Rishi Harbias Awarded GAI Diploma - Congratulations to Rishi Harbias our technical engineer, on completing his 3rd year of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Diploma, in June this year. Rishi joined Securefast as an apprentice six years ago and works closely with the development team, marketing and customer services. Rishi received his certificate from Maria Powell, president of the GAI and the event’s keynote speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE on Wednesday 2nd November, at the Lancaster Hotel in London. Along with just short of 400 guests, the Guild celebrated the hardware professionals who have achieved a GAI qualification this year. Of the 90 learners who attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the 42 students who completed the full GAI Diploma, six also received awards at the prestigious ceremony. Students based outside of the UK accounted for 47% of the total learners on the education programme for 2015/16 and this year’s exams were taken in 27 countries around the world. This year saw particularly high numbers of learners in South Africa, Hong Kong, Dubai and other GCC countries.
Securefast Ireland Growing from Strength to Strength - Since opening its new service and distribution centre six months ago, John Power General Manager of Securefast Ireland together with Distribution Manager Damian Gunning, have proudly announced that the company has experienced substantial sales growth from day one. Based just off the main Ballymount Road in Dublin, the well-stocked trade centre backed by a highly experienced and enthusiastic sales team have now firmly established Securefast as a key point of contact for all locks, hardware and a wide variety of security solutions. In addition to providing same day collection on a wide range of Securefast, Assa Abloy, ACT and Deedlock, the company also carries extensive stocks of mechanical and electronic locking products together with fire, safety and DDA solutions. A major growth area reported by John is in the supply of Access Control equipment for both domestic and commercial applications. One of the latest products introduced by the company to meet this growing demand is the innovative SCLACK Bluetooth Access Control System, which simply uses a smartphone application instead of requiring a key operation to open doors and gates. Suitable for any application from domestic premises to industrial units SCLACK is straightforward to install, simply fit the unit between the power supply unit and the electrical locking device such as an electrical release on the safe side of the door. SCLACK does not require an internet connection and can be operated by any device equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 or later, simply access the phone app to unlock the door. For further information on SCLACK Access Control or any of the wide range of Securefast Fire, Safety, Security and Access Control products visit us at Securefast Ireland, Unit 6, Ballymount Court, Ballymount Road, Dublin 12. Phone: 353 (1) 4568257/8 or visit the web site http://www.securefastirl.ie/
Lockex 2016 - Over the 16th to 18th September Securefast exhibited at the first Lockex Exhibition held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. During the weekend the company also presented two CPD presentation for the visitors which included the latest standard EN13637 Electrically Controlled Exit Systems and Access Control Security Levels and Associated Standards. Visited who attended such as Architectural Ironmongers, Architects and Locksmiths gain CPD points towards their qualifications. Securefast company had a number of new products on display included the latest Entra+ Access Control System, Entra Leaf which allows a conversion from a simple 72mm crs mortice lock into a Standalone Access Control System. Also on show was the Smartlock Range of Hotel and Standalone Locks, a new 500 Series Touch Bar range with ELR (Electrical Latch-bolt Retraction), the ASL2460 Electric Lock and new range of Locker Locks (including the Cyber Digital and Proximity versions). Land Rover Experience being offered by Securefast was drawn by Ian Wilkinson, a Director of Clearview, who was the event organisers with the two winning tickets going to Mr Gary Walker and Mr Gary Johnson. For more information of many of the new products available from Securefast call our sale office for your local representative to call to demonstrate these new developments.
Securefast comes out on top - Stag Marketing recently conducted an independent survey with Securefast customer on behalf of the company to evaluate the company’s high level of service and product quality. The questionnaire also asked specific questions regarding the use of the company e-commerce, about the website, e-news and preferred preferences on hard copy or electronic literature. The survey covered an array of customers including Architectural Ironmongers, Locksmiths, Electrical and Wholesaler Distributors and OEM accounts with a positive response level of almost 80% with others either on holiday or not available. When considering the overall rating of the company the majority scored either a 9 or a 10 out of 10 taking into consideration the technical support given, delivery of goods on time, quality and range of products in stock. Ninty- one percent of customers rated the products as being typical market price and the choice of the range available was satisfactory. There was no negative feedback to prices being too expensive or the range being too complicated. One of the key criteria for this research was to gain an understanding of people’s attitudes towards E-commerce. In general terms, the majority of large clients and most of the electronic company buyers use E-commerce regular, but smaller business did not appear to be familiar with E-commerce. Over half of all people asked said that if they were not already using it they would certainly be interested in creating an account. Although many said they still prefer the traditional methods of placing orders therefore it was important for Securefast to keep these channels open as well as using E-commerce. The survey identified that 53% of customers like to have hard copies and electronic copies of data sheets and literature with 26% still wanting hard copies only and not using electronic versions. Many of the customers surveyed use the Securefast website for downloading literature, data sheets and certification / DOP’s, like a hard copy for backup. In summary, overall Securefast continues to successfully satisfy its customer’s requirements and will use the survey to continue to ensure that their customers received the best service possible. Securefast would like to thank their customers for their support in taking part in the survey.
Troubleshooting - Securefast recognizes the need to offer troubleshooting support as it helps to identify the symptoms, eliminates the most likely cause of a problem and can restore the product back to its working state. To help our customers with their client’s questions or to address problems raised, Securefast have updated their Trouble Shooting section of the website. Two documents are available to download or view which will help answer a number of questions that get asked by clients / contractors when something seems to go wrong. The documents include Mechanical Digital Locks and Panic & Emergency Exit Hardware and have a list of typical questions. To view the documentation visit http://www.securefast.co.uk/technical/trouble-shooting-Q&A/
Securefast, the Driving Force at Lockex - With a reputation for bringing something special to an event, a visit to the Securefast stand 32 at Lockex could prove to be worthwhile experience in more ways than one. In addition to viewing the very latest security solutions together with an insight into the company’s wide range of Securefast Mechanical and Electronic locks, Access Controls systems and Security products, all visitors to the Securefast stand will have opportunity to be entered into the daily prize draw for the exciting Land Rover All-Terrain Driving Experience. By simply registering your company details with the Securefast sales team on the stand, one lucky person and a colleague could be the lucky winners of this special Securefast – Land Rover adventure. The prize draw for this unique experience will be carried out each day of the Lockex exhibition, so there are a total of six Land Rover Experience places up for grabs. The winning name will be independently drawn from the hat each day and the lucky recipient will be contacted as soon as the exhibition has closed. So, for a combination of the best in security products on the market and the chance of a special motoring experience head for stand 32, Securefast the driving force at Lockex.
Securefast are at Hotelympia - Hotelympia is the UK’s largest food service and hospitality event and the most important event for any professional wanting to gain access to the latest products and thinking. Securefast are exhibiting to reveal the latest new product ideals for the hotel industry from the Smartlock range of access control door locking system to the Entra+ system of door controllers etc. Delivering innovation and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors that cannot be found anywhere else on this scale in the UK, the exhibition is the place to improve your business performance and customer offering - for your hotel, restaurant, pub, café or catering company - through guaranteed access to the latest products across interiors, technology, and waste management solutions, as well as food and drink and catering equipment. Securefast have had a fantastic response at the event with the new Smartlock minimalistic designed wireless access control lockset, the new technology allows real time logging and card cancellation at a distance of up to 500 metres. The Smartlock is ideal for hotels, student and residential accommodation as well as offices and schools due to the escape lock function from the inside and the flexibility of the system; a feature of the lockset enables Architects and clients to choose their own design of handle. Easy to use Windows based software provides full audit capabilities including valid and invalid attempts of gaining access.
Securefast are to exhibit at Lockex - Securefast will be exhibiting at the new Lockex exhibition held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from the 16th to 18th September 2016. This will be the first ever Lockex event which is aimed at locksmiths, auto locksmiths, architectural ironmongers and door manufacturers to show the latest security products available from many of the leading suppliers in the UK. As one of the leading suppliers for electrical and mechanical security Securefast will be revealing their latest Entra+ access control security products, their new range of panic hardware and new products controlled using wireless and Bluetooth technology. To support the show Securefast will also be presenting two CPD (Continuous Product Development) workshops to offer support and education to the visitors, one on Electrical Panic Systems and another on Access Control Security. Also on offer is a day out on an Off-road Range Rover Experience for six people. So to take advantage of this great opportunity visit Securefast on stand 32 and complete the entry form for the competition draw held every day during the show.
Damian Gunning joins Securefast - Damian Gunning has joined the Securefast Ireland operation as Distribution Centre Manager Dublin, which is based just off the Ballymount Road. Working alongside John Power, Damian will manage the day to day running of the office and distribution of Securefast and many other leading brands such as ACT and Assa Abloy. Damian joins the company with a wealth of knowledge in electronic and mechanical locking. He will be happy to help you with a full range of products held in Dublin from a simple latch to our Entra+ networked access control systems. Duncan Crawley Group Managing Director said: “Dublin is a significant step in our growth plans along with Dubai and indicates the importance Securefast has placed on export sales development. We look forward to John and Damian building sales in Ireland and helping our customers expand their business”.
John Power the new Sales Director for Securefast Security Products Ireland - Securefast are pleased to announce the opening of Securefast Ireland. Based just off the Ballymount Road in Dublin the new distribution centre will service the security and electrical industry in Ireland. John Power and his team will be providing same day collection on all of the Securefast, Abloy and ACT products in addition to the Deedlock Electric Locking range. The centre will offer both mechanical and electronic locking products in addition to fire safety and DDA. John will head up the new operation. He will bring to the company extensive knowledge of the market and its product requirements, in addition to his commitment to the very best customer service. Commenting on the appointment and distribution centre opening, Duncan Crawley Group Managing Director said: ‘John has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development within the security sector in Ireland and I am sure the new company will be a great success. Our aim is to offer the best price direct from stock here in Dublin’. John and the team will be pleased to welcome you at the centre and recommend the best solution for your projects. Securefast Unit 6 Ballymount Court Ballymount Road Dublin 12 01-456 8257 www.securefastirl.ie
Staff Changes at Securefast - Michelle Hill who has been with Securefast for over 16 years with 11 of those years in the sales department has decided that she wanted to learn new skills and try a different role to widen her expertise within the company. As a vacancy became available in the financial area, Michelle is now the credit controller for the business and to support her role attends college each week to gain a qualification in AAT. To continue to offer support in the sales department Hanna Rose has joined the company to support the sales and marketing team. Hanna has over 11 years’ experience in the industry, so already knows many of the customers and bring with her knowledge of export sales, which will help as Securefast now has an office in the UAE covering the Middle East area. To expand Hannah’s knowledge she is currently studying an online course for a Business Studies Diploma, which includes modules such as; production & distribution and the principles of Marketing. Hanna was looking for a new challenge and wanted to expend her knowledge on hardware in our industry and therefore the timing was just right for Hanna to join Securefast which is expanding its operations around the world and developing many new products. Having previously worked for Kevin O’Reilly, the Operations Director at a previous company, Hannah had no hesitation about working with Kevin again. Securefast have also recently employed Josh Peach as an apprentice in the accounts department who is currently also studying AAT level 2 at Wolverhampton collage. Josh joined the company in August straight from secondary school and will hope to strengthen the accounts department for the future development of the business. Further changes at head office will see Lucinda Goodman going on maternity leave at the end of October and to cover for her position as marketing assistant while she is away, Securefast have enrolled with Wolverhampton University and employed Tom Grainger a post -graduate in marketing to cover the position. The marketing role did start off as a part time role a few years ago, but has now became a full time position, which is why Securefast needed to have support in this area. The benefit to Tom is that he gains experience in a real working environment and allows him to put his academic knowledge into practise. Securefast wish Lucinda all the best for the future.
