Sunday, 24 May 2020

Ferrari and Claude Lelouch join together for a “Grand Rendez-Vous”


SF90 Stradale and Charles Leclerc protagonists in a unique short film to be shot in the Monaco Principality on what was to be one of F1’s major calendar events.

Some appointments in the calendar cannot be forgotten. Even under the most difficult of circumstances, they cry out to be honoured and transformed into an opportunity, to create something truly unique and memorable.

With this in mind on Sunday morning (24th May 2020), on the day that the Formula 1 Grand Prix was to take place in the Monaco Principality but suspended due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic (the last time an F1 Grand Prix in Monaco didn’t take place was in 1954) Claude Lelouch will shoot a new short film “Le Grand Rendez-Vous” with Charles Leclerc, inspired by his famous “C'était Un Rendez-Vous” filmed in 1976.


The protagonists this time will be the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Prancing Horse’s first series production hybrid model, and the Monegasque talent, who will take Ferrari’s new entry on a first breathtaking drive through the Principality’s winding streets and roads.

The new short evokes both the atmosphere of the beloved Grand Prix and the roar of the Ferrari 275 GTB that provided the instantly recognisable soundtrack to the 1976 film shot in Paris.

On the city circuit the SF90 Stradale will measure its unmatched performance for a Ferrari production car: 1,000 cv, a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/cv, and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h. The car’s name, a reference to the 90th anniversary of Scuderia Ferrari celebrated last year, exemplifies the symbiosis of transferred technology between Ferrari road and track cars, of which this recent model is the maximum expression.

This first post lockdown French shoot symbolically will also mark the start of a gradual return to the ‘new normal’ after the pandemic and the restart for the film industry, impacted significantly by recent restrictions.

Ferrari welcomed partnership in the film as a way of demonstrating support for its tifosi, clients and supporters as an expression of  hope that the world will gradually be able to absorb the painful and complex health crisis which has affected everyone, allowing us to begin to look positively towards the future, also in anticipation of the expected restart of the F1 season in July.

In the same spirit, over the past months, the Maranello marque has continued to demonstrate its commitment to fighting the Covid-19 crisis through concrete support ranging from fundraisers, to the distribution of healthcare equipment to hospitals, to the production of respiratory conversion valves at the Maranello factory, to  the most recent expression of transfer technology represented in the design of a new pulmonary ventilator, FI5, offered in open source production at global level.

www.ferrari.com





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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Online Ironmongery Course Boosts Skills for Furloughed Workers


Builders merchants’ staff, customer service and trade counter colleagues affected by the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to utilise online training resources to upskill in preparation for the industry’s recovery phase. 

Nearly two thirds (64%) of companies in the construction industry that are still trading have furloughed staff, according to the latest statistics from the ONS. But learning new skills and gaining additional qualifications while on furlough leave is considered a good move by many to secure their jobs and boost careers.

View the Foundation in Hardware "Taster Video" at this link .

The Foundation in Hardware online course from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is an ideal option for many in the sector. The Foundation is designed for those who are not involved in architectural ironmongery as their day-to-day job but do need a basic knowledge of door hardware.

Consisting of 12 modules with test yourself questions at the end of each section followed by a final exam, the course gives a basic overview of architectural ironmongery. It covers a range of door hardware products including hinges, closing devices, fire and escape doors and also looks at standards and the basics of access control.

Designed with flexible learning in mind, the Foundation in Hardware online course and examination allows students to study at their own pace. Once signed up, students will have up to six months to complete the course. The final online examination can be taken as many times as needed until the 80% pass rate is achieved and a Certificate of Competence will be awarded upon completion.

Rachel Tipton, education manager at the GAI, said: 
“Under the current circumstances, we’re encouraging employers to use this time to boost the skills of their staff in preparation for the influx of construction projects that is expected once the lockdown is lifted.
“We are recommending that builders merchants’ staff, customer service and trade counter colleagues use this time to strengthen their knowledge of door hardware so that they are ready to confidently deliver product support to customers.” 
A free course taster is available to outline the style and content of the course.

