Articles by Kevin Swann
There have been challenges with completing fire safety maintenance and installation projects during the current Covid-19 crisis, most notably as a result of the difficulties for installers in safely accessing sites. Many construction projects halted for lockdown and this resulted in approximately 50% of the British installers we work with having to furlough staff. The challenges, however, are not just restricted to the UK. With Kentec panels sold in more than 90 countries across the world, we have seen varying challenges on a global scale. Throughout this crisis, fire safety continues to be paramount and as such key players, such as Kentec, are rightly considered essential businesses. We have continued manufacturing life safety systems throughout the current difficulties and it has been our mission to ensure that where new installations can take place, our panels are readily available to installers, as well as the expertise and technical support that goes with it for ongoing maintenance. Orders for spare parts have also, in fact, been consistently high during this period, as installers have been able to complete minor upgrades safely and end users have taken advantage of the period to do so. Adapting manufacturing processes to align with government guidelines so that customers have not experienced any supply issues with any life safety systems or parts has been a major success. Critical Infrastructure We’ve personally seen an increase in sales for our industry-leading Sigma XT extinguishant panels during this crisis as it is widely used within critical infrastructure, in sectors such as telecommunications, data centres and healthcare. Adapting manufacturing processes to align with government guidelines has been a major success During lockdown, with a vast proportion of the population working from home and relying on the internet to conduct their business and virtual meetings, it has been more important than ever that there is no loss in service in broadband and telephone services. This means that highly reliable and robust fire extinguishing systems are essential to protect essential workers and vital equipment – not only from the risk of fire, but also from the catastrophic damage that false alarms and the release of extinguishant could have, for example, on server room equipment. Understandably, this has resulted in considerable investment in fire systems in these sectors. Glasgow’s Louisa Jordan NHS Facility The recent fire safety installation at the Louisa Jordan NHS Facility Glasgow – located at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) which provides more than 500 COVID-19 beds – is just one example of essential fire safety work being completed during lockdown. Vipond Fire Protection Ltd installed a total of seven Sigma XT gas suppression panels, and 32 detectors located within the electrical room that serves the 10,000m2 facility. The project was completed in what was an extremely tight seven-day turnaround, delivering proven reliability within a crucial healthcare facility. Kentec's Experience Operating Through Covid-19 We have learned that operating through this crisis and supporting installations that are going ahead is best achieved through detailed planning, communication and collaboration. For example, we’re supporting our distributors by shipping directly to their customers, when it is not safe or feasible to open their warehouses. Operating through this crisis is best achieved through detailed planning, communication and collaboration Our own workforce is also adapting to changing work patterns and demands. In the factory, at a practical level, this has meant implementing new shifts schedules starting from six o’clock in the morning to ten o’clock at night to ensure there are never too many people on site at one time. We have staggered arrival, leaving and break times to mitigate any risks involved at entrances, and we were lucky that space allowed us to make the canteen area bigger and increase the number of toilets from three to ten. We have moved work benches to ensure a safe distance between each employee, and where workflows make two-metre distancing impossible we have installed six- and eight-foot screens. Face masks have been provided to all staff and we are also trialling face shields for further comfort and protection. Our office staff have worked from home, and where going to the office has been necessary, they have similarly adhered to staggered arrival times. Internal communication has been essential and I’m immensely proud and extremely thankful for the positivity, proactivity and support that employees have shown through this process. We have also adapted our Kentec Installation Partner (KIP) scheme to be fully remote to ensure training and support is there when it is needed for our installers. We are hosting webinars as another forum to solve installer queries remotely, and our new range of Taktis panels have highly advanced networking capabilities and a vast suite of communication tools that support remote monitoring. It is therefore critical that our installers fully understand how to help end users realise the benefits such panels can deliver and to ensure their installations are completed successfully. Looking Ahead To The New Normal Remote monitoring will become increasingly important beyond this crisis We feel that remote monitoring will become increasingly important beyond this crisis and the advanced communication capabilities of panels will be essential for both installers and end users alike. For installers it reduces the amount of time required on site, because they can access the system remotely to find out what equipment or parts they need to take with them. Similarly, for end users they can access systems remotely to check any alerts or queries off site if necessary. It remains to be seen how the rest of 2020 will pan out, but where projects have been necessarily put on hold, because of the essential nature of our industry we are confident that installers will be able to quickly and easily return to these projects when it is safe and feasible to do so. Communication, collaboration and support will continue to be essential in mitigating the challenges in our future ‘new normal.’
Kentec Electronics, a globally renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has added BACnet (Building Automation and Control Network) protocol support to its Vizulinx alarm management solution, to facilitate smart, coordinated and efficient responses to fire incidents. Smart Building functionality Supporting Smart Building functionality, the protocol provides integration between Kentec fire systems and other BACnet protocol systems. Kentec fire alarm systems send real time status messages to other devices on the BACnet network. These status messages can be monitored by a central control and monitoring system, which can then generate automatic responses (for example, to automatically close extract vents, dampers, initiate equipment shutdowns etc. which can help to reduce the spread of fire and support evacuation procedures). BACnet protocol upgrade BACnet protocol upgrade to the Vizulinx alarm management solution provides building management teams" Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec Electronics, said “The BACnet protocol upgrade to the Vizulinx alarm management solution provides building management teams and installers with an easily configurable solution.” He adds, “As a compact module, Vizulinx is easy to retrofit into existing systems and the BACnet upgrade has been designed with efficiency in mind. For example, the object IDs that identify detectors, panels and zones are automatically generated, saving installers considerable time in having to manually ascribe object IDs.” Centralized control of intelligent fire safety system Kevin further said, “End users have centralized control of a highly intelligent fire safety system. It reduces the need for manual intervention, and provides end users with complete visibility of all fire alarm events.” He concludes by adding, “System integration is becoming increasingly important within the management of larger buildings and sites and this upgrade supports our overall business goal to develop systems that make the lives of installers and end-users easier.”
