Fire Fighting Enterprises becomes FFE

13 February 2015

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.

FFE 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.

Advanced Panels Protect the Eighth Wonder of the World

6 February 2015

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.

Smart+ Combines Mechanical Interlocks with Process Safety Sensors

6 February 2015

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.