Experts in fire protection

Advantages

Inveron offers a high degree of clarity by bringing together all messages and events automatically in a user-friendly interface with clear graphics. The current status of control points can be displayed graphically, textually or as an animation. This applies both to messages for above and below threshold values, which are displayed in real time. The rapid localization of a problem is crucial in preventing operational downtimes. Inveron helps those responsible to make correct decisions in case of fire or malfunction.

Targeted action is possible and the highest level of safety is guaranteed. The system provides the operator with comprehen- sive continuous information such as reports on maintenance work and helps with on-screen messages. Action procedures can be stored and will be dependable guide to the necessary actions. Internal processes become more efficient and safer. Monitor globally, operate locally: With Inveron, several locations belonging to a company can be incorporated into an overall system, whether on the other side of the street or on another continent. Distances make no difference.

Authorization administration and data supply are centrally controlled. Each location only sees the information intended for it. Authorized operators can access all locations at any operator station and get a comprehensive overview. Operation is the same everywhere. It is possible to switch messages to another location if a security point is not manned. The information can be received by SMS or E-mail. Minimax can assist with service access for troubleshooting.

Advantages at a glance

Inveron is a transparent and user-friendly system for visualizing and operating fire detection, extinguishing and hazard detection. All reports and events are automatically merged in a user interface and presented on a screen. Inveron offers ideal monitoring particularly for complex building structures. In addition, the hazard management system supplies operators with a range of additional information and supports them in carrying out the required measures.

  • Cross-system integration of all messages in one interface
  • Easy visualization
  • Rapid localization of fire events and faults
  • Stored action instructions help to prevent mistakes in stressful situations
  • Efficient preparation of route guides
  • Location-independent monitoring
  • Event evaluation throughautomatic logging

Design

Construction of a hazard management system

Function

The Inveron hazard management system includes software and hardware components. For hardware a PC and/or server, desktop- and large-format screens are required and, if needed, cameras and PLC I/O controllers.

Flexibility via system independence

Inveron offers a multitude of interfaces through manufacturer-independent integration of detection points of a wide variety of fire detection and extin- guishing systems and other hazard detection systems. A proprietary protocol is used for communication between the Minimax fire detection control panel and Inveron. The protocol provides complete data exchange and permanent coordination between the two systems. This provides a quicker and, in turn, a more cost-effective integration of detection points – programming and system setup costs are low.

A number of fire protection systems from other manufacturers can be interfaced: for example

  • CCTV video monitoring as a way of verifying fire detection

  • gas detection control panels from popular manufacturers via Modbus.

In addition to this, many other systems can be con- nected via interfaces, for example an intrusion detection system, perimeter monitoring or gate control. Even open standard interfaces (OPC, Modbus, Profibus, BACnet) are possible. This makes Inveron deployable for the long term, even if firedetection manufacturers or systems change. Further-more there is a PLC controller for integrating other signals (for example heating, ventilation or fire doors).

Automatic generation of re department route cards

The information available from the system allows the efficient generation of route cards for the fire department. The required data is located in a central database, thus requiring minimal data maintenance. This enables the route cards to be regularly updated (the route cards must not be older than two years). In the event of fire the current tickets are auto- matically printed; they are available when the fire department arrives. Depending on the fire depart-ment's equipment, a job ticket can also be transmitted to a tablet in the emergency vehicle. This is particularlyimportant for unoccupied buildings.

Fire department route cards are used upon activa- tion of the alarm to show the fire department the way from the fire detection control panel to the activated fire detector. The fire detectors are assigned to a fire detection control panel detector group on the fire department route cards. In addi- tion to this the fire department key depot, the build- ing access and the location of the fire detection control panel, public alarm transmission device, fire department operating panel and fire department display board and all facilities relevant to the fire departments are marked in. This means that one fire department job ticket is required per fire detection control panel detector group. These are each drawn up specific to the object and are located in the immediate vicinity of the fire department contact point, in a storage box. Additionally the current ver- sion is automatically printed. Fire department route cards are one of the prerequisites for connecting the fire detection system to the fire department responsible.

Integration of monitoring points

Rescue map in focus

Inveron combines fire detection, extinguishing systems and other hazard detection systems into several thousand monitoring points. No matter where the data points are situated, various company locations can be monitored from a single position. The functionality and graphics structure of the user interface are individually determined and then implemented in a customized set up. This means customers receive action text messages specific to their circumstances.

Alarm

The danger management system triggers an alarm

Inveron provides threshold messages, which are continually shown in real time. Threshold violations are immediately shown as event messages and a process related to the event is initiated. Individual technical drawings of the detectors are shown for each event. Action text messages show the operator the steps to be initiated. Up to five (animated) graphics can be stored; operations can take place directly from the graphics interface.

