Guardian Anti-Theft – A new generation of big rig security devices

After three years of development a completely new vehicle security device called Guardian Anti Theft is available to protect vehicles over 7.5 tonne vehicles from thieves and hijackers.

So what makes Guardian Anti-Theft so different?

Quite simply, this highly discreet device – with the press of a button on a remote control – shuts down the vehicle’s engine and keeps it locked down until Guardian is disarmed by the driver or operator.

Guardian Anti Theft is a mere 17cm x long, 8.5 cm wide and 5.3 cm deep. Installation is straightforward and quick for automotive electrical technicians – and all necessary wiring and connectors are provided – meaning ‘down time’ is kept to a minimum.

The internal engineering of the core Guardian Anti-Theft device is of one third ‘bogus’ elements and has rugged semi-potted electronics within the enclosure. Should the unit be opened to establish how the unit can be disabled, there is no indication of which components are redundant and which are not. Only top quality materials and components are used – the two 16 pin mating connects are of aeronautical standard.

Whatever type of over 7.5 tonne vehicle, thieves and joyriders will not be able to hot-wire the ignition, clone remote control codes or hack into the electronics within the Guardian control unit. This small device is so discreetly sneaky that even an on-board security system will not be able to detect it and Guardian does not interfere with any manufacturers’ in-built electronic systems in any way.

Guardian Anti Theft also has a strong defence against hijacking. Should an on-the-road vehicle be subject to a hijack attempt, all the driver has to do is discreetly press the button on the remote control whilst walking away. There are no similar devices available; Guardian Anti-Theft has founded a completely new generation of non-microprocessor vehicle security devices.

As a recent, widely reported review by Allianz Cornhill Engineering revealed, it is estimated that the UK’s construction industry alone is losing over £70 million worth of plant stolen from operational sites. This rises to a staggering £800 million a year when other costs related to the theft of each vehicle is taken into account. In the same review the point was made that because of the operational need for operational immediacy vehicles often now have a generic key. Now, with a Guardian Anti-Theft device installed, even having the ‘right’ key will be of no use to thieves.

Guardian Anti Theft for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes is available for £1275 plus VAT – a small price for a vehicle security device with a big impact on reducing on-site thefts and on-the-road hijacking. This price includes delivery in mainland UK by secure delivery to a site of the buyer’s choosing.



Inspiration for health and safety leaders

An essential update for H&S practitioners from the British Safety Council at Health & Safety North 2016, 12 – 13 October 2016, Bolton

The British Safety Council, the educational partner of Health & Safety North 2016, has prepared a comprehensive seminar programme for the event that will return to the Bolton Arena on 12th and 13th October. This year, it will include two interactive workshops that will give participants ‘hands-on involvement’ in the sessions.

Health & Safety North 2016 is a two-day event, held at the Bolton Arena on 12th-13th October 2016. It is centred on an exhibition that includes a free-to-attend seminar programme curated by the British Safety Council. It is an opportunity for leading trade bodies, manufacturers, distributors, training providers and consultants in the health and safety sector to showcase their expertise and services.

The British Safety Council’s seminar programme provides a platform for local business owners and managers in the North West to hear from and engage with leading experts in health and safety and network with a range of practitioners and business managers.

The highlight of this year’s programme will be two interactive workshops that will give the delegates experience of managing a stressful situation in ‘real-life’ scenarios where positive health and safety behaviour is required.

On 12 October, Harry Gallagher and Shaun Curry, from training providers Macnaughton McGregor, will be hosting a scenario-based session, during which participants will be informed about a serious incident and presented with an ‘active’ scenario in which they can take part. The audience will get the opportunity to question both individuals, influence their behaviour and ultimately change the potential outcome of the situation.

In the second interactive workshop, held on the 13th October, Mark Davies, managing director at consultancy 7Futures, will draw on his experience of working with elite performers, sports personalities and the military, by demonstrating how to manage stressful situations without compromising people’s health and wellbeing.

The British Safety Council’s seminar programme will also include an update from Zoe Betts, a criminal regulatory lawyer from legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, who will assess the Sentencing Council guidelines for health and safety offences and the impact of increased fines on the industry.