Kentec Electronics, a life safety system manufacturer, has strengthened its international in-country sales team with the appointment of Morné Müller as Business Development Manager Africa. Morné joins recent recruits Ibrahim Ariqat, Business Development Manager Middle East, and Eloi Del Valle, International Business Development Manager. Eloi, based in Barcelona, works within Kentec’s central European and Scandinavian markets, while Ibrahim, who is based in Dubai, operates within the Middle East and Gulf markets. Morné has extensive experience within the fire and security industry, having managed a subsidiary entity for a communications engineering company that develops and supplies products for the fire and security industry. In his new role, Morné is responsible for Kentec customers in the African regions. Life safety systems Key, during this time, will be supporting customers in ensuring life safety systems are installed safely and within specific COVID-19 environments and regulations. Morné says what impressed him about Kentec was the warm professionalism of employees: “There is an experienced and knowledgeable team at Kentec and I am looking forward to contributing to the good work they do. Kentec’s suite of highly-reliable life-safety products will support me in this goal.” Efficient international operations We have furthered our ability to operate internationally without the need to travel amid the Coronavirus outbreak" Eloi, Ibrahim and Morné all have in-country experience within the fire sector. The result is that the team understands the languages, regulations and business cultures within the territories that they work. This supports Kentec in operating its international operations efficiently and effectively during this uncharted time, and beyond. Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says the new team significantly strengthens Kentec’s ability to operate internationally despite the Coronavirus outbreak: “We have furthered our ability to operate internationally without the need to travel amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The team’s extensive knowledge and experience within the industry make it a valuable asset for Kentec.” Protect essential sectors With the team reporting into Costas Constantinides, Head of International Business Development, he says he is proud that Kentec has been able to grow its International team to support clients’ life safety needs: “We are lucky that our International team is accustomed to working from home, and is very well set up to support our customers. During this crisis, it is more important than ever to ensure essential sectors such as healthcare, data centers, and infrastructure are protected from fire.” Costas adds, “Having an experienced and professional, international-origin team, strategically based, demonstrates the paramount importance for Kentec to be even closer to its partners, clients and associates, and to ensure we understand different cultures – so vital for business development’’.
Sigma XT gas suppression panels, manufactured by Kentec Electronics, a globally renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, are protecting NHS staff and patients at the Louisa Jordan NHS Facility Glasgow, located at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), which provides more than 500 COVID-19 beds. Vipond Fire UK Ltd. installed the fire safety systems within a seven-day turnaround. The system includes a total of seven Sigma XT gas suppression panels, and 32 detectors located within the electrical room that serves the 10,000m2 facility. Sigma XT gas suppression panels Kentec’s Sigma XT gas suppression panels provide three initiation circuits as standard, which means the release of the extinguishant can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to allow specific and controlled activations. It also features a large LED display, simplifying configuration and displaying the time remaining until release for added user safety. Gary White, Fire Alarm & Gas Suppression Manager at Vipond Fire UK Ltd, says that Kentec was an obvious choice for this installation. Easy configuration and installation Kentec is known for reliability and customers find its panels are easy to use and configure" Gary said, “Kentec is known for reliability and customers find its panels are easy to use and configure. And with time being a major factor in this installation, speed was critical.” He adds, “As Kentec is a UK manufacturer, we knew panels would not have to be imported and as a long-standing customer, we also knew they would do everything needed to ensure panels were delivered on time. Despite working around the Easter weekend, we were able to install on schedule.” Healthcare facility security Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says he is immensely proud that Kentec panels are protecting such a critical facility. Kevin said, “The Sigma XT range is well suited to major healthcare facilities for its capacity, robust reliability and our brand’s signature intuitive user interface.” He adds, “It is testament to the skill, expertise and planning that Vipond were able to install in such a short time period and we are extremely pleased to have been able to support them in their mission. Working in line with Covid-19 regulations Kevin further stated, “The installation acts as an excellent example of how manufacturers and installers within the fire industry are working together, in line with COVID-19 regulations, to ensure that essential installation and maintenance of fire systems can go ahead.” Kentec Electronics is based in Kent, from conception at its global R&D facility in Rochester to its factory and offices based in Dartford, employing approximately 250 people.
