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Copyright International Fire Protection 2016

SOLO – 20 years of testing with world’s most popular detector test equipment

Every day, thousands of fire engineers around the world set to work maintaining fire systems. Part of this involves the functional testing of fire detectors in accordance with both codes and standards and the recommendations of the detector manufacturers.

The majority carry out this work using, the famous ‘red pole’ and test head – products from the Solo range of detector test equipment.

Launched in the mid-90’s, the product range started life with a specially formulated smoke aerosol (Solo A3) and an aerosol dispenser (Solo 330), mounted on top of a telescopic access pole (Solo 100). The range quickly developed a strong following – with many users keen to use what was seen as a more professional solution than alternative testers – such as hand-held aerosols. As standards developed world-wide and the range of detectors available increased, the demands placed on the Solo range also grew. As a result of these demands, further products and enhancements were developed including additional testers and complimentary accessories – such as a detector removal tool and detector duster.

Some of the most significant developments since the initial launch have seen the introduction of heat detector testers – initially with mains powered devices and more recently with a unique cordless design- and the launch of a carbon monoxide detector tester compatible with the dispenser and access poles. Additions such as these have seen Solo grow from a smoke detector tester made up of a handful of tools to a complete range offering functional testing and maintenance for all smoke, heat and CO detectors.

Smoke detector testing with Solo.

Smoke detector testing with Solo.

Today, Solo has widely been adopted as the test equipment of choice for the industry. Its reliability and robust design have played a major part in this – as have the approvals of the leading detector manufacturers and certification from third parties including UL and ULC.

Speaking about Solo, Sales and Marketing Director at Detectortesters, Phil Bartlam said:

“We’re extremely proud of our Solo product range. Its universal design, reliability and ease of use have established it as the number one range of detector test equipment. Its popularity continues to grow in existing and emerging markets which, along with planned new products, means Solo has an exciting future.”

Service and maintenance companies really value Solo and the role it plays in their day-to-day business. As a result words, such as these from Daren Pool at Triple Star Fire, are often said about the products: “All our engineers use Solo! It’s great kit which allows us to test all detectors quickly without fuss and it never lets us down.”

As well as the individual tools, an extensive offering of kits are now available providing ultimate choice to users depending on their testing and height access needs.

There’s more to come from Solo too, its range of telescopic access poles are compatible with the all-in-one tester – Testifire and significant new products are set to be added to the Solo range next year. These products will build on the core qualities of existing Solo products – but also offer the widest range of benefits which are designed to carry the range into the next era of testing.

Detectortesters (No Climb Products) – the company behind Solo, will feature an “Evolution of Testing” time line on their stand at Firex International and will be running a prize draw for all Solo users who visit the stand. The Detectortesters stand will also feature Testifire – the all-in-one tester for smoke, heat and CO – and Scorpion, the increasingly popular test solution for hard-to-access detectors.

For more information, go to www.detectortesters.com

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