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3M welcomed as new member at Euralarm

Euralarm has welcomed 3M as a new member. The company will join the Extinguishing Section of Euralarm whose activities cover automatic extinguishing systems using gas, water, foam, powder and aerosols, oxygen reduction systems, portable equipment and other manual means of fire-fighting as well as fire-fighting agents used in either fixed automatic systems or portable equipment.

3M will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation in front of European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry.

3M will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors from which Euralarm forms its membership. The new membership will create opportunities for both parties as it also serves to strengthen the association.

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in more than 190 countries, 3M has more than 90.000 employees worldwide, sells upwards of 55.000 products and holds 25.000 patents.

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3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

The clean agent fire extinguishant of the company, namely the 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon alternative. It’s a next generation synthetic clean agent mainly used in stationary extinguishing systems for the protection of critical assets in enclosed areas. It has a very fast extinguishing time, is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue.

The company’s extinguishant is designed to balance concerns for human safety, performance and the environment. Upon release through a specially designed extinguishing nozzle, it vaporises immediately and distributes as a gas within seconds.

The agent has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas, making it the ideal solution for occupied spaces. Due to its physical properties, the agent protects irreplaceable paper documents, electronics and other high value assets.

Insight into European markets

Companies joining Euralarm gain a unique insight into what’s happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of European Union policy, but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners.

Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support (as well as help to direct) standardisation and legislative processes.

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UNION introduces series of Fire Door Kits for practising safety professionals

UNION is cutting the hassle out of sourcing fire door hardware with its new Fire Door Kits, featuring a complete range of pre-selected products that work seamlessly together and, importantly, meet every relevant standard.

The role of a fire door in supporting fire safety and integrity within a building is critical.  UNION’s Fire Door Kit is a single box solution that helps safety-focused professionals to ensure that they’re fitting correct and fully-compliant hardware.

Until now property owners, facilities managers and installers have faced a bewildering variety of hardware choices when installing or maintaining a fire door set. With the UNION Fire Door Kit, all that worry, guesswork and lost time is now a thing of the past.

Designed for common installation situations, each Fire Door Kit combines all of the hardware needed to install or repair a fire door. This includes hinges, door closer, lockcase, levers and signage, as well as installation instructions, fitting templates, fixings and the performance sheets for the building owner’s own records.

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Crucially, every part included in the Fire Door Kit is tested to all relevant standards, ensuring that the commissioned door will meet regulations.

There are four different Fire Door Kits, each designed to work in a specific application. The Sashlock Kit is ideal for locking fire doors, while the Deadlock Kit is a perfect fit for locking storage areas. The Latch Kit is designed for non-locked rooms, and finally the Corridor Kit is used for push-pull, non-locking fire doors.

Alison Aston, category manager at UNION, said: “The Fire Door Kit range is the easiest way to install or maintain a fire door. We believe this will be a huge benefit for property owners and installers alike, as they now have a way to ensure that a fire door is fitted with all the hardware it needs to meet legal requirements and work perfectly. It’s simple to stock, easy to order, compact to transport and store on site.”

Aston added: “The UNION Fire Door Kit brings instant safety, compliance and peace of mind for the end user.”

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Evolution adds Jamie Grainger to sales support team

Jamie Grainger has joined the sales support team at Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions business, to provide dedicated account management and customer support for the company’s clients across the UK.

Grainger arrives at Evolution with more than five years of sales experience gained by working in the security and access control sectors. Most recently, he worked for an international technology company as a project sales specialist, focusing on all-round system design and project management.

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Jamie Grainger

Grainger believes it’s an exciting time to be joining Evolution. He told Risk Xtra: “The business continues to grow and expand, winning some large projects and clients across the UK and Ireland as well as in Europe. I’m keen to learn as much as I can from the team and contribute to driving further growth for the business by providing dedicated account management and support to our customers.”

Richard Lambert, managing director at Evolution, added: “I’m pleased to welcome Jamie to the team. He has a solid foundation of knowledge in the industry and will provide a valuable additional contact and resource for our clients.”

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Kentec provides fire protection for Yorkshire Power Station project

A Sigma XT extinguishing panel and accessories manufactured by Kentec, the life safety control systems manufacturer, are protecting a power storage station built in Hefei, China and then brought over to Yorkshire.

The Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd completed the installation and commissioning of the project for Sungrow Power in Hefei earlier this year, after which it was transported to Yorkshire, where the storage container was fixed to the site. The storage station forms part of Sungrow’s photovoltaic solar energy project.

From construction to installation, the project was completed in just four months, with the methodology now being used as a blueprint across the power construction industry.

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The installation included a Sigma XT Extinguishant panel, status unit, abort switch and warning signs. A spokesperson for the Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd has stated the Sigma range is ideal for high-risk sites such as power stations. “Kentec’s Sigma range is highly reliable and renowned throughout the industry for its robust build quality. We were very happy to specify the system for this project.”

Three initiation circuits are included as standard with the Sigma XT releasing panel. This means release can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to enable specific and controlled activations, thus protecting a site’s critical equipment from unnecessary extinguishant release damage.

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Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, observed: “A large LED display provides a highly-intuitive interface for end users to configure systems to suit their specific sites. With all of the electronics mounted on a single, easily removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install.”

