

    It goes without saying that DHF’s voice has been one of the most effective in its drive for third-party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doorsets.

  • Continuing to lead the industry through training.  In the past year alone, nearly 1000 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 450 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and the same number of learners opting for the Level 2 Award one-day safety training courses. 

    In 2019, 100 inspection and installation of metal or timber fire door courses were held in conjunction with BRE Academy.  More than 3200 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or Award course.  In July, it announced the launch of its first one-day public Automated Gate Group Level 2 Award Course in Ireland.

  • DHF ‘set the industry standard’ in July, by becoming the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves.  The one-day ABBE-accredited Level 2 Award for those working in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage door sectors, is approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation.

     ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment.  Qualifications are offered through its network of assessment centres, approved against a set of national criteria, laid down by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England.

  • The launch of CSCS cards in November in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA).   Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the relevant training and qualifications for the job that they are doing. 

    The CSCS card offered by DHF is for anyone who needs to access a construction site to work specifically with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber fire doors and is an important step toward a safer and more compliant industry.  



DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry said:

“There is little doubt that DHF’s accomplishments in 2019 have been achieved as a result of its hands-on team, and the expertise and efforts of the federation’s staff.” 
 
“In 2019, we expanded the workforce to 13 employees (plus five consultants) and raised our profile in the industry and the press.  In October, we announced the arrival of two new team members: Craig Wilde, who has joined as the new Membership Manager, and new Senior Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, taking the training and technical advice team to three.  
“A four-strong administration team continues to support Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, General Manager and Secretary, Michael Skelding and Administration Manager, Kay Scattergood.”
“DHF continues to flourish year-on-year and 2019 was no exception,” concludes Bob.  “A strong and highly skilled team, innovative industry ‘firsts’, an enduring commitment to training, and supporting our members through challenging legislation has helped to underpin our reputation as a centre of excellence. 
“Raising standards and promoting best practice through training and compliance will always be our number one priority.  We look forward to developing these initiatives even further as 2020 progresses.”

DHF – A brief history:

DHF was formed in 1897 and was initially named the ‘Brass Masters Association’.  Its earliest goals were to establish fair wages and conditions.  More than 120 years later, DHF remains a leading independent voice of authority in the following areas: locks & building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors & shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates. 

With such a rich history and heritage, the organisation’s deep-rooted industry reputation has taken years to unfold.  Sustaining this is the value it offers it members, an unrivalled quality of training, and an enviable team of the industry’s finest experts and professional consultants who choose to work there.

DHF remains the UK’s leading independent authority in the areas it serves and goes ‘above and beyond’ in lobbying for greater standards of safety, with national campaigns such as ‘Gate Safety Month’.  DHF has effected change. 

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





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Monday, 17 February 2020

UNION’s CodeGUARD 5 Push Button Lock Accredited by Secured by Design


CodeGUARD 5, the latest mechanically-operated push button lock from UNION that meets BS 8607 grade 5 standards, is now accredited by Secured By Design (SBD). 

Part of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, SBD plays an important role in the planning process for a wide range of building sectors to help stop crime. Security products that meet the high standards set by SBD can use its logo and are awarded the title ‘Police Preferred Specification’.

However, a product must be subjected to rigorous testing and be fully endorsed by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, before it is allowed to carry the SBD logo and the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ title.

UNION’s CodeGUARD 5 push button lock is the latest solution to be awarded SBD status, and with good reason. Featuring BSI Kitemark certification, CodeGUARD 5 provides access control and security in a single package, meeting grade 5 of BS 8607.

BS 8607 grade 4 products can only meet the required standard with the help of an additional integral locking unit. In a grade 5 solution, the latch and lock are integrated and tested together. As a result, CodeGUARD 5 offers users an automatic deadlocking system, where a grade 4 unit is reliant on the user to lock the door.

Suitable for 30 and 60 minute timber fire doors, as well as 240 minute metal fire doors, CodeGUARD 5 is offered with universal handing and fixings, so the system is easy to order and specify.