Kentec Electronics, a renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has achieved EN 54-2 and 4 VdS approval for Taktis, its most powerful and sophisticated analog addressable fire panel. The approval will enable the business to expand its global operations into the central European market. As one of central Europe’s leading independent testing institutions, VdS certification is required for manufacturers to sell and install fire safety systems in Germany and other central European markets such as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland, where the UK’s LCPB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) certification is not recognized. highest standards of fire protection Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says the accreditation offers a competitive advantage that reinforces the company’s long-established reputation across Europe: “This accreditation adds to our EN-54 approvals and creates assurance and confidence within the German market that our fire panels deliver the highest standards of fire protection. Our products are already proven in more than 90 countries worldwide, and this latest certification is yet more evidence of the quality of our systems in design and performance.” Taktis is available in 2-8 loops and the 8-16 loop panels provide a flexible and expandable complete solution (including a full suite of graphics, communications – copper and fiber, analytics and remote management tools). The latest 16 loop variant extends the current Taktis fire panel to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indications. uncluttered intuitive user interface Multiple protocols can be supported on each panel to give installers and end-users maximum choice It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network up to 127 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites such as schools, hospitals, multi-site retail/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities. Multiple protocols can be supported on each panel to give installers and end-users maximum choice in their systems’ design, and the scalable nature of the product provides the highest level of future proofing and networking possibilities. A key feature of the whole Taktis range is its ease of use. A 7” full color resistive touch screen display and a clear, uncluttered intuitive user interface makes it easy to use even for those with minimal or no training, essential in the event of an emergency. The display can also be customized with client branding and logos. life critical control systems Kevin adds that with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it is more important than ever to ensure manufacturing businesses do everything they can to keep the supply chain as straightforward as possible: “It’s essential we maintain the availability of life safety systems, and this accreditation widens the choice of systems for installers,” he says. “The German and central European market is renowned for its rigorous high standards, and so the accreditation serves as an excellent example of Kentec’s commitment to manufacture best-in-class life-critical control systems that provide the utmost in safety, even in the most demanding situations.”
The intelligent Sigma A-XT gas extinguishing panel from Kentec, is at the heart of Luke Alexander’s 'Luke 227' fire extinguishing system integrated by the experts at GECO Mechanical and Electrical Ltd. Co. (GECO) to preserve the Holy Quran and other holy texts at the Holy Quran Academy within Al Qasimia University in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Al Qasimia University is a vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of the Emirates of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates. In 2017, His Highness Dr. Sultan issued instructions for the creation of the Holy Quran Academy, a first of its kind in the UAE. Turnkey fire protection solutions Luke Alexander provides an unparalleled sense of reliability and convenience GECO, the MEP contractor and turnkey fire protection solutions provider in the UAE, was chosen to undertake this special project to create and install a reliable and sustainable solution for the preservation of the Holy Quran, ancient manuscripts and other holy books at the Holy Quran Academy; GECO recommends the most adequate set of equipment suitable for this salient task – Luke Alexander’s 'Luke 227' fire extinguishing system, controlled by the Kentec’s Sigma A-XT gas extinguishing panel. The Luke fire extinguishing system is available in 16 different size options and made with high-quality stainless steel directly sourced from Luke Alexander’s manufacturing location in Singapore. As the only company in the world that manufactures both the fire extinguishing agent and the fire extinguishing system, Luke Alexander provides an unparalleled sense of reliability and convenience to safeguard the most valuable and important assets. Providing three initiation circuits Kentec’s Sigma A-XT releasing panel provides three initiation circuits as standard, which means the release of the extinguishant can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to allow specific and controlled activations. It also features a large LED display, simplifying configuration and displaying the time remaining until release for added user safety. Mr Sundararajan, Senior Sales Engineer of GECO, says it is an honor to be entrusted with such a culturally important project: “We take great pride in the systems we install being able to ensure the continuity and preservation of such significant artefacts.” Providing innovative and excellent solutions This vision is what continues to motivate us to elevate and improve our craft" Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says Sigma A-XT’s worldwide reputation (availability in over 90 countries) is built on its reliability and advanced configuration capabilities: “The extinguishing panels are both robust and easy to install, and allow the functionality of the system to be extensively modified to suit any type of installation, including this prestigious site.” “We are extremely proud that our trusted and reliable solutions are helping to ensure the continued preservation of such holy texts and important artefacts at the university complex.” Ms. Yvonne Mun, Director of Luke Alexander, expresses gratitude and appreciation for this opportunity: “My team and I are humbled to be selected as the chosen brand to undertake a project of paramount importance in preserving the heritage of UAE.” “We consider this as another Milestone Project for Luke Alexander. This reminds us that what we do is more than just a business, rather it is ensuring safety and security with our best quality products. This vision is what continues to motivate us to elevate and improve our craft to better provide innovative and excellent solutions to the public.” UL component recognition program Luke 227 fire extinguishing agent has been approved under UL 2166 and FM 5600 standards and is a recognized trade name listed on the U.S EPA SNAP Program. Luke fire extinguishing system components are individually listed in the UL component recognition program and is collectively approved under UL 2166 standard as a UL approved system. Which will pave the way towards opening this tolerant religion to the world Established in the year 2014, His Highness Dr. Sultan envisages the University to be a beacon of excellence for higher education and scientific research based on the fundamental principles and teachings of Islam, which will pave the way towards opening this tolerant religion to the world through the promotion of cultural dialogue, core values, interfaith, and even refined arts and sciences in every society. Robust academic environment This is seen from the robust academic environment embedded within the University compound, with individual colleges dedicated for the field of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Arts and Humanities, Economics and Management, and Communications. The college aims to instill the teachings of the Holy Quran to its students, which includes memorization, Tajweed, exegesis and deduction of the ruling. This will prepare and equip its graduates to become messengers and disseminate the various modes of the Quranic recitation in both narration and knowledge. The Sigma A-XT has been approved to UL864 and is FM listed. EN approved versions are also available.
