Scorpion is an innovative solution for functionally
testing any hard-to-access smoke detector, whether
that is a point detector or aspirating smoke
detection (ASD) system.
A Scorpion head unit is a smoke generator which is
installed next to a detector, and when required,
generates smoke which is directed towards the
detector for a functional test of the device.
Scorpion makes testing detectors in lift shafts,
warehouses, factories, or secure areas as simple as
testing a detector within easy reach. It aids
compliance with international codes and standards,
and means that all detectors in a building can be
functionally tested at every maintenance interval,
regardless of their physical location.
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How Does Scorpion Work?
By introducing smoke right where it is needed,
Scorpion is able to activate point detectors or
ASD systems with minimal inconvenience.
Scorpion is a micro smoke generator permanently
installed adjacent to a point detector or a sampling
hole on an ASD pipe – typically at the furthest
sampling hole. The smoke generator is connected to
a Scorpion Control Panel, or Access Point mounted
at a convenient, easy to access location at ground
level. Functional testing of the smoke detector is
then easily and safely achieved from the Scorpion
Control Panel, or Access Point (with an Engineer’s
Controller) whenever required.
The Scorpion system has an in-built transport timer
to help assess the on-going integrity of the ASD
system from the end of the pipe right down to the
detector itself. A clearing function is used to clear
the smoke out of point detectors to reduce the
chance of repeat alarms, increasing productivity on
Scorpion can be retro-fitted to existing systems or
be installed with new systems. Each head unit has a
test capability in excess of 240 tests of 15 seconds
of smoke each. Up to 8 Scorpion heads can be
connected to a single wall mounted Control Panel,
or for fewer detectors in multiple locations using
Access Points together with Engineer’s Controller.
Cost Saving Benefits
Detectors in hard to access locations are often costly to test and maintain.
They require specialist access equipment, potentially the presence of a third
party company and often more than one engineer. All of which takes time as
well as money to arrange.
Time Saving Benefits
Installing Scorpion dramatically reduces the time taken to test hard to access detectors.
Scorpion allows these detectors to be tested easily as part of the routine test during
the engineer's visit – without the need for a return visit out of hours and without the
time taken to directly access the detector.
All detectors, regardless of location, should be tested and maintained in compliance
with international codes and standards. Installing Scorpion supports this and
eliminates the need for deviations from such standards – offering ultimate peace of
mind and proof that all detectors within a building are functioning as expected.