STRAND HARDWARE LTD
PREMIER BUSINESS PARK
WEST MIDLANDS WS2 9DY
Tel: 01922 639111
Fax: 01922 626025
Suppliers of: panic bolts emergency exit hardware door seals window openers fire door hardware panic exit bolt panic bolts finger protection window openers
Strand Hardware Ltd supplies high quality window and door hardware for commercial buildings.
Strand Hardware are sole UK distributors for some of the top European manufacturers such as Athmer automatic door seals, door finger protection and Anti-panic emergency and panic exit devices. Strand Hardware also offers a range of its own locally manufactured window and door hardware.
Products are sold primarily through leading industry wholesalers and architectural ironmongers to whom Strand offers first class customer service and technical support from experienced industry professionals.
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Our experienced team can assist in designing appropriate access control and hardware specifications for your building.
Strand Hardware Products:
The Strand Anti-panic range of emergency exit hardware is the result of European co-operation. This has produced the ultimate range of escape devices combining ease of operation, simplicity of fixing and aesthetic appearance.
- Panic hardware (with full width crossarm) is tested and certified to BS EN 1125: 2008
- Emergency exit hardware (with push pad) is tested and certified to BS EN 179: 2008
- The whole range is CE marked in line with the latest European directives
- Surface mounted and supplied with necessary fixings for the type of door specified. Suitable for timber, metal and PVC-U doors
- Slimline design to suit narrow stiles on doors up to 2585mm high and 1050mm wide (unless otherwise stated)
- Extra long crossarms and vertical rod extension kits available for larger doors.
- ISO 9001 registered and have been since 1997
The Strand range of window and door hardware includes a vast selection of folding window openers which provide solutions to nearly every application, Strand window openers are suitable for Timber, Aluminium, PVC-U and Steel framed windows. Our Window and Door hardware range includes friction stays, finger protection, door selectors, door holders, door seals, electric strikes and alarms for doors.
Strand Hardware ltd are market leaders in the supply of finger protection for internal and external use, Our FP200 and FP400 have recently gained Class 2 in the new standard BS8613: 2017 – Finger protection for pedestrian doors.
Strand finger protection range covers the use on single and double action doors including automatic doors (EN16005) glass doors, external doors and some of the range is suitable for 60min fire doors all can be retrofitted and come in different colours and fabric finishes.
Strand Window Controls are a range of manual and electrically operated systems to provide natural ventilation or automated smoke control to a wide range of window styles in timber, steel, aluminium or PVCu. The window control systems are beneficial for hard to reach windows, they are very easy to operate manually by simply winding a handle or electronically by a push of a button. They can also be used in conjunction with smoke, fire, wind or rain sensors to enable windows to open or close automatically.
Glass Central is a range of patch fittings and door rails for toughened glass doors. Strand Hardware hold exclusive distribution rights for UK and Ireland for the Preference range. Preference have been designing and manufacturing high quality fittings for over 25 years and constantly innovate to ensure that their range has the design edge over their competitors.
We stock most items in our warehouse in the West Midlands and offer a rail manufacturing service to ensure that door rails are made to your specification and delivered in a matter of days. For more information and up to date news visit our social media:
We offer a range of well-designed products for use in new buildings, refurbishments or conversions, Drawings and illustrations of all our products are available via our website and can also be downloaded for ease of use.
We can provide you with advice and guidance on the right products from our extensive range and we also offer free expert telephone advice to assist with more detailed technical enquiries. Call our experts on 01922 639111.
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Strand Hardware - Barring All Eventualities
There are a variety of manual and electrical options available for escape door hardware but as with all products, its essential to consider the end user and the environment in which devices are to be placed. The primary purpose of any door on an escape route is for it be readily openable, and the type of premises and its level of occupancy will define whether what type of panic or emergency exit hardware to use.
The Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors, published by the Door Hardware Federation (DHF) and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery (GAI) defines the two:
Panic exit devices to BS EN 1125: These devices are intended primarily for buildings where the public is likely to be present and a panic situation could arise if the building must be evacuated quickly. For this reason, the devices are designed to operate by body pressure alone and require no knowledge of their operation to enable safe and effective evacuation of a building.
