Nobel’s K-Series systems are installed in commercial kitchens throughout the UK. FEJ caught up with MD, Ian Bartle, to find out why operators need to pay close attention to how they protect their kitchens.
What’s the number one factor that operators should bear in mind when choosing a fire suppression solution?
Choice of system should never be made on just one point of argument, it’s the system as a whole that needs to be considered, with the sum of parts including fire suppression and post-fire security capability, post-discharge clean-up, environmental impact, ease of installation and service, longevity, cost and aesthetics.
What are the USPs of the K-Series solution?
K-Series is the only fire suppression system that is electronically controlled with no outdated mechanical moving parts. A highly effective F class wet chemical liquid contained in stainless steel cylinders is designed specifically for fast flame knock down and fire suppression. The low, near neutral pH value of the liquids ensures there is no damage to appliances and that there are minimal clean-up requirements following discharge.
Is it fair to say that the vast majority of businesses require individual solutions to match their exact needs?
Yes, it is vital that fuel supplies are isolated in the event of a fire. If you don’t shut off gas and electric to the cooking appliances then you continue to provide the fuel to produce heat. It isn’t sufficient to just provide contacts for this purpose, it’s critical that the system has the capability to immediately achieve fast and successful extinguishment by automatically isolating fuel supplies on activation. All Nobel fire systems installed include this, however that isn’t the case on lower quality installations.
What’s the biggest misconception when it comes to fire suppression systems?
That all fire suppression systems and all installations are the same. While we have common standards that provide a base level performance of the system, each manufacturer’s equipment and what they offer the customer are very different. System intelligence plays an enormous part in providing a customer with up-to-date system conditions. Some systems have completely unmonitored fire detection systems, so if it is impaired in any way you won’t know until the system fails to operate.
How does the Nobel system overcome these challenges?
The Nobel system provides real-time monitoring of all critical functions and gives you audible and visual indications of both fire and fault conditions as they arise. A fire system is only ever as good as the day it was installed. Just fitting a fire suppression system doesn’t absolve the owner of further responsibilities. The service and maintenance regime post-installation is critical to ongoing security and any new cooking appliances or even a change around of the cookline can render a system less efficient.
For more information on Nobel Fire Systems visit www.nobel-fire-systems.com