iMist helps FPA laboratory gain UKAS accreditation and undertakes testing into additional system purposes

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, has labored with main industry physique the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to assist it achieve UKAS accreditation for one of its fire-testing laboratory services – changing into the first and solely take a look at facility in the UK to carry this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, which has developed its own vary of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression systems, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C fireplace testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is probably certainly one of the most comprehensive hearth test and research operations within the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles in addition to the help of iMist’s skilled team.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fireplace testing marks another essential milestone within the improvement of water-mist methods within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, feedback: ‘For over seventy five years, the FPA has been on the forefront of fire security and we’re proud to have assisted them in reaching this respected third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the rising importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the current challenges going through the fire-suppression sector. Not only do they use significantly less water than traditional sprinkler methods, they’re also simpler and faster to put in and, thereby, more economical.’
As a part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a series of stay fireplace testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has elevated the system’s purposes, demonstrating that in addition to being put in within the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be installed under a plasterboard ceiling.
For the stay fireplace checks, the iMist nozzle was fed by each versatile and stable pipework working under a regular plasterboard ceiling. In every of the checks, the gas load was ignited and the heat from the hearth triggered the bulb in the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the nice water-mist particles at high pressure for half-hour. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights within the test cell have been measured by thermocouples. At No risk during any of the exams had been 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 often put in in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, significantly in older tower blocks, there are frequent issues across the possible break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling supplies. Our latest indicative exams present that the housing trade can now discover another less disruptive and highly effective option by putting in a water-mist system below the existing ceiling. Given the rising must retrospectively fit fire-suppression techniques so as to meet the most recent regulatory necessities and bring older housing stock as much as current requirements, that is nice news for both landlords and developers.’
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