iMist helps FPA laboratory achieve UKAS accreditation and undertakes testing into additional system applications

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, has worked with main trade body the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to help it achieve UKAS accreditation for considered one of its fire-testing laboratory facilities – turning into the first and only take a look at facility in the UK to carry this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered business, which has developed its own vary of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C hearth testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is doubtless considered one of the most comprehensive fireplace test and research operations in the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as well as the support of iMist’s skilled team.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C hearth testing marks another necessary milestone in the growth of water-mist methods within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over seventy five years, the FPA has been on the forefront of fire security and we’re proud to have assisted them in achieving this respected third-party accreditation. It is an extra demonstration of the growing importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the present challenges going through the fire-suppression sector. Not only do they use significantly less water than traditional sprinkler methods, they are also simpler and sooner to put in and, thereby, more economical.’
As a part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has additionally undertaken a series of stay fire testing on the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has increased the system’s purposes, demonstrating that along with being installed in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be put in beneath a plasterboard ceiling.
For the reside hearth checks, the iMist nozzle was fed by each versatile and solid pipework working beneath a standard plasterboard ceiling. In each of the exams, the gasoline load was ignited and the warmth from the hearth triggered the bulb within the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the nice water-mist particles at high stress for half-hour. During เกจวัดแรงดันถังลม , the temperatures at predetermined heights in the take a look at cell had been measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the checks were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all the fires were successfully suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist business development director, added: ‘While fire system pipework is usually installed in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, particularly in older tower blocks, there are frequent points across the potential break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our newest indicative checks present that the housing industry can now explore one other much less disruptive and highly effective choice by putting in a water-mist system beneath the existing ceiling. Given the growing have to retrospectively fit fire-suppression methods so as to meet the most recent regulatory necessities and produce older housing inventory as much as current requirements, this is great information for both landlords and builders.’
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