A huge new Amazon fulfillment center on the outskirts of Bristol has installed Vimpex Smart+Guard tough polycarbonate hinged protective covers to protect the building’s alarm call points from accidental or malicious activation, which could trigger costly building evacuations resulting in lost production and missed logistical connections. Life and fire protection system Amazon’s new 500,000 sq. feet fulfillment center at Severn Beach is designed to ensure that more people in the Bristol region receive next-day deliveries. When it is fully operational in September the center will employ around 1,000 people and will be equipped with advanced robotics technology to help lift and move products around the plant. Fire detection specialists AFS (AFS Holdings), engaged to engineer and install a whole life protection system at the fulfillment center site, fitted Vimpex Smart+Guard covers to all the relevant manual call points across the site to protect the system from malicious activation. Smart+Guard protective cover Smart+Guard, manufactured in the UK by Vimpex, is a tough hinged protective cover Smart+Guard, manufactured in the UK by Vimpex, is a tough hinged protective cover that can be easily installed over a range of emergency switches and other devices to provide protection from vandalism, accidental damage or misuse that can cause unwanted alarms. Misuse of manual call points or pull stations resulting in false or nuisance alarms is a costly and troublesome interruption to business continuity. BS 5839 – The British Standard for Fire Alarm Installations recommends the use of manual call point covers in vulnerable areas to mitigate against false alarms. Vimpex Limited’s Managing Director, James Jones, commented, “When we acquired the SmartGuard range of products and merged production of the range into our operations, we knew there was massive scope for developing the business. This is evidenced by the growing list of high-profile end users now specifying the product for use in their facilities.” Fire alarm and detection systems specialist James adds, “The recent news that Amazon has installed the product into their newest fulfillment center in Bristol is testament to our great levels of customer service and our willingness to go that extra mile for our customers.” Vimpex is Europe’s renowned independent manufacturer and distributor of high quality fire evacuation and alarm system products for installers, distributors and OEM manufacturers. The company is also a specialist in the supply of technical rescue and PPE equipment for UK fire, rescue, police, military and emergency services teams.
A huge new Amazon fulfilment center on the outskirts of Bristol has installed Vimpex Smart+Guard tough polycarbonate hinged protective covers to protect the building's alarm call-points from accidental or malicious activation, which could trigger costly building evacuations resulting in lost production and missed logistical connections. Amazon's new 500,000 sq. ft. fulfilment center at Severn Beach is designed to ensure that more people in the Bristol region receive next-day deliveries. When it is fully operational in September the center will employ around 1,000 people and will be equipped with advanced robotics technology to help lift and move products around the plant. Protection from malicious activation Fire Detection specialists AFS, engaged to engineer and install a whole life protection system at the fulfilment center site, fitted with Vimpex Smart+Guard to all the relevant manual call points across the site to protect the system from malicious activation. Smart+Guard, manufactured in the UK by Vimpex, is a tough hinged protective cover that can be easily installed over a range of emergency switches and other devices to provide protection from vandalism, accidental damage or misuse that can cause unwanted alarms. Manual call point covers Misuse of manual call points or pull station resulting in false or nuisance alarms is a costly and troublesome interruption to business continuity. BS 5839 - The British Standard for Fire Alarm Installations recommends the use of manual call point covers in vulnerable areas to mitigate against false alarms. Vimpex Limited's Managing Director, James Jones, comments "When we acquired the SmartGuard range of products and merged production of the range into our operations, we knew there was a massive scope for developing the business. This is evidenced by the growing list of high-profile end users now specifying the product for use in their facilities. The recent news that Amazon have installed the product into their newest fulfilment center in Bristol is testament to our great levels of customer service and our willingness to go that extra mile for our customers."
An exciting new strategic partnership between LHD Group and Vimpex is announced, bringing together one of Europe's leading PPE personal protective apparel manufacturers and one of UK's leading specialist supplier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Rescue Equipment to form a new powerful alliance that will deliver the highest levels of quality, service and protection to the UK's fire fighting services. Head-To-Toe protective apparel solutions Vimpex Managing Director James Jones says, "LHD's enviable brand reputation for high quality PPE and product expertise across the UK, combined with Vimpex's established infrastructure capabilities, plus our expertise in sales, service and support, will bring new standards in product performance, delivery and support to the UK market." James continues, "This partnership agreement is a real step forward for Vimpex as it will complete our "head-to-toe" PPE solution for the UK's emergency service teams across the public and private sector." LHD Group Chief Operating Officer Daniel von Chamier says, "This strategic alliance between our two companies is a result of our enhanced commitment to the UK market, building on recent successes to further develop a robust UK infrastructure in support of our high quality, market-leading personal protective apparel to ensure the health, safety and performance of the UK's fire fighting communities." state-Of-The-Art materials Spearheading the product offering will be LHD's innovative Kinetic Structural Firefighting Suit and Particulate Blocking Flash Hood, evidencing a critical element of quality and performance differentiation to challenge competitive markets. Weight-saving design, functional tailoring and state-of-the-art materials, deliver a new level of protection and ergonomics in fire-fighting protective clothing.
