Medreich takes the FAAST route to fire protection

1st January 2014


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Medreich, the UK subsidiary of major global pharmaceutical company, Medreich Plc., has chosen Notifier's FAAST (Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing TechnologyTM) solution to provide full protection at its warehouse facility in Feltham, Middlesex. 

The FAAST system forms part of an integrated Notifier fire protection system covering the complete site, including offices and packaging areas. It was designed, installed and commissioned by Notifier Gold Partner Uny Systems.

Uny Systems recommended the FAAST solution to meet Medreich's demanding requirements. "The previous system incorporated beam sensors and was prone to a high level of unwanted alarms," says Paul Hollington, support team manager, Uny Systems. "In contrast to a standard point detection solution, the new FAAST aspirating smoke detector incorporates advanced LED and infra-red laser technologies to eliminate false alarms.

"We already had experience working with Medreich in providing maintenance reports and it was clear that the existing solution provided inadequate protection for a busy distribution warehouse carrying medicines being used in major world markets."

The FAAST system, which draws in air at all levels of the warehouse through a network of sample pipes to a central monitor located at ground level, remains unaffected by all types of standard warehouse activity. It incorporates dual vision sensing technology, which can detect low concentrations of smoke and identify nuisances such as dust that have the potential to cause false alarms.

"As the Medreich installation demonstrates, Notifier's FAAST detectors are perfectly-suited to those sites where standard methods of detection do not provide sufficient protection," says Derek Portsmouth, sales manager UK & Ireland, Notifier.

"It marks a major step forward in detecting fire-related incidents very early and reducing the incidence of false alarms, both of which are vital in mission-critical environments such as pharmaceuticals distribution."