ADT Upgrades Fire Alarm System at Ginsters
- Multi building site requiring networked fire detection.
- Safety of 700 plus on-site staff.
- Bakery preparation area with vast ovens and boilers.
Digital fire system providing a triple technology detection service, detecting not only smoke, but also heat and carbon monoxide.
Renowned for its pasties, pies and ready-made sandwiches, the company is still based in the heart of Callington where it began life as a family-owned business in the 1960s. Now Ginsters has some 700 staff.
The bakery or Lynher building is a 14,000sq m structure containing the preparation area and three 54m long ovens and boilers on the ground floor and a packing area on the first floor. Two other office buildings are located on the five acre site together with three other businesses also belonging to the Samworth Brothers.
ADT Fire & Security had originally installed the fire alarm system (Minerva 80) when the Lynher building was completed in 1999, but as a result of technical progression the analogue fire alarm system needed to be upgraded. ADT’s digital system offered a faster and more advanced fire alarm technology that’s critical for a large site containing a mix of industrial and office use.
Mark Alexander, Head of Engineering at Ginsters said, “We have had no problem with the previous ADT fire alarm system, but over time the control panels were wearing out and the hardware that the system runs on was becoming obsolete. We also wanted to install carbon monoxide sensors and a fire alarm system that could be networked to the other businesses on the site. This means that if the fire alarm is activated we know immediately what the problem is and the exact location.”
Ginsters specified the fire alarm system from ADT Fire & Security for its good technical backup and support, and for its working knowledge of the systems available.
ADT Fire & Security installed a control panel of its digital-based MZX system in each building on the site. The new digitally based system provides greater functionality and with a standard loop capability of 250 addresses, there is ample capacity for meeting future structural changes cost effectively. The triple technology detection service, which detects smoke, heat and carbon monoxide, provides a level of reassurance needed in the bakery’s preparation area where vast ovens, a pastry laminating plant, and a steam raising plant all co-exist.
ADT Fire & Security has upgraded the fire alarm system at Ginsters’ home-town Cornish bakery from an analogue to digital system with its advanced MZX technology®. The digital system, which provides a triple technology detection service can now detect not only smoke, but also heat and carbon monoxide and ensures that the complex of buildings at Callington in south-east Cornwall benefits from a reliable and efficient system that critically, increases safety.
Mark added: “It is very important to the business that we have a system that is reliable and robust and ADT’s advanced digital system provides that security.”