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

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, has labored with main industry body the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to assist it acquire UKAS accreditation for one of its fire-testing laboratory services – changing into the primary and only check facility in the UK to carry this accreditation.
เกจ์ลมsumo -growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, which has developed its own range 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 likely one of the most comprehensive hearth check and research operations within the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles in addition to the assist of iMist’s experienced staff.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C hearth testing marks one other necessary milestone within the improvement of water-mist techniques in the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, feedback: ‘For over 75 years, the FPA has been at the forefront of fireplace security and we’re proud to have assisted them in attaining this revered third-party accreditation. It is an extra demonstration of the growing importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the present challenges facing the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use considerably less water than conventional sprinkler techniques, they are also easier and faster to install and, thereby, more economical.’
As a part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has additionally undertaken a sequence of live fireplace testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has elevated the system’s purposes, demonstrating that along with being put in in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be installed beneath a plasterboard ceiling.
For the live hearth checks, the iMist nozzle was fed by each versatile and stable pipework working beneath a standard plasterboard ceiling. In each of the tests, the fuel load was ignited and the heat from the fireplace brought on the bulb in the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the fine water-mist particles at high pressure for 30 minutes. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights in the take a look at cell were measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the tests were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and the entire fires had been successfully suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist enterprise development director, added: ‘While fireplace system pipework is usually put in in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, significantly in older tower blocks, there are frequent points around the attainable break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling supplies. Our latest indicative tests present that the housing industry can now explore one other less disruptive and extremely efficient possibility by installing a water-mist system below the prevailing ceiling. Given the rising have to retrospectively fit fire-suppression systems to have the ability to meet the latest regulatory requirements and bring older housing stock as a lot as present requirements, this is nice news for both landlords and developers.’
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