Smart New Livery for Securefast Products - Responding to customer’s preference for branded products, Securefast plc has announced a roll out programme with the launch of a smart new packaging livery that will include the company’s most popular products. With a reputation for high quality and reliability, the Securefast brand is rapidly becoming a benchmark name that customer’s both recognise and request. The new branded packaging will include complete contact details together with product labelling to indicate, where applicable, product standards, certification and testing information. The move to branded boxes is the result of extensive customer research, which indicated that plain unbranded boxes gave both the customer and end user the perception that the product may not be of the highest quality and that the product may not originate from a responsible or easily identifiable company. Announcing the launch of the new packaging, Group Managing Director Duncan Crawley commented “We recognise that brand awareness is one of the most valuable assets for any company. At Securefast we have a proactive marketing programme that includes continuously updated literature, new product advertising and promotion, e-commerce web site and social media interaction with both Facebook and Linkedin. Our primary goal is to provide our customers with the assurance that the Securefast brand is the name to trust for high quality products, fully supported by continuous of product testing and comprehensive technical services that we believe is unrivalled in the market”. The new packaging includes, Access Control Kits, Electro-Magnetic Locks, Mechanical Digital Locks, Cylinders, Lock Cases, Panic Hardware, PinGuard Weather Shields and the latest fire rated Shear Magnetic Locks.
Fully adjustable brackets for Electro Magnetic Locks - Leading Locks, Safety and Security specialists Securefast plc have introduced the perfect solution to address the regular problem encountered when fitting adjustable brackets for face fixed electro magnets to outward opening doors. The fully adjustable and unobtrusive brackets are purposely designed to alleviate the traditional problems encountered by installers when fitting face fix electro magnetic locks on outward opening timber, steel and aluminium doors. The sliding plate design allows the installer to adjust the position of the electromagnet at any point during installation, even after commissioning. The unique bracket construction also allows for ±3 degrees of movement on the plate should the door not be correctly aligned with the frame. The Securefast Brackets are supplied fully assembled, therefore the installer simply mounts the bracket, fits the electro magnetic lock to the sliding plate and lines up the armature plate. A wiring cavity and cut out are included in the design ensuring that cabling and connection to the power supply is made simple and straight forward. The Deedlock AEM10001 Slimline magnet functions perfectly with the ADG1-1 adjustable bracket, whilst the ADG1-2 is designed to suit the AEM10010 standard magnets. The neat and unobtrusive brackets are a proven solution that allows infinite adjustment and precise positioning of the electromagnetic lock, ensuring that there is a perfect alignment with the armature plate every time. The Securefast brackets are designed to ensure a simpler, quicker and more efficient installation.
Tate Solutions introduces a Fire Safety Option for Automatic Sliding Doors - Tate Solutions, the specialist automatic and access control division of Securefast plc, has announced the introduction of the unique doorson SL300EF automatic sliding door operating system, which in addition to providing smooth operating sliding doors, incorporates an innovative fire resistant and emergency escape facility in the event of an urgent building evacuation, whatever the circumstances. The SL300EF door operates under normal conditions as a conventional automatic sliding door, providing a reliable and effortless operation, however in the event of fire, a built in failsafe system maintains the door in the closed position, whilst the option of a manual swing opening mechanism provides a safe route for evacuation of both people and goods. Designed specifically to meet the fire safety requirements of all Public Access Buildings and typically Hospitals, Schools, Colleges and Shopping Centres, the SL300EF has been independently tested to 1,000,000 cycles and complies with the British standard EN 16005: 2013 for automatic powered doors. The high quality manufacture and energy efficient design of the SL300EF incorporates Stainless Steel construction throughout and can be supplied for either single or double door applications. As sole UK distributers for doorson, the internationally renowned manufacturer of high quality and innovative automatic door systems, the Tate Solutions name is rapidly gaining a national reputation as one of the leading providers of automatic door systems and complete entrance door solutions. Recent contracts include providing access control and automatic upgrades to number of leading London hotels together with various ongoing hospital adaptations designed to improve on-site fire and safety requirements. For further information on the SL300EF or any of the other doorson products please contact the sales team at Tate Solutions on 01543 501605 or visit our web site www.tatesolutions.co.uk .Alternatively see the SL300EF in action please click on the video link New Products for Tate Solutions: Fire Rated Automatic sliding door https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTufGSg6vyo
Gary Whitehouse Wins BBC “The Box” - The BBC programme The Box, a cooking contest hosted by James Martin invited Gary Whitehouse our Midlands’ Sales Agent to feature in an episode which was shown on Monday June 22nd. Gary was given a box of ingredients selected by Celebrity Chef Monica Galetti who is the senior sous-chef at Le Gavroche in London. The contestants each had just 50 minutes to prepare a meal using some or all of the ingredients in the box. Gary made a Chocolate Fondant with Dulce de Leche and Walnut Praline. Having won the first round, Gary then had to choose a box from Pudding, Global or Basic and chose the Basic Box. The winning dish served by Gary consisted of a chicken stir fry which both Monica and James thoroughly enjoyed. To check out Gary’s winning performance visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b060gf3m/the-box-episode-21
Protect your door with Fire Rated Mechanical Digital Locks - Securefast now offer a range of Fire Rated Mechanical Digital Locks complete with Securefast Intumescent Kits to suit; providing additional protection to the door ensuring the fire resisting properties are not compromised through installation of a digital lock. The digital lock range has been successfully tested and certified under BS EN1634-1 for use on both 30min and 60min timber fire door. Securefast Intumescent Fire Door Seals are supplied pre-fixed to both the tubular latch and keeper, as per test conditions, for a quicker, easier, cleaner and more accurate installation. Securefast Intumescents are constructed of a sodium silicate base with a strong self-adhesive backing to maintain fixing position throughout its lifetime. These Intumescents are widely recognised and have been proven in many hundreds of fire tests worldwide. To find out what range of locks are available for fire rated doors visit http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS12-002_Intumescent_for_Digital_Locks.pdf?1435220511
Securefast Electrical Suppression Unit - Due to a large percentage of fire starting in mains electrical cupboards, the new Securefast Electrical Suppression Unit offers a cost effective solution to suppress any fire and protect your home or business. The ESU can be fitted in any cupboard under staircases or plant room. The ESU is either supplied with a thermal bulb which will activate at 68 or 105 degrees Celsius or by the use of a thermal line which will activate on naked flame or temperature of 175 degrees Celsius. Fire is extinguished in seconds with a one shot operation, (once activated the can will need to be replaced). Every can is fully certified with RoHS, CE and GL marks with 10 years lifecycle on each can. For more information about our Electrical Suppression Unit check out our data sheet now at http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS7-010_Electrical_Suppression_Unit.pdf?1435151847
New Generation Wireless Acoustic Devices - Securefast now offer an Acoustic Door Closer and Hold Open magnet which has the ability to learn the sound of the buildings fire alarm, meaning false activations are almost eradicated. Sounds such as vacuum cleaners and other background noises will not purposely activate the Hold Open Magnet or Digital Door Closer. The Acoustic Door closer learns the sound of your specific fire alarm, releasing the door in the event of a fire. The closer is also battery operated so it can easily be retrofitted to any door. The Acoustic Hold Open magnet has been designed to be fitted anywhere on the door, however if fitted at the top then this will prevent the fire door from warping and prevent damage from being kicked. Both products come installed with a battery life warning – full battery life indicator and low battery warning. Also able to be reprogrammed for a certain time release and re-hold times. Data sheets are available for both: AEM0070 Acoustic Digital Door Closer: http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS7-001_Acoustic_Door_Closer_AEM0070.pdf?1435143208 AEM0371 Acoustic Hold Open magnets: http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS7-002_Acoustic_Hold_Open_Magnet_AEM0371.pdf?1435143208 To see videos of the following products please see below: Securefast Acoustic Door Closer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4igdWQ5ebo Deedlock Acoustic Hold Open Magnet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kW6WMvD12s
Waterproof IP66 Surface Mounted Exit Buttons - Securefast now offer a range of Surface Mounted IP66 rated Exit Buttons. Offering an effective solution for external egress and other switching applications which require a high level of protection. IP66 rated giving total protection against the ingress of dust and also protects against strong jets of water with limited ingress permitted. Incorporating an aesthetically pleasing design which is available in two colour combinations, grey lid with black base or a highly contrasting yellow lid with black base. Equipped with pre moulded M16 and M18 conduit knockouts ensure ease of cable management. All units come with legend discs which are gasketed to maintain the IP rating. Legend discs are available in a variety of colour combinations. Check out which units are available from securefast today by visiting http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS5-004_IP_Rated_Exit_Buttons.pdf?1435071064
Slidelock hits the Market! - To meet the needs of the ever growing lock industry Securefast introduce a Slidelock for sliding doors. The lock can be electrically controlled linked to any access control system. The Slidelock is supplied with a roller pin which is captured within the electric lock installed into the door frame or second leaf, When the door is open the pin is recessed into the door and as the door presses onto the second door or frame the pin extends into the lock. Slidelock moves in motion with the door releasing the concealed pin when the door is closed. The forend is constructed of Stainless Steel for exposed weather conditions. Slidelock produces a holding force of 800kg (7848N). For more information about the new Securefast Slidelock please visit: http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/data-sheets/DS1-008_Slidelock.pdf?1435053849
Fire Testing and Access Control - Kevin O’Reilly, Operations Director for Securefast plc, one of the UK’s leading access control manufacturers and distributors, offers an insight to specifiers of access control systems located within a fire rated installation. A number of access control products are being used on fire doors within buildings without having been fire rated for use in these types of doors. The main problem is that contractors, joiners and many suppliers within the architectural ironmongery industry are aware that products used on fire doors such as locks must carry the CE mark, however main electrical distributors and access control manufacturers are not aware of the regulations. Many suppliers / manufacturers of access control products such as standalone or network systems used on doors with a lock case may show a CE mark, but this has been applied by the manufacturer having completed an EMC test and not a fire test. Also the regulations allow EMC testing to be carried out by the individual company or a 3rd party test house. Many companies will self-certification of the EMC which requires the following:- - Check for radiation - Check for sensitivity to electro statics - Blast with radiation to see if this effects the operation - Pass the Low Voltage Directive - Check that a power surge will not stop the product from functioning - Create a Technical Construction file The Technical Construction file will be compiled by the manufacturer and be available if the product is under investigation by Trading Standards etc. to show that testing has been carried out and records held. Due to costs many access control manufacturers will follow the route to self-certification and not consider fire testing. The fire test is very important as the construction of the product may contain low melting components and additional holes in the door may be required for the wiring and connections which can affect the integrity of the door. It is important that specifiers, suppliers and installers check documentation with the main distributor / manufacturer to ensure access control products to be used on fire doors have been tested. It is also important that the door specified and used on a site with the access control products must also be compatible with the fire test evidence. Over the years door manufacturers have competed to reduce the cost of doors due to market demand therefore a door manufactured to have a surface mounted product fixed to it may not be good enough to have a mortice lock fitted as it may fail a fire test. Likewise a door fire tested with a mortice lock fitted may not be the correct specification to accept a bored hole through the door to allow for wiring from the lock to the concealed door loop on the door frame. Securefast plc group are distributors of the ACT range, which includes the eLock, and both companies have worked together on the fire test as the eLock is sold with the Securefast lock case. The CE mark applied to the package covers the fire test to EN1634-1, EMC testing and EN12209 to give the lock a performance standard.
