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Monday, 15 January 2018

The Benefits of Fire Sprinklers

There are so many benefits to having a fire sprinkler system fitted. The most beneficial has to be the life saving benefit. This blog article provides the many benefits of having fire sprinklers installed in your home or property.

Think of fire sprinklers as the equivalent to having a firefighter ready, primed and waiting in every room of your property.

Not only do fire sprinkler systems provide a very high level of protection there are a number of areas in which their cost of installation can be mitigated.

Here are just some of the benefits of installing fire sprinklers in your home or property.

Always on protection
Fire sprinklers operate 24/7 giving you complete and total peace of mind.

Sprinklers save lives
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has no record of more than two deaths in a fire when the building had a functional sprinkler system in place.

Reduce fire damage
They offer a reduction in fire damage - fire sprinkler systems can contain and extinguish a fire in less time than it may take the Fire and Rescue Service to attend the fire. There is also reduced heat and smoke damage when the fire is extinguished at an early stage.

Reduce property damage
They stop fires before they damage the property - fire sprinklers are primarily designed to save lives, but because they control fires so quickly they also significantly reduce damage to properties.

Reduce business downtime
They assist business continuity - a fire sprinkler system ensures a faster return to business following a fire.

Provide fast reaction
The fire is controlled quickly - sprinkler system in around 2 minutes, Fire and Rescue Service attendance up to 8 minutes. Plus fires in buildings with sprinkler systems have usually been suppressed before the firemen arrive.

Offer the best protection
Fire sprinklers are proven to be more effective at protecting buildings than fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. Sprinklers don’t rely on people being on-hand to operate fire extinguishers or knowing what to do; people can focus on evacuating the building while the fire is automatically supressed and ultimately extinguished.

Reduce insurance premiums
Buildings protected by a fire sprinkler system are safer. Sprinkler controlled fires are less damaging than fires in non-sprinklered buildings. This usually results in insurance underwriters offering a reduced premium for properties protected by sprinklers.

Sprinkler heads can be powder coated to blend in with your building’s colour scheme so that they are almost unnoticeable until they are needed.

Eco friendly
Fire sprinkler systems use less water (some 400x less) than fire and rescue services.

Relatively inexpensive
Especially if you use a CPVC fire sprinkler system. These systems are affordable, quick to install, and offer low downtime whilst being fitted.

Low maintenance
Once installed, fire sprinkler systems are actually relatively low maintenance. They only require inspections on an annual basis. Plus the industry claims a service life of around 40 years, but it is well known that there are many sprinkler systems from the 1930s which are still operational.

If you own or operate a commercial building, then the safety of the property and its occupants is of paramount importance. When you consider that there are over 100 commercial building fires in the UK every single day, getting appropriate fire protection systems in place before the worst happens is an essential.

Yet despite all of the above benefits, a recent survey of over 100 businesses revealed that only 35% had any kind of fire prevention plan. Too many business owners overlook the importance of a sprinkler system and go without.

You can read more about the IPS Flow Systems CPVC fire sprinkler piping range here.

Have a question? Call our FREEPHONE number 0800 975 7971.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

New For 2018 - inoxPRES by Raccorderie Metalliche is now available in larger sizes

New for 2018, Raccorderie Metalliche (RM) have extended their range of inoxPress Stainless Steel Pressfit to include two new larger sizes, 139mm & 168mm.  

InoxPres Now Available in Larger Sizes - 139.7mm & 168.3mm

The complete RM Pressfit range of Stainless Steel (InoxPres), Carbon Steel (SteelPres), and Copper/Bronze (AESPres), is now available from IPS Flow Systems.

What makes  IPS and RM pressfit different?

Quite simply, its Quality, Reliability & Service!

RM has over 20 years production experience of pressfit systems and is backed by over 60 international approvals; offering specifiers and installers a brand that they can trust! 

The RM Pressfit system offers some unique features including a patented O-Ring Design!

Standard press systems use traditional circular O-Rings which have a more vertical profile, this can result in potential damage as pipe is inserted into the fitting, the O-Ring being dislodged and  giving a greater area for deposits collect.

RM, designed a patended O-Ring which sits lower down in the fitting, cannot be dislodged and has a greater surface area (20%).

Pressing is a quick and easy method of installing pipe and fittings however, IPS are committed to ensuring that the materials are installed correctly - that's why we offer training on the installation of press systems.

Its not rocket science, but we like to ensure that installations are carried out to manufacturers recommendations.

IPS offer a skills card to all those who attend a training session - these can be done prior to a project starting.

For more information, please visit our website or contact our sales office on 0191 5213111

IPS & RM Pressfit for Safety, Speed, Reliability, Service & Training

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 - Let's Do It All Over Again!

'Lets Go For Gold Together in 2018!

The Directors & Staff at IPS would like to wish all our customers and suppliers a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Quite Simply - Thank You! Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year !!

