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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.”
Shipping an American cooker to the UK and finding the closest comparison to a US burger, are just some of the lengths Apollo Fire Detectors has gone to in the development of its new range of Soteria UL268 7th edition detectors, which will be launched at Intersec in January 2020. Exhibiting in Hall 4 on stand F10, Apollo Fire Detectors will showcase the new range of Soteria UL heat, smoke and multi-criteria detectors. The new products have been designed for markets that require UL listed systems including the US, Middle East and Asia. Apollo has invested heavily in research and development ahead of the new UL standard that comes into force on 29th May 2020. The new UL standard represents a major step change for the fire industry. Photoelectric smoke detector Cooking nuisance test has been introduced to tackle the issue of false alarms caused by cooking appliances The UL268 7th edition is the new Underwriters Laboratories (UL) smoke detector standard for photoelectric and multi-criteria smoke detectors, updating the 6th Edition of UL268, which has been in effect for the last decade. There are more than 250 updates to UL268 as part of the 7th edition, culminating in the addition of two new test fires. The new test fires are UL268 Clause 41.1.5: Cooking Nuisance Smoke Test and UL268 41.1.5: Smoldering Polyurethane Foam Test and Flaming Polyurethane Foam Test. The new cooking nuisance test has been introduced to tackle the issue of false alarms caused by cooking appliances. The new flaming and smoldering polyurethane tests were added to ensure that newly manufactured smoke detectors perform quickly and adequately when installed in environments where modern, synthetic materials, such as polyurethane foam are used. Fire detection systems Smoke detectors achieving the 7th edition of UL268 will be required to demonstrate greater sensitivity to the smoke produced by polyurethane fires. The standard for heat detectors (UL521) remains unchanged. However, Apollo has released a newly styled heat detector as part of the new range as well as new UL compliant bases. The new Soteria UL range replaces the Apollo Discovery UL range and is compatible with Discovery and CoreProtocol. It comes with a built-in isolator to assist with the detection and correction of faults in fire detection systems. Tests have included sensitivity, directionality, stability, air velocity, temperature, humidity, and corrosionApollo also has variants that are compatible with XP95A protocol. Using its state-of the-art laboratories at its head offices in the UK as well as visiting the UL testing facilities in Chicago, Apollo Fire Detectors is creating a new generation of detectors to achieve UL compliance. Tests have included sensitivity, directionality, stability, air velocity, temperature, humidity, and corrosion, to name a few. fire alarm control panel As a result of the comprehensive testing, substantial changes have been made to the new product range including air flow, smoke chamber size and shape, and sensing technology. Mohammed Al Zaben, Head of Sales - Middle East & North Africa at Apollo Fire Detectors, said: “Focused R&D has culminated in a UL268 7th edition offering that is compatible with our existing installation base, which minimizes the impact of the new standard on our customers." "The Apollo solution has placed our customers front and centre in the process, as the new detectors are able to be installed onto an existing system without the need to update the fire alarm control panel. We are committed to developing these new products ahead of the May 2020 deadline and to supporting our customers throughout the transition process. Intersec will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss the new standard with us and discuss the implications for the industry.”
The next Fire Industry Manufacturers’ (FIM) Expo which will take place Wednesday 16th October, 2019. This time the FIM Expo will take place at Sheffield United Football Club. Organized by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), FIM Expo features many of the UK's pioneer fire detection and alarm manufacturers and focuses on showcasing the latest products and developments in this sector of the industry.A wide range of exhibitors are confirmed so far: Advanced Global Fire Equipment Ampac Haes Systems Apollo Hochiki Baldwin Boxall Kentec BAFE Lan Control Systems C-Tec Morley-IAS Eaton Nittan Eurotech SSAIB Everlux Sterling Safety Systems FFE Vimpex FirePro Xtralis Fire protection systems Fire protection systems The FIM Expo is for anyone working in this area, whether as an installer or maintainer of fire detection and alarm systems, a manager of such systems in commercial premises or as an architect or person specifying what type of fire protection systems should be installed in a building. The FIA will also be hosting two free, CPD accredited, seminars at the Expo. Both sessions will focus on key topics affecting FD&A world. Those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership First session will start at 10am and Will Lloyd, Technical Manager at the FIA will present the ‘Overview of the Changes to: BS 5839-6:2019’. Second seminar will start right after lunch at 1pm and Ian Moore CEO of the Fire Industry Association will give an introduction to the Interim Report of the Industry Response Group following on from Dame Judith Hackitt’s post Grenfell Tower Review. Fire protection training and qualifications The Fire Industry Association will also have a stand, so that those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership (which includes discounts on fire protection training and qualifications, and the possibility of a stand at FIM Expo).Chris Tilley, FIA Membership Manager comments that: “Competency and how you prove it is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, and if it’s not then it should be. At FIM Expo this October the FIA have invited BAFE and leading certification bodies to offer you a one stop shop solution. Come and visit us to get expert industry advice on how best to achieve competency for your company and engineers”. With an average of 25 exhibitors over the last few years, FIM Expo has grown to become the best local expo for the fire industry. FIM Expo is open from 08.30 to 15.30 on Wednesday 16th October and is free to attend. Parking and refreshments are also available free of charge, including a buffet.