HSE’s fee for intervention (FFI) is another highly topical issue for the industry. Kevin Bridges and Gareth McManus, partner and associate at legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, will advise businesses on how they can prepare for a visit from a HSE inspector and when the HSE inspector can charge a fee for their engagement.

Louise Ward, Policy and Standards Director at the British Safety Council, who will chair the seminar programme, said: “We hope that this year’s varied and comprehensive programme will give the participants an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the leading industry practitioners and advisors and that they will enjoy the experience of solving real life health and safety dilemmas.“

The British Safety Council will also be exhibiting at the event and it welcomes its industry partners and all visitors to its stand number E2.

The British Safety Council seminar programme of the Health & Safety North 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

09.15 – 10.15  Managing occupational exposure to dust; Shaun Knott, Manager Casella

10.45 – 11.45  Legal update; Kevin Bridges, Partner; Zoe Betts, Pinsent Masons

12.00 – 13.00 Worker involvement; Nigel Bryson, Director, Bryson Consulting

14.00 – 15.00 Engagement; Harry Gallagher & Sean Curry, The 2Macs

Thursday, 13 October 2016

09.15 – 10.15  Case study; Roger Ward, SHEQ Director, ByBox Holdings

10.45 – 11.45  Fatigue, rest and recovery; Mark Davies, Director, 7 Futures

12.15 – 13.15  CDM Regulations update; Kevin Fear; Health & Strategy Lead, CITB

13.45 – 14.45  An inspector calls; Kevin Bridges & Gareth McManus, Pinsent Masons

The full seminar programme of the event can be viewed online at:



Biometric security for Shetland construction site

Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) Security have provided Morrison Construction Ltd with a robust access control system utilising the very latest state-of-the-art fingerprint biometric recognition devices for their New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence development at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.

As main contractor for the £56m project, Morrison’s brief for SFM was for an integrated access control system during construction which could give an accurate count of the workforce in each of the site’s two zones, split by company and trade discipline, for not only HSSE requirements but also emergency response, robust time and attendance recording and to capture the data and metrics required for project controls.

SFM’s solution was an integrated platform that combined biometric fingerprint readers from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, with a Paxton Net2 access control system. Eight ievo fingerprint readers were installed on four entry turnstiles together with an ievo desktop enrolment reader for initial registering employee fingerprint templates in the site control room. SFM installed the equipment in two 20ft ISO container security portals (one for each zone of the project) which provided efficient through-put and foot-fall at peak and off-peak times.

Simon Orchard, Director of Security, Shetland Facilities Management, commented, “Logistical issues with using SMART cards alongside a large workforce we always found problematic. Using ievo’s biometric solution allows us to save costs whilst also improving efficiency. ievo devices are easy to install, robust, operational in harsh climates and working conditions and surpass all our operational needs. ievo provided the perfect biometric security solution and we are already planning on using them for our next project.”

Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, added, “ievo systems are designed for harsh environmental use, such as construction sites. It was vital that the fingerprint system would maintain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled. Being able to provide a system that can help identify and manage a large workforce is what ievo is designed for. The installation of the solution has now bedded in very effectively and Morrison Construction Limited staff liked the ease of use for both enrolment of fingerprints, and generating accurate and reliable reports.”

ievo Ltd is a leading designer and manufacturer of world class biometric recognition systems based in the North East of the UK. Offering full integration options, ievo Ltd provides a safe, secure and reliable biometric solution for the access control market.
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Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Hyde Park Junior and Infant Schools in Plymouth were equipped with four Energys Dynamic Burner Management Units in just a single half-day of work.

From low-consumption lighting infrastructures to more acutely optimised heating systems, schools and colleges of higher education throughout the UK are beginning to reap the benefits of technologies designed to boost operational efficiencies and reduce energy bills. As a company with a variety of solutions in this area, Energys is well-placed to observe this ongoing transition – and has a rapidly expanding portfolio of project credits to prove it.

A recent installation at two related schools in Plymouth, Devon – namely Hyde Park Juniors and Hyde Park Infants – is a case-in-point. Occupying a site dating back to the Victoria era, the schools have lately been engaged in an economy drive that has also included the specification of solar panels and a change in energy service provider.

