Time, Disruption, and Cost Saving Benefits
Time savings from Scorpion arrive from many quarters. The most obvious are related to inaccessibility but Scorpion does more than bring inaccessible detectors within “testing distance”. Up to eight Scorpion heads can be connected to a single, conveniently located Control Panel. Each head is mounted alongside a Point detector or at the end of an ASD pipe, at a distance of up to 100 metres away depending on the cable type used. This convenient control reduces the time wasted in moving between detectors, even assuming they can be reached in the first place.
Add to this the elimination of disruption to the business caused by having to close off certain areas, restrict access to customers and members of the public, or disrupt 24/7 processes. Anything whereby 'normal' activity has to be interrupted has a cost financially, reputationally, or in customer satisfaction. Scorpion enables detectors to be remotely accessed and tested, and disruption totally avoided.
- Huge time savings from accessibility gains (even where physical access equipment was not required)
- Sequential testing of multiple units from a single location delivers radical time savings
- Out of hours working minimised or eliminated
- Physical access equipment costs eradicated
- Disruption to 24/7 processes or public areas eliminated
Improved Access Benefits
Inaccessibility isn't just about great heights, floor or ceiling voids, lift / elevator shafts or being installed in tricky locations such as behind cable trays or grid ceilings (to name but a few). It can also encompass areas where access is restricted for security reasons. Inaccessible detectors have disproportionately high costs - a combination of time, disruption and access equipment costs. Even engineered solutions such as aspirating systems have presented testing impediments - until now.
- Detectors in secure areas checked without physical access
- Detectors at height or in otherwise hazardous locations safely and quickly tested
- Detectors in tricky locations such as voids, behind cable trays, or in lift shafts rendered accessible for testing
What can be said about the potential costs of failing to comply with Codes and Standards that make it clear that life safety appliances need to be properly checked?
Scorpion removes the need for variations from the standards due to inaccessible detectors those that cannot be accessed (or perhaps even seen) are often the most relied upon to function. In many cases they have, until now, been shamefully (and illegally) overlooked and untested.
- The only way to test inaccessible smoke detector heads in accordance with codes and standards, and without the need to work at height.
- True functional testing using stimulus with wide smoke particle size range
- Resolution of access issues avoids conflict with safety (access) rules
- Consistent, repeatable stimulus from one test to the next
Audit Trail and Traceability
Audit trails and test records have different values to different people at different points. Aside from the obvious value of an audit trail in a litigious society, the record of what was tested and when, can assist with a quarterly rotation of testing.
In the particular case of ASD systems, recording the transport time from one test to the next and comparing it with commissioning data and acceptable deviation parameters can assist judgments over pipe and system integrity and reliability.
Future versions of Scorpion could have the ability to record test information such as:
- Location information
- Date/time stamp of when the tests were conducted
- Transport time measurements in ASD systems.
The roadmap for Scorpion is being developed to accommodate market needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements so we can aim to deliver a product that fulfils your needs.