At Sparks, we distribute a wide range of fire protection systems, and in particular Fike Twinflex Pro is a reliable fire protection system you can count on. Many say that a conventional 2-wire fire alarm system is often the natural choice for smaller applications or where budget constraints exist.Continue reading this guide to find out about:Fike Twinflex Pro2 - applications and featuresFike Twinflex Pro2 - panels and accessoriesThe Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector - FeaturesThe Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector - Detection ModesFike Twinflex Pro2 - Alarm Confirmation FeatureTwinflex Pro2 Detectors and Accessories Fike’s TWINFLEXpro2 2-wire fire alarm system has long been known for its adaptability and cost-effectiveness within a variety of applications, big or small, making it one of the most flexible products on the market. Fike Twinflex Pro2: a Reliable Fire Protection System you can Count onWhy do we say this? This versatile fire alarm system from Fike incorporates the Twinflex Multipoint ASD using smoke and heat detection with an optional built-in sounder, allowing the whole system to be installed using only one pair of wires per zone. That means easier, faster installations and cost savings. Building on those strengths and designed for ease of use and state-of-the-art monitoring, the LPCB-approved TwinflexPro2 is the next generation in 2-wire fire alarm reliability.Fike Twinflex Pro2: Applications and FeaturesSome of the most popular applications for the versatile Fike Twinflex Pro2 conventional fire protection system are:SchoolsNursing HomesBed and breakfastRestaurantsRetail StoresMuseumsOffice BuildingsHere are the features of the Fike Twinflex Pro2 system:Allows detectors and sounders to be installed on the same pair of wiresDifferentiates between call point or detector alarms4-line x 20-character LCD displayCheckpoint alarm verification featureAvailable in 2, 4, and 8 zone panel versionsHighlighted selection menuEvent log storing up to 500 eventsUp to 32 devices per zone3 enhanced test modesBuilt-in EOL capability in all devicesZone can be configured to day/night detection modePanel design changes to allow easier installation4 & 8 zone panels can now be configured to accept conventional devices on zones 5 to 8 with the optional conventional zone cardProtective cover to stop accidental damage when installingOptional extended battery box with capacity for 2 x 12V 7.0Ah batteriesFike Twinflex Pro2 - Panels and AccessoriesHere is the full list of Fike Twinflex Pro2 panels and accessories:TwinflexPro² 2 Zone Control Panel (Fike 505-0002)Intelligent 2-wire control panel with 2 zones suitable for Twinflex devices. Dual-purpose flush and surface housing. Requires 2 x 12V 3.2Ah Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (not included).TwinflexPro² 4 Zone Control Panel (Fike 505-0004)Intelligent 2-wire control panel with 4 zones suitable for Twinflex devices. Dual-purpose flush and surface housing. Requires 2 x 12V 3.2Ah Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (not included).TwinflexPro² 8 Zone Control Panel (Fike 505-0008)Intelligent 2-wire control panel with 8 zones suitable for Twinflex devices. Dual-purpose flush and surface housing. Requires 2 x 12V 3.2Ah Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (not included).TwinflexPro² Repeater Panel (Fike 505-0010)The repeater will only work with the 4 & 8 Zone Twinflex Pro2 panels using version 2.0 software onwards.TwinflexPro2 Boxed Kit (Fike 604-0002)1 x TwinflexPro2 Zone Panel, 7 x Twinflex Multipoint ASD with sounder, 2 x Twinflex Manual Call Point c/w covers, 1 x Head Removal Tool.TwinflexPro2 Boxed Kit (Fike 604-0004)1 x TwinflexPro2 4 Zone Panel, 7 x Twinflex Multipoint ASD with sounder, 2 x Twinflex Manual Call Point c/w covers, 1 x Head Removal Tool.TwinflexPro2 Boxed Kit (Fike 604-0008)1 x TwinflexPro2 8 Zone Panel, 7 x Twinflex Multipoint ASD with sounder, 2 x Twinflex Manual Call Point c/w covers.TwinflexPro² 4 Zone Expansion Card (Fike 505-0006)Can only be used with 505-0004 4 zone Twinflex Pro panel & Twinflex Pro 2TwinflexPro² Conventional Expansion Card (Fike 505-0007)Can only be used with 4 zones & 8 Zone TwinflexPro2 panels.TwinflexPro² Battery Conversion Kit (Fike 505-0020)Holds 2 x 7Ah batteries allowing for additional standby capacity of up to 72 hours.TwinflexPro OSP (Fike 505-0040)PC programming software for all TwinflexPro panels; Requires a USB-A to USB-B interface lead (not supplied).The Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector - FeaturesUsing the Twinflex Multipoint ASD as part of the TWINFLEXpro² system means that when a detector is wired to the system, a sounder and strobe can also be connected without extra installation time or cost. This greatly reduces the number of points that need to be installed