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Vimpex’s Identifire TriTone sounder certified by UL Laboratories

Vimpex’s Identifire TriTone sounder has been certified by UL Laboratories. It’s a move that signifies a strategically important development for Vimpex. The UL brand is recognised worldwide as a mark of quality, safety and reliability and affords Vimpex the opportunity to expand further into more export markets.

Managing director James Jones stated: “Vimpex’s selection of UL Laboratories for certification to EN standards is an important part of the business’ strategy in positioning itself to succeed domestically and further expand our already thriving export activities. With our factory processes and products approved and audited by UL Laboratories, the LPCB and Intertek, we can now lay claim to be the leading independent European manufacturer/distributor of evacuation and notification devices.”


James Jones: md at Vimpex

Vimpex’s new Identifire TriTone sounder can be flush or surface-mounted and is available in red or white. With three low frequency tones and an output of 92-96 db(A), it’s the ideal product for wall-mounting applications.

TriTone is part of a large and growing range of Vimpex alarm sounders, beacons and system accessories available to end users.

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Access control specialist Intratone appoints David Bell to UK country manager’s role

Intratone, the access control specialist, has appointed David Bell as its new UK country manager to head up the sales team, enhance brand awareness (by working together with the Marketing Department) and oversee the opening of the company’s UK head office).

Bell will have overall responsibility for the business in the UK including a team of eight area sales managers. Following the establishment of the UK subsidiary earlier this year, the head office is due to be opened in Chiswick this month.


David Bell: the new UK country manager for Intratone

Previously, Bell had served as general manager at Intertek, the provider of assurance testing, inspection and certification solutions, and as global business development manager at Survitec Group, a survival and safety solutions provider to the marine, defence, aviation and offshore markets.

“Intratone has a unique position in the market,” stated Bell. “GSM Intercom and Access Control is a new technology and Intratone is at the forefront of its development in Europe. The next six-to-12 months will be very important to us as we look to build on our excellent reputation in France and enhance our growing presence here in the UK. Our complete solution for door entry and access control is effective, easy to use and easy to manage. I’m excited for the forthcoming campaign with the launch of some new products and also working more closely with our partners.”

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Intertek approved as certification body and test lab for non-electrical equipment used in hazardous areas

Intertek, a total quality assurance provider to industries worldwide, is now an approved International Electrotechnical Commission Explosive (IECEx) certification body and test laboratory and can provide global third party approval on non-electrical equipment for use in hazardous areas. This will give confidence to the global petroleum, chemical and pharmaceuticals and food industries when it comes to the safety of non-electrical equipment on their sites.

Intertek’s Chester and Leatherhead laboratories have tested European equipment under the ATEX Directive for over ten years. With the recent arrival of the ISO/IEC 80079-36 and ISO/IEC 80079–37 standards and their incorporation within the IECEx certification scheme, these laboratories are now approved to accept global applications from equipment manufacturers, package assemblers and end users for certification to these standards.

They can also provide guidance on the application of the IECEx scheme and discuss individual manufacturers’ responsibilities and routes to compliance within the scheme.

“In a market where safety is paramount, operators of sites such as oil refineries, process plants, chemical works, food processing sites or off-shore platforms look to mitigate the risk to people and plant through third party approvals of equipment or accreditations,” said Andrew Austin, UK head of the ATEX Notified Body at Intertek and the individual responsible for IECEx activities. “With the extension of the IECEx scheme, which is already a well-established scheme for electrical equipment, Intertek can now give these operators the confidence that non-electrical equipment on their site doesn’t pose an explosion safety risk.”


Until now there was only a European Directive, namely the ATEX Directive, addressing the explosion safety risk associated with non-electrical equipment, with no international third party approval route for global supply, while the existing IECEx scheme only covered electrical equipment.

However, with the introduction this year of international standards ISO/IEC 80079-36 and ISO/IEC 80079–37 and their incorporation within the IECEx certification scheme, Intertek can now provide the industry with global third party approval for non-electrical equipment.

The overriding aim of the IECEx scheme is to have one certification scheme for any hazardous area product that’s recognised and accepted throughout the world.

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