During 2015 the schools’ attention was drawn to the possible contribution to be made by Energys’ boiler optimising technology, which is able to improve the efficiency of a boiler without affecting the temperature of the building. As bursar Stella Copping recalls: “Carl Challinor from the Primary Association of Plymouth Headteachers recommended Energys’ Dynamic Burner Management Units (DBMUs) to our team, and it soon became evident that this technology could play a fundamental role in helping us to reduce our energy consumption. The general ease of installation was another factor that made us keen to investigate an installation of this kind.”

Implementation became even more attractive when the schools were made aware of a leasing arrangement to fund the project, available through Utility Rentals Ltd. This scheme enables educational establishments, council premises and Government departments to enjoy the benefits of this technology without incurring significant upfront costs.

“This scheme made it possible for us to press ahead with a programme of work to bring Energys DBMUs to a total of four boilers on our site,” notes Ms Copping.

Minimum disruption

Regarding the operating principles behind the DBMUs, Energys project and operations director Gavin Skipsey explains that they are “based on a technology that optimises the firing pattern of a boiler – thereby delivering gas/oil consumption savings by extending the cooling curve. It has also been shown to greatly reduce dry cycling as a consequence.”

Payback in 2.5 years

In the case of the Hyde Park schools, Energys estimates that the project’s supply and installation costs of £4400 will be recovered in approximately 2.5 years. An annual energy saving of 15% – equating to £1734 per year – is predicted by Energys, equating to a robust yearly CO2 reduction of 9.45 tonnes.

“These forecasts are of course greatly encouraging as we continue to develop a programme that will reduce energy bills and carbon consumption across the board. This is very much an ongoing initiative for us, and one that is highly important to the future projection of the schools,” remarks Copping.

But equally compelling in the pre-installation period was the assurance that Energys and Utility Rentals were able to provide about the non-invasive nature of the fit-out. The Energys DBMUs can be installed in as little as half-an-hour, and indeed the work at the Hyde Park schoools was carried out during the course of a single half-day.

“There was also the fact that the work could be undertaken while the boilers were live, so there was no need to take them offline for a period,” notes Ms Copping. “The result was an installation that entailed no disruption in the short-term, but which promises to deliver substantial benefits for our schools over the long-run.”

‘Well worth investigating’

The fact that the energy saving forecasts resulting from the DBMUs are so significant is further magnified by the knowledge that the schools’ boilers are actually relatively contemporary in design. It therefore follows that on premises with older, legacy systems, the reductions in energy expenditure can be even more dramatic – frequently as high as 30%.

“Our experiences with the introduction of this technology over the past six months have been hugely positive, and I would consider any school looking to minimise their heating expenditure to investigate the possibility of installing boiler optimisers,” concludes Stella Copping. “And whereas modifying or replacing some other systems can be time-consuming and disruptive to daily school life, this was about as easy an upgrade project as you could imagine! I would also highlight the high standard of support offered by Energys throughout the project.”

Final word goes to Gavin Skipsey, who remarks that the experience of the two Plymouth schools is “by no means uncommon as education providers become more highly informed about the role of boiler optimisation as part of a broader commitment to reducing their energy bills and carbon footprints.”



Courtney Thorne introduces Altra advances

Wireless nurse call specialist, Courtney Thorne, has developed its HTM08-03 compliant ‘Altra’ system with the addition of new accessories, a new software architecture and a three year warranty as standard with all installations.

Designed specifically for hospital environments, the Altra Health range from Courtney Thorne offers Department of Health HTM08-03 bedhead services compliance with all areas of the stringent guidelines. The system offers unparalleled wireless reliability, utilising the dedicated European 869.2Mhz social alarms frequency to avoid any risk of interference, along with ‘listen before talk’ anti-collision technology and call acknowledgement to underpin call integrity.

Bluetooth and WiFi sensors have now been incorporated into the ground-breaking wireless nurse call to enable full connectivity without using any of the hospital’s administrative bandwidth thanks to a dedicated internal WiFi network. The system can be integrated with hospitals’ DECT telephone systems to enable alerts to be answered by interdisciplinary nursing and clinical teams located across the building and further integration capabilities with Android and iOS devices are currently under development.

Explains Courtney Thorne’s Managing Director, Graham Vickrage: “Our in-house software development team has created an entirely new architecture for the Altra system that is not available for any other nurse call range.

