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Xylem: Harness water system to increase fire prevention capabilities
July 16, 2018
A new product range launched by Xylem Water Solutions UK will help facilities managers to harness a building’s water systems in order to increase fire prevention capabilities and occupant safety.
The Lowara GEM series and the Hydroquench 3000MK2 are two examples of Xylem’s modern sprinkler system solutions. Coming as part of an integrated system, both the GEM and Hydroquench can be connected to a break tank or a mains water supply easily and efficiently.
“Many facilities managers may be dissuaded from installing sprinkler systems, because they’re often thought to be costly to install and complicated to manage,” says Mark Bradley, northern regional manager of building services and industry at Xylem.
“In fact, the opposite is true. The pump, sprinkler heads and controls all come as one item, meaning it’s easy to fit either the GEM or Hydroquench to both new-builds and existing buildings. What’s more, both systems require only three connections to function: suction pipes, discharge pipes, and an electrical supply.
“They also benefit from the latest automated controls, which can test the functionality of the system, reduce the likelihood of dry-runs or overheating, and prevent the sprinklers from activating unnecessarily.”
GEM and Hydroquench systems are controlled by a highly-intuitive control panel, which provides automatic self-test cycles on a monthly basis, and volt-free alarm contact. Users can also test the pumps manually as and when needed, with an optional external monitoring service available to warn of possible failures and provide real-time data on pump performance.
Mark says: “Both pumps are designed to handle high flows and pressures of up to 16 Bar. There’s a wide range of types and sizes available, which means that facilities managers can be sure that they have the right match for their individual needs.”
The importance of fire prevention technologies has been highlighted many times in recent years, but many public and private buildings still do not possess adequate systems. Figures by schools’ minister Nick Gibb revealed that less than one in three schools built or refurbished by the central government since 2010 have had sprinkler systems installed.
“Automatic sprinkler systems save lives, protect buildings and ensure the longevity and resilience of homes, workplaces and public buildings,” Mark says. “Solid fire prevention strategies should always be a top priority, and the installation of a sprinkler system is an easy, cost-effective way to get started.”
The Lowara GEM series complies with EN12845 standards. The Hydroquench conforms to EN 12259-12 and BS9251 standards. Xylem’s team of sales engineers are happy to provide application guidance to help clients fulfil their requirements.