Kentec Electronics, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, will preview Taktis Command Point – a fully-integrated fire investigation and evacuation process panel that covers every element of fire protection in one integrated solution – prior to its formal launch later this year. The purpose of the demonstration is to gather customer feedback, prior to the product range becoming commercially available. Building on Kentec’s powerful and sophisticated Taktis analoge addressable fire panel, the fully-scalable Command Point allows full display of the fire event location and a central point for fire-fighting services to manage the evacuation process and optional smoke control. It will also enable voice controls and sounders, fire telephone and ultimately support a building’s smart functionality. UAE RoHS And RoHS2 Approval Command Point is fully-customizable, available in 28 languages (including Arabic), with UAE RoHS and RoHS2 approvals. The UAE RoHS regulation covers all EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and has been introduced as a mandatory requirement. It means that the United Arab Emirates shall take all appropriate measures to ensure EEE placed on the market or put into service are constructed in accordance with engineering practices that ensure restricted materials (if present) are below the prescribed limits detailed in this Technical Regulation. It is therefore a critical accreditation for Kentec’s continued success within the UAE. Fire Detection And Alarm System New to this year on Kentec’s stand is the Intelligent Kentec Optical Networking (IKON) system Kentec’s stand is also showcasing the full Taktis product range that has recently achieved EN54-13 approvals. The accreditation ensures that the fire detection and alarm system components are compatible and communicate with each other at the most critical stages of a fire alarm operation – providing installers and end users complete peace of mind that multi-manufacturer, open-protocol systems will work together with total reliability. Also, new to this year on Kentec’s stand is the Intelligent Kentec Optical Networking (IKON) system – a technology designed to guarantee network integrity on Kentec fire system networks. IKON provides full visibility of a network’s data condition, a proactive approach to system management and a highly-effective time-saving tool in locating system faults. Command Point At Intersec Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says Intersec comes at an exciting time for Kentec: “We are very much looking forward to seeing what our customers think of Command Point – getting their feedback prior to launch will mean we can ensure we will fulfil our goals in terms of building systems that genuinely make the lives of our customers easier.”
Kentec Electronics, globally renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has stated that it will preview Taktis Command Point – a fully-integrated fire investigation and evacuation process panel that covers every element of fire protection in one integrated solution – prior to its formal launch later this year. The purpose of the demonstration is to gather customer feedback, prior to the product range becoming commercially available. Taktis Command Point integrated fire panels Building on Kentec’s powerful and sophisticated Taktis analogue addressable fire panel, the fully-scalable Command Point allows full display of the fire event location and a central point for fire-fighting services to manage the evacuation process and optional smoke control. It will also enable voice controls and sounders, fire telephone and ultimately support a building’s smart functionality. Command Point is fully-customizable, available in 28 languages (including Arabic), with UAE RoHS and RoHS2 approvals. UAE RoHS regulation The UAE RoHS regulation covers all EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) The UAE RoHS regulation covers all EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and has been introduced as a mandatory requirement. It means that the United Arab Emirates shall take all appropriate measures to ensure EEE placed on the market or put into service are constructed in accordance with engineering practices that ensure restricted materials (if present) are below the prescribed limits detailed in this Technical Regulation. It is therefore a critical accreditation for Kentec’s continued success within the UAE. Kentec’s stand is also showcasing the full Taktis product range that has recently achieved EN54-13 approvals. The accreditation ensures that the fire detection and alarm system components are compatible and communicate with each other at the most critical stages of a fire alarm operation – providing installers and end users complete peace of mind that multi-manufacturer, open-protocol systems will work together with total reliability. Intelligent Kentec Optical Networking (IKON) system Also, new to this year on Kentec’s stand is the Intelligent Kentec Optical Networking (IKON) system – a technology designed to guarantee network integrity on Kentec fire system networks. IKON provides full visibility of a network’s data condition, a proactive approach to system management and a highly-effective time-saving tool in locating system faults. Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, said “Intersec comes at an exciting time for Kentec. We are very much looking forward to seeing what our customers think of Command Point – getting their feedback prior to launch will mean we can ensure we will fulfill our goals in terms of building systems that genuinely make the lives of our customers easier.”
Kentec Electronics Ltd, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has completed EN54-13 approvals for the Taktis product line, Kentec’s most powerful and sophisticated analog addressable fire panel. The approvals were completed the LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board). Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec says: “To those working within the fire sector, all will be familiar with the requirement for fire protection products and the need for them to be EN54 certified to the relevant standard." "Almost all the standards in this series are related to individual product types and define the requirements and related tests for each component of the fire detection and alarm systems (FDAS). EN54-13 is a rigorous complete system test procedure that proves the compatibility of all the different individual components and that they work together as a system.” approved certification body EN54-13 (Compatibility and connectability assessment of system components) was first published in 2005. In most European countries it is an essential requirement for FDAS. It is also a British Standard and is referenced in BS5839 part 1. End users and specifiers are often demanding systems that are ‘open protocol’. EN54-13 ensures that full compatibility of the entire system and panel network is achieved This means the manufacturer of the panel may be different from the devices, and importantly where the specifier can utilize the best technology from the market whilst not having to compromise on certain elements of the choice of devices because of a closed nature of the system and the limitations associated with a single source manufacturer. EN54-13 overcomes this compromise and ensures that full compatibility of the entire system and panel network is achieved and is certified by an approved certification body such as LPCB. fire detection and alarm system It ensures that the fire detection and alarm system components are compatible and communicate with each other at the most critical stages of a fire alarm operation and where different component manufacturers (i.e panels , detectors, beam detectors, call points, sounders, etc.) test their equipment as a system and not as individual items. It proves the system works in a fire and fault condition according to the manufacturer’s specification and component EN54 standards and most importantly ensures that the system is more resilient to critical fault conditions (i.e. panel failure, network failure and cable failures) and the reliability of the entire system can be proven. innovation and compliance EN54-13 goes beyond any individual standard and the requirements for cable fault condition monitoring and reporting are demanding, but enable the user and maintainer an opportunity to identify potential problems before they occur – Taktis provides full compliance with this. Kevin Swann goes on to say: “By Kentec obtaining EN54-13 on both Hochiki and Apollo protocols further demonstrates our commitment to innovation and compliance with the most demanding of standards and giving our customers peace of mind that they will always be protected, even in the most demanding situations and when you need them most, we are all very happy that we have now achieved this approval for our world-class Taktis fire panel.”
