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TEL: 087 808 7527 (08h00 to 12h00) EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org POSTAL ADDRESS: Postnet Suite #86. Private Bag X10020, Edenvale 1610 EDITION 1 AUGUST 2009 Chairperson’s report By Laura Swart On behalf the 2009 FDIA committee members, I would like to introduce our very first edition of “News Blaze” which will be regularly distributed to all our members to keep them updated on current industry events and activities. The past 11 years of support that the FDIA has received from the REGISTRATION industry consultants and end users as well our members is testament to OF TECHNICIANS the success of our association. The FDIA has undoubtedly grown into a reputable association and has become recognized as the representative body for our industry, despite the lack of legislation in place. We encourage all FDIA members to support our latest communication vehicle THE MYSTERY by submitting articles, profiles, case studies, new products, photos, free OF SMOKE REVEALED! advertising, etc. It is your Newsletter, make it a success. MEMBERSHIP - The FDIA now has 77 registered members around the By Keith Norgate country. We welcome new members , KGT Enterprises, Spero Sensors and Instruments, Heat Transformation Systems, Data Connectivity Solutions, Gijima AST Electronic Security Systems, Innovative Fire Services and Sitronix . There has been a significant tightening up of registration of new Fire Detection Technology companies joining the FDIA. We have scrapped the interim member facility Supplied to Maponya Mall and companies have now to prove they have trained staff and or have By Matt Kielty completed installations that can be accepted to meet standards. We have in fact this year rejected more applications than accepted new members. ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FDIA: Developed a Code of Ethics which is enforced by all members and recognized by all with whom the Association does business Developed and provided intercommunications with allied associations on all matters of interest to FDIA members, e.g. PSIRA, ECSA, DoL, ASIB, SAQCC, etc. Endorsed an educational program for the interpretation and application of codes & standards pertaining to detection and gas systems. TRAINING – The FDIA has put their full support behind FIRE SYSTEMS TRAINING which offers a range of detection and gas courses. The scope of the courses range from practical and introduction courses right through to design courses based on the national codes of practice. Visit www.firesystraining.co.za. MEDIA PROMOTIONS – The FDIA is constantly seeking ways to advertise Visit our website: and promote the association and its members via local media publications. www.fdia.co.za We have held successful workshops for consultants and end-users in Jhb, Durban and Capetown to ensure awareness of our association and the benefits of utilizing our members on projects. 2 THE MYSTERY OF SMOKE REVEALED! For many years people have pondered about the production and use of smoke: the answer has been recently revealed. Positive ground depends on proper circuit The SAQCC, FD and GES have laid all the foundations for functioning, which is the transmission of registration of Cablers, Installers and Commissioning negative ions by retention of the visible Technicians Level 1. The Engineering Council of South spectral manifestation known as "smoke". Africa (ECSA) will register “Fire Engineers”, Smoke is the thing that makes electrical circuits Commissioner Level 2 Inspectors and Designers. We work. We know this to be true because every are hoping this will still come into force before the end time one lets the smoke out of an electrical of the year. circuit, it stops working. This can be verified repeatedly through empirical testing. For example, if one places a copper bar across the terminals of a battery, prodigious quantities of smoke are liberated and the battery shortly ceases to function. In addition, if one observes smoke escaping CAPE TOWN from an electrical component such as a voltage regulator, it will also be observed that the component no longer functions. It has been seen that when voltage is applied to all the wrong terminals of a Ziton power supply copious amounts of smoke are emitted, it then no longer functions. Following a Consultant Workshop in Johannesburg and Durban, on Thursday the 28th May 2009 four members, Keith Norgate, Richard McLaughlin, Paul Williams and Nick Collins of the FDIA committee attended the Consulting Engineers Workshop held at The Peninsula THE LOGIC IS ELEMENTARY AND INESCAPABLE! Hotel in Cape Town and the facilities were of a high standard. This was the best supported workshop in the The function of a wiring harness is to conduct FDIA history with just short of 50 attendees. the smoke from one device to another. When Nick gave an informative presentation regarding the the wiring springs a leak and lets all the smoke upcoming technician registration process and Keith out of the system, nothing works afterward. entertained the audience with information