The system has been designed to provide complete peace of mind and accountability for NHS Trusts and private hospital operators while offering cost savings of up to 40 per cent when compared to hard wired systems along with the reassurance of a three year warranty.”

Wireless installation of the Altra system is fast and simple, with minimum disruption to patients and no noise or dust. The system can be programmed and re-programmed remotely to meet the hospital’s changing needs and all calls are displayed on the ’Altra Touch’ touch screen unit. The Altra Touch unit also collects call data, response times and call duration information to aid with management and planning of staffing levels and enables detailed reports to be generated for complete accountability and evidencing.

Courtney Thorne has now also introduced the new ‘Altra MiniTouch’ unit to the range, offering a smaller wall-mountable touch screen display that can be located in communal areas to provide call alerts and location information for staff without requiring them to return to the nurses station to consult the Altra Touch.

A number of innovations have now also been included in the Altra Health range to address issues of wandering and patient falls, providing discreet wireless solutions for dementia, geriatric, paediatric and mental health environments. In addition to traditional call buttons (Altra Call), pull cords (Altra Pull) and bathroom/toilet pull cords (Altra Assist), the range will also include wireless pressure mats and floor sensors along with ‘Altra Guard’ door sensors and an ‘Altra Wear’ pendant that can be worn on patients’ wrists or carried on a lanyard around their neck, giving them access to a call button when they are away from their bed.

The wireless Altra Wear pendant also ensure that staff are automatically alerted in the event of a fall. The pendant combines multiple sensors and a digital microphone to detect a fall and send a location signal to the Altra Touch unit so that help can arrive quickly, even if the patient is unable to raise the alarm.

The system also includes the stylish ‘Altra Light’ alternative to a traditional hard wired lamp system, which can be mounted outside patients’ rooms to provide an at-a-glance indication of calls made.

Graham continues: “Wireless nurse call systems offer significant benefits over hard wired alternatives because they are so easy to install, scale up and reconfigure, helping to futureproof the installation.

The Altra range takes these advantages a step further with an integrated suite of hardware and accessories all integrated with an advanced software architecture that offers robust signal integrity and data capture. The result is a best value system that our customers can rely on; and we’re so confident of that we’re providing a three year warranty!”


BIM takes protection to another level

The growing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming significant with central government requiring the use of it on all of its projects. Here, Bob Glendenning of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) tracks the relevance and benefits of BIM for protection of complex modern steel structures.

The level of protection afforded on any building where large numbers of people move about has to be proportionate to the structure. If this falls short, the time the protection provides for rescue services in the event of a real fire could be reduced and potentially the load bearing capacity of the steel breached much more quickly than anticipated, threatening the safe evacuation of people.

Increased knowledge of how real buildings react in fire and of how real fires behave has led many authorities to acknowledge that improvements in fire safety may now be possible in many instances using the BIM process and technology.

The essence of Buildings Information Modelling (BIM) is to support complex supply chains with a platform which helps collaboration, essentially enabling data sharing.

On major projects such as those rising in our major cities, there can be issues of logistics and handover of one phase to another, from concept, design, installation of products and application of fire protection.

The principles of the BIM process bring together all the data associated with that project into one place.

The UK Government’s requirement for Level 2 BIM on all central government projects means the construction industry wants to know which suppliers are BIM compliant.

Indeed, the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) for steelwork contractors has provided detailed training to more than 100 of its members, and has launched the Steel Construction BIM Charter. This means that BCSA Member companies can now be certified as meeting the requirements of both PAS 91:2013 and PAS 1192-2:2013.

The certification process requires companies to carry out an online assessment, which is then followed up by an onsite audit.

Certified companies are provided with a comprehensive document summarising the company’s BIM capability, which they can then provide to the supply chain.

The BCSA’s online directory means clients and main contractors can see which companies have been assessed against the BIM Charter, with the Charter providing a simple way to prequalify steelwork contractors.

Under BIM, an essential component addresses budgeting and cost estimating, known as 5D. This can be a valuable source of information to reach better estimates, reduce assumptions, and create a better dialogue early in a project.

