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Study: Hybrid suppression systems need own standards

Part water mist, part gas suppression systems, the new technology isn’t addressed by current NFPA standards, new research concludes
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07/30/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—A hybrid fire suppression system is a combination water mist and gas suppression system, and because this new technology is a hybrid, there is no one NFPA standard that covers it. Should there be? A recently released study looked to answer that question.

Education one of the highlights at the NFPA show

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05/16/2014

LAS VEGAS—Education will be a robust feature of the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo. The number of education sessions grew to 150 last year and will remain at that level this year when the annual event is held June 9-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here.

ESA supports 'balanced approach'

The association wants fire detection systems to be eligible for same tax depreciation status as suppression systems
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05/12/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Electronic Security Association is ramping up efforts in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, a bill that would give installers of fire detection systems the same access to federal tax incentives currently available only to fire suppression companies.

Potter: Sprinkler systems last longer with nitrogen

Research shows using nitrogen generator instead of an air compressor for dry and pre-action systems means less corrosion
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03/11/2014

ST. LOUIS—A new Potter Electric Signal Co. study shows that replacing air with nitrogen as the supervisory gas in dry and pre-action sprinkler systems dramatically reduces rust and makes the systems last more than five times longer.

False alarms, MNS to be features of SupDet 2014

Those are among topics of interest to installers at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual event
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02/19/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet) will take place March 4-7 this year and includes sessions useful for installers, such as ones on nuisance alarms and mass notification.

Potter: New flow switch a first

The self-testing device for wet sprinkler systems saves water, eliminates pollution and reduces corrosion, company says
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12/10/2013

ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal Co. recently introduced what it says is an industry first: a self-testing flow switch for wet sprinkler systems that requires no discharge of water.

Fire suppression market hot

Competition is creating some new business opportunities, according to a research analyst
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11/07/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—The fire suppression products industry in the Americas is growing, but as it does, fire sprinklers—which constitute the majority of the market—are facing competition from other technologies, according to a new report from IMS Research.