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Fast fire detection is vital to establish the source of a fire and to enable any people present and the fire service to be alerted quickly. Measures can be taken to ensure people‘s safety and to suppress the fire. This prevents accidents and limits any damage. There are a variety of detection systems for different situations. These include:

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors react to any signs of fire in or in the vicinity of a permanently installed sensor. There are different types of smoke detectors:

  • point detector (smoke or temperature)
  • multi-discovery detector (smoke and temperature)
  • flame detector
  • manual fire alarm

Line detection

A detection system that responds to signs of a fire at or in the vicinity of a continuous infrared signal between a transmitter and receiver.

Aspiration detection

The Aspiration Detection System is a highly advanced, ultra-sensitive detection system suitable for an environment where the rapid detection of slowly developing smouldering fires cannot be guaranteed by other systems. The system is capable of distinguishing between smoke particles and other (dust) particles, thus reducing the number of ‘false alarms‘.

Sensor cable detection

The system measures minute differences in temperature with great accuracy. Linear sensor cable systems are highly suitable for monitoring tunnels, multilevel car parks, conveyor belts, service ducts, cabling, tank storage and production facilities.

CO/LPG detection

CO/LPG detection is applied in parking garages with a capacity of more than 19 cars, in line with NEN 2443. with clean air and extracted. This ensures a safe parking facility. The system will activate the ventilation system on detection of an increase in a PPM (Parts Per Million) value. Jet ventilators provide an increased volume of air which lowers the air pollution level and extracts any remaining polluted air.

Bulk storage gas detection

It is vital, especially in bulk storage facilities, and any risk of spontaneous combustion is detected quickly considering the fire risk presented by escaping gas. When the spontaneous combustion process is in the first phase of a biological fire, preventative measures can be taken if the CO2 content is excessive in a certain compartment. The source can then be removed and the transfer of any fire will then be prevented.
This article contains more information on this subject ‘Fire Safety Concepts for Bulk Storage‘

Conveyor belt monitoring

There‘s been an increase in the number of storage facilities for bulk goods and biomass. The bulk storage of raw materials can result in the generation of heat as a consequence of chemical and biological reactions. In the interest of fire safety, it is therefore advisable to monitor any incoming materials closely.

Initial temperature measurement

Temperature readings, to identify the so-called hot-spots, before any bulk materials are placed in storage.This may mean that some loads are refused for storage.

Fire fly system

The fire fly system with hot-spot detectors reduces the risk of dust explosions or fire. The fire fly system recognises any hot-spots in materials transported along the conveyor belts. If the predetermined value - depending on the type of material -is exceeded, transport is halted and any extinguishing or isolation of the potential fire hazard can commence.