For more information on the GAI Foundation in Hardware course, visit the GAI website.

www.gai.org.uk





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Friday, 22 May 2020

NBS Releases Product Manufacturer Shutdown Snapshot



NBS, the leading provider of connected construction information, released findings from its manufacturer business continuity poll. As production lines continue to open up, this timely snapshot looks at how construction materials producers reacted to the COVID-19 shutdown.

While almost all (92%) of respondents saw some or many of their projects delayed or put on hold, sites opening up again will see the situation change daily.

  • Nine out of ten manufacturers saw some or many of their projects delayed or put on hold
  • Only 8% of producers unable to trade during the shutdown
  • A third furloughed staff members, yet under one in ten have laid people off
  • Some manufacturers used the shutdown to progress their digital transformation efforts
  • 10% have upped their marketing spend and many focused on moving marketing materials to digital formats
  • One in five manufacturers severely restricted or unable to provide their services 

People

A third of manufacturers furloughed some staff, a quarter gave (some) people reduced hours, and one in five stated some or all of its team were unable to work. The furlough scheme appears to be keeping manufacturing employees in jobs, as less than one in ten had laid off staff.

Open for business

A third of product manufacturers were able to carry on business as normal and a half were able to provide some of their services, only 13% were severely restricted and just 8% were unable to trade. Despite the healthy ability to be open for business, only 2% of manufacturers were not expecting sales to fall. Relating to specification, only 10% of firms weren’t expecting a drop in specification enquiries. Two-thirds of manufacturers experienced a fall and one in five were waiting for spec leads to tail off.

To combat the drop in sales and specification,one in ten firms planned or have already boosted their marketing spend.


Adaptation
As you’d expect, 98% of manufacturers have changed how they do things, with 68% significantly so. Only 7% say the shut down has meant that there’s been no change in their ways of working. One in three firms saw an uptick in specifiers wanting information digitally, and two-thirds are providing or intend to do so.

Where possible, manufacturers are embracing digital technology so they can continue to serve their customers. They’re moving to online videos for CPD/training and demonstrating product functions and qualities, offering digital sales tours and meetings as well as investing on upgrading their websites and digital product information.

Supply chain and logistics

One in five say supply chain interruption is a problem and 4% say getting materials/components from suppliers has had an impact, and a similar number say their distributors are closed. One in five say that closed sites or being unable to install onsite has been a problem and a further 9% commented on sites being closed. 92% have seen project delays, with 57% seeing most of their projects paused.

Kerry Barker, project lead, at NBS commented:
“Manufacturers and suppliers have made significant changes to adapt to the situation created by the coronavirus threat, particularly working from home; although some have furloughed and laid off staff.
“While most firms could adapt and deliver much of their services, they faced challenges from external factors such as site closures, supply chain disruption and not being able to meet customers in person.”


Commenting on the poll Lee Jones, Head of Manufacturer Solutions from NBS said:
“The UK’s building product sector appears to be handling the COVID-19 disruption well. Many firms used this time to quicken the pace of their digital transformation.
“They’ve increased their online presence, created video content, streamlined processes. That way they’ll exit the shutdown match fit and ahead of the competition.”

The NBS survey ran from 27 March – 21 April 2020.

Those invited were manufacturers in NBS’insight community and others with whom NBS has an existing relationship. During this period NBS received 63 direct responses.

The level of response to the survey was naturally impacted by the number of customers who had been furloughed, which included some invited to take part in the survey. NBS also gathered data from additional customers to provide insights into how companies have responded to the current lockdown.

About NBS:


NBS is a global leading technology platform that combines the best content and connectivity for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment.

For architects, engineers, designers and contractors we provide a cloud-based specification system that enables them to work smarter and reduce their risk.

For building product manufacturers, we help grow their business by exposing their products across the construction project timeline.

