Don’t trust a star without a kite – Why TS007 star ratings are meaningless without a Kitemark

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

When you buy a security product which is proudly emblazoned with the TS007 logo, you know exactly what you’re buying right?  Well, not exactly.

The one, two or three stars attributed to products tested to TS007 indicate that a sample of that product has achieved that standard, not that the product you are buying would definitely do so.  That is because third party certification is not mandatory within TS007 so you have no real way of knowing whether the product you’re actually buying is exactly the same as the sample which passed the test. Continue reading…


Lifetime homes – an opportunity not to be missed

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Walking around the FIT Show, I was struck by how many products are now being marketed as achieving the ‘Lifetime Homes’ standard.  This is the standard which aims to make sure that a home being built today will continue to be convenient for a wide range of occupants, which can include young families, wheelchair users and the elderly.

It’s more demanding than Part M of the Building Regulations which only covers accessibility of buildings; and it addresses future adaptability and design features to make a home flexible enough to meet the changing needs of occupants at different stages of their lives as well as the needs of any future occupants. Continue reading…


Stainless steel hardware – it’s not just about the finish

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Take two stainless steel handles – they both function and they both look very similar.  But, in my experience, underneath, they can actually be as different as two pieces of furniture – one which is crafted from a piece of solid oak timber sawn, planed and sanded into shape, dove-tail jointed and lovingly waxed and the other produced from a chipboard veneered material, butt jointed and mechanically fixed.

It doesn’t take a design expert to work out which one of these will still be functioning and look the same after five years, never mind 25 – and it’s very much the same case with stainless steel hardware. Continue reading…


Is the hardware you’re buying up to the standard?

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Without third party accreditation, how can you tell?

If you’re buying – or indeed selling – a product which has been PAS24, TS007, BSEN1906 or BSEN1935 approved, then it’s understandable to assume that it has been rigorously tested to meet that standard. Continue reading…


PAS24: 2016 comes into force – what does it mean for fabricators and installers?

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

The revised PAS24:2016 standard was published in February and the new 2016 SBD design guides are being printed as I write, so now is an exciting time to be in security hardware.

For fabricators and installers faced with complying with the new rules however, I do understand that it can all seem like a bit of a chore. Continue reading…