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

iMist, one of many UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, has worked with main trade physique the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to assist it gain UKAS accreditation for considered one of its fire-testing laboratory services – becoming the first and solely test facility within the UK to hold this accreditation.
เกจวัดแรงดันน้ำ4หุน -growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, which has developed its personal range of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression systems, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C hearth testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is certainly one of the most complete fire test and analysis operations within the UK. IMist supplied the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles in addition to the support of iMist’s experienced team.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C hearth testing marks one other important milestone within the improvement of water-mist methods within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over 75 years, the FPA has been at the forefront of fireside safety and we’re proud to have assisted them in achieving this revered third-party accreditation. It is an additional demonstration of the rising importance of high-pressure water-mist methods in tackling the present challenges going through the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use significantly less water than conventional sprinkler systems, they’re also easier and sooner to put in and, thereby, more price effective.’
As part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a collection of live hearth testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has elevated the system’s purposes, demonstrating that in addition to being put in in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and successfully be put in under a plasterboard ceiling.
For the stay hearth checks, the iMist nozzle was fed by each flexible and strong pipework working below a regular plasterboard ceiling. In each of the exams, the gasoline load was ignited and the heat from the fireplace triggered the bulb in the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the fine water-mist particles at high strain for half-hour. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights within the test cell have been measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the tests were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all of the fires were efficiently suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist enterprise improvement director, added: ‘While hearth system pipework is often installed in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, particularly in older tower blocks, there are frequent issues across the attainable break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling supplies. Our latest indicative checks show that the housing trade can now explore one other less disruptive and extremely effective option by installing a water-mist system below the present ceiling. Given the rising need to retrospectively match fire-suppression methods in order to meet the most recent regulatory necessities and bring older housing inventory up to present standards, that is nice news for each landlords and developers.’
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