Fire Fighting Enterprises becomes FFE

Rebrand announced at Intersec 2015

On January 18, 2015 Fire Fighting Enterprises officially became FFE. Known the world over as a specialist in smoke and flame detection through its Fireray and Talentum product brands, FFE is using Intersec Dubai as the platform to announce its rebrand.

“We are delighted to be making this key announcement at Intersec. Changing our name and updating our image marks an important milestone for our company and our customers,” commented FFE’s managing director Mark Osborne. “We’re putting more focus on our two world-renowned product brands – the Fireray optical beam smoke detector and the Talentum flame detector. We welcomed many visitors to our booth number 4-G37 at Intersec to discuss how we can work with them to deliver world-class fire safety.”

FFE has always been driven by innovation, from the introduction of the first Fireray optical beam smoke detector over thirty years ago to the integration of the Talentum flame detector range in 2013. These products are relied on to protect some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the White House, Buckingham Palace, Dubai Airport and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as well as countless industrial installations worldwide. Talentum flame detectors have also been selected to protect the Bloodhound supersonic car, set to break the world land-speed record later this year.

Over 8% of all FFE’s revenues are re-invested back into R&D, developing the technologies that are at the core of Fireray and Talentum and helping to bring about new technological breakthroughs. Through this ongoing research, FFE is not only providing quality today, but developing world-leading technologies for tomorrow.

“Underpinning everything we do is our most valuable asset, our people,” says sales and marketing director Tracy Kirk. “We couldn’t do what we do without our R&D team of highly qualified engineers, a dynamic and truly customer-focussed sales and marketing team, and a UK-based manufacturing facility covering production, testing and calibration.

“Added to that is our purpose-built, on-site training space, where we offer training courses not only on the products we supply, but also on the fundamental principles of smoke and flame detection.”

FFE has offices in the UK, USA, Dubai, India and China and a global network of distributors and channel partners. Continuous growth now sees the company’s products protecting lives in over 90 countries round the world – and this growth is set to continue.

Held between 18-20 January, Intersec is the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade and networking exhibition for the security and safety industries. It offers a unique spectrum of products from the fields of Commercial Security, Information Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security and Policing.

For more details, please contact India Business Manager, Mr. Sasi Kumar on T: +91 98869 41982 or E-mail: SKumar@ffeuk.com.

About FFE
FFE is a UK-based, global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. The company’s two leading brands are the Fireray optical beam smoke detector, with over half a million units installed worldwide, and the Talentum flame detector, one of the world’s most respected flame detector brands. FFE also leads the global market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use and produces a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company.

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Smart+ Combines Mechanical Interlocks with Process Safety Sensors

SmartTrap+ ensures process vessels and pipework are safe to open

In the process industry, mechanical interlocks guarantee strict adherence to procedures and help avoid human error. They are particularly useful for highly dangerous operations such as pigging and valve changeover procedures.

While interlocks ensure extremely high safety levels, they usually function as stand-alone safety systems. New digital technologies are now emerging that enable traditional interlocking to be combined with digital process control and instrumentation systems.

Smith Flow Control is the first company to combine these mutually beneficial technologies in the development of the SmartTrap+, which incorporates signals from sensors into the interlocking sequence.

During a pigging operation certain safety conditions need to be met: the vessel pressure should be at a safe level and all dangerous gases and residue must be removed before opening the pig door. Mechanical interlocking guarantees that all required valve operations are performed, but cannot guarantee the outcomes of these operations.

For example, opening and closing a vent valve does not give real time information that the vessel pressure has actually reached a safe level; while opening and closing a drain valve does not guarantee that all residue has been removed.

By incorporating signals from other field devices like pressure or H2S/CO2 sensors into the interlocking sequence, the SmartTrap+ ensures interlock keys can only be released if particular process conditions have been met. So, for example, this could mean that the key for opening the vessel closure door will only be released when the pressure inside the vessel is acceptable and no dangerous gases or residue are detected.

SmartTrap+ incorporates permissive signals and a door lock proximity switch (4-20mA) as standard. The signals can include (but are not limited to) pressure detection, gas detection, flow/ level and pig detection.

Some of the factors contributing to pipeline pigging incidents include:
• Lack of training or complacency
• Lack of hazard awareness
• False sense of security and reliance only on pressure gauges

SmartTrap+ effectively deals with these factors, making pigging a safer operation and grants full traceability in real time.

The process industry’s standard preventive actions include:
• Hazard identification and risk assessment including management of changes
• Awareness, training and competencies of personnel
• Procedures that address normal and upset conditions

SmartTrap+ reinforces these actions and implements genuine physical control on any pigging operation.

