Heinz Foods selects Morley-IAS to deliver full fire protection at its

19th January 2011


Draper Fire completes phased upgrade with networked ZX5Se panels.

Leading Morley-IAS distributor partner, Draper Fire, has completed a major fire systems upgrade at Heinz UK's specialist baby food manufacturing plant in Kendal, Cumbria.

The new system, comprising two networked Morley-IAS ZX5Se panels, has been designed by Draper Fire to provide state-of-the-art protection throughout the 40-acre site. "We already had significant experience of the plant, having provided maintenance support for the previous fire safety system," confirms, Kevin Draper, owner and managing director of Draper Fire.

"As a result, we were confident that a Morley-IAS-based solution would offer the robustness and adaptability required, both in terms of implementation and ongoing operation. At the same time, as Morley-IAS offers an open protocol approach this flexibility extends to the provision of maintenance services."

Phase one included the installation of a ZX5Se panel in the security gatehouse, followed by a second, networked Morley-IAS panel in the factory. These supported the phased introduction of upgraded heat and fire detectors, call points and sounders throughout the site, with the interoperability of the Morley-IAS system ensuring a seamless switch over, with full fire protection maintained throughout.

The ZX5Se panel is also linked to loop-driven smoke beams protecting the roof void within the factory and the previously external warehouse protection has also been moved onto the main factory panel in order to improve configuration and loading.

"The result is a highly flexible and easy to operate system, which both minimises the risk of false alarms - avoiding costly interruptions in a high volume factory environment - and maintains the integrity of smoke detection across all parts of the site," confirms Draper.