Securefast IET appoints new General Manager - As part of the Securefast Group’s commitment to establishing a strong manufacturing base in the UK, Securefast IET are pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Boorman as General Manager for the group’s access control manufacturing division, based in Hemel Hempstead. With over twenty five years’ experience in the hotel and access control industry, designing equipment for some of the UK's most prestigious projects including One Aldwych in London, Andy has extensive experience in the development of access control products and was most recently manager of the specialist access control and hotel locking company, Smartlock. Commenting on the appointment Duncan Crawley, Securefast’s Group Managing Director said, “We are really pleased to bring Andy on board and I am confident that his extensive industry knowledge and skills will prove to be a great asset to the group, spearheading our ambitious programme of new products and the exciting developments we are undertaking in advanced Electronic Locking Solutions”. Production of both the Smartlock and Securefast IET on door locks will be under Andy’s control at the Hemel Hempstead plant in addition to working with David and Andy Leaper on the development of the new Entra+ access control systems.
Securefast Sales Team takes the Off-Road Challenge - Securefast’s sale team held their sales conference at the Land Rover Experience, Rockingham over two days where MD Duncan Crawley arranged a team building challenge including off-road vehicles such as the Range Rover Sports, Kubota ATV’s, blind driving and archery. The Great Park is a beautiful location within the Welland Valley and Rockingham Castle has some of the best off-road facilities available together with modern well-equipped vehicles. The instructors offered a wealth of experience with their own unique brand of entertainment. Points were awarded for each activity and Duncan’s team including Tony Ducker and Gary Whitehouse proved they were the best with an impressive point score. The conference also hailed the introduction of a number of new products, watch our facebook for more details.
Ian Scott announces retirement from Securefast - After deciding to retire Ian will bring a close to a remarkable Ironmongery career of over 15 years continuous service with Securefast. Ian Scott has decided to hang up the keys and take long deserved retirement on the 31st March. Having spent 46 years in the Industry starting in 1969 with 3 years at King & Co in Hull, Ian Scott joined the Architectural Ironmongery Department, progressing to Contracts Manager, after which he was invited to join Mateer & Nelson Ltd also in Hull to help build their Architectural Division, progressing to Sales Director and Share Holder. Duncan approached Ian in 2000 asking if he would be interested in joining him in an adventure to build Security Engineering now renamed and rebranded as Securefast into a major player in the Industry. Ian’s knowledge of mechanical locking mechanisms and the needs of Architects and Specifiers helped introduce a number of new ranges such as the Scandinavian style locks, Cylinders, Special Need products and also helping extending the original Mortice lock ranges under the Securefast brand. Ian Scott, Sales Director of Securefast quoted “It is now time for me to take it easier (some say I have been doing that for a long time) and retire, I am looking forward to this although the list of jobs which Judy my wife is formulating seems to be getting longer and longer, luckily most of the list is what I like doing, Gardening and DIY and if she will give me time off I might look at taking up Photography again and going to the gym.” Ian will be missed by both Customers and Colleagues for his extensive knowledge and banter and the company wish Ian a long and healthy retirement.
Intersec 2015, Dubai - Securefast are exhibiting at the largest and most comprehensive exhibition and conference for security, safety and fire protection in the Middle East. Intersec is the leading Trade Fair for the security and safety industry and is on for three days stating on the 18th January 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the second time that Securefast have attended as we see this exhibition as an international meeting platform for the Security & Safety industry. Amy Rutledge our new Sales and Marketing Director based in Dubai is being supported on the stand by the Group MD Duncan Crawley. The exhibition will be a great opportunity to show the Middle East our new and exciting Entra+ Access Control Management System with one and two door controllers, Mifare and HID readers, the power of the access control system and the range of Electrical Locking products including the new Electric Escape Lock.
Securefast expands its sales team - We are pleased to announce a further boost to our external sales team with the appointment of Mark Lawrence as the company’s Northern Area Sales Manager. Mark is a well-respected sales professional in the industry with a background in hardware spanning more than seventeen years. Mark has gained substantial product knowledge and experience whilst working with leading UK manufacturers and distributors including Aldridge Security, Owlett-Jayton and more recently Exidor. Commenting on his appointment Mark said “I am genuinely excited to be joining such a dynamic company with a fantastic range of high quality products and new innovations and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to introduce the range when I visit both new and old clients in the near future”.
Securefast Ice Bucket Challenge - A number of Securefast staff were nominated in the Ice Bucket challenge for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Association. All the guys in the office and warehouse put their shorts on and sat in the chair and received a big bucket of Ice water over their heads. Securefast have donated £200.00 to the charity and there video evidence can be viewed on YouTube or the companies Facebook page following links: http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=449514655191546 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCi1ezXbMDM
PINGuard Weather Shield - PINGuard Weather Shield is a robust and flexible solution to PIN theft whilst also providing a Weather Shield protection and fits in seconds with no tools required. Two versions are available which fit behind the digital lock offering an improved gasket seal to the standard gasket supplied with the Mechanical Push Button Digital Lock making the product ideal for external doors. The PINGuard Weather Shield gives approximately 90% more protection from rain exposure with the shield around Digital lock and can be used inside or out to give the PIN code protection. The PINGuard Weather Shield are ideal for external applications, including gates and perimeter doors and internal doors where the PIN code needs to be kept from view when the Mechanical Digital Lock is being used. The SPG-365 is for use with the SBL365 units which have fixing centres of 158mm and the SPG-300 is for the Securefast Mechanical Digital Locks in the 300 series which have 130mm centres, such as SBL300, SBL310, SBL315, SBL330, SBL340 and SBL350. To see the SPG-365 PINGuard Weather Shield in action check out the YouTube video link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlxdYjMYXuc
FIT Show 2014 was a success for us - Securefast exhibited at the FIT Show 2014, held at Telford International Centre and found it to be a great opportunity to show their new products to many of the visitors, which included installers, fabricators and existing customers. The exhibition now in its second year was a great success for Securefast with many of the visitors asking about the new Electrical Latch Bolt Retraction Touch Bar, traditional Touch Bar range, Multi-point Locks, Access Control for single entrance doors and the Sliplock window restrictor. Securefast was so impressed with the organisation, the number of enquiries obtained and the interest shown in their products that the company has booked their stand for the FIT show for 2016.
Order Securefast products Online Now! - Securefast have launched the new Online Ordering System, allowing customers to order online 24/7, which is ideal for customers who wish to place orders outside or during working hours. Customers can place orders in the shopping basket, look at outstanding invoices, history of orders placed and view any special offers or new product launches. Once a customer places their order, the system will ask to confirm invoice and delivery address. The information is saved in the customer database allowing repeat orders or regular placed orders for the same product to be saved in their favourites section. Transactions and copies of invoices can be viewed. The customer can log on to the site for up to 8 hours allowing products to be continually added during the day. The site is easy to navigate as various steps take the customer through a number of layers per product group until the product is chosen. Net prices are only visible to a customer who has an account with Securefast Contact the sale office on 01543 501600 or 01704 502801 to set up your email and view the site for yourself at http://www.securefast-online.co.uk/
SECUREFAST acquires Innovative Electronic Technology Limited - SECUREFAST PLC one of the UK's leading manufacturers and distributors of access control and locking products has acquired Innovative Electronic Technology Ltd. (IET), a UK manufacturer of access control systems incorporating building management software and hardware. The technology is supported by advanced software, which provides a high level of building management capability as evidenced by it being chosen for the security of the whole of the site of the London Olympics in the construction stage. The IET range of products will be manufactured within the SECUREFAST group, enabling pricing to be highly competitive. “Innovative Electronic Technology adds important new technology products to the current product portfolio offered by the SECUREFAST Group,” says Duncan Crawley, Group Managing Director. “The acquisition of Innovative Electronic Technology considerably enhances the Group’s position within the access control market and enables SECUREFAST to offer a more versatile British made product to its growing customer base”. “Innovative Electronic Technology is an exciting addition to our portfolio, enabling SECUREFAST to incorporate both current reader options and more advanced biometrics via our established Entra access control package,” says David Sebire, Securefast Chairman. The new Entra+ multi-site network system and associated products is expected to generate in excess of £1million of additional sales within the first year. Innovative Electronic Technology Limited was founded in 1981 by David Leiper, following a distinguished career with a number of major electronics manufacturers. The Company is located in Potten End, Berkhamsted, UK, where the Group will create a centre for innovation, development and manufacture of electronic security products. Solar powered units for the lighting of bus shelters and public areas, is an example of another product developed by IET as an economic and eco-friendly solution where the cost of installing mains power would be uneconomic. To view the product range from IET visit http://www.ietgroup.com/
Tate Solutions Launch Doorson Operator - Tate Solutions have partnered with Doorson to provide you with the SL300 sliding door operator for high usage applications. The range has been independently tested to 1,000,000 cycles and complies with BS EN 16005:2013 and BS7036:1996. The operator covers all aspects of an exterior or interior sliding automatic solution, from straight sliding, frameless glass, curved frames to prismatic solutions. The Doorson sliding door operator has a goal of building highly energy-efficient operators which are achieved through an adaptable drive system that guarantees economical electric power consumption day in .day out, all year round. Our calculations demonstrate a highly efficient power consumption of less than 0,5W in sleeping mode. In just a few years, the entire investment in the SL300 auto door solution it will pay for itself through reduced energy costs. The operator is available as standard in a satin anodised aluminium (SAA) finish or can be matched to any RAL colour allowing it to blend in with any architectural design requirement. The unique design of the operator allows decorative laminates including wood effects and metallic finishes to be applied to enhance the design. See our latest catalogue http://www.securefast.co.uk/pdf/literature/brochures/TSol_Doorson.pdf To see the range in action visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSahzFZUOm8
FIT Show 2014 We are going are you? - Yes, Securefast are exhibiting at the FIT Show 2014 Securefast have confirmed a stand at one of the industries major trade exhibitions in 2014. Following the runaway success and record attendance of the 2013 Fabricator, Installer and Trade Show, FIT 2014 will take place at the Telford International Centre, June 10-12th 2014. Billed as a showcase event for suppliers to the door and window industry, Securefast are confident that the show will prove to be the perfect opportunity to introduce the company’s brand leading range of Fire, Safety and Security products to the wider market, whilst providing the ideal Launchpad for the company to unveil a number of new hardware solutions and unique product designs. Highlighted at the show will be Securefast’s well- established suite of Mechanical Digital Locks, Emergency Exit Hardware, high security cylinders, plus the company’s extensive range of Electronic Security and Fire products including complete Access Control kits and the new Entra Biometric entry system. Included in the Securefast line-up will be the introduction of a number of exciting new innovations including Touch Bar Panic Hardware, External Release Security Door Chain, and Securefast Pin Guard. The Securefast stand will be located in Hall 2, stand number 213 please contact our sales team on +44 (0) 1543 501600 for more information.