Forwarding the signals

In case of an event a signal is processed immediately and forwarded to both, a permanently manned station and on-call services. The message is sent via text message or E-mail. An iOS app ensures easy access. In each location users have specific rights assigned. Irrespective of location, all persons authorized will have a message at hand straight away and can immediately initiate the necessary steps. The display of the messages can be configured to the individual customer (for example in multiple languages) and contains detailed information on detector, location and type of message.

Adapting the surface

The user interface can be individually configured. In the open edit version changes to the operator interface can be made by the user at any time. The integration of vector graphics, for example of AutoCAD, pictures or video/camera streams, provides a detailed display of events. The current status of control points is displayed in graphics, as a text message and an animation.

Applications

Inveron can be used in all areas of industry and is individually adapted to relevant requirements and special hazards. It is the ideal solution when extensive factory- or works premises or complex production facilities with a high num- ber of monitoring points have to be controlled and hazard detection systems from various manufacturers are in use.

Control stations
Control stations

Protection zone

Control stations are the focal point to ensure permanent safety checks. These control stations are often located in small to medium-sized rooms equipped with monitors and other technical equipment for visual supervision, e.g. with Minimax Inveron.

Risks

  • Technical defects, such as short circuits
  • Overheating of computers or other electronic devices

Fire Protection

Control stations can be integrated into an existing sprinkler system for building protection. To provide additional protection for electric and electronic devices, the risk of accidental triggering of the sprinkler systems is reduced through the use of Preaction sprinklers. 

Hydraulic presses
Hydraulic presses

Protection zone

Hydraulic presses are often used for metal forming. In the process of press hardening, the units that are to be compacted are covered with an oily film before pressing, heated up to the required forming temperature and then pressed into the desired form using a stamp and a die. This creates high friction heat. Hence the units to be compacted must subsequently be cooled down in a controlled manner in open oil hardening basins.

Risks

  • Leaks in oil pipelines
  • High friction heat when pressing
  • Highly flammable oily film on the units to be compacted

Fire Protection

The water-saving Minifog ProCon water mist extinguishing system is ideally suited for fire protection. Minifog ProCon impulse nozzles positioned at the press generate a fine spray mist that reaches the fire even in the event of the press having complex geometries. A fire detection system triggers the extinguishing system through UniVario flame and heat detectors.

Offices
Offices

Protection zone

Offices, conference rooms and dining rooms are generally used by staff and guests. In addition, staff members may also retire to break rooms or smoking rooms and to kitchens during work. Corridors run through the entire building, serving as a main traffic route.

Risks

  • Defective electrical devices such as projectors and computers
  • Overheating of the lighting
  • Short circuits at vending machines

Fire Protection

Minifog EconAqua water mist extinguishing systems offer space- and water-saving protection and can be connected to an existing sprinkler system. In areas with higher ceilings, sprinkler systems provide reliable fire protection. 

Production and assembly halls
Production and assembly halls

Protection zone

Production and assembly halls are typically extensive multi-story buildings that offer the necessary space for machinery and systems. Such halls are often not structurally subdivided, and the individual areas are interconnected by fully-automated conveyor systems.

Risks

  • Technical defects, such as short circuits at production facilities
  • Highly flammable materials
  • Rapid spreading of fire due to open spaces and interconnecting conveyor systems

Fire Protection

Sprinkler systems are often the ideal solution for production and assembly areas. Their basic concept of selective extinguishing satisfies the applicable requirements. In case of activation, the water is not dispersed throughout the entire production and assembly hall.

Wet paint-spray systems
Wet paint-spray systems

Protection zone

In wet paint-spray systems, primers, base and cover coats or clear paint coats are often applied electrostatically using paint robots on car bodies or larger workpieces. Paint-spray systems typically consist of devices for the preliminary treatment of the vehicles, paint booths with paint robots, cooling zones and drying areas, filter equipment and various work booths for inspection and repairs. Ventilating and aerating systems ensure the necessary atmospheric environment in the paint-spray and work booths.

Risks

  • Technical defects in the power supply
  • Highly flammable, solvent-based paints
  • Sparking
  • Paint deposits in the drying furnaces

Fire Protection

Sprinkler systems are often the preferred choice for paint booths, paint dryers and manual work booths. Paint driers operating at temperatures in excess of 100 °C require a sprinkler system with a dry pipe system. If the paint booth’s technical facilities - e.g. filter systems - are particularly sensitive to water, water-saving Minifog ProCon water mist extinguishing systems offer a good alternative. For paint robots, Minimax offers a special solution based on a carbon dioxide high-pressure extinguishing system. Special, quick-response FMX flame detectors detect ignition sources and transmit signals to the fire alarm control panel. This control panel sends command impulses for shutting down robots, conveyor systems, the supply of paint, air and solvents and triggers the extinguishing system. The control air of the paint robot is deactivated and, instead, carbon dioxide is emitted aiming specifically at extinguishing the fire.

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