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DOORS&WINDOWS DHF PUBLISHES LATEST GUIDE


The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has published a new specification for enhanced lifetime performance of hinged and pivot doorsets.


The DHF, which represents the UK’s door, hardware and architectural ironmongery sectors, developed the Technical Specification TS 006 so that its members could prove to specifiers the long-term performance and fitness for purpose of their doorsets. The specification was developed jointly with Chiltern Dynamics, the testing and certification organisation, and Exova Warringtonfire, which tests a broad range of doors, windows and hardware products.


Using knowledge gained from Chiltern Dynamics’ CDTM01 test programme, as well as Exova Warringtonfire’s experience of steel doorset testing, the TS 006 DHF Enhanced Specification for Doorsets has increased some of the performance requirements called up in the published British and European standards.


The test programme covered high- performance hinged doorsets made from all


materials including steel, composite and timber. The specification for doorsets includes a wide range of performance criteria, including:


• Vertical load • Static torsion • Soft and heavy impact • Hard body impact • Slamming shut • Slamming open • Closure against obstruction • Resistance to jarring and vibration • Abusive force on handles • Operating forces


• Cycling (1,000,000 opening and closing cycles).


Performance against these characteristics


allows the door to be classified in terms of its duty. ‘Severe’ is the most demanding classification and relates to the wear and tear typical of cross-corridor locations in hospitals, schools or large offices.


DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding told Clearview: “There is a NEW BROCHURE FROM DORMA


DORMA, global leaders in the manufacture of door controls, automatic doors and glass fittings, has produced a new comprehensive brochure that details the company’s complete service and maintenance offering which covers DORMA and non-DORMA automatic doors, manual door closers, and industrial doors and shutters, the supply and fitting and repair or refurbishment of windows.


All doors, windows and entrance systems are prone to wear and tear and there are also legal requirements regarding the service and safety of these, so regular maintenance is imperative. DORMA, with its wealth of experience, is able to offer clients a single source provider for all door service and maintenance requirements and the new brochure, titled ‘DORMA for Service’, outlines the company’s preventative maintenance packages and 24 hour reactive repair service.


The DORMA service package includes three variations – 3 Star, 4 Star and 5 Star.


All three packages can cover both manual and/or automatic doors and include basic adjustments, BS 7036 compliance checks, fire safety assessments and minor fault rectification as standard. Service contract customers benefit from a significant reduction in call out rates where charges are applicable.


The brochure also details DORMA’s commitment to reactive repair and fast response times with its 24 hour emergency hotline. To achieve this, DORMA employs a team of engineers across the UK & Ireland to ensure local coverage is provided when needed.


With the specification, and subsequent


servicing and maintenance of doors and doorsets, there are three key pieces of legislation to be aware of. DORMA can ensure your doors meet the conflicting needs and requirements of the Equality Act, Occupier’s Liability Act and Fire Safety Order legislation.


As part of the service package, DORMA can offer more effective and efficient management and monitoring of doors by


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incorporating DORVISION – a GPRS based wireless system. It provides real-time remote control functionality and helps to identify and resolve minor maintenance issues remotely without the need for a service engineer to attend.


For automatic doors, manual doors and ironmongery, industrial doors, windows and access control, ‘DORMA for Service’ offers valuable guidance and advice to ensure DORMA offers the highest standard of service every time.


Operating across virtually every market sector from commercial and industrial to workplace, retail, leisure, health and education, DORMA’s service offering provides end users with the peace of mind that the legal responsibilities, maintenance and safe operation of their doors will be in the safe hands of a global market leader.


www.dorma-uk.co.uk


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need for precise performance criteria to help specifiers judge whether a doorset is fit for purpose in situations of long term heavy use. Our new TS 006 specification for enhanced lifetime performance of doorsets will help building owners, contractors, specifiers and buildings/facilities managers identify the most appropriate doorset for their particular application.”


Technical manager of Chiltern


International Fire/Chiltern Dynamics Vincent Kerrigan added: "Demand from specifiers for proof of fitness for purpose is raising the bar for the whole industry. It is refreshing, too, that here we have an example of two highly respected UKAS-accredited test laboratories working together to assist the DHF to develop a significant test standard for this sector.”


T » 01827 52337 www.dhfonline.org.uk


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