Pertronic Industries Fire Alarm Panels

Pertronic Industries Fire Alarm Panels

Pertronic Industries Ltd manufacture fire alarm panels in New Zealand. They recognised a growing concern in the seismic performance of building components, and led the trend to ensure their product’s reliability and performance. Using Holmes Solutions’ expertise and shake-table, the panels were subjected to 1 in 2500 year earthquake level shaking. The panels passed all functional tests and the evidence demonstrated to specifiers and contractors these products are fit for building use in New Zealand.

Pertronic Industries Fire Alarm Panels

Living in New Zealand means earthquakes are always a threat. Pertronic Industries, as a leading manufacturer of fire safety systems, needed to understand more about severe seismic conditions, and validate their fire alarm panel’s performance. Pertronic Industries commissioned Holmes Solutions for our knowledge of the relevant seismic standards and reputation for fast delivery.

After putting our heads together, a test programme was designed that incorporated international best practice (AC-156) and was compliant with New Zealand standards. The outcome was a programme that subjected the F100A and F120A fire alarm panels to shake-table testing equivalent to a 1 in 2500 year earthquake. If all life protection functions were maintained, Pertronic Industries would gain the confidence they needed to supply their products in New Zealand and satisfy the market.

Pertronic Industries were present for testing and saw first-hand the destructive energy released during a 1 in 2500 year earthquake. Following testing, the fire alarm panels were put through operational tests, confirming that full functionality was maintained. This evidence is of immense value to Pertronic Industries as they have demonstrated compliance with the seismic performance (operational continuity) requirements of the New Zealand Building Code and contractors can now specify their system with confidence.

If you would like more information regarding seismic performance testing for non-structural elements, please contact Sam Adshead on +64 3 363 2180 or email info@holmessolutions.com.

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