Hochiki Protects Iceland’s New Power Station

Hochiki Protects Iceland's New Power Station

The project called for 350 Hochiki ESP – Enhanced System Protocol – analogue addressable sensors, 95 call points and 49 beam detectors. Hochiki has also supplied a number of analogue addressable modules – 219 relay controllers. These allow multiple inputs and outputs at one physical address, which maximises functionality and minimises the number of modules. The Hochiki analogue addressable devices are integrated with ten two-loop Kentec Electronics’ Syncro fire control panels that are also interfaced to the plant’s high-sensitivity smoke detection system.

According to Ark Security’s Kjartan Scheving, the Hochiki sensors were chosen because of their unique ability to react to a wider range of inputs than is possible with the less sophisticated sensors on the market. He says: The ‘flat response’ technology that Hochiki developed all but eliminates the risk of false alarms. Additionally, the sensitivity of each analogue addressable device is set to match the prevailing conditions in the plant using the Syncro panel’s intuitive Loop Explorer configuration software.” He continues: “They are also automatically re-calibrated every 24 hours to compensate for any environmental contamination in the plant, ensuring that they continue to operate reliably at the specified sensitivity.”

When complete in 2009, the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant will generate 300 megawatts of electricity and 400 megawatts of thermal energy. This latest order from Iceland for Hochiki technology follows the successful completion of a number of major school projects that were also undertaken by Ark Security. Commenting on the Hellisheidi order Kjartan Scheving, Managing Director of Ark Security, says: “Naturally, a power plant is a high-hazard environment where fire safety is absolutely critical, so fast and reliable fire detection is essential.” He continues: “We chose Hochiki over its competitors because we have never had a single instance where the reliability or performance of the company’s products has been in any doubt.”

Hochiki Europe (UK) has been active in the fire safety market since 1993, and is a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Hochiki Corporation that was founded in 1918. Today, Hochiki Europe is headquartered in Gillingham in Kent and designs, manufactures and markets a broad selection of premium-build fire detection and alarm products and systems throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Further information is available by telephone on +44 (0) 01634 266 566, or via email at news@hochikieurope.com. The company’s website is at www.hochikieurope.com.

Maintaining your machinery

If your machinery isn’t maintained or checked, it may malfunction. If a malfunction occurs, the equipment may go awry, the equipment may overheat and subsequently cause a fire. Along with your machinery, your fire alarm systems and protection should regularly be maintained and checked, so as to ensure it will still adequately function in the case of a fire outbreak. So make sure your fire alarm system is regularly serviced and maintained!

Manufacturing Fire Safety Emergency Procedures

Fire drills where loud machinery and equipment are being operated, are often difficult to carry out. You will need the right alarm system that can be heard over these. However, drills must be carried at least once a year. All full time and temporary members of staff should be aware of the full evacuation process. If your staff are more experienced in fire procedures, the smoother the evacuation process! Additionally, staff need to understand how to use the fire protection equipment available. To get your staff confident with the use of the fire protection equipment, get them fire warden trained!

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Published August 2018