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Building Products July 2017

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Specialist windows no cause for concern 70 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JULY 2017 Interlocking gate switch aims to protect To overcome dusty, arduous environments and high-vibration machinery, Fortress Interlocks has developed its PROFI-enabled amGardpro interlock gate switch with built-in machine control technology, built to withstand the most strenuous conditions. With a locking force of 10,000N, using PROFI-enabled amGardpro gate reduces the wiring for each interlock unit, significantly reducing design, engineering, commissioning and maintenance costs and virtually eliminating tripping faults. The amGardpro is designed to protect personnel from inadvertent machine restart. Every gate switch is fitted with a safety key which must be taken by any worker who enters the guarded machinery. The machinery cannot be restarted until the safety key has been returned to its original position outside the hazardous area. If access for multiple personnel is required, the interlock is fitted with a lock-out clip enabling operators to attach a padlock to the gate switch for Lock-out Tag-out purposes. Connecting Fortress safety gate switches to a PROFINET network means engineers can use standard internet browsers to access diagnostic displays to provide accurate topology views of the network for rapid fault location. www.fortressinterlocks.com Manufacturer of specialist mental health fenestration Crittall Fendor has increased its range with its CleanVent Window, which has been enhanced by the addition of a Slipper Clutch mechanism. The CleanVent is an external sliding window system designed to provide a maximum amount of natural light and ventilation. With security considerations uppermost in mental health installations the CleanVent allows the glazing to be cleaned quickly and easily behind the security mesh. The CleanVent can be either inward or outward opening which has the advantage of providing an external opening vent on ground floor windows meaning it can be cleaned without disrupting the patient. When installed at higher floor levels an internal opening vent provides ease of access that keeps maintenance costs to a minimum. The flush frame offers no ligature points and is supplied with antiligature hardware as standard. CleanVent windows are available in steel and aluminium depending on the level of security required. They have been tested by the NHS for both medium and high security use and can be supplied in single, double, triple and acoustic-glazed options. www.crittall-fendor.co.uk Building envelope division expands Fastener manufacturer SFS intec has promoted two experienced members of its building envelope division to strengthen its sales team. Taking up the position as head of the roofing and cladding sales team is David Osborne (right), who has worked for SFS intec as a technical sales advisor for the last 12 years. Joining David’s team following six years as an application technician providing on-site support is Colin Black (left), who has been promoted to technical sales manager for Scotland. Commenting on his new role, David said: “We know how much our customers value our 100% focus on service and I’m excited to be heading a team with such a strong commitment here. I’m delighted that Colin has joined our team too, as he brings a strong mix of skills that will ensure we continue to exceed customer expectations. Colin added: “Having spent the last six years as an SFS intec Application Technician in the northern region, and more than 10 years on 'the tools' prior to that, I have forged some excellent relationships with contractors and OEMs. I am looking forward to building on this, creating some new relationships too.” www.sfsintec.co.uk Internal airflow system allows office to breathe easily The new European headquarters from Tata Technologies has had its energy efficiency controlled via Gilberts’ linear slot diffusers and extract valves; integrated into the facade using Gilberts’ external louvres. The offices have been designed to be adaptable, allowing internal layouts to change with occupier demand. To accommodate this, Gilberts advised its GSL slot diffusers were used in meeting rooms and offices; GX extract valves provide air changes in open spaces- reception, the restaurant. All duct back towards the WGF38 façade louvres which provide intake and exhaust facilities. Martin Malyon from Gilberts said: “We worked closely with BAM in specifying and selecting the correct items to ensure good air quality consistently throughout the building.” Approximately 135 GSL linear slot diffusers have been installed, in lengths up to 2m long. Some 45 GX extract valves deliver removal of stale air at up to 200l/s through a fully-adjustable central core, whilst limiting associated noise to below 40dB(A). The used air is transferred to ceiling voids, where it is channelled towards the WGF38 façade louvres, ranging up to 2m long. The compact louvres still deliver 50% net free ventilation area. www.gilbertsblackpool.com


Building Products July 2017
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