Simplex Introduces enhanced TrueAlarm detection system.

August '99 Fire & Safety

Simplex has introduced a number of important enhancements to its high performance TrueAlarm smoke sensors - technological advancements that deliver exactly what customers want: superb detection and alarm accuracy, simplified installation and maintenance, increased flexibility and improved aesthetics.

With the latest features and capabilities that Simplex has added to the widely used fire detection product, TrueAlarm exceeds the world's toughest requirements for RFI and ESD immunity. Sensor measurements can now be converted from their analog levels to a patented Simplex protocol. This conversion process provides faster and more secure digital communications and makes the new sensors far less susceptible to nuisance alarms caused by cellular phones, walkie-talkies, pagers and other wireless devices.

"In introducing the TrueAlarm enhancements, Simplex has furthered its commitment to technological leadership in life safety and property protection," says John Haynes, Director of Fire Systems Marketing at Simplex. "We've met the challenge of developing advanced technology that enables systems to detect hostile smoke quickly - and without oversensitivity that may generate false alarms."

Strengthened early warning capabilities

The new enhancements have strengthened and broadened the early warning capabilities of TrueAlarm, first introduced by Simplex in 1990. More than two million TrueAlarm sensors have now been installed with TrueAlarm systems, providing fire detection for a wide variety of business applications, from Fortune 500 companies to leading institutional and educational facilities.

The exceptional sensitivity of TrueAlarm sensors enables a system to detect hostile smoke minutes faster than is possible with conventional sensors, and thus to significantly speed up response time. With photoelectric sensitivity that can be set as precise as 0,2% (per foot of smoke obscuration), TrueAlarm remains the most sensitive spot-type smoke sensor on the market today. And the new TrueAlarm also supports peak value logging, a unique Simplex feature that minimises nuisance alarms by enabling a customer to set the sensitivity to coincide with the fire risk in the protected environment.

Ease of installation and flexibility

Simplex has equipped TrueAlarm sensors and detectors with a number of new features that will reduce installation time and expense. Those features include: a moulded-in wire strip gauge; wire insertion guides; and a new base layout with slotted holes that allows quick mounting to 4" octagonal, 4" square and single gang boxes.

The new TrueAlarm also offers true sensor interchangeability. Depending on the potential fuel source, ionisation, photoelectric and heat detection technologies can be used to provide optimum sensor and detector performance.

In releasing the new TrueAlarm sensors and detectors, some aesthetic changes have also been made that should be well received by architects and engineers. "We satisfied many architectural preferences by introducing smoother lines, a matte white finish and designs that minimise appearance without sacrificing performance," says Joe Ouellette, Manager, Peripheral Products, Fire Systems Marketing.

Quick Connect: Affordably priced sensor designed for use with new Simplex 4010 panel

As part of the enhanced TrueAlarm offering, Simplex has also unveiled a new photoelectric sensor. Providing many of the proven TrueAlarm analog sensing features, Quick Connect has been designed for use with Simplex's 4010 TrueAlarm fire alarm system - a control panel specifically developed for addressable applications in small and mid-sized facilities.

Quick Connect offers a fast, easy and cost-effective detection solution. Each sensor has onboard electronics and processor power that provide environmental compensation to ensure accurate sensitivity. In addition, extensive diagnostic information pertaining to individual sensors is available from the 4010 control panel.

For details contact Simplex representative, Motor Control Construction, on tel: (011) 827 0223 or fax: (011) 824 2859.

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