For operators needing to ensure higher levels of process safety, the SmartTrap+ is an ideal solution. By incorporating the best of traditional mechanical interlocking with process sensor information to ensure all vessels are safe to access, it will help to reduce accidents and reduce downtime.

For more information, contact Ms. Louise Cracknell at +44 (0) 1376 517901, Email: l.cracknell@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control (SFC) is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and activity management systems: EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation and TorkDrive, a torque limiting device. SFC is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced Panels Protect the Eighth Wonder of the World

Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, built almost 1,500 years ago and a landmark of global importance is being protected with an Advanced fire system.

Advanced protects hagia sofia

Built on the orders of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian in 537 in what was then Constantinople, it was the world’s largest cathedral and a cornerstone of Christianity for nearly 1,000 years. It then became the city’s most important mosque for almost 500 years and is now a world famous museum and a crown jewel in the history and skyline of Istanbul. As far back as the 6th Century it was called ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. It welcomes millions of visitors every year and became Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction in 2012.

A recent upgrade to its fire system, installed by Advanced’s partner, D Sistem, saw an Advanced MxPro 4 fire system installed, supporting optical smoke and air sampling detection, with a range of input and output devices.

MxPro offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free complete training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

MxPro 4 is Advanced’s benchmark panel and is EN54 2 & 4 approved, offering users high quality and performance and the knowledge that its fire system can be easily upgraded in future. Its partner Advanced’s MxPro 5 is EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved and is backward compatible with the MxPro 4.

Gerda Koberidze Özkan, spokesperson for D Sistem Ltd said “The improvements to this historic building have involved bringing the fire detection system up to date, ensuring that the building has the best quality fire alarm system and meets the highest standards in fire safety. We have used Advanced panels for several projects in the past as they are highly reliable, adaptable and can be upgraded in the future.”

Etienne Ricoux, Advanced’s Export Sales Manager for Europe, commented: “The Hagia Sofia is the latest landmark building to be protected by Advanced panels. It’s probably the oldest building we’ve ever protected and beautifully illustrates the power and quality of Advanced’s fire systems. On the one hand we protect one of Europe’s oldest landmarks and the other its current tallest building, The Shard in London.

“We believe that MxPro ticks all the boxes, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use. It also delivers a future-proof solution, with the capability to be easily upgraded and supplemented in future.”

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced
Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.

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Contact lens fitting revolutionized with the Volk Eye Check

New Contact Lens Module reduces drop outs and improves first time fit

Volk Eye-Check Logo
Volk Eye Check – for accurate, objective ocular measurements.

Volk Optical announces the launch of Volk Eye Check for the contact lens market. An addition to the current Volk Eye Check device, which provides ocular measurements and aids in the diagnosis of ophthalmic abnormalities such as strabismus, The Volk Eye Check Contact Lens module is a new software application focused on assisting the contact lens practitioner to achieve a quicker fitting process and to reduce drop-out rates.

Eyecheck front angle

By automatically providing objective and accurate measurements of key eye parameters such as HVID, pupils and lids, Volk Eye Check’s Contact Lens module will assist practitioners in quickly identifying patients that may require non-standard optics in their lenses, and also to assist in the quick and smooth fitting of progressive, RGP, and scleral lenses.

Eyecheck in Use

Eyecheck in Use

“We believe that this new and unique device will add value to the contact lens practitioner and manufacturer by saving time and money, reducing trial and error, and ultimately achieving lower drop-out rates.” said Pete Mastores, President of Volk Optical.

“Volk Eye Check’s Contact Lens Module provides fast, accurate and objective measurements within a small, mobile and cost-effective device. We believe that the device may revolutionize the way contact lenses are designed and fitted and open up opportunities for better fittings and greater patient satisfaction” said Yuval Yashiv, Chief Executive of IRISS Medical Technologies, Volk’s technology partner for the device.

Volk will be displaying the Volk Eye Check for the first time at the All India Ophthalmic Congress (AIOC-2015) in New Delhi this week (Feb 5-8).

For more details contact Mahadev Dhuri, General Manager – India (Volk-Keeler) on T: 91-22-67080400, M: +91 99303 11090, E-mail: mahadev.dhuri@halma.com, Website: www.volk.com

About Volk:
Volk Optical is an industry leader in aspheric optics and diagnostic imaging. Glass lens construction and the company’s patented double aspheric technology result in the highest resolution imaging with the best stereopsis for precision diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical work. Volk’s portable, electronic, digital imaging devices are building the foundation for the future of ophthalmology, optometry, and general medicine. The company is based in Mentor, Ohio, USA and has representatives and distributors around the world.

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