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Rapid-fix solution for fire systems

In association with Hochiki Europe, Apex Wiring Solutions has introduced a rapid-fix, electrical cabling solution for fire systems that, it claims, could revolutionise the way in which fire detection systems are installed. Described as a ‘plug and play’ system Smart-Fix+ is said to cut installation costs, reduce waste, diminish the need for site labour, improve site efficiency, enhance site safety and accelerate construction programmes.

Rapid-fix solution for fire systems

Cables are supplied in pre-determined lengths at 1m increments with connectors at either end. These loop cables plug directly into the Smart-Fix+ back boxes that are pre-wired to Hochiki fire detection and alarm devices. The flush-fit back boxes lock into place using a patented ‘swing lock’ Rotalock fixing mechanism. Once the sensor base or call point is located in the fixing cavity, the fixing screws are tightened. This causes the Rotalock mechanism to turn away from the unit and tighten behind the fixing surface. A range of surface-fit units has also been developed utilising the same pluggable connectors.

The new system reduces the need for laborious snagging, on-site testing and commissioning, as every Smart-Fix+ assembly is tested before leaving the factory. The pluggable, lockable and mechanically-coded connections ensure that there is no prospect of mis-mating, plus they eradicate on-site cable preparation and costly and potentially dangerous cabling errors. Reduced point installation time may also negate the requirement for a mobile scaffold, although this should always be approved through a risk assessment process.

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