regarding In conclusion, the basic concept of transmission fire detection categories and gas system comparisons of electrical energy in the form of smoke All in all, the workshop was a great success and many provides a logical explanation of the mysteries who attended sent the FDIA compliments thanking of electrical components. them for the effort and excellent voluntary work being done! The company has a long established partnership FIRE DETECTION TECHNOLOGY with GE Security and, as such, the company has proved itself to be very reliable and efficient. SUPPLIED TO MAPONYA MALL These were two very important considerations By Matt Kielty on this project, since we were running to fairly tight time constraints in order to have the facility completed and ready for clearance by fire inspectors by the scheduled date for opening”. The control equipment is the company’s FP1200 analogue addressable panels. “The panels are located in the centre management office where the main control unit is installed. This has the advantage of providing specific feedback as to the precise detector or device triggered by an alarm, which greatly increases the response time and the effectiveness of the reaction, which is a crucial consideration when every second counts”. “In addition, the panels can be used retrospectively to record the precise time and Wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric Company, location of an event and store this information GE Security’s fire detection technology is making for analysis should the need arise”. Soweto’s flagship mall a safe place to shop. Maponya Mall Operations Manager, Trevor Maponya Mall is Soweto’s first mega regional upmarket Moynna comments that the primary focus is the shopping centre. The mall was opened in September safety and security of all the personnel and 2007. With an area of over 60 000m² more than 180 patrons, as well as protecting the facility. tenants and thousands of staff and shoppers passing “We are pleased with the peace of mind that through the mall every day, safety and security in the comes with a sophisticated and reliable fire event of a fire is a key concern. system, such as the one which we have had Systems contractor Integrated Fire Security (IFS) was installed”, he adds. tasked with the responsibility of designing and installing a fully integrated smoke detection system, engineered The Maponya Mall is a very high profile in conjunction with the consulting electrical engineers development which typifies the exciting changes on the project, KKA Electrical. IFS CEO Matt Kielty in the current climate of South African facilities comments that the requirements for this project were development and the newly established spaces for a system that was capable of interfacing with all the and venues. mall’s systems to ensure that, not only is management informed when smoke is detected, but that the smoke can be extracted from the complex while the public and the property are protected. “The system is integrated in such a way that it links into all the other systems in the building, such as escalators, lifts, air-conditioning plant and smoke vents”, he adds. “IFS elected to use GE Security as its technology solution supplier for this project. 4 CONNECTING DETECTORS FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCES YOU NEED CERTIFICATION The services of the FSIB is of great value to fire The commonly used FR20 cable is supplied with 2 cores, contracting business owners. a red and a blue conductor. The metal drain wire which is in contact with the aluminium mylar screen has to be Life is hectic, are you sure all your teams are joined to the outgoing cable screen wire to provide producing quality work to standard? continuity of the screen throughout the entire circuit. The owner of a contracting company does not The drain wires should be wrapped together, soldered have the time to visit and inspect all of their and insulated with heat shrink to ensure the screen installations before they are handed over to does not come into contact with any other conductor or clients. A clearance certificate can be offered to metal part. The screen of the cable should be the consultant on hand-over. terminated to earth inside of the fire panel AT ONE END ONLY. Taking over an existing system for maintenance? Are you going to be blamed for inherent problems on the site? Call the FSIB to provide an independent evaluation before proceeding with the contract. The FSIB generates repairs and upgrades for the contractor. The FSIB works with contractors by providing unbiased independent evaluation of existing installations and supplying the client with NEW DETECTOR WIRING METHOD upgrade recommendations. The FSIB assists contractors by providing assessments of completed installations before they are handed over to clients. The FSIB can be found on www.firesystraining.co.za GOLFER: Think I’m going to drown myself in the lake.” or can be contacted on (011) 234 8123 or Email: CADDY: Think you can keep your head down that email@example.com long?
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