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New fire alarm system

The filtration product manufacturer MANN+HUMMEL employs 15,000 people at more than 50 locations worldwide (pictured, German hq) and has a turnover of three billion euros. In 2014, it acquired Vokes Air manufacturing plant in Burnley to increase its UK presence in the filtration and air purification market.

Last year, the company identified the need for a new fire alarm system to cover the site. After speaking with Chorley-based specialist installation company, ADJ Fire and Security, the manufacturer decided to install one of C-TEC’s new CAST addressable fire systems. That’s comprising a network of ZFP 1-loop touchscreen-controlled panels connected to over 250 CAST devices including heat detectors embedded with C-TEC’s ‘HEART’ (HEat Analysis and Response Technology) algorithms to make sure that each one remains in readiness for a potential fire alarm.

Steve Hutchinson, Head of Sales at ADJ, said: “We were delighted to be asked to equip the MANN+HUMMEL Vokes Air site with an L1 fire detection and alarm system developed by one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of life-safety systems. The fact that C-TEC is based in the North-West was important to ourselves and our client as we are both keen to support local manufacturers wherever possible particularly those which produce such high-quality equipment.

“Performance-wise, CAST is fast, reliable and incredibly powerful. As a 40V loop driven system, it allows you to put twice as many devices on a loop compared to other manufacturers’ systems. The soft-addressing nature of the system also means it’s simple-to-install, programme and commission as all the devices can be easily programmed at the panel.

“Another key factor as to why we chose CAST is C-TEC’s outstanding free-of-charge technical support service. Terry Gordon, the company’s Technical Support Manager, and his team have been absolutely amazing, offering advice, answering any queries we had and providing phenomenal technical support throughout. I cannot praise them highly enough.”


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