Headquartered in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NBS has a global reach via our permanent bases in both Australia and Canada.

Our roots lie in the UK’s National Building Specification, which for nearly 50 years has been helping the construction industry build better and with lower risk.

Our future lies in cloud-based technologies and connected data, as we fast become the information marketplace for the global construction industry.



Image Credits:

Top image - Michael Browning

2nd Image - Adrian Deweerdt


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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Self-Serve Opens Doors For Colquhoun’s


Colquhoun’s is one of Scotland’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of timber fire, acoustic, residential, and security entrance doors to clients across the UK for school, hospital, hotel and high-end residential projects.


They rely on the huge range and unrivalled service that Norseal offers on all kinds of intumescent, drop, smoke and weather seals to keep production running smoothly. Next day delivery as standard, drop seals machine cut to size, and the sort of technical back up that has won awards in the industry all come as standard at Norseal. 

And now that top-notch service is available 24/7 through the company’s Self-Serve portal that offers Norseal customers round-the-clock access to a host of online services including online ordering, live order status tracking, account information, and pricing.

“We use Norseal for all our seal requirements because they are great with communication and we have the total peace of mind of knowing that all of their products are high quality and fully certified,” says Colquhoun’s Director Michael Gregan. 
“Since Norseal launched Self-Serve we’ve been able to use it to place orders, check prices and see the live status of any of our orders, day or night. It’s quick and convenient and really complements the human interface we have with the Norseal team.”
Norseal Customers can access the new service at www.norseal.co.uk



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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Garador offers Guidance on Installing a Garage Door Safely during the Coronavirus Pandemic


With a growing number of garage door installers returning to work this week after over a month in lockdown, leading UK garage door manufacturer Garador has taken the lead in providing some much needed guidance.

The company felt it would be helpful to provide their customers with a short video explaining what safety precautions they should take to ensure the safety of themselves and their customers.

Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe commented:
“We’re delighted to see more of our installer network returning to work, but want to reiterate the importance of maintaining high standards for hygiene, cleanliness and self-distancing.”


You can view the video on YouTube at this link or by clicking the arrow on the image above.

Garador created this back to work video with hints and reminders for garage door installers to remind them about health, safety and hygiene procedures from receiving a garage door on a delivery, right the way through to fitting the door and handing over the instructions.

Find out more about Garador’s full range of garage doors at www.garador.co.uk


Please note: Top image was taken prior to social distancing requirements coming into force.





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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

TOF Spot from CEDES the Swiss Sensor Pioneers for a precise Touchless Solution to replace Pull Cord Switches



CEDES are seeing fast growing interest for their precision sensor TOF Spot to replace pull cords and create touchless solutions. 

This great value solution is easy to install and can reduce needless door operations by angling its precise detection field on site to the optimum position.

The TOF Spot uses “time of flight” technology to create a narrow sensing field, the maximum zone is only 60 x 60mm, the opposite of using inaccurate sensors that cause unnecessary door re-openings.

Use the “teach” version to learn the sensing environment when replacing a pull cord or choose the adjustable “potentiometer” version to adjust the height of the sensing zone – for example to ignore workers in a loading bay but to respond to a truck in the dock.

Small, easy to fit and great value, the TOF Spot is being used more and more to replace pull cord switches, detect the presence of trucks in loading bays or as a touchless door re-open switch in clean environments such as pharmaceuticals and food processing.

Buying direct in GBP £ is easy via the CEDES webshop, you can sign-up and save 2% at shop.cedes.com

  • Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor
  • Exact distance setting, independent from background
  • Excellent detection capability
  • Solid-state relay output
  • Small and sleek design
  • Operating range from 0.2 m up to 6 m
  • Easy mounting
  • Insensitive to ambient light up to 100,000 Lux

Ask for your TOF/Spot - more information at www.cedes.com/en/products/tof-spot/



CEDES UK +44 (0)1494 88 2929 
+44 (0) 7774 65 8163




CEDES AG, Science Park | CH-7302 Landquart | Phone: +41 81 307 2323 | info@cedes.com







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Monday, 18 May 2020

Take the smart approach to servicing with Hörmann UK


Hörmann UK is continuing to support supply chain operators in minimising potential downtime, whilst simultaneously increasing productivity, through its unique SmartControl technology.