Other features include a 20mm deadlocking latch, ensuring CodeGUARD 5 will not succumb to the kind of physical attacks that other push button locks generally fail to withstand, and more than 2,000 passcode combinations for added peace of mind. Unlike competitor products, CodeGUARD 5 is always supplied with a passcode different to the standard factory settings, for added security. This is all backed by a three-year guarantee.


Craig Birch, Product Category Manager at UNION, said:
“This is the only route to obtaining police accreditation for security-related products in the UK, so we are delighted to announce that CodeGUARD 5 has been accredited by SBD. This signals that CodeGUARD 5 meets the high standards set by the police initiative for improving the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings, while delivering the convenience of access control without the need for wiring.

“Furthermore, because CodeGUARD 5 is a BS 8607 grade 5 product, it can be used in demanding areas where a digital device might not be appropriate. This includes external perimeter boundaries – which are often located far from estates offices, where monitoring and maintaining a digital system can be a difficulty – and areas where doorway abuse is a big possibility. CodeGUARD 5 can also withstand harsh environments, such as extreme temperatures, corrosive spray and airborne dust.

“Offered in a modern and stylish finish, CodeGUARD 5 is the ideal solution for those seeking a means of combining access control with security capabilities that have now been recognised by SBD.”

For more information, please visit www.uniononline.co.uk.







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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Concours Winning 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino up for Auction with The Market


A concours winning 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino which was at the centre of one man’s quest to track down and buy back his old car, and the focus of his subsequent book ‘Dino Days’, will be offered for sale by The Market, the original, online classic car auction house.


One of just 498 right-hand drive Dino GTs delivered to the UK via Maranello Concessionaires Limited and finished in Rosso Red, the Dino has been owned by a number of classic car collectors, with the current owner currently enjoying his second ownership of the car.

Now available on the open market once again, the highly collectible car will grace The Market’s exhibitor stand (F-18) at the London Classic Car Show next week ahead of its auction online beginning on 24th February, when it is expected to sell for £210,000 - £260,000.

Tristan Judge, managing director and founder, The Market comments:
“This Dino tells the story of one man’s devotion to his beloved car, so much so that he tracked it down 10 years after selling it and bought it back!
“The Dino is one of the most iconic of the Ferrari models and has a huge following.
“Given how rarely these cars come to market, we’re very proud to be entrusted with the sale of this particular car and we invite prospective buyers to come and inspect the car on our stand at the London Classic Car Show.”

The current owner first bought the Ferrari 246GT with the fitting chassis number “07246” and registered ‘646 DRY’ in 1992. Having been recently refreshed by marque specialists, he entered it into the 1994 Ferrari Owners’ Club concours, where the car was placed first in its class.

Five years later, he decided to sell the car to raise funds to support his young family, but immediately regretted it. It wasn’t until 2016 that, after years of searching for a Dino to buy, his brother found one for auction. Upon further investigation, he discovered that it was the very same Dino he had previously owned. He successfully bought the car, albeit for approximately six times the price he sold it for.

Now the proud owner of the Dino for the second time, he decided to mark the occasion by driving the car to its birth place, the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. On the road trip he would meet as many fellow Dino owners as he could, with each owner’s story to be documented in his book ‘Dino Days’, which is dedicated to the Ferrari marque and classic car ownership.

Now for sale once again, today the Dino is presented in very good condition having been maintained and serviced by marque specialists throughout its life. Work completed on the car includes engine, gearbox, suspension, steering and brakes rebuild, as well as a paintwork respray and re-trimming of the tan with black ‘Daytona’ inserts interior. The odometer currently reads 72,300 miles. A huge history file and Ferrari Classiche certificate accompany the car.

“We know this will be a sad sale for the owner, but this is also a wonderful opportunity for another Ferrari fan or collector to own this special Dino,” concludes Tristan.

The 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino will be on display on stand F-18 at the London Classic Car Show at Kensington Olympia between 20th and 23rd February.

For further details of the car visit The Market auction listing here: www.themarket.co.uk.





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