Plumis Ltd



Plumis is the manufacturer of Award-winning Automist Fire Sprinklers.


Established in 2008, Plumis has its roots in a project at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Imperial College Business School (ICBS). Fire extinguishers in residential blocks are increasingly regarded by risk assessors as fire risks, as they can delay evacuation and encourage untrained people to fight dangerous fires. As a response to this insight and through substantial interaction with the fire protection industry, an RCA team consisting of Yusuf Muhammad, Paul Thomas and Jeung Woo Choi, developed a series of innovative fire suppression systems. Little real impact has been made in reducing domestic fire property losses despite public and private sector fire safety campaigns. Each year more than 60,000 fires occur in UK dwellings, resulting in approximately 450 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries. UK Government research suggests that socially deprived households are 31 times more likely to suffer fires than households in general. The idea for Automist came from a brainstorming session with a number of firefighters at Chelsea Fire Brigade.


We developed Automist Smartscan® because we believed fire sprinklers could be better. They have remained fundamentally unchanged since they were invented in the 19th Century, and after ten years of development, we have developed a solution that can operate faster, be more reliable and cause less damage. A solution that is applicable in more homes because it can be installed with reduced plumbing requirements (no tank or commercial water main required) and less disruption because it uses flexible hosing and does not have to be fitted in the ceiling.

Automist is ideal for retrofit when traditional fire sprinklers demand too great a water supply or a tank. It is designed to minimise disruption during installation and meets the fire performance of BS8458 and BS9252. Winner of numerous international awards, Automist is trusted in thousands of homes worldwide to meet building regulations. Third Party Certification by BRE Global have established Plumis Ltd have complied with the Quality Management Systems requirements of ISO 9001 for the design, manufacture and supply of water mist fire suppression systems. Automist won the James Dyson Award in 2009, was selected by the British Library as one of the top 15 British inventions of the last decade, and in November 2014 Plumis won Innovator of the Year at the Growing Business Awards, Britain's most established recognition of entrepreneurial success.


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