The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) World Fire Safety Congress and Exposition comes to Anaheim, Calif., this year, commencing Friday, May 11, with pre-Congress seminars.
Educational seminars on a variety of topics, including an update on NFPA 5000, begin on Sunday. Throughout the week, sessions focus on performance-based design, designing for health-care environments, the NFPA code process, Halon alternatives and carbon-monoxide fire detection, to name a few. The best resource for session information can be found at http://twinreverb.innermotion.com/nfpa/search_sessions.asp .
The event offers variety, too. Monday’s sessions kick off with an address by keynote speaker Frank Deford, a renowned writer who started his career with Sports Illustrated and branched out into novels and movies.
On Monday, the exposition hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As always, the exhibition hall will be packed with fire- and life-safety building componentry. A sampling of the new products on display can be found below.
For more information on these products, attendees of the NFPA Exposition can visit the supplier’s booths or circle the corresponding number on the Reader Service Card on page 77.
Voice-evacuation system is an integrated, multichannel audio-amplification and -distribution subsystem remotely controlled by a fire-alarm control panel through a signaling line circuit. By using a software program and internal switching capabilities, the system eliminates the need for relays and complex wiring during installation, and is capable of playing up to four distinct audio messages simultaneously. (XPIQ by Notifier, Booth 213)
High-pressure fire-sprinkler system utilizes a deluge valve to provide a dry-pipe system that can handle high service pressures. Consistent with NFPA requirements, this system is rated for pressures up to 250 psi. (HP Dry System by Viking, Booth 575)
Infrared fire detector protects against hydrocarbon fires in areas that can present problems for other types of optical detectors. Ideally suited for high-pressure fires, the detector ignores false-alarm sources such as arc welding, lightning, chopped sunlight and X-rays. (IR by Det-Tronics, Booth 519A)
CPVC piping for fire sprinklers is UL-listed and FM-approved for service up to 175 psi at 150°F. This comprehensive piping system includes such accessories as straight and reduced fittings, couplings and hangers. (Series 800 Firelock by Victaulic, Booth 730)
Polycarbonate alarm cover protects manual pull stations and other devices from false alarms, vandalism, dust and weather. This UL-listed product is available in a variety of configurations, and meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Sentry by SigCom, Booth 763)
Distributed-power module delivers 9 amperes of power to components in fire and security systems. Available with its own AC power connection and battery-charging circuit, the unit has built-in synchronization capabilities that allow integration with existing systems. (FirePower 5499 by Silent Knight, Booth 835)
Flame detector is a self-contained, triple-spectrum optical detector that incorporates a color video camera. The camera enables the user to investigate the monitored area, identify the source and location of a fire and select the best method of suppression. (SharpEye by Spectrex, Booth 451)
Fire-sprinkler CAD program is a standalone system based on object-oriented technology. With its own 3D-CAD design engine, this program incorporates objects specific to fire systems rather than simple lines or text designations common among AutoCAD add-ons. (Auto-Sprink by M.E.P. CAD Inc., Booth 376)
Fire-alarm control panels are designed for schools, hospitals, office buildings and retail facilities. Equipped with an autoprogram function that allows easy setup, these panels offer intelligent, conventional and hybrid models. (Quickstart by EST, Booth 501)
Small-building fire-alarm control panel offers flexible front-panel programming for configuring to specific applications. Equipped with power supplies to handle the panel’s full-rated load, this five-zone panel offers many presentation and language options. (MR-2605 by Secutron, Inc., Booth 136)
Fire-pump engines are ideal for environments with unreliable utility grids. The product incorporates a radiator-cooling feature that eliminates piping and extra labor costs. When radiator cooling is not practical, a low-flow heat exchanger keeps water usage below industry averages. (UL/FM Diesel Engine by Edwards Manufacturing, Inc., Booth 774)
Dust-collector fire-protection system prevents fires and explosions by extinguishing sparks before they reach the filter, greatly reducing risks of damage or downtime. System is for those applications requiring a single zone of protection for industrial dust-collection applications. (CC-700 by GreCon, Booth 825)
Clean-agent fire-suppression system offers an environmentally-benign replacement for Halon 1301 systems. The suppression agent is totally inert, with zero ozone-depletion and zero global-warming potential. (Argon System by Minimax, Booth 159)
Intelligent fire sensor incorporates software that allows the unit to automatically adapt to its local environment, rather than requiring user-entered settings. This microprocessor-based device minimizes the effects of transient alarm sources by monitoring both the current environment and any trends in signal. (Acclimate by System Sensor, Booth 769)