Crucial to the success of the Cooke Brothers range of Architectural Hinges, is our continual development and testing program. All hinges are rigorously tested before product launch, both internally and externally to ensure they meet the required standard. We also have an ongoing program of product testing on our CE range of hinges to ensure they continue to be certified.
BS EN 1935:2002
The Current standard for Singles Axis Hinges is BS EN1935:2002. Hinges are tested against a standard door and specific number of cycles in order to achieve certification. A single hinge is tested, whereas in reality a minimum of three hinges will support the door.
For further information on testing please visit the Grading and Technical Information pages.
Hinges that are used on Fire and Escape Routes must legally be CE marked. The mark on the product will satisfy building inspectors and trading standards officers that you have done your best to ensure that the building is safe to use. Increasingly, it will become the duty of the building owner to ensure that the building is safe to use and this is where CE marked products will help.
CE marking is not easily achieved, products have to be independently tested at both initial product launch and annually throughout the life of the product. To keep your buildings safe, only use products with this mark and ask for evidence of Certification. Copies of our Certification are available to download on the individual product pages.
In addition to the product testing to BSEN1935, products are also fire tested to EN1634 and are manufactured in a factory with a recognised FPC - Factory Production Control. This ensures that the processes and procedures used to manufacture the products are controlled within an Audited Quality System. Cooke Brothers have the Quality Management System ISO 9001 in place and are regularly audited to ensure we comply with this standard.
Further Information on Certification and the selection and specification of the correct hinge, can be found in on the technical info page and on the hinge application guide page.
Certifire is the product certification division of Warrington Fire Research, they safety test a huge range of hardware products. Certifire approved products will all work together on the doorset assembly to ensure absolute safety against the spread of fire. CE marked products do not have the same rigorous certification requirements as Certifire approved products, so to remove any doubt, always ensure you specify a Certifire approved product for use on Fire and Escape Door Assemblies. Copies of our Certifire Certificates are also available for download within this website.
Part III of the DDA - Disability Discriminations Act 1995 places duties on those providing goods, facilities or services to the public. Since October 2004 all 'service providers' have been required to take reasonable steps to provide for the needs of disabled people who wish to the use their services. This includes the removal of the Physical Barrier.
Cooke Brothers are equally concerned about how our products affect the day to day lives of people with disabilities. Fire regulations demand that all fire and escape doors will close upon the event of a fire and though they continue to take precedence over the requirements of DDA, this can cause a conflict. One way to ensure that doors open easily for wheelchair users and close easily on the event of a fire is to use hinges with the lowest possible opening and closing torque resistance. BSEN1935:2002 allows a maximum of 4Nm resistance to opening, whereas the high quality bearings used in Phoenix Architectural Hinges will typically operate at less than 1Nm.
For more information please download a copy of our Hinge Selection Guide.