The LED display informs on the time remaining until release for added user safety. This countdown timer can be duplicated on up to seven status units per panel to provide localised indication of system status. Any number of abort switches can be connected to the abort terminal, in turn providing complete convenience of system design.

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The Sigma XT has been approved and certified to EN 12094-1, EN 54-2 and EN 54-4, with UL and FM versions also available.

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Kentec helps to keep Brenntag UK & Ireland’s Sunderland facility safe with Taktis installation

A highly sophisticated Taktis fire alarm and control panel from Kentec, the life safety control systems manufacturer, is providing the highest levels of fire safety at Brenntag UK & Ireland’s facility in Sunderland.

Brenntag is a market leader in chemical distribution with a global network of more than 580 locations across 73 countries. Its North East team moved into the new site in Sunderland, one of the company’s 24 sites across the UK & Ireland, last December.

Pitts Wilson, the electrical contractor, was approached by Brenntag to recommend and install a comprehensive fire safety and alarm system for the entire site. The business selected Kentec’s technology as an integral part of the installation, which has helped Pitts Wilson pass a BAFE/NSI inspection.

Kentec’s Taktis panel ranges from two to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indicators and can network up to 128 panels. Its enhanced integration and networking capabilities mean it’s able to meet the current and future needs of even the largest sites.

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Mark Ellse, fire systems manager at Pitts Wilson, stated: “The flexibility of the Taktis panel makes it very simple to install and commission, and because it’s fully open-protocol it’s also fully-integrated with the Hochiki systems on site. The full colour 7” touch-screen display is easy for the customer to use and understand, especially during an emergency. Along with providing a great system, Kentec also provided excellent customer support throughout the project.”

Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, responded: “The scalability of Taktis means it provides a future-proofed solution. It’s able to expand and develop in line with Brenntag’s requirements. As it’s also truly open protocol, it provides installers and their end users with maximum choice when it comes to their system design.”

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NSI supports World Accreditation Day 2019

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) offered its full support to World Accreditation Day 2019 (#WAD2019). A global initiative celebrating accreditation, the event (which took place on Sunday 9 June) focused on accredited bodies like the NSI adding value in supply chains. 

From a security and fire safety sector perspective, installers and service providers of security and fire safety systems and security guarding solution are a vital ‘link in the chain’ with their expertise at the point of delivery, keeping people safe, ensuring security solutions harness suitable technology and that they’re fit for purpose.

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Whether it be in the design, installation and commissioning of intruder alarms, access control systems, fire detection or suppression systems and CCTV or the monitoring of myriad guarding services, Best Practice in service provision by NSI-approved companies ensures that quality solutions are delivered to customers.

World Accreditation Day marked the work underway to launch ‘IAF CertSearch’, a website designed to provide buyers with the ability to verify management systems certificates such as ISO 9001 (itself a key component of NSI’s Gold approvals). This facility will help to distinguish certificates issued by accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as the NSI, from certificates issued by non-accredited CABs and to check the authenticity of a certificate.

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “World Accreditation Day plays an important role in promoting the value of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment. As an accredited certification body, the NSI conforms to ISO 17021-1 and ISO 17065 in the delivery of Certificates of Approval to over 1,800 approved companies operating in the UK and Eire. The worldwide system of accreditation spans economies accounting for 96% of global GDP*. The NSI is proud to play its small part in this ecosystem underpinning Best Practice, competency and consistent quality within our sector, as recognised by, among others, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Security Industry Authority, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, BAFE and industry and insurer stakeholders.”

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NSI Gold Approval combines Quality Management Systems approval ISO 9001 with specific product standards pertinent to services provided, in addition to NSI Quality Schedules and approval criteria specifically designed for the security and fire systems and guarding services sectors. The NSI adopts a ‘treat recommendations as mandatory’ stance with regard to all standards and Codes of Practice, affording buyers confidence that NSI-approved companies adhere to the latest Best Practice at all times.

For full details of the range of NSI approvals to international and British Standards and industry Codes of Practice visit www.nsi.org.uk

*Source: World Economic Forum

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Kentec wins Innovation Award for Taktis fire panel

Kentec, one of the leading manufacturers of life-critical control systems, has won the Fire Innovation of the Year Award at the second national Safety and Health Excellence Awards for its next generation Taktis 16L analogue addressable fire panel.

The Fire Innovation of the Year Award celebrates products or services that demonstrate genuine innovation and differentiation to other products in the marketplace. Products must have been launched after January 2017 and boast independent fire testing to support performance claims.

Beating ten other nominated fire products and services, the Taktis 16L extends the standard Taktis fire panel to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indications. It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network up to 128 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites such as schools, hospitals and retail applications.

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Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, stated: “We’re thrilled that Taktis has been recognised with this prestigious award that’s considered an important industry accolade. The Taktis 16L has been built with both the end user and installer in mind. As a truly open protocol panel it offers installers and their customers maximum flexibility in system design, site customisation and in the third party devices that they specify.”

Swann added: “It also protects legacy installations, enabling the extension and replacement of Syncro network systems using the Taktis bridge functionality, not to mention future investment since the panel is future-proofed with a highly impressive roadmap of additional functions, features and integration possibilities.”

This latest win follows on from the company’s Manufacturing Innovation Award at the 2018 Made in the South East Awards.

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