Apollo Fire Detectors Launches New EN54-11 Approved Manual Call Points

Apollo’s new, extensive collection of EN54-11:2001 compliant Manual Call Points has been designed and manufactured exclusively in-house by the company’s team of industry-leading experts, engineers and technicians.

New EN54-11 Approved Manual Call Points from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

New EN54-11 Approved Manual Call Points from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Currently available in XP95, Discovery and Waterproof variants, the new call points feature a convenient re-settable element for quick and easy testing: a single ergonomically-designed tool is used for both the test and reset procedures. Installation is further eased with front-facing addressing, meaning there is no need to detach it from the backbox which is supplied as standard for simple surface mounting.

The products are also loop-powered and feature ‘E-Z fit’ connectors to reduce and speed up wiring requirements, and have a continuity link to allow system wiring and testing prior to call point connection.

Customers can choose whether to have an isolator included with the manual call points, which would eliminate the need for additional, separate isolation devices; isolator versions are also EN54-17 compliant. A two-colour LED on the front clearly displays ‘normal’ or ‘fault’ status for each device, and the highly visible alarm indicator can be seen from up to 10 metres away. The new call points are fully backwards compatible and can be retro-fit, and can also be supplied with an optional transparent cover to prevent accidental operation.

Further variants of Apollo’s new Manual Call Points will be made available in the future, including: AlarmSense, Conventional, Intrinsically Safe, Marine, SIL and Coloured variants. Apollo has also created videos to demonstrate and aid installation of the products, which can be viewed on the company’s website (www.apollo-fire.co.uk/video) or YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/apollofiredetectors).

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Apollo Fire Detectors Appoints New Sales Manager for India

Leading independent smoke detector manufacturer Apollo Fire Detectors has appointed Vikrant Patil as their new Sales Manager for India. The company believes that the country’s rapidly growing fire protection industry is an excellent market for its international prestigious products.

Apollo Fire Detectors appoints Vikrant Patil as new Sales Manager for India

Apollo Fire Detectors appoints Vikrant Patil as new Sales Manager for India

Vikrant is a seasoned engineer with over 20 years of experience in Industrial and Process Automation, and has held various roles from Customer Support Engineer through Sales to Project and OEM Management positions with other global companies such as Mettler, Krohne and Siemens Milltronics.

“What attracts me to Apollo is the company’s strong brand leadership, reputation and technical competencies in the Fire Industry”, said Vikrant.

“I have worked for and with many global companies over the years, and am looking forward to helping Apollo improve the presence of its truly market-leading products and operations in India.”

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New Faces at Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Leading independent smoke detector manufacturer Apollo Fire Detectors welcomes two new colleagues to its Sales and Marketing team, with Louise Randall joining as Customer Service Manager and Alistair Scott as new Regional Sales Manager for Scotland, the North East and Northern Ireland.

Louise Randall, new Customer Service Manager for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Louise Randall, new Customer Service Manager for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Louise brings a wealth of experience from a range of industries, with successful past roles in customer demand and sales planning, project and account management and field sales. She will be responsible for the Customer Service team and Internal Sales in the EMEA region.

Alistair Scott, new Regional Sales Manager for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Alistair Scott, new Regional Sales Manager for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Alistair comes to Apollo after 3 years with sister fire industry company Fire Fighting Enterprises, where he led UK and Ireland Sales for the optical beam smoke detector manufacturer. Alistair will now be responsible for supporting and developing Apollo’s customer and client base in some of the company’s key UK regions.

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Apollo Products Achieve Functional Safety Approval

Fifteen Apollo products have been independently evaluated to IEC61508 resulting in Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2. This evaluation establishes the functional safety of the products by illustrating how reliably and correctly they respond to inputs.

Paul Pope, Business Innovation Manager, for Apollo, explains the significance of this certification: “Whilst on site testing and maintenance is a vital component of ensuring the on-going functionality of any fire detection system, it doesn’t provide evidence that in a ‘live’ situation, equipment will function as planned. A SIL rating gives confidence that it will. Through a series of extensive evaluations this certificating process demonstrates a product’s integrity to perform its primary function in a real life situation.

