Sought after “first-of-its-kind” laboratory test equipment used by global manufacturers of automatic fire sprinkler systems is the brain child of a third generation precision engineering company in Australia.
In order to meet the ISO6182 performance standard, suppression systems undergo the “plunge test” which determines a Response Time Index (RTI), i.e. how quickly the sprinkler system responds to changes in ambient temperature and is activated.
In the past, companies built large test tunnels which were permanent fixtures of buildings. Then Archer, with three decades of fire suppression-asset protection-flow control experience, totally reinvented the process with their revolutionary RTI plunge test tunnel which measures just 2.2 x 1 x 1.6 metres.
“The Archer RTI plunge test tunnel is a highly specialised application-specific piece of world standard apparatus”, said Operations Director Russell Byrne, “The uniquely shaped tunnel has both heating and plunge chambers and can measure pressure differences of less than 1 pascal. It is easily transportable and has become the product-of-choice around the world.”
Russell and Managing Director Brad Byrne were requested to go to Japan to install a tunnel for the Yamato Scientific Company which supplied it on to the Japan Fire Equipment Inspection Institute – a research and approval authority.
“We are Complete Solution Providers and in this project our involvement went all the way from designing the tunnel to product development, sourcing of materials, manufacturing parts, electromechanical integration, product testing, installation, commissioning of the equipment, training personnel and producing the operations manual in Japanese”, added Russell.
“It’s one thing to manufacture a product, it is another thing to ensure that your customer understands it and will get the best return on investment from it. When you are dealing with international customers it is vital that you go the extra mile. Brad and I stayed over there for five days installing the tunnel, testing it and training the JFEII engineers. What was interesting was that they also asked us to teach them about the global compliance standards for automatic fire sprinkler system. They saw us as an authority in this field. So, we stayed longer and helped them develop their own operating procedures for RTI testing.”
“We are known for taking on the projects that others regard as ‘too hard’. We are focused on accurately defining our customers’ solutions. We develop a complete understanding of their environment and challenges. Our expertise in production engineering and manufacturing processes combined with our passionate results-centric philosophy delivers the very best outcome”, stated Brad.
For more information, go to www.archerenterprises.com.au
Top image: Brad Byrne and Russell Byrne installing their Plunge Test laboratory equipment in Japan.