Wonder who booked the IPS Demo Van in the run up to Christmas?

Well Folks - That's Almost it for 2017!

Thank you to all of our customers old and new and to our supply partners for your continued support in 2017; it's been a great year!

We look forward to developing closer ties with you all to make 2018 better!

Watch out for information on the New IPS Handbook......

To register for a copy send your details to

Friday, 22 December 2017

IPS - Spreading Some Christmas Cheer to those In Need This Christmas!

Paul Carrol (Purchasing Dept.)

Yesterday we received a lovely hamper full of Italian goodies from one of our supply partners.

Well, we decided that since we had already had the company's annual free draw, to raise some money for a local charity - North East Help Link...

North East Help Link Trust (Ltd) is a charitable organisation, providing help and advice to homeless people throughout the North East of England.

Established in the early 1990's, the Trust provides regular meals for the homeless throughout the North East. In addition to this, they provide clothing and blankets, advice and a listening ear.

Quite often their clients  just need a helping hand for a short while to take them through what is probably the most difficult period of their life. I am sure that we would all like to think that if we were in desperate need of help someone would step up and offer a helping hand.

Thanks to all who entered we raised £85 which will go a little way to help the charity, help those in need this Christmas.  More importantly, it gives us the opportunity to increase the charities profile, in the hope that more people will come forward to help!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

IPS - Recognised as A Gold Standard Training Partner!

IPS is delighted to have been recognised as a Gold Standard Training Partner for its apprentice programme.  In 2017 IPS Flow Systems strengthened its team and committed to its future welcoming seven new colleagues into various departments across the business; amongst these were three apprentices..

Pictured: Jonathon Wilson, Rachael Watson & Kyle  Rowley
Working in conjunction with Profound Group Apprenticeship scheme the programme is work-based, aimed at meeting the needs of the employer whilst providing training, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

IPS have always been committed to staff training and are no strangers to receiving recognition for their contribution to employee development; in 2007 they were amongst the first companies to be awarded Investor In People - Gold Status.

David Stidolph, Operations Director said that 'we are delighted with the way all three have settled into their respective departments and we look forward to seeing further progress in 2018'.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

2017 - What A Year! Bring on 2018....

What a year 2017 has been!   

As we come to the end of 2017 we can look back on a number of key developments at IPS all aimed at improving our product range, customer offering and service.

So what happened during 2017?

In 2017 we exhibited at a number of exhibitions, including; Spatex, Ecobuild, Pump Centre Conference, Firex and UK Build.

Increasing Market Awareness at a number of exhibitions

We said hello - we welcomed a number of new colleagues across the business aimed at strengthening the team as we get ready for 2018 and beyond!  

Seven new colleagues - Purchasing, Sales, Warehouse & Ireland

Looking Ahead! - Terri Punchen (Purchasing Dept.) had twin boys (future employees??)

We introduced new products - In order to stay at the forefront of technology and innovation we introduced a couple of new product ranges...

New Products: Prevent Mist Nozzles & Agru IR Welding Machines

We cemented relationships - We visited a number of key supply partners.  Product knowledge has always been important here at IPS Flow Systems and this year our staff visited a number of suppliers to see at first hand how things are made.

Supplier training visits - Raccorderie Metalliche (RM), Serto & Agru.

We celebrated success - IPS successfully completed an audit by SGS to be certified to the new ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001/2015 Quality& Environment Standards.  We have always put quality at the heart of everything we do and the new standard sets a level of good practice that is recognised throughout the world’.

ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001:2015

We came to You!  Time is an expensive commodity and not everyone gets that opportunity to attend exhibitions, the IPS Demo Van was used a record number of times to support the training activities in a number of product areas during 2017. 

The van allows us to take IPS to customers and prospects and we are planning even more in 2018, if you would like to discuss a session, please contact our sales office.

We supported charity - Over the course of the year we took part in events designed to support a number of charities close to the hearts of our staff, we rode, we walked, we ate and we enjoyed ourselves - but most importantly, we gave!!

Vatterundan 300K Bike Ride (Muscular Dystrophy), MacMillan Cancer Care & Save The Children

What to look out for in 2018?

We will commit - Our commitment to our customers will be to continue to deliver exceptional service in every area of our business, building on the successes of 2017!

We will publish

Remember this????  

The IPS handbook has been a 'must have' source of information for over 25 years; we can now announce that our next handbook will be published early in the new year.

Watch out for more details on how to get one!

We will continue to come to you!

IPS Flow Systems - Demo van... on the road to you

A great way to keep up to date with the latest products and technology!

The IPS Flow Systems demo van in action

We are planning more activity with our demo van, which has turned out to be a valuable asset and has been out every month during 2017, carrying out ‘lunch & learn’ product demonstrations, mini-exhibitions, seminars and staff training.

To book a visit from the IPS Demo Van call Freephone: 0800 975 7971