coopers fire south african distribution partner

Welcome to Coopers - South Africa

Apex Engineering (PTY) Ltd has been appointed as Distributing Partner of Coopers fire curtains, and smoke curtains in the Southern Africa regionWe provide our valued customers with high-quality compliant fire products & a comprehensive support system as a leading fire and smoke curtain manufacturers

For over 30 years, Coopers Fire innovation and commitment to developing industry-leading fire curtains and smoke curtains has led us to become the designers preferred fire and smoke curtain manufacturers and installers.

At Coopers Fire, we’re proud of the fact that every Coopers fire curtain and smoke curtain and their key components are manufactured within the Cooper Group to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 at our manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom

Coopers Fire curtains and Smoke Curtains Products

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About Coopers Fire

Coopers Fire are dedicated to advancing fire curtains and smoke curtains technology and improving ways to safeguard life and property. This commitment to developing innovative products that are robustly tested and independently certified has meant that Coopers has become the benchmark used by Regulators, Architects, Engineers and other Fire Professionals worldwide.

Since 1983, we’ve remained true to our origins by continuing to work closely with leading architects and other professional bodies. We have done this by developing a range of high performance, fire protection equipment, and compliant fire products that experts throughout the world trust to solve their complex design issues when creating modern, open plan designs whilst meeting stringent fire regulations.

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Fire Curtains FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about fire curtains and fire compliance products.

There are many challenges associated with building compartmentation and passive fire protection in large commercial settings. As open-plan buildings become increasingly popular, using fire doors has become more difficult, since there are no walls.  The installation of fire curtains is an alternative to fire doors in places where they are not possible.

For increased fire resistance and smoke control, fire curtains can replace fire doors, as they offer the same level of fire resistance and smoke control. According to the building requirements, fire curtains can be fixed inside walls and ceilings, or externally.  Due to their gravity fail-to-safe operation, they will stay in place and remain hidden, always ready to drop in case of a fire, even if all areas of power cannot be used.

A fire curtain is, in simple terms, a high-quality piece of fire-resistant material that is discretely installed within a header box placed in the ceiling or bulkhead.  It is lowered/deploys when the smoke or fire alarm within a building is triggered. It is crucial to create compartmentation within the building to prevent flames from spreading either vertically or laterally. Once lowered/deployed, the curtain then becomes an effective barrier between the fire and the escape routes allowing the building occupants to evacuate safely.

In fire incidents, excessive inhalation of smoke, toxic fumes, and gases continue to be the leading cause of death. Fire curtains help prevent the spread of smoke and flames, reducing the chance of death.

An effective fire curtain may suppress the growth and development of a fire and smoke inside a room while preventing its spread. Fire curtains have three major purposes in a building: to limit the initial development of a fire, to prevent the spread of fire, and to provide escape routes.

One of the main benefits of fire curtains as part of a building’s safety regime is that they can be, and generally are, located in several areas throughout a building. A fire curtain is generally lightweight, seldom needing additional support which means they rarely change the design of the building.  It can be used to replace a non-load bearing wall and/or fire rated glazing. This allows for open plan building designs to meet the relevant regulations. Elevators and lobbies can also be protected by these curtains, which prevent the spread of smoke and flames through the shaft.

Components used in the building construction are being scrutinized more carefully for their fire resistance and integrity.  Thus, the integrity of every product has become a higher priority.  Fire tests for curtains and other fire barriers are done to investigate how it maintains its integrity when exposed to fire and smoke.  These findings help illustrate a product’s fire/smoke resistance level.  The certificate issued in the UK is EN BS1634-1 which is in accordance with the EN 12101-1 certification.

As previously mentioned, fire curtains have minimal installation limitations. A fire curtain can be used to allow open-plan building designs to still meet fire regulations. Areas where there are stairs, atriums, lifts or lobbies, which are the most critical escape routes, can employ fire curtains to help control fire/smoke and prevent fire/smoke from spreading through the staircase and lift shafts, etc.  The vast range of curtain designs and solutions will allow for vertical and lateral/horizontal installations.

As previously mentioned, fire curtains have minimal installation limitations. A fire curtain can be used to allow open-plan building designs to still meet fire regulations. Areas where there are stairs, atriums, lifts or lobbies, which are the most critical escape routes, can employ fire curtains to help control fire/smoke and prevent fire/smoke from spreading through the staircase and lift shafts, etc.  The vast range of curtain designs and solutions will allow for vertical and lateral/horizontal installations.

Apex Engineering’s team is equipped with vast knowledge and experience within the fire and smoke control industry.  This allows us to not only assist with the installation of fire/smoke curtains but also get involved with the initial specification process.  When we are involved at an early design stage we can pre-empt where the fire/smoke curtain may be required, therefore, mitigating any possible design changes. We can retrofit fire/smoke curtains to existing buildings in order for the building to comply with regulations. We are also able to assist with pre-tender budget pricing.

Apex Engineering offers a full turnkey solution in the design, supply, installation, maintenance and service backup on smoke/fire curtain systems.

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