A new Food Outlet for the largest family-operated food service distributor in Ireland is demonstrating the versatility of the Securiton aspirating smoke detection (ASD) system to work in the harshest of environments.
Lynas Foodservice has been run by three generations of the Lynas family and recently opened its third outlet on Buncrana Road in Derry. From its beginnings as a small fishmongers shop, Lynas has grown to become a business with a turnover in excess of £100 million, employing over 370 staff and offering a product line which extends to more than 6,000 items. Given that many of these products are frozen or chilled, central to the new outlet, which joins the company’s others located in Coleraine and Belfast, are the chiller and blast freezer.
FSP Security Systems, a Northern Ireland based specialist in commercial fire and security systems, was employed to deliver a fire detection solution for the new outlet, including the particular challenges presented by the low temperatures of the chiller and freezer. At the Firex International 2015 exhibition, Patol announced its appointment as the distributor in the UK and Ireland for the Securiton range of ASD. FSP representatives visited the Patol stand and were impressed by the capabilities of the Securiton 535-1 technology, coupled with the extensive experience that Patol has in providing fire detection solutions for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. FSP worked closely with Patol to develop a solution which met the specific requirements of the Lynas Foodservice project. Dario McLean, Contracts Manager with FSP, comments – “We specialise in high specification installation work and with the chillers and freezers being such an important part of the project for Lynas Foodservice, we paid particular attention to these areas. We first saw the Securiton ASD system on the Patol stand at the exhibition and recognised the potential it offered. However, we were acutely aware of the low temperatures it would have to cope with.”
Kelvin Miller, Sales Director at Patol, said –“We knew that ASD provided the early warning detection required by Lynas Foodservice and, by introducing heated air sampling points, we were able to offer a solution which overcame the issues relating to the cold temperatures. If a sampling point freezes to an extent whereby the air circulating through the sampling pipework is affected, the heated sampling points are automatically activated to immediately counter this until it is cleared. This enabled us to provide a cost effective and comprehensive solution which meets the specific challenges of the environment in which it is operating.”
Dario McLean continues – “We had a relatively easy transition from sourcing the system to completing the installation, with full back-up and support from the team at Patol. We commissioned the system in July in time for the opening of the new Lynas Foodservice outlet in August.”
The ASD 535 system is EN54-20 Class A, B & C approved and uses scattered light technology to detect even the slightest increase in smoke concentration. It is flexible, with replaceable PCB’s and sensors, and is able to match the requirements of different applications through five programmable alarm levels ranging in sensitivity from 0.002% obscuration per metre to 10% obscuration per metre. It can accommodate up to 250 networked panels to cover up to 8,500 metres using repeater modules. Ease of installation is also a feature, with drilling of only one size hole of 8.5mm required due to the different size sampling hole clips available. Other options are available from Patol in the Securiton 535 ASD range, including a two pipe, two sensor detection panel which can provide protection for up to 300 metres per pipe.
For more information, go to www.patol.co.uk