TLX Technologies introduced its newest actuation device for fire suppression systems at the 2018 Intersec Expo in Dubai, UAE. This patented, high-pressure supervised latching actuator allows for fully-engaged installation detection and is tailored to systems with operating pressures of 200-300 bar. Some typical specifications for this actuator include a firing pin force of 500N minimum with a firing current of 0.5 Amps and an operating temperature range between -20 to 55 degrees Celsius. Interfacing options including connection, thread, and pipe size are available to meet the dimensional difference of your specific fire suppression system. Stroke requirements and pin stick out can also be customized.
Designed in the United States for fire suppression systems worldwide, the high-pressure supervised latching actuator was engineered to meet industry standard NFPA 2001: Sec. 184.108.40.206. from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This regulation addresses the concern of proper installation of the actuator on the fire suppression system. If an actuator is not properly installed onto the discharge valve, it will not operate correctly to dispense the extinguishing agent, resulting in a system failure. Without a supervisory signal between the releasing device and fire panel there is no indication of proper installation leaving the responsibility of accurate installment solely on the technician who removed the actuator for maintenance or testing purposes. Industry regulators quickly recognized that adding supervisory requirements to the releasing device would provide for the necessary alarm (both visually and audibly) to alert the technician on whether the actuator was correctly installed and in the right position for proper system functionality.