Mila has launched its TS008 certified letterplate.
The letterplate incorporates patent-pending anti-fishing fins which open with a concertina action to allow mail to be posted through while restricting the internal flap opening to 80°. This, in combination with an angled postal ramp which deflects items upwards, makes key-fishing impossible.
It is available in both stainless steel SupaSecure and standard ProSecure versions. It has passed the DHF TS008: 2015 security standard, which is now part of the updated PAS24: 2016 required to achieve Secured by Design accreditation and Approved Document Q.
The design delivers a TS008 compliant letterplate which projects internally by just 45mm, so it can be fitted to doors even in narrow hallways without any risk of the letterplate striking the wall on the inside.
Mila’s design team has ensured that it can be fitted straight from the box, with no need for it to be disassembled first. It fits into standard apertures with no special screws or routing required and, as a new animation on the Mila website demonstrates, typical fitting time is less than two minutes.
There is also an integrated drainage channel and a combination of external foam and internal nylon brushes which addresses the problem which some customers had experienced of other letterplates leaking. The Mila version has been successfully tested to BS6375-1 and achieved an impressive 150Pa water penetration score – which is equivalent to withstanding 2 litres of water a minute being sprayed onto the door in gale force conditions.
Product design and quality director Paul Pearson said: “TS008 is undoubtedly a challenge for every designer in the hardware sector because they have to balance the need to stop fishing with the requirement that post can still be delivered in good condition in line with BSEN13724 2013. However, as we’ve shown, it’s not unsurmountable. We’re really excited about this launch, especially since the response we’ve had from customers who’ve seen the prototypes is that it’s a potential game changer.”
The new letterplate has been tested to the latest industry standards and it comes with a 25-year mechanical and surface finish warranty. Operational reliability has been proven to 20,000 cycles, it has a passed a 100kg flap pull test and corrosion resistance has been tested to 1056 hours in a salt spray booth.