I.T. Rooms are typically fitted with a dry powder type fire suppression system such as DSPA (Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol). Dry powder systems are activated automatically from electronic or thermal activation. Dry powder IT Room fire suppression systems can also be activated manually from a manual activation discharge point. IT Room fire suppression systems do not corrode and cannot conduct electricity, so are a perfect solution for an IT Room installation. Dry powder systems do not operate under pressure, they can function within a large temperature range, they do not require water, do not effect or lower the oxygen levels within a premises and do not harm the environment, humans or animals.
A standard IT room fire suppression system would comprise of an industry standard fire suppression detection control panel approved by current standards (EN 12094-1). The system would usually utilise two or more smoke detection points, double knock activation system, manual release points would be fitted for manual discharge of the dry sprinkler powder aerosol in a fire emergence and would be fitted with a sounder alarm to provide a warning signal that the IT Room fire suppression system will soon discharge after the previously chosen time period. The IT Room dry powder suppression discharge units will be fitted at high level to provide suppression to the fire.
Dry powder systems have been fitted and design to be installed into a range of applications where alternative products cannot be fitted. IT Room fire suppression systems operate by filling a room with the powder aerosol gas to protect places, voids and spaces that are difficult or impossible to access in any other way.
Once the IT room suppression system has been activated and suppressed the fire, the powder residue can be wiped away with a cloth or can be vacuumed up. This type of IT room fire suppression significantly lowers any damage to property, equipment etc.
Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol (DSPA) is a revolutionary fire extinguishing technology that:
- is activated electronically, thermally or manually
- is non-corrosive and non-conductive
- functions in a large temperature range
- is not stored under pressure
- requires no water
- keeps oxygen levels intact
- is harmless to humans and animals
- is environmentally friendly.
A typical installation would utilise a standard fire suppression detection / release control panel approved to EN 12094-1.
This would utilise two or more optical smoke detection zones. Double Knock activation would be used. Manual release button would be fitted and there may be remote release and activation points depending on the size of the installation.
A beacon and klaxon would be fitted to give warning that the system is about to discharge after the pre determined delay period.
The DSPA units which would be mounted at high level typically on the ceiling, would be activated automatically and would discharge to suppress the fire.
DSPA has been installed in a wide range of premises where alternative ﬁre suppression systems are just not practical or are price prohibitive.
DSPA is an aerosol gas which, like Halon, acts volumetrically to reach those places that are difficult to access.
It requires no pipe work or pressure, so it is easily fitted retrospectively with little or no disruption.
Importantly, the small amount of residue following activation can be easily cleaned away, either by cloth or vacuum. DSPA substantially reduces property damage caused, not by the ﬁre itself, but by alternative extinguishing methods.
Why use DSPA as a solution for ﬁxed installation ﬁre suppression?
- More effective than Halon
- Cost effective
- Non-toxic, non-corrosive
- No pressurised storage
- No leaks, no refills
- Safe to transport and install
- Suitable for hard-to-reach areas
- No mechanical moving parts
- High reliability
- Minimum maintenance
- Stand-alone or integrated systems
- No pipe work nor nozzles, manifolds or distribution hardware
- Easily installed, can be retro-fitted
- Will work with most fire alarm systems
As well as being non-conductive and non-corrosive, DSPA systems require no pipe work or pressure; this allows for the minimum of disruption and downtime when installing. Such flexibility means that the units can be located at the points where the electronic circuitries are most vulnerable to ﬁre. DSPA will extinguish a ﬁre in seconds and is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of ﬁre extinguishing solution for server rooms and IT installations.
The following are some of the organisations that benefit from having installed DSPA:
Thurgauer Kantonalbank (Switzerland), Raiffeisenbank (Switzerland), Swiss First Bank (Lichtenstein), Stopanska Bank (part of the National Bank of Greece).
Biosynth AG (Switzerland), Chemshop BV (Holland), Neste Oil (Finland), Petronas – currently at the design stage (Malaysia), Engineering TAM Khodro (Iran), Liebherr Europa (Austria), Wirth Maschinen (Germany), Media Basler Zeitung (Switzerland).
MIT Group and Dolphin Systems (Switzerland), VIP Telecoms – part of Vodafone network (Balkans).
llwerke (Austria), Wasserversorgung Zurich (Switzerland), Öl Halter AG (Switzerland), Utilities, llwerke (Austria), Wasserversorgung Zurich (Switzerland), Öl Halter AG (Switzerland).
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