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!”
Following a recent successful fire test, we are pleased to report that the ZEROplus 7200 Series lockcases are now positively assessed for use on 240 minute uninsulated steel fire doors.
The 7200 Series of Euro Profile DIN standard lockcases have been available from Zero for some time, but were previously only covered for 60 minute steel fire doors. Knowing the market calls for more than this, Zero re-tested, and are now excited to bring this development to you.
The 7200 Series is a range of high quality heavy-duty Euro Profile lockcases, with 60mm backset and 72mm centres. Manufactured in accordance with DIN 18251 and CE marked to EN 12209:2003, with a supporting DoP. Modular in design meaning one door prep suits all functions. The range offers a heavy sprung stainless steel clamping follower, solid stainless steel latch and deadbolts, reversible latchbolt and a one piece stainless steel square or radius forend. The latchbolt is light sprung for easy operation and is also guided, while the deadbolt has a 20mm double throw. The existing range offers the four main functions; sashlock, deadlock, latch and nightlatch.
Furthermore, and to complement the 7200 series, we are excited to advise that our ranges of lever handles, escutcheons and euro profile cylinders are now also positively assessed for 240 minute steel fire doors. Therefore, we can offer a complete tested lock set.
After 21 years with the company, Ken Drake is standing down as Managing Director at Zero Seal Systems and will be retiring in the autumn.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mandy Greaves as Managing Director from 1st July. Mandy has been with the company for over 20 years, the last 10 of which have been as Commercial Director.
We are also pleased to welcome Nicola Hewitt as Financial Controller at this time of exciting change within the company.
ZEROplus has introduced a range of fire and smoke tested self-adhesive silicone fin seals, to complement its popular teardrop seals, 188S, 488S and 388S.
The 1771S (single fin) and 1772S (twin fin) have been developed specifically as meeting stile seals in response to requests from steel door manufacturers to solve the problem of sealing meeting stiles on pairs of fire rated doors. With Tee fins at 90 degrees, both can be fitted to either the astragal or the leading edge on a pair of doors. The 1773S (available soon) and 1777S have Tee fins at 75 degrees and can be used as perimeter seals fitting into the rebate across the head and down both sides of the frame.
All four seals have been positively assessed for use on insulated or uninsulated fire rated steel doors, for a duration up to 240 minutes to BS EN 1634-1. This new range has also recently been included in a series of smoke leakage tests and achieved the requirements of BS EN 1634-3. Copies of all reports are available upon request.
They are all supplied with double sided backed PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) tape and are suitable for internal and external doors. These products are currently only available in black, although they may be available in dark bronze, white and grey depending on quantity.
Please contact us for more information.
With many of our products being fitted to both the external and internal faces of outward opening doors, we are often asked for information regarding a products resistance to the elements, and in particular, corrosion. Test data relating to corrosion resistance may already be available for some of the specialist door hardware we distribute, especially the CE marked items, but for a lot of products it’s not. Although not an essential characteristic for most items, we at Zero like to have the answer!
Therefore, across a wide range of products, we have carried out some independent Corrosion Resistance testing to BS EN 1670:2007 at a UKAS accredited laboratory. BS EN 1670:2007 specifies the requirements for the corrosion resistance of building hardware for doors, windows, shutters and curtain walling. It provides a method of classification of corrosion resistance of building hardware based on its performance in a neutral salt spray test. BS EN 1670:2007 is the standard used for corrosion resistance testing in many harmonised European door hardware standards such as BS EN 1125 and BS EN 12209 for instance.
Briefly, testing involves placing products in a chamber ready to be sprayed with a salt water solution for a set number of hours. We decided to test for Grade 4 corrosion resistance, which is a 240 hour duration test, and classified as Very High Corrosion Resistance. We opted for Grade 4 as it is rarely tested to for door hardware with Grade 3 (96 hours) seeming to be the norm.