Securefast Biometrics on ITV News - The Securefast Entra Biometric system has been installed by TAG on a number of sites, due to its level of security and convenience to the user. Recently ITV reported on Securefast Biometric Readers fitted on a site and the work being carried out by the University of Kent at Canterbury. The Biometric Reader works with the Entra Network access control system giving rapid and secure hands-free authentication. The Iris Reader is supplied with a motorised head allowing for user height adjustment. See link http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2014-01-22/the-eyes-have-it-for-kent-researchers/
Securefast unveils ENTRA at Intersec - With a reputation for taking the lead in new innovations, Securefast will beintroducing the new ENTRA Access Control system at the Intersec exibition in Dubai on 19 – 21 January 2014, which is being promoted as simply the most versatile access control product on the market. The system includes the new ENTRA iris recognition reader which is approved by the Centre for protection of national infrastructure and offers fast iris read for maximum security. Securefast will be exhibiting for the first time at the exhibition to promote the range and meet potential distributors. Designed and manufactured in the UK, ENTRA offers on-line access control which is easy to program and comes complete with free software that is compatible with Windows7, XP Business or server 2003. The system incorporates SQL server database with scheduled automatic backup and archiving. The controller has an Ethernet interface and can be assigned an IP address so that the server PC can communicate directly over the LAN/WAN, allowing doors in remote locations to be incorporated into the system. Entra offers a number of reader options, including the exclusively designed Hi Spec reader with a stainless steel front panel ideal for either internal or external mounting. This reader incorporates a Blue illuminated backlight that changes to Green when the door is released and capable of supporting up to 10,000 users. The Hi Spec readers use RFID technology proximity cards and tokens and the Switch-plate reader allows the option to mount direct to a single gang back box with Security fixings. The entra Mifare Readers are available for up to 2000 users and uses 13.65MHz contactless card technology which is widely used in cashless vending and ticketing applications allowing a multiple use card. The Entra Iris Recognition Reader is ideal for applications where a higher level of security is required and offers the latest technology at a fraction of the cost compared to its competitors. Exclusive to the ENTRA system the Iris recognition units are simple to use with a read time of 5 seconds and capable of matching 2500 images per second in order to identify the user. Visit Securefast at Intersec International on the UK Pavillion stand 533C in the Security Hall.
Sliplock Cable Restrictor - the Innovative Window Safety Solution - With reports of an increasing number of people, particularly the young and elderly, falling from open windows, Sliplock has been purposely designed to significantly reduce the risk of accidents by effectively restricting the degree that a window is allowed to open. Sliplock is an easy to operate safety and security device ideal for windows and doors both in the home, commercial properties, public buildings and in particular all vulnerable locations such as care homes, hotels, nurseries, schools, universities and hospitals. Sliplock comprises of two heavy duty zinc diecast bases, one mounted on the opening window the other securely fixed to the window frame and both linked via a plastic coated heavy duty steel cable. The opening window mount incorporates a solidly fixed baseplate that engages with an easy to operate slide over casing that can by locked or unlocked with a dedicated key. Once engaged the window opening is restricted by the cable relative to its fixing point on the frame. Sliplock can be simply disengaged and the window opened fully to allow for cleaning and maintenance purposes.
Protect your PIN with Securefast PINGuard - The PINGuard is a robust and flexible solution to PIN theft. Securefast PINGuard takes seconds to fit and is completely removable leaving no damage to the product with no tools required. Securefast PINGuard is ideal for covering a vast amount of products that we offer as a company which can be things such as Digital Locks, Electric Keypads, Access Control Readers, Payment Terminals and Alarm Panels. We offer a range of PIN protection units that are suitable to be fitted on the front of the product allowing you to gain access to enter the code in or side fixed with no restrictions that may occur such as the width of the front of the product. PINGuard is a solution to minimizing PIN theft and fraud giving a professional way of providing a safe and respectful environment for the customer. It is designed in a way that allows free use without restricting the usability or functions of 95% of PIN pads used worldwide.
Tate Solutions- delivering the complete package - Over the past twelve months Tate Solutions has successfully established a solid reputation for the specification, supply and professional installation of Automatic Doors, Fire Systems and complete Access Control services across a wide range of establishments throughout the UK. With a number of prestigious installations successfully completed, Tate Solutions, the specialist trading arm of international security, fire and safety providers Securefast Plc, are now seen by many as a market leader to specifiers and developers requiring a complete access control package. Sales Director Keith Clare-Brown brings a wealth of industry experience together with an enviable reputation for delivering exacting specifications that are individually and uniquely designed to fully meet customer expectations. In order to deliver the highest level of services, Keith has recently been joined by new Contracts Manager; Nick Peacock whose appointment reinforces Tate’s expertise in all aspects of project management and professional installation services. From the initial client design brief right through to product specification and a professional installation service, Tate Solutions are on hand, working closely in partnership with a highly experienced team of qualified engineers, committed to delivering a fully commissioned control system that fulfils the clients exacting requirements. The range of services provided by Tate Solutions comprises of a comprehensive commissioning service designed to provide the very latest technology in electronic control systems, including personnel and vehicle access, ventilation controls, automatic doors, fire and smoke alarm systems. Tate Solutions provides Architects and specifiers involved with the development of Colleges, Schools, Hospitals and all Public Sector Buildings, the opportunity to design and if necessary customise their specifications to suit the individual access, fire and safety requirements unique to each facility. Typical examples of the installations successfully completed recently include, a grade two listed building at the School of Infantry Barracks Warminster , where fully automated entrance doors have been designed and installed, integrated with a highly sophisticated bespoke perimeter monitoring access control system. The Torrance Hotel, East Kilbride part of the Manor View Hotel Group, where Salto AElement keyless entry technology has been introduced to all bedrooms together with a sophisticated access control system designed to allow client access to the car park, private rooms, hotel spa and cashless vending facilities. Further Illustrating the wide diversity of projects, both large a small, undertaken by Tate Solutions is the new Royal Military Police Station at Aldershot, which involved automated ground floor doors, incorporating bespoke access controls and specialist control panels which monitored all door within the station. At the other end of the scale is a typical example of Tate Solutions working with regional Occupational Therapists throughout the UK, Tate have recently installed a complete access solution for Nicola, a wheelchair bound lady in Weston Super-Mare, who required access mobility throughout her house, which included the front and inner lobby doors along with the flat entrance. The system also incorporated a pendent transmitter system with wireless push buttons, which enables Nicola to active the doors. A GSM system was also installed to connect to either a landline or mobile phone for visitors to gain access, however, if she was unable to pick up and in the event of an emergency would trigger automatic response to friends or emergency services. With all new commissions clients have the reassurance that the Tate team will be actively involved to manage each stage of the project, from consultancy, design, recommendation of appropriate systems, complete installation services and final handover, fully backed by the company’s comprehensive aftercare services. Backed by fully industry accreditations, Tate Solutions employs only qualified surveyors and fully accredited engineers. Parent company Securefast has a proud history of protecting properties dating back over one hundred years, with a natural progression from the purely mechanical locking devices of a century ago through to the cutting edge technology found in today’s advanced access control systems. The group’s comprehensive portfolio of security, fire and safety products coupled with Tate’s expertise in electronic control systems and fully commissioned installations ensures a winning formula designed to deliver the total, Tate solution.
Securefast offers work experience to local schools - The current climate for young students either seeking a university place or employment has become very competitive, with less places available at university and fewer company opportunities. Securefast is working with a local school, Walton High School, to offer work experience to a number of sixth formers in the field of finance and administration to give them some voluntary work experience to add to their CV’s which can differentiate between other candidates with no experience. It also gives them an idea of potential careers which may interest them in the future. The emphasis of this work experience is to also try to make the experience more challenging than the average experience, which may revolve around simple administration tasks or getting the student involved in project work. Chris Davis, the Finance Controller, is supervising the students and believes, Securefast may also benefit from a young and enthusiastic individual assisting with a variety of tasks set over the week. If the scheme proves a success over the course of the summer, it is hoped that the idea can be extended to other local schools and potentially at other times of the year and other age groups.
Securefast Launch Entra Access Control Systems - The Entra range of access control products have been designed and manufactured in the UK by Securefast. Entra is an online access control system making it easy to program and is supplied with free software. The Entra access control system offers up to 65,000 doors and 10,000 users. The controller has an Ethernet interface which can be assigned an IP address enabling the server to communicate directly over LAN / WAN. This feature means doors in remote locations can be incorporated into the system. Securefast are certain any competent installation engineer will be able to install the equipment without special training. A feature has been mounted into the system whereby engineers are able to press *# buttons on the keypad within the controller and a light will activate to help in roof areas or where there is limited light. We have also developed the Iris Recognition System which works neatly in conjunction with the Securefast Entra Networked access control system giving rapid and secure hands-free authentication. The iris reader is supplied with a motorised head allowing for user height adjustment. Entra by Securefast offer a wide range of access control products including online controllers complete with 2A 12/24V PSU, biometrics, and both Mifare and Hi Spec Proximity Reader options. Other accessories include a PC interface kit for connecting online controller to Comms Port of a computer and USB adaptor lead for controller to computer. Starter kits have also been introduced with either a 1 or 2 doors Online Controller, Switch Plate Mifare Reader, Exit Switch / Switches and 10 Mifare Cards.
