iMist helps FPA laboratory acquire UKAS accreditation and undertakes testing into further system functions

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, has labored with leading business body the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to help it acquire 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.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, 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 probably one of the most complete fire take a look at and analysis operations within the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as well as the assist of iMist’s skilled team.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fire testing marks another important milestone in the development of water-mist techniques in the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over seventy five 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 additional demonstration of the growing importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the present challenges going through the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use considerably much less water than conventional sprinkler techniques, they are also simpler and quicker to install and, thereby, more economical.’

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 increased the system’s applications, 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 reside hearth exams, the iMist nozzle was fed by both flexible and strong pipework running under a normal plasterboard ceiling. In diaphragm seal of the exams, the gasoline load was ignited and the warmth from the fire brought on 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 30 minutes. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights in the test cell have been measured by thermocouples. At no point throughout any of the tests were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all the fires had been successfully suppressed.
เกจวัดแรงดัน , iMist business development director, added: ‘While fire system pipework is usually installed within the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, particularly in older tower blocks, there are frequent points around the attainable break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our latest indicative tests present that the housing industry can now explore one other less disruptive and highly efficient possibility by installing a water-mist system below the existing ceiling. Given the rising have to retrospectively match fire-suppression methods to be able to meet the most recent regulatory necessities and bring older housing stock as much as present standards, this is nice information for each landlords and developers.’

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