Warehouses are vital hubs in the logistics and supply chain industry. These expansive storage facilities play a pivotal role in storing, managing, and distributing goods.
Typically, warehouses are strategically located near transportation networks like roads, ports, and railways to facilitate easy transportation. They come in various sizes and configurations, accommodating a wide range of products, from consumer goods to industrial equipment.
Modern warehouses often employ advanced technologies like automation and robotics to streamline operations, ensuring timely deliveries and supporting the smooth functioning of the supply chain.
What are the Risks?
- Electrical Faults
- Faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, or malfunctioning electrical equipment can lead to electrical fires.
- Flammable Materials
- Warehouses often store flammable materials such as chemicals, fuels, and combustible packaging.
- Poor Housekeeping
- Cluttered or poorly maintained warehouses increase the risk of fires. Accumulated dust, debris, and waste materials can ignite easily.
- Warehouse machinery, including forklifts, can pose fire risks due to electrical or mechanical malfunctions.
- Welding and Hot Work
- In warehouses where welding, cutting, or other hot work processes are conducted, there is a significant fire risk.
What are the Challenges?
- False Alarms
- False alarms can lead to complacency and may result in delayed responses when a real fire occurs.
- Large and Open Spaces
- Smoke and heat can disperse unevenly, making it difficult for traditional detectors to cover these spaces adequately.
- Harsh Environmental Conditions
- Some environments, such as industrial facilities or outdoor areas, may have harsh conditions like extreme temperatures, humidity, or chemical exposure.
- Maintenance and Testing
- Regular maintenance and testing of fire detection systems is critical. However, ensuring that these systems are consistently tested can be challenging, especially in large facilities.
- The presence of physical obstructions such as high shelving, storage racks, or large machinery can hinder the effectiveness of fire detection systems. These obstructions can block the path of smoke or heat, potentially delaying the detection of a fire and the activation of alarms.
What is the Solution?
Beam detection is a fire detection method that employs a beam of light to identify the presence of smoke or flames.
Typically used in large spaces like warehouses or atriums, it consists of a transmitter and receiver positioned at a distance from each other. The transmitter emits a beam of light, and the receiver detects the light. If smoke particles or flames disrupt the beam, the system triggers an alarm.
Beam detection offers advantages in covering expansive areas efficiently and is less prone to false alarms caused by dust or insects. It’s a valuable tool for early fire detection and safety in challenging environments such as warehouses.
The Fireray One provides the ideal solution for warehouse applications. It is a standalone beam detector that prioritises ease of set-up and does not require any specialist tools or knowledge for installation and operation.
The Fireray One features unique automatic alignment – the user simply has to point the laser onto the reflector and the detector aligns itself. Installation can be carried out by one person.
Nuisance alarms are prevented with Light Cancellation TechnologyTM which compensates for artificial light sources and is unaffected by movement caused by buildings settling or flexing due to temperature variations thanks to Building Movement TrackingTM that continuously maintains alignment.
The Fireray One also uses contamination compensation to correct for gradual build-up of dust on optics and detectors can be easily cleaned without affecting alignment.
The Fireray One has a detection range of up to 120 metres.
Fireray One can be aligned in less than one minute using Fast Alignment. The built in laser is used to get the infra-red beam close enough to the reflector so that alignment can begin. This is done by simply using the direction keys to move the laser point on to the reflector.
Once the laser is lined up, the beam can be automatically lined up to the reflector. The status LEDs will flash to show the progress.
Once the alignment is completed successfully, the right-hand green LED will flash for 10 seconds and the fire and fault relays will go to normal state.
The Fireray One’s status indicators are positioned underneath the detector so that they can be easily seen from ground level.
Why Choose Eurofyre?
- Complete System Supplier
- Eurofyre manufactures and supplies all aspects of fire detection and its associated safety products, including beam detection systems, and can provide expert advice and consultation.
- Demonstration and Training
- We offer demonstrations and expert training on a range of systems, including Fireray One detectors, in our very own sophisticated training facility.
- After-Sales Support
- Eurofyre offers both on-site and telephone support to assist you in ensuring that your system is fully functional and operating at maximum efficiency. Our after-sales care and support are second to none.
For more information about Fireray One or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre has to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to [email protected] or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.