News and Awards
Plumis' aim is to help introduce affordable home fire protection into the mainstream and bring active fire protection to homes where previously it was cumbersome or impractical. We are honoured to have received numerous awards for design, innovation, business, and research and development. A selection of news stories which celebrate our successes are featured here.
Plumis CO-FOUNDER SPEAKING at INSURETECH CONNECT 2017
October 3rd - 4th, 2017
Plumis Co-founder Yusuf Muhammad is speaking at Insuretech Connect 2017, held in Las Vegas, presented by Oliver Wyman. InsureTech Connect is the world’s largest insurtech event — offering unparalleled access to the largest and most comprehensive gathering of tech entrepreneurs, investors and insurance industry incumbents from across the globe.
Plumis present technical Paper at SUPDET 2017
SEPTEMBER 12th, 2017
William Makant of Plumis presented a paper on 'Smoke plus infrad-red sensors as an alternative fire detection for activation of a residential fire suppression appliance' at SUPDET 2017, held in Maryland, organized by the NFPA. Since 1997 NFPA has organized SupDet, an annual workshop which brings together leading experts in the field of fire protection engineering for the purpose of sharing recent research and development on techniques used for fire suppression, detection, and signaling.
Automist Smartscan WINS A SILVER AT THE IDSA International Design Excellence Award 2017
AUGUST 19th, 2017
Automist Smartscan, designed by Plumis, won a Silver in the Home & Bath catergory in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) 2017 hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The award was announced on Aug. 19 at the IDEA Ceremony—open to the public at Rich Theater in Atlanta GA and followed by a ticketed Gala at the High Museum. “IDSA IDEA 2017 winners demonstrate how designers are able to capture what’s invisible to others and inspire beauty through the smallest of details within the simplest of artifacts,” said IDEA 2017 Jury Chair Owen Foster, IDSA. “Winners go beyond the tangible that we are so accustomed to seeing—to cultivate amazing, holistic ecosystems.”
Plumis present technical Paper at the 16th IWMA Conference
SEPTEMBER 21st, 2016
William Makant of Plumis presented the company's new Automist Smartscan technology to a packed and captivated audience at the 16th Annual International Water Mist Conference, held in Vienna September 21-22, 2016, organized by the International Water Mist Association (IWMA). The Automist Smartscan presentation was given a special mention by the Chairman Ragnar Wighus who confirmed the admission of Automist to the exclusive "Archimedes Club" for wise use of watermist technology. Plumis were honoured with the mention.
BSI ISSUE Certificate of Verification to BS 8458:2015 PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
August 18TH, 2016
Independent third party confirmation (BSi Verification Certificate - VC 656504) issued that Automist Smartscan meets the performance requirements of BS 8458:2015 as verified in the Exova Warrington test report. As a fully UKAS Accredited Certification Body, BSI has always been at the vanguard of the testing and certification industry.
PLUMIS LTD ACHIEVES BRE GLOBAL Quality management system CERTIFICATION: APPROVAL TO ISO 9001:2008
August 18TH, 2016
Third Party Certification by BRE Global have established Plumis Limited have complied with the Quality Management Systems requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for the design, manufacture and supply of water mist fire suppression systems. Quality Management System certification enables us to demonstrate our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as continuously improving our company's operations. The internationally recognised quality management system standard is the preferred solution for organisations worldwide.
AUTOMIST SHORTLISTED FOR BEST HOME TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT 2016
JULY 25TH, 2016
Automist Smartscan has been shortlisted for the Build It Awards 2016 - Best Home Technology Product, in association with BuildStore. Each year the Build It Awards celebrates all aspects of self build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. The winners will be announced on 22nd September. Look out for our special Build It Awards 2016 supplement in the December issue of the magazine and learn more about the victors.
Smartscan granted LABC Registered Solution status
April 22nd, 2016
Automist Smartscan is an LABC Registered Solution (EW534) for BS 8458:2015 sprinkler applications. LABC Registered Details enables developers, architects, designers, technical specifies and contractors to minimise the Building control checking and approvals process in the knowledge that the product has been rigorously checked by LABC members.
PLUMIS receives QUEENS AWARD FOR ENTERPISE IN INNOVATION
21st April, 2016
Plumis Ltd has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the UK’s highest accolade for business success - in recognition of outstanding innovative achievements by demonstrating commercial success through innovative products.