“Evidence of this kind is particularly important in high risk environments such as the marine and offshore industry, as well as other sectors including education and healthcare that demand a high level of functional safety.”

The following products have been evaluated and have been SIL2 certified:

Discovery

  • Sounder Beacon Base
  • Heat Detector
  • Ionisation Smoke Detector
  • Optical Smoke Detector
  • Multisensor Detector
  • Manual Call Point
  • Manual Call Point (Surface)

XP95 Intrinsically Safe

  • Heat Detector
  • Ionisation Smoke Detector
  • Manual Call Point

XP95

  • Input/Output Unit with Isolator
  • Output Unit with Isolator
  • Manual Call Point – Surface Mounting Box
  • Manual Call Point – Isolated with Surface Mounting Box

The devices are certified to be used with Apollo protocol control panels that are SIL rated.

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New Regional Sales Manager for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

The leading independent smoke detector manufacturer, Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd., has announced the appointment of Brian Warburton as Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands and North West (UK).

Apollo Fire Detectors appoints Brian Warburton as new Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands and North West (UK)

Apollo Fire Detectors appoints Brian Warburton as new Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands and North West (UK)

Brian brings to Apollo a history of success and wealth of experience in the fire industry. He has previously worked for both Menvier and Cooper Industries, with roles that have taken him across many areas of the business including UK and international sales, marketing, product management and service support.

As the new Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands and Northwest, Brian will be responsible for supporting and growing the customer base in these two regions of the UK.

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New Bells, Sounders and Beacons for Marine Applications from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd

Leading fire protection product manufacturer Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. has recently launched several new bells, sounders and beacons suitable for marine applications. Designed especially to suit any signalling need in a marine environment, Apollo’s new products range from simple bells to separate or combined alarm sounders and flashing beacons, with a variety of input voltages and audio/visual output levels offered.

New bells, sounders and beacons for marine applications from Apollo Fire Detectors

New bells, sounders and beacons for marine applications from Apollo Fire Detectors

New products for the marine market include the Marine version of the fire market’s favourite Roshni Low Profile (RoLP) Sounder, the Marine Flashni combined Sounder Beacon, the patented low-current Electronic Solenoid Bell, the Marine 6 Inch Motorised Bell 24V DC, Marine Solista Maxi LED beacon, and the IP66 rated Marine Asserta 110dB-120dB sounder and sounder beacon variants.

One of the most trusted fire protection manufacturers, Apollo is renowned for the reliability of its products and leads the field in providing a product lifetime guarantee. For the potentially dangerous and hard-wearing marine market, the added value of this assured level of quality is obvious.

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Open-Area Voice Sounder And Sounder Beacon Strengthen Apollo’s Discovery® Voice Product Range

The Open-Area Voice Sounder and Sounder Beacon are designed to provide clear instructional messages within a fire system, offering six distinct messages and seven volume levels. The devices can be used in applications to ease confusion for the public, instructing them in a concise and intelligible manner on what emergency action should be taken in case of a fire.

New Open Area Voice Sounder and Sounder Beacon added to Apollo's Discovery Range

New Open Area Voice Sounder and Sounder Beacon added to Apollo's Discovery Range

Both products offer high volume and enhanced capability of up to 15 tone/message pairs, which reduces the risk of audible alarms being ignored.

Richard Bramham, Marketing Director for Apollo, explains: “With the pressure of modern lifestyles and the constant changing of fire regulations, voice sounders are becoming increasingly common. This is particularly the case for public buildings, tourist attractions and shopping centres, where visitors are likely to be unaware of the specific fire signals.”