Securefast exhibit at IFSEC 2013 - Following a highly successful show at last year’s IFSEC the International Fire Safety and Security Exhibition; Securefast has announced that they have taken an even larger stand at this year’s exhibition on the 13-16th May at the NEC Birmingham. In addition to showing Securefast’s extensive range of Electronic Security and Fire Products, Mechanical Locking Solutions, Emergency Exit Hardware and the highly specified Tate Colson range, the company will be introducing a host of exciting new products from brand leading manufacturers such as Videx, Stanley Security Systems, Dorcas Electronic Door Releases, alongside the launch of Securefast’s latest Entra Iris Recognition Systems. Entra access control has been designed and manufactured in the UK, Entra is an online access control system which is easy to program and supplied with free software. Securefast are sure that any competent installation engineer will be able to install the equipment without special training. Both new and old customers are cordially invited to visit the Securefast stand A80 in hall 4 to receive information and practical demonstrations of the company’s latest products in Fire, Safety and Security technology. We are also supporting FIREX by having a stand E21 in Hall 3.
Karen Campbell joins Securefast Group - Karen Campbell has joined the Securefast Group as Business Development Manager working closely with the sales team to develop new markets and supply routes for the group. Karen has a wealth of experience in the security market, working in both the installer and wholesale sectors. Karen joins Securefast from ID Fire and Security a specialist provider of integrated electronic fire and security solutions based in Middleton Manchester. Before this Karen was Senior Buyer for Norbain, Europe’s largest security wholesaler for over fourteen years helping them to become a market leader. Karen is looking forward to working with the Securefast team and customers old and new. She can be contacted on 01543 501600 or 07880 438731.
Additional Mechanical Digital locks for Panic Hardware Range - Securefast have added additional Mechanical Digital Locks to operate with the Traditional Style and Touch Bar range of Panic & Emergency Exit Hardware, as an alternative to the key operated Outside Access Devices. The Digital Locks offer keyless entry, have been mechanically tested with the Securefast Panic and Emergency Latches to EN1125 / 179:2008, fire rated for use on fire doors and salt spray tested to 240 hours, enabling them to be used on external doors. All the Digital Locks use the ‘Easy Code Change’ so that the code can be easily changed using a flat screwdriver on the back of the mechanism outside unit. Each of the Mechanical Digital Locks are supplied with an appropriate spindle to connect to the inside panic hardware device, have a non-sequential code and a neoprene seal for the outside unit. The range of digital locks available have a number of features and benefits including options with a Free Passage Mode, a stylist lever handle or knob on the outside unit and either 10, 11 or 13 digital combination buttons. Data sheets for these Mechanical Digital Locks to operate with the traditional and touch bar panic hardware can be found at http://www.securefast.co.uk/#/literature/data-sheets/
M&S Draw winner - Chris Taylor, Director of 3V Architectural Hardware Limited, was the October winner of the M&S draw, which took place on 1st October 2012 and will receive the £25 M&S voucher. The next draw is due January 2013, so ensure we have you email address to be included in the next M&S draw, by simply submitting your name, company name and contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading M&S Draw. Once your details are received you will automatically be entered into the draw and future draws.
Securefast Digital Lock range passes Fire Test - Securefast have tested their range of SBL Mechanical Digital Locks with Warrington Fire and successfully achieved both 30 and 60 minute duration for timber doors. The range of easy-code and conventional tumbler code change locks were tested, including the new SBL330.SL and SBL365 lever handle versions as well as the standard knob operated units. Warrington Fire also gave certification for the digital lock range to be used with our 72mm Mortice Night Latch and Sash Locks from the commercial lock range. The locks are also approved for use on fire doors when used with the Securefast Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware. Securefast now offer the a vast range of options for all situations and environments, which are popular with specifiers due to their reliability, ease of installation, extensive range and next day availability. Now with fire rating, our customers will have the confidence to specify a quality range that can be used in hospital, offices, storage rooms and on any type of timber fire door.
Securefast receive great reviews from Amazon! - Securefast have received good customers reviews from the Amazon website from a wide variety of customers rating 4 or 5 out of a maximum of 5 on the SBL310 Mechanical Digital Lock. Comments have been left on the site such as “Great finish, good hold back, works really well and fits well into the door”. Overall Securefast noticed that the reviews given by members of the public have been helpful to those who are purchasing the SBL310 with positive comments about the quality of the product and also the durability of the digital lock. http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0017TQ15G/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 The SBL310 Mechanical Digital Lock has the Standard Code Change which is compact, self contained and supplied with a 60mm backset deadlocking tubular latch. With many features and benefits such as a single user code of 3 – 7 digits, non-handed, suitable for left or right hand applications and over 5000 non-sequential combinations, is why customers choose Securefast Mechanical Digital Locks. Have a look at our range in our Digital Locks catalogue under the literature section of our website, http://www.securefast.co.uk/#/literature/brochures/
First Abloy UK Distributor - Securefast are the first appointed UK distributor of the Abloy Electric Lock range, due to the experience and knowledge that the company has in dealing with installers, contractors, specifiers and end users of these type of products. Our sales and technical teams have been supplying and dealing with electrical locking products for many years, which have given Abloy UK the confidence that they have a reliable distributor of their product, who can support the product range with technical help and advice. The company already has a number of items in stock such as the popular EL560-65 Solenoid Lock and EL402 Electric Lock to be able offer the first class delivery service that Securefast Tate Colson customers have got used to, with same day dispatch. The added value of being a distributor of the Abloy Electric Locks is that we have the capability to offer you a complete security solution; from initial surveys and fact finding, to assessments, problem solving and planning through to specification for our customers.
Sandra Sumner takes retirement after 24 years - After 24 years of looking after customers of ‘Tate’ fire products from Securefast Plc, and the original company Tate Fire and Security, Sandra Sumner has decided to relax and take a well-earned rest. Sandra will retire on 27th September 2012 after having worked both full-time and part-time over the last few years to spend more time doing leisurely activities which she enjoys such as gardening, cooking and reading as well as general socialising with her friends. Sandra joined Tate Fire & Security in October 1988 when it was previously owned by Lyle and Judith Mallen on a part time basis working 9-1pm five days a week. Sandra’s job role involved inputting customer details on to the new computer data base and later accepted a full-time role as her children started to get older. Over the years, Sandra has seen the company grow and change ownership a number of times, but has always enjoyed her position and the colleagues she has worked with. When Securefast took over in 2005 Sandra saw the business go from strength to strength and progressed to become a sales administrator for our South West region. Having always enjoyed internal telesales and order processing Sandra has built up many good customer relationships over the years, believing that going the extra mile with customers, having a positive attitude and a great sense of humour has helped increase sales and makes Sandra a well-respected and helpful individual in our industry. Colleagues, particular Tony and Debbie who have worked with Sandra for many years will be sad to see her leave as not only has she been a great person to work with but also a very dear friend. All of the Securefast team and many customers wish Sandra all the best for the future in her retirement.
Adam joins Sale & Technical Support Team - Adam Wilkinson has joined Securefast plc to strengthen the tele-sales and technical support team at Southport. Adam brings a wealth of experience having previously worked for Tate Colson and more recently with Progeny and Norward Systems in technical support and as a technical site engineer. Adam will be looking after our Southwest customers, following the retirement of Sandra Sumner at our Cheddar office as well as supporting our technical team. At 31 years of age Adam is qualified in the FIA Design of Fire Alarm Systems Level 1, 2 and 3 and is familiar with many systems distributed by Securefast plc such as FIKE and GLT. Having spent some time with an access control manufacture Adam is in an ideal position to give support and advice on our Entra Access Control System which includes controllers, software packages, IRIS and Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Card Readers and Keypads.
Securefast Hits YouTube with Panic Hardware - Securefast has decided to become involved with social media and joined YouTube by showing the first of many videos which can be viewed on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SecurefastPLC The videos show how simple it is to change the handing of Securefast Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware. The range can be ordered handed or changed on site when the product is being fitted. YouTube has become the second largest search engine and Securefast can see a number of benefits available for our customers and clients 24/7. We recognise that people would much rather watch something than read about it, especially on-line. Not only does YouTube allow access for general members of the public it will also be helpful to specific members of our market such as contractors and installers on site through smartphones or any other device or architects and our customers from their premises when our offices are closed. When using YouTube, Securefast has the ability to broadcast to an audience of millions worldwide. More videos will become available to market new and existing products allowing customers easier means of improving their knowledge of our ranges. Viewers may look at sharing the video or saving it to an area which can be viewed later, as Securefast have made sure that the video is able to access through the link of the video such as www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O6HT9QqbPk
3-Point Panic Bolt added to range - The Securefast traditional style range of Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware has been increased at the request of customers to include the new SED912 3-Point Panic Bolt, offering increased security by adding a centre latch bolt to the top and bottom shoot bolts. The new Panic Bolt is ideal for single door applications, has been certified to EN1125:2008, CE Marked for safety and fire rated for use on timber and steel doors. The SED912 has been salt spray tested to 240 hours, making it ideal for humid environments and can be operated from the outside by the Securefast Outside Access Devices either by Lever (SED990) or Knob (SED900). The traditional square shoot bolts also allow ± 5mm of adjustment, if the door moves over time or if the bolts have not been cut to the correct length when installing. The universal latch keep can also be morticed into the frame or surface mounted, thus reducing the fitting time, making the product idea for steel door frames. To complement the product, packers are available to off-set the 3-Point Panic Bolt off the door when using steel frames to prevent the bolts from interfering with the inside section. The new modern style panic bolt is easy to fit and is universal for left and right hand doors. The changing of the handing can be seen on: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O6HT9QqbPk&feature=context-cha
Lucinda strengthens the marketing team - Lucinda Goodman has joined Securefast plc as an apprentice in sales and marketing to develop the social networking routes to market, the e-news which is sent out quarterly, additional literature for the company and to continue the development of our website. Having always had an interest in sales and marketing, research and development, Lucinda is looking forward to working with the team at Securefast plc and being able to contribute to the development of the business using new social media networking. Lucinda’s knowledge in sales and marketing has come from one year at Walsall College studying a Diploma in Business & Management and gaining a distinction then spending two years at Cannock College studying a National Diploma in Business & Finance and also achieving two distinctions. Wolverhampton College are working with Securefast to help guide Lucinda through her City & Guilds NVQ Certificate in Marketing, before going on the further advanced courses. Part of the studying will include researching new markets and products, organising events, gathering data, analysing information and working out a marketing plan. Like most young people of Lucinda’s generation social networking is an everyday way of life which is why the company is keen to develop this area and as a person who enjoys going out and meeting people both existing and new friends, Lucinda will find it natural as a means of communicating using this media. In 5 years’ time Lucinda sees herself working for Securefast in a leading full time position in Sales and Marketing, having completed all her qualifications and with a better knowledge of the industry.
