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Victaulic showcases devices, couplings and fittings at International Firex - stand E30

03 May 2011

Victaulic, the world leader in mechanical pipe-joining systems, is displaying a range of products designed to give fast, efficient, cost-effective fire protection installations at International Firex, NEC Birmingham, from 16–19 May.

They include the LPCB-approved Series 769 FireLock NXT® Preaction Alarm Valve. The device operates at pressure up to 300psi/2065 kPa and comes available with several release mechanism options. It is ideal for use where safeguards against activation are required such as in data centres, storage areas for valuable items, and libraries.

The Series 769 is part of the Victaulic FireLock NXT® range of valve systems which deliver a wealth of advantages. Requiring lower operating pressure, the valve systems offer ultra-fast trip time and water delivery and eliminate air-to-water differential. Their light-weight design with fewer internal moving parts makes them easy to install, service and maintain – which reduces labour costs – whilst their compactness reduces the installation footprint.

“The Series 769 has advantages for the installer, maintainer and owner,” said Nick Scull, Victaulic’s UK Fire Protection Market Manager. “It’s the quickest and easiest preaction device to set up, install and maintain, which brings contractors considerable time- and cost-saving benefits. Because the device is simple to operate and maintain, end users can be confident that the system functions correctly to give them reliable protection.”

Also on display will be the Victaulic FireLockEZ® Style 009H Rigid Coupling. The redesigned Style 009H Rigid Coupling for fire protection piping systems can be installed without the use of an impact wrench, offering the benefits of quick, easy, efficient connections to those equipped with standard hand tools. The coupling utilizes the Victaulic unique installation-ready design. With no need to disassemble and reassemble, it gives faster, more consistent installations - with or without power tools – and a right-first-time solution that avoids rework.

“Victaulic listened to contractors looking for a fast, simple coupling solution that is safe to install, even with hand tools, and delivers solid performance,” said Eddie Pearson, Victaulic Market Manager Fire Protection Northern UK. “The FireLockEZ rigid coupling has no loose parts to drop or cause injury, ships to the jobsite ready to install and offers the fastest installation.”

The Style 009H Rigid Coupling is available in 32-100 mm sizes and is LPCB, FM and VdS approved and cULus listed for fire protection services up to 365psi/2517kPa. Those stopping by Stand E30 at International Firex can have a go at installing the coupling to see for themselves how simple and efficient it is.

Visitors can also view the Victaulic AquaFlex® stainless steel sprinkler fitting range. The fittings are suitable for commercial suspended and hard ceilings and for round or square duct work to provide fire protection where combustible gasses may be present. The range comes preassembled and consists of a flexible stainless steel hose, available in 790-1830 mm (31-72 inches) in length, a reducer for connecting the sprinkler and a branch nipple for attachment to the piping system. The AquaFlex® line also includes the patent-pending 1-BEE2 installation-ready bracket that installs up to five times faster than any competitive bracket technology. The new bracket provides easy three dimensional positioning of the sprinkler and secures mounting to the ceiling grid without tools, allowing instant, center-of-tile sprinkler positioning.

“The AquaFlex® patent-pending 1-BEE2 bracket is designed to firmly grip the ceiling grid, locking the sprinkler into proper operational position,” adds Scull. “The unique, adjustable open-gate center bracket saves time and money during installation by allowing for easy pressure testing of the system and final placement of the sprinkler head after the ceiling grid is installed.”

Victaulic offers a complete range of fire protection products, enabling installers and specifiers to source all their needs from a single quality-assured supplier. Other Victaulic products on display and in demonstration at International Firex include riser manifolds, valves and sprinklers.

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