The new products, which only operate with the Discovery protocol, offer a number of practical benefits including:
• 6 messages and 7 volume levels
• Software-defined group addressing with up to 16 group addresses
• Alarm switching by individual device, by group address or of all devices on loop
• Independent control of sounder and beacon
• Isolator status information
• Set-up and testing of devices at point of installation
• Optional noise pollution feature; automatically silences after 20 minutes
• Class change bell tone
• Red or white options

To listen to the voice alarm messages and download the latest technical literature, please visit www.apollo-fire.co.uk.

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New Managing Director for Apollo Fire Detectors – EMEA Region

Warren Rees has been appointed by leading fire detection product manufacturer Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. as the new Managing Director with regional responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Warren Rees is the new Managing Director EMEA of Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Warren Rees is the new Managing Director EMEA of Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Warren, who joins Apollo from sister Halma company Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd., is a graduate in Applied Mathematics with extensive experience of both successful business management and the fire industry. He has previously held the position of Managing Director at Fire Fighting Enterprises Ltd., and before that at Cerberus UK – where he first encountered Apollo in a professional environment, as a competitor.

Talking about his appointment, Warren said: “Apollo has an enviable reputation for industry-leading product development, exceptional customer service and business growth, and I am excited about the opportunities we will have to both continue and build further on these proud traditions in the future. Apollo is clearly a company with the people, facilities and values to back up its reputation, and I’m delighted to now take on the challenge of taking us to the next step – both as a business, and for our customers’ benefit.”

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Egyptian Mummies And Polar Bears: No Task Too Tough For Apollo

Northern Ireland’s award winning Ulster Museum has been equipped with a new Apollo-based fire detection system as part of a £17.5 million refurbishment programme. Eurotec Safety Services, who have been representing Apollo for more than 20 years, won the contract for the supply and commissioning of the fire system.

Apollo Fire Detectors used to protect Ulster Museum

Apollo Fire Detectors used to protect Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum is acknowledged as one of the UK’s finest, having won the Art Fund Prize in 2010 for the museum within the UK that best recognises and stimulates originality and excellence. The museum is home to a number of collections that represent Northern Ireland’s history, varying from fossils and archaeology to world cultures and art. Two of the museum’s prize pieces are Takabuti, a seventh century BC Egyptian Mummy, and Peter the Polar Bear. Peter shot to fame when the museum’s night watchman reported hearing unusual noises coming from the preserved and stuffed bear. The museum also houses the most complete real dinosaur fossil on display in Ireland in the form of the Edmontosaurus skeleton and some of the finest examples of Celtic design from the Iron Age period.

As part of the refurbishment, a new extension was added to the original museum, which is a listed building. The central feature of the new extension is a 23 metre high atrium area which houses the giant ‘Window on our World’ display tower. This state-of-the-art attraction rises up through the museum’s four levels and houses the most iconic objects from across the museum’s diverse collections. As well as containing many exhibits that are of high financial and sentimental value, the recently refurbished museum also boasts three new learning zones, 33 galleries and exhibition spaces and a restaurant.

Ulster Museum is protected by fire detectors from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Ulster Museum is protected by fire detectors from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

There were a number of factors that had to be taken into account when designing the fire detection system. Given the diverse nature of the facilities, the client required a fire system that was reliable in a range of different environments. In addition there was a need to be able to protect a large number of visitors of all ages, many of whom would not know the building layout or fire evacuation drill. As well as being able to protect a large number of people in a challenging environment, a reliable voice controlled evacuation system was necessary in order to communicate with those who are unable to understand the traditional alarms, whether due to a disability or because of language barriers.

Approximately 500 Apollo analogue addressable XP95 detectors were specified to meet the main fire protection requirements, with the system based around a Kidde Vega panel that controls 24 zones. The specification required a large number of interfaces to be incorporated into the system, for example to control the display lighting, audio and visual display features and the museum lifts in the event of an emergency.

Geoff Dougan, of Eurotec Safety Services, said:
“Apollo’s XP95 range gave us the product choice and flexibility to meet the specifications of this application. It is well proven in the field and the reliability of Apollo systems is one of the main reasons why we have been using their products for more than 20 years.”