New 800 lbs Electro-Magnets from Deedlock - The brand leading range of Deedlock Electro-Magnetic Locks has been further enhanced with the introduction of the new Midi range which delivers over 800 lbs holding force with monitored or unmonitored options. The single electro-magnets are dual voltage with 12 or 24v selectable on site. To complement the magnetic locks an L Bracket for outward opening doors and Z & L Brackets for inward opening doors are also available. Like all the Deedlock range of face to face magnets, safety bolts are fitted to prevent the magnet from being detached from the bracket when it is in the locked position. The magnets are CE marked, low maintenance with no moving parts and simple and quick to install.
New Digital Locks - Securefast are one of the largest suppliers of Mechanical Digital Locks in the UK have now extended the range to include a number of new options. The ‘Easy Code’ range offers the contractor, joiner or end user the facility to change the combination easily by pushing and rotating the buttons on the back of the outside unit to activate or deactivate a digital. We have now introduced the ‘Easy Code Plus’ which is an advanced development in the mechanism preventing the professional villain from feeling which buttons are active. The easy code plus feature has been launched on the new SBL330.SL Digital Lock with Lever and SBL330.S Digital Lock with Knob. The units are 41mm wide and 142mm high offering a compact unit with eleven code buttons and over 2000 different non-sequential codes. The new SBL380.S offers an Easy Code Digital Mechanical Lock on both sides of the door, so that restricted access from one area to another is available. The combinations on each unit can be set the same or with different codes, depending on the clients requirements. With thirteen code buttons each unit can offer over 5700 different non-sequential codes. The units are robust and offer a convenient means of providing security for low to medium traffic areas such as partition doors and doors between buildings. The SBL340.S is the new Mechanical Digital Lock with a Rim Deadbolt on the inside with a 20mm bolt throw. The Digital Lock is ideally used in situations where the door will be unlocked during the day and left open for free passage. The deadbolt can be thrown from the inside or outside and therefore can also be used in low to medium traffic areas such as workshops, storage, plant and offices. Finally Securefast can now offer the SBL365 range of Mechanical Digital Locks to function with either a heavy duty tubular latch, sash lock or mortice night latch. The design has a lever handle on both sides and is ideal for areas requiring a more robust lock mechanism. The sash lock option offers additional security via a deadbolt with is thrown and withdrawn by a euro profile cylinder. The mortice lock versions are ideal for steel or timber doors.
Securefast Invest in Training - To further increase the knowledge of employees at Securefast plc, Kevin O’Reilly, Operations Director and Keith Clare-Brown, Tate Solutions Sales Director have both attended the latest FIA Fire Design Level 1 Course, which provides a competent level of knowledge in basic fire system design of buildings. In order to work within the specialised field of fire detection design, the course provided immeasurable insight into understanding the standards and principles behind fire detection equipment. A number of employees in the technical department at Southport have already completed this course, which has already had a significant impact in enabling the company to provide invaluable support and advice to our valued customers. The course provided an understanding of the basic principles of BS 5839-1, which helps staff to speak with authority on all issues arising in this technical field of the industry. Whether dealing with clients’ questions or when providing details of the equipment that our business provides the course proved to be invaluable. Securefast strongly believe that in order to present a professional service you need professional people who clearly understand the British Standard and who are proficiently able to recommend the equipment supplied, fitting requirements and maintenance. The FIA course provides a positive route in helping to developing the necessary professional knowledge and understanding.
Keith Clare-Brown joins Securefast Group - Keith Clare-Brown has joined the Securefast Group as Sales Director for Tate Solutions. A new company in the organisation, offering comprehensive installation and commission service to our Architectural Ironmongery and Electrical Wholesaler customers, designed to provide the very latest technology in electrical control systems, including automatic doors, personnel and vehicle access, ventilation control, fire alarm and access control systems. Keith has a wealth of experience dealing with sub-contractors, architects and clients in the UK, and will act as Project Manager to ensure the smooth running of projects from the start to the finish, ensuring that correct products are chosen to suit the client’s requirements. Having spent 23 years in the Royal Horse Artillery and being promoted through the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), Keith left the army in 1993 to become Assistant Business Development Manager for Relcross, selling stainless steel washroom equipment and security products imported from the USA. In 2000 Keith joined Control For Doors Ltd as UK Sales Manager, selling high quality security solutions and automatic door equipment and later moved to Saturn Architectural. Keith is qualified as a DipGAI, a member of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers and can be contacted on 0782 544 9334.
Securefast attend 2012 GAI Conference - Operations Director, Kevin O’Reilly and Sales Office Manager Kellie Sandys represented Securefast plc at the GAI’s AGM and Conference. The conference took place at the Forest of Arden Hotel in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and consisted of a hectic programme of business and leisure activities as well as the formal proceedings of the AGM. With many AI’s and manufacturers attending it created the ideal opportunity to networking with other members of the industry. The GAI's AGM formed the first part of proceedings. Phil Newson of Allgood was re-elected for a second year as President with John Jefferies of Laidlaw Interiors Group as Vice President and David Stacey of Dorma UK as Treasurer. Reports were given at the AGM by the President Phil Newson, Technical Committee Chairman Paul Duggan, Shafiq Sharif, Chair of the Marketing Committee, Andy Fitzgerald, Chair of the Education Committee and the IAI National Chairman Andy Matthews. After the business of the AGM, Simon Storer, Communications and External Affairs Director at the Construction Products Association (CPA) outlined the role of his organisation and the ways in which GAI members can access its wealth of economic and political information and resources. The second speaker was Paul Wilkinson a social media specialist who urged the GAI delegates to get up to date with social media channels and how we should use them to promote and build businesses. After the AGM the social networking took place with activities including Laser Shooting, a game of jenga and cocktail making. The Securefast team did well in a number of activities, but it was Kevin in the cocktail event who took the first prize for accurately being able to measure a set amount, by pouring a liquid straight from the bottle into a container. The evening entertainment we also good fun with a black tie dress code and casino tables. The photographs show Securefast taking part in the event and are the property of the GAI.
Securefast announces IFSEC prize winner - Securefast, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of Fire, Safety and Security Access Controls showcased a number of new and innovative products at the IFSEC International exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham during 14th to the 17th May 2012. IFSEC is now well established as a global event, bringing together the entire international security supply chain together under one roof, with over 700 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors from over 100 countries. Visitors to Securefast’s 21sq m stand in Hall 4, stand A140, were able to view the wide range of exciting new products, including the latest ENTRA Access Control System, the stylish Net 2 Paxlock Wireless Access Control and the launch of Tate Solutions, a comprehensive commissioning service designed to provide the very latest technology in electronic control systems, including personnel and vehicle access, ventilation controls, automatic doors, fire and smoke alarm systems. Also on display is the company’s recently launched Deedlock Biometric Readers including Iris and Facial Recognition, the highly acclaimed APX 16 Waterproof Keypad displayed in a tank of water and new fire detection systems. Visitors to the stand could enter the promotional Tool Kit draw, which was been donated by Stanley, simply by leaving a business card or sending their email address, name and name of company to email@example.com, which also entered them in the M&S Draw. The Stanley Tool Kit comprised over forty items including the tool box and a Black and Decker cordless drill and was won by David George of MAS-UK, based at Birkenhead, who visited the stand on the Tuesday of the exhibition.
Securefast launch Entra Access Control System - Designed and manufactured in the UK, Entra is an online access control system which is easy to program and supplied with free software. The software will work with Windows 7, Vista, XP (Business) or server 2003, and Incorporates SQL server database with scheduled automatic backup and archiving. The controller has an Ethernet interface and can be assigned an IP address so that the server PC can communicate directly over the LAN /WAN. This means doors in remote locations can be incorporated into the system. Any competent installation engineer will be able to install the equipment without special training and to make it easy by pressing the *# buttons on the keypad within the controller a light will activate to help in roof areas or where there is limited light. The wiring has been greatly simplified reducing the number of both cores and cables. The Hi Spec Readers also mount onto standard UK single gang back boxes, making first fix possible. There are a number of reader options including the exclusively designed Hi Spec reader with blue back light changing to green when the door is released. The stainless steel front panels make them ideal for both internal and external use. When combining the system with door entry we offer a panel mounted reader for proximity cards. If your costs are restricted or you wish to combine the installation with Mifare products the AEN1001/2 readers is the perfect choice offering high impact ABS plastic construction with designer indication lights
Tate Solutions - Tate Solutions, started in April 2012, as part of Securefast plc, offering a comprehensive installation and commission service, designed to provide the very latest technology in electric control systems, including automatic doors, personnel and vehicle access, ventilation controls, fire alarm systems and access control. From the initial client design brief right through to product specification, Tate Solutions will work with a number of specialist to create a professional installation. Our personnel will be on hand at all stages, working closely in partnership with our highly experienced team of qualified engineers to deliver a fully commissioned control system that fulfils the client’s exact requirements. The range of services provided by Tate Solutions offers architects and specifiers involved in the development of schools, colleges, hospitals and all public sector buildings, the opportunity to design and if necessary customise their specifications to suite the individual access, fire and safety requirements unique to each facility. Contact our office to see how we can help you. Tel no. 01543 501600
First M&S Draw winner - Paul Williams, Sales Manager for Robust UK was the first winner of the M&S draw, which took place after 31st March 2012. Paul received the £25 M&S voucher and was both surprised and delighted to receive them by simply opening the Securefast e-news which is sent out quarterly. The next draw is due at the end of June 2012, so ensure we have you email address to be included in the next M&S draw, by simply submitting your name, company name and contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading M&S Draw. Once your details are received you will automatically be entered into the draw and future draws.
