Introducing Our New CleanGrain Doors

Dortek are delighted to announce the launch of our new wood grain effect finish GRP doors.

The new CleanGrain range has the natural appearance of wood but without the organic material found in timber or laminate. The hygienic GRP construction is much easier to clean and maintain than real wood and durable enough to stand the test of time.new cleangrain door

The latest products complement our extensive range of high performance GRP access solutions. All our CleanGrain doors are manufactured using cutting edge technology and a revolutionary closed mould process. This creates a strong, uniform product with no seams or joins on the door surface and no voids, holes or crevices within for bacteria to harbour. Due to this our doors are ideally suited to clean environments like hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, cleanrooms and leisure facilities.

Have a look at our product sheet here for further details. You can also contact your local Dortek office or email info@dortek.com for further info about these products or any others in the Dortek range.

CleanGrain Features & Benefits:

Ultra Clean Construction – Completely smooth, hygienic seamless design. The gel coat surface is easy to clean and disinfect with a permanent built in colour.

Timber free – Non Organic Core – Free from natural seams, voids and crevices which can harbour bacteria.

Excellent Corrosive Resistance – Will not rot, rust, swell or corrode unlike wood doors. Excellent resistance to moisture, chlorine and chemicals.

Attractive Aesthetic Design – In keeping with the natural warm wood finish which is becoming increasingly popular in healthcare and hospitality environments.

Exceptionally strong, lightweight and impact resistant – Lighter weight, low maintenance solution to real wood. Withstands heavy use without denting, flaking or bending.

Maximum lifespan – Engineered to offer supreme quality and reliability. We can offer up to a 25 year guarantee on our doorblades.*

The importance of fire compartmentation in hospitals

Fire safety precautions in hospitals are vital to protect patients, staff, visitors, equipment and buildings in the event of a blaze. Fire safety is at the forefront of many people’s minds in light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.

And, with hospitals occupied by many vulnerable people who would require greater protection and assistance in the event of the fire; many NHS trusts and private hospitals are examining their fire safety policies and how they carry out, in particular, fire risk assessments.

Back in June, the Government ordered more than 17,000 care homes, private hospitals and hospices to carry out checks on the fire safety of their buildings.

As a result, a number of hospital trusts were found to have serious breaches, with some failing basic fire standards, but others warned that a failure to properly compartmentalise areas was putting patients at intolerable risk if a fire broke out.

Fire compartmentation is essential for a number of reasons including:

  1. Preventing the rapid spread of fire; which could trap the occupants of a building.
  2. Reducing the chance of fires growing and creating a danger to occupants, fire and rescue services, and people in the vicinity of the building.
  3. Limiting the damage caused to a building and its contents.

Building regulations

Fire compartmentation is critical and buildings 10 years old or less will have been built in accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document B, which requires that the building be sub divided into a number of discreet compartments or cells. Within each cell, the dividing walls are filled with specialist materials that prevent the passage of fire from one cell to another for a given period of time.

Compartmentation aims to contain fires based on the premise that large fires are more dangerous to occupants, fire and rescue services, and people located nearby. It has also been found to limit damage to a building and its contents.

One of the main benefits of compartmentation is that it protects ‘means of escape’ routes from a building. This is particularly important where there is minimal fire separation, other than the means of escape.

Larger buildings, such as hospitals, have greater reliance on fire compartmentation. Most large buildings are divided into ‘compartments’ which can withstand a fire for a specific amount of time, either inside the compartment or externally. This protective barrier gives a chance for occupants to be evacuated and for emergency services to arrive and extinguish the fire, or for the fire to extinguish on its own.

Due to compartmentation, a hospital will employ a ‘horizontal phased evacuation’. Those able to be evacuated from the building without assistance will be evacuated immediately. In a compartment that has a fire, patients who cannot be moved far are moved to an adjacent compartment. This allows patients to be moved only a short distance if necessary, drastically reducing the dangers of being away from essential equipment, such as life support machines, during an emergency.

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Assessing the risks

Fire separation, if installed correctly, does have an enviable success rate. However, it is the weaknesses that must be constantly considered, particularly when building service alterations take place. As a result of this, the importance of fire risk assessments cannot be underestimated and if the assessment is not sufficiently rigorous, it could lead to a potential failing of fire compartmentation, allowing a fire to spread.

Fire doors are one of the most critical elements of fire protection. They are an important part of compartmentation. Despite this, fire doors remain a significant area of neglect and are often the first thing to be downgraded in a specification or mismanaged throughout their service life. Fire doors should be checked on a regular basis and any damage or maintenance issues should be dealt with immediately.