Automist Smartscan receives highest distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016
1st April, 2016
Automist Smartscan is one of this year’s outstanding products: The Red Dot jury was enthused, and awarded Automist Smartscan a Red Dot: Best of the Best. In 2016, this highest single distinction in the international competition goes to only 1.5% of all entries. Manufacturers and designers from 57 nations had registered about 5,200 products and sent them to the Ruhr area in Germany – Automist Smartscan impressed with highest design quality and makes Plumis one of the leaders in an international comparison.
Plumis exhibit at IAFC's annual Conference and EXPO
FRIday 28th to SATURDAY 29th AUGUST, 2015
Plumis Exhbit at Fire-Rescue International (FRI), the annual conference and expo of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). It has provided senior-level leadership training to fire chiefs for 140 years. As an organization, the IAFC represents the world's leading experts in the first responder community.
Plumis selected for Silicon Valley programme
Friday August 17th - August 30th, 2015
Plumis beat thousands of start-ups to be selected for the prestigious Blackbox Connect accelerator programme in Silicon Valley, California. The residential programme is designed to immerse international founders into Silicon Valley culture, and host 15 international companies in Palo Alto to meet investors, develop relationships in Silicon Valley and launch into the wider US market.
Plumis demonstrate Automist Smartscan at Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
Friday 14th August, 2015
Plumis supported by Qdot Engineering and Sonny Scarff performed a series of fire tests on Automist Smartscan using MFRI's world class facilities. Contact Plumis to learn more about the soon to be launched innovation in home fire protection.
Plumis exhibit at BIRMINGHAM HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th mARCH, 2015
Plumis are exhibiting at the London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show at NEC, Birmingham (Stand D114) from 26 – 28 March 2015. Demonstrating examples of how homeowners and architects alike can create the layouts they desire whilst conforming with fire building regulations and keeping their homes safe.
PLUMIS AWARDED AS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR IN THE GROWING BUSINESS AWARDS 2014
November 26th, 2014
Plumis have been awarded at the Growing Business Awards – Innovator of the Year, Britain's most established recognition of entrepreneurial success. The winners were announced at a sparkling awards ceremony at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on the 25th November.
Co-founder of Plumis HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2014
october 10th, 2014
Recognising an innovative approach and dedication to developing and delivering a unique fire suppression solution, Design Director Yusuf Muhammad, has been acknowledged in the ‘Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year’ Category at the 2014 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Plumis exhibit At LONDON HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September, 2014
Plumis exhibited at the London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show at Olympia, London (Stand D125) from 26 – 28 Sept 2014. Demonstrating examples of how homeowners and architects alike can create the layouts they desire whilst conforming with fire building regulations and keeping their homes safe.
Plumis secure Knowledge Transfer Partnership
November 9th, 2013
Plumis secure KTP project with the University of Greenwich Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) worth £48,550. FSEG are the UK's largest University based fire/evacuation modelling research team and specialises in computational fire engineering. FSEG expertise and modelling tools are used all over the world to help solve fire safety problems.
Plumis Awarded Technology Strategy Board Funding
September 7th, 2013
Plumis has won a major award from the Technology Strategy Board to fund the development of a next-generation fire suppression system. The SMART funding represents an injection of £100,000 out of a total project size of £160,000, allowing world-class partners to make major contributions to the project through CFD modelling, development of new mist configurations, and live fire testing.
Automist prevents arson damage
October 10th, 2013
Exeter City Council installed Automist from Plumis in the flat of a vulnerable resident who had already set fire to his flat 3 times. The resident went on to attempt arson a fourth time and deliberately damaged the Automist heads. Nevertheless, the units were activated, effectively preventing a serious fire.
Plumis selected in the Smarta 100
October 9th, 2013
Plumis was selected in the Most Innovative Business Category as a company that make thinking outside the box part of their daily routine with the aim of growing their business and improving lives. The Smarta 100 is an annual celebration of the most resourceful, inspiring and disruptive small businesses in the UK.
Plumis exhibit at NFPA Conference & Expo
June 10-13th, 2013
NFPA is this year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries is the NFPA Conference & Expo, widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry.
Automist granted LABC Registered Solution status
November 8th, 2012
Automist is an LABC Registered Solution (EW171) for loft conversions. LABC Registered Details enables developers, architects, designers, technical specifies and contractors to minimise the Building control checking and approvals process in the knowledge that the product has been rigorously checked by LABC members.