E & S Awards - Business Award Finalists Securefast have announced that the company has been short listed for two categories in the prestigious 2012 Business Excellence Awards, Small Business of the Year and Best Place to Work. Main sponsors of annual awards event, the Express and Star are the UK’s largest circulation regional newspaper and have established a national reputation for promoting the most progressive and innovative companies in industry and commerce. On hearing the news Securefast Operations Director Kevin O’Reilly commented, “This is the first time we have considered applying for these awards, so having decided to enter for two out of the eight categories available we are really excited to discover that we are in the finals for both of our nominated awards”. The awards presentations will be announced at a glittering evening and dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse on the 22nd of March, with the winners of each category receiving a Business Excellence Award trophy and the immeasurable press publicity that accompanies such an accolade. Read the article on the link below http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=eb583970-50d5-4446-8c07-2083646ebbf8&pnum=8
Josh on way to recovery - Back in October 2011 Kevin O'Reilly, colleagues at Securefast and associated friends in the industry raised £1500 towards the cost of Joshua Dudley’s rehabilitation following a horrific car accident earlier last year, which left nine-year old Joshua with life-threatening injuries. Following the accident, Joshua was air lifted to Birmingham’s Children Hospital where he was stabilised on a life support machine. Joshua’s fight for life hung in the balance for eight days and he remained in a coma for the following seventy-three days. Following his transfer to the Rehabilitation Centre for paediatric acquired brain injuries ‘The Children’s Trust’ based in Tadworth, Surrey, Josh needed financial support to continue his treatment as the local Primary Care Trust, near where he lives in Walsall, threatened to withdraw funding. Many family, friends and people who heard about Josh’s fate railed around to raise money to pay for his treatment. With the continued treatment and dedicated staff at Tadworth, Josh is now back at home, walking unaided and looking forward to starting back to school. Josh will initially attend a special school for his needs, but is hoping to be back with his friends at his local school very soon.
New Fike TWINFLEXpro two wire panel - Now with LPCB Approval This versatile fire panel incorporates Fike’s Multipoint detection system using smoke and heat detectors with built-in sounder, allowing the whole system to be installed using only one pair of wires per zone. The new panel offers four line twenty character LCD display with 2, 4 or 8 zone options. Event log storing up to 500 events and three enhanced test modes with up to thirty two devices per zone come as standard in addition to seven modes of detection.
Director gains another Dan Grade - Kevin O Reilly the Operations Director at Securefast, was taken seriously ill last year when he was rushed into hospital with internal bleeding and diagnosed Ulcers as a result from Barrett's Oesophagus, but as a competitive person, who for over 40 years has been involved in the sport of Judo, decided that he would not sit on his Loral’s but set himself a target to train and gain his 4th Dan, within 12 months of him being taken ill. Kevin successfully achieved this in February, following him also becoming the British Kata Silver medallist with his assistant Coach, last November in Kendal. At 51 years of age, Kevin has always kept himself relatively fit but finds little time to train due to his commitment to coaching at Wolverhampton Judo Club, where he has been a member since 1972 and been a Senior Coach and Director of the Club for almost 20 years. Kevin coaches twice a week to both children and adults from 5 to 60 years old, both male and female and also to a number of students that have mental or physical disabilities. Kevin has had students that have limited sight and even total blind.
New Easy Code Plus Digital Lock with Lever or Knob - The Easy Code Plus range of mechanical digital coded locks includes a mechanism unit which is superior to the conventional systems as the code is easily changed by rotating a pin on the back of the unit and the mechanism also has an enhanced security system that prevents the code from being detected by professional villains and is available with knob or lever handle. Easy Code Mechanical Digital Lock are designed to offer a simple and convenient means of providing security for low to medium traffic areas such as storerooms, workshops, plant rooms and offices and is supplied complete with a 60mm backset deadlocking tubular latch. The Easy Code change range of mechanical digital coded locks eliminates the need to move detainers around in the mechanism to change the code, by simply pushing in and rotating the dials for the digits on the reverse side of the outside unit using a flat screwdriver. The indicator dot on the appropriate dial next to the digit indicates the set code. The digit’s on the front of the outside unit consist of a cancel button and eleven digits from which to choose a code from 1 to 11. The SBL330.S and the SBL330.SL offers over 2,000 different non-sequential codes. The SBL330.S has a large turn knob on the inside unit for easy egress and houses a hold back snib for the tubular latch. The SBL330.SL has a lever handle both sides with no hold back feature. For more information contact our sales office.
New Deedlock Biometric Reader - The AMULT1700 Deedlock Biometric Reader is a new generation multiple biometric identification reader with standard integrating Face and Fingerprint recognition mode but with the option for PIN recognition and / or RFID mode, to facial identification algorithm. It captures the relative position, size, and shape of user’s eyes, nose, cheekbones, and jaw features, these feature templates are used to matching feature data, when users verify on the device. It distils captured features into value and compares with templates to eliminate variance. The Deedlock AMULT1700 may hold up to 400 faces without dividing groups, its default identification mode is Fingerprint & Face, additionally, as it is a kind of professional access control facial device, it may work with the third party such as electric lock, alarm, door belling, sensor and so on, in order to improve security for human life and enterprise information. The elegant ergonomic design has a 3” inch TFT touch screen and the ability to have 50 time zones, 99 groups and 10 unlock combinations, anti-pass back and dismantle function. The Infra-red optical system enables user-identification in poorly lit environments of an internal area of a building.
New APX-16 Waterproof IP68 Rated Keypad - The APX-16 is a new generation multiple input keypad offering a standard 4-8 digit pin code with the option to include a proximity reader for up to 1200 users with the AXP-16/PROX. The range supports pin only, card only or a combination of pin and card operation with two relay out-puts, lock and alarm. The keypad accepts a 125KHZ EM proximity card and uses two zones. Zone 1 offers up to 1100 Pin & Card holders and zone 2 allows up to 100 Pin & Card holders. The APX-16 design has a lock output of up to 2 amps and an alarm output of 20 amps, both relays are normally open and closed settable. The keypads accept both 12-24v ac and dc power inputs. The unit is IP68 rated which means it can be installed in the most extreme of environments as the wiring has total protection against the ingress of dust and the unit is protected against long periods of immersion under pressure. The strong Zinc Alloy Electroplated case also offers a reasonable amount of protection against vandalism. The keys are back lit for easy visibility in low lit areas such as porches, under canopies and in areas with little or no street lighting. The slim line keypad is just 58mm wide enabling it to be fitted to most architraves and comes with a two year warranty. Options APX-16 Keypad only APX-16/PROX Keypad and proximity with 10 proximity cards
Industry rallies to the Joshua Appeal - As a result of a horrific car accident earlier this year, nine-year old Joshua Dudley sustained life-threatening injuries and was assumed dead at the scene of the crash. However, thanks to the rapid response of the paramedics and the air ambulance, Joshua was air lifted to Birmingham’s Children Hospital where he was stabilised on a life support machine. Joshua’s fight for life hung in the balance for eight days and he remained in a coma for the following seventy-three days. Waking from his coma Joshua was diagnosed with multiple and severe mental and physical disabilities. His lifeline to regaining a normal life came from the UK’s leading rehabilitation centre for paediatric acquired brain injuries ‘The Children’s Trust’ based in Tadworth, Surrey. Here he was assessed and approved for funding, albeit that the consultants warned of the likelihood of little or no progress in the first year of treatment. Despite this Joshua has defied all odds and is making phenomenal progress on his road back to the life of an active and independent boy. Despite the positive progress at Tadworth, Joshua still needs a further three months specialist treatment to regain many of his basic functions; unfortunately the family’s local Primary Care Trust in Walsall, West Midlands has withdrawn the possibility of any further funding, denying Joshua the chance of regaining a relatively normal life. When the plight of a critically injured boy, whose rehabilitation had been threatened by a lack of local NHS funding, reached the ears of Kevin O’Reilly, Operations Director at Securefast plc, he immediately pledged support in helping to raise the much needed money to continue the treatment. Kevin, who at the age of seven had himself been involved in a road accident, spearheaded the campaign to raise donations from friends and business colleagues in the architectural hardware industry. As Kevin commented “Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of friends at Wolverhampton Judo Club, colleagues at Securefast and local companies such as Aspray 24, Gary Whitehouse Agency, Cooke Brothers, J. Banks, Exova, Strand Hardware, Butler Patternmakers, Stag Marketing and Russell James Design we are delighted to be in a position to send an initial cheque for £1500 to the Joshua Dudley Appeal, with other companies sending cheques direct to the appeal. We were pleased to play a small part in helping Joshua and we send him our sincere best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery”. Joshua is seen collecting the cheque with his father John, from Kevin at Wolverhampton Judo Club during the club annual competition for the younger members. Joshua also received a Gold medal as a winner, for his bravery and effort in his fight for life.
Securefast plc Join FIA - Securefast plc have joined the Fire Industry Association, or the FIA as it is more commonly known, which is a not-for-profit trade association with the aim of promoting the professional status of the UK fire safety industry. The FIA was formed from the merger between two longstanding and well-respected trade associations, FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trade Association) and BFPSA (British Fire Protection Systems Association). The two associations had long shared a common interest in the promotion of the professional status of the UK fire industry and Securefast feel that by joining the trade association will help promote and strengthen the companies’ position in the market for fire products. Being part of the FIA will enable the company to be involved with an association that promote professional standards in the fire industry through close liaison and lobbying with Government and official bodies as well as other key organisations in the industry. Securefast will benefit from the technical knowledge and advice given by the FIA regarding fire safety in the UK. It is envisaged that employees will also benefit from the training courses to members given on all the latest technical and legislative topics to affect those working with fire safety. Securefast believe that Trade associations have a crucial role to play in promoting best practice, helping companies become more competitive and formulating effective public policy and delivery. The trade associations have tremendous potential to act as a co-ordinated voice of business when talking to Government, and great value in terms of quickly disseminating messages about Government policy to members.
NVQ for Warehouse Staff - Securefast recognise the importance of training staff and ensuring that they are confident in their roles within the business. The company decided to consider the popular NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) as they are carried out during the working hours with little disruption to the working day and because they demonstrate an individual's true skill. Three members of staff from the Warehouse at Securefast, Paul Bird, Darren Hopkins and Paul Goodwin have completed an EAL Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Warehousing and Storage. They have been involved with the City of Wolverhampton College for 3 months completing a number of tasks to show their competence. New processes were introduced in the warehouse area back in January 2011, which the staff have taken on board and have worked to, the NVQ scheme also allowed them to consider factors which sometimes are taken for granted, such as safe working practices, health and safety issues and considered methods to improve efficiency within the warehouse. The NVQ tested their knowledge and skills from receiving orders in the warehouse, pick and packaging the goods to completing the process of dispatching to the customers. They also showed their awareness of using safety equipment and protection in carrying out their roles such as safe handling and storage of goods plus demonstrating the safety checks on Fork Lift trucks and other equipment. The three members of staff are shown with their certificates, following a presentation by the Managing Director, Duncan Crawley.
