Dan Diehl, Paul O’Malley & Lou Ronsivalli.
A Modern Solution for a Traditional Brewery19 September 2017 / by Siemens AG (author) / Berlin, Munich, Rheinfelden
Feldschlösschen Getränke AG is the leading brewery and the largest beverage distributor in Switzerland. The company was founded in 1876 and has 1,300 employees at 21 locations. With a range of over 40 of its own brand name Swiss beers and a broad beverage portfolio ranging from mineral water and soft drinks to wine, Feldschlösschen supplies 25,000 customers in catering, retail and wholesale. It has an annual beverage production of over 340 million litres. Its brands include Cardinal, Calsberg, Sommersby, Castello, Schweppes and Liptons Ice Tea.
The Feldschlösschen headquarters in Rheinfelden is an extensive site with multiple buildings and known for its imposing architecture, with many of the buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century. The reputation of Feldschlösschen beers is founded on a wealth of many years of brewing experience combined with modern, sustainable technologies.
Safeguarding such a complex site from fire is a key challenge, as a major incident would have far-reaching consequences for personnel and a significant impact on production. The fire safety system has developed over many years and consists of a mix of both newer and older systems that are now undergoing modernisation. Over 2,000 Siemens fire detectors and 17 central fire alarm systems ensure high-level protection across the site.
To further mitigate the spread of fire, the brewery has its own dedicated fire crew, with around 20 employees and three vehicles, tasked with bringing any potential incidents under control. Andreas Sulser, Chief of the fire crew at Feldschlösschen explains his position: “From the outset we wanted step-by-step modernisation and optimisation of the detection systems. Our goal was to end up with a simpler structure with fewer central systems that are more closely networked.” With these clear aims in mind, he worked in close co-operation with Siemens to draw up a complete site plan, identify where the detectors and central systems were installed and when they need to be replaced. They also determined which central systems would be linked and what information would be distributed to other central systems.
For Andreas Sulser, system functionality was crucial. He learned about the Sinteso networked fire protection system at a safety trade fair and subsequently viewed the fire laboratory at the Siemens Visitor Centre in Zug. This was followed up with a site visit to view a live project and discuss system reliability with the operatives.
Siemens AlgoRex® has been an extremely successful range of fire detection systems and after 20 years in the field, it is being phased out in favour of its successor, Sinteso™, which has full backward compatibility with AlgoRex, enabling customers to transition seamlessly to more advanced technology.
Sinteso fire safety surpasses the requirements of EN54 with superior detection, not only delivering full protection across all buildings, but also ensuring zero risk of false alarms and their subsequent disruption. Devices are designed to operate in extremely demanding environmental conditions where immediate and accurate fire detection is vital to life safety and business continuity.
Each smoke, flame, heat and carbon monoxide detector is configured with a unique set of parameters for each location. Even before smoke is visible, innovative ASATechnology™ dual wavelength technology detects minute smoke particles and will provide an instant fire alert. Importantly, it also determines false fire phenomena due to issues such as airborne particles, welding, humidity and temperature change, and will not alarm in these instances.
Each device is highly intelligent and 100% reliable and can easily be adapted to reflect environmental changes in room usage. If there is power failure during a fire, there is no loss of device and alarms are still reported even in degrade mode; sounders still operate and cause & effect works throughout the entire fire system network.
“As we replace our older Siemens AlgoRex detectors, we take the opportunity to upgrade to Sinteso technology. This lays the groundwork for the future,” explains Andreas Sulser. An installation standard was defined for the service technicians on site to ensure a smooth transition and efficient installation.
Andreas Sulser has a positive view about his experience of working in co-operation with Siemens over many years, and highlights an example of the support he has received: “When a fire detection system was damaged by a lightning strike late on a Friday afternoon, replacement parts had to be delivered quickly. Following a visit by a service technician, by 9.00 p.m. the system was fully operational. This reliability, even in difficult situations, is something I really value.”
A future consideration is the possibility of integrating Sinteso Mobile, which allows the fire safety system to be accessed remotely via smartphone or tablet.
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