Since January 2020, pioneer manufacturer of world class fire evacuation, signalling and building infrastructure system products Vimpex Limited acquires the legal rights and ownership of Sigma Fire and Security and its brands Smart+Guard and Smart+Cage from Evac+Chair International. Vimpex Managing Director James Jones says that "This important acquisition marks a pivotal moment for Vimpex, and an exciting point in our growth as a UK manufacturer.” Alarm System Equipment "Evac+Chair International has been a highly-trusted and valued partner of Vimpex for some time, and we believe that through our specialist sector expertise, wide reach and established brand presence in the marketplace, Vimpex is in a strong position to drive forward the future growth of Sigma Fire and Security.” The addition of the Smart+Guard range is yet another important strategic step in the Vimpex mission" "The addition of the Smart+Guard range is yet another important strategic step in the Vimpex mission to become the world’s leading independent manufacturer and distributor of fire alarm sounders and associated evacuation and alarm system equipment and accessories, and is firmly aligned with company aspirations for new market penetration and protection of our supply chain, and to further shape alarm technology." Rescue And Public Safety Equipment Vimpex will now be distributing all products previously distributed by Sigma including GFS security products and Resettable Call Points. Any existing contracts will not be affected and will be transferred to Vimpex, with Vimpex continuing to sell and develop Sigma Fire and Security’s product portfolio. Vimpex Ltd. is an acknowledged expert in voice sounder and audible/visual evacuation technology, and a specialist supplier of Fire Alarm and Evacuation System Components, Rescue and Public Safety Equipment as well as their own Water Leak Detection System.
Vimpex’s Identifire TriTone sounder has recently been certified by UL Laboratories, an important move that marks a strategically important development for Vimpex. The UL brand is recognized worldwide as a mark of quality, safety and reliability and gives Vimpex the opportunity to expand further into more export markets. Managing Director, James Jones, says that “Vimpex’s selection of UL for certification to EN standards is an important part of the business’s strategy in positioning the business to succeed both domestically and to further expand its already thriving export activities. With our factory processes and products approved and audited by UL, LPCB and Intertek, Vimpex can now lay claim to be the leading independent European manufacturer/distributor of evacuation and notification devices.” Ideal for wall mounting applications Vimpex’s new Identifire TriTone Sounder can be flush or surface mounted and is available in red or white. With three low frequency tones and an output of 92-96 db(A), it’s the ideal product for wall mounting applications. TriTone is part of a large and growing range of Vimpex alarm sounders, beacons and system accessories. Established in 1994, Vimpex is Europe’s leading independent manufacturer and distributor of Alarm and Evacuation products and accessories. The company manufactures and distributes a wide range of high-quality Evacuation, Signaling and Building Infrastructure System products – both Vimpex-UK-manufactured and supplied by the company’s manufacturing partners.
For facilities management, anticipating any large-scale evacuation is at the very forefront of the fire safety measures they must consider to underpin emergency planning. As one recent example where hundreds of people had to be evacuated from a building shows, planning for public address announcements is a safety-critical concern that demands attention to the best practice offered by the latest audible warning systems. Why Voice Alarm Systems? In modern buildings, there may be literally dozens of diﬀerent types of audible warning speciﬁed: ﬁre alarm systems, emergency exit alarms, lifts/elevators, intrusion alarm systems, and each can have their own audible warning device. With so many diﬀerent types of audible warning devices, it can be confusing to building occupants when an alarm sound. Is it the ﬁre alarm? An emergency exit alarm? Or a public safety alert? To counter these conﬂicting responses, voice sounders are now an established and eﬀective contribution to voice evacuation systems in large public and commercial buildings and can be a viable alternative to more complex VA (Voice Alarm) systems. While frankly outmoded ﬁre alarm systems based on bells have not yet been fully replaced, the concept of voice commands to instruct and direct people on how to leave a building or other area during an emergency is widely recognized as the most eﬃcient and sensible way to fulﬁl an important safety-critical function. Response In The Event of Fire Research has shown that voice alarm messages result in quicker reaction times than when sirens or bells are used, and has resulted in VA Systems becoming more commonplace as the primary means of evacuation in public buildings. There is well-documented research into people’s behavior in the event of ﬁre. Most striking is the variation in the response to alarm signals: A clear voice alarm message greatly increases the response rate 13% of people react in a timely manner to bells 45% of people react to text information 75% of people react in a timely manner to voice messages Further research shows that people’s behavior varies depending on the environment, and in an emergency, they may exit the building using the same door they used to enter. The use of a clear voice message greatly increases the response rate and provides the opportunity to advise occupants of the safest emergency route. Voice-Enabled Emergency Instructions Behavioral science studies reveal that the persuasive power of a voiced announcement is reliant on the vocal characteristics and the perceived credibility of the speaker. Think of virtual assistants Siri, Alexa, and Satnav (for most GPS navigation systems the default voice is female). It’s clear the sex of the announcer/instructor inﬂuences perceptions of credibility. So Alpha Male is not the popular choice while a female voice, steady and calm, is a norm. Similarly, for emergency alerting systems, it’s shown that women’s voices are more persuasive, particularly when the announcement is a non-gendered issue. James