Emergency exit devices to BS EN 179: These devices are intended for escape from buildings where the public is unlikely to be present, and where the staff have been trained in emergency procedures and in the use of the specific emergency exit devices fitted. For this reason, panic situations are considered unlikely, and these devices are therefore permitted to have higher operating forces and do not need to release by body pressure alone.
In most cases a mechanical panic device will be the first choice. However, it’s worth considering if the door is to be used for other access requirements and whether users might have accessibility issues. For example, in a hospital or care home, motorised touch bars could provide additional functionality and ease-of-use.
Safety and security will also be a factor. All panic and emergency exit devices provide a level of security against intrusion, but where there is a need for increased security, additional measures can be taken to enhance it without compromising the ability of people to escape during an emergency.
It is essential to liaise with local building and fire authorities to determine building occupancy and undertake risk assessment if such measures are deemed necessary. These can include audible alarms, door monitoring devices and CCTV.
Motorised devices are often used on escape doors which require external access control to restrict who enters a building such as an entrance to a school or college. They are also suitable for use on automatic doors.
Motorised touch bars also provide convenience and enable efficient building management. They can be linked to a variety of access control systems which use swipe card, digital keypad or proximity reader to allow controlled access from outside. They are ideal for large commercial or public buildings and with the addition of a microswitch they can be linked into an estate management off-site control to provide door monitoring.
It is important that any panic exit device is able to operate safely for a realistic lifetime.
BS EN 1125 and BS EN 179 outline testing standards used to verify the durability of products:
Grade 6 - 100 000 test cycles
Grade 7 - 200 000 test cycles - If the escape door to which the panic device is fitted is also used during the day as a normal access door, it is important to ensure that the panic device is Grade 7.
All Strand Hardware panic and emergency exit devices have achieved Grade 7 durability standards and are UKCA marked.
They are also supplied with a maintenance log book that should be passed onto the end user. This includes a table to record weekly and monthly checks which should be undertaken to ensure the device is working correctly.
When it comes to emergency and panic devices, Strand Hardware offers the best way out and we have experts on hand to make selection easier.
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Strand Hardware : Natural Ventilation is a Breath of Fresh Air
Natural Ventilation is a Breath of Fresh Air
Want to breathe new life into a stuffy indoor space with cost-effective natural ventilation? The answer could be to keep things simple, according to Strand Hardware, which recommends two key steps to assess requirements and identify the right solution.
Step one requires a bigger picture view: its essential to consider the building's conditions and orientation – its size, location, positioning and wider environment. This will indicate wind velocity and direction which is needed to optimise air flow and exhaust emissions from inside the premises.
Knowing how the building is to be used, its construction and internal layout (including partitions, doors and chimneys) is also vital, along with window sizing, location, fabric and an understanding of how they function.
Budget is a primary consideration but the beauty of natural ventilation is that it can be achieved without breaking the bank. Manual systems offer the ultimate cost-effective option. Unlike integrated powered systems, they require little by way of capital investment. They are also easier to use and maintain.
Step two of the assessment requires specifics: sufficient detail to identify the products and quantities needed:
the number of windows requiring openers
window material: aluminium, timber or PVC-U construction
window configuration: top/hung, side/hung, bottom hung opening in or out
window opening width and height.
Window location from finished floor level
Craig Fox, Sales Director for Strand Hardware, said that manual solutions offer a cost effective way of operating windows to provide natural ventilation for new build or existing buildings.
"Strand's Duoflex range is frequently installed in workplaces, offices, hospitals and educational establishments which benefit from natural ventilation.
"Providing a system that is safe and easy-to-use is essential. Health and safety requirements should be considered so that if windows are at a height, people will not be tempted to over-reach or stand on a chair in order to access them," he said.
Other products may be used to optimise the solution. Building orientation and its levels of sun, shade and wind direction will determine if they are needed. For example, buildings with double aspects, a large run of windows or large glazed panels, may benefit from reflective film or blinds to prevent the 'greenhouse effect'.
While those within a densely built environments, such as town centres with tall buildings, or premises with fewer opening windows, may require electrically driven operators, fans/filters to improve air flow and quality.
In just two simple steps, you can say goodbye to stuffy air and hello to comfort and well-being. Get ready to take a deep breath and transform your space into the ultimate sanctuary of freshness and vitality.
For more information visit: www.strandhardware.co.uk/products/window-and-door-hardware/strand-duoflex email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01922 639111