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

iMist, one of many UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression techniques, has worked with main industry body the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to assist it gain UKAS accreditation for considered one of its fire-testing laboratory amenities – changing into the primary and only take a look at facility within the UK to hold this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered enterprise, which has developed its personal range 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 considered one of the most comprehensive fireplace test and research operations within the UK. IMist offered the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as well as the support of iMist’s experienced group.
Because of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fireplace testing marks one other essential milestone within the improvement of water-mist techniques within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over 75 years, the FPA has been on the forefront of fireside security and we’re proud to have assisted them in attaining this revered third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the rising importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the present challenges dealing with the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use considerably less water than traditional sprinkler methods, they’re also simpler and faster to install and, thereby, more value effective.’
As part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has additionally undertaken a series of reside hearth testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has increased the system’s functions, demonstrating that along with being installed in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and effectively be installed under a plasterboard ceiling.
For the live hearth exams, the iMist nozzle was fed by each flexible and solid pipework operating under a regular plasterboard ceiling. In every of the exams, the fuel 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 excessive strain for 30 minutes. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights within the take a look at cell had been measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the checks have been any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and all of the fires had been successfully suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist business development director, added: ‘While hearth 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 possible break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our newest indicative checks present that the housing industry can now explore another much less disruptive and extremely efficient option by installing a water-mist system beneath the prevailing ceiling. Given the growing must retrospectively fit fire-suppression techniques to find a way to meet the most recent regulatory requirements and bring older housing inventory up to present standards, that is great news for both landlords and builders.’
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