Induction loops are essential if you have persons with hearing impairments onsite

Audio-Frequency Induction Loop Systems (AFILS)

Blazequel offers a complete range of Audio-Frequency Induction Loop Systems (AFILS) from portable units to fully installed fixed installations. However small or large your application, you can have absolute confidence that Blazequel will deliver the best solution for you.

The whole process from initial consultation through In-house system design, installation and commissioning is cared for by an experienced team. Furthermore, Each team member shares the vision to provide you with First Class Customer Care and Service at every stage.
Every application is considered on its own merits in view of providing the best and most affordable and compliant solution.

What are AFILS?

Audio-frequency Induction Loop Systems (AFILS) allow hearing impaired people to hear more clearly. Most hearing aids have a ‘T’ or ‘MT’ switch which allows them to pick up the electromagnetic field generated by an induction loop system. The hearing aid converts this signal into a sound suited to its user’s specific hearing requirements. Any person with a hearing aid positioned within or near the loop can hear the loop signal by switching their hearing aid to the correct position, allowing them to participate more effectively in general conversation, ordering goods or services, listening to public performances, etc.

Are they mandatory?

According to Action On Hearing Loss (formerly the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)):-
• Over 10 million people (one in six of the UK population) are deaf or hard of hearing.
• An estimated 2 million of these people have hearing aids.
Lobbying by such organisations has led to increased awareness of the difficulties faced by the hearing impaired, so much so that numerous Standards, Acts and Schemes now recommend the provision of auxiliary aids such as induction loop systems for the hard of hearing in new buildings and retrospectively in existing establishments.

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High Pressure vs Low Pressure Water Mist

High Pressure Water Mist is typically used in special application protection, most commonly from a fixed bank of cylinders.  From generator turbines through to server rooms, high pressure water mist is an excellent choice due to it’s low water usage, tiny water droplet size and low footprint.  Another huge benefit is the fact that it doesn’t require an airtight room to operate (unlike gaseous suppression systems).

Low Pressure Water Mist is most commonly used in process or large area protection applications.  From the reception hall of a waste recycling facility, through to a listed building or hospital, a pumped low pressure water mist system provides excellent protection, low water usage and is a more cost-effective solution than sprinkler systems.

The larger droplet size of low pressure water mist makes it very well suited for protecting potentially high fire load areas within the waste recycling industry, whilst optimizing the effectiveness of the water used to minimize the volume of waste water runoff.

Cylinder Based Water Mist System

Cylinder suppression systems have both the extinguishing agent and the pressurising gas stored in a ‘bank’ of large high pressure cylinders.
On detection of a fire, the stored pressure cylinders release the nitrogen gas inside to begin the discharge of the water cylinders through the discharge pipework and nozzles.

These systems are ideal for protecting a mechanical asset, and are good value for money. However, after discharge the system needs to be totally dismantled and the nitrogen cylinders replaced, which can be quite costly. For this reason we don’t recommend cylinder based systems for protecting a process – pumped systems are more appropriate.

Pumped Water Mist Systems

Pumped water mist systems draw their water from the mains water supply coming into the building, with a break tank holding a stored supply in reserve.

The systems we install hold a supply of water in a pressurised accumulator, with the pipework holding stored pressure all the way up to the discharge nozzle, where there is a high speed solenoid. This ensures that the system begins discharge the instant a fire is detected.

As pumped water mist systems have a larger water supply available, they are more suitable for protecting the processes taking place on your premises. We would recommend protecting risk areas such as your shredders (hopper and outfeed conveyor), conveyors and dust extract systems. The system is automatically refilling the break tank etc while the system is in use which means that there is no extra cost incurred whenever the system activates and there is no system downtime after activation.
Although pumped systems will typically cost a little more to install, they are a much better long term investment for protecting high risk processes where a fire is very likely and the cost of replacing cylinders is unsustainable.