Ideally, BIM 5D is used either to link model elements to unit cost or assembly processes to produce an estimate. The BIM trend of collaboration and real-time input continues to bring efficiencies to cost controls and is creating a shift in input as data, and the ability to report from the field begins to replace input from the office.

The transparency of those in the supply chain who follow the principles of BIM can help in making previously challenging projects financially sound, fit-for-purpose and more importantly – safe.

Benefits in the process are apparent for main contractors, architects, structural engineers, steel fabricators and site inspectors. Being able to access a BIM model collaboratively allows much more efficiency and versatility, particularly on projects that have global players where project team members may reside in different geographies around the world. All can access the model over the internet including cloud sharing technology as well.

At Sherwin-Williams, our own fire design estimation tool – Firetex Design Estimator 2.0 – is offering a new calculated solution to the issues of fire engineering safety, and embraces BIM with an integrated tool allowing 3D modelling data to be directly linked into the software.

This offers the capability of providing calculations for coatings thicknesses of all shapes and sizes of steel sections, fire engineering, and in the case of cellular beams, allows for any configuration of web apertures to be seamlessly designed and passed back into the model.

We believe this software helps to eliminate any personal interpretations or assumptions. Many of the buildings currently being designed present difficulties further down the line in terms of fire protection design and this software supports the industry in keeping pace with advances in design and materials.

For the steelwork fabricator, the approach under BIM means they can manage the whole process from concept to design through to delivery of materials on site including the off-site applied fire protection. The same principle could also be adopted for use with on-site applied fire protection, offering advantages to the main contractor and eventually to the owner/operator.

Once the fire protection properties have been passed back into the BIM model, future interested stakeholders can access any of that information to manage many areas such as inspection and onward building fire maintenance as well as building insurers. Even fire and rescue services could create strategies using this data.

Under the current Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, those responsible for commercial buildings including the employer, owner, or any other person who has control of any part of the premises, must carry out a detailed fire risk assessment identifying the risks and hazards in the premises.

The responsible person usually has to call in a fire engineer or qualified person to assess the risk and make calculations about fire engineering design depending on the type of building and the risk.

Based on the findings of the assessment, employers need to ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.

Although fire deaths are falling, insurers are concerned at increasing fire losses, which are at the highest level ever experienced since records began, totalling around £3.4 million per day across the UK.

Designing structures in the ambient state with no consideration for the fire condition presents unacceptable risk.

Our current industry procedures mean that this can easily happen and the burden of ensuring fire safe design, which may well include additional costly measures, is placed with either the wrong party or, in the worst case, missed altogether.

The danger in cutting corners is that the fire safety measures will be compromised. We believe the responsibility in modern building design should lie with the designer up to handover of the building and then, with full knowledge of all fire safety requirements, it becomes the responsibility of the owner-manager.

Using modern fire protection design as part of BIM can play a major part in delivering a safe, cost-effective project which meets the expectations and agreements made by all parties at the outset.

For more information contact Sherwin-Williams, tel: +44 (0)1204 521 771 or visit


The Mary Rose released from her ‘hotbox’ for the first time since 1545

Culmination of a 34-year restoration project with 16th century maritime engineering protected by The IMC Group’s 21st century Hanwell technology

The Mary Rose was built in 1510 and was in service until she sank in 1545. The sunken ship then lay beneath the water for more than 400 years until she was discovered in the Solent in 1971 by a project team initiated by Alexander McKee and the Southsea branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and finally raised in 1982 by more than 500 divers, archaeologists and scientists who developed new techniques in diving and conservation.

A ‘ship hall’ was actually constructed over the ship in the dry dock, located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, in an ambitious and challenging conservation of this officially-listed monument and 2013 saw the opening of a wonderful new museum.

During the museum’s construction the ship’s hull was contained inside a sealed ‘hotbox’, and in April 2013 the polyethylene glycol (PEG) sprays that gradually replaced the water within the timber were turned off, and the process of controlled air-drying began. Ducts were placed evenly around the ship for the air-drying process to ensure that the ship dried evenly, minimising distortion and cracking of the wood that would occur if some sections dried faster than others.

Specialist engineers from Hanwell – part of the British-based IMC Group – were called in to install the firm’s sophisticated technology and 30 environmental monitoring sensors were placed on or near the hull, continuously checking and recording temperature and humidity. The ship is now sufficiently dry to remove the ducts, lower the intensity of the drying system, and open the museum up further to the public.

