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by El Chupacabra
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1910
Views: 415302

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

Siemens/CP SLC protocols are not backward-compatible. If the detectors were replaced, so were the addressable pulls. As for the old pulls, they were probably retrofitted with addressable modules. I've seen these setups several times, one of these systems (South Station in Boston) even has Electro-V...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1119
Views: 269392

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

I went back to my university's library for the first time since the pandemic forced its closure in March and noticed that its Cerberus Pyrotronics MXL system is being upgraded to an EST3. I thought I'd share the history of this building's system as it's one of my favourite setups. I've included a fe...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1910
Views: 415302

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

This leads me to believe that the new system is a FireFinder XLSV/Cerberus PRO Modular. The pull stations and speakers in the original part of the mall remain untouched; I wonder if they will be upgraded in the near future. I'm particularly surprised that the conventional initiating devices were no...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1119
Views: 269392

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

My elementary school previously had an EST 6616 panel (installed circa 1994-1995). Initiating devices were a variety of 270-SPOs (older and newer models; French, English and bilingual versions) along with 6200-series smoke detectors. Signals were EST 882-2C horns. I noticed, while walking by the sc...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1910
Views: 415302

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

The system at a shopping centre near my house underwent an upgrade at some point in the past few months. The mall opened in 1983 and likely had a Honeywell or Electro Vox voice evac system at the time. Pull stations were Honeywell FM950KBs and signals were Electro Vox EV027CT speakers (rebranded Atl...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1119
Views: 269392

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

I recently discovered that both my former elementary school (grades 5 and 6) and junior high/high school (grades 7 to 12) underwent upgrades. My elementary school previously had an EST 6616 panel (installed circa 1994-1995). Initiating devices were a variety of 270-SPOs (older and newer models; Fren...
by El Chupacabra
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: New Mircom SPPS-series LED speaker/strobes
Replies: 1
Views: 116

New Mircom SPPS-series LED speaker/strobes

I came across these new LED speaker/strobes on Mircom’s website earlier today. They had shown up in a Twitter post a little over a year ago and it looks like they finally hit the market. The wall-mount models look similar to Mircom’s 400-series horns and horn/strobes. The ceiling-mount models, on th...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: User Created Fire Alarm Media
Topic: Simplex 4080's (vibratory bells)
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Simplex 4080's (vibratory bells)

Awesome video! I’m quite fond of these bells as their mechanisms have such a crisp movement and their gongs resonate nicely. The sideways-oriented gong screws are indeed awkward. It must be tricky to install or remove one of these gongs in a semi-flush installation. I’ve always wondered whether thes...
by El Chupacabra
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Lesser Known Fire Alarm Panel/Device Companies
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Lesser Known Fire Alarm Panel/Device Companies

Another brand I forgot to mention in my previous post is Nohmi Bosai . Their N3060 panel looks pretty interesting, while their S508 panel appears to be a rebranded Potter product. I also just realized that VES and Hochiki both seem to offer identical products. These two brands are related, according...
by El Chupacabra
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Lesser Known Fire Alarm Panel/Device Companies
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Lesser Known Fire Alarm Panel/Device Companies

Here are a few smaller (but not necessarily lesser-known) companies that are active on the North American market: - Firecom - Nittan - Hochiki - Spectronics - Maple Armor - VES - Advanced I'm not sure whether Spectronics is still active; their website does not appear to have been updated since the l...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Why are Canada's regulations like this?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Why are Canada's regulations like this?

Lol sorry, it autocorrected. I meant to say Tone systems. In my area I only really see tone evacuation and not full on voice evacuation Ah, that makes more sense! I know of a few buildings in my area that feature "true" voice evacuation systems with automatic messages (the Rideau Centre or Ikea sto...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Obscure FACPs anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 876

Re: Obscure FACPs anyone?

A tech who’s been with our company for 25 years has seen, and actually replaced a Mircom FX-1000. Yes that’s correct, an FX-1000. Not FA-1000, FX-1000. It was a rebrand of I believe an addressable FCI panel from the 90s. We have the guts for the panel in our “graveyard” somewhere Those panels are i...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Why are Canada's regulations like this?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Why are Canada's regulations like this?

Another point to note is that voice evacuation systems are VERY rare in Canada. Evacuation time systems are common, but voice evacuation is only for certain special applications, and actually has to be approved by the Canadian Government before it can be commissioned I’ve never heard of an evacuati...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Why are Canada's regulations like this?
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Why are Canada's regulations like this?

These are two common myths that are grounded in reality but no longer necessarily representative of current practices or of trends throughout the entire country. Bells were historically common in Canada (longer than they were in most areas of the US) and many older installations with bells remain in...
by El Chupacabra
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Old Cerberus Pyrotronics voice systems?
Replies: 22
Views: 1384

Re: Old Cerberus Pyrotronics voice systems?

I just came across some Pyrotronics-branded Electro Vox components on eBay. Unlike the parts featured in the photos I previously posted, these Pyrotronics-branded parts are all black and feature some very slight differences with respect to the indicators and controls. Here are a few of the component...