C-TEC’s ZFP addressable fire panels protect Gates Power Transmission facility

A subsidiary of the giant US corporation whose motto is: “If it moves you, there’s a good chance Gates has a part in it”, Gates Power Transmission is a specialist manufacturer of power transmission belts designed for use within the automotive and industrial markets. The business operates a facility in Dumfries. The facility’s management team identified a need to upgrade the old fire alarm system. To accommodate the Dumfries plant’s 24/7 operation, a phased installation was required to ensure at least 90% of the old fire system remained active during the changeover.

Supplied and commissioned by fire safety specialist CMD Electrical Engineers Ltd and installed by Gates Power Transmission’s own engineering team, a network of eight ZFP one and two-loop addressable fire panels is now connected to over 300 devices including 90 of C-TEC’s new EN54-23 certified visual alarm devices.

As the existing system was a mixture of old conventional and addressable panels in multiple buildings, the first step was to install, network and commission the new ZFPs to allow for the phased changeover of each area. The engineers then began the laborious task of working through the old fire system.

CMD Electrical Engineers Ltd’s Craig Dolier said: “Gates Power Transmission’s engineers created loops between two radial circuits on the conventional systems and tested the wiring ready for connection. We then upgraded each addressable system to ZFP, working through the radial circuits to make loops and configuring and commissioning the new devices. The facility also had two Zone 1 areas which needed to be integrated into the new system.”

Dolier continued: “The new system is a massive improvement on the old multiple one. Previously, if a device activated then the area had to be physically visited to find out which one it was. With the new set-up, however, the identity and location of the triggered device is clearly visible on any one of the eight ZFPs.”

A phased evacuation is in operation to minimise false alarms. The first alarm is a pulsing warning signal which will be investigated and silenced if it proves to be a false alarm. If a true fire is discovered, however, a key-switch is turned to trigger the full-scale evacuation of the site.

Dolier concluded: “The ZFP solution is extremely well-engineered and reliable and ticks all the boxes for EN54 compliance. We’re particularly impressed by its capacity to be networked over multiple sites and the ease with which devices can be added to the system as and when required.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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