Kentec, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, launches VR Nimbus, an advanced management tool for fire detection, which enables integrators and service companies to remotely access and manage their fire safety system. VR Nimbus allows end-users to gain access to data from all fire-safety systems to assess performance and make fact-based decisions using the latest analytical technologies. It also runs fire detection tests and documents events in real time to the Nimbus cloud to achieve the latest status reports. Improving Service Integrity For Service Providers Using the latest communications and analytical technologies, VR Nimbus can help reduce costs" The new technology provides an in-depth event log which extends beyond that of the fire panel itself; events can be easily filtered to view specific event types and within specific date and time ranges. Notifications detailing the event action, associated control panel descriptive labels and protocol data can be sent to any number of recipients. Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says that VR Nimbus offers a number of key benefits: “Using the latest communications and analytical technologies, VR Nimbus can help reduce costs, false alarms and call outs and improve service integrity for service providers, building owners and facilities managers.” Delivering Fire Alarm Notifications VR Nimbus is a non-intrusive add-on to Kentec’s Taktis or Syncro addressable fire system meaning installation and connection can be completed in minutes. Managers can administer their account and add/edit the number of clients, sites and users on the system. Electronic files can be attached and stored, making VR Nimbus the ideal location for storing fire risk assessments, certifications and site plans – therefore simplifying audit inspections. The system also comes with three possible phone applications for both iPhone and Android, using the Nimbus cloud, delivering fire alarm notifications until the alerts are cleared. Android users can also use Nimbus Weekly Test, which provides users with notifications and reminders for pending weekly fire alarm tests; and Nimbus Engineer, an App that enables engineers to record notes whilst testing.
Kentec, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has launched the XT+, a new multi-area releasing control unit designed to be easily interfaced with Kentec’s UL864 single and dual loop fire safety products. It features intelligent functionality to make it simple to install, configure and use, and manages the activation of gas suppression systems and all associated releasing monitoring and control circuits. The interface with the fire detection system is via a simple RS485 communication channel. Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says ease of integration is critical to the future of fire safety: “We are now able to integrate multiple fire safety, security and building management systems with relative ease, and it is our duty as an industry to capitalise on these capabilities,” he says. The panel’s multi-area releasing control units contain one or two releasing modules interfaced with the master fire alarm panel. Each module can accommodate a separate hazard, defined by two specific zones. interface for end-users configuration XT+’s functionality has been designed to accommodate a wide range of fire-safety scenarios” This means that gas suppression need only be activated within the required area, therefore limiting the potential damage and disruption to the overall site. Kentec’s configuration software, Loop Explorer 2, provides a simple programming interface for end-users to configure the inputs and outputs for each releasing module. Other features include (for each area): first and second stage dual releasing outputs; first and second stage NAC outputs; and first and second stage volt-free changeover relays. Volt-free relays signal to other systems that gas has been released, and also fault volt-free relays alert other systems to any faults and their location. “The XT+’s interoperability and intelligent functionality have been meticulously designed to accommodate a wide range of fire-safety scenarios, providing user convenience and the very highest standards of safety,” adds Kevin. “It is also one of the first products of its kind to be listed to UL864 (10th edition).” The XT+ unit is equipped with a 5.25 A power supply (120 VAC or 240 VAC).
Sigma A-XT gas extinguishing panels from Kentec, a life safety control systems manufacturer, are at the heart of a new fire safety solution protecting users of the magnificent Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB). The HZMB is a 55km-long bridge-tunnel system consisting of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel and four artificial islands. It spans the Lingding and Jiuzhou channels, connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. The HZMB includes a 41.6km bridge from Zhuhai-Macau Port to Hong Kong’s port, making it the largest sea crossing in the world. Recommending Kentec products We are happy to recommend Kentec products to our customers" Shanghai Construction China installed Kentec’s extinguishing system, working with solution providers Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co. Ltd on behalf of the Macau Government. The team specified a suite of Sigma A-XT extinguishing panels, as well as supporting status units, and Abort and Disablement Switches. The panels are based in the vast entry and exit port buildings. A spokesperson for Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co. Ltd says the panels and accessories were chosen because of their renowned reliability: “We work with Kentec extensively and know the systems they manufacture perform to an excellent standard. For this reason, we are happy to recommend Kentec products to our customers.” Robust build quality The Sigma A-XT releasing panel provides three initiation circuits as standard, meaning the release can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to allow specific, controlled activations. With all the electronics mounted on a single removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install" Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says Sigma A-XT’s world-wide reputation is a result of its reliability, robust build quality and configuration capabilities: “The configuration options of the Sigma A-XT allow the functionality of the system to be extensively modified to suit complex and large installations, such as this prestigious project,” he explains. “And with all the electronics mounted on a single, easily removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install.” Providing localized indication Another feature is the large LED display, simplifying configuration and displaying the time remaining until release for added user safety. The countdown timer can be duplicated on up to seven status units per panel, to provide localized indication of system status. Any number of abort and disablement switches can connect to the abort terminal of the releasing panel. The HZMB cost 127 billion yuan (£14.9 billion) to build and was designed to last for 120 years. The structure was completed in February 2018 and open to the public on 24 October 2018 following an opening ceremony attended by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. The Sigma A-XT has been approved to UL864 and is FM listed. EN approved versions are also available.