Plumis selected in The Pitch Final
October 23rd, 2012
BusinessZone.co.uk, have selected Plumis as one of the UK’s 80 most innovative small businesses to compete for business support worth £50,000 in The Pitch 2012. The Pitch 80 were chosen from the hundreds of entries from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. After two days of fierce competition Plumis was selected as one of the 22 wildcard contestants, who competed for 2 places in the Grand Final of the Pitch 2012 – a search for Britain’s top new business.
Automist appears on the Home of the Future
October 23rd, 2012
What happens if you ask a normal family to boldly go where no-one has gone before - to live in the future? This five-part Channel 4 Series, co-funded by one of the UK’s leading energy companies E.ON, and produced by Twofour, transforms the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with futuristic technology and gadgets.
Plumis win ‘Building for the Future’ Innovation Award
November 1st, 2011
Plumis are working with specialists at the University of Sheffield to undertake a collaborative R&D project to develop their innovative products, processes and technologies on the theme of ‘Building for the Future’. Funding for the awards is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the University's Knowledge Transfer Account.
Plumis exhibit at International Firex
May 16th-19th, 2011
Plumis exhibited at International Firex, the UK’s largest dedicated fire safety event and one of the largest in the world, on the 16th- 19th of May 2011.
Automist featured in an Ecobuild Innovation Zone
March 1st, 2011
The Technology Strategy Board, EPSRC and the Modern Built Environment KTN joined forces to present the Innovation Future Zone at Ecobuild 2011. Automist was selected as one of 24 new technologies that have the potential to make a difference to our future built environment.
Plumis win startupawards Business plan of the year
December 2nd, 2010
The Judges felt the Plumis concept was exciting, innovative and easy to understand. The business plan was clearly structured, had real technical merit, and clearly identified where demand lay for a product with huge potential. Its market research, SWOT analysis and execution plan for its fire safety product Automist filled judges with confidence that it represents an attractive investment proposition.
Plumis present technical Paper at the IWMA Conference
November 3rd, 2010
More than 100 delegates of 19 countries all around the world met from November 3 - 4 in Prague for the 10th International Water Mist Conference. The event has underlined the increasing interest in Water Mist Systems for Fire-Fighting. The meeting has been held for the first time in a water mist protected building.
Automist exhibited at the British Library
September 8th, 2010
The British Library has named Automist one of the top 15 inventions of the last decade! Thank you British Library. Automist and 15 other inventions will be on display from Mon 6 Sep 2010 to Sun 28 Nov 2010 at the Folio Society Gallery in the British Library. In a celebration of British ingenuity, the exhibition explores the stories behind some of the most iconic inventions from this century’s first decade. Admission is free. Automist’s Co-inventor, Yusuf Muhammad, was interviewed about the invention and exhibition on You&Yours on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 10th of September at 12:00pm. Click here to listen.
Third Party Fire Testing at the BRE
December 8th, 2009
The system has begun comprehensive third party testing at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Burn Hall in Watford. Over the next eight weeks the system will be tested in two different room sizes (both 4m x 4m and 8m x 4m) and in a number of different fire scenarios. The project was completed with the aid of Knowledge Connect.'Throughout this project BRE has found the business to be highly professional, communicative and willing to engage in open discussion about the test programme. This has lead to the most appropriate tests possible being performed within the confines of time and funding, and thus one of the most complete sets of data BRE has been able to produce in recent years.’
Automist recognised by BBC Focus Magazine
November 18th, 2009
BBC Focus Magazine recognised Automist as one of the best British innovations of 2009. According to the magazine, Automist is a project that is likely to have great impact on the world within the next few years. An article with a brief overview about the project was included at the BBC Focus Magazine, Issue 210, December 2009.
Automist awarded the James Dyson Award 2009
September 7th, 2009
The project survived four rounds of judging, beat over 400 projects from 21 countries, and was chosen by James Dyson as the best project in the Award. James Dyson said: “This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well."
Awarded a Design for our Future Selves Awards 2008
July 1st, 2008
The Lord Snowdon Award is a special award for disability projects across all categories, personally made by Lord Snowdon, former Provost of the Royal College of Art. Lord Snowdon is a longtime supporter of the rights of disabled people and works actively in the field of design for disability. Judges Comment: "Disabled people are particularly vulnerable in fires. This project makes an ingenious and well-resolved use of existing water mist technology to create a system for all types of environment."