Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year finalists: Fire, life safety, suppression systems

Read about the 7 finalists in the Fire, Life Safety, Suppression Systems category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year program.

By Chris Vavra April 15, 2014

LED exit sign

Dual-Lite’s EVE Series features an architectural LED exit sign that provides bright and uniform illumination. It uses efficient, long-life red or green LEDs rated at over 100,000 hours. The fixture’s long lifecycle NiMH battery provides 90 minutes of emergency exit illumination in the event of a power failure, and an LVD protects the battery during prolonged outages. The EVE Series accepts 120 to 277 Vac input at 60 Hz and optional 220 to 240 Vac input at 50 or 60 Hz with a self-diagnostics option and current charger. The fixture’s operating temperature range is 20 to 30 C, and it is NFPA 101 and NFPA 70 certified.


Seismic bracing attachment

The TOLCO Fig. 4LA seismic bracing attachment from Eaton’s B-Line Business is available for piping sizes that range from 1 to 12 in. The seismic product offering is designed for a wide range of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire sprinkler seismic bracing applications. Manufactured from carbon steel, the TOLCO Fig. 4LA is designed to brace piping against sway and seismic disturbances. The Fig. 4LA is pre-assembled with all of the necessary pieces and components and does not require additional assembly. The design also allows the product to be used in longitudinal and lateral applications. It also allows for easy inspection by any local authority having jurisdiction.

Eaton’s B-Line Business

Fire alarm control panel

The S3 Series Fire Alarm Control Panel by Gamewell-FCI features an intuitive, touchscreen display to simplify system use for facility managers and first responders. The S3 Series is designed for straightforward operation whether used as a stand-alone system or part of an extensive network. The S3 Series’ full-color, touchscreen interface centers on system status, event details, and service mode.The S3 comes standard with five additional physical press-buttons located under the touchscreen display that can be customized for each facility to quickly access specific fire alarm information and control various system functions.

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell

Ground fault circuit interrupter

Littelfuse’s SB6100 Series Industrial Shock-Block is a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device designed to meet UL 943C Class C and Class D requirements. It is tested up to 50,000 amps, which eliminates the need for short-circuit protection. The SB6100 Shock-Block GFCI goes beyond the UL standards by including built-in overcurrent protection supplied by Class T fuses. Because fuses are included, installation is easy and there are no extra costs. The SB6100 Shock-Block GFCI is available as an open-chassis unit or as an enclosed unit with a NEMA-4X UL-listed enclosure.


Fire, CO detector

Silent Knight’s SK-FIRE-CO Detector and its compatible B200S Sounder Base are designed to replace multiple devices, including a CO and smoke detector. The B200S Sounder Base can be programmed as a single station alarm. Likewise, if smoke or CO is detected by multiple detectors within the same living quarters, the sounder bases can be programmed for a multi-station alarm. To verify a true fire emergency and minimize nuisance alarms, the SK-FIRE-CO Detector analyzes four elements: smoke, CO, light/flame, and heat. This makes it useful for challenging smoke detection environments like nightclubs or construction areas that have high amounts of dust.

Silent Knight by Honeywell

Braided hose

The Series AH2-300 braided hose from Victaulic is an extension of the VicFlex sprinkler fitting system. The hose is 100% kink-resistant and has a 300 psi working pressure, allowing it to be used in high-pressure applications, such as high-rise and long horizontal buildings. The Series AH2-300 offers an improved hydraulic performance with a 50% lower friction loss corrugated systems. The improved corrugation and braided technology reduces the effort needed to bend the hose, allowing for better shape retention and ease of bending. The Series AH2-300 has undergone multi-step automated lead testing to ensure confidence in performance.


Cold storage assembly

The VicFlex Style AB6 assembly reduces hands-on installation time by as much as 75% for cold storage applications. Condensation is produced when a freezer wall is not air-tight and can interrupt the sprinkler’s spray patterns, but the Style AB6 assembly eliminates the condensation and hazard altogether. The Style AB6 can also combat differential movement between ceilings. In the event of seismic activity or any settling of the building, the flexible sprinkler will move with the activity and adjust accordingly, leaving the system unharmed.


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Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.