COVID-19: Latest Update from Firetherm

Through these unprecedented times Tremco illbruck have made every effort to protect our employees with the implementation of safe working practices, according to the Government guidelines, whilst maintaining business continuity.

As a key supplier to the UK construction industry, and in line with the statement from the Secretary of State on the 31st March, we plan to continue to manufacture at all of our sites and maintain our service to the UK construction industry.

All of our manufacturing facilities are still producing and dispatching on a daily basis. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, suppliers and customers is our first priority. Therefore we have put in place robust processes which minimise contact and we continue to regularly monitor the health of our teams.  We have no plans to close any of our manufacturing and warehouse facilities unless the situation changes and we are instructed to do so by the Government.

 

Yours Sincerely,

John Gordon

How To Work From Home Effectively

In the current situation, we are faced with the unknown concept of “lock down”, this is a time that many of us are bound to find challenging. For the majority, living in such close quarters with other members of our family, having to fit work in around our children and other caring responsibilities, could become somewhat of a nightmare. Some of us may be suffering from cabin fever, some of us may be suffering from the disruption of our normal daily routines. For many, the prospect of an extended isolation is likely to change the way in which we work.

Here at Firetherm, the team work from home regularly, so have plenty of experience of how to do this effectively. Check out our hints and tips:

Structure Your Day:
When working from home, you’re your own manager. Without things like an in-person meetings to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus and burn out. Our advice to you is structure your day like you would in an office, stay on schedule and segment what you’ll do and when over the course of the day.

Choose A Dedicated Work-space:
Where you can work from the same place every day. Dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work. When it’s time to clock out – leave that space and try not to return until the following morning. Working from home sometimes means that you are constantly on-the-go – but in these unprecedented times, it is important to switch off and spend time focusing on you and your families.

Communicate Your Expectations:
Make sure that your family know that you are working from home and respect your space during working hours – don’t be afraid to put time in your work diary for planning either – this time is the perfect opportunity for you look at your projects at hand and develop a path for moving forward.
Communication is a two-way thing – stay in regular touch with your contacts via the use of phone calls, teams’ chats, zoom, Skype or facetime. Remember we are still only a click or buzz away!

Commit to Completing Those Tasks
We all have projects or tasks that we try to avoid – let’s face it, no one’s job is perfect. So, during this time of lock down use your time wisely. Whether its writing a specification, completing product training, or finishing off those small tasks on the to-do list – commit to completing those tasks. Remember, our team are still on hand to help – Give us a call or drop us an email and we will work with you to start ticking off those tasks.

Music is the Soundtrack of Your Career
During the week, music is the soundtrack of your career. Whether you’re listening to it in the office, through your headset – the best playlists are the diverse ones, but our tip for working from home is match your music to your projects or tasks at hand. We are all going to have a lot of time to concentrate, so explore the powers of lyric-free music, designed to help with concentration – you are bound to power through that to-do list.

Working from home can be great…right until the distractions begin to get in the way. You will discover you have a neighbour who is a budding inventor and starts firing up the power tools, a pet that is becoming more needy as the days go on and your family will start to grind on your nerves. So, remember our most important WFH Tip:

Take a Break
Even when your working in the office,it is unlikely that you are 100% dedicated to the job 9-5. You will have a break, make a drink and have a catch up with your colleagues – make sure you do this at home.

Our team are still only a call or email away. So, give us a shout, use this time to speak with our technical and sales team to develop a fuller understanding of our products and how they work. Sign up to our online training sessions and remember to give us a shout if you have any queries on specifications or projects that will be coming up soon when everything resumes to normal.

Stay Safe
Team Firetherm

COVID-19 – Delivery Change Notification

Dear Customer

We have been advised by our delivery companies that due to the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and in relation to the health and wellbeing of their employees the following change will be made in accordance with Government advice, preventative guidance from Public Health England (PHE). 

The instruction from the Association of Pallet Network (APN) is a revised process for signature capture. This will apply to all Electronic Devices, Printed Schedules and Customer Own Paperwork for ALL Pallet Networks. This change is being put into place to protect individuals and reduce direct contact.

The following changes will take immediate effect with all deliveries of Tremco Illbruck products (including Tremco, Illbruck, Nullifire, Firetherm) :

For ALL deliveries we will no longer process customer paperwork or obtain signatures for deliveries.

New process:

Signatures will no longer be obtained on any electronic device
Drivers will tap arrived upon arrival as normal
Drivers to unload on the device as normal
The driver will write with the stylus on the screen (CV-19) the driver must type the customer surname (item recipients) into the device
Driver to depart as normal
As a result, all POD’s will be on courier paperwork along with the name given by the recipient.

We hope you understand the need for this change at this time and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Service team directly.

Your sincerely

Kate Meek

Commercial Manager  – Ti UK Ltd

Covid-19 – The wellbeing of our people, our suppliers and our customers is our priority.

The current Covid-19 crisis is having a significant impact on the supply chains of many manufacturers, ours included. The wellbeing of our people, our suppliers and our customers is our priority.

