Fire Expo Simmers with Hot Products

May is the month for the National Fire Protection Assn.'s annual World Safety Conference and Exposition. NFPA will open this year's event in Salt Lake City with pre-conference seminars scheduled for May 21-22. The main event runs May 23-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. For details, go to www.


May is the month for the National Fire Protection Assn.'s annual World Safety Conference and Exposition. NFPA will open this year's event in Salt Lake City with pre-conference seminars scheduled for May 21-22. The main event runs May 23-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. For details, go to . Featured below are many of the new fire-protection products that vendors will be showing at this year's Expo.

Addressable fire-alarm control panel features an optional second loop via a signaling line circuit that can support 318 additional addressable devices (636 in all), including an addressable dual-monitor module, heat detectors and duct detector. An optional digital alarm communicator transmitter modem provides users with remote site upload/download and remote monitoring capabilities. (MS-9600 by Fire-Lite Alarms)

Fire system network is web-server-based and offers e-mail capability. Users can automatically e-mail critical alarm information to up to 50 different designated contacts using any PC, laptop or web-enabled PDA, and can monitor building system alarm events, such as fire, security CCTV and card access, from one main source via the Internet or Intranet. (UniNet Online by Notifier)

Fire supression system makes use of halon replacement. The fluid is comprised of a C6-fluoroketone that extinguishes fire by heat absorption. The agent also slows the combustion process and can suppress a fire in its incipient stage. Additionally, its atmospheric lifetime is five days. (Ansul Sapphire by Tyco Fire & Security)

Domed automatic fire vent is said to provide enhanced thermal insulation properties, natural daylight and energy efficiency. Featuring a translucent polycarbonate glazing, the vent is designed to open automatically in the event of a fire, allowing smoke, heat and gases to escape from a burning building. A latching system prevents inadvertent opening of covers by wind or vibrations. (Lumivent by the Bilco Company)

Analog/addressable fire control panel features 127 addressable points, single-button reset and silence functions. The unit also has a built-in digital communicator, programmable zone or point reporting capability, enhanced user interface, and integrated dead-front cabinet with 6-amp 24-volts DC power supply and programming capability via the on-board user interface or PC-based programming software. (Farenhyt IFP-100 by Silent Knight)

Distributed audio system is said to be the first product to deliver full-network control and communications, digital messaging, live voice instructions and firefighter telephone communications through a distributed network fire-alarm system on a single pair of wires. As the system incorporates existing manufacturer panels, it doesn't need to be redesigned and can be expanded as a given application grows. Additionally, it utilizes Boolean logic and a digital signal processor (NetSolo by Fire Control Instruments)

Fire controller can be configured with or without a 640-character, multi-line liquid crystal display, and supports a full line of remote annunciators, programming tools, modular configuration options and intelligent detector technology. The system can poll and report alarms or activate outputs in less than two seconds and has a capacity of up to 3,180 devices. (IFC-3030 by Johnson Controls)

Fire-protection handbook is available in a CD-ROM version. Developed by a team of scientists and engineers, the handbook touches upon subjects such as preparing and reviewing performance-based designs, CFD modeling, egress and human behavior, risk assessment, water mist systems, safety factors and flammable liquid spill fires. (SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering by SFPE and NFPA)

Air-sampling fire detection system is an early-warning device that combines the benefits of laser technology with cloud chamber and spot detection. The system is said to offer less maintenance with drop-in replacements (PRO Series by SAFE Fire Detection)

Fire suppression system for restaurant kitchen hoods features discharge nozzles that are equally spaced over the entire length of the hood. A pneumatic linear detection device runs behind the filters for the entire length of the hood and will automatically activate at a pre-determined temperature. (Amerex Zone Defense by Greenheck)

Sprinkler video details the difference between automatic sprinkler systems and the manufacturer's waterless fire-protection system and is based on comparison tests developed by an independent fire consultant, simulating fire sizes typical of those occurring in computers, electronics and telecommunications equipment. The chemical in the waterless system is non-conductive and non-corrosive, and there is not residue, particulate or collateral damage after discharge. (FM-200 video by Great Lakes Chemical)

CD-ROM contains more than 45,000 listings of fire-protection, electrical and building equipment materials and services tested and approved by the company. Products are listed by trade name and include manufacturer name and address, sizes, catalog numbers and technical information on application and use. It is also available in three printed volumes. (2004 Approval Guide by FM Global).

Fire pump monitoring system offers weekly pressure and test reports, as required by NFPA 25, for on-site and/or off-site service personnel; the ability to dispatch qualified service personnel to perform maintenance as required; and the interpretive ability and trending to determine when maintenance is required and predict potential failures before they occur. (by Armstrong Pumps)

Peer-to-peer fire alarm network can link up to 250 fire-alarm control panels and features a self-healing network architecture capability. If a panel or other node type becomes isolated from the network, the network will "heal" itself around the node and continue normal operations, and the isolated node will revert to stand-alone operation. (SmartLink by Gamewell)

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