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Second FIRA Gold Certification for Salice

Furniture hardware manufacturers, Salice, have achieved a second FIRA Gold Certification, this time for their Silentia+ soft-close hinges. This new certification is in addition to the one held for their Salice series 200 hinges, which was attained in 1990.

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As part of the FIRA Gold Certification process the hinges were tested to ‘Level H’ of BS 6222-2:2009+A1:2017 Domestic kitchen equipment. Fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars. Performance requirements and test methods. Level H is the most severe test under the standard and is used to assess performance and durability when heavy use is expected or where the users are not expected to exercise care. As such, the testing process subjected the hinges to 60,000 opening and closing cycles on a constant loop to gauge long-term performance.

Speaking on their new FIRA Gold Certification, Walter Gosling, Branch Director at Salice said, “We’re delighted to have achieved a second FIRA Gold as it demonstrates the quality of the Silentia+ hinges. The range has an adjustable integrated soft-close mechanism which is operated by twin silicone-oil dampers housed in the hinge cup, which allows a perfect and constant closing of the door in any condition, use and application.

“Silentia+ is also equipped with a switch to adjust the decelerating action. The activation of this switch delivers the ideal decelerating strength for all types of door, even non-standard sizes and weights. These technological elements culminate in a durable product, as highlighted by the tests results from the experts at FIRA International.”

FIRA Gold is applicable to products or installation services and any product within the furniture industry can work towards FIRA Gold Certification, including final products or components. For further information on the certification scheme visit www.fira.co.uk/gold