iMist helps FPA laboratory achieve UKAS accreditation and undertakes testing into additional system functions

iMist, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, has labored with leading industry physique the Fire Protection Association (FPA), to help it gain UKAS accreditation for considered one of its fire-testing laboratory amenities – becoming the primary and solely check facility in the UK to carry this accreditation.
The fast-growing Hull-headquartered business, which has developed its personal range of high-pressure water-mist fire-suppression methods, assisted the FPA in gaining UKAS accreditation for its BS8458: 2015 Annex C fire testing in Blockley, Gloucestershire, which is doubtless one of the most complete fire take a look at and research operations within the UK. IMist provided the FPA with its proprietary pumps, pipework, hoses, clips and nozzles as well as the assist of iMist’s experienced team.
The UKAS accreditation of the FPA’s BS 8458 Annex C fire testing marks another necessary milestone in the development of water-mist systems within the UK.
Alex Pollard, operations director of iMist, comments: ‘For over 75 years, the FPA has been on the forefront of fire safety and we’re proud to have assisted them in attaining this respected third-party accreditation. It is a further demonstration of the rising importance of high-pressure water-mist systems in tackling the present challenges facing the fire-suppression sector. Not solely do they use considerably less water than traditional sprinkler methods, they’re also simpler and quicker to install and, thereby, more value effective.’

As part of its ongoing R&D product testing programme, iMist has also undertaken a sequence of stay fireplace testing at the FPA’s UKAS accredited laboratory, which has increased the system’s functions, demonstrating that in addition to being put in in the cavity above the ceiling, the iMist system pipework can safely and successfully be put in below a plasterboard ceiling.
For ไดอะแฟรม , the iMist nozzle was fed by each versatile and stable pipework operating beneath a normal plasterboard ceiling. In every of the checks, the gas load was ignited and the heat from the fire caused the bulb in the nozzle to burst, which activated the iMist high-pressure water-mist system, discharging the fine water-mist particles at high strain for half-hour. During this time, the temperatures at predetermined heights within the test cell were measured by thermocouples. At no point during any of the tests were any of the Annex C temperature limits breached and the entire fires have been successfully suppressed.
Timothy Andrews, iMist enterprise growth director, added: ‘While hearth system pipework is normally put in in the cavity above a ceiling, in some properties, notably in older tower blocks, there are frequent issues around the attainable break-up of asbestos hidden in ceiling materials. Our latest indicative checks show that the housing business can now explore another much less disruptive and extremely efficient possibility by installing a water-mist system under the existing ceiling. Given the rising must retrospectively match fire-suppression systems so as to meet the newest regulatory necessities and bring older housing inventory as much as present standards, this is great news for both landlords and builders.’

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