The innovative system is now available across all of Hörmann UK’s sectional doors, non-protruding up-and-over doors, sliding doors and its popular offering of high-speed doors manufactured since 2015.

SmartControl is an online portal that imbeds servicing into the daily operation of the door, providing technical door analysis that can be remotely accessed throughout the warehouse at all times.


Supply chain operators can view important maintenance information such as error messages, updates on door cycles and an in-depth overview of the door’s overall performance. This enables individuals to oversee the maintenance of the product in real time, as any potential faults or wear of parts can be viewed instantly. 

The easy-to-use software also enables parts to be ordered and replaced before a breakdown occurs, significantly minimising any potential interruption in operations that may happen from a fault or damage due to misuse.

As the part is already on site, it eliminates the period in which warehouse managers need to wait for a replacement part to be delivered, subsequently reducing costly periods of downtime.

Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager at Hörmann UK, said: 

“For many logistics businesses, the regular servicing and maintenance of machinery can potentially become a time-consuming process that minimises efficiency and restricts productivity for operators.

“This is why we launched our innovative SmartControl programme, which enables clients to take a proactive approach to the servicing of their doors, without impacting on their overall output and level of operations. It also ensures the safety and security of the site at all times, guaranteeing compliance with relevant regulations whilst successfully protecting operators.”

The programme has also been designed to provide cost-savings by aiding a reduction in the frequency and duration of service and maintenance visits. This is due to the service engineers not having to physically visit the site as frequently to gain insight into the status of the doors, as all information can be viewed via the portal.

For further information call 01530 516868 or visit: www.hormann.co.uk.





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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Suzuki at 100 – the Early Years of the Suzuki Car.


2020 is Suzuki’s 100th Anniversary with Michio Suzuki having first started in business in March 1920 with the manufacture of textile looms. 

These became more advanced and very popular right through to the early 1950’s when there was a global decline in the cotton industry.

Initial development of Suzuki’s first car began as far back as 1937 although this had to be shelved later with the outbreak of the second World War. Research and development finally resumed in 1954 when Suzuki Motor Co Limited was formed.

Using Suzuki’s ‘Yaramaika’ spirit, (translated as ‘Let’s do it’) which was deep in the root of the Enshu region where Suzuki originated together with his determination to drive forward, Michio quickly began researching vehicles produced overseas and gained a wealth of knowledge to build the first Suzuki car, known as the Suzulight. 


Suzulight was a compact vehicle weighing just over 500kg and powered by a 360cc, 15PS two cylinder, two-stroke engine and the first of its type to ever be fitted to a car. It was also the first car in Japan to feature a Front Wheel Drive / Front engine layout.

The Suzulight easily met the Japanese ‘Keijidosha’ or Kei light car legislation and Suzuki and his team quickly began their first development road testing of it.

As a prototype, its most memorable early drive was a 300km trip across the Hakone mountainous region between Hamamatsu and Tokyo which proved challenging on roads that had not yet been paved. Although arriving very late in the evening, the team arrived to present the car to the President of ‘Yanase Auto’ Japan’s leading authority on Automobiles.

The President had stayed on late to greet the team and made his way out to thoroughly test the car. Several hours later he returned very impressed and immediately gave Suzuki full approval to put the Suzulight into production. It was way ahead of its time with independent coil spring suspension and rack and pinion steering.

Production commenced in October 1955 with initial production of 3-4 cars per month but by early 1956 monthly volume had climbed to 30 units. 


In 1959, design changed with the development of the Suzulight TL model and popularity of Suzuki cars quickly grew. The TL also adopted the Front Wheel Drive / Front Engine layout method and gained high acclaim thanks to its superior interior and storage space within its very compact size. 

