22 Fireray 5000 auto-aligning, auto-optimising beam-type smoke detectors have been provided as part of a fire protection system by Honeywell Life Safety Austria for a new production and storage facility in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
The high-quality fire safety system includes 96 IQ8 optical point detectors, 31 transponders, 20 Manual Call Points, 13 sounders, and an IQ8 Control M FACP from Esser by Honeywell. The 22 Fireray 5000 reflective beam detectors from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) were specifically chosen to protect the high-ceilinged storage-production area, where point detection would be inefficient compared to the coverage that beam detectors can offer. The local installer, Gore-Tech, chose the Esser and FFE products due to their customisability and proven track records – all are certified both locally and internationally, and well-recognised for their performance around the world.
The new FFE detectors were especially suitable for this installation: as the building is constructed with steel elements, it can be particularly susceptible to movement and shifting brought about by changing temperature. The Fireray 5000′s unique AutoAlign and AutoOptimise technology can compensate for this automatically to keep the beam on target and maximise its efficiency, whereas less advanced technology would need frequent manual recalibration. This significantly increases the devices’ functional reliability in such an environment – and also reduces the time, effort and expense of installation and maintenance. The ground-level remote controller unit also means that settings can be easily changed without the need to climb the 11m high walls to the detector heads themselves.