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Important fire door checks and considerations:

  1. Check for certification The selection and installation of a fire door which is fire tested and proven compliant by a third party UKAS approved/TUV laboratory is essential. There should be a label or plug on top of the door to show its a certified fire door.
  2. Check the gaps Check that the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when closed. You can use a £1 coin to give a feel for scale, The gap under the door can be slightly larger (up to 8mm is not uncommon), but if does depend on the door – as a rule of thumb, if you can see light under the door, the gap is likely to be too big.
  3. Check the seals Are there any intumescent seals around the door or frame, and are they intact with no sign of damage? These seals are usually vital to the fire door’s performance, expanding if in contact with heat to ensure fire (and in some cases smoke) can’t move through the cracks. If not, report it – the door may not be properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not protect you long enough.
  4. Check the hinges Are the hinges firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws? If you see problems, report it – the door is obviously not properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not perform and hold back the fire for long enough.
  5. Check the door closes properly Open the door about halfway, let go and allow it to close by itself. Does it close firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame? If not, report it. A fire door only works when it’s closed. A fire door is completely useless if it’s wedged open or can’t close fully.
  6. Installation installation is as important as buying the correct product – fire doors are a carefully engineered fire safety device which must be fitted correctly so make sure you use experienced installers from a reputable company.
  7. Servicing & Maintenance Maintenance should only ever be carried out by a trained individual and damaged parts should only ever by replaced with like-for-like components.

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An Tánaiste leads trade and investment mission to Singapore and Japan with 60 client companies including Dortek.

An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, commenced a five-day joint Enterprise Ireland / IDA Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Japan this week.

The objectives of the trade mission included; supporting participating Irish companies to further their relationships with new and existing customers in Singapore and Japan, deepening relationships with existing IDA clients to secure further investments for Ireland, positioning Ireland as a post-Brexit solution for Asian companies, and promoting the potential of EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, particularly from a ‘new opportunities for Irish companies’ perspective.

During her visit, the minister visited a number of client companies participating in the trade mission, including Dortek who have had a strong presence in the SE Asia market since 2006. Dortek have continued to grow by securing an expanding customer base in the region, recently completed projects have included Fortune Pharmaceuticals in Hong Kong, Kellogg’s in Malaysia, National Kidney Foundation In Singapore and RMIT in Australia.

.Pictured from Left to Right:

  • Marion Mannion, Special Advisor, Dept of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland
  • Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Mrs Frances Fitzgerald T.D.
  • Mike Glanville, Commercial Director, Dortek Hygienic Doors
  • Eileen Sharpe, Divisional Manager, IDA Ireland.

Dortek Unveils New Partnership With Butzbach Doors

Dortek is pleased to announce its newly formed partnership with the renowned industrial door suppliers Butzbach. Dortek will supply Butzbachs innovative Novosprint high speed door range, as well as the Spacelite stacking doors and Sectiolite sectional doors across the UK and Ireland.

Long recognised as leading suppliers in the industrial door industry, Butzbach shares the same innovative, dynamic and technology driven values as Dortek.

“Our approach has always been to partner with alike renowned global suppliers to ensure that our customers get premium quality products from us. We believe the Butzbach products will complement our growing product portfolio and the market leading access solutions we currently supply across our key sectors.” said Dortek’s CEO, Alan O’Keane.

For further information on our range of Butzbach doors, visit our website or drop us an email at info@dortek.com.

About the Butzbach range…

Butzbach Novosprint – View brochurenews novosprint

NOVOSPRINT, one of the fastest high speed doors, supports your business over millions of opening and closing cycles for logistic processes:

  • Lateral opening on both sides simultaneously to prevent collision
  • Individual equipment and adaptation to specific requirements
  • Uniquely economic and reliable operation with a long life span.

Butzbach Spacelite – View brochure

The SPACELITE stacking doors combine the opening technology of a sectional door with the benefits of light transmitting fibreglass and offers:butzbach secionlite

  • Superior light conditions inside the building due to the light transmitting fiberglass panels
  • Compact dimensions due to the space-saving stacking technology
  • A high life span together with reliable operation due to low-wear technology and materials.

Butzbach Sectiolite – view brochure

The SECTIOLITE sectional doors offer space-saving stacking technology with fibreglass door panels fonews picr a multitude of requirements, applications and door dimensions:

  • Individual components and optional features such as a high opening speed
  • Superior working conditions inside the building due to the light transmitting fiberglass panels
  • A high life span together with reliable operation due to low-wear technology and materials.
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