Sensing, data collection, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming a common place part of everyday life. Everything from refrigerators to complex manufacturing equipment utilize a combination of these technologies to make people’s lives a little easier. These technologies, when properly implemented, hold considerable value for the fire suppression industry. Sensing and data collection can help with everything from improving the efficiency and safety of system maintenance to risk mitigation. Remote connectivity allows this data to be shared across systems so that the overall system health can easily be monitored both on site and remotely. This is becoming an increasingly crucial necessity in an era where COVID-19 has resulted in fewer employees being consistently on site. Combining mechanical innovations with sensing, data collection, and remote connectivity can create the safest, most reliable system possible.
We will explore some of the products that can make a fire suppression system safer and more reliable, and how sensing and remote connectivity can add value to the fire suppression system.
Facilities that house assets that would be water damaged by traditional sprinkler systems will often rely on gaseous fire suppressions systems. The gases used in these systems are stored in pressurized tanks. When the system is activated, an actuator releases the suppressing agent into the protected area. This extinguishes the fire by reducing the oxygen content or temperature to the point where combustion is no longer possible. The primary device used for releasing the suppressing agent from the storage tank is the electric latching actuator.