RECENT PRODUCT NEWS

Portable wide-area sanitiser for virus decontamination

A hand-held sanitiser that uses ultra-violet (UV) light to inactivate biomolecules and microorganisms including coronavirus Covid-19 has been developed by Oxfordshire UV technologist and manufacturer, Integration Technology. A high-power portable UVC rapid sanitiser, the compact, lightweight SubZero RS-170 is designed for use on all surfaces in applications posing a high risk of public cross-contamination.

Hygienic wiping system designed to reduce cross-contamination

Kimberly-Clark Professional says its new WypAll Reach Centrefeed System is a fully enclosed, ‘one-wipe clean’, hygienic wiping system that helps prevent transmission of bacteria caused by handling of exposed blue rolls. It ‘provides a safer alternative to traditional loose centrefeed blue rolls, where multiple users can handle a roll up to 70 times before it is finished’. The company said: “The system has been designed to reduce cross-contamination and improve hygiene. The WypAll Reach Centrefeed System provides a professional cleaning solution which saves money and reduces waste, bringing cost saving advantages while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of environmental sustainability targets.”

Find the right ceiling product with ease

An online room selector tool, designed to helps architects and specifiers by clearly identifying which mineral ceiling systems are best for individual rooms and spaces, has been launched by leading manufacturer, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions. Available through the Applications section of the company’s website, the ‘intuitive tool’ gives interactive advice for all the sectors Armstrong operates in – office /commercial, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality and leisure, and transportation.

Floor marking signs and tapes encourage correct ‘distancing’

A new range of floor signals are designed to help people stay safe and remain two metres apart in public queues and workplaces as organisations move quickly to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Available from Beaverswood, the self-adhesive, high visibility floor signs and hazard tapes are designed to highlight and encourage social distancing in queue lines. The company says they are ideal for use in environments ranging from hospitals and pharmacies to banks, fast food outlets, and petrol stations. Each circular sign is 235 mm in diameter, and ‘highly visible’, with clear warning instruction.

Part of the ‘ongoing keyvolution’

Abloy UK’s ‘newest innovation in digital security’ – the Abloy BEAT – is a keyless solution that combines three main components: a digital key, a mobile application, and a heavy-duty, IP68-rated, ‘weatherproof’ Bluetooth padlock, all managed with the visual Abloy OS user interface. The company says the ‘future-proof solution’ is designed ‘to boost operational efficiency while securing critical infrastructure, commercial institutions, and industry sites’. Abloy UK added: “Businesses and organisations across the UK have a growing need for the convenience and accessibility of highly secure keyless access solutions – either as an addition to existing workflows, or as a standalone solution. This is particularly true in remote areas, or situations where carrying a physical key can increase the risk in security or even danger for the holder.”

Meesons adds ‘hostile vehicle mitigation products’ to portfolio

Meesons, a leading UK specialist in entrance control solutions, has announced an exclusive distributor agreement with Perimeter Protection Group (PPG) to distribute its Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) solutions throughout the UK. PPG claims to ‘lead the world’ in perimeter protection products, with over 65 years’ security experience. Meesons says the agreement gives it ‘exclusivity to a range of high quality HVM solutions that meet internationally recognised approvals’, including PAS68, IWA14-1, ASTM, and UK government approval. The company said: “PPG’s HVM tried and tested products have been installed in a number of high profile locations in the UK and worldwide, where they prevent hostile vehicles reaching their intended targets.”

Tap designed for ease of use by those with less hand strength

New for public and semi-public washrooms, the Conti+ lino SofTouch tap needs only gentle pressure to activate the water flow, which the shower and washrooms solutions specialist says makes it particularly suitable for patients with less hand strength and dexterity.

Door ‘in a permanent state of attack-readiness’

Meesons, a provider of anti-tailgating entrance control solutions, has introduced Rev 190, which it claims is the world’s first revolving door to achieve certification to Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175: Issue 8 up to C5 (SR3). The company explains that LPCB certification of the Rev 190 Revolving Door to LPS 1175 ‘provides independent verification that it will deliver the significant levels of resistance to forced entry by hostile actors – be they burglars, terrorists or protestors’. It said: “The LPS 1175 standard reflects a broad range of threat scenarios, including tool attacks by intruders acting without fear of attracting attention to their actions by using tools and entry techniques likely to generate sustained levels of noise. This is a threat not necessarily covered by other security standards, such as EN 1627, as explained in BRE’s Façade security standards Specifiers guide.”

Collaborative innovation makes Austen House a success

Kingsway Group has ‘partnered’ with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust on the design of the internal doorsets for the new Austen House low secure forensic mental health facility in Hampshire ‘to provide a solution designed with recovery and the service-user in mind’.

