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July 29, 2015

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Waste firm praises FAAST system

Waste recycling facilities are some of the most challenging for fire detection systems, due to high dust and moisture which can create frequent false fire alarms. That is according to Honeywell, who have recently highlighted a case study where a waste recycling facility has implemented next generation aspiration smoke detection (ASD) technologies, which the firm say can remove false fire alarms and provide the earliest and most accurate smoke detection.

The site to have recently adopted Honeywell’s FAAST aspiration system is Premier Waste (UK) PLC, in Birmingham. A 200,000 ft2 facility which recycles construction and commercial waste, the site was previously experiencing false fire alarms every other day, says Honeywell, using traditional fire detection methods.

Premier Waste (UK) PLC’s Operations Director, Wayne Clark, says: “Today you need to ensure you are doing all you can to exceed insurance company guidelines…With FAAST we now have no disruptions when testing and maintenance is taking place, no site downtime from false alarms or faults and no third party costs to keep the device maintained… FAAST is great because it auto-learns the environment and can be used across the whole plant – it remains stable even in fluctuating conditions.”

Tim Checketts, Business Manager for Honeywell Fire Safety, comments: “Recycling and waste management safety managers have a tough remit; fire risks are high, insurance requirements are stringent and the high dust/moisture environment is problematic for most fire detectors. 24/7 operation demands enhanced fire detection reliability and no process downtime from false fire alarms. Premier Waste (UK) PLC managed to overcome all historic detection challenges, remove false alarms and achieve the highest detection accuracy, affordably, using FAAST.”

Read the full case study.

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