Fire Suppression Solenoids

Custom Solenoids for Fire Suppression

Solenoids and solenoid valves in fire suppression systems perform a critical task - to control and deliver extinguishing agents, including:

  • Clean Agent (FM200, 3M Novec 1230, FHC-227, FE-227)
  • Inert Gas
  • CO2

Proper regulation of these agents requires speed, force and reliability. Choosing TLX custom solenoids for fire suppression ensures a faster (<10 ms), more durable, reusable solution made to your exact needs.

Fire Suppression Solenoid Advancements and Patents

Observing industry trends and incorporating customer feedback allows TLX engineers to pioneer many fire suppression actuation solutions, including several pending patents. This ingenuity helped TLX create multiple UL recognized components while working with customers to achieve system approval with regulatory agencies.

A component which embodies TLX innovation in fire suppression is a mechanism which helps detect whether a pressure valve is connected to a latching solenoid, meets industry standard NFPA 2001, Sec 4.3.4.1., required by January 1, 2016. TLX is working with engineers to implement this mechanism into their system design and preempt the upcoming regulation - saving time and cost.

Patents Awarded

  • A latching solenoid that operates a pressure valve, which releases fire suppressant from a pressurized container. This solenoid replaces the pyrotechnic device commonly used in fire protection systems. Awarded February 2014.
  • A mechanism that allows operators to detect whether the pressure valve is fully connected to the latching solenoid. Compliant to NFPA 2001, Sec. 4.3.4.1 required by January 1, 2016. Awarded June 2015.
  • A mechanism incorporated into the pneumatic actuator for multiple cylinder arrangements that allows operators to detect if the valve is fully connected to the actuator. Awarded August 2015.

Knowledge in Action - A less expensive, better performing solution

A fire systems manufacturer sought to replace the pyrotechnic device used to open a Schrader valve on a cylinder of compressed extinguishing medium. This component needed a faster response time and higher latching force than the pyrotechnic device. TLX engineers developed an ideal solution - a latching solenoid with an optional manual valve actuator. Read the full case study »

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