The engine re-mained as a two-stroke, air cooled 360cc unit but with an increase in power to 21PS at 5,500rpm.

Suzuki experienced a rapid rise in production of mini vehicles thanks to the TL. In December 1959, just three months after its launch it had already reached the monthly production goal of 200 units which climbed very sharply in FY 1960 to a total of 5,824 units.

65 years since delivery of its first car, Suzuki remains globally renowned as the ‘small car experts’ and produces three million units per year. Michio Suzuki’s original strategy of the design and production of lightweight vehicles lives on with platforms introduced for Ignis and Swift. 

The latest Swift Sport Hybrid weighs in at just 1,025kg.

www.suzuki.co.uk





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Saturday, 16 May 2020

"Back to Business Under COVID-19 - Your Health and Safety Responsibilities"


Coastal Group are running a free webinar for all door and window manufacturers in conjunction with Citation - HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety experts.

Register now for this Free Webinar - then join this free webinar at 10.00am, Friday 22nd May which covers timely advice on how your business can return to work safely under COVID-19, protect your future and get back to business.

This webinar will:
  • Help you get your business up and running, whilst ensuring you comply with your new Health & Safety responsibilities under COVID-19.
  • Give guidance on the latest site operating procedures and workplace risk assessments.
  • Provide opportunity to have your specific questions answered.








Webinar Info:
  • Date: Friday 22nd May
  • Time: 10.00am
  • Duration: 45 minutes approx.

Spaces for this free webinar are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment - click on this link to register now.

Main Speaker: James Norman
Senior Health and Safety Consultant

James has been providing expert Health & safety advice for more than 10 years.

Throughout his time in the industry James has developed extensive expertise in many areas.

He comes to this webinar fully qualified, ready to support you and answer your questions.

Register Now

Meanwhile, if you need to order PPE gloves, masks, sanitisers, etc to get set up for back to work safely Coastal have a range in stock for you click on this link to place your order.

Our online store is open for placing orders for next day delivery at www.coastal-group.com

If you need any further information regarding this webinar or our door and window products please contact us on sales@coastal-group.com or 01726 871 025.




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Friday, 15 May 2020

New Visusafe Personal Protective Range First in the Frontline of Covid-19 Battle


A new range from industrial visual communication solutions specialist Beaverswood provides improved levels of protection in the construction workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visusafe Personal Protection combines a host of safety-first features with high performance materials, comfort and durable design to offer improved levels of safety.

The range includes transparent anti-fog and scratch-resistant protective face shields approved to UK National Healthcare Service standards.

Designed to prevent the spread of virus by protecting the eyes, nose and mouth, while also preventing the user from touching their face, the lightweight, easy-to-clean and reusable shields feature an adjustable retaining strap for enhanced comfort and ease-of-use.

A protective clear plastic curtain, which can be cut to fit individual requirements and is easy-to-clean, is available for doorways and to clearly separate rooms, areas or shelving and racking systems.

Lightweight yet robust, the curtain can be quickly secured in place using either magnetic strips or pre-drilled holes to ensure that strict social distancing between people in the workplace is observed.

A freestanding transparent heavy-duty plastic screen to segregate workstation areas and provide a high protection level for employees and customers, as part of effective social distancing measures, is included in the range.

Easy to install and clean, the screen measures 2000mm height and is available in a selection of widths: 800mm, 1200mm and 1500mm.

A 2000mm height x 1200mm width rotational plastic screen, mounted on a two-way spring, is a further option to allow rapid and safe access along fire and emergency routes.

To curb the risk of infection spreading through coughing and sneezing on point-of-sale areas, a transparent, freestanding protective counter screen is available (see top image). Measuring 960mm height x 700mm width, and incorporating a 180mm x 590mm integrated serving hatch, the screen offers an easy-to-install, durable and stable protective option for both employers and customers.