IMC’s Hanwell technology continues to play a crucial role in protecting the historic ship’s safe passage back into the limelight, explains the Trust’s Head of Conservation & Collections Care, Eleanor Schofield. “The Hanwell monitoring system was easy to set up to give us all the data we needed and we link it to alarms, which are set so that if one sensor reports an environmental factor has become out of tolerance we can react quickly. We currently have the limits set at 50-58% RH and 18-20C and we’ve had a few alarms, but the system enables us to get the problem sorted quickly, as well as helping us with routine maintenance.”

The IMC Group’s Engineering Director, Dr Martin Hancock said: “Because of the unique nature of the project, we had to design a unique solution. The technology that we introduced gave the conservation team a form of insight and measurement that hadn’t been available to them before, and has proven crucial to the successful completion of their work.”

Now, the ‘hotbox’ itself has finally been removed and for the first time since 1545 the ship will be revealed dry, along with many of the artefacts recovered from within the ship – fully integrated into the museum environment dedicated to the warship and the historical context in which she was active.

Until now the public have had only a limited view of the ship due to the tightly-controlled environment. Now that the ship is sufficiently dry, it is possible to open more of the ship to visitors. The salvage team discovered only half the ship so as part of the £35m project, galleries representing the lost half of the ship were created, to give visitors a real insight in to what life on board the Mary Rose was like. There are three viewing levels: The top level is a balcony looking down on the ship, the other two levels allows visitors to view the remaining hull on one side and the artefacts found on the Mary Rose on the other side, such as weapons, the crew’s possessions and even musical instruments, all of which help to capture the atmosphere and complete the story.

Hanwell monitoring will continue. “It’s a vital integral part of the conservation programme, added Eleanor Schofield. “The Hanwell system has been a key indicator in monitoring the drying of the timbers – if something had gone wrong it would have affected the whole ship but there were no isolated areas of concern and we continue to experience a good working relationship with IMC and support whenever needed. Our need to monitor and control the stability of the environment of course continues, measuring and reacting to how changes in weather, visitor traffic and so on affect the ship, so our Hanwell system will continue to be crucially important to the Mary Rose.”

The graph below is an extract from a Hanwell report showing that the mean, min and max readings for both RH and T have been within their limits of 50-58% RH and 18-20C 100% of the time over a 24hr period. If limits were breached the experts would be alerted and would look at their BMS and air handling units and determine if they are providing the right conditions. If not then adjustments would need to be made to ensure RH and T are brought back into spec.


Join Instarmac at this year’s inaugural Tiling Show

Visit Instarmac on stand Q3 where their premium brands UltraFloor, UltraTile and Granfix will be showcasing their popular subfloor preparation, tile fixing and grouting solutions.

To be held at the Harrogate International Centre from the 18th – 20th September, The Tiling Show is an exciting new exhibition for the tile and stone industry. It will run alongside The Flooring Show creating a ‘2 in 1’ day out for all visitors.

The Instarmac stand will debut the Granfix range following this year’s acquisition and the new UltraTile Level IT Rapid, a leveller formulated for same day tiling. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the new UltraFloor products launched earlier this summer, moisture suppressant, Suppress IT and bulking concrete, Fill IT.

A guaranteed popular feature at the show will be TTA’s Demo Zone. A full timetable of half an hour demonstrations will be held during the course of the show’s three days, Instarmac will hold two of these. On Sunday 18th September at 3pm take your seats for the ‘Fixing of Large Format Porcelain Tiles’. Instarmac representatives, Daniel Spencer and Andrew Carroll, will be taking the floor discussing these problematic tiles and the use of UltraTile FibreGrip FX to fix them.

At 1.30pm on Tuesday 20th September, join Daniel again for the ‘Grouting of Natural Stone Installations’. This demonstration will provide all you need to know on both internal and external grouting. Daniel will be joined by Nick Holmes, who will showcase UltraScape’s flowable external paving grout, Flowpoint. This rapid setting grout is ideal for use with sandstone, limestone, granite and concrete paving types.

For more information on Instarmac and any of the brands featuring at the show please call 01827 871871 or visit Register free to attend the show by visiting We look forward to seeing you there and having a drink on our stand with you.


