iMist helps FPA laboratory acquire 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 labored with main business physique the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to help it acquire UKAS accreditation for one of its fire-testing laboratory amenities – turning into the first and solely test facility within the UK to carry this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, which has developed its personal range of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C fireplace testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is considered one of the most comprehensive fire test and analysis operations in the UK. IMist supplied the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as nicely as the support of iMist’s skilled group.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fireplace testing marks one other necessary milestone in the development of water-mist techniques within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over seventy five years, the FPA has been on the forefront of fireside security and we’re proud to have assisted them in reaching this revered third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the growing importance of high-pressure water-mist methods in tackling the current challenges going through the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use considerably less water than conventional sprinkler systems, they are additionally easier and sooner to install and, thereby, less expensive.’
As a part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a series of live fire testing on 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 successfully be put in beneath a plasterboard ceiling.
For the live hearth checks, the iMist nozzle was fed by both versatile and strong pipework working under a normal plasterboard ceiling. In every of the exams, the fuel load was ignited and the heat from the hearth caused 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 30 minutes. During Premiere , the temperatures at predetermined heights within the check cell were measured by thermocouples. At no level during any of the exams were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all of the fires had been successfully suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist enterprise development director, added: ‘While fire system pipework is often installed within the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, notably in older tower blocks, there are frequent points around the attainable break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our latest indicative checks present that the housing trade can now explore one other less disruptive and highly efficient option by putting in a water-mist system below the existing ceiling. Given the rising need to retrospectively fit fire-suppression techniques in order to meet the most recent regulatory necessities and produce older housing stock as a lot as current requirements, this is nice information for both landlords and builders.’
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