Securefast Customer Quality Report - Results from a recently commissioned independent customer quality survey confirm Securefast plc as one of the industries best performers in terms of customer service and satisfaction, by Stag Marketing, Sales & Marketing Consultants With such a diverse portfolio of products encompassing Fire, Safety and Security, distributed to customers across a range of industry sectors, the Securefast group of companies has developed an enviable reputation for high quality products and a first class customer service. Not a business to rest on its laurels, in 2010 the Securefast directors commissioned the first in a series of independent customer and supplier surveys designed to form an integral part in the group’s commitment to deliver a continuous programme of quality assessments in order to meet and hopefully exceed customer expectations for both service and satisfaction. The initial survey was carried out in June 2010 by independent sales and marketing consultants Stag Marketing. The brief was to conduct an in depth, on-line, quality survey based on a randomly selected choice of companies, across a broad spectrum of current accounts, ranging from small businesses through to the medium and larger clients, obtained from either the Securefast, Tate or Colson databases. The questions posed were designed to clearly reveal the relevant strengths and weaknesses in all key aspects of the company’s operations. Specific areas included, head office and overall customer services, product range and pricing, tele-sales services, technical advice and support, delivery performance and web site feedback. With an excellent customer response level of 90%, the consultants have confirmed that, in their opinion, they consider that the survey findings can reliably viewed as both a viable and accurate measure of the company’s performance. Key extracts of the consultants report indicate that the Securefast group as a whole scored highly, particularly for the company’s exceptional level of customer care and willingness to meet customer needs wherever possible. Questions relating to the group’s range of product and prices received a generally favourable response with both the overall quality of its products and the competitive pricing structure across all product groups. Typical quotes of ‘competitive’ and ‘good value for money products’ being terms noted from a number of respondents. Sharing equally high billing in the survey was the reply to questions based on the level of service received when customers had needed to contact either the head office or the tele-sales operations. The overwhelming response was both positive and complementary, with overall scores ranging from very good to excellent. The survey response also indicated that one of the key indicators to the success of the company’s front line customer services is the team’s genuine rapport with customers and in-depth product knowledge. With a company at the forefront in new technological advances in fire, safety and security products, the group’s technical services also came under the spotlight in the survey. It should be noted however that in general terms the survey threw up very few quality issues that required any specific technical assistance. Of the small number of respondents who reported contacting the company for additional product information or requiring technical support, the survey concluded that help and assistance was readily available from either the sales representatives or where necessary, the technical department. At the point in time of the survey there where no outstanding technical issues or negative comments of a technical nature thrown up by the report. From a customer’s prospective, it is a well-known fact that the reputation of many companies will stand or fall by the efficiency of their delivery service. In the case of Securefast, the majority of the customer’s surveyed reported overall satisfaction with the company’s delivery service, with deliveries correct and on time. There were only two reports where incorrect goods had been delivered, however in each case the respondents qualified their comments by stating that these where isolated occurrences. The survey concluded with a customer appraisal of the group web site. Whilst a surprising number of customers reported that they still preferred hard copy literature, the majority of customers confirmed that they mainly used the Securefast web site to download technical data and for specific product searches. The survey also revealed that in view of the growing complexity related to many new projects, customers now require far greater technical information and detailed product applications, which is soon to be available on the company website.
Tate Colson become the first wholesaler of Kilsen Fire Panel and Detectors - Tate has recently introduced the Kilsen Fire Detection System to their range of fire products. Easy to install and set-up, the panel enables up to 256 conventional detector points on two or four zone panels. Tate is also pleased to offer four detectors, including Rate of Rise, Fixed and High Fixed Temperature and an Optical Smoke. The range features an attractive contemporary design that fits with any decor. The gentle curved door front offers a distinctive flair with the controls inset into a striking light grey lexan.
Tate Colson add Ditec Swing Door Operators to range of door controls - The Ditec Swing Door Operator is an ideal device for pedestrian use swing doors as they can be used to open or help to open the door automatically, pause and then close the door. The FDI-SPRINT is ideal for domestic and residential use and is provided with a back up battery located inside the automation with an easily accessible ON/OFF button. With Low Energy and Push and Go modes, the Low Energy function enables low-speed and low-energy opening and closing, which is essential when the door has to be used by physically impaired people. The Push and Go function is also standard which enables automatic opening by means of an initial manual push. The FDI-SPRINT has a standard impact-free system that adds to the automation’s safety, because it allows functioning even in the event of power failure. These and other distinctive characteristics make the FDI-SPRINT one of the world’s leading automations for swing doors in the residential sector. The Low Energy operators are suitable to aid access to disabled users in small businesses, apartments, bathrooms areas.
Securefast now stock the Taylor AT3558 Electric Lock - Securefast Tate Colson has become the major distributor for the Taylor Electric Lock AT3558. The manufacturer was looking for a major distributor in the UK who they can also work with to develop additional products to expand the range. The Taylor Lock has been available for a number of years, but has lacked marketing and support, which is why Securefast was chosen because of our strong connections and customer support that we offer. The innovative Taylor Lock design provides Automatic Deadlocking and offers minimal resistance to door closing with Electrical Deadlock release. The bolt can be released either by a lever handle on the inside to use as a Night Latch or Escape Lock or by a cylinder key or turn. The lock case is non-handed, has a 58mm backset and uses a 25mm wide forend. The lock case uses an operating voltage of 12 or 24v dc with a maximum current of 350mA and supplied as fail-locked, but easily changeable to a fail-safe mode. The lock meets the modern needs and demands of a harsh environment, high volume traffic, perimeter protection, security, access control and building management. It is also well suited to gates as well as doors, due to many of the components being manufactured from Stainless Steel, including the case and forend. The Taylor Lock is very competitively priced against many electrical locks on the market.
Securefast Tate Colson Exhibit at Firex 2011 - Securefast Tate Colson exhibited at the Firex exhibition, NEC Birmingham 16th - 19th May 2011 and displayed their new cost effective Facial Recognition System for automatically identifying or verifying a person from a digital image, with the additional security of fingerprint recognition. The biometric reader raised a lot of interest due to the compact appearance, cost effective price and ease of programming. Also shown on the stand were the Fike and GE Fire Two-Wire Conventional Fire Systems, both leading brands available from Tate Colson. Displayed on the stand were a selection of the Securefast Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware, both traditional and touch bar styles, both fire tested and certified to the latest European Standards. The stylish touch bar was worth displaying, as passing visitors observed the range, stopped and asked about the options available and requested information. The traditional range was also displayed on the Fireco stand as they are now launching the range and supporting it with a new catalogue. Securefast Tate Colson supported the Fike Village in Hall 3, as we are a major supplier in the UK of Fike fire products. The Fike Village was a brand new feature developed to provide a relaxed and informal ‘village’ for customers to meet and to entertain key specifiers and end users. The exhibition was well attended and Securefast Tate Colson benefited from promoting their fire range products. New potential and existing customers visited the Securefast stand and new products were found at the exhibition which could be added to our portfolio, all under one roof, which made the exhibition worth supporting.
New Panic & Access Control Catalogues - New catalogues are now available for the Securefast Panic & Emergency Exit Hardware and Tate Colson Access Control. The exit hardware catalogue includes the new Touch Bar and Electrical Push Bar devices to compliment the traditional style Push Bar and Push Pad units. The ranges are proving to be very successful due to the number of benefits that are offered, including the products being tested for use on fire doors, completed 240 salt spray hours as well as a number accessories for the hardware to be used on steel doors. The new Access Control catalogue has been updated to include leading brands such as ACT, Paxton, BSB and PAC. New products include the wireless exit button and receiver, keypads, solenoid bolts electric releases and the Colson wireless RS485 connection kit. To update your Securefast Tate Colson binder contact our sales office on 01704 502 801 for a copy or download the pdf in our literature section.
Securefast Exhibit at DHF Conference - Securefast plc supported the DHF (Doors and Hardware Federation) Conference at Telford International Centre on 30th September 2010. The conference was well attended by representatives of manufacturers, installers and service companies within the DHF. Securefast exhibited a selection of their products including access control, panic hardware and their new lock range, which was of great interest to many of its members. With seventeen companies exhibiting, abroad spectrum of products were on display, and more importantly, it was an ideal environment for suppliers and customers to share ideas and information. Securefast plc are active within the DHF with representatives on all major hardware groups, to ensure they are in a position to advise customers on the latest information and changes to standards that may affect them.
Securefast Best Buys Booklet out now - The autumn addition of the Securefast Best Buys Booklet is out now offering special prices on a wide range of products from their mechanical range of lock and exit devices, to Fire and Security products from Tate and Colson. Products covered include the new access control Easy Kits, which come complete with a reader or keypad, electric release and power supply. Prices for a complete kit start as low as £101.20, excluding VAT. Also offered are a wide range of video door entry kits including the Deedlock ADV52 video door entry kit for only £61.95. For your copy please call the sales department on 01704 502801.
Colson Launch new outdoor keypad - Colson have recently introduced their new external standalone keypad. The unit operates on both 12v ac or dc and offers 250 user codes with easy programming to controlling electronic magnets or electric releases. With a polished steel surround and clear heavy duty buttons, the unit is excellent value for money.
Security Door Chain to the rescue - In an emergency situation the unique Security Door Chain with External Release provides the perfect solution when the need arises to gain immediate access to a property. Disengaging the chain is achieved by means of a key release via an externally fitted standard rim cylinder. In normal use the stylish and easy to install Security Door Chain operates like any conventional security door chain. Once fitted to the inside of the door the unit features a simple to use push button mechanism, which either secures or disengages the strong 100mm steel chain. The internal units locking mechanism is linked through the door to a standard external rim cylinder. When standing outside the door, a simple rotation of the key in the rim cylinder will release the internal door chain and allow access. The Security Door Chain is designed to provide the same levels of security as a conventional door chain, with the additional benefit of an emergency override if required. Where the door is also fitted with a night latch, the cylinders can be keyed alike, allowing for a single dedicated key to operate both devices.
Support for Aspray24 Charity Quiz Night - In celebration of 30 years in business Aspray24 have decided this year to raise £30,000 for charity throughout 2013 with a number of events. The charities being supported are Macmillan Cancer Support, Help the Heroes and the Association of Air Ambulances. On Saturday 11th May 2013 Securefast entered a team in the Charity Quiz Night held at Goodyear Pavilion Club, which included Kevin Farrell, the Purchasing Manager, Gary Whitehouse, the Midland Sales Agent and Kevin O’Reilly, the Operations Director. The event was well supported with over twenty teams competing for the top prize. The Securefast team started the evening reasonably well and gained strength as the event went on to finish second. The evening raised over £900 towards the £30,000 target for the year.