The Visusafe Personal Protection range is manufactured from good quality, high performance materials, helping businesses to comply with Public Health England guidelines, which ensure materials are as robust as possible and cleanable, providing maximum protection.

Jim Roberts, product manager at Beaverswood, said:
"During the current crisis, it's critical to ensure people are fully protected in the workplace, keeping them both safe and well. Our new personal protection range does that, providing a top quality, extremely responsive and cost effective solution."
Beaverswood manufactures innovative products that improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the physical workplace. Its range includes labelling and signage, waste segregation and 5S visual communication solutions, as well as health and safety products.

Product is supported with specialist expertise, marketing and promotional materials and an aftersales service.

More at www.beaverswood.co.uk or tel; 0118 979 6096 or sales@beaverswood.co.uk





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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Stop Covid-19 at the Door – Gunnebo Launches Infection Control Gates


Covid-19 can be stopped right at the entrance to office buildings, schools, hospitals, factories and in public transportation using the hi-tech infection control products launched today by Gunnebo, the Swedish global provider of smart access control solutions.

The new family of access control solutions supports the smooth return to a safe working environment by providing automated infection prevention through contactless processes, maximised social distancing, and enforcement of body temperature and personal protective equipment regimes.


The new H-Sense range offers three levels of protection:

  • Body temperature detection integrated into the gate combines image analytics with infrared thermal monitoring to deliver contactless temperature measurement to an accuracy of ±0.3°C. The system denies entry to anyone exhibiting an elevated body temperature.
  • Hygienic mask detection via a high precision camera integrated into the gate, backed up by image analytics, recognises if the visitor is wearing a mask and denies access if it is absent.
  • An automatic gel dispenser delivers a dose of hand sanitiser contactlessly and prevents entry unless the sanitiser has been administered.

These stylish modern gates can also now be configured with increased flexibility to maximise social distancing in limited entrance spaces. The new infection control features can be retro-fitted to existing gates.

Robert Hermans, SVP Entrance Control, Gunnebo says:
“We foresee increased demand for access control solutions with a higher degree of connectivity and peripherals to meet specific needs created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our new H-Sense range provides efficient and user-friendly infection control processes linked to the right of access, ensuring that protective measures are properly and safely enforced”. 
The Gunnebo Group operates worldwide providing innovative products, software and services to control the flow of valuables, cash and people. 

Gunnebo offers entrance control, safe storage, cash management and integrated security solutions to customers primarily within retail, mass transit, public & commercial buildings, industrial & high-risk sites and banking.

For more information and to read more about the products visit: www.gunneboentrancecontrol.com





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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Hi Google – Play Lewis Capaldi….and Open my Garage Door


As each year passes, we become more accustomed to smarter and more efficient means of conducting transactions and accessing information and services.

  • Voice activated home systems e.g. Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Contactless payment on debit and credit cards up to £30
  • Apple Play systems in many new cars
  • Online shopping and delivery with Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S...etc
  • Just Eat and Deliveroo – Fast Food even faster and more convenient
  • Uber cabs

Home Automation Products


The advancement of smart home automation products is no exception. In the early days, uptake was steady, however, with more mainstream pricing and wider uptake and availability of products, home automation is now really starting to take hold.

Thermostats (Nest & Hive), Indoor and outdoor cameras, Ring doorbells, smart light bulbs and plugs, indoor shading, Lawnmowers, TV’s…etc., the list is ever-growing.

The integration with voice activated commands has certainly helped this and we believe will continue to drive the market down the smart route.

But it’s just a garage door

Until you experience the convenience and the benefits it is understandable to think… “but it’s just a garage door!”

What’s in it for me? What are the benefits:

It’s perhaps true to say that having smart access to your garage won’t change your life, however it can make life that little bit easier. With many parents both working, or if you cannot be at home at to accept deliveries, it means remote access to your garage can enable you to grant entry to third parties for deliveries – Amazon, supermarkets, etc. You might also find it useful to remotely provide access through your garage for services such as window cleaners and gardeners.