A Sigma XT extinguishing panel and accessories manufactured by Kentec, a life safety control systems manufacturer, are protecting a power storage station built in Hefei in China, and brought over to Yorkshire, in Northern England. Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co. Ltd completed the installation and commissioning of the project for Sungrow Power in Hefei earlier this year, after which it was transported to Yorkshire, where the storage container was fixed to the site. The storage station forms part of Sungrow’s Photovoltaic solar energy project. Power Construction Industry From construction to completion, the project was completed in just four months, with the methodology now being used as a blue-print across the power construction industry. The installation included a Sigma XT Extinguishant panel, status unit, abort switch and warning signs. A spokesperson for Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co. Ltd says the Sigma range is ideal for high risk sites such as power stations. Kentec’s Sigma range is highly reliable and renowned throughout the industry for its robust build quality" “Kentec’s Sigma range is highly reliable and renowned throughout the industry for its robust build quality. We were therefore very happy to specify the system for this critical project.” Three initiation circuits are included as standard with the Sigma XT releasing panel. This means release can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to enable specific and controlled activations, thus protecting a site’s critical equipment from unnecessary extinguishant release damage. Providing Localized Indication Of System Status Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says the Sigma XT has been built with the end user and installer in mind: “A large LED display provides a highly-intuitive interface for end users to configure systems to suit their specific sites,” he explains. “And with all the electronics mounted on a single, easily removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install.” The LED display informs on the time remaining until release for added user safety. This countdown timer can be duplicated on up to seven status units per panel, to provide localized indication of system status. Any number of abort switches can be connected to the abort terminal, providing complete convenience of system design. The Sigma XT has been approved and certified to EN12094-1, EN54-2 and EN54-4, with UL and FM versions also available.
A highly sophisticated Taktis fire alarm and control panel from Kentec, a life safety control systems manufacturer, is providing the highest levels of fire safety at Brenntag UK & Ireland’s facility in Sunderland. Brenntag is a market leader in chemical distribution with a global network of more than 580 locations across 73 countries. Its North East team moved into the new site in Sunderland, one of the company’s 24 sites across the UK & Ireland, last December. Comprehensive fire safety and alarm system Pitts Wilson, the electrical contractor, was approached by Brenntag to recommend and install a comprehensive fire safety and alarm system for the entire site. They selected Kentec’s technology as an integral part of the installation, which has helped Pitts Wilson pass a BAFE/NSI inspection. Kentec’s Taktis panel ranges from 2 to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indicators and can network up to 128 panels. Its enhanced integration and networking capabilities mean it is able to meet the current and future needs of even the largest sites. Integrated with the Hochiki systems The flexibility of the Taktis panel makes it very simple to install and commission" Mark Ellse, Fire Systems Manager at Pitts Wilson, says Kentec has provided an intelligent solution: “The flexibility of the Taktis panel makes it very simple to install and commission, and because it is fully open-protocol it is also fully integrated with the Hochiki systems on site. “The full color 7” touch-screen display is easy for the customer to use and understand, especially in an emergency. Along with providing a great system, Kentec also provided excellent customer support throughout the project.” Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says Taktis is the ideal solution for large and complex sites and infrastructure: “The scalability of Taktis means it provides a future-proofed solution, able to expand and develop in line with Brenntag’s requirements. And because it is truly open protocol, it provides installers and end-users maximum choice in their system design.”
Kentec, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, is to launch the Sigma ZXT single-area extinguishing control panel at this year’s Firex, with new functionality, improved displays and multiple configuration options for a targeted response to a fire incident. Building on hundreds of thousands Sigma XT sales in nearly 70 countries, the Sigma ZXT provides controls and indications for a single-area extinguishing release system, enabling targeted extinguishing that limits damage and reduces costs. Three conventional detection zones provide the alarm ‘trigger’ required to activate the release of extinguishant, and the system can be configured to release the extinguishant on an alarm from any single zone or combination of multiple zones. Event log The system, compliant with EN12094-1, can also be configured to provide two extinguishing outputs A new feature on the Sigma ZXT is the event log which records event data from the panel such as alarms, faults, configuration changes etc. along with a time and date stamp. This historical visibility is critical for diagnostics, identifying the cause of alarms and faults, as well as reasons for activations. Up to 1000 events can be stored within the panel which can be viewed through the LCD or can be downloaded and saved using Kentec’s LE2 software. The system, compliant with EN12094-1, can also be configured to provide two extinguishing outputs, either working together as common outputs or as main and reserved outputs. The latter results in the connection to two sets of extinguishing gas cylinders, which enables the customer to return a system to a functional state, quickly, following a release. Single-area functionality Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says the Sigma ZXT supports Kentec’s goal to manufacture products that make the lives of its customers easier. “It is fully programmable through the front fascia, with clear password and access menu structures for easy configuration,” he says. “With straight-forward separate access for users and engineers the product is designed to be easy-to-use for both installer and end user. Single-area functionality enables targeted extinguishing that has clear cost benefits for the occupying business.” A sophisticated, dynamic LCD, which supplements the LED status indicators, provides detailed information on panel status including fault conditions, alarm conditions and extinguishing release countdown. If dynamic mode is chosen, the display changes colour in relation to the panel status, providing immediate and clear visibility of status conditions. While not in dynamic mode, the LCD will be white regardless of status. Sigma ZXT This Sigma ZXT is a complementary development, designed to build on the popularity of the Sigma XT range" “To support our existing Sigma XT customers and the range’s market leading position, the Sigma ZXT is fully backward compatible with the existing SI status units, as well as the ancillary output card,” Kevin adds. “This Sigma ZXT is a complementary development, designed to build on the popularity of the Sigma XT range.” A range of new status indicators that match the look of the Sigma ZXT panel fascia are also being launched, which are also fully functional with the Sigma XT range. Status units can be located at any access point to the risk area notifying approaching persons of system status, as well as providing optional Auto/Manual key switches and Manual Release pushbuttons. Fire Cryer voice sounders Other highlights of Kentec’s Firex stand are the new Taktis bridge functionality, Taktis UL, Fire Cryer voice sounders, Kentec’s disabled refuge Safe Point system, and Virtual Resource, an advanced fire detection management tool enabling remote management of fire systems. A new installer scheme will also be unveiled with Kentec presenting its first ‘Kentec Installation Partner’ with an award. “We have been very ambitious with our 2019 new product and customer offerings, and we are very much looking forward to discussing with existing and potential customers at Firex how these new systems could work for them,” Kevin concludes.