Door panelware and security for server racks – EMKA

Server racks are a specialist type of cabinet today often requiring the highest level in access control along with the simplest in hinging and gasketing. Primary concerns of course are regarding physical security and nullifying the possibility of data theft via removal of servers or connecting of unapproved memory devices such as thumb drives. Whereas the ventilation needs of the housed equipment leads to lightweight largely perforated doors with little need for sealing externally but a need to maintain ventilation integrity, along with a simple cushioning requirement to absorb rattles and ensure correct feel and function of the door when required.

Such a package is provided by hardware specialists EMKA with their program 3500 BioLock which adds high level fingerprint technology packaged at the door with the convenience of a low profile swinghandle, so ensuring that it really is the authorised person opening the door while ensuring gangways to be as narrow as practical – and snag free.

3500 BioLock can be used on individual racks or suites and integrated into site-wide monitoring/control systems.

The requirement for door hinging is met by EMKA with their captive pin program 1031 for lay-on doors and suits the narrow 25mm return used on such lightweight fabrications. Hinge pins on the 1031 may be readily withdrawn but are held captive. For especially light doors and side panels the 1117-U6 pin hinge is a simple, low cost, push-fit solution.

Sealing and vibration absorption of these lightweight doors is very effectively managed with a simple clip-on D profile gasket strip such as the EMKA 1011-24 which is self-gripping on flanges of 1mm to 2mm while providing up to 2.5mm of compression to ensure that unwanted materials are kept out and that the internal ventilation is not compromised by leaky door flanges.

Further information on EMKA products can be found on the EMKA website – Readers can find the latest information and news on the EMKA blog – or follow them on twitter –


Phenomenal four-day response from Portakabin provides classrooms for 480 children

When the Royal High School of Edinburgh had to be closed for urgent remedial building works, Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, responded with 16 classrooms to enable 480 children to resume their studies – and in just four days from the initial enquiry.

The local Portakabin Hire Centre team in Edinburgh provided the exceptionally fast response – sourcing 16 buildings for high quality classrooms, transporting each building to the school, and putting in place external power connections to generators, emergency lighting, fire alarms and extinguishers, and access steps and ramps.

The Portakabin building solution allowed the school to re-open and most importantly, with all children at Royal High School on their original site. This avoided the need for any displacement which would have been very disruptive to the running of the school and the children’s education.

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council said, “I am delighted that Portakabin was able to meet our requirements at such short notice, particularly given the scale of the project – getting 16 buildings ready for the pupils in just four days is no mean feat!”

“It was great to see such collaboration, commitment and focus on the urgency of the project to ensure the school could re-open so quickly. We have received only positive feedback from the school about the quality of the classrooms and could not have asked for a better service.”

Pauline Walker, Head Teacher at the Royal High School said, “We cannot believe what was achieved in the timescale. The experience has completely changed our perception of interim modular buildings. The quality of the classrooms far exceeded our expectations and the teaching facilities are completely different to the temporary accommodation we had to endure as children.”

“The site team could not have done more to get our school up and running again. Portakabin was on site within half an hour of the initial call and their performance was exceptional. We also have the impression that their team really enjoys a challenge!”

She added, “Being able to have all the children in one location has made a huge difference to the running of the school. This is a really good solution which has delivered robust, comfortable and secure classrooms. We would definitely recommend the approach to other schools in a similar situation.”

Portakabin has delivered a further project for the City of Edinburgh Council while remediation works and quality checks are completed at Gracemount High School. Eight buildings were installed over a weekend to provide welfare and classroom facilities for 260 children.

In the event of any urgent situation, such as fire, power failure, flooding or the discovery of asbestos, Portakabin can assist with:

  • The rapid delivery of buildings to an organisation’s site from its national hire fleet. This allows core operations to be up and running again very quickly.
  • A bespoke, longer-term accommodation solution developed to an organisation’s exact specifications if the original building has been so severely damaged that it will be out of use for a number of months.
  • Contingency planning – the preparation of up-to-date disaster recovery plans, which can cut an emergency response programme by up to two weeks.

For further information about interim modular buildings for urgent applications, visit, email or call 0845 401 0010.