We are pleased to advise that the following products were successfully tested to Grade 4; Outside Access Devices for panic & emergency exit hardware, surface mounted Door Stays, Door Stops, Lever Handles, Escutcheons, Pull Handles, Cylinder Pulls, Door Viewers, Gate Fittings, Vision Frames both square and circular, Door Louvres, Door Loops both surface mounted and concealed, Flush Bolts, Thresholds, Automatic Door Bottoms, Frame Seals, Rain Deflectors, Brush Strips, Door Selectors and Finger Protection.
We believe having such a broad scope of products tested to Grade 4 will enable them to be specified and used with confidence in general external situations. Please contact us for details on exact products tested, and equally a full test report is available on request.
We at Zero Seal Systems are delighted to announce we have recently achieved ISO 9001:2015. The 2015 revision of ISO 9001 is less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. This was achieved by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organisation.
ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognised quality management standard and helps us manage quality across all our operations by means of a Quality Management System (QMS).
Jim Craik, Zero’s QMS manager, says “ISO 9001 has been a huge benefit to our business since we originally achieved accreditation back in February 2015, both internally by assisting our existing systems and externally by providing a managed QMS system our customers can see. We were really keen to meet the requirements of the 2015 revision as we believe the new risk based thinking approach will further enhance our all-round service levels”.
Although it wasn’t required for us to achieve the 2015 version of ISO 9001 until September 2018, we have been working on achieving this revision for the last year to be able to achieve it as early as possible. If you require further information regarding our ISO 9001 QMS policy, please give Jim a call on 01785 282910 or via our contact form.
In recently undertaken independent laboratory Anti-Slip testing, our Modular Thresholds, 6.4mm Low Flat Thresholds and Traction Tread™ Thresholds achieved a ‘low risk’ classification to BS 7976-2.
We are pleased to report that every Zero threshold tested received a ‘low risk’ (lowest possible) classification (36+ PTV) in dry conditions, with the majority of those thresholds tested also receiving this classification in wet conditions. Test evidence in regards to the slip rating of thresholds is regularly asked for in public transport applications.
Testing covered Zero’s wide range of Modular Thresholds, 6.4mm Low Flat Thresholds and their Traction Tread™ Thresholds which have various infill’s to aid grip.
A copy of the test report is available upon request.
Zero is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. For those customers who have been with us since the start, it will be hard to believe where the years have gone. The company was established in 1997 by Ken Drake, Rod Lovatt and Mike Quinn with Mandy Greaves and Mark Lockley joining shortly after. The business has grown in a measured way every year since then and now has 30 staff.
Initially the company only sold the Zero International range of thresholds, frame seals and dropseals but the range has expanded over the years to include most hardware that is fitted to doors. The ZEROplus range now includes vision frames, louvres, finger protection, door stays, flush bolts and a lot more besides.
“I would like to thank all the customers who have been loyal to us over the years and in most instances, grown their businesses in line with ours”, said Ken Drake.
Ken is still MD and Caleb Kent who recently joined us was born in the year the business started!
Zero is pleased to announce it is now stocking Secustrip anti-jemmy strips. “We are very excited about the Secustrip product. It features two interlocking steel profiles which are fitted to the outside of the door and the side of the door frame, and fit together when the door is closed, protecting the gap between the door and frame against intrusion” said Sales Director Mark Lockley. “They are ingeniously designed to make forced entry by jemmy, crowbar or screw driver more difficult at the leading edge of the door where the lock is fitted.”
This proven product is available from Stafford stock in two designs; Type 2 for inward opening doors and Type 3 for outward opening doors. They can be cut to size on site to suit the door height.
The strips are made from zinc plated mild steel and are epoxy powder coated white (RAL9010) or brown (RAL8014). They can be used on new build or retrofit projects and are ideal for use on doors where security has already been compromised and a damaged door edge needs to be concealed.
For further information please contact us.
We are delighted to announce that we recently entered our 100,000th order on our Sage computer system. Regular customers will have noticed the number on our sales acknowledgements heading towards the six figure mark in recent months, well now we are there!
To celebrate this milestone we recently announced via our email newsletter that the lucky customer who placed our 100,000th order with us would receive a Staffordshire hamper with our compliments. Delivery has already been arranged!
We want to say thank you to all our customers over the years for all your business since our very first order on 23 October 1997 for three Zero automatic door bottoms. Thank you!
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