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New Flame Detector Enhances Fire Safety for Machinery Spaces and Public Areas

AutroFlame IR Flame Detector provides fast detection and high immunity against nuisance alarms.  

Autronica Fire and Security AS will unveil its new infra-red flame detector to the shipping industry at SMM2012. The AutroFlame IR Flame Detector (BG-201) is a point flame detector for detection of fires involving combustion of carbonaceous materials and is ideally suited for the engine room environment of any ship or public spaces aboard cruise and passenger vessels.

The advanced digital signal processing algorithms (implemented in an ARM® Cortex™ M3 processing unit) used in AutroFlame ensures fast detection of real fire scenarios combined with high immunity against nuisance (false) alarms caused by sources including: Vibrating hot bodies (engines, exhaust-pipes, pumps etc.), sunlight (direct and reflected), arc welding and lightning.

The flame detector housing is tested to IP66 and IP67, allowing the detector to withstand the harshest environments, including protection against dust, high pressure water jets and heavy seas. This makes it suitable for outside installation on cruise ship balconies for instance. Other applications include machinery spaces in addition to mooring decks, theatres and nightclubs where smoke generators may be in use, atriums and flammable liquid stores.

AutroFlame uses dual IR flame detectors to detect fires within 8-10 seconds at 25 meters (EN54-10 testfire). If the detector is mounted closer to the object of interest, the fire will be reported within 1-2 seconds. Each AutroFlame detector can be configured to one of three different Performance Classes, with sensitivity settings covering different environment types and size.

The flame detector is tested by BRE (U.K.) according to the European standard EN54-10 and EN54-17, and approved to MED and CPD. It has also been tested by Nemko to meet the requirements of IACS E10 and will be tested by Factory Mutual according to the FM 3260 standard.

AutroFlame detectors can be used in two different modes; for integration with Autronica’s established AutroSafe and Autroprime fire detection systems already installed on thousands of vessels worldwide or for connection to conventional panels. This ensures that the enhanced fire safety the new flame detector offers is available to more vessels regardless of the fire detection system being used.

 

 

SMM 2012, 4th – 7th September, Hamburg, Germany, Stand: B7 / 116 

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