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AST adds new value to fire suppression in 2019

January 2019 IS & Ex

Moving forward into 2019, Alien Systems & Technologies has put new value-added services in place for customers.

New value-added services

Pyroshield IG55 gaseous automatic fire extinguishing systems has unique backup now in a full scale 400 bar production purpose filling plant, which represents a significant investment in the business. In addition continued improvement to to the filling and hydro-test plant allows hydro-testing to an impressive two thousand bars of pressure and provides a cylinder turnaround time of less than 30 minutes to test and fill a Pyroshield cylinder. The filling plant provides customers with the best level of support possible for refills and cylinder testing. Pyroshield IG55 systems are used in key business and industrial infrastructure such as data centres, archive rooms, substations, art galleries and flammable liquid stores.

As part of its ongoing commitment to its customers, AST offers full scale hydrostatic pressure testing of Pyroshield and AST pilot cylinders. This is a health and safety requirement as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act – Pressure Equipment Regulations. The purpose is to ensure that all cylinders are fit for purpose by meeting prescribed safety requirements. This routine testing of course adds to the cost of ownership of these kinds of systems. To alleviate this AST has launched its free hydrostatic testing offer. This value-add, in turn, reduces the total cost of ownership of a fire suppression system by up to 50% and also reduces turnaround times.

Customers currently benefit by choosing Pyroshield over other systems because it is an inert gas blend that uses two naturally occurring gases mixed together (Argon 50% and Nitrogen 50%). This is unlike other chemical synthetics that are costly to refill and in some cases are even banned in certain regions because of their health risks and the severe effects on the environment in the form of global warming.

Free refills in the event of a fire

Not just limited to free hydrostatic testing, low refilling costs and swift turnaround times for Pyroshield Systems, AST has also taken things one step further: the company now offers free Pyroshield refills in the event of a fire. An example was a recent fire on a mine near Northam, where a substation caught alight and the Pyroshield cylinders were refilled for the customer at no additional cost.

In the event that a critical site requires fire suppression with very short turnaround times, the Pyroshield ‘Quick Fill’ service can deliver turnaround times as low as 30 minutes. AST backs this up with its dedicated Pyroshield cylinder transportation system, which transports cylinders to and from site.

Finally, AST has introduced the Pyroshield Super Lite range of cylinders, which provides customers with light-weight cylinders that reduce loading and increases manoeuvrability. This represents another technological step forward for customers, adding extra new benefits. Compared to other systems that use bulkier cylinders, Pyroshield Systems are now easier to install and service.

Room integrity testing

AST provides room integrity testing as well as fire and smoke sealing for all new Pyroshield Systems installations and guarantees a first-time room integrity test pass provided on protected areas. Room integrity tests are vital to ensure the performance of all gaseous fire extinguishing systems, and many insurance companies as well as fire inspectors insist upon them.

So, the start of 2019 is a good time for business owners to review whether their companies are adequately protected against fire. AST will stand by its systems through high-quality service at the lowest possible cost. Additional benefits are provided through free hydrostatic pressure testing and free Pyroshield refills in the event of a fire, both valid for the lifetime of the systems.

For more information contact Alien Systems & Technologies, +27 11 949 1157, sales@astafrica.com, www.astafrica.com


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