Spectators, players, and property at India’s Mohali International Cricket Stadium are being protected by a highly-sophisticated Taktis panel from Kentec, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems. The Taktis 8 loop addressable fire panel, installed by Firehut Commercial Equipment Pvt Ltd, was chosen by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to replace a faulty system, and to provide a reliable and user-friendly control panel. 700 detectors and devices The Mohali International Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 26,000 and the pavilions, public areas, club house, player changing rooms and conference halls are protected by a fire system comprising approximately 700 detectors and devices, all controlled via the Taktis panel. Rajat Vadera, Chairman and Managing Director at Firehut Commercial Equipment PVT, says it is a prestigious contract: “Cricket is regarded as close to a religion in India, and with major international cricket matches held at the stadium, it was vital that the panel installed was highly-reliable and user-friendly.” Touch Screen Display A key feature of the Taktis range is its ease of use. A 7” full color resistive touch screen display and a clear, uncluttered intuitive user interface make it easy to use even for those with minimal or no training, essential in the event of an emergency. The display can also be customized with client branding and logos. Taktis gives installers and end-users maximum choice in their systems’ design" Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says sports stadiums provide a complex fire safety challenge: “With a large site, split into numerous areas, as well as the high volume of spectators, the fire panel needs to have the capacity to provide the necessary zone indications, and as well as providing straight-forward configuration for the installer,” he says. “As multiple protocols can be supported on each panel, Taktis gives installers and end-users maximum choice in their systems’ design, and the scalable nature of the product provides the highest level of future-proofing and networking possibilities.” Mohali International Cricket Stadium Built out of a swamp in 1992, the Mohali International Cricket Stadium is now considered one of India’s best stadiums, with excellent practice facilities, a stadium popular with spectators, and a dead wicket producing high-scoring draws. It was home to the renowned 1996 World Cup Semi Final, where Australia squeezed past the West Indies in a nail-biting finish.
Staff and air ambulance helicopters at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance headquarters in Chatham are being protected from the risk of fire by a fire safety solution that centres around the new Taktis addressable fire panel from Kentec. The HQ main office building is monitored by the Taktis panel and hard-wired Hochiki detectors, with wireless versions specified to cover the helicopter hangar. Ease of installation Alvin Lewis, Operations Manager at CSG Fire and Security, the company that installed the system, says the customer has been impressed by the new panel, “We have worked with Kentec panels exclusively for about 15 years and the latest version is the best one we have installed yet.” “From our point of view, it’s very easy to install, our engineers very rarely have any issues with it. From a customer perspective the new touch screen has made it even easier to use.” The evolution of the Taktis family brings us into a new era of product excellence" Kevin Swann Managing Director of Kentec says the new addressable panel is providing a new level of convenience and functionality, “The evolution of the Taktis family brings us into a new era of product excellence, providing the utmost flexibility for system’s design, ease of installation and genuine multi-protocol ability.” Enhanced Flexibility Initially configured as a fire detection and alarm system, the flexibility of Taktis is such that it can be re-configured to realise many other control and indication applications, with direct integration into intelligent buildings. Available in four and eight slot variants, Taktis fire control panels have up to 16 detection loops. It is capable of networking up to 128 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites including schools, hospitals, multi-site retail/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities.
Kentec, a manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has won the Fire Innovation of the Year Award at the second National Safety and Health Excellence Awards for its next-generation 16L Taktis analogue addressable Fire Panel. The Awards took place at a Gala dinner held at the Birmingham NEC on 10th April. The Fire Innovation of the Year award celebrates products or services that demonstrate genuine innovation and differentiation to other products in the market place. Products must have been launched after January 2017 and have independent fire testing to support performance claims. Taktis 16L Beating ten other nominated fire products and services, the Taktis 16L extends the standard Taktis fire panel to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indications. A spokesperson for the awards says it was this scalability that impressed the judges, “It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network up to 128 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites such as schools, hospitals and retail.” As a truly Open Protocol panel it offers installers and their customers maximum flexibility in systems’ design" Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says the fact that the awards were judged by their peers within the fire industry is very gratifying, “We are thrilled that Taktis has been recognized with this prestigious award that is considered to be an important industry accolade,” he says. Truly Open Protocol panel “The Taktis 16L has been built with both the end user and installer in mind. As a truly Open Protocol panel it offers installers and their customers maximum flexibility in systems’ design, site-customization and in the third-party devices that they specify.” “It also protects legacy installations, enabling the extension and replacement of Syncro network systems using the Taktis bridge functionality, as well as future investment since the panel is future-proofed with a highly impressive road map of additional functions, features and integration possibilities.” This win follows the company’s Manufacturing Innovation Award at the 2018 Made in the South East Awards.