and the time it takes to install.As the Twinflex Multipoint ASD offers 7 different modes of detection, the installation is made even simpler since one device suits all applications.Whatever type of detection is required, it can be selected by the flick of a switch at the time of commissioning 3 different smoke modes, 2 fixed temperature heat modes, a rate of rise mode and a combination smoke or heat mode. The Twinflex Multipoint ASD is available with or without a full specification integral 90dBA sounder no extra devices need to be purchased when an audible warning is required. If extra sound is required or for areas that do not require detection, then a choice of several different standalone sounders or sounder beacons can be used on the same two wiresThe Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector - Detection ModesTwo-wire installation - only one circuit per zone to connect detectors and sounders - installation savings can be as high as 40%. There are 7 modes of detection.The Twinflex Multipoint ASD saves the cost of a sounder. Warning of head contamination, before going into false alarm. Easily removable for maintenance at height. The Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector detection modes are:Smoke 1: Used where ionization detectors are normally fitted, especially when there are high ceilings or a risk of free-burning fires (chemical stores etc), or fires that need to be detected extremely quickly.Smoke 2: Used where optical detectors are normally fitted, when there is a risk of a smouldering fire and for escape routes.Smoke 3: Designed for use in areas that are prone to nuisance alarms. The reduced sensitivity linked with a time delay feature means that a higher concentration of smoke needs to be present for a constant time period before a fire decision is made.Heat 1: (Rate-of-Rise) – Used where a standard rate-of-rise detector would normally be used.Heat 2: (Standard Fixed Temperature – 58°C /136°F approximately) – A standard fixed temperature heat detector, suitable for domestic kitchens, etc.Heat 3: (High Fixed Temperature – 90°C / 194°F approximately) – High fixed temperature heat detector suitable for boiler rooms, commercial kitchens, etc.Fike Twinflex Pro2 - Alarm Confirmation FeatureEarly warning fire alarm verification is often crucial. The disruption to business and costs associated with responding to false alarms can be enormous. The TwinflexPro2 offers alarm confirmation technology, which can help eliminate nuisance or false alarms.Using the built-in alarm confirmation feature, until an alarm has been confirmed within an individual area, only that area is evacuated. At the same time, if an alarm is triggered in a common area, the device initiates a full alarm evacuating all surrounding areas. This unique panel feature is vital where two-stage alarms are required.For example - when an alarm is indicated by an individual detector, the sounder for that device/zone is activated and the control panel carries out the configured number of confirmation checks on that specific zone.If the alarm is confirmed, the control panel enters the fire state and all additional notification devices are activated throughout the facility. If the detector alarm is rejected, the sounders on the zone are silenced, and the detector in alarm is reset.For safety, activating a call point will override any delays or confirmation settings.Twinflex Pro2 Detectors and AccessoriesHere are the Twinflex Pro2 Detectors and Accessories - many of which can be found on our website for purchase.Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector (Fike 204-0003)A multifunction smoke and heat detector with three smoke detection modes, three heat detection modes and one combination mode. Built in ‘End of Line’. These options are set by the DIL switch. Supplied complete with mounting base and dust cover.Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector with Sounder (Fike 204-0001)As above but complete with an inbuilt sounder featuring three sound patterns and two volume levels.Twinflex Multipoint ASD Detector with Sounder/Strobe (Fike 204-0012)As above but complete with an inbuilt sounder/strobe featuring three sound patterns and two volume levels and an LED strobe array. Visual indicator strobe.Twinflex Manual Call Point (Fike 406-0006)Manual call point with resettable element reset key, back box, adaptor plate for flush mount and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch (includes call point cover).Twinflex Manual Call Point Weatherproof (Fike 406-0007)IP65 weatherproof manual call point with resettable element, reset key, back box and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch (includes call point cover).Twinflex Hatari Sounder: Red/White (Fike 302-0001 + 302-0002)Sounder with 97dB adjustable output and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with mounting base.Twinflex Sound Point: Red/White (Fike 313-0021 + 313-0022)Sounder with 85dB output, three sound patterns and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with back box and flush adaptor plate.Twinflex Hi Point (Fike 302-0004)IP55 Internal / External horn sounder with 90dB output, three sound patterns and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with back box and flush adaptor plate. Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.Twinflex Flash Point (Fike 302-0012)Low profile sounder and LED visual indication beacon with 90dB output, three sound patterns and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with mounting base. Twinflex Flash Point: Domed (Fike 302-0022)Sounder and LED visual indication beacon with 90dB output, three sound patterns and inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with mounting base.Twinflex Flash Point: Weatherproof (Fike 302-0023)IP52 LED visual indication beacon with inbuilt ‘End of Line’ set by DIL switch. Supplied complete with mounting base (note, this item does not include a sounder, i.e. beacon only).Twinflex Input / Output Module (Fike 802-0006)Relay interfacing module including two sets of 2A-rated SPCO relay contacts, one monitored input and inbuilt ‘End of Line’.ASD Head Removal Tool (Fike 25-0046-201)To remove the optical chamber of Multipoint ASD detectors. The tool may be mounted onto a pole for high-level access. This tool fits directly onto the solo poles range of detector test equipment.Many of the sounders and panels in the Fike Twinflex Pro2 range are available at Sparks via, Conventional Fire Alarms. For any further information, do not hesitate to contact us. The above is inspired by a guide from Fike on their Fike Twinflex Pro2. The Fike Twinflex Pro2 is a Reliable Fire Protection System you can Count on.
If you've taken alook through our Fire Alarms and Ventilation systems (maybe it's a slow afternoon at the office), you might have noticed that sometimes we give a dB(A) value in the technical information, under something like "sound output." This fire alarm sounder has a sound output of 101 dB(A); on the other hand, there's an extractor fan with less than a quarter of the sound output, at 25 dB(A). Measuring Noise dB(A) stands for Decibel A-weighting - it's a measurement of the level of sound pressure in the air. That measurement is modified so that the measured loudness matches the loudness that is perceived by the human ear as closely as possible. This is opposed to a straight, physical measurement of the sound pressure in the air; the people in charge of taking the measurements try to ensure that the perceived sound stays reasonably constant in all environments. (Strictly speaking, this isn't always possible for a huge number of reasons, but it's close.) Our examples are human-centric applications, after all; workplace noise measurements are also expressed in dB(A) in order to comply with regulations. An A-weighting filter de-emphasises the lower frequencies (pitches) of a sound and emphasises those around 3000-6000 Hertz where the human ear is more sensitive. For the physics geeks in our readership (and we assume there must be a few), Wikipedia has a good primer on the subject of decibel A-weighting, with curves and equations. This gives an easy, single-number measurement of noise level that we can compare with the noise level in the environment. When we need to install a fire alarm, to carry on with our examples, it should be louder than the ambient noise. Using Noise The alarm sounder we mentioned above has a sound output of about 101 dB(A), which is a little bit louder than a newspaper press. The "ultra-quiet" ventilation fan is about as loud as a person whispering to themselves in an art gallery. The measurement in dB(A) allows a contractor to compare the sound output of a thing with the environmental noise level: if the sound output of an alarm sounder is higher than the general level of noise, then the alarm will be heard. If the source output is lower, then it will be masked. Sometimes, the distance from the source is also given. This is useful - even essential - for larger environments, where an alarm sounder might be installed far away from someone working at a factory machine, for instance. Generally, as the distance doubles, the sound level in dB(A) is halved. This should be taken into account when installing an industrial alarm system. Broadly: you'll want to go as loud as possible with the fire alarms (ideally without damaging anybody's hearing!), and as quiet as possible with ventilation fans and other such appliances. It's an interesting experiment and it opens up a whole new can of worms (as if we didn't have enough already) - how loud is your office? Your house? Are you using the right appliances for the noise level?