Red Letter Day For Letterplates

A letterbox

In something of a red letter day for the letterplate, Mila has launched what it is calling ‘the most fabricator focused TS008 certified letterplate on the market'.

Mila reckons it is ‘the best looking’ too.

Developed in response to feedback from fabricators on what their ideal TS008 letterplate would look like, it is slimline, stylish, leakproof and easy to fit in standard apertures.

The Mila letterplate is available in both stainless steel SupaSecure and standard ProSecure versions. It has sailed through the Door & Hardware Federation’s TS008: 2015 security standard, which is now part of the updated PAS24: 2016 required to achieve Secured by Design accreditation and Approved Document Q.

TS008 was designed to stop opportunist thieves using the letterplate for fishing to steal keys and valuables or as an access point to manipulate the locking point of the door from the inside. However, it has proved a testing standard for many hardware designers to get to grips with - and some of the letterplates which have been developed previously to comply have sacrificed style for functionality, with bulky cowls and cumbersome add-ons.

However, Mila’s solution makes no style sacrifices and shows what can be achieved when some of the most experienced product designers in the industry set out to solve a problem.


Anti-fishing fins

The Mila letterplate incorporates clever, patent-pending anti-fishing fins which open with a smooth concertina action to allow mail to be posted through. Crucially though, they restrict the internal flap opening to 80° and this, in combination with an angled postal ramp which deflects items upwards, makes fishing almost impossible.

The big advantage of the design is that it delivers a TS008 compliant letterplate which projects internally by just 45mm. That means it’s neat and unobtrusive and can be fitted to doors even in narrow hallways without any risk of the letterplate striking the wall on the inside.


Quick fit

The innovation from Mila doesn’t stop with the aesthetics though. Customers said that they wanted a TS008 letterplate which was quick and easy to install, so 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.


No leaks

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.


Decorative finishes

Mila expects the TS008 letterplate to help fabricators and installers win new business, particularly in the fast-growing stainless-steel market. There are six colours and finishes to choose from including polished and brushed stainless and polished and brushed gold PVD stainless, as well as black and white options. These can all be mixed and matched on the inside and out to suit both the door and the décor. Mila has even added an interactive colour selector to its website so that customers can try out the combinations online before they buy.


 “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.”

– Paul Pearson 

Product Design & Quality Director, Mila


Standards & certification

As customers would expect from Mila, the new letterplate has been extensively tested to all 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 (way beyond the 480 hours required for a maximum Grade 5 rating on the BSEN1670 scale). It is also, of course, covered by Mila’s BSI quality Kitemark which guarantees consistent levels of performance thanks to regular independent auditing of its production and performance.

Picture: Mila's TS008 letterplate projects internally by just 45mm.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
11th February 2021


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