Having smart control of your garage via your phone also means you don’t need to carry a remote and you can also give permissions to multiple users, negating the cost of purchasing addition handsets…once you have the smart technology set-up.

At Garage Door Systems we have been leading the way for years in the field of smart garage door operation with LiftMaster myQ – The worlds No.1 garage door opener and also with the introduction of Somfy Connexoon for our popular ThermaRoll range of insulated roller doors.

In addition to the traditional remote-control access, the garage doors can all be controlled via myQ and connexoon technology.

Once you purchase and set-up the necessary smart kits, the free apps allow you to keep an eye on the garage at all times and set notifications to inform you of changes to door open/closed status.
 The smart technology combines both monitoring and control of the garage door - anytime, anywhere.

Important note: Secondary safety photo beams are essential to close your garage door remotely in order to be compliant with the regulations EN 60335-1/2-95/2/103/ EN 12453.

For more details on smart controls talk to Paul McAdoo and Mark McEvoy or the team at Garage Door Systems on 0870 242 3 242.

www.garagedoorsystems.co.uk







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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

SaferTrader - Helping Traders Become Covid Secure


The SaferTrader Covid Secure Toolkit was launched yesterday by a leading Health and Safety expert to help the UK’s tradespeople keep their customers and staff safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, traders can sign up quickly and easily by visiting safertrader.co.uk

The message from Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was very clear in his address to the UK on the evening of 10th May 2020, he said, “Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.”

Health and Safety expert Steve Window, launched the Covid Secure Toolkit after it became clear that traders across the country were left confused about how to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Further to this, that their customers - householders, tenants and landlords - were scared that traders coming into their premises may not know how to ensure they are, as the Prime Minister has stated, Covid Secure.

The Covid Secure Toolkit, specifically designed by Steve to help traders get back to work effectively, whilst observing the Government's guidelines on how to work safely is featured on the SaferTrader website.

The online toolkit includes training that supports the advice given by the Government and Public Health England and takes just 30 minutes.

On successful completion, the trader receives a certificate, badge, checklist, profile and resources on the SaferTrader website, everything a trader needs to ensure that their customers are safe, along with the tools to prove to potential and current customers that they are Covid-19 safe and aware.

 The SaferTrader Covid Secure Toolkit would normally cost from £49, but in recognition of how hard the trades services have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Toolkit will cost from just £35 during the first 7 days, and for every sign up, SaferTrader will donate £5 to ‘NHS Charities Together’ the NHS charity that supports NHS staff and volunteers.

Steve said:
“It is a worrying time for people bringing tradespeople into their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to keep our homes in good condition and tend to repairs as they arise, but we also need to feel assured that anyone we allow into our homes know what is expected of them by the Government and Public Health England. 
“As much as it's important that householders and business owners ensure they are safe with who they allow into their premises; traders also need to ensure that they and their families are safe too.
“That is why this service is so great, we are helping tradespeople get back to work and start earning again, whilst also giving confidence to the customer and confidence for the trader.”

 The SaferTrader Covid-19 Toolkit helps traders to comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which requires that employers and the self-employed take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of themselves and those who may be affected by their work activity.




The SaferTrader Covid Secure Toolkit contains:

  • SaferTrader Training (Covid Secure) (Domestic & Light Commercial)
  • SaferTrader Certificate to send to customers when quoting for/discussing jobs
  • SaferTrader Badge to put on your website to show you’ve taken the training
  • SaferTrader Profile on the website listing your business & staff who’ve taken the training allowing customers to find someone they’re confident in
  • SaferTrader Resources including Checklists, Risk Assessment & Contact Letter templates



Steve Window is an army veteran who has gone on to forge a professional career in Health and Safety, initially with the HSE, Britain’s safety watchdog.

In more recent years, Steve has worked as a consultant advising sole traders and billion pound projects on their Health & Safety needs.

