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Global orders for fibre optic LHD system

02 December 2020

BANDWEAVER HAS won large orders during 2020 for its fibre optic linear heat detection (LHD) system. Orders include global projects in manufacturing and industrial sites, warehousing, storage and multi-storey car parks.

Despite the obvious challenges of 2020, large-scale, industrial and manufacturing sites will always carry a significant fire risk. It’s as important as ever to manage and reduce that risk, making the safety and protection of people, assets and property a priority. Whether a fire begins intentionally, due to human error or because of dangerous environmental conditions, the costs can be substantial. According to a report by the Fire Protection Association, the estimated loss caused by fire damage in UK industrial processing and manufacturing plants between 2010 and 2019 was £808 million*.

Fibre optic LHD technology systems are already well established in industries such as transportation, yet are still relatively new in industrial applications. The market now is recognising the advantages they can offer and LHD solutions, such as those developed by Bandweaver, are becoming increasingly popular.

The objectives for any client, when selecting and implementing an appropriate fire detection and suppression strategy, are to prevent any loss of life and to minimise damage to the facility and its assets. The solution must be highly reliable and accurate, reduce false alarms and have early detection capabilities for fire or excess heat.

In manufacturing and industrial environments where hazards may include flammable materials, harmful chemicals and machinery operating at high temperatures, speed of detection is critical. Bandweaver explains that with technologies, such as sprinkler systems, the fire has to be sizeable before it is detected and sprinklers activated. At this point the damage may already be devastating and the resulting water damage may be just as severe as the fire and smoke damage itself.

In vast, unmanned areas, accurately detecting the size, direction and location of a fire is vital to ensure an appropriate response. The Bandweaver LHD solution – FireLaser – operates as a combination fixed temperature and rate-of-rise heat detector over the entire cable route. Passive fibre optic heat sensing cable can easily be installed to give complete coverage within concealed spaces, along storage racks, conveyors or ducting. Furthermore, with Bandweaver’s MaxView software, the alert thresholds of each zone along the cable can be configured independently to suit its precise location – improving accuracy and reducing false alarms.

FireLaser provides a low maintenance solution with no electronics required in the monitored space. It is unaffected by variable environmental conditions. It has no moving parts and is non-corrosive, therefore unaffected by damp, humidity or high EMC conditions.

Bandweaver’s fibre optic LHD solution has been chosen for major projects across the globe, most recently in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With increasing market recognition of the benefits of its FireLaser system, the company has high expectations for continued growth in 2021. Visit: https://www.bandweaver.com/

* https://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building