Jones, Managing Director of Vimpex, UK independent manufacturer and distributor of Fire Detection, Alarm and Evacuation products and accessories, has extensive experience of the analytics behind this issue of voice-based alerts to convey authority. “It is commonly accepted that the female voice is more appropriate for the vast majority of applications and in fact, the female voice carries somewhat better in many environments. That’s why women’s voices in seven languages are available with our products. When first developing the Vimpex Fire-Cryer Voice Sounder ranges we looked at the difference between male and female voices and measured such aspects as an instinctive reaction and empathetic acceptance.” Female voice has been deemed appropriate“Another important aspect is the behavior of the female voice when used in sounder technology. The female voice is purer in that it actually has a narrower frequency range at the same Sound Pressure Level (SPL) than the male equivalent. This means that it is much more easily reproduced through the Fire-Cryer sounder and, for any given sound level, requires less current than a male voice.” James also confirms that he has encountered no specification for voice sounders where a benefit is said to derive from male authority over females. Interestingly, even products supplied to national regions that are arguably more traditional and still patriarchal, the female voice has been deemed appropriate. Integrated New and Existing Fire Alarm Systems The trend towards the use of voice sounders as integral to automated fire system performance is growing. With multiple sounder circuit synchronization, up to seven pre-recorded messages available, and with growing ranges of voice sounders constantly being introduced, the message is clear that voice sounders are intelligible, eﬀectively loud enough and can be easily integrated into both new and existing ﬁre alarm systems. For example, the Fire-Cryer is a very versatile product, both able to be used as a drop-in replacement for basic tone sounders or as part of a sophisticated engineered solution. When specified as a multi-message system, the Fire-Cryer has been used extensively in shopping malls (Arndale Centres and Gun Wharf Quays), museums (Liverpool Maritime Museum), areas of mass transit (London Underground), Schools (for both fires, lockdown and class change) and a raft of mixed-use residential, retail and commercial spaces. Choose A Fire Alarm Design The ﬁrst task of any ﬁre alarm design is to agree on the evacuation strategy and whether there is any requirement for staged or phased evacuation. Then the designer must ensure agreement with the client and the end-user as to the choice of messages and preceding attention-drawing tones to be used in the system. Use of multi-message voice sounders is set to boom for general evacuation and public safety systems The choice of messages is extensive and, with seven messages available in a single sounder, a ﬁre alarm system can be expanded to include inputs for bomb alerts, terrorist threats, coded warnings, water leakage alerts, class change announcements, system tests, all clear announcements, machinery shut down warnings, health and safety reminders, general alert messages, and of course ﬁre alarm messages. The potential is huge and with the trend for ﬁre evacuation systems to be used for general evacuation and public safety systems, the use of multi-message voice sounders is set to boom. Voice Technology Reduce Delay In Evacuation The Vimpex Fire-Cryer ranges of Voice Sounders, are good examples of how voice technology is proving to reduce delay and response rate in evacuation times. Fire-Cryer can be used as a single message 24V conventional voice sounder on any sounder/notiﬁcation alarm circuit or as part of a sophisticated multi-message, multilingual evacuation system. Multiple message broadcasting is also available with a variety of messages, including evacuation, coded or lock-down messages, general safety, or security alerts. Foreign language and bespoke messages are also available. The use of a high-quality armature capsule technology ensures high sound levels, excellent intelligibility, and broadcast of clear, unambiguous messages.
“The fire sector is undergoing rapid change whilst constantly evolving, which requires manufacturers to adapt and innovate,” Vimpex Managing Director James Jones explained to guests at the unveiling of the company's ambitious new state-of-the-art manufacturing production facility at Great Wakering, Essex. He was responding to an opening address by Sir David Amess MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary Group for Fire & Rescue. This major development of the company’s capabilities is seen as an important and significant milestone in the Vimpex mission to become the world’s independent manufacturer and distributor of fire alarm sounders and associated evacuation and alarm system equipment and accessories. Transforming Our Business We are excited by the opportunities created by our nearly half million pound investment in transforming our business" Speaking to an impressive array of fire safety professionals including installers, distributors, OEM partners and members of the emergency services, James Jones said, “We are excited by the opportunities created by our nearly half million pound investment in transforming our business with adding this high-capacity manufacturing production facility, which will enable us to rapidly develop our markets for both Vimpex-produced and distributed products.” “We have created a phenomenal capacity for business growth,’ James told guests, ‘which will allow the company to innovate and increase its product ranges, markets and territories, and to significantly increase export activity in targeted markets in which we anticipate a doubling of sales revenues by 2025.” Platform For Significant Growth Vimpex is a freshly emerging UK owned independent manufacturer of fire alarm & evacuation equipment and alarm system accessories. Thanks to recent grant funding from bodies such as South East Business Boost, Southend Best Growth Hub, Manufacturing Growth Programme and, most valuably, Essex Rivers LLG (LEADER), the business has transformed itself into a specialist electronics manufacturer with a platform for significant growth through increased efficiencies, development of its own products and IP along with an energetic push for growth through export.