Sensor Technologies makes its mark in Africa

March/April 2001 Fire & Safety

Sensor Technologies now in its eighth year of operation is busy with a total fire solution project at Chambishi project in Zambia after already completing projects in Uganda, Botswana and Swaziland.

"Although international projects stretch our resources we are committed to supplying our services to clients we have worked for locally," states Technical Director Clive Foord.

Clive Foord
Clive Foord

Four partners established Sensor Technologies in 1993, all of which were employed in the same fire and security company that was liquidated at that time. As Iscor was a client of that company the four managed to secure the outstanding projects which established Sensor Technologies. After two years the four partners decided to go their own way with Clive Foord and Keith Norgate continuing the business of Sensor Technologies.

Keith Norgate
Keith Norgate

The company's strategy of specialising in fire detection and gaseous extinguishing systems only has certainly paid dividends as they are now respected as one of the best gaseous installation companies in the country.

Sensor Technologies supports the policy of being a contractor only. It does not support the policy of being an agent for specific products as this pressurises one to install these products even if it does not quite suit the application. The company looks at every fire requirement in its own right and sources products to match the environment and application.

"We ensure that with every new product installed our staff receive the necessary training," says Foord.

Positioned for growth

Numerous CO2 installations have been completed in electrical substations countrywide as well as many clean agent gas installations locally and in Africa. Sensor Technologies can boast of having installed at least one of each type of fire extinguishing gas available in the country, the biggest being the installation of 164 Argonite gas cylinders into Vodacom's central computer room in Midrand.

Starting from a base of nothing Sensor Technologies has enjoyed a controlled but steady growth in turnover year by year and are on schedule to increase turnover once again this year. Although recognised as specialist fire detection and gaseous extinguishing installers, the company provides services in the special risks mechanical installations. After spending two years in the same building and working with a local mechanical fire engineering company on large combined fire projects, a great deal of knowledge was gained, which has allowed the company to continue to supply these services to customers. In conjunction with Tony Botha, one of the country's top industrial fire designers, Sensor often works in and has completed transformer deluge systems and conveyor deluge systems for Samancor, Iscor and Anglo Vaal.

Sensor has also become respected for its skills in installations of Vesda aspiration systems, having utilised them in cable tunnels, coal transfer houses, computer rooms and control rooms.

The company operates out of its own property in Edenvale and currently employs 20 people. Furthermore, the company strongly believes in using in-house staff for installation as opposed to today's trend to subcontract everything.

Sensor Technologies has high hopes for the future as it strives to expand its customer base and spread its expertise between commercial and industrial fire projects, making it a company to watch in the future.

For further details contact Keith Norgate, Sensor Technologies, on tel: (011) 452 1339.

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