A single MxPro 5 addressable fire panel and Advanced’s leading false alarm management solution, AlarmCalm, were all that was required to protect every unit on Rawmec Industrial Park.
The estate is home to nearly 100 businesses, with light industrial spaces from 2,480 to 7,000 sq ft., and the new system was installed following a recent fire in one of the manufacturing units, after which it was decreed that a new site-wide fire alarm system was required. Installers CRE8 Electrical Solutions specified a single Advanced MxPro 5 panel in the main reception, with an AlarmCalm intelligent loop device in each unit, allowing occupants to delay a full alert when an erroneous incident occurs.
The fire system is programmed using Cause and Effect so that activation of a single detector within a unit will only trigger the sounders in that specific area (alarm zone). If the alert is genuine, the occupants can simply evacuate and allow the full alert to go ahead- (the added bonus of activating a local manual call point would also initiate a full evacuation), but if it is false or unwanted (ie. caused by steam or car exhaust fumes) each unit has 60 seconds in which to press the AlarmCalm Button and avoid a site wide evacuation alert. If the cause of a confirmed false alarm is taking time to clear, a further two minute window can be activated by utilising the AlarmCalm feature, but if more than one detector is triggered at any point the system automatically goes to full alert.
MxPro 5 is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol panel, offering high performance fire detection and alarm control across multi-panel networks and multiple sites. Approved to EN54 2, 4 and 13, MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200-panel networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration make MxPro customisable to almost any application. AlarmCalm is available as standard on Advanced’s MxPro 5 multiprotocol panels, and delivers unprecedented control of verification times and investigation delays by dividing site up into virtual false alarm building areas that can be points, rooms, floors or whole buildings. The optional AlarmCalm Button allows trained occupants to verify if they believe a local fire signal is a false alarm, helping to radically reduce false alarm incidents.