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

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, has worked with main business physique 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 take a look at facility within the UK to hold this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered business, which has developed its personal vary of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C hearth testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is considered one of the most comprehensive fire check and analysis operations within the UK. IMist supplied the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as nicely as the help of iMist’s experienced staff.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C hearth testing marks one other essential milestone in the development of water-mist systems in the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over seventy five years, the FPA has been at the forefront of fire security and we’re proud to have assisted them in achieving this revered third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the growing significance of high-pressure water-mist methods in tackling the present challenges facing the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use significantly less water than conventional sprinkler methods, they are additionally simpler and sooner to put in and, thereby, less expensive.’
As a part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a sequence of stay fire testing on the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has increased the system’s applications, demonstrating that in addition to being installed in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be installed below a plasterboard ceiling.
For the reside fireplace tests, the iMist nozzle was fed by each versatile and solid pipework operating below a regular plasterboard ceiling. In every of the exams, the gasoline load was ignited and the heat from the fire triggered the bulb in the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the fantastic water-mist particles at high strain for 30 minutes. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights in the take a look at cell had been measured by thermocouples. At Minutes throughout any of the exams have been any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all the fires have been efficiently suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist business improvement director, added: ‘While fire system pipework is usually installed in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, notably in older tower blocks, there are frequent issues across the potential break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling supplies. Complete that the housing business can now discover one other much less disruptive and extremely effective choice by installing a water-mist system below the prevailing ceiling. Given the rising must retrospectively match fire-suppression methods so as to meet the newest regulatory requirements and produce older housing stock up to present standards, that is nice information for each landlords and developers.’
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