Additional safety measures have been implemented in our business and our partners which means increased pressure throughout the whole supply chain. Countries are adopting tighter border controls; most companies have adopted safety protocols and more people are self-isolating. All of this is starting to impact on our ability to turn around product and orders within 24 hours.

As a result of this, we have taken the decision to change our standard delivery lead-times from our Wigan facilities to 48 hours.

Despatches from our Crayford facility will remain on 24 hour delivery for the time being.

We have also instructed our sales and technical teams to postpone all customer training sessions until the end of April.

We will continue to work closely with our supply chain partners and our customers, to minimise the impact. Further changes may be imposed by government in the future and we will comply fully with all recommendations.

We will circulate further communication updates as things progress.

We thank you for your understanding, custom and loyalty during this very difficult time.

Your sincerely,

John Gordon,
Managing Director – Ti UK Ltd

Intucompound from Firetherm Creates Loadbearing Floor and Wall Barriers

Intucompound from Firetherm Creates Loadbearing Floor and Wall Barriers

Plant rooms and service risers are amongst the locations where the very versatile and fully fire tested Intucompound, part of the Firetherm range, is routinely utilised to create fire and smoke seals that are also loadbearing.

The gypsum based product is supplied as a dry powder in 20 kg bags containing a mix of lightweight aggregates, inorganic binders and special additives; which is easily mixed on site to fill gaps around pipes, cables and ducting.  The product does not contain asbestos or other fibres, and is ideal for restraining suitable dampers where conventional methods are impractical.

Intucompound is blended 2:1 or 3:1 with clean water to achieve a workable, flowing mix which can also be used in walls.  Loadbearing after 50 hours, it has been subjected to industry standard hard body and soft body impact tests, and can carry a concentrated load of 250 kg.  Installed at the recommended 100mm thickness, the maximum unsupported opening possible is 1100 x 1100 mm (1.21 m²).

When mixed, Intucompound expands slightly to ensure a strong bond with the surrounding substrate, also achieving air pressure resistance of 2000 Pa and an acoustic performance of up to 52 dB.

Testing at two of the UK’s foremost fire research stations have demonstrated Intucompound complies with BS EN 1366-3/4 and BS 476 Part 22, while the product is covered by Certifire certificate number CF 579 and CE Marked with European ETA.

Physically strong and durable, Intucompound is intended for use in dry conditions, but can be made weather resistant through the application of suitable coatings once fully cured. Specifiers can download a technical data sheet from the website or seek further guidance from Firetherm on the use of this multi-purpose, high performance fire-stopping solution.

Intudeck the ultimate solution for upgrading loaded timber floors

Intudeck the ultimate solution for upgrading loaded timber floors

Intudeck the ultimate solution for upgrading loaded timber floors

Providing adequate fire protection between different floor levels in multi-occupancy buildings is made more challenging where existing ceilings cannot be removed. An effective solution is offered in the form of Intudeck, a Firetherm product, comprising high-density mineral wool boards with a fire and smoke resistant endothermic coating on the upper face.

Available in 1200 x 600 x 70mm, Intudeck is quick and easy to install, whilst applying minimal load to the ceiling joists. The product can be cut to fit on-site and compressed and bonded between the floor joists. A 10mm bead of Intumastic sealant applied along the side of the joists, 35mm up from the base to define the end location and allow for cable runs in lighting circuits. Once all sections of Intudeck have been pushed into position at high compression using a board to spread the force, a further 5mm bead of Intumastic is applied around the perimeter of each bay and along the butt joints to ensure a smoke and air seal is maintained.

Intudeck is often preferred where occupancy prevents a downstairs ceiling being removed, or when contractors do not want to take down ornate lath-and-plaster ceilings. Work begins by lifting floorboards to gain access and thoroughly cleaning the void space, including removing dust from the sides of the joists to achieve a good bond.

Not only does Intudeck offer up to 90 minutes integrity and insulation under BS 476 Parts 20 / 22, fitted between 6” x 2” (160 x 50mm) joists, but it has also been load-tested to BS/EN 1365-2 standards to demonstrate the installed products’ integrity. As a loaded system tested for use with 7” x 2” (196 x 45mm) joists robust details to suit the span.

Tremco-illbruck is believed to be the only manufacturer to have completed such testing. They have done so on solid timber joists suited to load vs span requirements, typical of the sizes found in older properties. Intudeck could also be used on non load-bearing joisted ceiling systems with beams of a significantly smaller size. The company further offers a full range of intumescent collars and other products for fire-stopping around existing service penetrations.

This highlights the practical nature of the Intudeck solution with existing floor constructions being easily assessed to judge the spanning capabilities. Installed in accordance with Firetherm’s guidance, Intudeck will also achieve a 42 dB sound reduction between floors and a thermal resistance of 0.038 W/Mk.

In an effort to assist surveyors, fire consultants and Building Control Officers, Firetherm has additionally incorporated its Optifire, optical tracer technology into the fireproof coating of Intudeck batts and mastic.  By shining an ultra-violet light onto the top surface of the batts a confirmatory blue glow is immediately generated.   

A comprehensive product data sheet is available from Firetherm, along with specification advice and technical assistance where required.

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