Glazing systems bring spectacular aesthetic to new London HQ

Parallel opening window vents from Kawneer were specified for a mental health project that the architectural glazing systems specialist says is ‘arguably without parallel’. Eighty-eight Kawneer AA100 SSG parallel opening vents were used as concealed windows, to maintain the same aesthetic as the façade, within AA100 mullion-drained curtain walling and AA720 doors on the new £40 million London headquarters of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Grab rail with antimicrobial protection

Intastop can now offer UK healthcare customers an Italian-made range of grab rails with antimicrobial protection and ‘anti-slip credentials’. The Tubocolor grab rails from Ponte Giulio are ‘warm-to-the-touch’, and have ‘a non-slip, yet smooth’ finish. Intastop says they ‘bring a new dimension of safety and infection control to more elements of building interior specification, in both new build projects and refurbishments’. “We are delighted to have formed a partnership with Ponte Giulio,” explained Intastop Marketing manager, Lisa Turner. “Its grab rails complement our range of door and wall protection products, and their antimicrobial properties allow us to extend and enhance the solutions we have for the care home and healthcare sectors, where such requirements are in high demand.”

New fire door maintenance guide

With fire doors critical to the safety of healthcare buildings – as they help prevent or delay the spread of fire and smoke, and provide staff and patients with time to evacuate to a safe area – the latest guide from Construction Specialties explains how to maintain fire doors to ensure their continuous, reliable performance.

'New style’ quarter dome mirror launched

Creative Ironmongery has launched ‘a replacement’ quarter dome mirror for the health and custodial market in response to what it says are issues of ‘lack of stock’ and high prices for existing such stainless steel mirrors. MD and owner, Alan Rees, said: “We have designed a new way for the mirrors to be fixed to the wall / ceilings, by integrating the fixing flanges into the actual dome, so that the unit is all polished stainless and not a painted frame with a polished mirror.

'A cost-effective way to boost fire safety'

GEZE UK has launched a product which links control units for smoke and heat extraction, ‘providing a cost-effective and easy-to-install solution that boosts fire safety’. The THZ Link connects control units for vents or zones around a building, providing a modular solution that can be extended to link further control units, which can be added when required. Fully tested to VdS 2581 and VdS 2593, it also complies with EN 12101 Part 9 and Part 10, ‘providing complete flexibility for use in both new developments and older buildings’.

Flexible and reliable’ roof membrane for the Unity Centre

Sika-Trocal’s 'flexible, durable' Type ‘S’ membrane has – its manufacturer says – ‘provided the ideal waterproof solution’ for a large and complex roof installation at the Unity Centre, a new extension to Wakefield’s Fieldhead Hospital which incorporates facilities including a range of adult and elderly acute inpatient accommodation, a psychiatric intensive care unit, and a Section 136 area. Completed in two phases, the extension was built to provide additional patient accommodation. The project’s first phase, completed in July 2017, saw the installation of Sika-Trocal’s Type ‘S’ waterproof system across a 2,000 m2 area of roofing. The manufacturer says the 2 mm-thick, mechanically fastened, single-ply membrane’s ‘renowned adaptability’ was ideal, as it had to cover a number of intricate roofing details.

Comprehensive access control for new Samphire Ward

Hardware and software from SALTO Systems features in the new Samphire Ward at Chatterton House, a new acute care mental health facility in King’s Lynn, formed following the refurbishment of two redundant wards, linked to create one modern 16-bed facility operated by North and West Norfolk Care Group, part of Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Multi-use chair and matching table launched

Healthcare solutions provider, Teal LifeCare, has unveiled ‘an innovative multi-use chair’ created by international furniture designer, Ben Grafton. A new addition to the Roku family, Roku Keata is a durable, rotationally moulded chair and matching table collection ‘with contemporary, progressive styling’, designed for multi-environment use. ‘Roku’, Japanese for ‘six’, refers to the number of applicable environments – which includes dining, bedroom, reception, lounge, high security, and outdoor settings. A compact footprint means it easily passes through a doorway or tucks under a desk or dining table.

Wrist-worn patient call device launched

Pinpoint’s new WristPIT is a bespoke, easily accessible, wrist-worn infrared patient call transmitter which allows service-users / patients to activate a call for assistance even if away from their bed or a fixed call-point. The company explained: “Pinpoint’s renowned PIT technology – usually worn by staff for personal safety – has, for the first time, been designed around patient use. The WristPIT can withstand showering and brief submersion in water, and incorporates antimicrobial product protection.”

Standalone online access control system ‘reliable and cost-effective’

People and vehicle access control specialist, Nortech, has launched NanoQuest – ‘a secure, single door self-contained access control system’. The standalone proximity card reader / access controller combination is ‘small, powerful, and supports up to 500 users. Said to be easy to install and operate, it houses both the access control electronics and the 125 kHz proximity reader. Nortech said: “Its slender and elegant compact design suits most settings, while the robust construction allows it to be used in most working environments.” A NanoQuest unit controls access through a single door for up to 500 authorised users and can also be used as a secure method of controlling devices such as intruder alarm panels, lighting, and heating.

Faster, adhesive-free flooring solution

Forbo Flooring System says that while the problem of damp subfloors is ‘a general ‘issue’ in the construction market, the current flooring solutions available ‘result in a long, complex, and costly installation process’.