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February 21, 2022


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Warringtonfire elevates testing laboratory following growth in demand

Fire testing, inspection and certification specialist, Warringtonfire, has made substantial investments in its High Wycombe testing facility to meet growth in demand for acoustics, smoke leakage and fire resistance testing.

The transformation of the facility includes the refurbishment of its onsite fire resistance and smoke laboratories. This includes new smoke leakage testing equipment, re-lining of two test furnaces, and installation of a new cold abatement system to extract test fumes from the fire laboratory department.

Lee Wade, General Manager at Warringtonfire, High Wycombe, said: “We have seen a surge in demand for the smoke testing of products. This is being driven by both regulatory changes, as well as an increasing appreciation from our customers of the value that testing, and certification adds to their products.

“That’s why, despite the uncertainty COVID has generated within the industry throughout the past two years, we have committed to significant capital investment to ensure our laboratory is the benchmark for acoustic, smoke and fire testing, here in the UK.”

Further investment has also been made to improve the facility’s sustainability credentials, with the installation of a new cold abatement system to extract fumes and odours from the test area, as well as fitting energy efficient lighting throughout the laboratory.

New digital viewing technology has also been introduced, the package enables customers to watch live product testing remotely at higher quality and has the capability to share live test data from Warringtonfire’s control system.

Lee concluded: “Given the changing ways we and our clients have had to adapt; we’ve increased our focus on digital technology. This includes new video packages, better viewing angles of tests in ultra-high-definition, and the ability to zoom-in on specific areas of the test and our furnaces.”

“In order to maximise the potential of the investments made throughout the site, we’ve also embarked on an internal programme to train and upskill our colleagues in testing capabilities, technical qualifications, and project management. This will help our clients stay ahead of any regulatory changes and help them continually improve their products.”


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