Kentec Electronics, a renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has launched the Safe-Point Emergency Voice Communication (EVC) System designed to provide additional safety to people with reduced mobility in emergency situations. Commonly known as a disabled refuge system, the Safe-Point EVC enables emergency services or colleagues to communicate with people awaiting safe evacuation in designated refuge areas. This is particularly important during fire events where the use of elevators is prohibited. The system consists of a control panel located in a reception or building manager’s office, and hands-free communication points in designated areas on each floor of a building. It is a stand-alone product that can be integrated with any fire panel or building management system (BMS). braille and tactile identification Businesses and building owners have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is provided with safe evacuation processes The Safe-Point EVC differs from other products in that it combines all potential functionality in one system: it is photo luminescent so highly visible, even in the dark; it includes braille and tactile identification; it features an induction loop for the hard of hearing; it can easily be expanded to include a disabled toilet alarm; and it is vandal resistant. The Safe-Point EVC complies with the Equality Act (2010) and associated building regulation standards that determine that disabled people are to be treated equally, and that businesses and building owners have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is provided with safe access and evacuation processes. developed with ease-of-installation Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec Electronics, says estimates suggest that 11% of people within any building may require aid in an emergency: “Reduced mobility can affect pregnant women, people with broken ankles and other short-term ailments, as well as longer term disabilities. It is our responsibility as an industry to ensure the best technology is available to deliver fast, efficient and reliable support to everyone, regardless of mobility.” Kevin adds that the Kentec Safe-Point EVC has been designed to be easy to use and to install: “Critical technology such as this, needs to be intuitive and simple to use even in highly-stressful situations. Kentec’s 34-year life-safety and fire specialism puts us in an ideal position to develop systems that answer this need. Equally, it has also been developed with ease-of-installation in mind.”
Kentec Electronics, a renowned life safety systems control manufacturer, has released a unique solution for migrating Syncro panel networks to the latest Taktis technology protecting the end user’s long-term investment. With the new Syncro/Taktis bridge functionality customers can upgrade their existing networks from legacy Syncro fire panels to the new highly-sophisticated and scalable Taktis control panel. Upgrades can be carried out on a panel-by-panel basis, with reduced capital expenditure and minimizing essential system downtime. The bridge functionality enables customers to replace a Syncro panel with Taktis within a Syncro network. On a mixed network Taktis panels will function as a Syncro, but once the network is replaced, the full functionality of the feature-rich Taktis will become available. This also enables customers to expand their network in line with Taktis’ scalable capabilities. complete system upgrade The Syncro panel was first released in 2000 and has been sold in over 35 countries Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec Electronics, says the company is committed to developing solutions that make the lives of its customers easier: “We understand that budgets do not always allow our customers to upgrade their systems all in one go. This bridge capability means our customers can plan and develop their fire system in line with their fire safety requirements to the latest product range, without causing budgetary difficulties." "Importantly this can be done with minimal disruption to the occupants with less cost, stress and risk for all involved. It is our belief that this provides a unique opportunity within the fire industry, enabling a compatible path to complete system upgrade.” end-user benefits Taktis Vision repeaters can also be installed on a Syncro network using the bridge feature, providing an easy-to-use, full-color, touch-screen interface that delivers information on the status of the fire alarm system to single or multiple locations. “In addition to the end-user benefits, because the Syncro Taktis bridge is a firmware feature no additional hardware is required, making implementation a simple process. It also helps installers to forge long-term relationships with end-users over the period of the upgrade,” Kevin concludes. The Syncro panel was first released in 2000 and has been sold in over 35 countries.
Kentec, a renowned manufacturer of life-critical control systems, has launched Fire-Cryer Plus as an enhancement to its highly established range of extinguishing control panels. Fire-Cryer Plus voice sounders with visual indicator are an alternative to standard electronic sounders and bells which provide an audible tone only. Fire-Cryer Plus sounders provide approved audible tones supplemented with dedicated voice messages providing clear notification and instructions. In areas where extinguishing systems are installed clear and concise indication of the system status is critical to ensure the area is evacuated before extinguishant is released. Fire-Cryer Plus provides four specific voice messages identifying 1st stage alarm (evacuation), 2nd stage alarm (Extinguishant release imminent), confirmation of extinguishant release as well as hold button activation. high intelligible speech Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec, says the Fire-Cryer technology enhances fire safety procedures: “The added voice sounder functionality brings an added layer of safety to a wide range of applications where spoken announcements are essential, for example, in data centers and communications environments where mission critical systems need to deliver optimum up-time.” Other features include a sound output of 100dB(A), with exceptionally low current, averaging at 20mA. Rocking armature technology provides high intelligible speech with the Fire-Cryer Plus being industry approved to EN 54-3 standards. Kentec is an end-to-end manufacturer, with everything sold being made in the UK. It employs approximately 230 members of staff in its production facility, head office and research and development department.