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TLX highlights the importance of integrated sensing in fire suppression systems

October 12, 2023

A TLX Technologies blog article sheds light on the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) basics in fire suppression systems.

Understanding the value of data in fire safety

Fire suppression systems have traditionally been in service for over a decade without the necessity for updates.

However, many of these systems haven’t been equipped to utilize the recent technological advances, particularly in data harnessing.

Data is now considered one of the most essential commodities for businesses.

By integrating sensors into key components, data can be effortlessly collected, analyzed, and aggregated.

TLX sheds light on the slow adoption of technology

The HVAC industry was quick to adopt integrated sensing technologies for data collection.

However, the fire suppression sector hasn’t fully grasped the benefits of such data and integrated sensing.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have hesitated to delve into this avenue.

Integrating these sensing techniques can enhance safety and efficiency significantly.

Traditional fire suppression systems are generally inspected semi-annually.

This limited inspection could overlook minor faults, jeopardizing the system’s efficacy.

But with the integration of apt sensors, these faults can be pinpointed and rectified promptly.

Countering human error with technology

Instances of human error, such as overlooking the reinstallation of an actuation device post-maintenance, have previously compromised the safety and functionality of fire suppression systems.

However, integrated sensing promises to boost safety measures further.

The correct amount of agent in the system’s extinguishing agent storage tanks is crucial for proper discharge.

Traditional methods necessitated manual measurements and calculations, paving the way for potential errors.

Modern sensing advancements now offer thermally compensated weight readings, eliminating manual miscalculations.

Sensors ensuring system readiness

Actuator-integrated sensors can measure various parameters like voltage, current, and firing pin position to confirm the system’s readiness.

Such sensors can also log maintenance dates and record any accidental discharges, valuable for liability and insurance purposes.

Remote supervision in the modern age

Retrofitting these sensors to existing systems or incorporating them into new ones allows both on-site and remote data access.

In an era dominated by remote work and with the ongoing impact of COVID-19, having fewer on-site personnel makes such technology indispensable.

Especially for hard-to-reach locations like offshore rigs or telecom shelters, this tech ensures continuous monitoring at a fraction of the system’s cost.

The fire suppression industry stands at a juncture where stakeholders need to ponder the best application of this technology.

TLX suggests that if fire suppression OEMs harness integrated sensing technologies and consider customer feedback, they can elevate their systems’ safety, reliability, and maintenance efficiency at minimal expense.

FSJA Comment

With the fast-paced technological evolution, it’s paramount that industries, especially those concerned with safety like fire suppression, don’t lag behind.

TLX’s emphasis on integrating advanced sensing in these systems isn’t just about staying updated; it’s about prioritizing safety, efficiency, and reliability.

This insight from TLX underscores the significant potential and value that can be derived from incorporating IoT basics into fire suppression, potentially redefining industry standards.

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