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Fire detection systems specialist Nittan Europe awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

Nittan Europe, the specialist manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems. This achievement marks Nittan’s ability to deliver high quality products and systems to the marketplace.

ISO 9001:2015 is awarded for the fulfilment of higher level structures with an increased importance afforded to risk. The certification is based on a number of quality management principles such as a strong customer focus, the motivation of top management, solid process approaches and the achievement of continual improvement within an organisation.


Nittan Europe’s managing director Yoshiaki Kadokura told Risk Xtra: “Attainment of the ISO 9001:2015 certification is essential in proving our ability to deliver the highest quality products and systems for our loyal customers and the market in general. The ISO 9001 transition represented a huge challenge for us. However, Nittan’s Quality Assurance and Operations Departments committed fully to every step of the process and worked closely with the auditors, namely BRE Global and the Loss Prevention Certification Board. Thanks to their dedicated work, the process was completed successfully in a shorter timeframe than either we or BRE Global anticipated.”

Nittan has adopted a deliberately proactive approach for the transitioning process. ISO 9001:2015 will ensure that the business continues to provide its customers with consistent and good quality products and services, while at the same time growing and evolving the organisation as a whole.

The Nittan Group has been at the forefront of the international fire protection industry since 1954 and continuously strives for exceptional quality products of the highest standards by evolving and improving both systems and processes.

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Zaun develops SR3 fencing for Critical National Infrastructure applications

A high-security fence for rail and other Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) applications that resists sustained attack with specialist power tools for more than five minutes has been developed by steel mesh fencing manufacturer Zaun.

Zaun has received a revised Certificate of Product Approval from the Loss Prevention Certification Board to include its brand new CorruSec SR3 approved to Security Rating 3. The fencing system incorporates corrugated HiSec 3-5-10 mesh sandwiched between further panels of HiSec 3-5-10, a special welded steel wire fence panel similar to the type of mesh usually used for prison fencing, whose name is derived from its mesh size: 3″ × 0.5″ × 10 gauge.

The original concept was the idea of Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman and has been developed by R&D manager Adam Christie. Christie explained: “Alastair conceived the design by looking at the construction of cardboard, in particular the corrugated kind and how the corrugated element created a much stronger three-dimensional material. We started experimenting with a corrugated mesh centre section to give fencing greater rigidity and increase its thickness without adding much to the material content and weight in order to counter the kind of tools attackers might use.”


CorruSec SR3 has been subjected to sustained attack by testers from the Building Research Establishment wielding a range of hand and power tools, yet they couldn’t breach the CorruSec SR3 in less than five minutes.

The fencing system is manufactured to BS 1722 Part 14 and is approved at heights from 2.4 metres to 6 metres above the ground, in ground or base-plated options.

Each individual panel features a 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration with 3 mm horizontal and vertical wires. The corrugated section is pressed to approximately 100 mm in depth. All three layers are bolted together using bolts fixed into place in a grid pattern throughout the combined fence panel.

CorruSec SR3 provides good through visibility for use with CCTV cameras, while security toppings can be added to suit.

Alastair Henman explained: “The current specification for CrossRail stations is a ‘5-minute fence’, so we set about seeing if we could create a viable product. Across our customer base, operators of CNI are upgrading their most sensitive sites given  the heightened fear of terrorist threats and advances in technology.”

As well as rail applications, SR3 fencing is ideal for protecting assets at water utilities, oil and gas compounds, Data Centres and other CNI sites.


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Elmdene to illuminate IFSEC International 2014 with innovative EN54-23 compliant Fire Alarm Beacon

Electronic fire and security products developer Elmdene International (a subsidiary of Potter Electric Signal, LLC) is bringing to market an EN54-23:2010 compliant, ceiling-mounted Fire Alarm Beacon.

The indoor ‘Type A’ VAD (Visual Alarm Device), which will be on show at IFSEC International 2014 (ExCeL London, 17-19 June) – running alongside FIREX International – is built around low power consumption LED technology and, crucially, has already completed a rigorous testing process to secure a certificate of approval from the LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board).

Looking in more detail at the standout features of the LPCB-approved beacon, it has an input power range of 18-30V DC (24V DC nominal) which is not only used to power the device but also to synchronise multiple devices, avoiding issues associated with epilepsy.

In addition, having the same coverage as a standard smoke detector (15 m) it offers the installer a simple design method by matching these devices within an area – vitally important in these early stages of implementation.

The new Fire Alarm Beacon (FBC100-3-15) provides coverage in line with EN54-23 to C-3-15, which means it’s a ceiling device with a maximum ceiling height of 3 m, providing a 15 m diameter cylindrical volume covered by the light radiated from the built-in strobe.

Elmdene's new Fire Alarm Beacon

Elmdene’s new Fire Alarm Beacon

The rationale for Elmdene adopting the C-3-15 configuration is, the company confirms, to ensure that the design of an EN54-23 compliant solution is as straightforward as possible.
For smaller areas or where current consumption may be limited there is added flexibility to switch the beacon to C-3-12 coverage if required (from 15 m to 12 m), in turn reducing the device’s current consumption by 10 mA.

Making life easier for specifiers and installers

“We’re delighted that our Fire Alarm Beacon has just achieved LPCB approval in line with EN54-23,” stated Ian Moore, managing director at Elmdene International. “In fact, during testing it actually surpassed our claimed C-3-15 coverage.”

Moore continued: “Basically, with the Fire Alarm Beacon we are keen to make life easier for specifiers and installers when it comes to deciding how many strobes they should fit to satisfy the minimum light coverage requirements of EN54-23. This cannot be done with ‘Open Class’ strobes as every manufacturer’s strobe coverage could be different. The reality is that this is still proving to be a challenge as the industry becomes acquainted with the standard. In my view, anything that can address this situation has to be welcomed.”

In addition to meeting the requirements of EN54-23:2010, the Fire Alarm Beacon is ROHS compliant, CE marked and comes complete with a three-year warranty.

*For more information on Elmdene’s Fire Alarm Beacon (Part Number FBC100-3-15), which is now available through the usual distribution channels, visit Stand F1165 at IFSEC International 2014

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