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by harrison
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

Any particular reason you recommend Notifier over EST? In my experience, EST addressable circuits are more prone to faults due to electrical noise or less-than-ideal wiring quality, and I find their controls to be not quite as user-friendly. If the wiring is done well, however, most likely you will...
by harrison
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: FCI 7100 Version 6.3 Software
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: FCI 7100 Version 6.3 Software

6.5 is actually the most recent version of FCP-7100 that does not require a software key from Gamewell-FCI. But I haven't been able to find any copies of these versions.
by harrison
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Ground on SLC FireLite ES200X
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Ground on SLC FireLite ES200X

Are you metering resistance between the powered up panel's SLC terminals and ground? That's bound to give you funky readings due to the ground fault detection circuitry. As long as all the field circuits read open to ground when disconnected from the panel, and the panel does not show a ground fault...
by harrison
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: EST/Kidde Device Help
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: EST/Kidde Device Help

No, the FX series uses a completely different line of addressable devices. For the Kidde-branded panels, you can devices that begin with E, FX, or KIR. If you were dealing with the Kidde VS or VM, then you could use the SIGA modules (including pull stations) but the detectors would have to be GSA de...
by harrison
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

Edit to above: I actually overestimated the size of your project in my response here. You may be able to get by with the Silent Knight system, or certainly Gamewell-FCI or Mircom, since you're looking at around 1-2 nodes per building. However, you can't go wrong with the brands I listed above, and ...
by harrison
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Notifier and EST vs. Silent Knight for three 9-story tower complex

I'd highly recommend Notifier, then EST. Both would scale quite well to a project that size. While Silent Knight might sound adequate on paper, I have never seen one of their systems cover a property of that size, and they just don't have capabilities that would be important for usability and mainte...
by harrison
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Siemens MXL first boards problems
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Siemens MXL first boards problems

My first guess is a failing loop controller, just based on the age of the panel. However you may be lucky and find that it is an addressable device or intermittent wiring fault bringing down the loop. You will have to get a decent service company to look at it. It will probably take quite a few hour...
by harrison
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Stickers with numbers on them on fire alarm NAs.
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Stickers with numbers on them on fire alarm NAs.

From a service perspective, it is really great to have NAs be labeled with the NAC and the position on the circuit. If it is three numbers it is probably the number of the NAC panel, the NAC number, and position on the circuit. It would save me a huge number of hours if every site I worked on follow...
by harrison
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Spectronics MX
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Spectronics MX

I happen to be in the process of inspecting the fire alarm system of a medium rise building with a Spectronics MX system -- it consists of many MXADM nodes networked to a central panel with MXLC8 display and a DOS-like terminal workstation. The MXADMs control ADS input/output modules and 641/IH-Ps w...
by harrison
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Notifier afp 400 cpu ribbon cable
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Notifier afp 400 cpu ribbon cable

Without looking at the documentation, the ribbon cable probably is required to monitor the status of the power supply. In my experience, all ribbon cables are interchangeable, given they have the same number of pins. I have yet to find a ribbon cable that changes the arrangement of conductors, not t...
by harrison
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Faraday MPC-2000 Smoke Detector Replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: Faraday MPC-2000 Smoke Detector Replacement

Let me say I haven't dealt with this specific panel before, but I do have some general thoughts from working with many systems including those that use these System Sensor addressable detectors. First to check is if the new detector is actually dirty. There are four tabs on the back that allow you t...
by harrison
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: EST SIGA programer question
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: EST SIGA programer question

I can't answer your question directly, but I can say that in all my experience with these systems (I have only programmed the non-proprietary Vigilant/Kidde systems, but the same principles apply), I cannot think of any need for such a tool. While in principle, the logical address is stored in the h...
by harrison
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: FireLite MS-5UD-3 DACT
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: FireLite MS-5UD-3 DACT

Agree with Retired STR-SG. Widely adopted codes dictate that a monitored system communicate directly with an UL certified central station, not your personal phone. Your personal phone can be the first on the central station's respond list, but the central station must be able to dispatch emergency p...
by harrison
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Meeting the 75db requirement
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Meeting the 75db requirement

Adding notification appliances to existing circuits can get hairy fast. Especially in a situation like yours where you are probably more than doubling the number of appliances on each circuit. When the original calculations are not available, we almost always create a new circuit with NAC panels, or...
by harrison
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: How to integrate fire alarm to building control system?
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: How to integrate fire alarm to building control system?

It is possible that your control system can monitor the fire alarm system through its RS-232 printer output. If it is to control the fire alarm system in any way, all components must be listed under UL 864, which I don't think is the case for any building control system. Lots of things can be integr...