Swegons grows Actionair damper family
Leading indoor climate provider Swegon have added another model to its extensive range of Actionair fire and smoke dampers.
The new ThermShield fire damper is a highly sophisticated product designed to be a crucial component of fire compartmentalisation strategies in buildings. It joins the long-established ‘family’ of FireShield, SmokeShield and SmokeCommand products and means that Swegon now has the widest range of fire and smoke dampers and specialised controls available to meet the evolving needs of the UK market.
This high-performance automatic damper comes in square or rectangular (FD) models or as a circular product (FDC). It has an insulated blade to achieve an ‘EIS’ classification and achieves the VDI6022 standard for hygiene; however, the most interesting feature is wide range of CE installation options, opening up CE multiple assembly options, and out of wall installation – giving installers greater flexibility to meet the wide variety of project demands.
The ThermShield is fully compatible with the company’s Actionpac control panels that support monitoring and maintenance of multiple dampers. When used with Actionpac the automatic ThermShield variants can react in the early stages of a fire to limit the spread of smoke. Whilst a manual damper will only close once the temperature in the ductwork reaches 72degC (therefore allowing passage of cold smoke), automatic dampers can be controlled to provide smoke compartmentalisation at lower temperatures. This is an important consideration in light of the tragic fact that 54% of deaths in fires are caused by smoke inhalation.
The availability of this new product range reflects growing demand in the industry for ‘raising the bar’ in fire safety systems in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the UK’s move towards more onerous fire regulations recently enshrined in the new Fire Safety Bill.
“The primary motivation behind our ongoing smoke/fire research and product development is to create systems that enable safe indoor environments,” said Andrew Collard, Smoke/Fire Director at Swegon.
“This is all about providing specifiers and end users with the widest possible choice of product for the project in hand. To protect the fire integrity of a building and help owners comply with fire regulations, they must have the ability to put the right product in the right place. In this case, the new ThermShield is an ideal choice where you need installation flexibility or the next level of fire protection to meet the building evacuation requirements.”