For more information, please call Safer Trader on 0800 043 0220 or email info@safertrader.co.uk





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Monday, 11 May 2020

Trojon Cements its Position as The UK’s Fastest Growing Roller Garage Door Manufacturer


Demonstrating a strategic forward-thinking approach, Leicester-based Trojon Roller Doors - a British manufacturer of high-quality roller garage doors – is now in the enviable position of being the fastest growing domestic roller shutter company in the UK.


Parent company Secure-it started life two decades ago, and originally manufactured for the steel galvanised commercial shutter sector, installing direct to the end user. However, for the last five years the firm has concentrated on domestic roller garage doors through the Trojon brand. 


And in that time, it has established a burgeoning reputation for making and supplying ‘fitter friendly’ products, as Associate Director Tony Spong explains:
“Since moving into the domestic roller garage door sector, we’ve been pouring all our knowledge, skills and experience into manufacturing a door made with the best quality parts and produced very much with the fitter in mind,” he explains.
“A big part of this is that we don’t make doors in kit form and then send them out to be put together, as they then have to be drilled, riveted and screwed together on the customer’s driveway.
“Instead, all Trojon doors are sent out complete and ready to offer up and install - saving time, money, effort and inconvenience.”
“In short, we are building a business around the needs of the installer,” continues Tony. 
“We do everything with them in mind and welcome all suggestions to ensure we continually improve and develop our brand.
“For example, we are the only manufacturer supplying a factory-fitted external override emergency release kit that fits directly onto the door guide – installers simply connect the rods and away you go!
“This idea came from talking to our clients, who told us they were looking for this innovation to further reduce fitting time and labour costs. So that’s what we gave them – and it’s exactly this sort of thing that makes installers trust and use Trojon.”

This is a view shared by Trojon customer Bruce Thompson, of the Cotswold Garage Door Company:
“I have installed roller door products from all the big names in the industry and I have to say, that after installing Trojon products, the installation of their doors and service as a company are incomparable,” he says.
“I have already recommended them to other garage door installation companies that I know, who, having made the move over to Trojon have had a similar experience. Once you’ve installed a Trojon roller door you become a bit spoilt, so much is already done for you that you won’t go back to anything else.”

As members of the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), all Trojon roller doors are manufactured in-house at their purpose-built factory. They are fully CE approved and adhere to the latest European Regulations/Directives. 

The company’s core product is the Premier 77 insulated roller garage door with a standard 300mm box. The 77mm profile has been tested and developed to also be used with a smaller 250mm hood box (for doors up to 5500mm width), addressing any height restrictions, so there is no need to turn to an inferior compact door. 

The doors come in a full range of colours, as well as painted wood effects, and laminated finishes. Trojon also offer a bespoke door powder coating service. 


All Trojon doors come with NRG or Somfy controls (wired or wireless) as standard. In addition, trojon doors are compatible with other control systems (ANSA, NVM and Britalia etc.).

There are also other services available to trade customers. These include a user-friendly online ordering system, allowing installers to submit accurate door orders to their customers specifications. 

With a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience within the company, installers have access to a specialist team who provide ongoing technical information, advice and guidance to the trade.

The Trojon team work hard to ensure products are supplied to high standards, with a free weekly delivery service available across most UK mainland locations and a fast order to delivery turnaround time – usually within seven working days.

Tony concludes that it is the company’s focus on helping fitters, coupled with a determination to do the basics right, that is driving success:
“We frequently liase with our trade customers and understand what they value most–quality products, that are easy to install, delivered when they need them. So, that’s what we do and, it is driving the phenomenal growth we have been experiencing since joining the domestic roller garage door industry.”

To find out more about Trojon Roller Doors, visit www.trojonrollerdoors.co.uk, call 0116 283 7744, or email info@trojonrollerdoors.co.uk

You can also read a more detailed verion of this article online in our Spring 2020 issue at www.dijonline.co.uk




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