We write to bring to your attention a very recent development with some of the test evidence relating to our FBLS fire block louvre system, for steel fire door applications.
The main evidence we use for our FBLS in steel fire doors is original assessment report C129754 to BS 476: Part 22: 1987. This report assesses all sizes of the system up to 457x1524mm (width x height) and for a duration of up to 240 minutes (integrity only). This report was up for review recently, and although it has been reviewed & revalidated on several occasions previously, unfortunately we have now been advised by Warringtonfire that they cannot produce a new revalidation and therefore we have to re-test.
We obviously asked for an explanation behind this decision and we were advised that assessments are conducted in line with the PFPF guidelines, this document is currently being updated/amended in light of recent events, with a general tightening up of the requirement when conducting assessments. The PFPF guide states that assessments shall be based on test reports, the assessment in question (C129754) does not actually use any test data, rather it is evaluation on expected performance. Therefore, in the current climate we must have some base test data on the louvre system to be able to assess the range of products currently included within C129754.
Unfortunately, until we re-test we are left in no position but to withdraw from sale with immediate effect any FBLS over a size of 610x610mm (area equivalent) and over a duration of 120 minutes, for steel fire door applications. This actually only withdraws 4 current stock sizes; 254x1524mm, 305x1524mm, 457x914mm and 457x1524mm (all width x height).
You may be wondering why we are not totally withdrawing the product from sale; this is because we do have assessment report number WF170066 to BS EN 1634-1: 2000, which is still validated and covers any size up to 610x610mm, and for a duration up to 120 minutes (integrity only), providing they are mounted below 1 metre from the threshold.
If you have actually carried out your own independent testing of our FBLS louvre system in your door, then this notice does not apply to you.
We are planning to carry out a test during the coming months with Warringtonfire to hopefully allow us to put the larger sizes back on sale. We will obviously keep you fully informed.
This is totally out of our control as we are sure you appreciate, but we are addressing it as our top priority. If you require any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Sales director Mark Lockley comments, “We have always looked to support local charities when making our annual charitable donations, and for the last few years one of those has been Katherine House Hospice. Katherine House Hospice is such a special charity, as i’m sure you can imagine, and they have to rely on donations for a staggering 75% of their funding”.
“We recently decided that we want to give more to charity as a business , so for 2019 we have chosen to become a member of the Katherine House Hospice ‘Business Buddies’ scheme. This means that throughout the year we will be undertaking various fund-raising tasks to enable us to make regular donations. We have already seen staff donations in lieu of Christmas cards, and an Easter egg raffle to get us well on our way to our target!”
We will be posting regular fundraising updates on our social media channels. So keep a look out.
We would like to give you notice of our closing dates. We will be closing for the Easter holiday period at 5pm on Thursday 18 April, and will re-open for business at 8:30am on Tuesday 23 April.
Any orders placed before 3pm on Thursday 18 April will be despatched for delivery on Tuesday 23 April.
Our contact form will still be available during these closing days. All inquiries will be responded to when we re-open.
We are hugely proud and excited to announce that we are starting an Apprenticeship Programme with Total People, and the following opportunity is our first vacancy; a Junior Content Producer within our Digital Marketing department. Come and join team Zero!
We really do feel apprenticeships will drive the future of the country, and it’s great to give young people an accessible chance to start in work and build a career.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries regarding the position!
Unfortunately, due to a decrease in demand, rising costs and short shelf life we are withdrawing from our range the intumescent sealant cartridges shown on page 72 of our latest no. 21 catalogue.
There is no set date for this as it will be as and when we run out of stock of each one, so please contact us if you have any immediate requirement as we do still have some stock.
We do hope this does not cause any inconvenience, and we haven’t made this decision lightly, but have just found ourselves in a position where this is the only commercially viable option.
Due to the recent increase in demand we have all seen for black architectural ironmongery, we’re excited to announce the launch of two new finishes to our range of Slimport circular vision frames; ZERO black and LITE black.
ZEROblack is a flat, matt style, finish giving a pure stunning black at all angles. LITEblack is a textured finish which enables light to catch the texture giving a multitude of black tones.
Why just have black lever handles when you can now compliment these with a contemporary black vision frame…
After the successful launch of the Anemostat LoPro-STC acoustic vision frame set, we decided to further increase its depth of testing by undertaking some acoustic tests with the bestselling glasses we supply here in the UK.
The LoPro has now been sound tested with our most popular glasses, in both single pane form and incorporated into double glazed units. The range of glasses tested included non-fire rated options such as 6mm toughened and 6.4mm laminated, and also fire rated options such as Pyrocet, Firelite and Pyroshield 2. We even tested 7.5mm thick Anti-Bandit laminated glass.
Now we have a UK tested solution where an acoustic rated vision frame is required, with the glass you use. Full details of the testing carried out can be found here.
We are excited to announce that our Finprotect Plus range of finger protection devices are now tested to the new British Standard BS 8613:2017 “Finger Protection Devices for Pedestrian Doors”.
Furthermore, the range was tested to the more onerous Class 2 of the standard, which tests the ability of the device in preventing fingers entering the gap between the door and frame when force is used. Class 1 devices would not undergo this part of the testing.
BS 8613 was written to provide guidance on the best finger protection devices for doors. With a variety of products already on the market, it was felt that there was no guidance as to what works well, what fails easily, what is durable and what is truly safe in use.
With this new testing you can now specify and use Finprotect Plus with confidence.
Full details of the Finprotect Plus range can be found on our website at www.zeroplus.co.uk/finprotect and a copy of the test report is available upon request.
We would like to give you notice of our shutdown dates. We will be closing for the Christmas holiday period at 5pm on Friday 21 December, and will re-open for business at 08.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Although we do not close until Friday 21 December we shall be stock taking on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December. We will not be despatching or receiving goods during this period.
Our contact form will still be available throughout the shutdown. All inquiries will be responded to when we re-open.
From everyone at Zero, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Ken Drake, one of the original founders of Zero Seal Systems, has retired. Starting Zero back in 1997, Ken had already amassed over 16 years in the door hardware industry.
Starting out at Alfred G. Roberts (Exports) Ltd in 1981, Ken remained with Laidlaw Thomson until 1997 working in London, Hong Kong, Bristol, Mitcham, Rochester, Cheadle and Willenhall.
MD Mandy Greaves commented “Ken’s drive, passion and enthusiasm have been truly remarkable over the last 21 years, and he has obviously been instrumental in the success of the business. He will be sorely missed by all his colleagues here at Zero, and we hope you join us in wishing Ken and his wife Helen many years of happy retirement, and travelling!”