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Chairman’s Message

As we glide through the summer, I believe things are playing out just as predicted at the start of the year. It has been a busy year to this point. I have talked to many contractors and associates around the country and am constantly hearing: “We are busy and we could really use a few …

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BIM and the Fire Sprinkler Industry

A Sprinkler Contractor’s Perspective BIM (building information modeling) and 3D coordination. Is it the creative tool that proponents would work to convince you of or is it the albatross weighing down the design departments of most fire sprinkler contractors today? There is no doubt that BIM design and 3D coordination, when managed correctly, can have …

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Dry Pipe Water Delivery Time

Do Lower Air Pressure Dry Pipe Systems Deliver Water Faster Than Higher Air Pressure Systems? Introduction Dry pipe sprinkler systems are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen, which make them particularly useful in spaces subject to freezing temperatures. But because the pipe remains free of water until a fire is detected, the speed of water …

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Fire Suppression Agent Selection

Protection for a Mobile Power Generation Unit Summary Jackson Associates, Inc. was approached by a government contractor to analyze protection of a power generating unit (PGU) which is part of a large trailer unit. The trailer is built to fit inside a large military aircraft for rapid deployment throughout the world. The unit was being …

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What if Your Sprinkler System Could Think?

How an Electronic Sprinkler System Can Meet the Demands of Today’s Storage Needs Automatic fire sprinklers have remained relatively unchanged since their introduction in the 1800s. Advancements have been made, allowing for protection of more complex spaces and fire hazards, but the underlying fundamentals of how a sprinkler operates have not. Current fire sprinkler technology …

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Quick-Opening Devices

How You Can Make a Difference with ITM How many times have you shown up to a facility for a dry-pipe valve inspection or test, and entered the riser room only to find the water and air normal, but the valve supplying air to the quick-opening device closed? It happens more often than you would …

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Is Your Fire Protection System Designer Qualified?

NFPA’s New Certified Water-Based System Professional Certification Ensures a New Hire Has What It Takes When you are dealing with safety and people’s lives, it’s critical to “get it right.” For companies that design fire protection systems, that means having the highest level of confidence in the people who are laying out the systems. They …

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Expanding Education in Canada

AFSA Member Helps Translate Red Seal Certification The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is passionately dedicated to the educational advancement of members, and strives to encourage the growth of a membership that is dedicated to furthering industry education whenever possible. Jed Groenenboom with AFSA Contractor Member Meridian Fire Protection, Inc., Edmonton, Canada, displayed that dedication …

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