Within a year of re-opening following the refurbishment, Ulster Museum had welcomed 500,000 visitors, making it Northern Ireland’s busiest visitor attraction.

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Range Of Apollo Detectors Chosen To Protect Council Headquarters

Fire detectors from Apollo’s Discovery, XPander and XP95 ranges have been chosen to protect West Sussex County Hall, Chichester, the headquarters of West Sussex County Council. The contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the fire detection system was awarded to Southern Fire Alarms Ltd, acting as a specialist sub-contractor to the main contractor, Willard Electrical Services (1981) Ltd. 

Fire detectors from Apollo’s Discovery, XPander and XP95 ranges have been chosen to protect West Sussex County Hall, Chichester, the headquarters of West Sussex County Council

Fire detectors from Apollo’s Discovery, XPander and XP95 ranges have been chosen to protect West Sussex County Hall, Chichester, the headquarters of West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council headquarters consists of a main five-storey building and seven satellite buildings. One of these is Edes House, a Grade I listed building that was built in 1696. The Georgian building was bought by the County Council in 1916 and used as council offices until the building of the present county hall in 1936. Today, the house is still used for County Council meetings during the day and is open for a variety of artistic, ceremonial and cultural activities at other times.

Other buildings at the headquarters are host to the council chambers and administration buildings, the County Council Emergency Management centre in the basement of the main building and a main server room. Each of these locations had very different requirements and Southern Fire Alarms Ltd recommended an Apollo-based detection system that was designed to meet L2 standards as required by West Sussex County Council.

Fire detectors from Apollo’s Discovery, XPander and XP95 ranges have been chosen to protect West Sussex County Hall, Chichester, the headquarters of West Sussex County Council

Fire detectors from Apollo’s Discovery, XPander and XP95 ranges have been chosen to protect West Sussex County Hall, Chichester, the headquarters of West Sussex County Council

More than 700 Apollo devices were installed alongside an existing fire alarm system, which needed to be retained until the new system was tested and commissioned. Advanced Electronics MX4000 panels are used to control the new fire alarm system. David Fell, System Sales Consultant at Southern Fire Alarms Ltd, explains: “For this installation we had a number of situations where specialist devices were required and Apollo was able to meet our demands. West Sussex County Council required an open protocol system. Apollo technology was chosen as it offers a great deal of flexibility when considering maintenance and, if required, spare parts are easily available.”

The fire detection system had a number of specific requirements, which Apollo technology was able to meet. For example, fire detection was required in the building’s attic spaces to supplement the existing smoke detection. Apollo’s Discovery carbon monoxide detectors were chosen to operate where the ceiling construction consists of multiple beam structures. As well as being able to operate in one of five response modes, Discovery detectors also incorporate drift compensation, which reduces the likelihood of false alarms as the detector can adapt to dirty or dusty environments.

The council chamber, Chief Executive’s office and entrance halls presented a very different fire detection challenge. The installation of hard-wired devices would have caused unacceptable damage to the decorative design on the walls and ceiling, so Apollo’s XPander range of wireless detectors were chosen. Designed for use in areas where hard-wired fire detection is impossible or impractical, XPander devices are also a good option for listed buildings, which may have strict rules regarding alteration to the original fabric of the structure. In these circumstances, channelling and wiring for traditional fire detection can cause damage to the interior during installation.

Specialist fire detection was also required in the county hall’s generator oil store room. Due to the volatile nature of the room’s contents, care needed to be taken with the fire detection that was installed. Electrical equipment for use in such areas must be designed so that it cannot ignite a flammable mixture, so Apollo’s XP95 Intrinsically Safe (IS) detectors were recommended. The range has been specifically developed for use in hazardous areas.

XP95 interfacing devices were installed to connect the fire detection system to a number of the other building systems, including the air handling unit, gas shut off and access control. As part of the fire system specification, Southern Fire Alarms also provided a bespoke panel and Apollo sounders in case of a bomb alert.

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